Hanuman Jayanti is one of the most famous Hindu festivals, generally celebrated on full moon day during the Chaitra (April) month.
Also known as Vanara God, He was born on this day and Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate His birth.
Lord Hanuman is a passionate devotee of Lord Sri Rama and thus, it is said, if you want Lord Rama to terminate all your sorrows, you must first appease Lord Hanuman.
The symbol of strength and energy, He is worshipped as a deity who is able to attain victory against all evil.
Devotees on this day perform puja by offering vermilion or red cloth, with flowers like marigold, rose and offer laddu, halwa and banana as prasad, (offering).
SIGNIFICANCE OF HANUMAN JAYANTHI
Hanuman was born to Anjana, the wife of Vanaraja Kesari (the King of Monkeys). It is believed that Anjana was cursed by Muni Vishwamitra (the Rishi), for disturbing him. He cursed Anjana that she will give birth to a monkey. To get rid of the curse Anjana worshipped Lord Shiva and urged Him to be a part of her son. Thus, it is believed that Lord Hanuman is an incarnation of Lord Shiva.
Another part of the story tells us that King Dasharatha performed a ritual of Putrakameshti yagna (Fire ritual), in order to have children following which he received some sacred ‘payasam,’ (sweet milk with vermecilli), and it is said that whenever you offer payasam at the altar, Hanuman will appear.
The Hanuman Jayanthi festival is celebrated with immense devotion by Hindus and the different aspects of Hanuman are remembered and worshipped on this day.
Always offer from your heart and He will come. Subh Hanuman Jayanthi!
SUJATA NANDY WORLD GURUKUL