Hanuman Jayanti / Hanumath Jayanti on 11th April 2017 (Tuesday)
Lord Hanuman is the truest devotee of Lord Raam and his wife Sita. Also known as Anjaneya, this Vanara (Monkey) God was born on the 15th day of Shukla Paksha during the Chaitra month. This day is celebrated as Hanuman Jayanti throughout India.
In Tamil Nadu, Hanuman Jayanti is called Hanumath Jayanthi and it is celebrated during Margashirsha Amavasya. In Andhra Pradesh, this festival is celebrated for 41 days, which begins on Chaitra Purnima and ends on the tenth day of Krishna Paksha, in the Vaishakha month. It is believed that Lord Hanuman was born at the time of sunrise; therefore, temples begin their rituals at dawn during Hanuman Jayanti.
How to Perform Hanuman Jayanti Puja
The date for Hanuman Jayanti 2017 is April 11th. There are certain specific rituals that should be followed in order to worship Lord Hanuman in the right way. Here is how you can go about performing the puja.
Start by installing a Hanuman statue, Yantra or image. Wash it and wipe it clean and then offer some orange Sindoor. Use your ring finger to apply the sindoor to Hanuman. You can also offer flowers and five calotropis (ext) leaves or multiples of five. Light a few incense sticks to purify the air around and to spread positivity in the environment. You can use a Kewda, Ambal or Chameli incense sticks, which must be two in number. Simply hold the incense sticks between your thumb and index finger and circumambulate it three times in front of the deity in clockwise direction. You can circumambulate the incense around Lord Hanuman for five times, or multiples of five.
Hanuman is a true devotee (bhakt) of Lord Ram; therefore, you can also blend a few verses for Ram in this routine. The Hanuman Chalisa is the best and most popular verse to praise and remember Hanuman. Follow this by aarti and chant the following:
Siyavar Ram Chandra Ki Jai, Pavan Putra Hanuman Ki Jai
You can also chant:
Laal Deha Laalee Lasay, Aru Dhari Laala Langoora|
Bajra Deha Daanawa Dalana, Jai Jai Jai Kapi Soora||
Meaning: Your body is Red, Red vermillion graced over it. You wear a red Langot. Your body is as solid as a rock. You are the destroyer of demons. O Valliant! You ever be a victor.
Significance of Lord Hanuman:
Hanuman is the reincarnation of Lord Shiva. He is the epitome of dedication and sincere devotion. The greatest devotee of Lord Rama, Hanuman is a celibate God. He is the representation of divinity, devotion, strength, and courage. One may worship Shri Hanuman to achieve knowledge, valor, strength and wisdom.
He is also called ‘Sankat Mochan’ which means that he saves us from all troubles and obstructions in life. As per a legend in the Ramayana, Hanuman saved the nine planets from Ravana during the battle. This is when all the nine planets decided to bless him with a special reward. They said that any malefic effects of any one the planets can be eliminated by praying to Lord Hanuman.
He is a symbol of victory and valor; that is why in the Mahabharata Arjun wanted Anjaneya to be on his flag while fighting in Kurukshetra as it would assure his victory. Some people wear a red tilak on the forehead as a symbol of Kapiraju (King of Monkeys), some wear Taveez or Kavach for protection from all evil. Anjaneya is fond of Tuesday and Saturday, so these two days are perfect to worship Lord Hanuman. The tenth day from the full moon day or the Dasami tithi is auspicious to worship him.
Why is Hanuman Invincible
All the Gods in the universe have blessed Anjaneya that no weapon in the world can ever harm him. Hanuman is also known as the Amsa avatar of Lord Shiva. He is one of the eleven Rudras (manifestations) of Shiva. Hanuman is also enriched with Vaishnava powers as he is a true devotee of Lord Raam, who is a manifestation of Vishnu. Therefore, Hanuman is loaded with the powers and blessings of both the supreme Lords Vishnu and Shiva.
Spiritually, Hanuman is the surrendered mind and Raam is the soul. Hnauman is power and fearlessness personified.