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Hanuman Jayanti: Simple Puja and worship of Hanuman on Jayanti

Hanuman Jayanti is falling on April 11, 2017 Tuesday. Puja timings for Hanuman start 10:22 am on 10th April, 2017 and end 11.37 am on 11th April, 2017. The most important consideration on this day is how to worship Lord Hanuman. If you traverse the land of Bharata (India) you will find different folks worship Hanuman in different ways. There are a number of ways to worship Hanuman.

Jayanti is derived from the Sanskrit words Jaya and Anta which mean ‘victory’ and ‘end’ (in the end); the one who triumphs in the end. Jayanti is a feminine form of Jayanta. In the Mundaka Upanishad, a verse सत्यमेव जयते satyamev Jayate underlines the essence of Truth. ‘Sat Evem Jayte’. Truth (sat) alone (evem) triumphs (jayate). The one who stands victorious despite odds is worshipped on their day. Lord Hanuman who assisted his master Lord Ramachandra in a ghastly battle against the evil forces of Ravana emerged victorious. Why? Because he was with the Sat (Lord Ramachandra). The Bhagvad Gita calls the Absolute Lord as om tat sat. He is the Truth and one who treads the path of the Righteous Transcendence emerges victorious. Therefore we worship Lord Hanuman on his jayanti.

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How to Worship Lord Hanuman:

Generally, Hanuman Jayanti is marked on Full Moon day during Chaitra month (April). On his Jayanti, we worship the auspicious birth of Lord Hanuman. It is celebrated differently in different states. For instance, it is celebrated for forty one days in Andhra beginning on Chaitra Purnima (April) and concluding on the tenth day in Vaishakha (May). It is known as Hanumanth Jayanthi in Tamil Nadu followed during January-December. In Karnataka, it is known as Hanuman Vratam celebrated in January-December. Despite different cultural beliefs, the essence of worshiping his divinity, his childhood pastimes, heroic acts and ultimate surrender unto the lotus feet of his master Ramachandra remains the same. There are two ways to worship Lord Hanuman; traditional worship and meditating on the qualities of Hanuman.

Idol Worship (traditional)

  • Light up a mustard oil lamp and chant: Om shree Ramdut Hanumate Namah: Deepam Darshayami
  • Offer mustard oil, a coconut and a garland of betel leaves (21, 31 or 51).
  • Offer some sindoor to Lord Hanuman with the mantra: Om Shree Ramdut Hanumate Namah: Gandham Samarpayami.
  • Offer some flowers (hibiscus, jasmine or dhatura flowers) with the mantra: Om Shree Ramdut Hanumate Namah: Pushpam Samarpyami.
  • Offer dhoop and chant: Om shree Ramdut Hanumate Namah: Dhoopam Agrapayami
  • Circumambulate the idol reciting the Hanuman Chalisa. If this is not possible then circumambulate with a mantra Om Hanumante Namah. Then take a seat and recite the Chalisa from your prayer book.
  • Offer sweets like Laddu and chant: Om shree Ramdut Hanumate Namah: Naivaidyam Nivedayami.

One can worship this way on Hanuman Jayanti. In fact one can worship him this way regularly. If not possible, the other way is to meditate. Meditation here does not mean closing the eyes focusing on the void. No. It means to read more about Hanuman and his qualities and remembering them. One can simply read scriptures such as the Ramayana or hear from a spiritual master the pastimes of Lord Hanuman throughout his life. The greatest quality of Hanuman is his surrender unto his master Lord Rama. Lord Hanuman epitomized both humility as well as punishment to the miscreants. Whenever challenged by enemies, Hanuman left no stone unturned while beating them else he always protected sages and the saintly-minded.

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Rudraksha bead and Hanuman:

This is one of the best ways to stay in touch with the divine energies of the Absolute Truth. Rudraksha beads represent the all-auspicious Shiva. All the beads (One Mukhi to Twenty Mukhis) are ruled by deities. A Fourteen Mukhi Rudraksha bead is ruled by Lord Hanuman himself. Hanuman was the divine incarnation of Shiva Himself who participated in Lord Rama’s pastime on Earth. Wearing a Fourteen Mukhi Rudraksha bead on Hanuman Jayanti is an auspicious ritual. Benefits of this bead are Enhanced willpower, sensory control, balance of mind, strength and courage as it symbolizes excellence, victory and success. One can wear a Fourteen Mukhi Rudraksha bead as a bracelet, a mala or a pendant.

Legends of Hanuman:

Born in a Vanar (Monkey) community, Lord Hanuman is the son of Kesari and Anjana. His birth name was Anjneya (Son of Anjana), but throughout his life he was addressed by names derived from his heroic acts. In his childhood, Lord Hanuman was very playful.

It is mentioned in the Vedic scriptures that once the child Hanuman saw the Sun and thought it was a ripe fruit. He began following the Sun with the intention of eating it. Lord Surya was scared of this little child, who insisted on having him. Finally Lord Indra intervened and attempted to convince him to let go of Surya. But Hanuman was adamant, and finally Indra decided to teach this child Hanuman a lesson and hit him on his cheeks and he fell on the ground. This infuriated Lord Varun, the God of Air and he decided to suck out all air from earth. This caused a great havoc on earth because people, trees and animals began dying due to lack of air. Finally, the other gods came to the rescue. Each of them blessed Hanuman with many powers and Lord Indra too gave him a boon of immortal life.

During the war against the evil forces of Ravana, Lord Hanuman was one of the chief warriors in Lord Ram’s army. He visited Lanka and gave a ring to Mother Sita to reassure Her that Lord Ram was coming to rescue Her. On the battlefield, when Lord Rama’s brother, Lakshmana was injured and fell unconscious, Hanuman lifted the whole Dronagiri Mountain and brought it home when he could not find the Sanjivani herb that grew there. It is believed that Lord Hanuman was also a part of the epic battle, Mahabharata. Although he did not participate in the war but he imprinted his presence on Arjun’s flag on his chariot. It was due to Lord Hanuman and Krishna’s combined power and protection that Arjuna’s chariot could sustain numerous attacks in the war.

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