Lord Hanuman was born on the chaitra Shukla Purnima. Lord Hanuman is also known by the names, Maruti, Pavanputra, Bajrangbali and Mahavira. Lord Hanuman is one of the most important god of India. He is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Lord Hanuman is worshipped as the greatest disciple of Lord Sri Ram.
He is seen as the symbol of devotion and loyalty and is one of the rare Hindu gods who has taken a vow of celibacy. He was born to (Wind-God) Kesari and Anjani. Hanuman became a legend mainly for his unflinching devotion and loyalty for Paramatma Lord Ram. He was an ideal karma yogi for his fearless, selfless service, humility and devotion for Lord Ram.
Lord Hanuman is the only deity that cannot be troubled by negative energies. Hanuman Jayanti is an important festival of Hindus. Hanuman is the symbol of strength and energy. Hanuman is said to be able to assume any form at will, wield rocks, move mountains, dart through the air, and seize the clouds and rival Garuda in swiftness of flight. He is worshipped in folk tradition as a deity with magical powers and the ability to conquer evil spirits.
Also known as an avatara of Lord Rama, he is considered the God of power (Maruti). On Hanuman Jayanti people observe fast, meditate on him and his Lord Rama, practice charity, read the Hanuman Chalisa and spend the day in repeating his glories and adventures and be blessed. Hanuman Jayanti is considered very auspicious for wrestlers and bodybuilders. On this day, they fast from morning till night.
Bodybuilding and wrestling competitions are organised in Indian villages. They assemble at the wrestling field after paying obeisance to Lord Hanuman. They begin their fight after both the wrestlers' shouts 'Jai Hanuman'. Attractive cash prizes are awarded to the winner. 22nd April 2016 marks Hanuman Jayanti.