Hanuman Jayanti 2020 Date: Tithi Time, What to Do on Hanuman Jayanti, How To Worship Hanuman Ji
Hanuman Jayanti (8th April, 2020 Wednesday) is celebrated to mark the birthday of Lord Hanuman. The most important consideration on this day is how to worship Lord Hanuman. Generally, the festival is observed either in Chaitra Month (April-May) generally on the day of Chaitra Purnima or in Vaishakha Month (May-June). If you traverse the land of Bharata (India) you will find different folks worshipping the deity of Lord Hanuman in different ways. It is popularly celebrated in northern India Chaitra Purnima is the most popular. In southern India, it is celebrated for forty one days in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana starting on Chaitra Purnima and concluding on the tenth day in Vaishakha Month (Krishna Paksha). People from Tamil Nadu celebrate it as Hanumath Jayanthi during Margashirsha Amavasya (December-January) and those from Karnataka celebrate it as Hanuman Vratam on Shukla Paksha Trayodashi during the same month.
Main highlights on this day include the ritualistic/scriptural worship of Lord Hanuman, reading of Hanuman Chalisa, Ramayana and Mahabharata, fasting and devotional service. It is said that one can approach Lord Rama only through Hanuman because Hanuman displayed a perfect amalgamation of devotion, valor, intelligence and surrender to Lord Rama. Only he can easily mitigate all of your sufferings; mental, emotional or physical.
Meaning of Jayanti:
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 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 because, he was with 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.
Rudra Centre Puja Services performed Hanuman Jayanti Maha Puja on 8th April 2020
Rudra Centre Puja Services performed Hanuman Jayanti Puja on 8th April with 108 recitations of Hanuman Chalisa, 11000 chants of Hanuman mantra, Homa and aarti. Prayers were offered to the mighty Hanuman for giving the world strength and protection.
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 Rama’s army. He visited Lanka and gave a ring to Sita to reassure Her that Lord Rama 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 Arjuns flag on his chariot. It was due to Lord Hanuman’s and Krishna’s combined power and protection that Arjuna’s chariot could sustain numerous attacks in the war.
Did you know? Lord Hanuman ji history has always been fascinating to scholars, thinkers and mythologists from across the world. There are interesting facts about Hanuman that one must know.
Lord Shiva always eager to take part in the leelas (pastimes) the divya yojna (divine plan) of Vishnu incarnated as Hanuman.
Hanuman was born to a woman who was cursed to be a female ape; a curse that could only be reversed if she begot an incarnation of Shiva.
Lord Rama and Laksmana met Hanuman at Rishyamukha.
Hanuman is regarded as a celibate being in most relevant scriptures. However, in the Khmer Reamker and Thai Ramakien, Hanuman is believed to have Suvannamaccha as his mate.
The figure of Hanuman is carved on a Kataram, a dagger used by the Nairs as a weapon in Kalaripayattu (martial arts) in Kerala.
Hanuman’s last promise to Lord Rama was that he would secretly stay on the earth as long as the name of Rama would be sung, glorified, remembered and worshiped.
How to Worship Lord Hanuman, Hanuman Puja Vidhi:
Lord Hanuman birthday is celebrated on Full Moon day during Chaitra month (April). There are a number of ways to worship Hanuman. On this festival day, people visit Hanuman temples to worship him with religious offerings. The temple priests or pujaris distribute prasadam such as flowers, sweets, coconuts, udi (sacred ash), Ganga Jal (holy waters of River Ganga) to the devotees assembled for worship. On his Jayanti, we worship the auspicious birth of Lord Hanuman. 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 in all states. There are two ways to worship Lord Hanuman; traditional worship and meditating on the qualities of Hanuman. Deity 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.
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.
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