Very rare of us might be knowing actual reason of celebrating Hanuman Jayanti. Not only this, Hanuman Jayanti is also known by the name Hanumath Jayanti. This auspicious day is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Sri Hanuman, who is famously respected throughout India. The event is celebrated on the 15th day of the Shukla Paksha, during the month of Chaitra (the Chaitra Pournimaa).
Lord Hanuman is an ardent devotee of Lord Sri Rama. He is widely known and worshiped for his unflinching devotion to Sri Rama. From dawn, devotees visit Hanuman temples to worship him and get his blessings.
Hanuman Jayanti is an important festival of the Hindus. Hanuman is the symbol of strength and energy. Hanuman is said to be able to assume any form at will, wield the gada including many celestial weapons, move mountains, dart through the air, seize the clouds and equally rival Garuda in swiftness of flight. He is worshiped as a deity with the ability to conquer evil spirits and provide protection.
If we put some flash on the worship, then we get to know that the devotees visit temples and apply tilaka of sindoor to their foreheads from Hanuman’s idol as Hanuman himself was of that color. In South India, especially Tamil Nadu Hanuman jayanthi is celebrated on the Margazhi month of Moola nakshathram. It is said that Hanuman was born on the moola nakshathra in Marghazi month.
Hanuman Jayanti in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is on May 21, 2017. Hanuman Jayanthi is celebrated for 41-days which starts on Chaitra Purnima and ends on the tenth day during Krishna Paksha in Vaishakha month. Apart from conducting prayers and pujas, people also undertake pilgrimages during the 41-day Deeksha period.
In Maharashtra, Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated on the full moon day (purnima) of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra. A special feature of Hanuman Jayanti is that according to some religious almanacs (panchāngs) the birthday of Hanuman falls on the fourteenth day (chaturdashi) in the dark fortnight of the month of Ashvin while according to others it falls on the full moon day in the bright fortnight of Chaitra. On this day, in a Hanuman temple spiritual discourses are started at dawn. Hanuman was born at sunrise. At that time the spiritual discourse is stopped and the offering of food (Prasad) is distributed to everyone.
Spiritual discourses are organised in most of the Hindu temples on this day. Lord Hanuman is considered as the most powerful being in all the loka’s (realms).
Wish you all a very Happy Hanuman Jayanti!!!