Hanuman Janmotsav 2023: What is Hanuman Jayanti? Importance and Cultural Traditions
Hanuman Jayanti, is a festival entirely devoted to Lord Hanuman, it is a celebration of his birthday. The festival is either held on Chaitra month (April-May) or Vaisakhi month (May-June). This day is observed with great zeal and excitement in different parts of the country and on this auspicious day, a large number of Hanuman Bakht’s or devotees practise fasting or vrat in order to obtain his blessings.
When is Hanuman Jayanti in 2023?
This year the festival falls on 6th April.
What is Hanuman Jayanti?
The Sanskrit words “Jaya and Anta,” which signify “victory and end,” are the origin of the name “Jayanti”, one who ultimately succeeds. The feminine version of Jayanta is Jayanti. Hanuman Jayanti, is the birthday of Lord Hanuman and entirely devoted to him.
It is observed differently across the nation, symbolising the nation’s diversity while preserving its unity. The Hanuman Chalisa is recited on this day. Hanuman Ji was a follower of LordRam and exhibited the ideal balance of devotion, bravery, and wisdom. It is said that only through him can we approach Lord Rama.
हनुमान जी का जन्म कब हुआ था?
Many sources in India claim where Hanuman was born, but which one is true? However, throughout India, the presence of his mother Anjani’s temple, serves as proof of his birthplace. It is implied in the Valmiki Ramayana that Hampi in Karnataka is most likely the place that is closest to the truth.
The Story of Hanuman :
According to the Ramayana, the greatest Hindu epic, Hanuma ji was reportedly born to parents Kesari and Anjana of the Vanar (monkey) clan. He was believed to be the manifestation of Lord Shiva, and his only purpose in being was to serve Lord Rama.
As mentioned in the Vedic scriptures, the legend goes that when Bajrangbali was a young child, he saw a sun and mistakenly believed it to be a ripe fruit and followed it with the purpose of eating it. Lord Indra stepped in and ordered him to leave, but Hanuman ji remained persistent, thus he got smacked on the cheeks and he fell.
Infuriated, Lord Varun, (God of air), decided to remove all the air from earth, which caused immense chaos on the planet. All the gods united and came to save everyone, bestowing Lord Hanuman with numerous abilities and Lord Indra bestowing upon him immortality.
He was mother Sita’s constant companion and reassurance that Lord Ram was on the way to save her throughout the battle with Ravana. He demonstrates his dedication to and deep faith in Lord Ram; he even helped Lakshman after he was hurt on the battlefield by giving him the herb Sanjivani.
Hanuman ji was a bold and valiant who would risk anything to defend the people he cared about. He represents courage and devotion.
Significance of Hanuman Jayanti :
Many ancient Hindu texts allude to the idea that in order to attain the Maryada Purshottam and get Lord Ram’s blessings, one must pray to Lord Hanuman. Yet, Lord Ram can only be reached through Pavan Putra Hanuman, who is claimed to ease one’s sadness and worries.
Hence, in order to obtain the blessings of Lord Ram and Hanuman Ji, this festival is observed. Lord Hanuman is a powerful protector since he is a devotee of Ram ji and the sankat mochan.
Cultural Traditions of the Festival :
In India, the cultural traditions of Hanuman Jayanti may differ depending on the state, however some common customs include:
Fasting: A sign of reverence for the deity, many followers practise a fast on Hanuman Jayanti.
Puja & prayers: Devotees visit temples and offer special prayers and puja to Lord Hanuman. Offering flowers, fruits, sweets, while reciting hymns and mantras in his honour.
Recitation of the Hanuman Chalisa: It is a hymn of devotion to Lord Hanuman. Reciting the Hanuman Chalisa on Hanuman Jayanti is thought to be lucky.
Processions: Processions are paraded through the streets of several regions of India. Large statues of Lord Hanuman are carried during these processions, and worshippers sing bhajans and chant hymns.
Hanuman Jayanti is also a time for charitable giving and donations to the community. For Hindus who revere Lord Hanuman, Hanuman Jayanti is, in general, a day of joy, devotion, and celebration.
Which Gemstone is associated with Lord Hanuman?
The red coral gemstone is recommended for Lord Hanuman since in Hinduism he is frequently associated with the planet Mars (also known as moonga stone). The virtues that Lord Hanuman exemplifies—courage, power, and confidence—are all said to be brought to the wearer by red coral stones. Also, it is thought to defend against negative energies and advance both general bodily and mental wellness.
Nonetheless, it is best to seek advice from a qualified astrologer or gemmologist before donning any gemstone to make sure it is appropriate for your unique needs and circumstances.
This day is recognised as a whole to represent the human-like strength we need to shield ourselves from our fears and drive evil forces from our life. It’s the day of unwavering dedication, excitement, and zeal.