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Indian Festivals

Hanuman Jayanti on 06 Apr 2023 (Thursday)

It is called to be the birth day of Lord Hanuman and falls on the full moon (Purnima) day in the Hindu month of Chaitra as per the calendar. He is considering being the representation of Lord Vishnu ji. He is the soul with all the qualities which normal human being wants i.e. strength, wisdom and service. His powers are incredible as he can easily displace mountains, can take any form, can increase or decrease his size, can cross oceans, can take the parikarma of this planet within few hours and can move as per the speed of light. The meaning of Letters of the word of Hanuman name as follows: H = Hopefulness A = Admiration N = Nobility U = Understanding M = Mastery over ego A = Achievements N = Nishkama-karma. Keeping his day will make us the part of his utmost dedication to the God. We also tend to taste the flavour of his truthfulness, loyalty, proud, wisdom, intellect and many more qualities when we hear his stories from the ancestors or watch the holy book "Ramayana”. He has various names as Maruti, Anjanisut, Anjaneya, Pavansut, Bajrang and many more. Each name has been given to him because of his one or the other attribute like as he is the son of Pawan so Pavansut. It is said that everything which occur, there is a reason of the same, so this deity takes the form of monkey when he come on the earth to help Lord Ram to accomplish his task.   

Pooja Timing:
Significance: If this day is observed with full respect then the deity will take all your problems and make your life worth living. Any person of any age can keep the fast. It helps to fulfil all your wishes. People used to remember him in various ups and downs in life, for good luck and health.  

Celebrated in: It has crossed the national boundaries and celebrated throughout the world. The real evidence of this is the current US president who is the staunch fan of this deity and observe this day with full respect and dedication. Geographically it varies in the way it is observed and the timing like in AP it is lionized after 41 days of Deeksha which begins on Chaitra Purnima, in Tamil Nadu during the Margazhi month and in Karnataka devotees keep fast. At some places it comes before one day of Diwali.

Pooja Items:
Chauki,Red Cloth, Vermilion, Coloured Farinaceous Powder, Desi Ghee, Clay Lamp, Red Sandal, Pure & Clean Water, Sacred Thread, Unbroken Rice, Betel, Flowers, Incense Powder, Sweets, Dry Fruits, Seasonal Fruits, Betal-Nut, Mixture of Milk, Curd etc.
A square-shaped table of short height, usually called Chauki, Red cloth to cover the Chauki, Vermilion, Coloured farinaceous powder, which is applied by Hindus on one-another’s face or/and forehead on certain ceremonies, Ghee (Butter oil), Clay lamp, Red Sandal, Pure and Clean Water, Sacred thread usually called Ydyopaweet, Odorous material (perfume), Unbroken rice, Betel, Flowers, Incense powder usually called Dhoop, Sweets prepared by gram-flour (Naivaidya), Dry fruits, Seasonal Fruits, Betal-nut, Mixture of milk, curd, sugar, ghee and honey, called Panchaamrit, Aasan (square-shaped small mat, made of wool straw or hay on which one person may sit comfortably), Coconut, Red powder made of turmeric and lime. Usually called Roli, Aloe-wood stick known as AGRA-BATTI, Incense powder’s known as DHOOP BATTI, Pot of clay (pitcher) known as KALASH, after it being installed as such, filled with water, Wreath (garland of flowers), Camphor, Sacred red and yellow threads used in Hindu ceremonies to tie it at writ known as KALAWA, Cloves, Turmeric Powder, Soft green grass.
The pooja should be done under the guidance of some spiritual guru.
Pooja Vidhi: People used to keep vrat on this day to get the blessing of this deity as he is considered to be the diehard follower of Shri Ram. To learn his discipline and the protocol of his life one can’t get all in one life but required many birth to become like him. He is the foundation of strength and inspires human being never fear of anything instead always remembers Shri Ram who takes care of all the hurdles. People used to go to temple and apply sindur first to the idol of deity from forehead to the tail and then to their forehead. People used to donate or serve the monkeys with different food items on this day. Then at any point of time people used to chant his mantra or Hanuman chalisa which is consider taking all your woes. 
Anything which is of red colour like cloth or flag is offered to the deity. Bhog is given to Lord which includes sandalwood mixed with saffron, oleander flower, incense sticks, lamps, pure ghee of cow,and Kasar Ladoo (made by baking wheat in ghee and mixing jaggery in it). Lord Hanuman is pleased by offering coconut and parts of trees. Also, Dakh-Churma is used in Bhog. Fruits like banana etc. are offered. Aarti is performed using camphor. Lord is bowed, worshipped and then, Bhajan, Kirtans and Jagrans are performed. On the day of hanuman Jayanti, Sundar Kand and Hanuman Chalisa etc, are read. Mela or fairs are organised at many places, on this day. Some famous places are, Salasar, Mehendipur, Chandpol.
The worshipper should take bath and doled on neat and clean clothes. He should keep his heart clean, and bind his shikha the distinctive lock of his hair. He should bear YAGYOPAVEET, the sacred thread.

Than he should place the CHAUKI, and cover it by a red cloth. After this the diety of Hanumanji and Ganeshji are to be installed.
Kalash, the clay-pot filled with water, be kept before the diety and a lamp filled with Ghee should be lighted and incense sticks (Dhoopvatti, Agarvatti) should be smoked. After this preparation the devotee is to venerate the God Ganesh, reading his hymn. Then Swashtivachan (well-being-verses), Pavitrikaran (Purification verses) and Bhootshudhi (getting free of evilspirits verses) are to be followed. Then comes the Resolution (SANKALP). After Resolution worship procedure is to be adopted. In the end Hanuman chalisa (Verses in praise of Hanumanji) Bajrang van, Sankat Mochan, Hanuman ashtak, should be sung.

After this to conclude the worship Aarati (to circulate the lighted lamp before the Deity in a circle from left to right) should be performed. By Prada-Kshina (circulative movement about the deity from left to right) and offering the flowers the worship should be solemnized.

Note: Here are some significant-mythical verses also to worship Shri Hanumanji, to please him, to get special desired fulfilled. When Hanumanji is to be worshipped for the fulfillment of such desires, it is called spiritual endeavour or performance. Its process should be learnt from a competent Teacher (Guru) and this should be done in his direction.

Legend: It is said, when Dashratha distributed kheer, received from Lord Agni, to his three wives, then a Kite snatched the bowl and took some portion of kheer in his mouth, from queen Keikeyi. When this Kite flew from the top of Devi Anjana’s house, she was looking up.

Few drops of Kheer were fell in the mouth of Anjana as, her mouth was open during that time. And, spontaneously, she ate that Kheer. As a result, incarnation of Lord Shiva, that is God Hanuman, was born from her. On Tuesday of Chaitra Masa, Purnima, Lord Hanuman was born with a Janeu.
Note: Girls or ladies are said to make distance from the deity as he is considered to be bachelor. Tuesday and Saturday is dedicated to him. You should celebrate at least for both these days.
Q: What is the significance of applying the sindur?
A: The sindur is said to bring the good luck.
Q: What else is popular on this day?
A: As it is believed that Lord Hanuman tends to find Mata Sita and vandalise the Lanka on this day.