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Hanuman Jayanti
Hanuman JayantiHanuman, god of muscular strength, was born on a Saturday, on the full moon day of hindu month Chaitra (March-April). "Hanuman Jayanti" is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Hanuman. He was born of an apsara (celestial maiden) named Anjani and wind-god ,Marut. Hence, he is called Maruti. He is believed to be an avatar (incarnation) of Lord Shiva. Hanuman is worshipped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion.

His life was dedicated to Rama and he is a symbol of loyalty and self-surrender. Hanuman, yellow-bodied, red-faced deity, is shown wearing a red loincloth and sometimes with a crown on his head. He is usually worshiped with Rama and Sita but is shown with them in a servile position. Thus, he is considered a more perfect devotee than a deity.

For his unflinching devotion to Rama, he was given a boon by the latter, that he would be remembered in the world, as long as the name ‘Rama’ remained on people’s lips.

On the Jayanti and also on Saturdays and Tuesdays many people keep fast in honour of Hanuman and give special offerings to him. In times of trouble, it is a common faith among Hindus to chant the name of Hanuman or sing his hymn ("Hanuman Chalisa ") and proclaim "Bajrangbali Ki Jai" — "victory to thy thunderbolt strength". Hanuman temples are among the most common public shrines found in India.

In Mumbai, loud and colourful processions fill the streets, with devotees carrying large idols of Sri Hanuman and wearing masks and tails to imitate the God. The birthday of Hanumana is celebrated in true style because Sri Hanuman is considered the living embodiment of the true Karma Yogi (one whose meditation and devotion are demonstrated through work or service).

The Hanuman Temple in Mumbai comes alive before sunrise and the idol of Sri Hanuman is worshipped with oil, a puja that is unique to Hanuman Jayanthi.

When he was born, he mistook the orb of the sun for a fruit and leaped to catch it. The sun took fright and hid himself, plunging the universe to darkness. Hanuman was about to swallow it but the Gods intervened and saved the sun and thereby the universe.

He was of great service to Rama in his search for Sita and in the battle of Lanka. When Sita was abducted by Ravana, Hanuman flew over the Palk Strait. He found out her whereabouts in Lanka and consoled her. He was caught by the palace guards and his tail was set on fire. He not only saved his tail but also reduced Lanka to ashes.

He informed Rama about Sita’s enclosure and this led to a great battle. During the battle, Lakshmana, Rama’s younger brother was wounded. He was unconscious and to revive him, a special herb had to be obtained from Himalayas. Hanuman offered for help. He flew to the Himalayas but could not find the right herb. Time was running out and he took out a big part of the mountain and flew with it to Lanka. He reached in time to revive Lakshmana. In the end, Rama killed Ravana and rescued Sita.

The character of Hanuman teaches us of the unlimited power that remains untapped within each one of us. Hanuman directed all his energies towards the worship of Lord Rama, and his undying devotion made him such that he became free from all physical limitations. And, Hanuman`s only desire was to go on serving Rama. Hanuman perfectly exemplifies "Dasyabhava" devotion — one of the nine types of devotions that bonds the master and the servant. His greatness lies in his complete merger with his Lord, which also formed the base of his genial qualities.
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• Diwali• Dussehra• Mahashivratri
• Janmashtami• Holi• Pongal
• Hanuman Jayanti• Vat-Savitri• Gond Festival
• Nagpanchami• Rakhi Purnima• Rama Navami
• Vasant Panchami• Ganesh Chaturthi
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