Hanuman Jayanti - Why We Celebrate and What It Means

One of Hinduism's most powerful and well-known deities, Hindus hold a large event called Hanuman Jayanti to commemorate Hanuman Janmotsav, or Hanuman's birthday. 

The auspicious festival of Hanuman Jayanti is observed throughout the majority of India on the day of the full moon (Purnima) in the Chaitra month, which often falls in March or April according to the English calendar. 

Moving on to south India, however, different states commemorate it on different days. It is observed on the Margashirsha Amavasya (new moon day) in Tamil Nadu and Kerala whereas it is observed on the tenth day of the Krishna Paksha of the Vaisakha month in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Odisha, an eastern Indian state, celebrates Hanuman Jayanti on the first day of the month of Vaisakha, while Karnataka celebrates this fortunate holiday on Shukla Paksha Trayodashi (the 13th day) of the Margashirsha month (in April).

The most potent being in all realms, Lord Hanuman is said to be an incarnation of Lord Siva (11th Rudra). He is revered as the embodiment of devotion, faith, bravery, strength, energy, and selfless love by Hindu worshippers. 

One of the most well-known heroes and the main figure in the Hindu epic Ramayana is Lord Hanuman. He was born to help Lord Ram, according to the epic, and is a Vanara (a humanoid form that resembles a monkey).

Festival of Hanuman Jayanti

Why We Celebrate Hanuman Jayanti and What It Means

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Lord Hanuman is a widely venerated deity who has the power to defeat all ills and protect all of His followers. Devotees attend Hanuman temples on the auspicious Hanuman Jayanti day and offer prayers. Since Lord Hanuman was born at sunrise, worshippers execute a number of rituals in the early morning hours after taking a holy bath in honor of him. 

They dab red vermilion (red tilak) on the idol of Hanuman, recite hymns and mantras, recite the Hanuman Chalisa, offer Diya, give sweets and coconuts as Prasad, perform Aarti, and perform Pradakshina in accordance with tradition. It's customary to recite the Hanuman Chalisa or lines from the Ramayana (Sundarakand) on this day. After the puja is finished, devotees spread Prasada and apply crimson sindoor to their foreheads.

Meaning of Hanuman Jayanti

Lord Hanuman is revered as a representation of tenacity, wisdom, and devotion. He is regarded as the eleventh Rudra form of Lord Shiva. He is thought to be an immortal entity with incredible power to drive away any form of temptation or negativity. 

Lord Hanuman is a devoted follower of Lord Ram and Sita, and he has never displayed his bravery or might in vain. These kinds of attributes can be attained on this day by praying to Lord Hanuman and reciting mantras in his honour.

Hanuman Jayanti

According to Hindu legend, the only way to contact Lord Rama and have Him grant all of your requests is through Lord Hanuman, and Hanuman Jayanti is the most auspicious day for this. Lord Hanuman is a benevolent God who looks for His followers in addition to being Lord Rama's utmost devotee. Devotees firmly think that regularly repeating the almighty song Hanuman Chalisa aids in overcoming all sorrows and challenges.

Traditions surrounding Hanuman Jayanti state that Lord Hanuman was born on a full moon day and that his father, Kesari, was Lord Brihaspati's son. His mother, Anjana, was a heavenly being (apsara) who was forced to reside on earth by a sage. Only after spending a total of 12 years worshipping Lord Siva and giving birth to Lord Hanuman was she freed from her curse. Hanuman is seen as Lord Shiva's manifestation or reflection as a result (11th Rudra avatar).

The birth of Hanuman and the part played by Vayu dev (God of wind) are both brilliantly described in Goswami Tulsi Das' sacred epic Ram Charita Manas. According to the epic, Vayu God was crucial in transferring Lord Siva's force to Anjana, the mother of Hanuman. As a result, Lord Hanuman is frequently referred to as Vayuputra, which means Vayu's son.

Devotees like remembering Hanuman as a mischievous child figure on the auspicious Hanuman Jayanti day. One such myth describes how He ascended to high heights, overcame many mountains, and devoured the Sun, believing it to be a ripe fruit. 

The small Hanuman was stopped in His tracks by the evil planet Rahu, which was on its way to eclipsing the Sun. Rahu was easily beaten by Hanuman (who later requested Indra, the king of heaven, for assistance). Indra immediately reacted by unleashing His mighty weapon, the Vajra (thunderbolt), which struck the child Hanuman and rendered Him unconscious.

After this incident, the god Vayu saw his son unconscious on Earth and became furious, making life miserable for all creatures. Later, after realising their error, Lord Indra and the other gods revived the young Hanuman and bestowed upon Him numerous blessings.


Hanuman is an incarnation of Lord Shiva and a follower of Lord Rama. Hanuman Jayanti is a holiday commemorating his birth. Devotees gather in great numbers at Hanuman temples on the day of Hanuman Jayanti to give early morning prayers. 

For Hindus, it is a significant holiday, which we observe with great zeal. People worship Hanuman Chalisa and perform aarti in his honor because they believe He is the physical manifestation of Ram-Naam. He is a genuine Karma Yogi and the model of a selfless follower. He gave Lord Sri Rama his whole love and devotion and was a wonderful devotee. 

Every year, on the auspicious Hanuman Jayanti holiday, worshippers worship Lord Hanuman with sincere devotion. Some even go without food for the entire day in order to ask for His blessings for a prosperous life.

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