Hanuman Jayanti | Reminder of Selflessness

Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated every year in India to venerate the birth of Hindu Lord, Hanuman. It is celebrated annually in the Hindi month of Chaitra (Chaitra Pournima) on 15th day of the Shukla Paksha. During Hanuman Jayanti celebration, the Hanuman temples are inundated with devotees since morning as devotees offer prayers from early morning after a holy bath. Hanuman Jayanti is considered a significant festival among Hindus and is celebrated with religious fervour and enthusiasm.

Hanuman Jayanti | Significance

People from the Hindu religion worship Lord Hanuman as a divine creature. This festival holds a lot of importance to Brahmacharis, wrestlers and bodybuilders. Lord Hanuman is known by many names like Bajrangabali, Pavanasuta, Pavankumar, Mahavira, Balibima, Marutsuta, Anjanisut, Sankat Mochan, Anjaneya, Maruti, Rudra and many more. Hanuman avatar is considered as the 11th Rudra avatar of the Lord Siva with great devotion, strength, knowledge, divine power, bravery, intelligence, spirit for selfless service and etc. Hanuman devoted his life for his Lord Rama and Mata Sita.

Hanuman Jayanti | History

Once, a great saint named Angira went to visit the heaven king, Indra and welcomed there through the dance presented by a damsel named, Punjiksthala. However, saint was not used of that type dance and started meditating on his God. After the end of dance, he was asked by the Indra about the performance of dance. He was silent and said that I was in deep meditation to my Almighty because I have no interest in such dance. It was very ashamed to the Indra and damsel; she started disappointing the saint and then cursed by the Angira that "Behold! You shall degrade to earth from Swarg. You will be born as a female monkey in the mountain forests".

She then felt sorry and regretted to the saint then a merciful saint supported her through blessings like, "A great devotee of Paramatma will be born to you. He will forever serve Paramatma". She became the daughter of Kunjar (king of the monkeys on earth) and got married to the Kapiraj Kesari of the Mount Sumeru. She gave birth to the Hanuman with the help of five divine factors such as curse and blessings of the saint Angira, her prayers, blessings of Lord Shiva, blessings of Vayu deva and Putreshti Yagna's fruit. It is considered that Lord Shiva had to rebirth as a human being on the earth in his 11th Rudra avatar in the form of Hanuman as He could not serve to the Lord Rama by being in His real form.

The whole Vanara community including all the human fraternity was happy and celebrated his birthday with great enthusiasm and joy by dancing, singing and lots of activities. From then, it was started celebrating as a Hanuman Jayanti by his devotees to get strength and wisdom like him.

Hanuman Jayanti | Reminder of Selflessness

Hanuman was the embodiment of selflessness. He dedicated a major part of his youth to Lord Rama and Sita and went down in history as their most devout follower. He was fiercely loyal and accompanied Lord Rama throughout. Also, despite his physical prowess and supernatural abilities, he was quite humble and was always seen with folded hands. These qualities make Hanuman the most renowned of devotees to ever have existed. This Hanuman Jayanti, let us learn from Lord Hanuman that we might have our strengths and weaknesses inside-out, but we must remember to strike a balance and be humble.



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