In 2024, Hanuman Jayanti will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 23rd.

Hindu mythology describes many divine gods each having their own power and significance. When we mention Lord Ram, we also mention Lord Hanuman. Did you know that Lord Hanuman is one of the most beloved figures in Hindu mythology? He is revered as a symbol of strength, devotion, and perseverance. He is a central character in the ancient Indian epic, the Ramayana, which tells the story of Lord Rama’s journey to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana. The epic tale describes Lord Hanuman as a loyal and faithful companion to Lord Rama.

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One of the most fascinating aspects of Lord Hanuman is his unique appearance. He is often depicted as a muscular, monkey-like figure with a long tail and a bright orange complexion. Some say that his orange hue is a symbol of his unwavering devotion to Lord Rama, while others believe it represents his fiery spirit and energy. But Lord Hanuman’s physical appearance is just the beginning when it comes to his incredible qualities. He is known for his immense strength, performing amazing feats such as lifting mountains and crossing oceans. He is also believed to be incredibly intelligent and wise, with a deep understanding of Hindu scriptures and philosophy.

Devotees praise Lord Hanuman’s unwavering devotion to Lord Rama. He is considered to be the ultimate devotee of Lord Rama, always putting Lord Rama’s needs above his own. In fact, his devotion is so strong that it is said to have earned him the nickname “Ram Bhakt Hanuman,” which means “Hanuman, the devotee of Rama.”

Devotees connect with Lord Hanuman through chanting his name or reciting his prayers such as the Hanuman Chalisa. Many Hindus believe that doing so can help to invoke his strength, wisdom, and devotion in their own lives.

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What is Hanuman Jayanti?

The celebration of Hanuman Jayanti honours the birth of Lord Hanuman. Devotees observe a fast on this day. Hanuman Jayanthi is celebrated every year on the full moon day of the Hindu month Chaitra. Hanuman Jayanti is also observed on the fourteenth day of the dark fortnight in the Hindu month of Kartik in some regions.

The word Jayanti is derived from the word Jayanta which comprises two Sanskrit words “Jaya” which implies victory and “anta” which implies in the end. Thus, Jayanta/Jayanti means the one who achieves victory in the end.

Although it is well widely recognized that Lord Hanuman, also known as Rudra, is the son of Kesari and Anjana, it is also indicated that Vayu Deva (also known as Pavan Deva or God of Wind) also played a significant part in his birth. Hence Lord Hanuman is also referred to as Pavan Putra, the son of Vayu.

Lord Hanuman, also known as the Monkey God, is Lord Shiva’s 11th Rudra incarnation. He is often referred to as Bajrangbali who devoted his entire life in devotion to Lord Rama and Goddess Sita. It is believed that reciting the Hanuman Chalisa ushers good health, wealth, and success as well as aid in defeating all kinds of fears.

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When is Hanuman Jayanti 2023?

In 2024, Hanuman Jayanti will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 23rd.

Important Muhurat Timings on Hanuman Jayanti

Sunrise April 23, 6:03 AM
Sunset April 23, 6:47 PM
Purnima Tithi Begins April 23, 03:26 AM
Purnima Tithi Ends April 24, 05:18 AM

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The nation as a whole celebrates Hanuman Jayanti with great zeal and fervour. There are some common events and festivities that are conducted across the nation, even though the Hanuman Jayanti celebrations vary from state to state. Let’s look at some of the typical celebrations for Hanuman Jayanti.

Offerings of sweets and fruits, particularly bananas are made to Lord Hanuman also known as Mahaveer.

Monkeys are also worshipped and served on Hanuman Jayanti since Lord Hanuman is also known as the Vanara (Monkey) God.

The devotees recite and hear the Hanuman Chalisa.

Men also observe a fast on Hanuman Jayanti.

On Hanuman Jayanti, special plays that portray the bravery and courage of Lord Hanuman or Mahavira are also organised.

Boxers and wrestlers organise special games and competitions.

Lord Hanuman personifies power and triumph. He is known by various names such as Bajrangbali, Maruti, Anjani Putra, Anjaneya, Sankat Mochan, etc. He possesses the power to accomplish anything. The fact that Lord Rama needed Lord Hanuman to obtain the miraculous herb Sanjivani shows Lord Hanuman has the fortitude to accomplish any task.

He not only saved Laxman’s life with the Sanjivani herb but also freed the Navagrahas (nine planets) from Ravana’s trap. As a mark of appreciation for his valorous deed, the planets granted Lord Hanuman the blessing that he could lessen the malefic effects of all the planets of his devotees.. So, if you are experiencing the negative effects of any planet, praying to Lord Hanuman on Hanuman Jayanti will undoubtedly be of great benefit to you.

Puja Rituals for Hanuman Jayanti

To achieve the most blessings from a deity it is important to follow appropriate worship rituals. Let us learn how to perform the puja rituals to worship Lord Hanuman

The list of ingredients for the puja include Lord Hanuman’s idol or picture, vermillion, betel nut, jaggery, red cloth, rice, flowers, water, and Panchamrit (a mixture of milk, honey, yoghourt, sugar, and Ghee).

Place the idol of Lord Hanuman on a puja pedestal and adorn the idol with a red cloth. Apply vermillion paste on the idol as well as on the devotee’s forehead. Incense sticks and diyas are then lit and the idol is offered holy water and panchamrit.

Prayers are then offered with deep devotion and purity to appease Lord Hanuman and attain His divine blessings. One should worship the Lord with a pure mind and good thoughts.

The rituals are completed by offering flowers, rice, betel nut, jaggery, to the Lord. The devotees then recite the Hanuman Chalisa and other mantras.

The Legend of Lord Hanuman’s Birth

According to the Valmiki Ramayana Lord Hanuman was born to Anjana, an apsara, and Kesari, the king of Sumeru. Anjana was forced to be born on earth by a curse. She was only able to escape this curse after having a son. Kesari was Lord Brihaspati’s son. To escape her curse, Anjana prayed to Shiva for a son for a total of 12 long years. She consequently gave birth to Hanuman. Thus, Hanuman is thought to be an embodiment of Shiva.

The Reddish Orange idol of Lord Hanuman

Have you ever wondered why the idols of Lord Hanuman in the temples are always reddish orange in colour?

Here’s why. Rudra is said to have been born in the Vanara (monkey) tribe with a body that is reddish orange in hue. As a result, the colour of Lord Hanuman’s idols is constant.

Other beliefs hold that Goddess Sita was once applying vermilion and Lord Hanuman inquired as to the rationale behind it. She informed him that she is doing this to ensure her husband’s longevity. Additionally, she assured Lord Hanuman that Lord Rama’s life would be prolonged by the amount of vermillion she applied. Since Lord Hanuman was such a devout follower of Lord Rama, he covered his whole body in vermillion to grant Lord Rama immortality. This is another reason why Lord Hanuman idols are always covered in vermillion.

Hanuman Jayanti Celebrations across India

Given that Hanuman Jayanti is one of India’s most important festivals, this day is observed with great fervour. Prayers are offered and Lord Hanuman is worshipped before sunrise since He was born at sunrise. Let’s learn how Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated across India.

In Maharashtra, Hanuman Jayanti is observed in the month of Chaitra where devotees worship Lord Hanuman with pure mind and soul. In southern India in the state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated for forty one days commencing from Chaitra Purnima and concluding during the Krishna Paksha on the Dashami Tithi of Vaisakha month.

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In Tamil Nadu and Kerala it is celebrated as Hanumath Jayanti in the month of Margazhi or Margashirsha Amavasya during the months of December-January. Karnataka celebrates Hanuman vratam on Shukla Paksha Trayodashi in the month of Margashirsha.

Devotees in Orissa celebrate Hanuman Jayanti on the first day of April by visiting Hanuman temples and seeking the divine blessings of the lord.

Worshipping Lord Hanuman to Reduce Effects Of Sade Sati

It is often said worshipping Lord Hanuman helps to overcome the malefic effects of Sade Sati in one’s horoscope. Here are some of the rituals that can help mitigate the Sade Sati effects.

Pour oil in a bowl and immerse 14 grains of black urad dal. The devotee must then see the reflection of their face in the oil and the oil is then offered to Lord Hanuman. It is considered that the oil absorbs the entire negative energies which are then destroyed by Lord Hanuman when it is offered to Him.

We wish all our readers a Happy Hanuman Jayanti!

Hanuman Jayanti dates from 2024 to 2028

Year Date Day
2024 April 23rd Tuesday
2025 April 12th Saturday
2026 April 2nd Thursday
2027 April 20th Tuesday
2028 April 9th Sunday

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