Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Hanuman. This year the festival falls on April 16.
The Ramayana and the devotion of Hanuman to Lord Ram, he had helped Ram in all aspects of his life from lifting the Dronagiri parvat in search of Sanjeevani Booty to bringing back Sita from Lanka.
Significance of Hanuman Jayanti:
Lord Hanuman is believed to be born to Anjana, the wife of Vanaraja Kesari- who is the King of Monkeys- when she was cursed by Muni Vishwamitra for disturbing him. It is also believed that Anjana worshipped Lord Shiva to get rid of the curse. Some also say that she had worshipped and urged him to be a part of the child in her womb. And that is why it is said that Hanuman is an incarnation of Lord Shiva.
King Dasharatha had performed the Putrakameshti yagna ritual to have children. He had received sacred payasam after performing the ritual. But a kite caught the fragment of it and that is how Pawan Deva (The God of Wind) handed Hanuman to Anjana and that's how Hanuman was born. Thus, Hanuman is also known as Pawan Putra Hanuman.
Known to be a follower of Lord Ram, Hanuman played a major role in Ramayana during the battle between Ram and Ravana. Hanuman is believed to be a symbol of strength and energy and is worshipped as a deity who attained victory against all odds.
On Hanuman Jayanti, devotees worship Hanuman and seek protection and blessing by singing Hanuman Chalisa and Sundar Kaand. Also, devotees offer food and flowers to Hanuman and later distribute them as prasad.
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Hanuman Jayanti Pooja Vidhi:
On the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti, people fast the entire day. They have a shower, wear clean clothes, and visit the Hanuman temples to offer flowers and garlands. Devotees also recite Hanuman Chalisa and Sundar Kand on this day.
It is believed that by worshipping Hanuman on this day, devotees get rid of their fears and failures. They forget their troubles and attract positiveness under His grace.
Lord Hanuman is called the son of Vayu and is also thus referred to as Pawanputra and Maruti Nandan which translates to son of Wind God. His other names are Sankatmochan and Dukhbhanjan as he is believed to help people get rid of their problems and sorrows. Hanuman was born to Anjana who was a cursed apsara. She was redeemed from the curse after giving birth to Hanuman. According to legend, Anjana and her husband Kesari prayed to Rudra for a child and by his direction, Vayu transferred his male energy to Anjana's womb and this is the reason Hanuman is known as the son of Vayu.