Hanuman Jayanti is the Indian festival to celebrate the birth of Lord Hanuman. It is also said that Anjaneya Swamy was the incarnation of 11th Rudra avatar of Lord Shiva. He is also known as the Vanara God. He played an important role in Ramayana and was a devotee of Lord Sri Rama. He is being revered for his strength, wisdom, and dedication towards his God.
When and How to Celebrate Hanuman Jayanthi
Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated on the 15th day of Shukla paksha in Chaitra masa every year, a week after Rama Navami. It is celebrated on 8th April, Wednesday 2020. On this day people have a bath and visit Hanuman temples to offer prayers and read Hanuman Chalisa. Hanuman Chalisa is specific poetry dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is assumed to be very effective when chanted daily and especially on Hanuman Jayanti. Worshiping him imparts us with immense strength and helps in fading away fear. It is believed that chanting the Chalisa and performing aarti removes evil spirits and enemies from an individual's life. In every Indian household, he is being worshiped be it north India, south India or anywhere else. These Chalisa and hanuman aarti books are easily available every where in almost all Indian languages.
Significance of Pancha Muka Hanuman Aarti
Panchmuka Hanuman is one of the avatars of Hanuman himself. He appeared in Panchmuka's appearance when Ramayana was going on. As per the ancient history, Ravana took the help of King “Mahiravan” to kill Rama and succeed. “Mahiravan” was the king of Patal Lok and one morning during the fight, he took Rama and Lakshman with him by disguising himself as Vibhishan. To bring his lord back, hanuman took the incarnation of “Panchmuka”.
In this form, Lord Hanuman had five faces as Hayagriva, Narasimha, Hanuman, Varaha and Garuda, where the first three forms represent Lord Vishnu. Worshiping Panchmuka hanuman on Hanuman Jayanthi is a special.
- Hayagriva: This face of hanuman faces towards the sky and imparts us knowledge.
- Narasimha: Narsimha faces the south and makes us fearless and courageous.
- Hanuman: It faces the East direction and blesses us with fortune and fame.
- Varaha: Varaha faces north and gives us wealth.
- Garuda: Garuda faces the west and supports us from evil spirits.
History About Hanuman Jayanti
The history behind hanuman Jayanthi relates to his mother “Anjani”. As per ancient history, it is said that “Anjani” was a celestial woman in the court of Lord Indra, but once she danced in front of the sage Rishi Angira who cursed her. This curse is assumed to be a boon who let her took birth as a monkey and got married to “Kesari” who was the king of Mount Sumeru. Anjani was so beautiful that once the lord of Vayu got attracted to her, and carried the power of Lord Shiva to Anjani’s womb. Hanuman was born to Anjani and got famous as “Anjaneya” or “Anjani Putar”. Hanuman is the great devotee of Lord Rama.
Hanuman Chalisha Benefits
Hanuman Chalisa is a cluster of 40 poetic verses of lord hanuman written by the highly acclaimed poet “Tulsidas”. It is said that Tulsidas was jailed by Kind Aurangzeb where he wrote the Hanuman Chalisa and after the completion, a group of monkeys helped him get rescued. This Chalisa is an immense source of strength, power, fearlessness, and divinity. Reciting these verses daily in the morning instills sacredness and purity in our hearts.
- It gives strength and power to fight evil spirits.
- It helps to establish peace and prosperity in one’s life.
- Reciting of Hanuman Chalisa also helps to remove the malefic effects of planet Saturn or Shani Dev.
- Placing this Chalisa inscribed on a booklet under a pillow helps to fight fear.
- One can also get free of his bad deeds by reciting these verses daily and following a correct path.
These Hanuman Chalisa booklets are available in all Indian languages like Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi and many more and are easily available everywhere. Along with Hanuman Chalisa, the hanuman Gayatri mantra is also famous among his disciples.
“Om Aanjaneyaya vid-mahe,
Tanno hanumath prachodayaat”
Hanuman Gayatri mantra is recited to improve one's devotion, dedication, and sacredness towards the almighty.
- It helps make all the wishes come true.
- It also helps to remove any effect of black magic and other negativities.