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Hanuman's Birthday

Hanuman Jayanti - Hanuman's Birthday

The birthday of Hanuman is observed on the full moon (Purnima) day in the Hindu month of Chaitra (March - April). Hanuman symbolizes strength, devotion and selflessness. He is the greatest devotee of Lord Rama and he is considered an ideal devotee.

Hanuman, the monkey god and the son of Vayu. He is an ideal devotee giving his life in devotion to Shri Rama. He represents courage and devotion.

According to the epic Ramayana, Anjana was worshipping Lord Shiva, while Dasaratha, the King of Ayodhya, was performing the Putrakama Yagya in order to have children. As a prasad, he received kheer (rice pudding). This kheer was to be eaten by the three wives of King Dashratha which led to the births of Shri Rama, Lakshman, Bharata and Shatrughana. By divine ordinance, a bird snatched a bit of the kheer and dropped it while flying over the forest where Anjana was worshipping. Vayu carried the falling Prasad to the hands of Anjana, who consumed it. Hanuman was born to her as a result and he is known as Pawanputra, the son of Vayu.

According to Ramayana, Vanaras are created by Brahma to help Rama in a battle against Ravana. Vanaras are powerful monkeys who have many godly traits. After Vanaras were created they began to organize into armies and spread across the forests. They helped Rama in his search for his wife, Sita, who had been abducted by Ravana. Later when Rama needed to cross over to Sri Lanka, they made a bridge of stones that magically floated to the surface and enable Rama to cross the sea and defeat Ravana in order to rescue Sita.

Hanuman Jayanti always on the full moon after Ramnavami.


by Komila Sutton

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