SRI RAMA RAMA RAMETI RAME RAME MANORAME
SAHASRANAMA TATTULYAM RAMA NAMA VARANANE
Today, March 31, marks Hanuman Jayanti.
As the name suggests, the festival is dedicated to the birth of Lord Hanuman.
Celebrated on the 15th day of the Shukla Paksha (a period of 15 days during which the waxing of the moon takes place) in the Hindi month of Chaitra, Hanuman Jayanti is considered to be an important calendar event for Hindu devotees.
Importance of Hanuman Jayanti:
Hanuman was a devout follower of Lord Ram and he played a major role in the battle between Rama and Ravana in the epic Ramayana. Hanuman is the son of wind-God Pawana and is believed to possess herculean abilities. Religious texts have it that he has the power to lift an entire mountain with just one hand. On the special occasion, devotees flock outside temples to worship him and seek his protection and blessings. People chant special prayers like Hanuman Chalisa and Sundar Kaand etc.
But how, when and why did Hanuman come to gain such significance in the lives of devotees who already have a universe of hundreds and thousands of gods and goddesses to choose from?
People worship him and hail his magical strengths to keep away evil powers and troubles. Lord Hanuman is known for his intent, grit and physical energy and also has the ability to transform into any form.
Hanuman Jayanti is commemorated on the full-moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra in Maharashtra. In Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, devotees observe 41 days of Deeksha on Chaitra Purnima which ends on the Hanuman Jayanti. In Tamil Nadu, Hanuman Jayanthi is celebrated in the Margazhi month of Moola Nakshatra.