Hanuman Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of Lord Shri Hanuman, who is revered for his immense strength, unwavering devotion to Shri Rama, and selfless service. This auspicious occasion is celebrated with great enthusiasm by devotees across India, each region adding its own unique flavour to the festivities.

The exact date of Hanuman Jayanti varies depending on regional traditions. In North India, it is observed on Chaitra Purnima, the full moon day in the Hindu month of Chaitra, which usually falls in April or May. South India, however, celebrates it on a different day, Krishna Chaturdashi in the month of Kartik (October or November).

The significance of Hanuman Jayanti goes beyond simply commemorating a birthday. It is a day to reflect on the exemplary qualities Shri Hanuman embodies.

  • Unwavering Devotion: Hanuman's dedication to Lord Rama is unparalleled. He exemplifies the power of bhakti (devotion), showcasing complete surrender and service to the divine.
  • Strength and Perseverance: Possessing immense physical strength, Hanuman is known for feats like leaping across the ocean to Lanka. However, his strength is not just physical but also mental, evident in his unwavering determination and perseverance.
  • Selfless Service: Hanuman's actions are always motivated by a desire to serve Lord Rama and uphold righteousness (dharma). He teaches us the importance of putting the needs of others before our own.
  • Knowledge and Wisdom: Hanuman is blessed with immense knowledge and intellect. He is a skilled warrior, a master of disguise, and a gifted physician.

On Hanuman Jayanti, devotees visit temples adorned with colourful decorations. Prayers and chants fill the air, with the devotional hymn Hanuman Chalisa being a popular choice. Offerings of sweets, fruits, and sindoor (vermillion) are made to Shri Hanuman. Some devotees even observe a fast for the day.

The stories of Hanuman's bravery and loyalty are retold and celebrated. These tales serve as powerful reminders of the importance of virtues like courage, faith, and selflessness.

Hanuman Jayanti transcends religious boundaries. His message of devotion, service, and strength resonates with people from all walks of life. It is a day to celebrate the good within ourselves and strive to embody the qualities that make Hanuman a timeless symbol of righteousness and unwavering devotion.