Hanuman Jayanti or Hanumath Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Hanuman, the Vanara god, widely venerated throughout India. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the Shukla Paksha, during the month of Chaitra (the Chaitra Pournimaa).
Hanuman is an ardent devotee of Lord Rama, and is worshipped for his unflinching devotion to the god. From early morning, devotees flock Hanuman temples to worship him. Hanuman Jayanti is an important festival of Hindus. Hanuman is the symbol of strength and energy. Hanuman is said to be able to assume any form at will, wield rocks, move mountains, dart through the air, seize the clouds and rival Garuda in swiftness of flight. He is worshipped in folk tradition as a deity with magical powers and the ability to conquer evil spirits. The devotees visit temples and apply tilaka of sindhr to their foreheads from Hanuman's idol as Hanuman himself was of that color.
Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated on the full moon day (prnima) of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra. On this day, in a Hanuman temple spiritual discourses are started at dawn. Hanuman was born at sunrise. At that time the spiritual discourse is stopped and the offering of food (Prasad) is distributed to everyone.
Spiritual discourses are organised in most of the Hindu temples on this day. Hanuman was the most powerful in the three people the Heaven people, the Hell people, and the Land people. All these Gods had blessed him when he was just a 1/2-year old child.
In the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated in the month of Margazhi (normally comes between Dec 15 and Jan 14). There it is believed that Hanuman or Anjaneya was born on Moola Nakshatra,on the new moon day (amavasya) in the month of Margazhi.
In Odisha, the Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated on the first day of Baisakha month as per Oriya calendar (normally comes on April 14 or 15). There it is also celebrated as new year for all Oriyas (i.e. Maha Vishuva Sankranti).In Andhra, Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated on the tenth day of bahula paksha or Krishna paksha in the month of Vaishaka.
Dates for Hanuman Jayanthi all over the World (2013):
- Hawaii: April 25th 2013
- USA/PST: April 25th 2013
- USA/MST: April 25th 2013
- USA/CST: April 25th 2013
- USA/EST: April 25th 2013
- UK: April 25th 2013
- India: April 25th 2013
- Malaysia: April 25th 2013
- Australia -- WAU: April 25th 2013
- Australia -- SAU: April 25th 2013
- Australia -- NT: April 25th 2013
- Australia -- QSLND: April 25th 2013
- Australia -- NSW: April 25th 2013
- Australia -- ACT: April 25th 2013
- Newzeland: April 25th 2013
- Fiji: April 26th 2013
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