Every year, Hindus celebrate Ram Navami on the ninth day of Hindu month of Chaitra. It coincides with the festival of Vasant or Chaitra Navratri. That’s why this festival is spread over nine days, and on the ninth day of the festival falls Ram Navami. The festival celebrates the birth of legendary Lord Rama, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Right after the Ram Navami, comes Hanuman Jayanti on the sixth day or the 15th day of Shukla Paksha. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated across the world by Hindus with great excitement. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated by Hindus to commemorate the birth of the Lord Hanuman. Lord Hanuman is beloved bhakta of Lord Rama, that’s why both figures have immense importance in Hindu tradition and worshipped with great devotion by devotees all across the world. Hindus believe those who worship Lord Rama with great devotion are blessed and protected by Lord Hanuman.
This year Hanuman Jayanti 2019 will be celebrated by Hindus all over the world on 19th April, Friday.
How to Celebrate Hanuman Jayanti in 2019?
Lord Hanuman is regarded as the greatest devotee of Lord Rama. The Hindus all over the world worship him. Devotees worship him for his great devotion towards Lord Rama. On the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti, people visit the Hanuman temples to seek the blessings of their dear God. People line up in the queues to seek ‘darshan’ of Lord Hanuman’s murti. Temples are cleaned up and decorated for the occasion. Priests perform pooja and aarti of Hanuman. Devotees also take holy bath and perform a pooja at their house. Ram Kathas are organized, some devotees read Sundar Kand, some read Hanuman Chalisa to please their lord. Shobha Yatras are arranged in cities. Every temple holds Bhandara for everyone. Culturally, Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated by Hindus with great enthusiasm and holds immense importance in the tradition.
Lord Hanuman is regarded as the symbol of great devotion, strength, energy, discipline, and brahmacharya(celibacy). The devotees widely read Hanuman Chalisa as it holds the ability to remove the obstacles, evil spirits and provides peace of mind. Devotees take holy bath, visit the Hanuman temple, apply red tilak to the forehead of Hanuman ji, chant Hanuman Chalisa and offer prasad of laddoo to Lord. Rituals are concluded with doing aarti of Lord Hanuman. According to Hindu scriptures, the reason most of the temples have the idol of Hanuman colored in saffron or red color is that he was born in the Vanara community, having the body of reddish orange color. After the aarti is performed, devotees apply the sindur to their and other devotees’ forehead and distribute the prasad to everyone present there.
Significance of Hanuman Jayanti
Hanuman Jayanti is nothing short of a grand festival for Brahmacharis, wrestlers, and bodybuilders. Lord Hanuman is fondly called by the names like Bajrangbali, Maruti, Pavankumar, Mahavira and many more. Hanuman is considered as the 11th Rudra avatar of Lord Mahadev, and he is blessed with excellent strength, great devotion, knowledge, divine power, bravery, intelligence, and selfless service. He’s dedicated his life and devotion for Lord Rama and Maa Sita. Devotees chant his name or read Hanuman Chalisa to attain his blessings. Devotees ask for strength, health, intelligence, wealth and peace of mind from Lord Hanuman.
Hanuman Jayanti 2019 in Chittorgarh
If you are visiting or living in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan this month; it can be an excellent opportunity to enjoy this festival. Hanuman Jayanti is followed right after Ram Navami, so you can get to enjoy three festivals – Chaitra Navratri, Ram Navami, and Hanuman Jayanti. Hanuman Jayanti in Chittorgarh is celebrated with great enthusiasm. People visit the temples to seek darshan of Lord; they perform pooja and aarti, distribute prasad to everyone. Almost every temple organized Bhandara for devotees. You can see Shobha Yatra being carried out on the streets. Overall, this Hanuman Jayanti 2019 is an excellent opportunity to soak yourself into the cultural colors. For those who are not native to Chittorgarh, it is an excellent time to witness both the cultural and historical side of the city. You can visit The Chittorgarh Fort and other historical places during the stay, and mix with the locals to enjoy the Hanuman Jayanti on top of it. Make sure to visit Chittorgarh during your trip to Rajasthan.
Visit Hanuman Ji Temples in Chittorgarh City.