On Chaitra Shukla Purnima, i.e., the full moon day of March-April,
Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated all over the country. The monkey-God Hanuman
is worshipped everywhere in India either alone or together with Lord
Rama. Hanuman temples dot the entire length and breadth of the country.
Every temple dedicated to Rama invariably has an idol of Hanuman. In
other temples also the image of Hanuman is found installed.
The birth anniversary of Hanuman, the son of the Wind-god Maruti and
Anjana Devi, is celebrated with great religious fervor. People visit
the shrines dedicated to Lord Hanuman, observe strict fast, offer prayers
and puja, read the Ramayana and the Hanuman Chalisa. On this occasion
the idol of Hanuman is given a new coat of vermillion colour mixed with
clarified butter and then richly decorated. Fairs are also held at some
places near the shrines and charity feasts are also organized.
Hanuman is considered to be one of the greatest embodiments of strength,
speed, agility, learning and selfless service to Lord Rama. He could
fly at the speed of wind, uproot mountains and trees, assume any size
and shape at will and make himself invisible. In the battlefield he
became a figure of exuding terror, assuming the qualities of colossus,
assuming the form of a mountain, or a tall tower, which is invincible.
He is depicted with a face red like ruby, skin yellow, coat shining
like molten gold and a tail of immense length. He shattered the enemies
in the battlefield with his fierce roar. He is considered to be immortal,
and this immortality was granted to him by Rama to serve the devotees
in distress. His great adventures have been described in great detail
and with much reverence in the Ramayana.
He is considered as the embodiment of nishkam karmyoga, love, sincerity
and true devotion. Rama and Hanuman are inseparable. His celibacy is
of the highest order and he did things which were almost impossible
for others, for the sake of Lord Rama. On Hanuman Jayanthi, by observing
fast, meditating on him and his Lord Rama, practicing charity, reading
the Hanuman Chalisa and spending the day in repeating his glories and
adventures, one will be blessed.
We bow to Hanuman, who stand with his palms folded above his forehead,
with a flood of tears flowing down his cheeks whenever the names of
the Lord is sung.