Why Is Hanuman Jayanti Celebrated?
Hanuman Jayanti marks the birth of Lord Hanuman. Tt is an important festival for Hindus because Hanuman is a symbol for strength, power and courage.
Who Is Hanuman And Why Is Hanuman Important?
Because of his loyalty to Lord Rama and Sita, he is often shown opening his chest to reveal an image of Rama and Sita. Every temple dedicated to Lord Rama will also feature an idol of Hanuman.
He is the son of Vayu (also known as Pavan), the god of the wind, who played a role in his birth. It is also believed that he is an incarnation of Lord Shiva and took form from one of his rudra beads.
How Is Hanuman Jayanti Celebrated?
There are many common ways of celebrating Hanuman Jayanti.
Across India, devotees visit temples and apply red vermillion (known as sindhoor or tilak) to their foreheads, directly from the Hanuman idol. It is believed Lord Hanuman was reddish-orange in colour so by taking on some of the vermillion, you are taking on part of Hanuman as well.
Hanuman Jayanti Fast
Some devotees will keep a fast from sunrise to sunset on Hanuman Jayanti and spend the day reciting the Hanuman Chalisa literally non-stop.
For those observing a partial fast, the only items they can consume are fruit, milk, nuts, and a couple of other items such as sago or tapioca (sabudana khichdi for example) .
The fast is usually broken in the evening by reciting the Hanuman Aarti, although some extremely devout followers may observe the fast until the following morning.