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Sri Hanuman Jayanti - ISKCON Bangalore
Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Hanuman, the Vanara god, widely venerated throughout India especially in North India. Hanuman is an ardent devotee of Lord Rama, and is worshipped for his unflinching devotion.
By: ISKCON Bangalore
Lord Hanuman is the symbol of strength and energy. Hanuman is 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 philosophy of epic Ramayana is incomplete without the understanding of the unfathomable devotion of Lord Hanuman for Shri Rama. Lord Hanuman is the son of Vayu (the wind god). He was taken by Vayu to Suryadeva to gain Vedic knowledge as he was considered as omniscient on the planet earth.
Lord Hanuman is invincible and blessed to be immortal. The supremacy possessed by him is very beautifully described in Ramayana, during the Ramayana war of Lord Rama against the mighty Ravana. The Sundara Kanda, the fifth book in the Ramayana, focuses mainly on the adventures of Hanuman. He is also known as Mahaveer Hanuman.
Devotees will visit temples and apply tilak of sindhur to their foreheads from Hanuman's body as there is a common belief that Lord Hanuman loves sindhur. According to legend, Sita was applying sindhur to her forehead, Hanuman questioned why she was doing so and Sita replied that this would ensure a long life for her husband, Lord Rama. Hanuman then smeared his entire body with sindhur, in an effort to ensure Rama’s immortality.
On Hanuman Jayanti, in Hanuman temples spiritual discourses are started at dawn. Hanuman was born at sunrise. At that time the spiritual discourse is stopped and prasad is distributed to everyone.
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Hanuman Chalisa is a devotional song based on Lord Hanuman as the model devotee. It is a poem written by Tulsidas in the Awadhi language, and is his best known Hindu text apart from the Ramcharitmanas. The word Chalisa is derived from "chalis" in Hindi, which means 40, as the Hanuman Chalisa has 40 verses. Tulsi Das says in the Chalisa that whoever chants it with full devotion to Hanuman, will have Hanuman's grace.
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