Significance of Hanuman Jayanti



Hanuman Jayanthi is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Hanuman, who is worshiped by Hindus. In Hinduism, Hanuman symbolizes strength and unfathomable devotion. In 2014, Hanuman Jayanti is on April 15.

For those people alien to Hindu culture, Hanuman is the ‘monkey god’ and a mythical character in Ramayana. But for Hindus, Hanuman is yet another path to reach the ‘Brahman.’ The fruitful association of
Lord Rama with Hanuman and his ‘monkey clan’ symbolizes the need for the coexistence of humans and animals. And it extols that humans and animals and all living and non-living are nothing but the product of one Supreme Being – Brahman.

Think about Hanuman and what comes to mind is his unparalleled devotion for Lord Ram and unrivaled physical strength. Perhaps this is one season why Hanuman is quite often associated with celibates, wrestlers and bodybuilders. Hanuman is also noted for his spirit of self service, which was rewarded by Lord Ram by stating that ‘whenever I am remembered, people will remember you too.’

Hanuman Jayanti falls on the full moon day in the month of Chaithra (March – April). He is an incarnation of Lord Shiva and was born of Vayu (wind-god) and Anjani Devi. Hanuman is a Chiranjivi (immortal).

In Hinduism, Hanuman is the perfect manifestation of devotion, humility, discipline, strength and selfless service. He is the one who has conquered the senses and ego. He is the ideal living being.

With global warming on the rise and nature’s order going topsy-turvy and affecting the lives of living beings, Hanuman Jayanti should remind us about the need for peaceful coexistence with nature.

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