Hanuman and Diwali – Worship and Puja of Lord Hanuman during Deepavali

Special prayers and pujas dedicated to Lord Hanuman are performed a day before Diwali in North India and Gujarat. In 2014, the date of Hanuman Puja during Diwali is on October 22. This day is popularly known as Narak Chaturdashi or Kali Chaudash and Roop Chaturdashi or Chaudash. In several regions, the day before Diwali is believed to the birthday of Bajrang Bali Hanuman.

It must be noted here that in majority of the regions, Hanuman Jayanti is observed on the full moon day in Chaitra month (March – April).

Hanuman puja during Diwali is considered highly auspicious by several communities. This puja is also a major event in Gujarat. Hanuman is believed to give strength to fight evil spirits and inauspiciousness on the day.

On the day of Diwali also special pujas and prayers dedicated to Lord Hanuman is performed. Sindhur and oil are offered to Hanuman on the day.

A major reason for celebrating Diwali is the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after his 14-year exile. Lord Ram has himself said that people will always worship Hanuman before him. And the easiest way to reach the feet of Lord Ram is through Bajrang Bali Hanuman. So it is only natural for people to perform Hanuman puja before Diwali.