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Hanuman Jayanthi 2008

Hanuman Jayanti, the birthday of Lord Hanuman, falls on the full moon day in the month of Chaithra (March – April). Also referred as Bajrang Bali and Anjaneya, Hanuman is one of the most popular gods in the Hindu pantheon and is a Chiranjeevi – one blessed with immortality. For many Hindus, Hanuman is a guardian angel. In 2008, the date of Hanuman Jayanthi is April 20.

In Andhra Pradesh, the 41-day Hanuman Jayanti Deeksha begins on April 20 and ends on May 30, 2008.

In Tamil Nadu, Hanuman Jayanti is observed during Margazhi month (December - January).
The greatest devotee of Lord Ram, Hanuman symbolizes strength and unparalleled devotion and selfless service. He is a Brahmachari (celibate) and humility is his hallmark. What Hanuman is was best explained by Shri Rama in the RamayanaLord Ram said to Hanuman, ‘I am greatly indebted to you, O mighty hero. You did marvelous, superhuman deeds. You do not want anything in return. … you have not asked for anything at any time. You threw away the…

Panchangam 2008-2009 in English

This English Panchangam is the Soorya Siddhantha, Chandramana Panchanga from the famous Thanjavur Panchangam publication. Also referred as Kannada Sarvadhari Naama Samvatsara, the calendar is for April 2008 to March 2009. This Panchangam is easy to use and contains all the basic information in a simple format. There is also a special page dedicated to Panchanga Shravanam.You can read in pdf format online and download and save copy with the latest version of Adobe Acrobat.The Panchangam can be downloaded from here - English Panchangam April 2008 - 2009.

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Significance of Sundarkand in Ramayana

Sundarkand forms part of Ramcharitmanas of Goswami Tulsidas which is commonly known as Tulsi Ramayana. It is the essence of the Ramcharitmanas, and is awarded as much importance as the Bhagavad Gita in the Mahabharata.
Like the Gita, the Sundarkand can be read independently. It has a powerful theme: When you are on a good mission, God gives you strength to overcome all obstacles.

Sundarkand commences with Hanuman’s departure for Lanka in search of Sita and ends with Rama and his army’s preparation to reach Lanka across the sea. This entire episode is called sundar or beautiful because every act described in it is auspicious, elevating the human mind and promoting right human values.

Hanuman initiates action for the friendship between Rama and Vibheeshana because of which eventually, Vibheeshana comes to be accepted in Rama’s camp. The Sundarkand paves the way for the reunion of Rama and Sita.

Even Lanka’s burning is described as a beautiful act as it is to destruct evil. Throughout the ep…