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Hanuman Jayanthi in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in 2020

Hanuman Jayanthi is celebrated in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on the Dasami or tenth day during the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of the moon) of Vaishakha month in the Telugu traditional Hindu calendar. In 2020, the date of Hanuman Jayanthi in Andhra Pradesh is May 17. Also known as Hanumantha Jayanti, it marks the end of 41-day Hanuman Deeksha (Anjaneya Mala)which began on Chaitra Purnima.  Hanuman Jayanti is observed in a unique way by Telugu devotees by visiting important temples dedicated Lord Hanuman.

Apart from conducting prayers and pujas, people also undertake pilgrimages during the 41-day Deeksha period (which begins on Chaitra Purnima - April 8, 2020).

The most popular Hanuman Jayanti in India is observed in Chaitra Month - this is on April 19. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu observe the auspicious day on different dates.


The 41 Day Hanuman Deeksha in Andhra Pradesh And Telangana

Hanuman Jayanthi is celebrated by the Telugu speaking people in a unique way with the 41-day Hanuman Jayanti deeksha  in Andhra Pradesh And Telangana. Lord Anjaneya is worshipped for 41 days starting from the full moon day in the Chaitra month (April). In 2019, the deeksha began on April 19. Hanuman Jayanti  is on May 29. The Hanuman deeksha or diksha (penance) is observed by thousands of people in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Hanuman Deeksha is a vratam quite similar to one observed during the Sabarimala Mandalam season by Ayyappa devotees. During the 41-day diksha period, Anjaneya devotees conduct special pujas at home and abstain from liquor, meat, smoking and sex. The devotees wear special Hanuman deeksha mala, orange dhoti and walk without footwear during the Vratam period.

The 41-day penance ends with a visit to important pilgrim centers or temples in Andhra Pradesh dedicated to Hanuman or Lord Ram like the Bhadrachalam Rama temple, Vijayawada Kanaka Durga temple or the Kondagattu Hanuman pilgrim center in Karimnagar District.

During the 41 days of deeksha period, free community lunch is hosted for devotees at various Hanuman and Vishnu temples.

Some Hanuman devotees form groups and undertake yatras to the pilgrim centers during the last one week of the deeksha. Many devotees like to complete the diksha period in an important temple dedicated to Hanuman.

The Deeksha period attracts thousands of devotees to Kondagattu Hanuman temple in Karimnagar District, Sri Maddi Anjaneya Swamy Temple in Guruvai Gudem in West Godavari District, Kasapuram Nettikanti Anjaneya Swamy Temple in Anantapur District and thousands of Hanuman temple spread across the two states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Visit to Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy hill

Aku Pooja and other special rituals are performed by devotees on the occasion at the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy hill shrine in Yadagirigutta. Those who embraced Hanuman deeksha visit the hill shrine offer special prayers to Lord Hanuman, who is the ‘Kshetra Palaka' of the hill shrine. ‘Laksha pathra pooja' and other devotional programs are held on the day.

Devotees chant or listen to Hanuman Chalisa and Hanuman Ashtak on the day. Some people read the Sundara Kandam from the Ramayana.

Hanuman Jayanthi is observed during Chaitra Purnima in North India.

In Tamil Nadu, Hanuman Jayanti is observed during Margazhi month (December – January).

In Karnataka, it is observed in Margashirsh month.

Some of the important Hanuman Temples in Telangana visited during the Jayanti include the famous Karmanghat Hanuman Temple and Kondagattu Anjaneya Swamy Temple.



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