New Delhi: Hanuman Jayanti is one of the famous Hindu festivals. It is celebrated on full moon day during Chaitra month. It is believed that Bajrang Bali (Lord Hanuman) who is also known as Vanara God, was born on this day.
According to Drikpanchang this year, Hanuman Jayanti falls on Chaitra Purnima, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The Purnima Tithi will start at 12.07 PM on April 7 and will end at 8.04 AM.
Hanuman is the symbol of strength and energy. He is worshipped as a deity who is able to attain victory against all evil.
Devotees on this day perform puja by offering vermilion or red cloth, with flowers like marigold, rose and offer laddu, halwa, banana as prasad, visit temple, carry out processions and religious gatherings.
While large number of religious gatherings are organised on the occasion, this year, owing to the coronavirus lockdown, no gatherings are permitted.
The appearance of Sri Hanuman dates back to the beginning of Treta Yuga of the sixth Manvantara of Vaivasvata Manu, around 2.59 million years before, as per Uttara Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana. It is believed that Lord Hanuman was born to Anjana, the wife of Vanaraja Kesari (the King of Monkeys) when she was cursed by Muni Vishwamitra for disturbing him. Anjana worshipped Lord Shiva to get rid of the curse and urged him to be a part of the child in her womb. Thus, it is believed that Lord Hanuman is an incarnation of Lord Shiva.
Another popular belief is that King Dasharatha performed a ritual of Putrakameshti yagna in order to have children following which he received scared payasam. However, a kite snatched a fragment of it and Pawan Deva or the wind-god handed it to Anjana, and Lord Hanuman was born. Due to which Lord Hanuman is also known as Pawan Putra Hanuman.