In celebration of the birth anniversary of Lord Hanuman on Tuesday (April 15) devotees will be observing a day of prayer. On this auspicious occasion devotees will be offering fruits and prasad to the murti (image) of Lord Hanuman. The day begins with the devotional mantras and the chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa (song of Hanuman).
Hindu scriptures describe Hanuman as the Lord of strength and determination. It is said those who offer prayer to Hanuman can accomplish the most difficult tasks quickly. For those who get quick results from praying to Hanuman, it is a time to give charity and to do meditation.
According to Pundit Ramesh Tiwarie of the Chaguanas Mandir, Lord Hanuman known as the monkey God was born to Kesari and Anjani. Legends say he was born as a monkey god to serve Lord Ram.
“Hanuman took birth after a number of divine events where his mother Anjani performed penance and Lord Shiva was pleased, so he blessed her by taking birth in her arms as Hanuman,” Tiwarie said.
Those who observe the fast from salt, Tiwarie said, and offer a flower or fruit to Hanuman will receive enormous blessings on this day.
Hanuman was born on the chaitra Shukla Purnima (full moon day of the Hindu calendar month of Chaitra). Also called by the names Maruti, Pavanputra, Bajrangbali and Mahavira. Lord Hanuman is worshiped either along with Lord Ram or separately in temples. Hanuman is also considered the God of power (maruti).
Hanuman became a legend mainly for his unflinching devotion and loyalty for Lord Ram. He was an ideal yogi for his fearless, selfless service, humility and devotion for Lord Ram. As related in the Ramayan (text of Hindus) Lord Hanuman is the only deity that cannot be troubled by negative energies. He is considered as a symbol of strength and energy.
In celebrating Hanuman Jayanti, the devotees will sing uninterrupted the Hanuman Chalisa (song of Hanuman)108 times.
Tiwarie explained, “The Chalisa represents 40 verses of praises to Lord Hanuman. It is said in one of the verses that whoever recites the Chalisa 108 times will be freed from all manner of bondage and attain great happiness.”