New Delhi: The auspicious occasion of Hanuman Jayanti is being celebrated today –on April 19 this year. The birth of Lord Hanuman is celebrated on this day. His other names are Sankatmochan, Dukhbhanjan, Maruti Nandan, Pawanputra. Hanuman, son of wind-god Pawan, is described to have superhuman-like qualities in the scriptures. He could fly and lift an entire mountain. A devotee of Lord Rama, he played a crucial role in the battle between Ravana in Lanka.
Lord Hanuman, also known as the 11th reincarnation of Lord Shiva, is considered to be one of the most important gods in Hindu religion. And, therefore, his birthday ‘Hanuman Jayanti’ is celebrated on different days in parts of India, depending upon various religious beliefs. However, the one which takes place during Chaitra Purnima is the most common one marked to commemorate Lord Hanuman's birthday.
How to celebrate Hanuman Jayanti 2019
Every year, this day is celebrated on full moon day of Chaitra month of the Hindu calendar. Hanuman Jayanti Purnima Tithi Begins on 7:26 PM on April 18 and Purnima Tithi Ends on 4:41 pm on April 19. Lord Hanuman observed celibacy all his life, therefore people who observe a fast on Hanuman Jayanti are advised to observe celibacy, at least for the day. People worship Lord Hanuman and visit temples to offer their prayers.
The idols of Lord Hanuman in temples are offered Janau, the pious thread worn by Hindu men. He is also offered Red Sindoor. An orange sindoor, mixed with the oil made from til seeds are also offered to the idols of Lord Hanuman on Hanuman Jayanti. The worshippers also chant the verses of Ramayana, Sundar Kand, and Ramcharitra Manas on the day to offer prayers to Lord Hanuman. You can also recite Hanuman Chalisa if you don't have time to chant Ramayana or Ramcharitra Manas.