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Hanuman Jayanti is also known as Hanumath Jayanti. This festival is celebrated for celebrating the birth of Sri Hanuman which is the Vanara and is adored across India. This festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the Shukla Paksha in the month of Chaitra of Hindu Calendar i.e. Chaitra Pournimaa.
Sri Hanuman is a fervent devotee of Lord Rama and he is worshipped for his undaunted devotion to Lord Rama. During this auspicious occasion, the devotees of Sri Hanuman come to worship him in this temple from early morning to night.
Hanumath Jayanti is among the most important festival of Hindu festivals. Sri Hanuman is the symbol of energy and strength. It is said the Sri Hanuman has the power to assume any type of will, rival Garuda, seize the clouds, dart through the air, move mountains and wield rocks in swiftness of flight.
Sri Hanuman is worshipped in folk tradition as a deity having magical powers, which also have the ability to conquer evil spirits. The devotees of Sri Hanuman visit temples and apply shindur (Tilak) on the forehead of Hanuman’s idol. It is also true that Sri Hanuman is of the color of Shendur.
Many years ago, before the time of the Ramayana, many divine souls came to earth and transformed the body of apes by applying genetic mutation. All this is done so that the animals can play the role of vehicles for all these divine souls. This is because the race of Vanara is or reddish orange color. And before the time of the Ramayana, this color becomes huge deep red. Sri Hanuman was born in this Vanara community and was reddish orange color. So that’s why in all temples of Hanuman we see an orange color idol of Sri Hanuman.
The people of Maharashtra, celebrate Hanuman Jayanti during the fool moon day i.e. Purnima (according to lunar month of Chaitra). The most special feature of Hanuman Jayanti is that, according to some religious panchangs, the birth of Sri Hanuman falls on the chaturdashi (fourteenth day), during the dark fortnight of the month of Ashvin. But according to others, it falls on the full moon day in the sparkling fortnight of Chaitra. During this day the temple spiritual discourses are started during Dawn. This spiritual discourse stops during sunrise as it is the time of the birth of Sri Hanuman. After that offering of Prasad if distributed to everyone.
According to legends, Sri Hanuman was born as a monkey god for serving Lord Rama. He is the true Karma who works very dynamically. He was capable to do what others are not able to do while serving Rama. He easily plunged some daring acts like crossing the ocean, bringing the sanjeevini herb, burning Lanka etc.
It is also true that once Lord Hanuman saw Devi Sita applying sindoor on her forehead and by seeing her he enquires Devi Sita about the reason of applying sindoor. Devi Sita replies that it will ensure the long life of her husband. After that Hanuman smeared his complete body in sindoor for ensuring Rama’s immortality. So that’s why devotees apply sindoor on the forehead of Hanuman. This is also considered as good luck.