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Hanuman Jayanti: An important Hindu festival
The birthday of Shri Hanuman - an incarnation of Lord Shiva - falls on the full moon day or 'poornima' in the Hindu month of Chaitra (March 30th this year). On Hanuman Jayanti, celebrations are held at Hanuman temples all over India.
THE BIRTHDAY of Shri Hanuman - an incarnation of Lord Siva - falls on the full moon day or "poornima" in the Hindu month of Chaitra (March 30th this year). Hanuman is considered as a Hindu deity of devotion, wisdom, strength, valor, agility and celibacy (gyan-gun sagar) who has the magical power to assume any shape.

Hanuman was an ardent devotee of Shri Ram and Sita Mata. Hanuman was the Commander in Chief, of the army of King Sugriva - a Monkey King who befriended Shri Ram. He is said to have flown  to Lanka to find Sita and help Rama win the war against Ravana. He was also instrumental in saving Lakshman's life during the war.
 
Here is an acrostic on HANUMAN to highlight some other facts related to the occasion.
 
H: Humility is his hallmark
A: Anjaneya or the son of wind
N: Never got married, a celibate with utter respect for women
U: Undying devotion to Lord Ram
M: Maruti is yet another name
A: Agile with ability to conquer evil spirits as an "avtaar" of Lord Shiva
N: Names of the deity other than Hanuman are: Bajaranga Bali, Pavana Putra, Mahvira

On Hanuman Jayanti, celebrations are held at Hanuman temples all over India. Generally, verses from the "Hanuman Chalisa" are recited, wrestling games are held, idols are offered sindoor, paan, flowers and bananas. Some people observe a fast a day before and many others on the day of Hanuman Jayanti.
 
The verse “Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosain (Hail, Hail, Hail, Shri Hanuman, Lord of senses)/Kripa Karahu Gurudev ki nyahin (Bless me in the capacity as my supreme guru)” has been my father’s personal favourite verse form Hanuman Chalisa.

On Hanuman Jayanti , Hindus are advised to observe fast, meditate on Hanuman and Lord Rama, recite the Hanuman Chalisa and spend the day in recalling his qualities and asking his blessings.

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