Hanuman Jayanti

Definition - What does Hanuman Jayanti mean?

Hanuman Jayanti is a Hindu festival that marks the birth of Hanuman, the monkey god known for selfless service and courage. He was devoted to Rama, who himself is an incarnation of Vishnu, one of Hinduism's principal deity and the supreme god in Vaishnavism.

This religious festival involves worship, offerings, mantra chanting and other devotions. It is celebrated at different times in different parts of India, but in most states, it is held in the month of Chaitra (mid-March to mid-April) or Vaishakha (mid-April to mid-May).

Yogapedia explains Hanuman Jayanti

Hanuman is a key figure in the Hindu epic poem Ramayana, which describes Rama's war with the demon king Ravana, who abducted his wife. Hanuman led his monkey army against Ravana and played a key role in saving Rama's wife Sita.

During Hanuman Jayanti, Hindus flock to temples and apply a red tilak (mark) to their foreheads called sindoor in honor of the god. According to Hindu mythology, Hanuman was born with skin of an orange-ish red color. Temple priests share prasad (food presented as an offering), which may include sweets or fruits.

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