The Hindu tradition is having several deities which are symbolic or some particular aspect of the Supreme Divine. One such pious and powerful deity is Lord Hanuman also known as Pavanputra or Bajrangbali.
Date of Sri Hanuman Jayanthi in 2016
Every year Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated in India. It is the day when Lord Hanuman was born. As per Hindu calendar it is the purnima in chaitra month. In the running year 2016 this day falls on 22 April.
On this day the devotees offer oil and sindoor to the Lord Hanuman. Doing this can protect the devotees from the ill effect of Lord Shani. Let us know a bit more about the Lord Hanuman as well as how to worship the Lord.
A Brief Overview
We all know the basics about Lord Hanuman but before we go into his worship vidhi, let us recall a bit. Also known as Bajrang Bali, Lord Hanuman was the son of the wind God. He was very strong and was a great devotee of Lord Rama. He helped lord Rama defeat the king of Lanka Ravan and get back Goddess Sita. His mention is there in the Ramayana.
For years people have been worshiping him all over India. Hanuman was born to vanaras. Vanaras were a type of creatures on earth that looked like monkeys. His mother was Anjana who was actually an apsara. She was cursed and was born as vanara. Her husband was Kesari. They both prayed to Lord Shiva for a child. Lord Shiva was pleased and Hanuman was born. Vayu or wind god is like the father figure for Hanuman.
Many say that Hanuman was lord Shiva himself. Lord Hanuman was very strong. He was as swift as the wind. There are many childhood stories of the Hanuman that do the rounds. It is said that he would play with the sun. He fought with Rahu as a child. This is why many people worship lord Hanuman to stay away from the ill effects of Rahu.
Blessings From All Gods
Lord Hanuman was blessed by all the Gods. Lord Brahma blessed him that no weapon of war could kill him. Brahma blessed him with the power to kill fear. Lord Hanuman is worshipped for strength. Praying to him ensures that all fears are killed. Lord Shiva blessed him with longevity. He also blessed him with the power to cross oceans. This was the power that he used when he went to meet Sita in Lanka. Lord of the wind Vayu dev had blessed him with a boon that he can never be harmed by water.
The God of fire Agni blessed Hanuman with the power that no fire can cause him any harm. The Sun God blessed Hanuman with the power to become the biggest and the smallest in size. The Lord of Death Yama promised Hanuman that death will never come to him. Kubera the god of wealth promised Hanuman that he will always be happy. The Lord of Sex Kamdev blessed Hanuman that he will never get affected by sexual desires so he will remain a Brahmachari.
He was taught by the Sun God who taught him all the knowledge that he had. It is believed that lord Hanuman was one among those who saw lord Krishna tell Bhagwad Gita in the vishwaroop state. Lord hanuman was a great devotee of Lord Rama. He had promised Lord Rama that he will live on earth as long as people took the name of Rama. This is exactly why Goddess Sita blessed him that his idol will be placed in all public places. This will ensure that he can hear people chanting the name of Lord Rama. Interesting that Lord Hanuman is considered immortal in Hindu mythology. He is said to be alive even today and that is why He is also known as cheeranjeev or the one who lives forever.
Why Orange Colour?
When you visit any town or village in India you will find many idols of Lord Hanuman. They are mostly orange in colour. It is said that lord Hanuman is the only God who can help to get rid of evil spirits. Many people worship the Lord Hanuman to get blessed and to get free from evil spirits. It is said that Lord Hanuman can remove all hurdles. People often pray to Lord Hanuman before they start a journey. You will find small idols of Hanuman in vehicles and cars. This is mainly because lord Hanuman can protect people from all trouble.
The Supreme Brahamchari
Women are not allowed to touch the idol of lord Hanuman. They can enter the temple and pray but they cannot touch the idol as he was a Brahmachari. Many modern feminists think that this is not equality with the female gender, but let us tell you that it is merely a symbolic ritual which mainly signifies that both genders (men and women) have an inherent desire which can only be overcome with great will power, meditation and Prayers and till that time, it is best to avoid too much contact with each other.
We have also published an article on the benefits of celibacy. Apart from this there is no such anti-feminism in this practice and the Lord Hanuman Himself gave equal perhaps more respect to the wife of Sri Rama than anything else.
Sri Hanuman Chalisa
There are many books and stories that are dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Devotees also chant Hanuman Chalisa for getting blessed by Lord Hanuman. This book is dedicated to the Lord Hanuman. Reading it is as good as worshiping the Lord.
Here is the audio for benefit of our readers
Mantras of Lord Hanuman
Before you do the pooja of Lord Hanuman you must worship Lord Ganesha. This is because Lord Ganesha must be the first to be offered prayer. You must offer sindoor to the idol of Lord Hanuman with the mantra:
“Aum Shree Ramdut Hanumate Namah: Gandham Samarpayami”
Then you need to offer flower now you should chant:
“Aum Shree Ramdut Hanumate Namah: Pushpam Samarpyami”
After this you must offer dhoop and chant:
“Aum shree Ramdut Hanumate Namah: Dhoopam Agrapayami”
While lighting the lamp infront of Lord Hanuman you must say:
“Aum shree Ramdut Hanumate Namah: Deepam Darshayami”
At the end you should offer gud laddus to the Lord and chant:
“Aum shree Ramdut Hanumate Namah: Naivaidyam Nivedayami”
This is the shortest and the most convenient way to please Lord Hanuman and offer a pooja. You can do this puja at your home or you can also go to a Lord Hanuman temple.
Many of our readers have been putting for constant requests to put the above mantras in English. Actually we cannot translate them per-say into English but will give a brief description so that after known the meaning you can just recite the above mantras which are written in English alphabets itself
“Aum shree Ramdut Hanumate Namah” basically means that we offer our salutions to Lord Hanumana who is the messenger of Lord Rama. Samarpayami means offering so we are offering several things to the Lord in above lines such as flowers, sindoor and so on. Basically this is a form of devotional bhakti or bhakti yoga which is one of the types of yoga or a method in which one can unite with the Divine.
Days of the Lord
Although there is no day when you cannot worship Lord Hanuman, still tuesdays and saturdays are specifically dedicated as the days of Lord Hanuman. If the puja of Lord Hanuman is done on Saturday it can protect you from all evil and trouble in life. Some say that Lord Hanuman is pleased with love and devotion. If any devotee worships him with all heart they will get blessed. You can also chant the name of Ram Naam or
“Aum Shree Hanumate Namah”
for as many times as you can in a day. Lord Hanuman is also associated with Goddess Kaali. This is exactly why when you offer prayer to Goddess Kaali you are indirectly praying to Lord Hanuman too. You can also fast on this day. It is better if you worship Lord Hanuman in red clothes. Red flowers and kumkum are offered to the lord.
Although the name of Lord Hanuman delivers from all fears, still some specific mantras you can recite are as follows
Bhoot pishach nikat nahi aave, Mahabeer jab naam sunave!
Nashe rog hare sab peera, japat nirantar Hanuman veera!!
and another one is
Lal deh laali lase aru dhari laal langoor!
Braj deh danav dalan, jai jai jai kapi soor!!
We hope you have got a good idea of how to worship Lord Hanuman by reading this article. The Lord Hanuman is very soft hearted and he always helps his devotees. You must try to worship the Lord and get blessed.