Significance, Traditions and History of Hanuman Jayanti

Significance and Traditions of Hanuman Jayanti

Hanuman is mostly portrayed with a monkey face, showing that he's the king of the monkeys. Symbolically, Lord Hanuman symbolizes pure devotion, complete surrender, and the absence of an ego or lower self. Hanuman was considered a Brahmachari who is a person on the path of Brahma. Here's a look at his attributes and what we can learn.

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Significance and Traditions of Hanuman Jayanti

Owing to the thousands of years that have passed by since his birth, there are different times of the year that different devotees are believed he was born at. The most popular belief is that he was born on the full moon day of the Chaitra month of the Hindu calendar, and this is widely celebrated across India. It falls somewhere in April every year. This year, the date falls on Saturday, 16th April, 2022 according to this belief.

The timings and tithi of Hanuman Jayanti are :

  • Purnima Tithi Begins: 02:25 AM on Saturday, April 16, 2022
  • Purnima Tithi Ends: 12:24 AM on Sunday, April 17, 2022

So the tithi for hanuman jayanti begins at 02:25 AM on 16th April, 2022 and ends on 12:24 AM on 17th April, 2021.

However, as mentioned before, there are regional differences in celebration of Hanuman Jayanti.

The Indian state of Karnatake, celebrates it on Shukla Paksha Trayodashi during Margashirsha month, and calls it Hanuman Vratam. This year, it falls on December 16, 2021.

It Begins at - 02:01 AM, December 16 (Thursday), 2021 and Ends at - 04:40 AM, December 17 (Friday), 2021.

It is believed by the Tamils that Lord Hanumath was born during Margashirsha Amavasya (new moon) when Moolam Nakshatram was prevailing. In most years, the moolam nakshatram prevails when the new moon occurs. In rare years when Moolam Nakshatra does not prevail or coincide with new moon, the new moon day is selected to be celebrated as the birthday of Vajrangvali.

The states of Telengana and Andhra Pradesh have a unique way of celebrating the birth of Lord Hanuman. There, it is celebrated for a period of 41 days which starts on Chitra purnima or full moon, and ends on the Baisakhi month’s 10th day, on Krishna paksha. The concluding day is Hanuman Jayanti Day.

Variations in Hanuman Jayanti Dates, according to different cultures in India:

Kannada Hanuman Jayanthi on Thursday, December 16, 2021.

  • Trayodashi Tithi Begins: 02:01 AM on Thursday, December 16, 2021
  • Trayodashi Tithi Ends: 04:40 AM on Friday, December 17, 2021

Tamil Hanumath Jayanthi on Sunday, January 2, 2022.

  • Amavasai Tithi Begins: 03:41 AM on Sunday, January 02, 2022
  • Amavasai Tithi Ends: 12:02 AM on Monday, January 03, 2022

North Hanuman Jayanti on Saturday, April 16, 2022.

  • Purnima Tithi Begins: 02:25 AM on Saturday, April 16, 2022
  • Purnima Tithi Ends: 12:24 AM on Sunday, April 17, 2022

Telugu Hanuman Jayanthi on Wednesday, 25th May, 2022.

  • Dasami Tithi Begins: 10:45 AM on Tuesday, May 24, 2022
  • Dasami Tithi Ends: 10:32 AM on Wednesday, May 25, 2022
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