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Shri Ram devotee Hanuman, worship everywhere

According to mythological legends, Bajrangbali is also one among the seven or eight sages who are blessed with immortality on this earth. This is the reason why Hanuman has also been included among the everlasting immortal Saptachiranjivis or Ashtachiranjeevis. That is, they are immortal gods and they have not attained death. At present, worship of Shri Hanuman ji is done in a very wide way in village-village, city-town and in every pilgrimage place, in Ram temples, on public platforms.

One of the main characters of Ramayana was Veda-Vedang proficient, the father of Mahavir Shri Ram devotee Shri Hanuman was the monkey king Kesari of Sumeru mountain and mother was Anjana. Hanuman is also known by many names like Anjaneya, Maruti, Bajrang Bali, Anjani Sut, Pawanputra, Sankatmochan, Kesarinandan, Mahavir, Kapeesh, Balaji Maharaj etc. He is known as Bajrangbali because his body was like a thunderbolt. His Hanu means chin was broken in childhood itself by the thunderbolt of Indra. That’s why he was called Hanuman. Hanuman is also known as Pawan Putra and his father is also considered as Vayu Dev. Pawandev, the god of wind, played an important role in raising Hanuman. That is why Hanuman is also called the son of wind. According to ancient texts, Hanuman is the son of Maruthi i.e. Marut-Nandan i.e. wind. Marut, which is called Marut in Sanskrit, means wind. Nandan means son. He is also called the troubleshooter who removes the troubles. Tulsidas has also confirmed this name by calling him Sankat Mochan Naam Tiharo. One of the most popular concepts of devotion to Lord Sri Rama, the devotee Hanuman is considered to be the eleventh Rudravatar of Lord Shiva, the most powerful and wise.

His greatest achievement is considered to be the battle with the demon king Ravana as the leader of the army of monkeys in the Ram-Ravana war. According to Ramayana, he is very dear to Janaki. Hanuman has been described as a unique example of devotion and power in Ramayana and Puranas. According to the belief, Hanuman’s incarnation took place to help Lord Rama. There are innumerable tales of Hanumanji’s might. Sugriva’s friendship with Rama and then Hanuman’s method of action, valor and wisdom in killing the demons with the help of the monkeys are highly commendable and well-known legends. According to mythological legends, Bajrangbali is also one among the seven or eight sages who are blessed with immortality on this earth. This is the reason why Hanuman has also been included among the everlasting immortal Saptachiranjivis or Ashtachiranjeevis. That is, they are immortal gods and they have not attained death. This is the reason that after Tretayuga, he also met Bhima in Dwaparayuga and every few decades the news of Hanuman’s arrival among the people of a particular caste of Sri Lanka to meet the people of Sri Lanka continues to make headlines even today. Just a few years ago, this type of news came in all the news media that Hanuman ji was seen with some people at one place in Sri Lanka.

According to astrological calculations, Shri Hanuman was born 1 crore 85 lakh 58 thousand 121 years ago on Chaitra Purnima on Tuesday at 6.03 am in the sum of Chitra Nakshatra and Aries Ascendant. According to the belief, Hanuman was born from the womb of Mother Anjani on the full moon day of Chaitra month. That is why on the full moon day of Chaitra month, the birthday of Shri Hanuman i.e. Hanuman Janmotsav (Jayanti) is celebrated. It is a well-known fact that the date of birth of every deity or person is the same and the birthday or fast related to it is celebrated only once in a year, but it is a strange thing in relation to Hanuman that the fast related to the birth of Hanuman is observed in the year of Hanuman Jayanti. Twice are celebrated on two different dates. The reason for this is that there are differences of opinion regarding the date of birth of Hanuman. Some scholars consider the date of Hanuman Jayanti as Kartik Krishna Chaturdashi, while some consider Chaitra Shukla Purnima. The strange thing is also that in the ancient texts on this subject only the mention of both the dates is found, but the reasons for these are different. First is Birthday and second is Vijay Abhinandan Festival.

In the Sanatan Indian culture tradition, Shri Hanuman is not considered as a symbol of Brahma, but worship of Shri Hanuman as the most beloved devotee of Lord Shri Ram is seen everywhere. At present, worship of Shri Hanuman ji is done in a very wide way in village-village, city-town and in every pilgrimage place, in Ram temples, on public platforms. Along with this, many hymns, panels, methods, Shatnam and Sahasranama and Hanuman Chalisadi are recited in every house to worship Hanuman ji. In spite of being in the form of kapirupa, he is considered as the root cause of all Mars and modes, the remover of the burden of the world and the incarnation of Rudra. Shri Hanuman ji is considered to be the bestower of welfare by removing all kinds of ill-wishers and like God, he is considered to be a saint, a god-devotee and a protector of religion. According to Ramayana and Puranadi texts, Lord Sri Sitaram always resides in the heart of Hanuman ji.

According to mythological belief, Hanuman was born from Anjani’s womb. One day after his birth, his mother left him in the ashram to bring fruits. When the child Hanuman felt hungry, he mistook the rising sun as a fruit and started flying in the sky to catch it. Pawandev also went fast to help him. Surya, considering him as an innocent child, did not allow him to burn with his brilliance. But when Hanuman rushed to catch the Sun, Rahu wanted to create an eclipse on the Sun in order to grasp the Sun on that day and at the same time as the festival date. When Hanuman touched Rahu in the upper part of the sun, he ran away in fear and went to Indra and complained that you had given me the sun and moon as a means to pacify my hunger. But today on the new moon day when I went to grapple the Sun, I saw that another Rahu was going to catch the Sun. Hearing Rahu’s words, Indra got terrified and took him with him and went towards the Sun. Seeing Rahu coming, Hanuman left the Sun and pounced on Rahu. On this Rahu called Indra for protection, then Indra attacked Hanuman with Vajrayudh, due to which the child Hanuman fell on a mountain range and his left Hanu i.e. chin was broken. Seeing this condition of Hanuman, Vayudev got very angry and he stopped his speed at that very moment.

This caused an uproar in the world. And to save it, Sur, Asura, Yaksha, Kinnar etc. all went to the shelter of Brahma. Brahma took them all and went to Vayudev. He was sitting sadly with the unconscious boy Hanuman in his lap. When Brahma revived the child Hanuman, Vayudev, by transmitting his speed, removed the pain of all the creatures in the world. Then Brahma granted a boon to the child Hanuman that no weapon can harm its part. Indra gave the boon to the body to be tougher than a thunderbolt. Suryadev, while giving one hundredth of his brilliance, also blessed him for penetrating the scriptures. Varuna blessed the child with his loop and water to be safe forever and Yamdev blessed him to remain indestructible and healthy. Yaksharaj Kuber, Vishwakarma etc. Gods also gave unfailing boons. According to mythological legends, he was named Hanuman due to his chin being crooked due to the attack of a thunderbolt on Anjaniputra of Indra.

Although at present the tradition of waving the Hanuman flag i.e. Kapidhwaj and taking out processions by worshiping him along with Rama on the day of Chaitra Shukla Navami, Shri Ram Navami, continues, but on the day of Hanuman’s birthday, on the full moon day of Chaitra month, special worship of Hanuman is done. He goes and fasting is done. After special adornment of Hanuman by offering vermilion on the idol, special programs of Hanuman Chalisa and Hanuman Aarti are organized by Ram devotees in bath meditation, hymn-worship and collective worship. It is believed that by offering Chola to Maruti Nandan, an unmatched confluence of devotion and power, one gets positive energy and freedom from obstacles. According to mythological belief, Shani should be pacified to please Hanuman. When Hanumanji broke the pride of Shani Dev, then the son of Sun, Shani Dev promised Hanuman that even after coming to the amount of those who worshiped him, he would never hurt him. It is believed that a devotee who worships Bajrangbali is never defeated. The birth of Hanuman has been told at the time of sunrise, so there is a law for his worship and aarti during this period.

It is worth mentioning that the highest position in Indian culture is the spirit of service, that is, the act of service inspires one to do selfless work. A classic example of this service is Mahabali Hanuman, son of Kesari and Anjani. It is inspired from the life of Hanuman described in Valmiki Ramayana that by doing service without any expectation, one can become not only a devotee but also a God. The character of Hanuman seems to have played a major role in shaping the ideal of Rama. From the character of Hanuman, we can move forward on the path of success by adopting such qualities as the principles of life, such as Veda-Vedang, valor, courage, service, devotion, humility, gratitude, leadership and decision-making ability. Hanuman is immensely powerful, Mahavira and unique in wisdom, yet there is not even a mere arrogance within him. It is a well-known fact that a person gets filled with arrogance after gaining some power or intelligence, but Hanuman, who has made the sun in childhood itself, always remains in the role of a mere servant in front of Rama. Service is the welfare mantra of his life. This is the reason that whoever did arrogance, his item was crushed by Hanuman. After Sitaharan, Hanuman not only crossed the ocean and reached Lanka fighting all the obstacles, but also crushed the arrogant Ravana’s head. Hanuman burnt the golden Lanka on which Ravana was proud. It was a symbolic combustion of Ravana’s ego. Atul Baladhama means that despite being immensely powerful, Hanuman had no ego in him. While he showed valor over the demons, he was always humble to Shri Ram, Sita and Mother Anjani. He gave the credit of all his valor to his Lord Shri Ram. And this reflects the ideal personality of Shri Hanuman.

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