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Date, significance – everything you need to know

Lord Hanuman, often described as the monkey god symbolizing strength and courage, holds an important place in Hindu mythology. The festival of Hanumat Jayanti is celebrated with devotion across the country. Followers believe that by worshiping Lord Hanuman devotedly, sorrows go away and are replaced with vigor and courage. In North India, the event coincides with the month of Chaitra, which marks the birth anniversary of Lord Hanuman.

In South India, especially Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, the festival is known as Hanumat Jayanti. Since today is Tamil Hanuman Jayanti, here is a brief description:

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In Tamil Nadu, the festival lasts for forty-one days, starting on Chaitra Purnima and ending on the tenth day of Krishna Paksha in the month of Vaishakha. According to Drik Panchang, today, January 11 is Hanumat Jayanti, Amavasai Tithi will start at 20:10 PM on January 10 and end at 17:26 PM on January 11.

Significance and Rituals:

It is believed that Lord Hanuman was born during Margashirsha Amavasya under Moolam Nakshatra. Generally, Margashirsha Amavasya aligns with Moolam Nakshathram. In years when this alignment does not occur, the new moon day becomes important for celebration.

Traditionally, since the birth of Lord Hanuman is associated with sunrise, temples host spiritual discourses starting at dawn. Devotees start their day early, take bath and light lamps, offer fruits and vermillion in front of the idol of Lord Hanuman. Many people keep fast throughout the day and conclude it with Prasad in the evening.

Devotees in Andhra Pradesh embark on a 41-day initiation that begins on Chaitra Purnima and ends on Hanuman Jayanti.

Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated in Tamil Nadu as Hanumat Jayanti during Margashirsha Amavasya, which falls between January and December as per the Gregorian calendar.

Meanwhile, Karnataka celebrates Hanuman Jayanti on Shukla Paksha Trayodashi in the month of Margashirsha, locally known as Hanuman Vratam.

According to the belief that Hanuman was born at sunrise, spiritual discourses in temples begin at dawn and end later.

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