I find that as I dive deeper into my spirituality I’m less and less inclined to outwardly celebrate most religious holidays. I still do celebrate religious holidays – and plenty of them. I observe Easter, Christmas, Diwali, Basant Panchami, Pancha Ganapati, Ganesha Chaturthi, and Sankatahara Chaturthi / Sankashti (on a monthly basis). Outwardly, for most of those holidays listed, I celebrate in the form of eating too much food and hanging out with my family. Inwardly, however, these holidays and others hold great significance and meaning and I’ll likely never give that part of them up no matter how the outward observance evolves.
One of the blogs I subscribe to is a food blog. Recently, that blog published two posts dealing with two Hindu holidays. One of them is the celebrated birthday of the god Hanuman. Hanuman is known as the “monkey god,” but I never call him that because linguistically it feels like it suggest he’s the god of monkeys. Like calling Ganesha the “elephant god.” It’s just not the cleanest fit. Anyway, if you want to read that post, you can click here and do so, but I thought to share some things about Hanuman Jayanti with you here.
So here’s a bit about Hanuman Jayanti you may not have known….
- It’s date can vary significantly. It is celebrated as early s January 9th and as late as mid-April.
- It is said that a few thousand years before Ramayan time (in the latter part of Tretayuga – 2 million years ago), several divine souls came to Earth and modified the bodies of ape like creatures through evolutionary methods so that the animals could play the role of vehicles for these divine souls. That’s how the Vanara race with reddish orange color (hues of deep orange and light red) was established before the Ramayan.
- On Hanuman Jayanthi devotees visit temples and apply sindoor (kumkum, a red powder) to their foreheads from Hanuman’s idol as Hanuman himself was of that colour.
- Hanuman is the symbol of strength and energy. Hanuman was born at sunrise. He is totally selfless and without his own agenda.
- There are only two Gods with the power to control the nine planets, especially the influence of Saturn. Lord Hanuman is one of them.
- By giving solace to Sita he is a symbol of hope to suffering, oppressed people. He is a true brahmacharya with control over the senses and chiranjiva, the immortal, or ever living.
Aum Shri Mahaganeshaya Namaha | Aum Shanti