An ardent devotee of Lord Rama, Lord Hanuman is worshipped by the Hindu community for strength, energy and unfathomable devotion.
To please the monkey god, people visit his temples, recite ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ and sing his ‘arti’ etc. But on his birthday, which is Hanuman Jayanti, devotees follow strict rituals and also observe a fast to seek his blessings.
This year on April 22, it is believed that if devotee worships Lord Hanuman with proper rituals on Hanuman Jayanti, their wishes come true. Here, are some important rituals one can follow on Hanuman Jayanti to please the god.
It is important to place Hanuman’s idol in such a way that it faces east direction.
Once the idol is smeared with vermillion, light an earthen lamp and chant the following mantra:
रघुपतिप्रियभक्तं वातजातं नमामि।।
ऊं हनुमते नम: ध्यानार्थे पुष्पाणि सर्मपयामि।।“
It is said that Hanuman is present where the stories of Lord Rama are recited. Therefore, people read the ‘Ramacharitmanas’ on the day of Hanuman Jayanti to please Hanuman.
The prayer has to end with the recitation of Hanuman ‘arti’ – ‘Aarti Bajrangbali Ki’.
It is believed that devotees who observe a fast on Hanuman Jayanti are protected from the ill effects of the spiritual world. It also removes obstacles from people’s lives.