Varanasi - Fairs & Festivals - Hanuman Jayanti
Hanuman Jayanti or Janmotsava marks the birthday of Lord Hanuman.
"Anajenya is called Hanuman. Some say this is because Indra, the king of the gods, once broke Anjaneya's jaw (hanu) with a thunderbolt, but there is a hidden meaning there. Hanuman should be read as Anuman because he is the atomic force (anu means atom), the force which moves all matter in the universe. That is why He is called Pavana Putra or Vayu Suta (Sun of Wind, wind being personified as the motile force). And we all know the power of nuclear energy! That is the power of Anjaneya".
On the day of 'Kartik Krishna Chaturdashi", special prayers are made to the Lord. The temple observes an annual festival on the full moon night of the month of 'Chaitra', which is also known as Hanuman Jayanti. At this juncture, a procession is taken out in the streets of Varanasi.
The festival too, attracts plenty of visitors to Sankat Mochan Temple. Jannotsav of Lord Hanuman is celebrated at Sankat Mochan Temple for five days with cultural & musical programmes by artistes from all over India. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Hanuman. Hanuman Jayanti falls on Chaitra Shukla Purnima (the March-April full moon day).
In Hinduism, Lord Hanuman is seen as the symbol of strength and energy. Hanuman was a zealous devotee of Rama, and is worshipped for his unwavering devotion to Lord Rama. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated with great fanfare and feast at Varanasi.
Birthday celebration of Lord Hanuman is held at Sankat Mochan Temple. The devotees flock the Hanuman temples all over Varanasi and apply Sindhoor Tilak on their foreheads from statues of Hanuman. The Hanuman Jayanti in Varanasi is accompanied with and followed by many cultural functions and musical shows. Many well-known artists and performers are flown down to the city to take part in such programmes.