On Friday, April 3rd 2015, at least 100 people suffered injuries in Madhya Pradesh (Neemuch District) and Uttar Pradesh when suspected Muslim youth pelted stones at a religious Hindu processions being taken out on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti
Hanuman Jayanti is the auspicious birthday of the Hindu deity of Hanuman Ji and is followed on the full moon (Purnima) day in the Lunar Hindu calendar month of Chaitra (usually falling in late March or early April). Shri Lord Hanuman, also referred to many hindu devotees as Bajrang Bali is one of the most followed deities among North Indian Hindus. Lord Hanuman is also Shri Ram’s greatest devotee and seen as a symbol of strength, devotion, discipline, innocence and good (vs. evil).
In 2015 Hanuman Jayanti falls on April 4th (India standard time). The festival is celebrated all across India where Hindus reside, but also is celebrated with much following in countries with Hindu populations such as Guyana, United Kingdom, Canada, US, Suriname, Trinidad, Nepal and Mauritius.
On April 4th, in Shri Hanuman temples, spiritual discourses are started at dawn. Hanumanji (the Vanara God) was born at sunrise. At that time the spiritual discourse is stopped and the offering of food (Prasad) is distributed to everyone. In the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated in the month of Margazhi( normally comes between December 16 to January 14). There it is believed that Hanuman or Anjaneya was born on Moola Nakshatra,on the new moon day (amavasya) in the month of Margazhi. In Andhra, Hanuman Jayanthi is celebrated on tenth day of bahula paksham in the month of Vaishaka. It is good to parayan Hanuman.
Although Hanuman Jayanti is supposed to be a festival full of happiness, family gatherings and positive energy; many Hindus and Hanuman temples are targeted by Islamist groups on Hanuman Jayanti. On Friday, April 3rd 2015, at least 100 people suffered injuries in Madhya Pradesh (Neemuch District) and Uttar Pradesh when suspected Muslim youth pelted stones at a religious Hindu processions being taken out on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti. There have also been bomb blasts and kidnappings targeting Hindus on Hanuman Jayanti by Islamists in places such as Pakistan and Bangladesh, where there are small Hindu minority communities.
The Chakra News team wishes everyone a happy/shubh and auspicious Hanuman Jayanti. Jai Shri Hanuman! Jai Bajrang Bali! Here is a nice holy religious bhajan (hindu song) of Shri Hanuman called the Hanuman Chalisa.