NEW DELHI: Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated by devotees of Lord Hanuman across the world every year on the occasion of Lord Hanuman’s birth anniversary, who is also known as the biggest devotee of Lord Rama. It is also known as Hanumath Jayanti, the day when Vanara God is said to have taken birth. It falls on the 15th day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Chaitra. This year it falls on March 31.
Hanuman also played a major role in the battle between Rama and Ravana when sita was kidnapped during the Rama Vanvas by Rawana.
On Hanuman Jayanti, devotees worship Lord Hanuman and also dedicate to him across the country with the purpose to protection and blessings. The devotees offer special prayers and chant mantras such as Hanuman Chalisa and Sundar Kaand.
Hanuman Jayanti 2018 on Saturday, March 31 is being celebrated across West Bengal amid heightened security. The colourful processions has been seen in the state which was taken out by the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti and also organized the Hanuman Puja. Senior party leaders as well as ministers were also appeared in the celebrations.
Both the Bhartiya Janata Party and Vishwa Hindu Parishad had decided to keep the Hanuman Jayanti celebrations low profile in view of widespread violence in various parts of the state over Ram Navami celebrations earlier this week.
BJP president Amit shah and VHP celebrated the Hanuman Jayanti in West Bengal’s temples today.
State VHP president Sachindranath Singha had yesterday said major Hanuman Jayanti rallies might lead to more problems in the state. “Only last week, we had huge Ram Navami celebrations, which at some places also led to violence. Now, taking out rallies on Hanuman Jayanti will send a wrong message,” he had said.
The police have put in place elaborate arrangements across the state to avoid any untoward incident during the Hanuman Jayanti celebrations.