Across India, devotees of Hanuman, the powerful Hanuman, eagerly await the auspicious occasion of Hanuman Jayanti. But depending on regional traditions and calendars, the date for this celebration can vary. So, when exactly is Hanuman Jayanti in 2024? Buckle up, because the answer might surprise you!
The Most Widely Celebrated Date:
For many states in North India, the most popular Hanuman Jayanti falls on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024. This date coincides with the full moon day (Purnima) of the Chaitra month in the Hindu calendar. Devotees observe this day with special prayers, pujas, readings from the Hanuman Chalisa, and visits to temples adorned with saffron flags.
Beyond the Chaitra Purnima:
However, the story of Hanuman Jayanti doesn’t end there! Here are some other regional variations:
- Tamil Nadu: In Tamil Nadu, Hanuman Jayanti is known as Hanumath Jayanthi and is observed during Margashirsha Amavasya, usually falling in January or December. In 2024, it was celebrated on January 11th.
- Andhra Pradesh and Telangana: Here, Hanuman Jayanti is a grander affair, spanning 41 days. It starts on Chaitra Purnima and ends on the tenth day of Krishna Paksha in the Vaishakha month. This year, it will be celebrated from April 23rd to May 13th.
- Karnataka: In Karnataka, devotees observe Hanuman Jayanti on Shukla Paksha Trayodashi during the Margashirsha month, popularly known as Hanuman Vratam. This day is believed to mark the sunrise when Hanuman was born.
Celebrating the Essence:
Regardless of the date, the essence of Hanuman Jayanti remains the same – to honor the selfless devotion, immense strength, and unwavering faith of Hanuman. So, no matter when you celebrate, take this opportunity to imbibe the qualities of Hanuman in your own life – courage, loyalty, and unwavering dedication to righteousness.
Bonus Tip: Check with your local temples or cultural organizations for specific timings and celebrations in your area.
Jai Shree Ram!