Hanuman Jeyanthi

It's Hanuman Jayanthi today hence let me share something on him today

Lord Hanuman symbolizes strength and unparalleled devotion and selfless service. He is the greatest devotee of Lord Ram. He is a Brahmachari (celibate) and humility is his hallmark. He served Sri Rama with pure love and devotion, without expecting any fruit in return. He lived to serve Sri Rama. He is the living embodiment of Ram-Nam. He was an ideal selfless worker, a true Karma Yogi who worked desirelessly and dynamically. He was a great devotee and an exceptional Brahmachari or celibate. 

He was humble, brave and wise. He possessed all the divine virtues. He did what others could not do-crossing the ocean simply by uttering Ram-Nam, burning the city of Lanka, and bringing the sanjeevini herb and restoring Lakshmana to life again. He brought Sri Rama and Lakshmana from the nether world after killing Ahiravana. 

On the day of Hanuman Jayanti devotees apply sindoor to the idol of Hanuman. There is very popular legend behind this. Once Sita ji was Appling sindhoor on her forehead and Hanuman enquired about its significance. To this Sita ji replied, that this ensured long life for her husband. Hanuman on hearing this applied sindhoor all over his body praying for the immortality of his Lord. He came before Lord Rama. When asked Hanuman replied, “It is only to please you my Lord.” Lord Rama was very pleased and by seeing his devotion, he declared that whoever applies sindoor on the body of Hanuman will get my loving devotion and I will pleased with that devotee. 

On the day of Hanuman jayanti Lord Hanuman is worshiped and offered sindoor and pan. People visit the Hanuman temple and apply the sindhoor taken from the idol of Hanuman on their forehead. It is supposed to bring good luck to them. Prasad (religious food offering) is distributed among the people. Pooja is performed and abhisheka (religious offering consisting of coconut and flowers) is done. Devotees read the Hanuman Chalisa and recite the Holy name of Lord Rama. Most of the devotees keep fast, especially those who are wrestlers and body builders.

Source : http://www.astrospeak.com/astrology/vedic-astrology/festivals/Hanuman-Jayanti/articleshow/4909591.cms

I would also like to share a wonderful work on Hanuman done by an artist , and I am inspired to do a work similar to it as well

Source : http://sketchbob.com/2010/10/09/100-sketches-of-hanuman/

next is the artwork for the day which i took about 2 days to complete
a simple work 

anyway with the love & respect to Hanuman, let me call it a day
and I shall now be off to see him in the temple

Jai Ram Sri Ram,Jai Jai Ram


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