Diwali festivities are marked by various religious celebrations. Hanuman Puja is one of the most significant aspects of these celebrations in several northern parts of India. It comes a day before Diwali and coincides with Choti Diwali or Kali Chaudas. The day of Hanuman Puja is also celebrated as Roop Chaudas and Narak Chaturdashi.
HANUMAN PUJA - SIGNIFICANCE AND OBSERVANCE
The observance of Hanuman Puja on Kali Chaudas has a deep significance. It is believed that on the night of Kali Chaudas, the evil and bad spirits become quite powerful. The worship of Lord Hanuman is done to seek his blessings. He bestows his devotees with the strength to fight such evil spirits. Lord Hanuman protects those who perform Hanuman Puja from the effect of all the bad spirits.
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As per another mythological legend, the celebration of Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Rama along with Goddess Sita and Lord Hanuman to Ayodhya after an exile of 14 years. On this day, Lord Rama had proclaimed that Lord Hanuman will always be worshipped before him owing to his deep devotion.
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Hanuman Devotees in Gujarat and some parts of Maharashtra observe this festival with a great deal of fervor and spirituality. Lord Hanuman is one of the most respected and celebrated Gods in Hinduism. An incarnation of Lord Shiva, Hanuman is an epitome of devotion, strength, courage, and perseverance. He is believed to impart his devotees with the same qualities. Hanuman Puja in Gujarat is one of the major events and Hanuman Puja on Diwali is regarded as one of the most auspicious days by many Hindu communities.
Hanuman Puja Vidhi is marked by performing special Hanuman prayers and recitals of Hanuman Chalisa followed by the offering of oil and sindoor.
In several regions, the day of Hanuman Puja is also observed as Hanuman Jayanti, especially at Hanumangarhi in Ayodhya. However, as per Hindu Panchang, Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated on Chaitra Purnima.