Lord Hanuman is the symbol of strength and energy. He is said to be able to assume any form at will, wield the gada including many celestial weapons, move mountains, dart through the air, seize the clouds and equally rival Garuda in swiftness of flight.
He is the only God who is believed to be still alive. We celebrate the birth of this Vanara God on the 15th day of the Shukla Paksha, during the month of Chaitra (the Chaitra Pournimaa).
Lord Hanuman, the son of Vayuu, was the devout follower of Shri Ram. On this day devotees worship him in temples all over the country, praying for protection from evil and utmost strength and energy.
The devotees visit temples and apply tilak of sindoor to their foreheads from Hanuman’s idol as Hanuman himself was of that color. In South India, especially Tamil Nadu Hanumaan Jayanti is celebrated on the Margazhi month of Moola nakshathram.
Devotees all over the country decorate the idol of Shri Hanumana with garlands, Orange sindoor, make sweets as prashad. He is worshipped by millions in various beautiful pious temples all around India for protection and to ward off evil presence.
There are many famous temples where Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated with great zeal:
The tallest Hanuman statue is the Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami, standing 135 feet tall at Yerravaram, 46 km from Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh, installed in 2003.
Bala Hanuman Temple, Jamnagar: Located in Jamnagar, Gujarat, Bala Hanuman Temple is famous for holding the record for continuous chanting of Rama, since August 1964. The chanting still continues. You can visit the temple for this spiritual experience.