Shubh Hanuman Jayanti!

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Hanumanji at Geeta Ashram Malaysia

Hanuman Jayanti, which falls on the full moon day (Purnima) of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra, is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Hanumanji who is commonly depicted in the form of Vanara in the Ramayana. It is believed that he was born from the boon of Vayu, the wind deity and is the son of Anjana and Kesari. He is also known as the “obstacle remover”. Hanumanji is the only deity who has full control over the planet Shani (Saturn). Hence, Hindus offer him oil and leaves on Saturday so that he would protect them from bad effects of Planet Saturn (Shani) (According to Indian astrology, the problems in one’s life are caused by Planet Saturn).

Lord Hanuman is a shape-shifter with magical powers that allow him to take many forms, move mountains and control the clouds. Even more than his magical power is His devotion to Lord Rama. Lord Rama gave this blessing to him when he rejected to accept any rewards after defeating Ravana. Many people all around the world will fast in honor of Hanumanji and give special offerings to him especially on this auspicious day. In times of trouble, it is a common faith among Hindus to chant the name of Hanumanji or sing his hymn – “Hanuman Chalisa“.

Lord Hanumanji teaches us devotion, humility and reminds us of the unlimited power and strength that lies unused within each and every one of us.

Shubh Hanuman Jayanti to one and all!

Lord Rama’s Bridge

You may recall from your reading of the Ramayana that Lord Rama had to rescue Mother Sita from the demon king Ravana who was holding her captive in Lanka (aka Sri Lanka), an island south of India. Hanumanji, Lord Rama’s comrade, with his army of monkey-men built a “bridge,” or causeway, across the narrow strait from India to Sri Lanka to reach the island, in order to save Sita. There, a great battle took place before Lord Rama and Hanuman defeated Ravana and liberated Sita. This occurrence was said to have ensued in Tretha Yuga, which was more than 1.7 million years ago.

Only recently has NASA revealed a mysterious ancient bridge in the Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka; another opening to the spiritual gates of people all around the world who have come to know an ancient history linked to the Indian mythology.

Today Rama’s Bridge or Rama Setu can be seen from the sky while traveling by air. This ancient bridge is submerged under water, but the satellite images give the perfect view of this bridge of mythological significance.

Let this be a reminder to all of us to appreciate another one of Bhagwan’s beautiful manifestations!

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Fun Fact!

You may be wondering why there is a picture of this cute, little squirrel. Well, according to tradition, the squirrel helped build the causeway by rolling sand grains down to the water.  Therefore, as a sign of gratitude, Rama is said to have stroked the back of the squirrel which is why all Indian squirrels have the three dark lines on their backs from where the three fingers of Rama touched them.

This lovely article has been researched and put together  by Dayana Bulchand