The greatest servant and the greatest Bhakta

Published on April 05, 2015 11:32:32 AM
"Yatra Yatra raghunatha kirtanam tatra tatra kritamastakanjalim
bashpavari paripoornalochanam marutim namata rakshasantakam”
(I bow before the devotee non-pariel who is the slayer of demons, who stands eternally in obeisance to the Lord Rama,bowing his head before his master, who is filled with tears of Joy wherever, whenever the name of Rama is Chanted)
This verse popular in many senses, signifies the greatest quality of Lord Hanuman, his unswerving devotion to his Lord,Rama for whom he gave his body, mind and soul in totality. Though he was a great warrior, who had valor incomparable with anyone, Hanuman is fondly remembered as the supreme devotee of Rama.
The first introduction of Hanuman takes place in Kishkintha Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana, where the lord of monkeys, sugriva sends hanuman to know who the good-looking imposing warrior princes who were entering their territory. As soon as Hanuman comes into contact with the lord, as tellingly described by Saint Tulsidas in his RamCharitmanas, hanuman realizes that he is a soul hovering around in perennial ‘Maya’ (illusion) and here comes the Lord who came walking all the way from Dandaka forest to elevate him to perennial state of exaltation. He knew that Rama was his lord and he was born to serve him. Thus begins the chapter of the supreme master and servant, which is a favorite aspect of Indian mythology.
The birthday of Hanuman is celebrated differently in India, it is followed in diverse ways in North and south, and in south too it has variations. According to Parasara Samhita Hanuman was born on the fifth day of the month of Vaisakha, in Purvabhadra star. This version is followed in Andhra, Karnataka areas while the version that Hanuman got his life back after he mistook the Sun to be a fruit and was attacked by Lord of Devas, Indra and is resurrected to life by the creator Brahma. The day that he got his life is believed to be on the Amavasya day of Margasira month in the star, Moolam.Tamils celebrate Hanuman jayanthi on this day mostly in December. Whereas the Northindians celebrate the festival in the month of Chaitra,during mid-March April,on the full moon day as Hanuman Jayanti.The main attraction of this festival in the north is that huge ‘sobhayatras’ or processions are organized in the north so in almost competitive fervor among the folks as to who organizes largest sobha yatra,in the city.
The eternal imagery of Lord Hanuman is that of a perpetual devotee of Rama and giver of valor, good health and courage to face the situations of life with unswerving courage and determination.Hence, he is a symbol of inspiration for everyone who is on any job.