Gangtok, 31 Mar:
Hanuman Jayanti was celebrated across the State today. In the capital, devotees thronged at the Hanuman temple complex in Hanuman Tok which is located in the upper reaches of Gangtok.
The celebration included religious rituals and hawans being conducted at the Mandir premises.
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling also joined the puja this morning and participated in the hawan.
The day long Hanuman Jayanti celebration had devotees lined up for receiving bhandara [Prasad] provided by the Hanuman Jayanti Celebration Committee, Gangtok.
It may be mentioned here, Hanuman Jayanti falls on the 15th day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Chaitra of the Hindi calendar. Lord Hanuman is said to be the 11th incarnation of Lord Shiva, born to the Vanar King Kesari and his wife Anjani with the blessing of Pawan Dev, the God of Wind.
On Hanuman Jayanti, followers and devotees of Lord Hanuman flock to temples dedicated to him across the country seeking his protection and blessings. The devotees offer special prayers and chant mantras such as Hanuman Chalisa and Sundar Kaand. Others observe a day long fast to commemorate Hanuman Jayanti. It is said that Lord Hanuman was known to be of the colour of vermillion which is why boondi and besan or motichoor laddoo is offered during prayers.