Vijaya Dasami, the 10th Day of Navarathri

Today marks the tenth day of the annual Navarathri festival. This tenth day is called Vijaya Dasami, which literally means “triumph on the tenth.”

Goddess Durga standing on the head of the buffalo demon Mahishasura
Goddess Durga standing on the head of the buffalo demon Mahishasura

It is commonly believed that Goddess Durga vanquished the buffalo demon Mahishasura on this day.  This victorious day also marks the day that Lord Rama defeated the demon king Ravana and made his journey home to Ayodhya.  Some narratives of Rama’s story describe Rama as having invoked Goddess Durga through the powerful Chandi Puja, or worship of Durga in her passionate and furious form.  Since Rama’s triumph over Ravana and Durga’s triumph over Mahishasura were both on this day, Vijaya Dasami has become a day synonymous with good beginnings. Many people around the world begin business ventures, musical study, dance, and other undertakings on this day.  While Navarathri is a festival dedicated to the Goddess in her various forms, the tenth day of the festival is a day on which both Durga and Rama are worshiped.  In North India, re-enactments of Rama’s life are portrayed in vivid theatre performances called Ram-Leela.  At the end of the play, a larger than life effigy of the demon Ravana is burst into flames to signify Rama’s victory.  Another key component of this day is the Ayudha Puja, or worship of weapons and instruments.  Children place their books in front of their home shrine, while others pay respect to the implements that make their livelihoods possible.  Cars, kitchen utensils, knives, hammers, chisels, computers, and other objects are cleaned and venerated by those who use them. In South India, there is a custom of erecting a doll display, which is worshipped for the nine days of Navarathi.  On Vijaya Dasami, the dolls are symbolically put to sleep after last minute visitors come and admire their beauty. These dolls, mainly of gods and goddesses, represent the same gods and goddesses that gave their power, Shakti, to bring Goddess Durga to life.  After the gods and goddesses gave their power to Durga in order for her to vanquish Mahishasura, they became as lifeless as dolls.  On the tenth day, after Durga killed the buffalo demon, she restored the life to the gods and goddesses and become reabsorbed into them.  This idea is seen in action in Eastern India, where large idols of the Goddess Durga and her retinue are immersed on this day after five full days of worship.  Wherever you find yourself in India, or abroad, this day is one of enjoyment and happiness. It marks the triumph of good over evil, and reminds us that we must cultivate the good in our hearts, and have victory over our not-so-good tendencies.

 

~Svasti~

7 Hanuman Mantras for pleasing Lord Hanuman

Hindu God Lord Hanuman (The Monkey God) or Hanuman Ji is the greatest devotee of Lord Rama and plays a vital role in the Hindu epic Ramayana. He is the son of Vayu or Marut (The Wind God) and Anjani. Anjaneya, Anjani Putra, Hanumat, Bajarangabali, Hanuman, Mahaveer (the great hero), Maruti, Pavanputra (son of air) are some of His names used by devotees.

Hanuman, worshiped for his strength, knowledge, valor, divinity, agility, and considered as the symbol of devotion and dedication.

Some say Hanuman was born as the son of the King and Queen of the Monkeys. To others, he is the son of Anjana, an female Apsara who had been transformed into a monkey by a curse, and Vayu, the wind god. It is also said that from his father Vayu Hanuman received the ability to fly.

His devotees will fast on Saturdays and Thursdays, give offerings to him and chant the mantras to please Him so that He will do miracles in the life of the devotees.

Here, are some of the popular Mantras of Hanuman:








1. Hanuman Beeja Mantra

Aum Aeem
Bhreem Hanumate,
Shree Ram Dootaaya Namaha

Meaning: We plead to the Lord Hanuman, who is the greatest server and messenger of the Lord Shree Rama.



2. Hanuman Mantra – For Jobs, Promotions & Examinations

Thursday is considered to be the auspicious day to chant this mantra and it is widely used by students to pass the examinations as well as employees to get promotions.

Om
Shree Vajradehaya
Ramabhakthaya Vayuputhraya



3. Hanuman Gayathri Mantra

It is believed that the energy that fills up your life by chanting this mantra will guard you against all dangers and strengthen you with courage and knowledge.

Om Anjaneyaya Vidmahe
Vayuputraya Dheemahi,
Tanno Hanuman Prachodayat

Meaning: We pray to the son of Goddess Anjani and the son of the “Wind”. May Lord Hanuman lead our intellect towards intelligence and “knowing”



4. Hanuman Mantra

This mantra praises Hanuman as the messenger of the Lord Rama, who is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Hanuman can travel swiftly and is very intelligent. He is also described as the chief of the monkey army and the son of Vayu (Wind God).

Manojavam
Maarutatulyavegam

Jitendriyam Buddhimataam
Varistham,

Vaataatmajam
Vaanarayoothmukhyam

Sriramdootam Saranam
Prapadhye.



5. Mantra of Bhakta Hanuman

Amjanii-Garbha Sambhuuta
Kapii-[I]ndra Sacivo[a-U]ttama
Raama-Priya Namas-Tubhyam
Hanuman Rakssa Sarvadaa

Meaning: I bow to you, mighty Hanuman, Who was born from the Womb of Mother Anjani, and who is the most Excellent Minister of the King of Monkeys. He is extremely dear to Sri Rama; I Bow to You, O Hanuman, Please Protect me always.



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5. Hanuman Chalisa Mantra

Shrii-Guru Carann Saroja-Raja,
Nija-Mana-Mukura Sudhaara
Barannau Raghu-Bara Bimala Yasha,
Jo Daayaka Phala-Caara 

Meaning: I clean my mind with the help of the dust of the lotus like feet of Sri Gurudeva. I describe the Sacred Glory of Sri Rama Chandra, who bestows the Four Fruits of Life (Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha).

Buddhi-Hiina Tanu Jaanike,
Sumirau Pavan Kumaar
Bala Buddhi-Vidyaa Dehu Mohi,
Harahu Kalesha Vikaar 
 

Meaning: O Pavan Puthra, I meditate on you, please consider me as I am ignorant. Bestow on me Strength, Wisdom and Knowledge, and Remove my Afflictions and Blemishes.

Jay Hanumaan
Jnaan Gunn Saagar
Jai Kapiis
Tihu-Lok Ujaagar
 

Meaning: Victory to You, O Hanuman. You are the Ocean of Wisdom and Virtue. Victory to the king of the monkeys and the enlightener of the three Worlds.

Raama-Duut Atulit Bala-Dhaamaa
Anjani-Putra Pavan-Sut Naamaa
 

Meaning: O Lord, you are the Messenger of Sri Rama possessing incalculable Strength. You are known as Anjani-Putra (son of Anjani) and Pavana-Suta (son of Pavana, the wind-god).

Mahaa-biir Bikrama Bajarangii
Kumati Nivaar Sumati Ke Sangii
 

Meaning: O Lord, you are a great hero who is extremely valiant and have a strong body as that of a thunderbolt. You are the dispeller of evil thoughts and companion of Good Sense and Wisdom.

Kancan Barann Biraaj Subeshaa
Kaanan Kunddala Kuncita Keshaa
 

Meaning: You possess a Golden Hue, and you are Neatly Dressed, You wear Ear-Rings and have beautiful Curly Hair.

Haath Bajra Au Dhvajaa Biraajai
Kaandhe Muuj Janeuu Saajai
 

Meaning: You are the one who holds both the Thunderbolt and the Flag in your Hands. You also wear the Sacred Thread across your Shoulder.

Shankar-Suvan Kesharii-Nandan
Teja Prataap Mahaa Jag-Vandan
 

Meaning: O Lord, you are the incarnation of Lord Shiva and son of Kesari, who has been adored by the whole world because of your power and bravery.

Vidyaavaan Gunnii Ati Caatur
Raam Kaaj Karibe Ko Aatur
 

Meaning: You are the one who is extremely intelligent, virtuous, and scholar. You are always ready to serve Sri Ram

Prabhu Caritra Sunibe Ko Rasiyaa
Raamalassann Siitaa Man Basiyaa
 

Meaning: You are delighted when the glories of Sri Ram are played. You have Sri Rama, Sri Lakshmana, and Devi Sita Dwelling in your Heart.

Suukssma Ruupadhari Siyahi Dikhaavaa
Vikatt Ruup Dhari Lamka Jaraavaa
 

Meaning: In the Diminutive Form, you appeared before Sita Devi and you also assumed the awesome form to burn Lanka.

Bhiim Ruup Dhari Asur Samhaare
Raamacandra Ke Kaaj Samvaare
 

Meaning: Assuming the gigantic form, you destroyed the Demons of Lanka, thereby accomplishing the task bestowed on Him by Sri Ram.

Laal Deha Laaleel-Se,
Arudhari-Laal Langoor
Vajra Deha Daanava Dalan,
Jai Jai Jai Kapi-Soor
 

Meaning: We pray to the red-colored one, whose entire body is red, and is decorated with red-colored sindoor. We pray to the one draped with a red-colored loin-cloth. We pray to the one whose body is firm and strong like the vajra. We pray to the destroyer of demons. We bow in praise again and again to the supreme among Gods, Lord Hanuman.






7. Prayer for Hanuman

Manojavam Maruta Tulya Vegam,
Jitendriyam Buddhi Mataam Varishtham
Vaataatmajam Vaanara Yooth Mukhyam,
Shree Raama Dootam Sharnam Prapadye
 

Meaning:
Manojavam– Let I pray to the one who is swift as thought
Marut.tulya.vegam- the one who is more powerful than the wind
jitendriyam– the one who has conquered his senses
vaataatmajam– the one who is supreme among all intelligent beings, the son of the wind-god
vaanar.yooth.mukhyam– the commander of the army of forest creatures
Give me refuse, the messenger of Lord Rama, the incomparable Lord Hanuman. Please accept me and my prayers at your feet.






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