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Hanuman Jayanti, also called as Hanumath Jayanti, is celebrated to mark the birth of the Vanara god, Hanuman. This year, Hanuman Jayanti falls on April 22. Hanuman is worshiped all over India for his unwavering devotion towards Rama. People worship Hanuman, also known as Bajrangbali and Anjaneya, as a deity with the power to vanquish evil spirit. On the day of Hanuman Jayanti, people observe fasts and read the Hanuman Chalisa (a devotional hymn addressed to Hanuman). People also visit Hanuman temples and perform traditional poojas. In some temples, food is offered to Hanuman and later that food is distributed among the devotees as prasad. There are many Hanuman temples in India and here is a list of the most prominent ones where you can celebrate Hanuman Jayanti. Also Read - 'CHAMPIONS': PM Modi Launches ICT-based Technology Platform to Empower MSMEs



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 1. Hanuman Temple, Allahabad

Located near the Allahabad fort, the Hanuman temple is famous among devotees. It is the only temple where the Hanuman idol is in reclining position. Another fascinating thing about the temple is that every year the temple gets immersed when the water level of River Ganga rises during monsoon. Also Read - Mohena Kumari Singh And 6 Family Members Test Positive For COVID-19, All Hospitalised



2. Sankat Mochan, Varanasi

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Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple is located in Varanasi by the Assi River and is considered to be one of the most sacred Hanuman temples. In this temple, the idol of Hanuman faces Rama. On the eve of Hanuman Jayanti, a procession is organised. The idol is decorated with marigold flowers and special sweets are prepared as prasad.

3. Salasar Balaji, Salasar

Salasar Balaji temple is located in Salasar, Rajasthan. The temple attracts millions of devotees on Hanuman Jayanti. The idol of this temple is not like any other idol of Hanuman. Here, the idol of Hanuman has a round face with a beard and mustache.

 4. 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.

 5. Shri Panchmukh Aanjanayar Swami Temple, Kumbhkonam

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Shri Panchmukh Aanjanayar Swami Temple is located in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu. The Hanuman idol in this temple is in the form of Panchmukh (five faces). It is believed that each of the five faces of Hanuman has a different significance.

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