Lord Hanuman was born on Chaitra Purnima (usually April) to his blessed parents, Mata Anjani and Kesari Baba. This event, of the Lord's birth has always been celebrated with great anticipation and joy by Gurumaa.
This year's preparations were in full swing. Fruits, flowers, sweets, savories, nuts, and Baba's birthday cake was lovingly prepared by Guruma, NayanMitra, Malti, Minoo, Pushpa and many other devotees. Each year, Baba's birthday cake is made into a "Gada" and alongside it his Charan Paduka is made. All the preparations are done under the watchful eyes of GM. It is done with tremendous love and devotion. There is an air of excitementthrill and joy in the hearts of the devotees.
The Lonavala Ashram is decorated with beautiful garlands and fresh, fragrant flowers. Roses, jasmine, marigolds, and champa to name a few. The main alter is cleaned and Baba is dressed in beautiful clothes and rich ornaments.
Alongside, a Jhula or Palna is also prepared with orange and yellow marigolds, to receive the divine child.
The birth of Lord Hanuman......is the birth of devotion with renewed vigor and enthusiam. On his birthday, devotees come from near and far. This year too, many devotees came to rejoice in the divine birth.
At midnight, we began with the chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa. All through the night, Baba's devotees sang his glories. When we sing the name of the Lord, we merge into his divine form. We are not separate, we become him.
He is one with us. Devotion is the only gift we can offer at his lotus feet. All we have is given by him. What is ours then to offer.....only our love and
Bhakti. The chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa purifies the heart in readiness to receive his divine presence and blessings. We are like little children, waiting patiently for the birth of the eleventh incarnation of Lord Shiva himself. Can he remain afar when we open the doors of our hearts. To invoke the name of God means to become a part of him. We are not separate, we arehim. It is just like the drops of water become part of the ocean when its waters enter the mighty ocean. So also, the disciple is one with the form he so ardently worships. We drown in the sweet necter of his name. We shower our love and offer him a seat in our hearts. We are bathed in the bliss of the divine name. Next begins the ritualistic Puja of Sri Lord Hanuman.