The landscape will shine with red as Hindus observe Lord Hanuman Jayanti (the Monkey God) on Good Friday. Today has serious spiritual and religious implications for Christians who observe the crucifiction of Jesus Christ. Meanwhile thousands of Hindus the world over will join in the very deeply religious service of Lord Hanuman Jayanti to mark the observance. Lord Hanuman’s message is deeply enshrined in the Lord Hanuman Chaalessa, which most Hindus carry with them throughout their lives.
Local historians recall that when the East Indians came here between 1845 and 1917, their main solace was the reading of the Ramayana in which Lord Hanuman played a very pivotal role as the chief servant and messenger of Lord Rama. Hindu mandirs and other places of worship will observe the occasion with special Lord Hanuman puja amid the background of bhajans, songs, meditation and chants purposely in His honour. Pundit Ramesh Tiwari, spiritual leader of the Edinburgh Hindu Temple, said that “in today’s world of dismay, conflicts, deceit and deception, obeisance to Lord Hanuman could literally wipe out these negative activities.”
“As we mark Trinidad and Tobago’s Jubilee anniversary of Independence, devotion to Lord Hanuman would set our country’s future wealth, progress and prosperity in a steady fitting,” he said. It is vividly reported in the Ramayana, that Lord Rama on his ascent to the heavenly abode instructed Lord Hanuman to remain on earth to protect His devotees, promote dharma, righteousness and concord and harmony among all mankind. Lord Hanuman is the living embodiment of courage, dedication, humility and eternal love, love for Lord Rama and love for all mankind. The study of the life and works of Lord Hanuman has become mandatory among Hindus. In T&T, there are scores of mandirs specifically dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The works of Lord Hanuman is littered throughout the Indian Diaspora which, which comprises some 30 million people spanning more than 80 countries.