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Celebrating Bada Mangal 2024: Dates, Significance, and Traditions

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Celebrating Bada Mangal 2024: Dates, Significance, and Traditions

Bada Mangal, the auspicious occasion dedicated to Lord Hanuman, marks the beginning of the third month of Hindu New Year, Jyeshtha. Every Tuesday in the month of Jyeshtha is considered propitious for the worship of Hanuman Ji.

Bada Mangal 2024 Dates

In the year 2024, Bada Mangal will be celebrated on four Tuesdays:

  • First Bada Mangal – May 28, 2024
  • Second Bada Mangal – June 4, 2024
  • Third Bada Mangal – June 11, 2024
  • Fourth Bada Mangal – June 18, 2024

Significance of Bada Mangal

According to Hindu mythology, it was during the month of Jyeshtha in the Treta Yuga when Lord Rama met the mighty Hanuman. This is why Tuesdays of this month are revered as Bada Mangal. Worshippers believe that on this day, Hanuman Ji blesses them and resolves all their troubles. Temples echo with devotional songs, and communities organize religious feasts (bhandara) to celebrate this auspicious day.

History of Bada Mangal

The tradition of celebrating Bada Mangal dates back to the reign of Nawab Saadat Ali (1798-1814). Legend has it that once Nawab’s son, Mohammad Ali Shah, fell severely ill. Despite all efforts, his condition didn’t improve. It was then suggested to the Nawab and his wife to pray for their son’s recovery at the Hanuman Temple in Aliganj, Lucknow. They followed the advice, and miraculously, their son’s health improved. In gratitude, the Begum promised to construct a temple. The temple’s construction was completed during the month of Jyeshtha, giving rise to the tradition of celebrating Bada Mangal.

What to Do on Bada Mangal

  • Visit Hanuman Temple, offer special prayers, and recite Sundarkand.
  • It is believed that offering prayers in this manner will alleviate all your troubles and fulfill your wishes.
  • On Bada Mangal, it’s customary to offer water and refreshments to passersby, symbolizing the spirit of community and charity.
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