From Community Memory
Who is Hanuman
Hanuman is a Hindu saint in legend, who later became a deity worshipped by the majority of Hindus. He is popularly known as the monkey god, as his face takes on the form of a monkey and he has a tail. He is prayed to for strength and courage to attain victory in one's life. In Hindu Mythology Hanuman and in the holy books as the Ramayana, he is the loyal servant and worshipper of Lord Rama but due to his powers, he became worshipped as a deity. When the Indian indentured Indian labourers came to Durban, they erected a flag or jhunda in their homes to worship Shri Hanuman. He used a red flag to lead his troop at a the battlefields with the war against demons which he attained victory and to show he was a commander and Lord Rama who is the Ruler of the universe. The flag hoisting is an old tradition to Hindus. Hanuman is a symbol of victory and strength. The Jhunda or flag ceremony is performed by many of Hanuman’s devotees, in their glorification of Hanuman, it can also be performed at home or at a temple. The Jhunda or bamboo is a symbol of Hanuman, it is basically a red flag that denotes the virtues of Hinduism and victory. Many Hindus observe a fast for Lord Hanuman on Tuesdays and pray at the jhunda with offerings of fruit, milk and a special treat referred to a rote. It is a sweet pastry treat that should be made under cleanliness and usually not by women who are menstruating as in Hindu tradition, menstruating woman are regarded as unclean. Traditionally women were also not allowed to sit at the Jhunda as Hanuman was a celibate but in modern days in Durban many women partake in these prayers. In Durban, there are numerous Hindu households who has a Jhunda erected in their yard. They are replaced annually during the Jhunda Prayer or ceremony.
English Summary: Umfanekiso Omkhulu KaHanuman Nemithandazo Yakhe eChartsworth
Indawo yaseChartsworth yindawo ehlala amaNdiya. Iningi lamaNdiya lisalandela amasiko awo ngokwezenkolo njengamaHindu. Lomfanekiso kaHanuman ungomkhulukazi kulendawo owambulwa ngoba kubungazwa iminyaka engu 150 okufika kwamaNdiya eNingizimu Afrika. AmaHindu akholelwa kakhulu konkulunkulu bawo abahlukene. Imizi eminingi yamaHindu ibonakala ngamaflegi abomvu abizwa ngokuthi i-jhunda agxunyekwa emagcekeni. Lomfanekiso wakhiwe ethempelini i-Shri Vishnu. Ubude balomfanekiso bungamamitha angu 13 wakhiwe ngumuntu wendawo. Ukuze lomgubho ube yimpumelelo abantu bendawo nosomabhizinisi bafaka imali. Ngosuku lomcimbi kwakuculwa kuthandazwa. Eduze nalomfanekiso kugxunyekwe iflegi. UHanuman wayengumsizi wenkosi Rama kodwa ngenxa yamandla ayenawo wagcina naye esekhonzwa. Ubuye aziwe njengonkulunkulu oyinkawu ngenxa yokubukeka kwakhe.