Hanuman Deeksha (Anjaneya Mala) is an auspicious vow observed 11 days, 21 days or 41 days according to the convenience of devotees in Andhra Pradesh. In 2023, Hanuman Deeksha begins on April 6 and ends on May 14.
Hanuman Deeksha is very popular in Kondagattu Hanuman Temple (Karimnagar district), Sri Maddi Anjaneya Swamy Temple (Guruvai Gudem, West Godavari), Kasapuram Nettikanti Anjaneya Swamy Temple in Anantapur district and many other famous temples dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
Hanuman Deeksha begins on Hanuman Jayanti Vijayotsavam (Chaitra Purnima) and continues till Hanuman Jayanti (Vaishkha Masam Shukla Dasami). It is the Mandala Deeksha of 41 days. Some devotees also wear ‘Ardha Mandala Deeksha’ (21 days) and ‘Ekadasha Deeksha’ (11 days).
Hanuman Deeksha is also observed during Karthika Masam and Margashira Masam. Hanuman Vratham in Margashira Masam as per Telugu calendar is another major occasion for Anjaneya Mala. In 2023, Hanumath Vratham date is December 24.
Similar to Ayyappa Swamy Deeksha, Hanuman Deeksha also has several strict rules. Celibacy, taking bath twice a day, performing Hanuman puja twice a day, not wearing chappals are the major aspects in norms of Hanuman Deeksha. Irumudi is the important aspect during Deeksha Viramana.