New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Big Tuesday or Bada Mangal is a day to worship Lord Hanuman. It is a unique festival in Lucknow as devotees of diety in other part of the country do not participate in this festival. It is believed that worshipping Lord Hanuman on this day protects us from evil and brings wealth and prosperity. The festival is a symbol of Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb of Lucknow and said to have originated during the Mughal rule some 400 years ago.

Bada Mangal is celebrated every Tuesday during the Hindu month of Jyestha which usually falls during the month of May and June, as per Gregorian calendar.

The Hanuman Temple in Aliganj is the focal point for all devotees. It is because the ritual is said to have started there.

History and Significance

The ''Bada Mangal'' has an interesting story behind it. According to historians, the Hanuman temple in Aliganj was constructed by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan in 1798 when his mother Aliya Begum''s prayers were reportedly answered and the Nawab was blessed with a son. Aliya Begum insisted on building the temple and the Nawab complied.

Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, the last nawab of Awadh, continued the tradition by holding community feasts for Hanuman devotees.

 

The Aliganj temple has a star and a crescent on the dome and the ''Bada Mangal'' festival is a perfect example of Hindu-Muslim unity.

There are over 9,000 big and small Hanuman temples in Lucknow who open their doors at the stroke of midnight and devotees continue to offer prayers for the entire day.

Celebrations

People flock to the temples in large numbers during early morning and late evening to avoid long queues and heat.

Devotees set up large bhandaras across the city to distribute prasad and jal to everyone. From halwa-puri, aloo-kachori, chola-chawal, kadhi chawal to juice-- the bhandaras offer tasty prasad to everyone.

Overall, there are 4-5 Bada Mangal days in the month of Jyestha. Though you may be unable to reach out to temples on the first Tuesday due to coronavirus lockdown, you can still worship Lord Hanuman from your home.

 

(with IANS inputs)

Posted By: James Kuanal