Devout Hindus celebrate monkey god

AYODHYA, India (NBC/RTV) — Devout Hindus in northern India marked the birth anniversary of the monkey god, Lord Hanuman.

The deity is a symbol of strength and power, and he’s also believed to help devotees get rid of evil influences.

People who visited one temple in Uttar Pradesh prayed and chanted hymns praising Lord Hanuman.

They also offered flowers and sweets.

Priests said the festival was celebrated every year when the moon was full in the month of Chitirai, which takes place between the April and May according to the Gregorian calendar.

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