Hanuman Chalisa

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Hanuman Chalisa is a Hindu devotional hymn addressed to Hanuman. It was authored by 16th Century poet Tulsidas in the Awadhi language. The word “chālīsā” is derived from “chālīs”, which means the number forty in Hindi, as the Hanuman Chalisa has 40 verses (excluding the couplets at the beginning and at the end).

Hanuman is a vanara (a monkey-like humanoid deity), a devotee of Lord Rama, and one of the central characters in the Indian epic poem, the Ramayana. Folk tales acclaim the powers of Hanuman, and he is considered by many to be an avatar of the god Shiva. The qualities of Hanuman – his strength, courage, wisdom, celibacy, devotion to Rama and the many names by which he was known – are detailed in the Hanuman Chalisa. There are more temples devoted to Hanuman than any other deity in India, and recitation or chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa is a common religious practice. The Hanuman Chalisa is the most popular hymn in praise of Hanuman, and is recited by millions of Hindus every day.

Introduction Doha Part I

Shri Guru Charan Saroj Raj
Nij mane mukure sudhar
Varnao Raghuvar Vimal Jasu
Jo dayaku phal char

After cleansing the mirror of my mind with the pollen dust of holy Guru’s Lotus feet. I Profess the pure, untainted glory of Shri Raghuvar which bestows the four-fold fruits of life.(Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha).

Introduction Doha Part II

Budhi Hin Tanu Janike
Sumirau Pavan Kumar
Bal budhi Vidya dehu mohe
Harahu Kalesa Vikar

Fully aware of the deficiency of my intelligence, I concentrate my attention on Pavan Kumar and humbly ask for strength, intelligence and true knowledge to relieve me of all blemishes, causing pain.

Verse 1

Jai Hanuman gyan gun sagar
Jai Kapis tihun lok ujagar

Victory to thee, O’Hanuman! Ocean of Wisdom-All hail to you O’Kapisa! (fountain-head of power,wisdom and Shiva-Shakti) You illuminate all the three worlds (Entire cosmos) with your glory.

Verse 2

Ram doot atulit bal dhama
Anjani-putra Pavan sut nama

You are the divine messenger of Shri Ram. The repository of immeasurable strength, though known only as Son of Pavan (Wind), born of Anjani.

Verse 3

Mahavir Vikram Bajrangi
Kumati nivar sumati Ke sangi

With Limbs as sturdy as Vajra (The mace of God Indra) you are valiant and brave. On you attends good Sense and Wisdom. You dispel the darkness of evil thoughts.

Verse 4

Kanchan varan viraj subsea
Kanan Kundal Kunchit Kesa

Your physique is beautiful golden coloured and your dress is pretty. You wear ear rings and have long curly hair.

Verse 5

Hath Vajra Aur Dhuvaje Viraje
Kandhe moonj janehu sajai

You carry in your hand a lightening bolt along with a victory (kesari) flag and wear the sacred thread on your shoulder.

Verse 6

Sankar suvan kersi Nandan
Tej pratap maha jag vandan

As a descendant of Lord Shankar, you are a comfort and pride of Shri Kesari. With the lustre of your Vast Sway, you are propitiated all over the universe.

Verse 7

Vidyavan guni ati chatur
Ram kar karibe ko aatur

You are the repository of learning, virtuous and fully accomplished, always keen to carry out the behests of Shri Ram.

Verse 8

Prabu charitra sunibe ko rasiya
Ram Lakhan Sita man basiya

You are an ardent listener, always so keen to listen to the narration of Shri Ram’s Life Stories. Your heart is filled with what Shri Ram stood for. You therefore always dwell in the hearts of Ram, Lakshman and Sita.

Verse 9

Sushma roop dhari siyahi dikhava
Vikat roop dhari lanka jarava

You appeared before Sita in a Diminutive form and spoke to her in humility. You assumed an awesome form and struck terror by setting Lanka on fire.

Verse 10

Bhima roop dhari asur sanghare
Ramachandra ke kaj sanvare

With over-whelming you destroyed the Asuras (demons) and performed all tasks assigned to you by Shri Ram with great skill.

Verse 11

Laye Sanjivan Lakhan jiyaye
Shri Raghuvir Harashi ur laye

You brought Sanjivan (A herb that revives life) and restored Lakshman back to life, Shri Raghuvir (Shri Ram) cheerfully embraced you with his heart full of joy.

Verse 12

Raghupati kinhi bahut badai
Tum mam priye Bharat-hi sam bhai

Shri Raghupati (Shri Ram) lustily extolled your excellence and said: “You are as dear to me as my own brother Bharat.”

Verse 13

Sahas badan tumharo yash gave
Us kahi Shripati kanth lagaave

Thousands of living beings are chanting hymns of your glories; saying thus, Shri Ram warmly hugged him (Shri Hanuman).

Verse 14

Sankadik Brahmadi Muneesa
Narad Sarad sahit Aheesa

When prophets like Sanka, even the Saga Like Lord Brahma, the great hermit Narad himself, Goddess Saraswati and Ahisha (one of immeasurable dimensions).

Verse 15

Yam Kuber Digpal Jahan te
Kavi kovid kahi sake kahan te

Even Yamraj (God of Death) Kuber ( God of Wealth) and the Digpals (deputies guarding the four corners of the Universe) have been vying with one another in offering homage to your glories. How then, can a mere poet give adequate expression of your super excellence.

Verse 16

Tum upkar Sugreevahin keenha
Ram milaye rajpad deenha
Tumharo mantro Vibeeshan mana
Lankeshwar Bhaye Sub jag jana

You rendered a great service to Sugriv. You united him with Shri Ram and he installed him on the Royal Throne. By heading your advice, Vibhishan became Lord of Lanka. This is known all over the Universe.

Verse 17

Yug sahastra jojan par Bhanu
Leelyo tahi madhur phal janu

On your own you dashed upon the Sun, which is at a fabulous distance of thousands of miles, thinking it to be a sweet luscious fruit.

Verse 18

Prabhu mudrika meli mukh mahee
Jaladhi langhi gaye achraj nahee

Carring the Lord’s Signet Ring in your mouth, there is hardly any wonder that easily leapt across the ocean.

Verse 19

Durgaam kaj jagat ke jete
Sugam anugraha tumhre tete

The burden of all difficult tasks of the world becomes light with your kind grace.

Verse 20

Ram dware tum rakhvare
Hoat na agya binu paisare

You are the sentry at the door of Shri Ram’s Divine Abode. No one can enter it without your permission.

Verse 21

Sub such lahai tumhari saran
Tum rakshak kahu ko dar na

All comforts of the worlds lie at your feet. The devotees enjoy all divine pleasures and feel fearless under your benign protection.

Verse 22

Aapan tej samharo aapai
Tenhon lok hank ke kanpai

You alone are befitted to carry your own splendid valour. All the three worlds (entire universe) tremor at your thunderous call.

Verse 23

Bhoot pisach Nikat nahin aavai
Mahavir jab naam sunavai

All the ghosts, demons and evil forces keep away, with the sheer mention of your great name, O’Mahaveer!!

Verse 24

Nase rog harai sab peera
Japat nirantar Hanumant beera

All diseases, pain and suffering disappear on reciting regularly Shri Hanuman’s holy name.

Verse 25

Sankat se Hanuman chudavai
Man Karam Vachan dyan jo lavai

Those who remember Shri Hanuman in thought, words and deeds with Sincerity and Faith, are rescue from all crises in life.

Verse 26

Sub par Ram tapasvee raja
Tin ke kaj sakal Tum saja

All who hail, worship and have faith in Shri Ram as the Supreme Lord and the king of penance. You make all their difficult tasks very easy.

Verse 27

Aur manorath jo koi lavai
Sohi amit jeevan phal pavai

Whosoever comes to you for fulfillment of any desire with faith and sincerity, will he alone secure the imperishable fruit of human life.

Verse 28

Charon Yug partap tumhara
Hai persidh jagat ujiyara

All through the four ages you magnificent glory is acclaimed far and wide. Your fame is Radiantly acclaimed all over the Cosmos.

Verse 29

Sadhu Sant ke tum Rakhware
Asur nikandan Ram dulhare

You are Saviour and the guardian angel of Saints and Sages and destroy all Demons. You are the angelic darling of Shri Ram.

Verse 30

Ashta sidhi nav nidhi ke dhata
Us var deen janki mata

You can grant to any one, any yogic power of Eight Siddhis (power to become light and heavy at will) and Nine Nidhis (Riches, comfort, power, prestige, fame, sweet relationship etc). This boon has been conferred upon you by Mother Janki.

Verse 31

Ram rasayan tumhare pasa
Sada raho Raghupati ke dasa

You possess the power of devotion to Shri Ram. In all rebirths you will always remain Shri Raghupati’s most dedicated disciple.

Verse 32

Tumhare bhajan Ram ko pavai
Janam janam ke dukh bisravai

Through hymns sung in devotion to you, one can find Shri Ram and become free from sufferings of several births.

Verse 33

Anth kaal Raghuvir pur jayee
Jahan janam Hari-Bhakht Kahayee

If at the time of death one enters the Divine Abode of Shri Ram, thereafter in all future births he is born as the Lord’s devotee.

Verse 34

Aur devta Chit na dharehi
Hanumanth se hi sarve sukh karehi

One need not entertain any other deity for Propitiation, as devotion of Shri Hanuman alone can give all happiness.

Verse 35

Sankat kate mite sab peera
Jo sumirai Hanumat Balbeera

One is freed from all the sufferings and ill fated contingencies of rebirth in the world. One who adores and remembers Shri Hanuman.

Verse 36

Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosahin
Kripa Karahu Gurudev ki nyahin

Hail, Hail, Hail, Shri Hanuman, Lord of senses. Let your victory over the evil be firm and final. Bless me in the capacity as my supreme guru (teacher).

Verse 37

Jo sat bar path kare kohi
Chutehi bandhi maha sukh hohi

One who recites Chalisa one hundred times, becomes free from the bondage of life and death and enjoys the highest bliss at last.

Verse 38

Jo yah pade Hanuman Chalissa
Hoye siddhi sakhi Gaureesa

All those who recite Hanuman Chalisa (The Fourty Chaupais) regularly are sure to be benefited. Such is the evidence of no less a witness as Bhagwan Sankar.

Verse 39

Tulsidas sada hari chera
Keejai Das Hrdaye mein dera

Tulsidas as a bonded slave of the Divine Master, stays perpetually at his feet, he prays “Oh Lord! You enshrine within my heart and soul”.

Verse 40

Pavantnai sankar haran,
Mangal murti roop.
Ram Lakhan Sita Sahit,
Hrdaye basahu sur bhoop.

Oh! Conqueror of the Wind, Destroyer of all miseries, you are a symbol of Auspiciousness. Along with Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita, reside in my heart. Oh! King of Gods.

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