Introduction Hanuman Chalisa
The Hanuman Chalisa is a revered devotional hymn that holds immense significance in Hinduism. Composed by the poet-saint Goswami Tulsidas, it is a profound expression of devotion and reverence to Lord Hanuman, the embodiment of strength, devotion, and unwavering loyalty. The Hanuman Chalisa consists of 40 verses (chalisa), written in the Awadhi language, and is recited by millions of devotees worldwide to seek blessings, protection, and spiritual upliftment. Let us embark on a journey to explore the depth and significance of each verse of the Hanuman Chalisa.
Verse 1: Invocation
The Hanuman Chalisa begins with an invocation to Lord Hanuman, praising him as the embodiment of divine grace, wisdom, and strength. It acknowledges him as the remover of all obstacles and the bestower of joy, peace, and divine blessings. This verse sets the tone for the devotion and reverence that permeates the entire hymn.
7 HANUMAN MANTRAS FOR PLEASING LORD HANUMAN
1. Hanuman Beeja Mantra
Shree Ram Dootaaya Namaha“
Meaning: We plead to the Lord Hanuman, who is the greatest server and messenger of the Lord Shree Rama.
2. Hanuman Mantra – For Jobs, Promotions & Examinations
Thursday is considered to be the auspicious day to chant this mantra and it is widely used by students to pass the examinations as well as employees to get promotions.
3. Hanuman Gayathri Mantra
It is believed that the energy that fills up your life by chanting this mantra will guard you against all dangers and strengthen you with courage and knowledge.
“Om Anjaneyaya Vidmahe
Tanno Hanuman Prachodayat“
Meaning: We pray to the son of Goddess Anjani and the son of the “Wind”. May Lord Hanuman lead our intellect towards intelligence and “knowing”
4. Hanuman Mantra
This mantra praises Hanuman as the messenger of the Lord Rama, who is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Hanuman can travel swiftly and is very intelligent. He is also described as the chief of the monkey army and the son of Vayu (Wind God).
5. Mantra of Bhakta Hanuman
Hanuman Rakssa Sarvadaa“
Meaning: I bow to you, mighty Hanuman, Who was born from the Womb of Mother Anjani, and who is the most Excellent Minister of the King of Monkeys. He is extremely dear to Sri Rama; I Bow to You, O Hanuman, Please Protect me always.
6. Hanuman Chalisa Mantra
“Shrii-Guru Carann Saroja-Raja,
Barannau Raghu-Bara Bimala Yasha,
Jo Daayaka Phala-Caara “
Meaning: I clean my mind with the help of the dust of the lotus like feet of Sri Gurudeva. I describe the Sacred Glory of Sri Rama Chandra, who bestows the Four Fruits of Life (Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha).
“Buddhi-Hiina Tanu Jaanike,
Sumirau Pavan Kumaar
Bala Buddhi-Vidyaa Dehu Mohi,
Harahu Kalesha Vikaar “
Meaning: O Pavan Puthra, I meditate on you, please consider me as I am ignorant. Bestow on me Strength, Wisdom and Knowledge, and Remove my Afflictions and Blemishes.
Jnaan Gunn Saagar
Tihu-Lok Ujaagar “
Meaning: Victory to You, O Hanuman. You are the Ocean of Wisdom and Virtue. Victory to the king of the monkeys and the enlightener of the three Worlds.
“Raama-Duut Atulit Bala-Dhaamaa
Anjani-Putra Pavan-Sut Naamaa “
Meaning: O Lord, you are the Messenger of Sri Rama possessing incalculable Strength. You are known as Anjani-Putra (son of Anjani) and Pavana-Suta (son of Pavana, the wind-god).
“Mahaa-biir Bikrama Bajarangii
Kumati Nivaar Sumati Ke Sangii “
Meaning: O Lord, you are a great hero who is extremely valiant and have a strong body as that of a thunderbolt. You are the dispeller of evil thoughts and companion of Good Sense and Wisdom.
“Kancan Barann Biraaj Subeshaa
Kaanan Kunddala Kuncita Keshaa “
Meaning: You possess a Golden Hue, and you are Neatly Dressed, You wear Ear-Rings and have beautiful Curly Hair.
“Haath Bajra Au Dhvajaa Biraajai
Kaandhe Muuj Janeuu Saajai “
Meaning: You are the one who holds both the Thunderbolt and the Flag in your Hands. You also wear the Sacred Thread across your Shoulder.
Teja Prataap Mahaa Jag-Vandan “
Meaning: O Lord, you are the incarnation of Lord Shiva and son of Kesari, who has been adored by the whole world because of your power and bravery.
“Vidyaavaan Gunnii Ati Caatur
Raam Kaaj Karibe Ko Aatur “
Meaning: You are the one who is extremely intelligent, virtuous, and scholar. You are always ready to serve Sri Ram
“Prabhu Caritra Sunibe Ko Rasiyaa
Raamalassann Siitaa Man Basiyaa “
Meaning: You are delighted when the glories of Sri Ram are played. You have Sri Rama, Sri Lakshmana, and Devi Sita Dwelling in your Heart.
“Suukssma Ruupadhari Siyahi Dikhaavaa
Vikatt Ruup Dhari Lamka Jaraavaa “
Meaning: In the Diminutive Form, you appeared before Sita Devi and you also assumed the awesome form to burn Lanka.
“Bhiim Ruup Dhari Asur Samhaare
Raamacandra Ke Kaaj Samvaare “
Meaning: Assuming the gigantic form, you destroyed the Demons of Lanka, thereby accomplishing the task bestowed on Him by Sri Ram.
“Laal Deha Laaleel-Se,
Vajra Deha Daanava Dalan,
Jai Jai Jai Kapi-Soor “
Meaning: We pray to the red-colored one, whose entire body is red, and is decorated with red-colored sindoor. We pray to the one draped with a red-colored loin-cloth. We pray to the one whose body is firm and strong like the vajra. We pray to the destroyer of demons. We bow in praise again and again to the supreme among Gods, Lord Hanuman.
7. Prayer for Hanuman
“Manojavam Maruta Tulya Vegam,
Jitendriyam Buddhi Mataam Varishtham
Vaataatmajam Vaanara Yooth Mukhyam,
Shree Raama Dootam Sharnam Prapadye “
Manojavam– Let I pray to the one who is swift as thought
Marut.tulya.vegam- the one who is more powerful than the wind
jitendriyam– the one who has conquered his senses
vaataatmajam– the one who is supreme among all intelligent beings, the son of the wind-god
vaanar.yooth.mukhyam– the commander of the army of forest creatures
Give me refuse, the messenger of Lord Rama, the incomparable Lord Hanuman. Please accept me and my prayers at your feet.
Verses 2-4: Physical Description of Lord Hanuman
In these verses, Lord Hanuman’s physical appearance is vividly described. He is said to have a golden complexion, which symbolizes his purity and divine radiance. Lord Hanuman is often depicted with a muscular physique, representing his immense strength. His mighty form is compared to that of a mountain and his aura is said to eliminate darkness and radiate divine light.
Verses 5-11: Divine Qualities and Exploits
These verses celebrate Lord Hanuman’s extraordinary qualities and his heroic feats. His ability to move swiftly like the wind, his extensive knowledge of scriptures, and his unparalleled devotion to Lord Rama are highlighted. Lord Hanuman is revered as the embodiment of selflessness, courage, and unwavering loyalty, making him an inspiration for devotees to emulate.
Verses 12-16: Lord Hanuman’s Role in the Ramayana
The Hanuman Chalisa narrates Lord Hanuman’s significant role in the epic Ramayana. It describes his instrumental role in aiding Lord Rama in his quest to rescue his wife Sita from the clutches of the demon king Ravana. Lord Hanuman’s extraordinary strength, bravery, and intellect are showcased as he overcomes numerous obstacles and defeats powerful adversaries in his unwavering devotion to Lord Rama.
Verses 17-24: Lord Hanuman’s Universal Form
These verses depict Lord Hanuman’s universal form, which encompasses the entire cosmos. It describes how all gods, goddesses, saints, and sages reside within him. Lord Hanuman is believed to possess divine powers beyond human comprehension, and his form is regarded as a source of infinite energy and spiritual elevation.
Verses 25-30: Benefits of Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa
The Hanuman Chalisa emphasizes the immense benefits of reciting this devotional hymn. It is believed that chanting the Hanuman Chalisa with devotion and sincerity brings protection, blessings, and spiritual upliftment. The hymn is said to dispel fear, grant courage, and bless devotees with peace, prosperity, and fulfillment of their desires.
Verses 31-36: Lord Hanuman as a Messenger of Lord Rama
These verses recount Lord Hanuman’s encounter with Sita, Lord Rama’s beloved wife, in the Ashoka grove. Lord Hanuman’s devotion, humility, and eloquence are highlighted as he reassures Sita of Lord Rama’s imminent arrival to rescue her. His selfless service and dedication to Lord Rama’s mission exemplify the qualities of an ideal devotee.
Verses 37-40: Concluding Verses
The Hanuman Chalisa concludes with verses that extol the greatness of Lord Hanuman and urge devotees to seek refuge in him. It emphasizes the belief that sincere devotion to Lord Hanuman will lead to liberation from the cycle of birth and death. The Hanuman Chalisa is considered a powerful prayer that invokes the divine grace of Lord Hanuman and establishes a deep connection between the devotee and the Lord.
The Hanuman Chalisa is a profound devotional hymn that encapsulates the essence of devotion, faith, and unwavering love for Lord Hanuman. Through its verses, devotees seek the divine blessings and protection of Lord Hanuman, aiming to overcome obstacles, attain spiritual enlightenment, and cultivate virtues like devotion, humility, and courage. The Hanuman Chalisa serves as a spiritual guide, reminding devotees of the immense power and grace of Lord Hanuman and inspiring them to lead a life filled with devotion, righteousness, and selfless service.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q: Can anyone recite the Hanuman Chalisa?
A: Yes, anyone can recite the Hanuman Chalisa irrespective of their age, gender, or religious background. It is open to all devotees seeking the blessings of Lord Hanuman.
Q: How often should one recite the Hanuman Chalisa?
A: The frequency of recitation varies from individual to individual. Some devotees recite it daily, while others choose specific auspicious occasions or Tuesdays, which are considered sacred to Lord Hanuman.
Q: Does chanting the Hanuman Chalisa fulfill desires?
A: Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa with devotion and sincerity is believed to fulfill desires, but it is important to remember that true devotion goes beyond mere material desires.
Q: Can non-Hindus recite the Hanuman Chalisa?
A: Yes, the Hanuman Chalisa is a universal prayer and can be recited by anyone, irrespective of their religious beliefs.
Q: Can the Hanuman Chalisa be chanted for protection?
A: Yes, chanting the Hanuman Chalisa is believed to provide divine protection, ward off negative energies, and bestow inner strength and courage.