Shri Hanuman Chalisa

The Hanuman Chalisa is one of the most sacred books of Indian Mythology. It describes the devotion of the monkey hero Shri Hanuman toward his friend, the God Shri Ram. Shri Hanuman helped Shri Ram in the battle to kill the evil demon king Ravana, who had kidnapped Rama’s beautiful, chaste wife, Sita. Shri Hanuman was the known for his courage, strength, loyalty, humility and devotion. Hanuman was able to leap across the ocean, carry a mountain, and leap up to the sun and pluck it from the sky. He had the strength to enter the kingdom of Ravana and turn the city into ashes, but could also make himself small and meek to comfort a frightened Sita. He with his huge army of monkey people aided the victory of good over evil. The Chalisa is forty verses of prayer to Hanuman, with two introductory paragraphs and a concluding paragraph.

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

At the Lotus feet of my Guru, I first cleanse the mirror of my heart and consciousness, and I profess the pure, untainted glory of Shri Ram Chandra, the supreme among the Raghu dynasty, who bestows on us the four-fold fruits of life; Dharma (religious merit), Artha (wealth), Kama (pleasure) and Moksha (salvation).

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

I know that I am ignorant, so I concentrate my attention on Hanuman, son of Wind God Pavan. I humbly ask for strength, intelligence and true knowledge to take away all of my blemishes and imperfections that cause me such pain.

Jai Hanuman gyan gun sagar
Jai Kapis tihun lok ujagar

Victory to thee, O’Hanuman! Ocean of Wisdom – All hail to you monkey God; fountain-head of power and wisdom. You illuminate all the three worlds with your glory.

Ram doot atulit bal dhama
Anjani-putra Pavan sut nama

Hail to you, divine messenger of Shri Ram, repository of immeasurable strength and valour. Hail to you son Anjani and son of Pavan, God of the wind.

Mahavir Vikram Bajrangi
Kumati nivar sumati Ke sangi

You are valiant and brave, O powerful Lord. On you attends good Sense and Wisdom. You dispel the darkness of evil thoughts.

Kanchan varan viraj subesa
Kanan Kundal Kunchit Kesa

Your physique is powerful and strong and your golden clothes are beautiful. Your ear rings and long curly hair are pleasing to behold.

Hath Vajra Aur Dhuvaje Viraje
Kandhe moonj janehu sajai

In your hands you hold the Vajra, the lightening bolt mace of God Indra, and a victory flag On your shoulders you wear the sacred thread, the janehu.

Sankar suvan kesri Nandan
Tej pratap maha jag vandan

As a descendant of Lord Sankar, you are a comfort and pride of Shri Kesari. Your glory and lustre are venerated and worshiped by the whole universe.

Vidyavan guni ati chatur
Ram kaj karibe ko aatur

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

Prabu charitra sunibe ko rasiya
Ram Lakhan Sita man Basiya

You are an ardent listener, always so keen to listen to the the inspiring stories of the Life of of Shri Ram, and this is why Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita dwell in your heart, and you in theirs.

Sukshma roop dhari Siyahi dikhava
Vikat roop dhari lanka jarava

When you appeared before distraught Sita, you made yourself small, and spoke to her in humility. But when you confronted the enemy, you becamse a giant and set all of Lanka on fire.

Bhima roop dhari asur sanghare
Ramachandra ke kaj sanvare

With overwhelming might you destroyed the Asuras (demons) and fulfilled all of Shri Ram’s missions with great skill.

Laye Sanjivan Lakhan Jiyaye
Shri Raghuvir Harashi ur laye

You brought the life-saving herb Sanjivan to restored Lakshman back to life, and Shri Ram cheerfully embraced you with his heart full of joy.

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

And Shri Ram showered praise on you and said: “You are as dear to me as my own brother Bharat.”

Sahas badan tumharo yash gaave
Us kahi Shripati kanth lagaave

"Thousands of living beings are chanting hymns of your glories!" said Shri Ram warmly hugging, you, Shri Hanuman.

Sankadik Brahmadi Muneesa
Narad Sarad sahit Aheesa

Prophets like Sanka, and Gods like Lord Brahma, the great hermit Narad himself, the Goddess of knowledge Saraswati, and Ahisha of immeasurable dimensions, are all singing your praises.

Yam Kuber Digpal Jahan te
Kavi kovid kahi sake kahan te

Even Yamraj the God of Death, Kuber the God of Wealth, and the Digpals—the 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?

Tum upkar Sugreevahin keenha
Ram milaye rajpad deenha

You rendered a great service to Sugriv by uniting him with Shri Ram, and with his blessing Sugriv regained his Royal Throne.

Tumharo mantra Vibheeshan mana
Lankeshwar Bhaye Sub jag jana

By heeding your advice, Vibhishan became Lord of Lanka and is known all over the Universe.

Yug sahastra jojan par Bhanu
Leelyo tahi madhur phal janu

When you were a child Shri Hanuman, you thought the sun, thousands of miles away, was a sweet luscious fruit, and you plucked it from the sky and swallowed it!

Prabhu mudrika meli mukh mahee
Jaladhi langhi gaye achraj nahee

Carrying the Lord Ram’s Signet Ring in your mouth, there is hardly any wonder that you easily leapt across the ocean in search of Sita.

Durgaam kaj jagat ke jete
Sugam anugraha tumhre tete

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

Ram dware tum rakhvare,
Hoat na agya binu paisare

You are the sentry at the door of Shri Ram’s Divine Abode, and no one dare enter it without your permission.

Sub sukh lahai tumhari sarna
Tum rakshak kahu ko dar na

Your devotees can attain all divine pleasures and comforts, and under your Benign Protection are free of fear.

Aapan tej samharo aapai
Teenhon lok hank te kanpai

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

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 (bravest of the brave)! No evil spirits can trouble the devotees who chant your name.

Nase rog harai sab peera
Japat nirantar Hanumant beera

All diseases, pain and suffering disappear from the lives of those who regularly recite Shri Hanuman’s holy name.

Sankat se Hanuman chudavai
Man Karam Vachan dyan jo lavai

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

Sub par Ram tapasvee raja
Tin ke kaj sakal Tum saja

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

Aur manorath jo koi lavai
Sohi amit jeevan phal pavai

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

Charon Yug partap tumhara
Hai persidh jagat ujiyara

All through the four ages your magnificent glory is acclaimed far and wide and your Radiance is acclaimed and praised all over the Cosmos.

Sadhu Sant ke tum Rakhware
Asur nikandan Ram dulhare

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

Ashta sidhi nav nidhi ke dhata
Us var deen Janki mata

Mother Janki blessed you with the power to bestow on you devotees any yogic power of Eight Siddhis —power to become light and heavy at will—and Nine Nidhis —wealth, comfort, power, prestige, fame, sweet relationships.

Ram rasayan tumhare pasa
Sada raho Raghupati ke dasa

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

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 of the pain of several births.

Anth kaal Raghuvir pur jayee
Jahan janam Hari-Bakht Kahayee

Ultimately, such a devotee reaches the Divine Abode of Shri Ram, thereafter in all future births he is born as a true devotee of Lord Ram.

Aur Devta Chit na dharehi
Hanumanth se hi sarve sukh karehi

Devotion of Shri Hanuman alone can give all happiness and in worshiping him, one gives homage to all other deities.

Sankat kate mite sab peera
Jo sumirai Hanumat Balbeera

Every danger is overcome and every pain is alleviated for those who worship and adore Shri Hanuman devoutly.

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 with your compassion and indulgence as my supreme Teacher and Guide.

Jo sat bar path kare kohi
Chutehi bandhi maha sukh hohi

One who recites this prayer one hundred times becomes free from the bondage of life and death and will ulitmately enjoy the highest bliss.

Jo yah padhe Hanuman Chalisa
Hoye siddhi sakhi Gaureesa

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

Tulsidas sada hari chera
Keejai Das Hrdaye mein dera

Tulsidas as a bonded slave of the Divine Master, stays perpetually at his feet, as he prays “Oh Lord! Live in my heart for ever and ever! “

Pavantnai sankat haran,
Mangal murti roop.
Ram Lakhan Sita sahit,
Hrdaye basahu sur bhoop.

Oh! conqueror of the Wind, Destroyer of all miseries, you are the embodiment of blessings. Along with Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita, reside in my heart, Oh King of Gods.

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2 comments on “Shri Hanuman Chalisa
  1. rajat chaudhary says:

    i love “balaji” ,not because that he is very sacred but because i beleive hiam a lot. now i don’t want to say any thing about the ONE who is a natural power and there is no word/sentence to describe him.

  2. Lokesh soni says:

    Hanuman is a powerful god.when i am in trouble i only remember shri hanuman .jai jai jai bajarang bali

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