Ever since I was a small kid I had a unique fascination for temples, bells and prayers and if there was someone whom I adored reverently then it was Lord Shri Ram. One day I just stumbled upon a small pocket-size book of Shri Hanuman Chalisa in my home, it had beautifully drawn colorful pictures on it along with the couplets, I started reading it. I was five-year-old then or may be lesser but since then it became a practice to recite those forty couplets daily in the evening which is relevant even to the day till now. And ever since that day the enthusiasm for it and the devotion for the God has been just increasing day-by-day.
There is some power in the words of great people that they influence the swiftest of steps towards something positive and greater. Tulsidas ji who wrote the Ramcharitmanas also wrote the Hanuman Chalisa and there is a beautiful story illustrated about it. Once he was put into confinement for forty days by the Mughal emperor Akbar. And Tulsidas ji wrote about the glory of the most idol devotee of Lord Rama – Shri Hanuman ji. Each day he wrote one couplet remembering the divine nature of Lord Shri Ram and His companion devotee Shri Hanuman ji. And at the end of the fortieth day, an army of monkeys gathered around there in the court of emperor Akbar which eventually led to the release of Tulsidas ji.
In the thirty eighth duplet, Tulsidas ji himself tells the mahima of reciting the Hanuman Chalisa. He says, that, one who recites and read it for hundred times, he naturally gets liberated from all the bondages of this life and attains the supreme happiness.
Lord Hanuman ji an embodiment of the ideal dedicated devotee of Lord Ram teaches us about how can we surrender ourselves to the God and serve Him faithfully.
बुद्धिहीन तनु जानिके, सुमिरौं पवन-कुमार।
बल बुद्धि बिद्या देहु मोहिं, हरहु कलेस बिकार।।
जय हनुमान ज्ञान गुन सागर।
जय कपीस तिहुं लोक उजागर।।
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.
रामदूत अतुलित बल धामा।
अंजनि-पुत्र पवनसुत नामा।।
You are the divine messenger of Shri Ram. The repository of immeasurable strength, known as Son of Pavan (Wind), born of Anjani.
महाबीर बिक्रम बजरंगी।
कुमति निवार सुमति के संगी।।
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.
कंचन बरन बिराज सुबेसा।
कानन कुंडल कुंचित केसा।।
Your physique is beautiful golden colored and your dress is pretty. You wear ear rings and have long curly hair.
हाथ बज्र औ ध्वजा बिराजै।
कांधे मूंज जनेऊ साजै।
You carry in your hand a lightening bolt along with a victory (kesari) flag and wear the sacred thread on your shoulder.
संकर सुवन केसरीनंदन।
तेज प्रताप महा जग बन्दन।।
As a descendant of Lord Sankar, you are a comfort and pride of Shri Kesari. With the lustre of your Vast Sway, you are propitiated all over the universe.
विद्यावान गुनी अति चातुर।
राम काज करिबे को आतुर।।
You are the repository of learning, virtuous and fully accomplished, always keen to carry out the behest’s of Shri Ram.
प्रभु चरित्र सुनिबे को रसिया।
राम लखन सीता मन बसिया।।
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 Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita ji.
सूक्ष्म रूप धरि सियहिं दिखावा।
बिकट रूप धरि लंक जरावा।।
You appeared before Sita ji in a Diminutive form and spoke to her in humility. You assumed an awesome form and struck terror by setting Lanka on fire.
भीम रूप धरि असुर संहारे।
रामचंद्र के काज संवारे।।
With over-whelming might you destroyed the Asuras (demons) and performed all tasks assigned to you by Shri Ram with great skill.
लाय सजीवन लखन जियाये।
श्रीरघुबीर हरषि उर लाये।।
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.
रघुपति कीन्ही बहुत बड़ाई।
तुम मम प्रिय भरतहि सम भाई।।
Shri Raghupati (Shri Ram) lustily extolled your excellence and said: “You are as dear to me as my own brother Bharat.”
सहस बदन तुम्हरो जस गावैं।
अस कहि श्रीपति कंठ लगावैं।।
Thousands of living beings are chanting hymns of your glories; saying thus, Shri Ram warmly hugged him (Shri Hanuman).
सनकादिक ब्रह्मादि मुनीसा।
नारद सारद सहित अहीसा।।
When saints like Sanaka, even the Sage like Lord Brahma, the great hermit Narad himself, Goddess Saraswati and Ahisha (one of immeasurable dimensions).
जम कुबेर दिगपाल जहां ते।
कबि कोबिद कहि सके कहां ते।।
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.
तुम उपकार सुग्रीवहिं कीन्हा।
राम मिलाय राज पद दीन्हा।।
तुम्हरो मंत्र बिभीषन माना।
लंकेस्वर भए सब जग जाना।।
You rendered a great service to Sugriv. You united him with Shri Ram and he installed him on the Royal Throne. By heeding your advice, Vibhishan became Lord of Lanka. This is known all over the Universe.
जुग सहस्र जोजन पर भानू।
लील्यो ताहि मधुर फल जानू।।
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.
प्रभु मुद्रिका मेलि मुख माहीं।
जलधि लांघि गये अचरज नाहीं।।
Carrying the Lord’s Signet Ring in your mouth, there is hardly any wonder that you easily leapt across the ocean.
दुर्गम काज जगत के जेते।
सुगम अनुग्रह तुम्हरे तेते।।
The burden of all difficult tasks of the world become light with your kind grace.
राम दुआरे तुम रखवारे।
होत न आज्ञा बिनु पैसारे।।
You are the sentry at the door of Shri Ram’s Divine Abode. No one can enter it without your permission.
सब सुख लहै तुम्हारी सरना।
तुम रक्षक काहू को डर ना।।
All comforts of the world lie at your feet. The devotees enjoy all divine pleasures and feel fearless under your benign Protection.
आपन तेज सम्हारो आपै।
तीनों लोक हांक तें कांपै।।
You alone are befitted to carry your own splendid valor. All the three worlds (entire universe) tremor at your thunderous call.
भूत पिसाच निकट नहिं आवै।
महाबीर जब नाम सुनावै।।
All the ghosts, demons and evil forces keep away, with the sheer mention of your great name, O’ Mahaveer!!
नासै रोग हरै सब पीरा।
जपत निरंतर हनुमत बीरा।।
All diseases, pain and suffering disappear on reciting regularly Shri Hanuman’s holy name.
संकट तें हनुमान छुड़ावै।
मन क्रम बचन ध्यान जो लावै।।
Those who remember Shri Hanuman in thought, words and deeds with Sincerity and Faith, are rescued from all crises in life.
सब पर राम तपस्वी राजा।
तिन के काज सकल तुम साजा।
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.
और मनोरथ जो कोई लावै।
सोइ अमित जीवन फल पावै।।
Whosoever comes to you for fulfillment of any desire with faith and sincerity, Will he alone secure the imperishable fruit of human life.
चारों जुग परताप तुम्हारा।
है परसिद्ध जगत उजियारा।।
All through the four ages your magnificent glory is acclaimed far and wide. Your fame is Radiantly acclaimed all over the Cosmos.
साधु-संत के तुम रखवारे।
असुर निकंदन राम दुलारे।।
You are Savior and the guardian angel of Saints and Sages and destroy all Demons. You are the angelic darling of Shri Ram.
अष्ट सिद्धि नौ निधि के दाता।
अस बर दीन जानकी माता।।
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.
राम रसायन तुम्हरे पासा।
सदा रहो रघुपति के दासा।।
You possess the power of devotion to Shri Ram. In all rebirths you will always remain Shri Raghupati’s most dedicated disciple.
तुम्हरे भजन राम को पावै।
जनम-जनम के दुख बिसरावै।।
Through hymns sung in devotion to you, one can find Shri Ram and become free from sufferings of several births.
अन्तकाल रघुबर पुर जाई।
जहां जन्म हरि-भक्त कहाई।।
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.
और देवता चित्त न धरई।
हनुमत सेइ सर्ब सुख करई।।
One need not entertain any other deity for Propitiation, as devotion of Shri Hanuman alone can give all happiness.
संकट कटै मिटै सब पीरा।
जो सुमिरै हनुमत बलबीरा।।
One is freed from all the sufferings and ill fated contingencies of rebirths in the world. One who adores and remembers Shri Hanuman.
जै जै जै हनुमान गोसाईं।
कृपा करहु गुरुदेव की नाईं।।
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).
जो सत बार पाठ कर कोई।
छूटहि बंदि महा सुख होई।।
One who recites Chalisa one hundred times, becomes free from the bondage of life and death and enjoys the highest bliss at last.
जो यह पढ़ै हनुमान चालीसा।
होय सिद्धि साखी गौरीसा।।
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.
तुलसीदास सदा हरि चेरा।
कीजै नाथ हृदय मंह डेरा।।
Tulsidas as a bonded slave of the Divine Master, stays perpetually at his feet, he prays “Oh Lord! You enshrine within my heart & soul.”
पवन तनय संकट हरन, मंगल मूरति रूप।
राम लखन सीता सहित, हृदय बसहु सुर भूप।।
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.
Gaurav S Kaintura
12 May 2020
- Shri Hanuman Chalisa: https://hindi.webdunia.com/aarti-chalisa/hanuman-chalisa-hindi-117011600061_1.html
- The English Translation: https://www.hindutemplealbany.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Sri_Hanuman_Chalisa_English.pdf
- The history of Shri Hanuman Chalisa: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/desires-of-a-modern-indian/the-history-of-hanuman-chalisa/