The Hanuman Chalisa is in itself a way of communicating with the most revered Lord Pawan Putra Hanuman, with each verse connecting the soul of the reciters to their lord.
It was composed by the great Hindu poet-saint Tulsi Das, a renowned devotee of Lord Rama while suffering from ailments. It helped him regain his health. He wrote this classic verse attributed to Lord Hanuman in the Awadhi dialect, conversed particularly in Ayodhya which is Lord Rama’s native place.
The Chalisa, consisting of 40 verses, truly personifies a Hanuman devotee’s faith, submission, and sanctity towards their beloved Lord.
Significance of Hanuman Chalisa
As quoted by Krishna Das, a renowned musician and guru – “Chalisa’ is not merely a devotional song. Lord Hanuman symbolizes the path that leads us to our real identity. And ‘Chalisa’ is a message, a mantra that draws him into our hearts.”
It is said that reciting the Hanuman Chalisa continuously for 40 days provides refuge from illness, enemies, and hard times. Moreover, consistent chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa helps in cleansing our mind & body, leading us to the right path. One can also get rid of the malicious influence of Saturn and Mars (mangal dosh). For maximum effectiveness, chant the Chalisa 108 times on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Meaning of Hanuman Chalisa in English
Dohas or the Couplets
Shri Guru Charan Saroj Raj, Nij Man Mukur Sudhar
Varanau Raghuvar Vimal Yash, Jo Dayak Phal Char
I chant the transcendent glory of the greatest king of the Raghukul lineage, who endows us with the fruit of all four efforts after polishing the mirror of my heart with the power of my Guru’s lotus feet.
Budhiheen Tanu Janike, Sumirau Pavan-Kumar
Bal Budhi Vidya Dehu Mohi, Harahu Kales Vikaar
I fixate my consciousness on Pavan Kumar, utterly aware of my lack of intellectual prowess, and sincerely request resilience, intelligence, and wisdom to cleanse me of all impurities that trouble me.
Jaya Hanumana Gyana Guna Sagara
Jaya Kapisa Tihu Loka Ujagara
May you be undefeated, Oh Hanuman, the fountain of wisdom and goodness.
May you be undefeated, Oh, the supreme of Vanaras known throughout the three Lokas (Patal, Prithvi, and Svarga).
Rama Duta Atulita Bala Dhama
Anjani Putra Pavanasuta Nama
You are Lord Rama’s devoted messenger and the embodiment of unrivaled strength.
You are known throughout the world as Anjaniputra (son of Anjana) and Pavanasuta (son of Vayu).
Mahavira Vikrama Bajarangi
Kumati Nivara Sumati Ke Sangi
Your body is as powerful as Indra’s Vajra, and you are the true champion endowed with chivalry.
You are both, a destroyer of evil thoughts and a companion to virtuous intellect.
Kanchana Barana Biraja Subesa
Kanana Kundala Kunchita Kesa
Your skin is flawless, and you are dressed to perfection.
Your ears are studded with earrings, and your hair is wavy.
Hatha Bajra Au Dhvaja Birajai
Kadhe Munja Janeu Sajai
You hold a weapon and a flag of righteousness in your hands.
And a sanctified thread tied around your right shoulder completes the look.
Shankara Suvana Kesari Nandana
Teja Pratapa Maha Jaga Bandana
You are the manifestation of Lord Shiva and the son of Vanar-raj Kesari.
Your beauty and splendour are phenomenal, and the entire world admires you.
Vidyavana Guni Ati Chatura
Rama Kaja Karibe Ko Atura
You are a wealth of knowledge, righteousness, and accomplishment, always eager to take on Shri Ram’s ambitions.
Prabhu Charitra Sunibe Ko Rasiya
Rama Lakhana Sita Mana Basiya
Listening to Lord Rama’s actions and conduct makes you ecstatic.
Hence, Lord Rama, Mother Sita, and Lord Laxmana live in your heart forever.
Sukshma Rupa Dhari Siyahi Dikhava
Bikata Rupa Dhari Lanka Jarava
You emerged before Sita in miniature form and addressed her modestly.
You transformed into a dreadful figure and set ablaze Lanka.
Bhima Roop Dhari Asur Sanghare
Ramachandra Ke Kaj Sanvare
You defeated the Asuras (demons) with tremendous power and performed each duty assigned to you by Shri Ram with dexterity.
Laye Sanjivan Lakhan Jiyaye
Shri Raghuvir Harashi Ur Laye
You revived Lakshman by bringing the reinvigorating herb Sanjivini from the Himalayas. And so Lord Rama embraced you exuberantly.
Raghupati Kinhi Bahut Badai
Tum Mam Priye Bharat-hi Sam Bhai
Shri Raghupati (Shri Ram) lauded your accomplishments, saying, “You are precious to me as my brother Bharata.”
Sahas Badan Tumharo Yash Gaave
Us kahi Shripati Kanth Lagaave
Lord Rama pulled you close and hugged you, telling you that “thousands of living creatures will sing to your grandeur.”
Sankadik Brahmadi Muneesa
Narad Sarad Sahit Aheesa
Sages such as Sanak, Sanandan, Narada, Brahma, and goddess Saraswati praise your greatness.
Yam Kuber Digpal Jahan Te
Kavi Kovid Kahi Sake Kahan Te
Yama, Kubera, Dipkala, poets, and scholars have no words to define your magnificence.
Tum Upkaar Sugreevahi Keenha
Ram Milaaye Raj-Pad Deenha
You helped Sugriva reclaim his throne by presenting him to Lord Rama.
As a result, you conferred Kingship upon him.
Tumharo Mantra Vibheeshan Mana
Lankeshwar Bhaye Sub Jag Jana
Vibhishan became Ruler of Lanka by following your teachings.
This is well known throughout the universe.
Yug Sahastra Jojan Par Bhanu
Leelyo Tahi Madhur Phal Janu
You mistook the sun for a tasty red fruit and devoured it traveling thousands of miles away!
Prabhu Mudrika Meli Mukh Mahee
Jaladhi Langhi Gaye Achraj Nahee
You sailed across the ocean with ease, holding the ring presented to you by Lord Rama in your mouth. And this doesn’t astound anyone.
Durgaam Kaj Jagat Ke Jete
Sugam Anugraha Tumhre Tete
With your blessings, all of the world’s insurmountable tasks become easily achievable.
Ram Dware Tum Rakhvare
Hoat Na Agya Binu Paisare
You are the protector of Lord Rama’s court. And no one can proceed without your consent.
Sub Sukh Lahai Tumhari Sarna
Tum Rakshak Kahu Ko Dar Na
Those who seek refuge in you realize all the happiness and pleasure.
Your devotees have nothing to be concerned about because you are their savior.
Aapan Tej Samharo Aapai
Teenhon Lok Hank Te Kanpai
You are the only one who is able to carry your own splendid prowess. At your thunderous roar, all three worlds shudder.
Bhoot Pisach Nikat Nahin Aavai
Mahavir Jab Naam Sunavai
With the mere mention of your great name, O’Mahaveer, all the ghosts, supernatural beings, and evil spirits flee!!
Nase Rog Harai Sab Peera
Japat Nirantar Hanumant Beera
When the holy name of Shri Hanuman is chanted relentlessly, all illness, pain, and hardship fade away.
Sankat Se Hanuman Chudavai
Man Karam Vachan Dyan Jo Lavai
Whoever reveres you in thought, word, and deed receives deliverance from all kinds of difficulty and adversity.
Sub Par Ram Tapasvee Raja
Tin Ke Kaj Sakal Tum Saja
Rama was the supreme God and King of Atonement, but you fulfilled all his responsibilities.
Aur Manorath Jo Koi Lavai
Sohi Amit Jeevan Phal Pavai
Anyone who reaches you with a profound desire or yearning receives a plethora of everlasting fruit that lasts a lifetime.
Charon Yug Partap Tumhara
Hai Persidh Jagat Ujiyara
Your divinity is recognised across the four Yugas and radiates the entire universe.
Sadhu Sant Ke Tum Rakhware
Asur Nikandan Ram Dulhare
You are the redeemer of saints and sages, the annihilator of evil forces, and Lord Rama’s beloved.
Ashta Sidhi Nav Nidhi Ke Dhata
Us Var Deen Janki Mata
Mother Janaki has given you the ability to bestow siddhis (power) and nidhis (riches or fame) on those who truly deserve it.
Ram Rasayan Tumhare Pasa
Sada Raho Raghupati Ke Dasa
You exemplified Ram bhakti; may you ever be Raghupati’s dutiful and loving disciple.
Tumhare Bhajan Ram Ko Pavai
Janam Janam Ke Dukh Bisravai
A bhakta who sings in praise of you (Hanuman) meets Rama and gets liberated from the sufferings and agonies of many births.
Anth Kaal Raghuvir Pur Jayee
Jahan Janam Hari-Bakht Kahayee
If a person dies and enters Shri Ram’s Divine Abode, he will be born as the Lord’s disciple in all his next birth.
Aur Devta Chit Na Dharehi
Hanumanth Se Hi Sarve Sukh Karehi
There is no need to worship any other deity in order to achieve penance since Shri Hanuman’s devotion can provide ultimate bliss.
Sankat Kate Mite Sab Peera
Jo Sumirai Hanumat Balbeera
Anyone who recounts the valiant and mighty Hanuman is liberated from all hardship and pain.
Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosahin
Kripa Karahu Gurudev Ki Nyahin
Oh, Hanuman the Great! Thank you for your blessing as our Divine Master, O Ferocious Lord.
Jo Sat Baar Paath Kar Koi
Chutahi Bandhi Maha Sukh Hoyi
Anyone who recites the Chalisa 100 times is set free from the bonds of life and death and achieves enlightenment.
Jo Yeh Padhe Hanuman Chalisa
Hoye Siddhi Saakhi Gaurisa
Reciting the Hanuman Chalisa entitles Siddhi (achievements or salvation). And Lord Shiva himself affirms this statement.
Tulsidas Sada Hari Chera
Keeje Nath Hriday Mah Dera
“May I forever stay as a servant and a disciple of Lord Sri Ram,” Tulsidas prays to Lord Hanuman. And O Lord, “You hold a special place in my heart and soul.”
Pawan Tanay Sankat Haran, Mangal Murti Roop
Ram Lakhan Sita Sahit, Hriday Basahu Sur Bhoop
O Son of the Vayu, You are the annihilator of all miseries. You are the true symbol of luck and growth.
Lord Rama, Laxmana, and Mother Sita will always have a special place in my heart.
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