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Hanuman Chalisa

Hanuman Chalisa is a 40 (+3) lined hymn in Awadhi language (a language


similar to Hindi and whose origin is from Sanskrit) composed y !oswami
"ulsidas in praise of #ord Hanuman$ an ardent de%otee of #ord &ama'
Chalis(40$ chalisa(40 lined) Hanuman Chalisa is a Hymn of 40 lines in
praise of #ord Hanuman
Stories of "ulsidas$ &agha%endra Swami descrie the compassion and
support of Hanuman to those who seek his help or pray to #ord &ama'
"ulsidas has written this to inspire spiritual aspirants to ecome de%otees
of #ord &ama so that they are lessed and protected y Hanuman$ and are
spiritually progressing'
*y singing the Stotra a de%otee always reminds himself of the greatness of
Hanuman$ his de%otion and his terrile fights against unrighteous' A
serious de%otee will gain much spiritual support from this in his own fight
against his imperfections'
Lord Hanuman
#ord Hanuman Singing in praise
of #ord &ama
#ord Hanuman is well known for his e+treme
de%otion to #ord &ama' #ord Hanuman is always
depicted in the ,ndian folklaire as an icon of
true de%otion and a symol of the power of true
de%otion and chastity'
#ord Hanuman-s de%otion to #ord &ama is
symolic of the de%otion of the enlightened
indi%idual soul towards the supreme soul'
.any stories from the ,ndian literature tell the
tales of #ord Hanuman protecting de%otees of
#ord &ama and helping those who seek his
either spiritually or otherwise' Swami "ulasidas
has written these lines in respect of #ord
Hanuman-s great character$ in praise of his
powers and also de%otion'
Swami Tulsidas
!oswami "ulsidas a poet of de%otional songs$ is
famous for his works of de%otion like
&amcharitmas and Hanuman Chalisa'
"ulsidas wrote Hanuman chalisa in respect to
Hanuman a di%ine de%otee of the #ord$ Hanuman
Chalisa reminds the de%otees of #ord Hanuman-s
greatness and keeps their mind free from e%il
Hanuman Chalisa has 40 %erses$ each %erse is four lined (chaupi)$ "his
stotra has / introductory 0ohas (couplets) and one in the end
Lyrics and meaning
Line
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Lyrics transliterated in English and translated with meanings
Intro
ducto
ry
Doha
1
Shreeguru charana saroja raja nija mana mukura sudhaari
baranau raghubara bimala jasu jo daayak phala chaari
"Cleansing the mirror of my mind with the dust from the
Lotus-feet of Divine Guru ! describe the unblemished glory of
Lord "ama which bestows four fruits of "ighteousness
#Dharma$ %ealth #&rtha$ 'leasure #(ama$ and Liberation
#)oksha$ "
[ShreeGuru=revered
Guru; Charana=feet; Saroja=lotus; Raja=dust/
particle;Nija=Mine;mana=mind;mukura=mirror; sudhaari=Cleansi
ng/applying;Baranau=Describe; Raghubara=Of Raghu amsha!
"ord Rama;
Mala=impurity!Bimala=pure; Jasu=Glory; Jo=#hich! Daayak=best
o#er! Phala=fruit! Chaar=four $
Intro
ducto
ry
Doha
2
*uddhiheena tanu jaanikai sumirau pavanakum+ra
*al buddhi bidy+ dehu mohi harahu kalesa bik+ra
"Considering this person as intelligence less ! remember Lord
,anuman- Give me strength intelligence and knowledge cure
my body ailments and mental imperfections"
[BuddhiHeena=#ithout intelligence; tanu=body!
person; jaanikai=%no#ing;sumirau=remembder; pavanakumar=s
on of #ind god!
&anuman; Bal=strength;Buddhi=intelligence; Bidya=%no#ledge; d
ehu=give; harahu=remove!
clear;kalesa=ailments; bikara=imperfections$
1
.aya hanum+na .naana guna saagara
.aya kapeesha tihu loka ujaagara
"/ictory to ,anuman who is the ocean of %isdom and /irtues
/ictory to the king of )onkeys who is illuminating three
worlds"
[Jaya=victory/ glory; Jnaana='isdom; guna=virtues/
(ualities; saagara=ocean;apeesha=)ing of
Mon%eys=&anuman; tihu=three; loka=#orld;ujaagara=illuminator$
2
"+ma d0ta atulita bala dh+m+
&njani putra pavanasuta n+m+
"1ou are the messenger of "ama #to Sita$ 1ou are the abode
of incomparable power- 1ou are also called by the names of
2&njani 'utra2 #Son of &njana$ and 2'avana suta2 #son of wind
god$"
[Doota=messenger;
tulita=measured; atilita=immeasurable; bala=po#er;dhama=abod
e; !njani=of
*n+ana; putra=son; pavana=#ind; suta=son;naama=name$
3
)ah+b3ra bikrama bajarang3
kumati niv+ra sumati ke sang3
"4h mighty valorous one of terrific deeds whose body organs
are as strong as Diamond #or the weapon of God !ndra$- Cure
my bad mind oh companion of those with pure #good$ mind"
["aha=great;Beera=,rave; #ikram=great
deeds; bajra=diamond; ang=body parts; kumati=bad
intellect; nivara=cure! clean! destroy; sumati=good
intelligence;ke=of; sangi=companion $
4
(aanchana barana bir+ja subes+
k+nana kundala kunchita kesh+
"1ou are golden colored you are shining in your beautiful
attire- 1ou have beautiful ear-rings in your ear and curly
hairs"
[aan$hana%golden& barana%hue& bir'ja%resplendent!
shining; subes'%good attire/ good
loo%s; k'nana=ear; undala=ear-rings; kun$hita=curly; esh
a=hair$
5
,+tha bajra au dhvaj+ bir+jai
k+ndhe m0nji jane0 s+jai
"/ajrayudha #mace$ and flag are shining in your hand- Sacred
thread made of )unja grass adorns your shoulder"
[Hath=hand! Bajra=Mace as po#erful as va+rayudha or
diamond; au=and;dhvaja=flag; biraji=ta%e place; kaandhe=on
shoulders; munji=of mun+a grass;janeoo=upavita thread! sacred
thread; Sajai=adorn $
6
Shankara suvana kesar3 nandana
5eja prat+pa mah+ jaga bandana
"4 partial incarnation of Lord shiva giver of joy to (ing (esari-
1our great majesty is revered by the whole world"
[Shankara="ord shiva; esari=)ing )esari! father of
&anuman; Nandana=son. +oy giver; (eja=shine!
grandness; Pratapa=pro#ess; "aha=great; jaga=#orld;bandana
=#orship$
7
*idy+v+na gun3 ati ch+tura
"+ma k+ja karibe ko +tura
"4h one learned in all /idyas one full of virtues /ery clever-
1ou are always eager to do "ama2s tasks"
[Bidyavan=one #ho has learned idyas; Guni=having
gunas; ati=very;$hatura=clever; aaja=tas%! #or%; aribe=doing!
do; ko=to; !atura=eager $
8
'rabhu charitra sunibe ko rasiy+
r+ma lakhana s3t+ mana basiy+
"1ou enjoy listening to Lord "ama2s story6 Lord "ama
Lakshman and Sita reside in your heart"
[Prabhu=lord; Charitra=story!
history; sunibe=hear; ko=to; Rasiya=+oy;"ana=mind; Basiya=re
side! stay$
9
S0kshma r0pa dhari siyahi dikh+v+
bikata r0pa dhari lanka jar+v+
"&ssuming the smallest form you saw #visited$ Sita- &ssuming
the gigantic form you burnt down the Lanka"
[sookshma=micro! minute; roopa=form! body; dhari=assuming!
ta%ing;siyahi=/ita; Dikhava=sa#; Bikata=enormous; )anka=/ri
"an%a; Jaraava=burned$
10
*h3ma r0pa dhari asura samh+re
r+machandra ke k+ja samv+re
"&ssuming a terrible form you slayed demons- 1ou made Lord
"ama2s works easier"
[Bheema=terrible; roopa=form; Dhari=assuming; !sura=demon;
samhar=destroy; Rama$handra=Rama of Chandra
amsha; aja=#or%;Samvare=manage! ma%e it easy! carry out$
11
l+ya sanj3vani lakhana jiy+e
shr3 raghub3ra harashi ura l+ye
"1ou brought Sanjeevini mountain to save Lakshmana2s Life-
Lord "ama embraced you in joy"
[laaya=brought; Sanjeevani=a herb that brings bac% the
dead; )akhan="a%shman;Jiyaye=saved; Raghubira=,rave one of
Raghu Clan! "ord Rama; Harashi=#ith +oy;*ra=nec%; )aye=gave!
brought $
12
"aghupati k3nh3 bahut bad+3
tum mama priya bharata hi sama bh+3
"Lord "ama praised you very much saying 21ou are dear to me
like my brother *harata2"
[Raghupati=)ing of Raghu Clan; Bahut=very
much; Badaayi=praised; (um=you;mama=my!
mine; priya=dear; Bharata=brother of
Rama; hi=li%e; sama=e(ual;Bhai=brother $
13
sahasa badana tumharo jasa g+vai
asa kahi shr3pati kantha lag+vai
"2)ay the thousand headed serpent &dishesha sing of your
glory2 saying this Lord "ama embraced you"
[Sahasa=thousand; badan=body; (umharo=your; Jasa=success!
glory;Gaavai=sing; asa=li%e this; kahi=saying; shripati=husband
of Goddess shree or "a%shmi! "ord
Rama; antha=nec%; )agavai=embrace$
14
Sanak+dika brahm+di mun3s+
n+rada s+rada sahita ah3s+
"Sanaka *rahma and other "oyal sages 7arad Saraswati and
&dishesha"
[Sanaka=sage sana%a! adika=other more; brahma=Creator
,rahma; !adi=and others; "uneesha=Royal sages; Narada=/age
0arad; Sharada=Goddess
saras#ati; Sahita=including; !heeshaa=*dishesha$
15
1ama kubera dikp+la jah+ te
kavi kobida kahi sakai kah+ te
"1ama (ubera Dikpaalakas poets and singers6 they can not
describe your greatness properly"
[+ama=God of 1ime/death; ubera=God of
treasures; Dikpaalas=Gods of 2
directions; avi=poet; ovida=singer; ahi=ho#; aha=say;$
16
5uma upak+ra sugr3vahi k3nh+
r+am mil+ya r+japada d3nh+
"1ou helped Sugreeva- 1ou made him friends with "ama which
gave him his (ingship back"
[(uma=you; *pakaara=help; Sugreeva=Mon%ey )ing
/ugreeva; inha=did;"ilaaya=made them meet!
+oin; Rajapada=%ingship; Dinha=gave$
17
5umharo mantra vibh3shana m+n+
lankeshvara bhae saba jaga j+n+
"/ibheeshana accepted your Suggestion- ,e became the king
of Lanka because of your advice whole world knows it"
[(mharo=your; mantra=#ords; #ibheeshan=brother of Raavan
#ho fought on Rama3s side; "aana=accepted; )ankeshvara=)ing
of "an%a; Saba=all;Jaga=#orld; Jaana=%no#s$
18
1uga sahasra yojana para bh+n0
l3lyo t+hi madhura phala j+n0
"1ou flew towards the sun who is thousands of years of
1ojanas away thinking of him as a sweet fruit"
[+uga%year; Sahasra=thousand; +ojana=distance of 45-46%m! 2
mile is the most agreed upon
distance; para=a#ay; Bhanu=sun; "adhura=s#eet; Phala=fruit;J
anu=%no#ing! thin%ing$
19
'rabhu mudrik+ meli mukha m+h3
jaladhi l+nghi gaye acharaja n+h3
"'utting the ring of "ama in your mouth you jumped and flew
over 4cean to Lanka there is no surprise in that"
[Prabhu="ord; "udrika=ring; meli=in!over; "ukha=mouth; "ahi
=%eeping;jaladhi=Ocean; )aanghi gaye=+umped; !$haraja=surpri
se; Naahi=no$
20
Durgama k+ja jagata ke jete
sugama anugraha tumhare tete
"&ll the difficult tasks in the world become easy if there is
your grace"
[Durgama=difficult; aja=tas%; Jagata=#ord; e=of; Jete=ho#
many;Sugama=easy; !nugraha=grace; (umhare=your; tete=if
there is$
21
"+ma du+re tuma rakhav+re
hota na +gy+ binu pais+re
"1our the doorkeeper of "ama2s court- %ithout your
permission nobody can enter "ama2s abode"
[Duare=door;tuma=you;rakhavaare=%eeper; hota=have!
having; na=#ithout;agyaa=permission; binu=nobody; paisaare=e
nter! come in$
22
Saba sukha lahai tumh+r3 saran+
tuma rakshaka k+h0 ko daran+
"&ll happiness stay with those who take refuge in you- 1ou are
the protector why be afraid8 "
[saba=all; sukha=happiness! pleasures; )ahai=stay; tumhari=in
your;sarana=refuge; tuma=you; rakshaka=protector; kahoo
ko=#hy7 or of #hom;darana=be afraid$
23
+pan tej samh+ro +pai
tino lok h+nka te k+pai
"4nly you can cancel your powers- &ll three worlds tremble in
fear"
[!apan=your; (ej=po#er; Samharo=destroy!
control; !pai=you; (ino=three;lok=#orlds; hanka=fear; kapai=sh
a%e$
24
bh0ta pish+cha nikata nahi +vai
mah+b3ra jaba n+ma sun+vai
"9vil Spirits and Ghosts don2t come near when your name is
heard 4 great Courageous one"
[Bhoota=8vil
spirits! Pishaa$ha=ghost; nikata=close; nahi=don3t; avai=come;
mahabira=maha9bira=great9brave; jaba=#hen; naama=name; s
unavai=heard$
25
7+sai roga harai saba p3r+
japata nirantara hanumata b3r+
"Diseases will be ended all pains will be gone when a
devotee continuously repeats ,anuman the brave2s name"
[Naasai=end! destroy; Roga=disease; Harai=end!
close; Saba=all; Peera=pains! diseases! afflictions; Japata=%eep
repeating! remembering; nirantara=continuously;Beera=,rave$
26
Sankata te hanum+na chhud+vai
mana krama vachana dhy+na jo l+vai
",anuman will release those from troubles who meditate upon
him in their mind actions and words"
[Sankata=troubles!
difficulties; te=from; Chhudaavai=release; mana=mind;krama=ac
tions; va$hana=#ords; dhyana=meditate!
contemplate; jo=#ho;)avai=apply! do! bring$
27
Saba para r+ma tapasv3 r+j+
tina ke k+ja sakala tuma s+j+
""ama is the king of all he is the king of yogis- 1ou managed
all his tasks" or in other translation ",e whoever takes refuge in
"ama you will manage all their tasks"
[Saba=all; para=on; (apasvi=one of austerities; Raja=%ing; (ina
ke=#hose;aaja=#or%; tuma=you; saaja=carried$
28
&ura manoratha jo ko3 l+vai
Soi amita j3vana phala p+vai
"%hoever brings many of their wishes to you they will get
unlimited fruits"
[aur=many! more; "anoratha=mental #ishes! desires; jo
koi=#hoever;)avai=brings; amita=infinite; jivana=life; phala=frui
ts; pavai=get! receive$
29
ch+ro juga prat+pa tumh+r+
hai parasiddha jagata ujiy+r+
"1our glory is for all the four yugas 1our greatness is very
famous throughout the world and illumines the world"
[Charo=four; juga=yugas; pratapa=glory; tumhara=your; hai=is;
prasiddha=famous; jagata=#orld; ujiyara=illumined! spread$
30
S+dhu santa ke tuma rakhav+re
asura nikandana r+ma dul+re
"1ou are the guardian of Saints and Good people- 1ou killed
demons and you are dear to "ama"
[Sadhu=good people! mon%s! simple
people; Santa=saint; ke=of; tuma=you;Rakhavaare=%eeper!
guardian; !sura=demons; Nikandana=slayer; Dulare=dear$
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&shta siddhi nava nidhi ke d+t+
asa bara d3nha j+nak3 m+t+
")other Sita granted you a boon to become the bestower of :
Siddhis #supernatural powers$ and ; 7idhis #divine
treasures$"
[!shta=eight; Siddhi=supernatural
po#ers; Nava=nine; Nidhi=treasures; e=of;Daata=giver; !sa=li%
e that; bara=boon; Dinha=give or gave; Janaaki=daughter of
:ana%a! /ita; "aata=mother$
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"+ma ras+yana tumhare p+s+
sad+ raho raghupati ke d+s+
"1ou have the sweet devotion to "ama- )ay you always be a
devotee of Lord "ama"
[Ras=devotion! s#eetness! love; Rasaayana=mi;ture or collection
of
s#eetness;tumhaare=your; paasa=near; Sadaa=al#ays; Raho=
stay; Raghupati="ord of Raghu Clan! "ord
Rama; e=of; Daasa=servant! devotee$
33
5umhare bhajana r+ma ko p+vai
.anama janama ke dukha bisar+vai
"Singing your name gets us "ama himself and "emoves the
sufferings of many lives"
[(umhare=your; Bhajana=chanting; o=to; Pavai=ta%es to!
gives; Janama=life;Janama janama=life after
life; e=of; dukha=unhappiness; Bisaravai=remove$
34
&nta k+la raghupati pura j+3
jah+ janma hari bhakta kah+3
",e who sings of you at the end of the life he attains to Lord
"ama2s abode- %here he will be born as a Devotee of Lord
"ama"
[!nta=8nd; aala=time; Raghupati="ord of Raghu clan!
Rama; pura=city;Jaaee=go; Jaha=#here; janma=born; Hari=
"ord Rama; Bhakta=devotee;ahai=called as! is said$
35
&ura devat+ chitta na dhara3
hanumata sei sarva sukha kara3
"7ot contemplating on other gods gets his all happiness from
,anuman by serving him"
[!ura=more! other; Devata=gods; chitta=mind; na=dont;
Dharai=contemplating; /ei=serving; sarva=all; su%ha=happiness$
36
Sankata katai mitai saba p3r+
jo sumirai hanumata balab3r+
"'ains will be removed all afflictions will be gone of who
remembers ,anuman the mighty brave one"
[Sankata=trouble; katai=cut
short; "itai=removed; Saba=all; Peera=pains!
troubles; Jo=#ho; Sumirai=remembers; Bala=po#er; Bira=brave$
37
.aya jaya jaya hanum+na gos+3
krip+ karahu gurudeva k3 n+3
"/ictory to you 4 master of the senses- Show mercy on us like
a Guru does"
[Jaya=victory; Gosai=master of senses; kripaa=mercy!
compassion; karahu=do! sho#; guru=teacher! dispeller of
dar%ness; Deva=god; i nai=li%e;$
38
.o shata b+ra p+thakar ko3
chh0tahi bandi mah+sukha ho3
",e whoever recits this hundred times his chains of *ondage
will be cut Great happiness will be his"
[Jo=#hoever; Shata=hundred; Baar=times; Paathakar=reciting; $
hhutahi=cut! removed; bandi=shac%les!
bondage; "ahasukha=great happiness! bliss;Hoi=happens! gets to$
39
.o yaha padhai hanum+na ch+l3s+
hoya siddhi s+kh3 gaur3s+
",e whoever reads these verses on ,anuman he will get
spiritual attainments Lord Shiva is the witness to this
statement"
[Jo=#ho; yaha=this; Padhai=reads; Chalisa=<5 lined
hymn; Hoya=happens;Siddhi=attainments; Saakhi=#itness; Gaur
eesha=Go#ri9isha=&usband of Go#ri="ord /hiva;$
40
5ulas3d+sa sad+ hari cher+
k3jai n+tha hridaya mama dher+
"5ulasidas is always a disciple of Lord "ama- 4 lord make my
heart your abode"
[Sada=al#ays; Hari= "ord ishnu="ord Rama; Chera=disciple!
devotee;ijai=please do; Natha="ord; Hridaya=heart; mama=my!
mine; Dheraa=abode$
Concl
usive
Doha
pavanatanaya sankata harana mangala m0rati r0pa
r+ma lakhana s3t+ sahita hridaya basahu sura bh0pa
"4 Son of wind god remover of difficulties oh one of
auspicious form- %ith "am Lakshman and Sita reside in our
hearts of (ing of Gods"
[Pavanatanaya%=avana9tanaya='ind9son! son of #ind god!
&anuman;Sankata=trouble; Harana=remover; "angala=auspiciou
s; "urati=statue!
form;Rupa=form; Sahita=including; Hridaya=heart; Basahu=resid
e; Sura=gods;Bhupa=%ing $