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Hanuman Chalisa

Hanuman Chalisa, the holy devotional work written by Goswami

Tulsidas in the sixteenth century, has gained enormous popularity
among Hindus living the world over. With the blessings of Shri
Hanuman, Goswami Tulsidas has also written Ramayana in Hindi and
this Tulsi Ramayana is known as Ram Charitha Manas. Tulsi Ramayana
has revolutionized the Ram Bhakti movement by enabling common
man to recite the glorious legend of Shri Rama in Hindi.
The Power of Shri Hanuman
Shri Hanuman is understood as great jnani, yogi and a brahmachari
(bachelor). He has been blessed as chiranjivi, one who lives eternally.
The blessings of Siva, Vishnu, Brahma, Surya, Indra, and Vayu made
Shri Hanuman invincible. He is the great lover of music and also
mastered the Sanskrit language. Being the Yogacharya, Shri Hanuman
is considered as an embodiment of the four yogas. His strength, valour,
prowess, will power, memory, balanced emotions, sharp intellect,
fearlessness, and noble actions were perfectly refined and grounded in
None in the world can equal Shri Hanuman. He had only one thought-that of serving his Shri Rama with utmost humility and devotion. He
serves, protects and inspires the devotees of Shri Rama. He holds the
flag with fish symbols. Shri Hanuman Chalisa praises the selfless
service, courage, humble disposition, and foremost devotion shown by
Shri Hanuman towards Shri Rama. Shri Hanuman will present Himself
with folded hands in prayer wherever and whenever the Holy name of
Shri Rama is recited. Shri Hanuman always loves to hear the mantra
Shri Ramajeyam.' Just chant Shri Ramajeyam' mantra 108 times and
pray to Shri Hanuman. Here's how to recite one of the popular Hindu
chants and mantras, the Hanuman Chalisa.
Why the Name Hanuman Chalisa? Goswami Tulsidas wrote these forty
verses in the praise of Shri Hanuman. Forty in Hindi is called 'chalis.'
The hymn containing forty verses is called 'Chalisa.' Each such verse is
called a chaupai (means 4 legs) and each chaupai of the Chalisa has
two lines each--the two always rhyme. Hanuman Chalisa is simple and
is the utmost rhythmical poem. The chalisa is sung in different tunes
(more than 100) across the country. Even if you don't understand
Hindi, you may enjoy hearing it.

Based on the structure and content of Hanuman Chalisa, the devotees

have identified three parts - the invocation or preamble, the main body
(chalisa) and the final prayer and request. Hanuman Chalisa speaks
about Shri Hanuman's parentage, his physique and intelligence, valor
and heroic acts, devotion to Shri Rama and Sita.
How to Recite Hanuman Chalisa? Most households recite Hanuman
Chalisa as an invocation to Shri Hanuman. Hanuman chalisa can be
found on Hanuman Chalisa has been found to be highly effective in
controlling evil effects.
1) You can recite it either at a temple or at your puja room.
2) Sit at your place. Close your eyes.
3) Place a picture of Shri Hanuman.
4) Offer the garland of oscimum sanctum or Tulsi or lotus flower. Avoid
nerium flower. You may offer a garland made out of betel leaves. You
may also offer garland made out of Vada (a South Indian snack made
of Urad Dhall).
5) Light a ghee lamp.
6) Offer incense sticks.
7) Now meditate on Shri Hanuman.
8) Now chant Shri Hanuman Chalisa. After completion of each
Hanuman Chalisa chanting, offer a flower to Shri Hanuman. You may
recite it 12 times, 24 times, 32 times. You may also recite the hymns
108 times while going around the pipal tree.
9) You may offer Sweet Pongal, Ven Pongal, Vada, Honey, Fruits and
Panakam (a beverage made from jaggery and tamarind).
Reciting specific hymns. After attending many discourses, I have
understood that the recitation of specific Hindu prayers and hymns in
Hanuman Chalisa will bestow specific results. I have compiled specific
number of the Hymns and the benefits:
1) Chanting the Opening Invocation Hymn of Hanuman Chalisa many
times will mitigate the doshas arising out of having insulted knowingly/
unknowingly one's preceptor/ a Rama Bhakta. The hardships in your
life will be relieved and you will be blessed with strength and wisdom.
2) Chanting the First Hymn of the Chalisa "Jaya Hanumaan gyaan guna
saagar....." will bestow Divine knowledge.
3) Chanting the Third Hymn of Chalisa "Mahaaveer vikrama
Bhajrangi....." will remove the bad company of friends or relatives or
get rid of your bad habits. It will guide you in your right path.

4) Chanting the Seventh and Eighth Hymns "Vidyavan guni athi

chaathur....." will channel a devotee into Rama Bhakti and he will
become dear to Shri Rama.
5) Chanting the eleventh Hymn "Laya sanjivan....." will mitigate the
effects of poisonous bites and remove fear of snakes.
6) Chanting the Twelfth Hymn will remove misunderstanding between
your sons and daughters and will bring unity and affection among
7) Chanting the Thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth Hymns will help
you to reach name and fame.
8) Chanting the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Hymns will restore lost
status or help in getting desired career improvements or promotions.
9) Chanting the Twentieth Hymn will remove obstacles and help in
reaching your goals.
10) Chanting the Twenty-second Hymn will provide due protection from
adverse planetary effects.
11) Chanting the Twenty-fourth Hymn will drive away all negative
energies and evil spirits including black magical deities.
12) Chanting the Twenty-fifth Hymn will restore exuberant health and
spirits. The recitation will also give you the ability to withstand physical
agony and pain when you are injured or in ailment.
13) Chanting the Twenty-sixth Hymn protects you from general
hardships and difficulties.
14) Chanting the Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth Hymns will bring
fulfilment of desires by Divine Blessings.
15) Chanting the Twenty-ninth will take to the pinnacle of name and
16) Chanting the Thirtieth Hymn will help you to conquer evil forces.
17) Chanting the Thirty-first Hymn will help you to master occult
powers and great wealth.
18) Chanting the Thirty-second, Thirty-third, Thirty-fourth, and Thirtyfifth Hymns will certainly make you enjoy a self-contented life without
any bothers / frustrations. You are assured that at the end of such a
self-contented life, you will attain the Lotus feet of Shri Rama.
19) Chanting the Thirty-sixth Hymn will mitigate you from all difficulties
and pains.
20) Chanting the Thirty-seventh Hymn will secure the Grace of Shri
If you want to accomplish some major tasks, then you are advised to
chant the appropriate Hymn with devotion 1008 times on an
auspicious Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday or on a
combination of a Moola Nakshatra day and a new moon day falling

during Tamil month Margazhi (14 Dec - 13 Jan).

Some recommend that devotees perform Tail Puja. What is Tail Puja?
Tail Puja is one of the other important Hindu rituals. It is the offering of
sandalwood paste and kumkum / sindoor to the tail of Shri Hanuman's
image for 48 days.