Understanding the Hanuman Chalisa

The Hanuman Chalisa is a sacred hymn composed by the renowned poet-saint Tulsidas. It is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the embodiment of devotion, strength, and righteousness. Reciting the Hanuman Chalisa is believed to invoke the blessings and protection of Lord Hanuman, bestowing courage, wisdom, and spiritual upliftment upon the devotee.

Unravelling the Verses

Each verse of the Hanuman Chalisa is a testament to the magnificence of Lord Hanuman's divine qualities. Let us explore the profound meaning embedded in these verses:

Shri Guru Charan Saroj Raj – The opening verse pays homage to the lotus feet of Lord Hanuman's revered guru, Lord Rama, symbolizing the highest level of devotion and surrender.


Jai Hanuman Gyan Gun Sagar – This verse extols the virtues and divine qualities of Hanuman, describing him as the ocean of wisdom, strength, and knowledge.

Jay Kapis Tihun Lok Ujagar – Here, Lord Hanuman is hailed as the illuminator of the three worlds, dispelling darkness and spreading divine light.

Ram Doot Atulit Bal Dhama – This verse portrays Hanuman as the eternal messenger of Lord Rama, possessing unparalleled strength and valour.

Anjani Putra Pavansut Nama – Lord Hanuman, the son of Anjana and the wind god, is honoured in this verse, highlighting his divine lineage and noble heritage.

Mahavir Vikram Bajrangi – Hanuman is revered as the mighty warrior, possessing incomparable courage and strength, symbolized by his thunderbolt-like strikes.

Kumati Nivar Sumati Ke Sangi – This verse emphasizes Hanuman's ability to dispel ignorance and bestow wisdom, guiding devotees towards righteous actions.

Kanchan Baran Biraj Subesa – Lord Hanuman's golden complexion radiates a divine aura, captivating the hearts of his devotees.

Kanan Kundal Kunchit Kesa – The verse describes the beauty of Hanuman, adorned with enchanting earrings and his curly hair adorned with fragrant flowers.

Haath Vajra Aur Dhuvaje Viraje – Hanuman's hands hold the thunderbolt and the victory flag, representing his immense power and triumph over evil.

Shankar Suvan Kesari Nandan – Lord Hanuman is depicted as the beloved devotee of Lord Shiva and the son of Kesari, the king of monkeys.

Tej Pratap Maha Jag Vandan – Hanuman's magnificence is praised in this verse, acknowledging his radiant glory that captivates the entire universe.

Vidyavaan Guni Ati Chatur – This verse extols Hanuman's profound knowledge, virtues, and extraordinary intelligence.

Ram Kaaj Karibe Ko Aatur – Hanuman's unwavering dedication to fulfilling Lord Rama's divine tasks is highlighted here, showcasing his commitment and loyalty.

Prabu Charitra Sunibe Ko Rasiya – Hanuman's eagerness to listen and absorb the divine stories of Lord Rama makes him the beloved devotee of all.

Ram Lakhan Sita Mann Basiya – Lord Hanuman's heart is filled with unwavering devotion for Lord Rama and his brothers Lakshmana and his beloved consort, Sita.

Sukshma Roop Dhari Siyahi Dikhava – Hanuman possesses the unique ability to assume a subtle form, showcasing his devotion and loyalty to Lord Rama.

Bikat Roop Dhari Lank Jarava – This verse highlights Hanuman's formidable form, terrorizing the demons of Lanka during the epic battle.

Bhima Roop Dhari Asur Sanhare – Hanuman's colossal form strikes fear in the hearts of demons, annihilating evil forces that threaten righteousness.

Ramachandra Ke Kaj Sanvare – Lord Hanuman's sole purpose is to serve Lord Rama and assist him in his divine mission.

Laye Sanjivan Lakhan Jiyaye – Hanuman's remarkable feat of bringing the life-giving Sanjivani herb saved the life of Lord Lakshmana during the battle with Ravana.

Shri Raghuvir Harashi Ur Laye – Hanuman's heart overflows with joy and love for Lord Rama, bringing immense happiness to his beloved Lord.

Raghupati Kinhi Bahut Badaai – Lord Rama himself praises Hanuman, acknowledging his exceptional devotion and unparalleled service.

Tum Mama Priya Bharat Sambhai – Hanuman's close relationship with Lord Rama's dear devotee, Bharata, is celebrated in this verse.

Sahas Badan Tumharo Jas Gaave – This verse describes the awe-inspiring spectacle of thousands of suns radiating from Hanuman's mighty body, as he sings the praises of Lord Rama.

Asa Kahi Shripati Kanth Lagaave – Hanuman's ultimate desire is to be embraced by Lord Rama, signifying the profound bond between the devotee and the Divine.

Sankadik Brahmadi Muneesa – The verse acknowledges the countless celestial beings, sages, and saints who revere Hanuman for his unwavering devotion.

Narad Sarad Sahit Aheesa – Even revered saints like Narada and Sarada sing Hanuman's praises, highlighting his exalted status in the spiritual realm.

Yam Kuber Digpal Jahan Te – The verse acknowledges that even the powerful deities of death, wealth, and directions bow before Hanuman's divine presence.

Kavi Kobid Kahi Sakhe Kahan Te – No poet or scholar can adequately describe Hanuman's grandeur and virtues, for they fall short of capturing his true essence.

Tum Upkar Sugrivahi Keenha – Hanuman's immense help in assisting Sugriva, the king of monkeys, is extolled in this verse.

Ram Milaye Rajpad Deenha – Lord Hanuman played a vital role in reuniting Lord Rama with his rightful kingdom, Ayodhya, after the victorious battle.

Tumharo Mantra Vibhishan Maana – Hanuman's influence extends even to Vibhishana, Ravana's brother, who recognizes the power of Hanuman's divine wisdom.

Lankeshwar Bhaye Sab Jag Jaana – Ravana, the mighty king of Lanka, was humbled in the presence of Hanuman, spreading awareness of Hanuman's unparalleled strength.

Jug Sahastra Jojan Par Bhaanu – Hanuman possesses the ability to fly across thousands of miles in a blink of an eye, akin to the brilliance of a thousand suns.

Leelyo Taahi Madhur Phal Jaanu – Hanuman's feats and adventures are sweet and delightful, captivating the hearts of those who listen.

Prabhu Mudrika Meli Mukh Mahee – Hanuman holds the ring given by Lord Rama in his mouth, signifying his unwavering commitment to serve his Lord.

Jaladhi Langhi Gaye Achraj Nahee – Hanuman leaped over the vast ocean effortlessly, displaying his extraordinary powers and overcoming all obstacles.

Durgaam Kaj Jagat Ke Jete – Hanuman has accomplished numerous daunting tasks, surpassing all challenges in the world.

Sugam Anugraha Tumhre Tete – Hanuman showers his grace and blessings upon those who seek his assistance, making their journey smooth and effortless.

Ram Dware Tum Rakhvare- You are the sentry at the door of Shri Ram's Divine Abode.

Hoat Na Agya Binu Paisare- No one can enter it without your permission,

Sub sukh lahai tumhari sarna -All comforts of the world lie at your feet. The devotees enjoy all

Tum rakshak kahu ko dar na - divine pleasures and feel fearless under your benign Protection.

Aapan tej samharo aapai- You alone are befitted to carry your splendid valour. 

Teenhon lok hank te kanpai- Three worlds (entire universe) tremor at your thunderous call.

Bhoot pisach Nikat nahin aavai- All the ghosts, demons and evil forces keep away.

Mahavir jab naam sunavai sheer- mention of your great name, O'Mahaveer!!

Nase rog harai sab peera- All diseases, pain and suffering disappear on reciting regularly

Japat nirantar Hanumant beera- Shri Hanuman's holy name.

Sankat se Hanuman chudavai- Those who remember Shri Hanuman in thought, words and deeds

Man Karam Vachan dyan jo lavai- with Sincerity and Faith, are rescued from all crises in life.

Sub par Ram tapasvee raja- All who hail, worship and have faith in Shri Ram as the Supreme

Tin ke kaj sakal Tum saja- Lord and the king of penance. You make all their difficult tasks

 very easy.

Aur manorath jo koi lavai -Whosoever comes to you for fulfilment of any desire with faith

Sohi amit jeevan phal pavai- And sincerity, Will he alone secure the imperishable fruit of

 human life.

Charon Yug partap tumhara -All through the four ages your magnificent glory is acclaimed far

Hai persidh jagat ujiyara- and wide. Your fame is Radiantly acclaimed all over the Cosmos.

Sadhu Sant ke tum Rakhware- You are Saviour and the guardian angel of Saints and Sages and

Asur nikandan Ram dulhare- destroy all Demons. You are the angelic darling of Shri Ram.

Ashta sidhi nav nidhi ke dhata -You can grant to any one, any yogic power of Eight Siddhis

Us var deen Janki mata- (power to become light and heavy at will) and Nine Nidhis

Ram rasayan tumhare pasa- You possess the power of devotion to Shri Ram. In all rebirths

Sada raho Raghupati ke dasa- you will always remain Shri Raghupati's most dedicated disciple.

Tumhare bhajan Ram ko pavai- Through hymns sung in devotion to you, one can find Shri Ram

Janam janam ke dukh bisravai- and become free from sufferings of several births.

Anth kaal Raghuvir pur jayee- If at the time of death one enters the Divine Abode of Shri Ram

Jahan janam Hari-Bakht Kahayee- Thereafter in all future births he is born as the Lord's devotee.

Aur Devta Chit na dharehi- One need not entertain any other deity for Propitiation .

Hanumanth se hi sarve sukh karehi- Devotion of Shri Hanuman alone can give all happiness.

Sankat kate mite sab peera -One is freed from all the sufferings and ill fated contingencies.

Jo sumirai Hanumat Balbeera- Rebirths in the world. One who adores and remembers Shri Hanuman.

Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosahin Hail, Hail, Hail- Shri Hanuman, Lord of senses. Let your victory.

Kripa Karahu Gurudev ki nyahin -over the evil be firm and final. Bless me in the capacity as my

 supreme guru (teacher).

Jo sat bar path kare koi- One who recites Chalisa one hundred times.

Chutehi bandhi maha sukh hohi- bondage of life and death and enjoys the highest bliss at last.

Jo yah padhe Hanuman Chalisa- All those who recite Hanuman Chalisa (The forty Chaupais)

Hoye siddhi sakhi Gaureesa- regularly are sure to be benedicted. Such is the evidence of no less a

 witness as Bhagwan Sankar.

Tulsidas sada hari chera Tulsidas- as a bonded slave of the Divine Master, stays perpetually at

Keejai Das Hrdaye mein dera- his feet, he prays "Oh Lord! You enshrine within my heart & soul."

Pavantnai sankat haran,- Oh! conqueror of the Wind, Destroyer of all miseries, you are a

Mangal murti roop. symbol of Auspiciousness.

Ram Lakhan Sita sahit- Along with Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita, reside in my heart.

Hrdaye basahu sur bhoop- Oh! King of Gods.


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