What is Hanuman Chalisa?
The ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ is a devotional hymn praising Bhagavan Hanuman.
It is written by Goswami Tulsidas, a poet-saint who lived in the 16th century CE. He is also the author of Tulsi Ramayana (Ramcharitamanasa).
The Hanuman Chalisa has forty verses. The Hindi word chalis means forty. Most of these verses are in quatrain except for the beginning and ending couplets.
The Hanuman Chalisa is written in Avadhi, a dialect of Hindi that was spoken in Ayodhya, where Sri Ram was born.
Who is Hanuman?
Hanuman is also known as Anjaneya, Anjaniputra in Kannada, Anjaneyar in Tamil, Anjaneyudu in Telugu and Kesari Nandana.
Hanuman is a central figure in the Hindu epic Ramayana and is known for his devotion to Sri Ram.
He is the embodiment of dedication and devotion.
Why does Hanuman look like a monkey?
Hanuman was the son of Vayu, the god of the wind, and Anjana, a celestial nymph. You’re probably wondering how the son of the wind god and a nymph turned out to be a monkey. The answer is that Anjana once angered a sage who cursed her to be born as a monkey. … Even as a child, Hanuman had great powers.
Hanuman Chalisa Chanting Benefits:
It is believed that dedicated recitals of the Hanuman Chalisa can help overcome bad/negative experiences.
Those suffering from stress can feel relaxed and in control of life.
Those seeking enlightenment can gain wisdom and spiritual knowledge.
It is a common belief that recitation can guard you against nightmares and helps ward off negative energy.
Hanuman Chalisa Impressive Facts:
The Hanuman Chalisa reveals a very accurate estimation of the distance between the sun and earth, several centuries before modern scientists did.
Yuga sahasra yojana para bhanu,
leelyo tahi madhura phala janu.
The distance mentioned in the Hanuman Chalisa is yuga-sahasra-yojana which is 153.6 million km. Modern science says the Earth and Sun are 150 million km apart.
Hanuman Chalisa Ending Verse & Meaning:
Jo yeh padhe Hanuman Chalisa,
hoye siddhi saakhi gaurisa.
“One who reads and recites this Hanuman Chalisa, all his works get accomplished. Lord Shiva, Himself, is the witness to it.”
Tulsidas sada hari chera, keeje nath hriday mah dera.
“0 Lord Hanuman, May I always remain a servant, a devotee to Lord Sri Ram, says Tulsidas. And, May You always reside in my heart.”