Hanuman Chalisa

Jai Bajrang Bali, Jai Hanuman Gyan Gun Sagar

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Jai Bajrang Bali, Jai Hanuman Gyan Gun Sagar

Hanuman Chalisa is a Hindu devotional hymn of forty chaupais addressed to God Hanuman. Tulsidas, a sixteenth century poet is the author of Hanuman Chalisa who wrote it in Awadhi language. The word Chalisa means forty (numeric 40) in Hindi, as the Hanuman Chalisa has forty chaupais. In Hindu religion it is believed that chanting of Hanuman Chalisa provides concentration, channelizes energy and provides complete focus of body and mind.

Hanuman is a devotee of God Ram and plays a major character in Ramayan, the Hindu epic poem. Hanuman is considered vanar, a monkey-like humanoid. There are many folktales in Hinduism which describe the powers of Hanuman. Hanuman Chalisa describes the quality of Hanuman, his courage, strength, celibacy, wisdom, devotion to Rama and other names of Hanuman. It is the most popular hymn in praise of God Hanuman; its recitation is considered a religious practice. Hanuman Chalisa is chanted by millions of religious peoples every day.

In Hanuman Chalisa there are total forty three verses; two introductory dohas then forty chaupais and in last one doha. The starting word of first introductory doha is shri, which refers to guru of Hanuman Sita. In first ten chaupais auspicious form, virtues, knowledge, bravery and powers of Hanuman are described. The next ten chaupais describes the act of Hanuman in service to God Ram. The first five chaupais of these ten chaupais (eleventh to fifteenth) describe the character of Hanuman in bringing back Lakshman (brother of Ram) to consciousness. In last twenty chaupais, need of Hanuman Kripa is described. In ending doha says Ram, Lakshman and Sita resides in the heart of Hanuman.