Hanuman Chalisa recitation has numerous physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. Devout followers of Lord Ram and Hanuman ji often recite Hanuman Chalisa (40 quatrains glorifying Hanuman Ji) every Tuesday and Saturday. This powerful prayer is packed with divine vibrations and can purify those who recite it or listen to it. Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas, a famous Dallas Hindu temple, will be conducting Hanuman Chalisa recitation and Tel-Sindoor Abhishek (anointing of Hanuman Ji with oil and vermillion), every Tuesday and Saturday from starting Apr 4th, 2020. Anyone can join these events online and partake in the ONLINE SEVA opportunity to offer Tel-Sindoor Abhishek to Hanumanji! Click HERE to register!
Goswami Tulsidas was an ardent devotee of Lord Ram and the author of the famous Ramcharitmanas. Once he received a vision of Lord Ram and was threatened by the ruling emperor to show evidence of it. Goswami Tulsidas responded that it is possible to receive the vision of God only through Bhakti. The emperor angrily imprisoned Goswami Tulsidas. While in confinement, Goswami Tulsidas composed the Hanuman Chalisa – glorifying the selflessness, bravery, intelligence, and humility of Hanuman Ji. On the fortieth day, it is said that monkeys surrounded the royal palace and wreaked havoc in the emperor’s court. Convinced of the divine power, the emperor released Tulsidas ji. Since then this prayer is believed to be extremely effective for courage and strength in difficult times.
Primarily, Goswami Tulsidas confirms that whoever recites the Hanuman Chalisa with faith and devotion, will be free from material bondage and attain eternal happiness at the feet of Lord Ram. Devout followers of Hanuman ji believe in the divine power of the Hanuman Chalisa, to fill them up with optimism, and confidence in the face of obstacles. Reciting or listening to the Chalisa, also inspires one to develop selfless love and the spirit of sacrifice for God, in the same way that Hanuman ji was devoted to Lord Ram. Our success or failure in life depends on the thoughts we harbor. The Hanuman Chalisa works to eradicate any mental negativity that stands in the way of expressing our divine potential.
Once, Hanuman ji saw Mother Sita, filling up the parting of her hair with Sindoor(vermillion) just as many married women do. He asked Her the reason and She mentioned that She does it for the good health and long life of Her husband, Lord Ram. Upon hearing this the innocent Hanuman ji thought, “If Mother Sita, the divine mother Herself applies Sindoor for Lord Ram’s sake, as a mere monkey I must do much more to ensure my master’s long life!”. He thus went and covered his whole body with Sindoor! Lord Ram and Sita were overwhelmed by the pure, childlike devotion and service attitude of Hanuman ji. Therefore, Lord Hanuman is offered Sindoor.
The planet Saturn is personified as Shani Dev. He is said to send obstacles in our lives to make us stronger mentally, physically, and spiritually after facing them. Once upon a time Hanuman Ji was engaged in service to Lord Ram and Shani Dev tried to create obstacles in Hanuman ji’s path. Shani Dev got caught in Hanuman Ji’s tail because of the interference. Hanuman Ji continued to merrily go about his work with Shani Dev wrapped in his tail! Poor Shani dev was wounded because of being tightly bound and he requested Hanuman Ji to pour oil over his wounds for relief. Therefore, Hanuman ji is also offered oil.
For the benefit of the readers, we have provided the lyrics and meaning of the Hanuman Chalisa in English.
Shree Guru Charan Saroj Raj, Nij Man Mukar Sudhari,
Barnau Raghuvar Bimal Jasu, Jo dayaku Phal Chari
(With the dust of Guru's Lotus feet, I clean the mirror of my mind and then narrate the sacred glory of
Sri Ram Chandra, The Supereme among the Raghu dynasty. The giver of the four attainments of life.)
Budhi heen Tanu Janike, Sumirow, Pavan Kumar,
Bal Buddhi Vidya Dehu Mohi, Harahu Kalesh Bikaar
(Knowing myself to be ignorant, I urge you, O Hanuman, The son of Pavan! Lord! kindly Bestow
on me strength, wisdom, and knowledge, removing all my miseries and blemishes.)
Jai Hanuman Gyan Guna Sagar
Jai Kipis Tihun Lok Ujgaar
(Victory of Thee, O Hanuman, Ocean of wisdom and virtue, victory to the Lord of monkeys who is well known in all the three worlds)
Ramdoot Atulit Bal Dhamaa,
Anjani Putra Pavansut naamaa.
(You, the Divine messenger of Ram and repository of immeasurable strength,
are also known as Anjaniputra and known as the son of the wind - Pavanputra.)
Mahebeer Bikram Bajrangi,
Kumati Nivaar Sumati Ke Sangi.
(Oh Hanumanji! You are valiant and brave, with a body like lightening.
You are the dispeller of darkness of evil
thoughts and companion of good sense and wisdom.)
Kanchan Baran Biraaj Subesaa,
Kanan kundal kunchit kesa.
(Shri Hanumanji's physique is golden coloured. His dress is attractive, he wears Kundal(earrings) and his hair is long and curly.)
Hath Bajra Aur Dhvaja Birjai,
Kandhe Moonj Janeu saage.
(Shri Hanumanji is holding in one hand a lightning bolt and in the other a banner; he has a sacred thread across his shoulder.)
Shankar Suvna Kesari Nandan,
Tej Pratap Maha Jag Vandan.
(Oh Hanumanji! You are an expansion of 'SHIVA' and the son of Kesari. Being ever effulgent, you
and hold vast sway over the universe. The entire world propitiates You are adorable of all.)
Vidyavaan Guni Ati Chatur,
Ram Kaj Karibe Ko Atur
(Oh! Shri Hanumanji! You are the repository learning, virtuous, very wise and highly keen to do the work of Shri Ram,)
Prabhu Charittra Sunibe Ko Rasiya,
Ram Lakhan Sita man basyia.
(You are intensely greedy for listening to the narration of Lord Ram's life story and revel in it. You ever dwell in the hearts of Shri Ram-Sita and Shri Lakshman.
Sukshma roop Dhari Siyahi Dikhwana,
Bikat roop Dhari Lank Jarawa
(You appeared before Sita in a diminutive form and spoke to her, while you assumed
A huge form and struck terror by setting Lanka on fire.)
Bhim roop Dhari Asur Sanhare,
Ramchandra Ke kaaj Savare.
(He, with his terrible form, killed demons in Lanka and performed works for Shri Ram.)
Laye Sajivan Lakhan Jiyaye,
Shri Raghubir harashi ur laye.
(When Hanumanji made Lakshman alive after bringing 'Sanjivni herb' Shri Ram took him in his deep embrace, his heart full of joy.)
Raghupati Kinhi Bahut Badaai,
Tum Mama Priya Bharat Sam Bahi.
(Shri Ram extolled Hanumanji's excellence and remarked, "you are as dear to me as my own brother Bharat”)
Sahastra Badan Tumharo Jas Gaave,
Asa kahi Shripati Kanth Laagave.
(Shri Ram embraced Hanumanji saying: "Let the thousand - tongued sheshnaag sing your glories”)
Sankadik Brahmadi Muneesa,
Narad Sarad Sahit Aheesa
(Sanak and the sages, saints. Lord Brahma, the great hermits Narad and Goddess Saraswati along with Sheshnag the cosmic serpent, fail to sing the glories of Hanumanji adequately)
Jam Kuber Digpal Jahan Te,
Kabi Kabid Kahin Sake Kahan Te
(What to talk of denizens of the earth like poets and scholars ones etc even Gods like Yamraj, Kuber, and Digpal fail to narrate Hanuman's greatness in toto.}
Tum Upkar Sugrivahi Keenha,
Ram Miali Ra pad Deenha
(Hanumanji! You rendered a great service for Sugriva, it was you who united him with SHRI RAM and installed him on the Royal Throne.)
Tumharo Mantro Bibhishan Maana,
Lankeshwar Bhaye Sab Jag Jaana.
(By heeding your advice. Vibhushan became known in the world as Lord of Lanka
Juug Sahastra Jojan Par Bhaanu,
Leelyo Taahi Madhur Phal Jaanu
(Hanumanji gulped, the SUN at distance of sixteen thousand miles considering it to be a sweet fruit.)
Prabhu Mudrika Meli Mukha Maaheen,
Jaladhi Langhi Gaye Acharaj Naheen.
(Carrying the Lord's ring in his mouth, he went across the ocean. There is no wonder in that.)
Durgam Kaaj Jagat Ke Jeete,
sugam Anugrah Tumhre Te Te.
(Oh Hanumanji! all the difficult tasks in the world are rendered easy by your grace.)
Ram Duware Tum Rakhavare,
Hot Na Aagya Bin Paisare.
(Oh Hanumanji! You are the sentinel at the door of Ram's divine abode. No one may enter without your permission.)
Sab Sukh Lahen Tumhari Sarna,
Tum Rakshak Kaahu Ko Darnaa.
(By your grace one can enjoy all happiness and one need not have any fear under your protection.)
Aapan Tej Samharo Aapei,
Tanau Lok Hank Te Kanpei
(When you roar all the three worlds tremble and only you can control you might.)
Bhoot Pisaach Nikat Nahi Avei,
Mahabir Jab Naam Sunavei.
(Hanumanji's name keeps all the Ghosts, Demons & evils spirits away from his devotees).
Nasei Rog Hare Sab Peera,
Japat Niranter Hanumant Beera
(On reciting Hanumanji's holy name regularly all illnesses and pain disappear.)
Sankat Te Hanuman Chhudavei,
Man Kram Bachan Dhyan Jo Lavei.
(Those who remember Hanumanji in thought, word and deed are well guarded against obstacles in life.)
Sub Par Ram Tapasvee Raaja,
Tinke Kaaj Sakal Tum Saaja
(Oh Hanumanji! You are the caretaker of even Lord Rama, who has been hailed as the Supreme Lord and the Monarch of all austere beings)
Aur Manorath Jo Koi Lave,
Soi Amit Jivan Phal Pave.
(Oh Hanumanji! You fulfill the desires of those who come to you and bestow eternal happiness)
Charo Juung Partap Tumhara,
Hai Parsiddha Jagat Ujiyara.
(Oh Hanumanji! You magnificent glory is acclaimed far and wide all through the four ages and through the cosmos.)
Sadho Sant Ke Tum Rakhvare,
Asur Nikandan Ram Dulare.
(Oh Hanumanji! You are the saviour and the guardian angel of saints; and destroy all the Demons, you are the darling of Shri Ram.)
Ashta Siddhi Nau Nidhi Ke Data,
Asa Bar Din Janki Mata.
(Hanumanji has been blessed by Mother Janaki to grant eight Sidhis(powers) and Nava Nidhis(wealth) as per choice.)
Ram Rasayan Tumhare Pasa,
Sadaa Raho Raghupati Ke Dasa.
(Oh Hanumanji! You hold the essence of devotion to RAM, always remaining His Servant.)
Tumhare Bhajan Ramko Pavei.
Janam Janam Ke Dukh Bisravei.
(Oh Hanumanji! through devotion to you, one comes to RAM and becomes free from suffering of several lifetimes.)
Anta Kaal Raghubar Pur Jai,
Jahan Janma Hari Bhakta Kahai.
(After death your devotee enters the eternal abode of Sri Ram and is known as a devotee of Lord Ram)
Aur Devata Chitt Na Dharai,
Hanumant Sei Sarva Sukh Karai
(You need not hold any other deity in mind; Hanumanji alone will give all happiness.)
Sankat Kate Mitey Sab Peera,
Jo Sumirei Hanumant Balbeera
(Oh, Powerful Hanumanji! You end sufferings and remove all pain from those who remember you).
Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosai
Kripa Karahu Gurudev Ki Naiee
(Hail-Hail-Hail-Lord Hanumanji! I beseech you to grace me as my ‘GURU')
Jo Sat Baar Paath Kar Koi,
Chhutahi Bandi Maha Sukh Hoi.
(One who recites this Hanuman Chalisa becomes free from the bondage of the material world and attains eternal happiness.)
Jo Yah Padhe Hanuman Chalisa,
Hoy Siddhi Sakhi Gaurisa
(As Lord Shankar witnesses, all those who recite Hanuman Chalisa regularly are sure to be blessed)
Tulsidas Sada Hari Chera,
Keeje Nath Hriday Mah Dera.
(Tulsidas who is always the servant of Lord Ram prays. "Oh, my Lord! Please make your home in my heart)
Pavan Tanay Sankat Haran, Mangal Murti Roop.
Ram Lakhan Sita Sahit, Hriday Basahu Sur Bhoop.
(O Shri Hanuman, The Son of the Wind God, The Embodiment of auspiciousness, please reside in my heart with Shri Ram, Laxman and Sita)