There is an ode dedicated to Hanuman, known as the Hanuman Chalisa. It is a poem of 40 stanzas (Chaupayees.) and talks about the strength, generosity, intelligence of Hanuman. Hanuman Chalisa lyrics shows how the legendary figure surpasses everyone. The qualities of Hanuman – his strength, courage, wisdom, celibacy, devotion to Lord Rama, and the many names by which he was known – are detailed in the Hanuman Chalisa.
Who composed the actual Hanuman Chalisa?
Hanuman Chalisa was composed by Tulsidas, a 16th-century poet-saint who was also philosopher and reformer. Tulsidas is also renowned for his devotion to Shri Rama. Goswami Tulasidas composed Hanuman Chalisa in 40 days in Jail of Third Mughal Emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar. At the age of 63 years, Goswami Tulasidasji was captured by Third Mughal Emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar in 1560 A.D.
Meaning of Hanuman Chalisa by Stanza
Shri Guru Charan Saroj Raj
After cleansing the mirror of my mind with the pollen
Nij mane mukure sudhar
dust of holy Guru’s Lotus feet. I Profess the pure,
Varnao Raghuvar Vimal Jasu
the untainted glory of Shri Raghuvar which bestows the four-
Jo dayaku phal char
fold fruits of life.(Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha).
Budhi Hin Tanu Janike
Fully aware of the deficiency of my intelligence, I
Sumirau Pavan Kumar
concentrate my attention on Pavan Kumar and humbly
Bal budhi Vidya dehu mohe
ask for strength, intelligence and true knowledge to
Harahu Kalesa Vikar
relieve me of all blemishes, causing pain.
Jai Hanuman gyan gun sagar
Victory to thee, O’Hanuman! Ocean of Wisdom-All
Jai Kapis tihun lok ujagar
hail to you O’Kapisa! (fountain-head of power,wisdom
and Shiva-Shakti) You illuminate all the three worlds
(Entire cosmos) with your glory.
Ram doot atulit bal dhama
You are the divine messenger of Shri Ram. The
Anjani-putra Pavan sut nama
repository of immeasurable strength, though known
only as Son of Pavan (Wind), born of Anjani.
Mahavir Vikram Bajrangi
With Limbs as sturdy as Vajra (The mace of God Indra)
Kumati nivar sumati Ke sangi
you are valiant and brave. On you attends good Sense
and Wisdom. You dispel the darkness of evil thoughts.
Kanchan varan viraj subesa
Your physique is beautiful golden coloured and your dress
Kanan Kundal Kunchit Kesa
is pretty. You wear ear rings and have long curly hair.
Hath Vajra Aur Dhuvaje Viraje
You carry in your hand a lightening bolt along with a victory
Kandhe moonj janehu sajai
(kesari) flag and wear the sacred thread on your shoulder.
Sankar suvan kesri Nandan
As a descendant of Lord Sankar, you are a comfort and pride
Tej pratap maha jag vandan
of Shri Kesari. With the lustre of your Vast Sway, you are
propitiated all over the universe.
Vidyavan guni ati chatur
You are the repository of learning, virtuous and fully accom-
Ram kaj karibe ko aatur
plished, always keen to carry out the behest’s of Shri Ram.
Prabu charitra sunibe ko rasiya
You are an ardent listener, always so keen to listen to the
Ram Lakhan Sita man Basiya
narration of Shri Ram’s Life Stories. Your heart is filled with
what Shri Ram stood for. You therefore always dwell in the
hearts of Shri Ram, Lakshman, and Sita.
Sukshma roop dhari Siyahi dikhava
You appeared before Sita in a Diminutive form and spoke to
Vikat roop dhari lanka jarava
her in humility. You assumed an awesome form and struck
terror by setting Lanka on fire.
Bhima roop dhari asur sanghare
With over-whelming might you destroyed the Asuras
Ramachandra ke kaj sanvare
(demons) and performed all tasks assigned to you by Shri Ram
with great skill.
Laye Sanjivan Lakhan Jiyaye
You brought Sanjivan (A herb that revives life) and restored
Shri Raghuvir Harashi ur laye
Lakshman back to life, Shri Raghuvir (Shri Ram) cheerfully
embraced you with his heart full of joy.
Raghupati Kinhi bahut badai
Shri Raghupati (Shri Ram) lustily extolled your excellence and
Tum mam priye Bharat-hi sam bhai
said: “You are as dear to me as my own brother Bharat.”
Sahas badan tumharo yash gaave
Thousands of living beings are chanting hymns of your glories;
Us kahi Shripati kanth lagaave
saying thus, Shri Ram warmly hugged him (Shri Hanuman).
Sankadik Brahmadi Muneesa
When prophets like Sanka, even the Sage like Lord Brahma,
Narad Sarad sahit Aheesa
the great hermit Narad himself, Goddess Saraswati and Ahisha
(one of immeasurable dimensions).
Yam Kuber Digpal Jahan te
Even Yamraj (God of Death) Kuber (God of Wealth) and the
Kavi kovid kahi sake kahan te
Digpals (deputies guarding the four corners of the Universe)
have been vying with one another in offering homage to your
glories. How then, can a mere poet give adequate expression
of your super excellence.
Tum upkar Sugreevahin keenha
You rendered a great service to Sugriv. You united him with
Ram milaye rajpad deenha
Shri Ram and he installed him on the Royal Throne. By heeding
Tumharo mantra Vibheeshan mana
your advice, Vibhishan became Lord of Lanka. This is known
Lankeshwar Bhaye Sub jag jana
all over the Universe.
Yug sahastra jojan par Bhanu
On your own you dashed upon the Sun, which is at a fabulous
Leelyo tahi madhur phal janu
distance of thousands of miles, thinking it to be a sweet
Prabhu mudrika meli mukh mahee
Carrying the Lord’s Signet Ring in your mouth, there is
Jaladhi langhi gaye achraj nahee
hardly any wonder that you easily leapt across the ocean.
Durgaam kaj jagat ke jete
The burden of all difficult tasks of the world become light
Sugam anugraha tumhre tete
with your kind grace.
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 own splendid valour. All the
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, with the
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
Aur manorath jo koi lavai
Whosoever comes to you for fulfillment of any desire with faith
Sohi amit jeevan phal pavai
and sincerity, Will he alone secure the imperishable fruit of
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
(Riches,comfort,power,prestige,fame,sweet relationship etc.)
This boon has been conferred upon you by Mother Janki.
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, as
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 of
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 kohi
One who recites Chalisa one hundred times, becomes free from the
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 sankar 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.
(Last Updated On: July 1, 2020)