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Lord Rama and Hanuman

Lord Rama and Hanuman

The Hanuman Chalisa is one of the most popular prayers sang amongst followers of the Vedic (Hindu) faith. It is a glorification of Lord Rama’s devotee, Sri Hanuman, who is revered as the perfect devotee and a role model.

Here is a verse by verse translation of the original Hanuman Chalisa written by the famous Hindu poet Tulsidas.


Hanuman Chalisa

Shri Guru Charan Saroj Raj,
Nij mane mukure sudhar,
Varnao Raghuvar Vimal Jasu,
Jo dayaku phal char.

After cleansing the mirror of my mind with the pollen dust of the holy Guru's lotus feet. I profess the pure, untainted glory of Shri Raghuvar which bestows the four-fold fruits of life (Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha).

Budhi Hin Tanu Janike,
Sumirau Pavan Kumar,
Bal budhi Vidya dehu mohe,
Harahu Kalesa Vikar.

Fully aware of the deficiency of my intelligence, I concentrate my attention on Pavan Kumar and humbly ask for strength, intelligence and true knowledge to relieve me of all blemishes that cause pain.

Jai Hanuman gyan gun sagar,
Jai Kapis tihun lok ujagar.

Victory to thee, O'Hanuman! Ocean of wisdom. All hail to you O'Kapisa! (fountainhead of power, wisdom and Shiva Shakti). You illuminate all the three worlds (the entire cosmos) with your glory.

Ram doot atulit bal dhama,
Anjani-putra Pavan sut nama.

You are the divine messenger of Shri Ram. The repository of immeasurable strength, though known only as Son of Pavan (wind), born of Anjani.

Mahavir Vikram Bajrangi,
Kumati nivar sumati Ke sangi.

With limbs as sturdy as Vajra (the mace of God Indra) you are valiant and brave. On you attends good sense and wisdom. You dispel the darkness of evil thoughts.

Kanchan varan viraj subesa,
Kanan Kundal Kunchit Kesa.

Your physique is beautiful, golden coloured and your dress is pretty. You wear earrings and have long curly hair.

Hath Vajra Aur Dhuvaje Viraje,
Kandhe moonj janehu sajai.

You carry in your hand a lightening bolt along with a victory (kesari) flag and wear the sacred thread on your shoulder.

Sankar suvan kesri Nandan,
Tej pratap maha jag vandan.

As a descendant of Lord Sankar, you are the comfort and pride of Shri Kesari. With the lustre of your vast sway, you are propitiated all over the universe.

Vidyavan guni ati chatur,
Ram kaj karibe ko aatur.

You are the repository of learning, virtuous and fully accomplished, always keen to carry out the behest's of Shri Ram.

Prabu charitra sunibe ko rasiya,
Ram Lakhan Sita man Basiya.

You are an ardent listener, always so keen to listen to the 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,
Vikat roop dhari lanka jarava.

You appeared before Sita in a diminutive form and spoke to her in humility. You assumed an awesome form and struck terror by setting Lanka on fire.

Bhima roop dhari asur sanghare,
Ramachandra ke kaj sanvare.

With overwhelming might you destroyed the Asuras (demons) and performed all tasks assigned to you by Shri Ram with great skill.

Laye Sanjivan Lakhan Jiyaye,
Shri Raghuvir Harashi ur laye.

You brought Sanjivan (a herb that revives life) and restored Lakshman back to life, Shri Raghuvir (Shri Ram) cheerfully embraced you with his heart full of joy.

Raghupati Kinhi bahut badai,
Tum mam priye Bharat-hi sam bhai.

Shri Raghupati (Shri Ram) lustily extolled your excellence and said: "You are as dear to me as my own brother Bharat".

Sahas badan tumharo yash gave,
Us kahi Shripati kanth lagaave.

Thousands of living beings are chanting hymns of your glories, saying thus, Shri Ram warmly hugged him (Shri Hanuman).

Sankadik Brahmadi Muneesa,
Narad Sarad sahit Aheesa.

When prophets like Sanka, even the Sage like Lord Brahma, the great hermit Narad himself, Goddess Saraswati and Ahisha (one of immeasurable dimensions).

Yam Kuber Digpal Jahan te,
Kavi kovid kahi sake kahan te.

Even Yamraj (God of death), Kuber (God of wealth) and the 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,
Ram milaye rajpad deenha.
Tumharo mantra Vibheeshan mana,
Lankeshwar Bhaye Sub jag jana.

You rendered a great service to Sugriv. You united him with Shri Ram and he installed him on the Royal Throne. By heeding your advice, Vibhishan became Lord of Lanka. This is known all over the Universe.

Yug sahastra jojan par Bhanu,
Leelyo tahi madhur phal janu.

On your own you dashed upon the Sun, which is at a fabulous distance of thousands of miles, thinking it to be a sweet luscious fruit.

Prabhu mudrika meli mukh mahee,
Jaladhi langhi gaye achraj nahee.

Carrying the Lord's Signet ring in your mouth, there is hardly any wonder that you easily leapt across the ocean.

Durgaam kaj jagat ke jete,
Sugam anugraha tumhre tete.

The burden of all difficult tasks of the world become light with your kind grace.

Ram dware tum rakhvare,
Hoat na agya binu paisare.

You are the sentry at the door of Shri Ram's divine abode. No one can enter it without your permission.

Sub sukh lahai tumhari saran,
Tum rakshak kahu ko dar na.

All comforts of the world lie at your feet. The devotees enjoy all divine pleasures and feel fearless under your benign protection.

Aapan tej samharo aapai,
Teenhon lok hank te kanpai.

You alone are befitted to carry your own splendid valour. All the three worlds (the entire universe) tremor at your thunderous call.

Bhoot pisach Nikat nahin aavai,
Mahavir jab naam sunavai.

All the ghosts, demons and evil forces keep away, with the sheer mention of your great name, O'Mahaveer!

Nase rog harai sab peera,
Japat nirantar Hanumant beera.

All diseases, pain and suffering disappear on reciting regularly Shri Hanuman's holy name.

Sankat se Hanuman chudavai,
Man Karam Vachan dyan jo lavai.

Those who remember Shri Hanuman in thought, words and deeds with sincerity and faith, are rescued from all crises in life.

Sub par Ram tapasvee raja,
Tin ke kaj sakal Tum saja.

All who hail, worship and have faith in Shri Ram as the supreme Lord and the king of penance. You make all their difficult tasks very easy.

Aur manorath jo koi lavai,
Sohi amit jeevan phal pavai.

Whosoever comes to you for fulfillment of any desire with faith and sincerity, he will alone secure the imperishable fruit of human life.

Charon Yug partap tumhara,
Hai persidh jagat ujiyara.

All through the four ages your magnificent glory is acclaimed far and wide. Your fame is radiantly acclaimed all over the cosmos.

Sadhu Sant ke tum Rakhware,
Asur nikandan Ram dulhare.

You are saviour, the guardian angel of saints and sages and you destroy all demons. You are the angelic darling of Shri Ram.

Ashta sidhi nav nidhi ke dhata,
Us var deen Janki mata.

You can grant to any one, any yogic power of eight Siddhis (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,
Sada raho Raghupati ke dasa.

You possess the power of devotion to Shri Ram. In all rebirths you will always remain Shri Raghupati's most dedicated disciple.

Tumhare bhajan Ram ko pavai,
Janam janam ke dukh bisravai.

Through hymns sung in devotion to you, one can find Shri Ram and become free from sufferings of several births.

Anth kaal Raghuvir pur jayee,
Jahan janam Hari-Bakht Kahayee.

If at the time of death one enters the divine abode of Shri Ram, thereafter in all future births he is born as the Lord's devotee.

Aur Devta Chit na dharehi,
Hanumanth se hi sarve sukh karehi.

One need not entertain any other deity for propitiation, as devotion of Shri Hanuman alone can give all happiness.

Sankat kate mite sab peera,
Jo sumirai Hanumat Balbeera.

One is freed from all the sufferings and ill-fated contingencies of rebirths in the world. One who adores and remembers Shri Hanuman.

Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosahin,
Kripa Karahu Gurudev ki nyahin.

Hail, Hail, Hail, Shri Hanuman, Lord of senses. Let your victory over the evil be firm and final. Bless me in the capacity as my supreme guru (teacher).

Jo sat bar path kare kohi,
Chutehi bandhi maha sukh hohi.

One, who recites the Chalisa one hundred times, becomes free from the bondage of life and death and enjoys the highest bliss at last.

Jo yah padhe Hanuman Chalisa,
Hoye siddhi sakhi Gaureesa.

All those who recite Hanuman Chalisa (the forty Chaupais) regularly are sure to be benedicted. Such is the evidence of no less a witness as Bhagwan Sankar.

Tulsidas sada hari chera,
Keejai Das Hrdaye mein dera.

Tulsidas as a bonded slave of the divine master, stays perpetually at his feet, he prays "Oh Lord! You enshrine within my heart and soul".

Pavantnai sankar haran,
Mangal murti roop,
Ram Lakhan Sita sahit,
Hrdaye basahu sur bhoop.

Oh! Conqueror of the wind, destroyer of all miseries, you are a symbol of auspiciousness. Along with Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita, reside in my heart. Oh! King of Gods.