Hanuman Chalisa (Forty Chaupais on Hanuman) is a devotional hymn dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Hanuman Chalisa is believed that it has been traditionally authored by 16th century poet Tulsidas in Awadhi Language. The word ‘Chalisa’ is derived from ‘Chalis’ which means the number forty in hindi.
Hanuman Chalisa is written in Forty verses apart from couplets at the beginning and at the end. It’s a religious hymn dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is recited to get positive energy and gain concentration. Hanuman is known to be the source of immense energy and focus. Reciting Chalisa makes way to energy and gives a total focus of mind and the body.
Hanuman is a vanara, a devotee of Ram. Hanuman is one of the popular gods in Hindu religion. Hanuman played an important role in the incarnation of Bhagawan Rama and proved himself as his great devotee.
Hanuman has also been named and mentioned in the Mahabharata and some of the Puranas. He is variously described as an incarnation of Indra, Vayu and Shiva. This Devotional Hymn speaks about his qualities – strength, wisdom, celibacy, courage and his devotion to Rama. Chanting of Chalisa is a common practice. It is one of the most popular hymn in praise of Hanuman, and is chanted by lakhs of Hindus every day. Each verse of the Hanuman Chalisa has it’s own importance. It is said that the recitation of the Chalisa at night has some miraculous effect on the person.
Tulsidas, a poet – saint who lived in the 16th century CE is said to have authored the Hanuman Chalisa. As per Tulsidas in the last stanza of the sacred hymn, whoever chants it with full devotion to Hanuman, will have Hanuman’s grace. It is believed that chanting, it invokes Hanuman’s divine intervention in acute problems, including those concerning evil spirits.
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