Sri Hanuman Chalisa: Goswami Tulsi Dasji
Shri Guru Charan Saroj Raj, Nij Manu Mukur Sudhary/
Barnau Raghuvar Vimal Jesu, Jo Dayaku Bhal Chary//
Buddhiheen Tanu Jaanike, Sumirau Pavan Kumar/
Bal Buddhi Vidya Dehu Mohi, Harhu Kalesh Vikar//
The dust on the lotus feet of my Guru, I apply on my mind’s mirror for betterment( thus enabling me)
To praise SreeRam the Pure, which brings in the four fruits of life( Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha)
Knowing that my body is without true intelligence, I remember the Son of the Wind
Please bestow on me – strength, intelligence, knowledge; remove all afflictions of emotions
Jai Hanuman Gyan Gun Sagar/
Jai Kapees Tihu Lok Ujagar//
Victory to Hanuman, the ocean of wisdom and supreme qualities!
Victory to the Leader of Vanaras, who brightens the three worlds!
Ramdoot Atulit Baldhama/
Anjani Putra Pavansut Nama//
The Messenger of Lord Ram, the incomparable epitome of strength!
The son of Anjana, known as the child of Wind!
Mahavir Vikram Bajrangi/
Kumati Nivar Sumati Ke Sangi//
The great warrior, full of valour, Bajrangi!
Removes wrong ways( of the intelligence), always accompanies the true ways( the good path)
Kanchan Varan Biraj Suvesa/
Kanan Kundal Kunchit Kesa//
Golden hued, brilliantly dressed!
With earrings, and curly hair!
Haath Bajra Au Dhwaja Birajai/
Kandhe Mooj Janeyu Sajai//
In His hands- his vajra like mace, and a flag radiant
Across his shoulder, he wears the sacred thread!
Shankar Suvan Kesari Nandan/
Tej Pratap Maha Jag Vandan//
From the illustrious line of Shankar, the son of Kesari
Greatly radiant, worshipped by the whole world!
Vidyavan Guni Ati Chatur/
Ram Kaaj Karibe Ko Atur//
Scholar extraordinary, full of finest qualities, extremely intelligent
Always eager to carry out the tasks assigned by SreeRamji!
Prabhu Charitra Sunibe Ko Rasiya/
Ram Lakhan Sita Mann Basiya//
Very ardent fan of the stories of Lord Ram
Residing verily in the hearts of Ram, Lakshman and Sita!
Sukshma Roop Dhari Siyahim Dikhava/
Vikat Roop Dhari Lank Jarava//
Showing up in a minuscule form before Janaki
Assuming a gigantic form to burn down Lanka!
Bhim Roop Dhari Asur Samhare/
Ramchandra Ke Kaaj Samvare//
In enormous form, you killed off the Rakshasas
And accomplished the tasks given by Sree Ramji!
Layi Sanjeevani Lakhan Jiyaye/
Shri Raghubeer Harashy Ur Laye//
Bringing Sanjeevani herb, you gave new life to Lakshman
In utter joy, SreeRamji hugged you close to his heart!
Raghupathy Keenhi Bahut Badayi/
Tum Mam Priya Bharat Sam Bhayi//
Raghupathy praised you so very much-
He said,’ You are a brother to me, like my beloved Bharat!’
Sahas Badan Tumharo Jas Gaavai/
As Kahi Sreepathi Kand Lagavai//
May a thousand tongues praise your glories,
Saying thus, the Lord( husband of Lakshmi, avatar of Vishnu, SreeRam), embraced you close!
Sanakadik Brahmadi Muneesa/
Narad Sarad Sahit Aheesa//
Sages like Sanaka, Brahma himself
Narad, Sarada( Saraswati), Aheesa( sing your praises!)
Yam Kuber Digpal Jaham Te/
Kavi Kobid Kahi Sake Kaham Te//
Yama( Lord of Death), Kuber( Lord of Wealth), all the eight keepers of the Directions ( Ashtadigpal)
( When all of them are singing your praises-)
How can a ( mere ) poet, ever explain your glories in a befitting manner?
Tum Upkar Sugreevahim Keenha/
Ram Milaay Rajpad Deenha//
You were so benevolent towards Sugreev-
Made him meet SreeRam, gave him his kingdom!
Tumharo Mantra Vibheeshan Maana/
Lankeshwar Bhaye Sab Jag Jaana//
Vibheeshan listened to your counsel
He became the Lord of Lanka, and acclaimed in the whole world!
Jugg Sahasra Yojan Par Bhanu/
Leelyo Taahi Madhur Bhal Janu//
(Aeons) Innumerable , thousands of yojanas away was the Sun
In your childish play, you mistook it as a sweet fruit!
Prabhu Mudrika Meli Mukh Mahim/
Jaladhi Laanghi Gaye Achraj Nahim//
Keeping the Lord’s Signet Ring in your mouth
You jumped across the ocean- no wonder!
Durgam Kaaj Jagat Ke Jete/
Sugam Anugrah Tumhare Tete//
Any impossible task, can be accomplished with Your Grace!
You bestow great ease and blessings!
Ram Duware Tum Rakhware
Hot Na Aagya Binu Paisare//
At the Door of SreeRam, You stand as sentry!
Without your permission, none can enter the Lord’s abode!
Sab Sukh Lahai Tumhari Sarna/
Tum Rakshak Kahu Ko Darna//
Your refuge means, all joys are given to the seeker
When you are the protector, what is there to fear?
Aapan Tej Samharo Aapai/
Teenom Lok Haak Tem Kaapai//
Only you can contain( restrain) your glorious powers
The three worlds stand petrified at your majesty!
Bhoot Pisach Nikat Nahim Aavai/
Mahabir Jab Naam Sunavai//
The ghosts, evil spirits- will never come near
When they hear the Name of The Great Warrior( Hanuman)
Nasai Rog Harai Sab Peera/
Japat Nirantar Hanumat Beera//
All diseases are vanquished, all afflictions removed
When one recites regularly the name of Hanuman!
Sankat Te Hanuman Chudavai/
Mann Kram, Vachan, Dhyan Jo Lavai//
Hanuman will release you from all agonies
If your mind, actions and words are in consonance (with-)
Sab Par Ram Tapasvi Raja/
Tin Ke Kaaj Sakal Tum Saja//
(In consonance with)The Lord of Renunciation- SreeRam,
(If so)All your desires, even the smallest, will be brought to fruition!
Aur Manoradh Jo Koyi Lavai/
Soyi Amit Jeevan Bhal Paavai//
Any of your wishes brought to Hanuman’s threshold
Will be blessed with the true fruits of life!
Charom Jug Partap Tumhara/
Hai Parsiddhi Jagat Ujiyara//
Your glory is spread across the Four Yugas(Sat, Dwapara, Treta,Kali)
The worlds are illuminated by your fame!
Sadhu Sant Ke Tumh Rakhware/
Asur Nikandan Ram Dulare//
You are the protector of sages and saints
The one who kills Asuras, beloved of SreeRam!
Asht Siddhi Nau Nidhi Ke Data/
As Var Deen Janaki Mata//
You endow the seeker with eight siddhis and the nine treasures
That was the boon given to you by Mother Sita!
Ram Rasayan Tumhare Pasa/
Sada Raho Raghupathy Ke Dasa//
The essence of devotion to SreeRam is known to you,
May you remain forever devoted to Raghunathji!
Tumhare Bhajan Ram Ko Paavai/
Janam Janam Ke Dukh Bisravai//
Meditating on you, will help the devotee to attain SreeRam himself
The pains of rebirths can thus be stopped!
Anth Kaal Raghuvar Pur Jaayi/
Jaham Janma Hari Bhakt Kahayi//
One can thus enter the world of Lord Ram after death
Become a Hari Bhakt for eternity( Be born as a devotee of Hari)
Aur Devata Chitt Na Dharayi/
Hanumat Seyi Sarv Sukh Karayi//
There is no need to propitiate other Gods
You can attain all wishes by praying to Hanuman alone!
Sankat Katai Mitai Sab Peera/
Jo Sumirai Hanumat Balbeera//
All unhappiness get removed, all agonies are assuaged
For the one who meditates on the valiant Hanuman!
Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosayi/
Kripa Karahu Gurudev Ki Nayi//
May there be victory to the One who has conquered all senses!
Have compassion on us, like a Master (Guru)
Jo Sat Baar Pad Kar Koyi/
Chootahim Bandi Maha Sukh Hoyi//
The one who recites this prayer a hundred times
Shall be freed of materialistic ties of the world- and shall attain great joy
Jo Yeh Padai Hanuman Chalisa/
Hoyi Siddhi Sakhi Gaurisa//
The one who reads the Hanuman Chalisa
Will be blessed, This truth being spoken in front of Lord Shiv Himself!
Tulsi Das Sara Hari Chera/
Keejai Nadh Hriday Mah Dera//
Tulsi Das is the devoted servant of Hari
Please, My Lord, Come and reside in my heart forever!
Pavantanay Sankat Haran Mangal Moorati Roop/
Ram Lakhan Sita Sahit, Hriday Basahu Sur Bhoop//
Son of Vayu, remover of agonies, the One with the
Along with Ram, Lakshman and Sita, come and reside in my heart in all your glory!
I heard the Hanuman Chalisa for the first time after I joined my civil services work in Uttar Pradesh.
The simple Awadhi, the rhyming phrases, the easy to understand nuances- all make it a great favourite among the ordinary devotees of this land.
And truly can I vouch for the lines:
Bhoot Pisach Nikat Nahi Aavai
Mahabir Jab Naam Sunavai//
In Mathura, in the main temple, is a statue of Hanuman opposite SreeRamji- slightly bent, eyes flowing with tears of devotion! One gets electrified by the sight of Hanumanji!