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Kishkindha Kant: Fourth Sopan-1

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Kundendivarsundaravathibalau Vigyanadhamavubhai

Shobhadyo varadhaninyou shrutinithou Govipravndapriyou/

Mayamanusharoopinau Raghuvarau sadharmavarmau hitau

Sitaneshwanatatparau padhigatau bhaktipratau tau hi nah//

 

Like a star jasmine flower(Kunda pushpa) and the blue water lily( neel kamal)- coloured fair and dusky, extraordinarily strong, epitome of learning, radiant, gifted archers, praised by the Vedas, loved by people and animals, in the Maya form of a human being, wearing the armour  for maintaining divine Dharma, well wisher to all, focused in the search for Sitaji, in the form of travellers (we find) both these fine princes of  Raghu clan- SriRam and Lakshman!May we be bestowed with devotion to them.

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Brahmashambovisamudravam kalimalapradhwamsanam chavyayam

Srimatshambumukhendrasundaravare samsobhitam sarvada/

Samsaramayabheshagyam sukhakaram Srijanakijeevanam

Dhanyaste kritinaha pibanthi satatam Sriramanamamritam//

That soul is blessed, who is constantly drinking the amrit( nectar) of Sriram’s name: He who destroys the dirt in the minds of those living in Kaliyug(  the yug or aeon in turn  having been created by the churning the ocean of Vedas), indestructible,lighted up by the beautiful and radiant moonlight of Lord Shiva’s grace, the medicine to the never ending death- birth cycle,giver of joy to all, and the very life of Janaki( so beloved to Sitaji).

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Mukti janma mahi jaani gyan khani agh haani kar/

Jah basu Sambhu Bhawani so Kasi seyia kas na//

Where Shiv and Parvati reside- that Kashi- knowing that it is the birthplace of liberation ( mukti from worldly tangles), treasury of wisdom, and destroyer of all sins- why not be devoted to it?

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Task Underway…As He Said!

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Hanuman- the One who has conquered ego, the One with a broken chin…Hanu/ Man have been interpreted in many ways. (Based on stories of Hanumanji being hit by Indira’s Vajrayudha in his childhood, based on Hanumanji conquering ego)

He is the epitome of humility who addresses Sursa as Mother, and promises that he will return to be her food after he makes the trip to Lanka to fulfill Sriramji’s task.

The book getting ready😊

Editing, tweaking, adjusting sentences, formatting … The task is on, as He said. We will return after fulfilling it.

 

Hanuman Chalisa (Translation Into English)

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Sri Hanuman Chalisa: Goswami Tulsi Dasji

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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

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1.

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!

2.

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!

3.

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)

4.

Kanchan Varan Biraj Suvesa/

Kanan Kundal Kunchit Kesa//

Golden hued, brilliantly dressed!

With earrings, and curly hair!

5.

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!

6.

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!

7.

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!

8.

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!

9.

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!

10.

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!

11.

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!

12.

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!’

13.

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!

14.

Sanakadik Brahmadi Muneesa/

Narad Sarad Sahit Aheesa//

Sages like Sanaka, Brahma himself

Narad, Sarada( Saraswati), Aheesa( sing your praises!)

15.

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?

16.

Tum Upkar Sugreevahim Keenha/

Ram Milaay Rajpad Deenha//

You were so benevolent towards Sugreev-

Made him meet SreeRam, gave him his kingdom!

17.

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!

18.

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!

19.

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!

20.

Durgam Kaaj Jagat Ke Jete/

Sugam Anugrah Tumhare Tete//

Any impossible task, can be accomplished with Your Grace!

You bestow  great ease and blessings!

21.

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!

22.

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?

23.

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!

24.

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)

25.

Nasai Rog Harai Sab Peera/

Japat Nirantar Hanumat Beera//

All diseases are vanquished, all afflictions removed

When one recites  regularly the name of Hanuman!

26.

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-)

27.

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!

28.

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!

29.

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!

30.

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!

31.

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!

32.

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!

33.

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!

34.

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)

35.

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!

36.

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!

37.

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)

38.

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

39.

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!

40.

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!

Doha:

Pavantanay Sankat Haran Mangal Moorati Roop/

Ram Lakhan Sita Sahit, Hriday Basahu Sur Bhoop//

Son of Vayu, remover of agonies, the One with the

auspicious form-

Along with Ram, Lakshman and Sita, come and reside in my heart in all your glory!

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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//

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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!

Jai Hanuman!

Bhajahu Ram Binu Hetu Sanehi(34): Meditate on SreeRamji, Who Showers Love ( On All)Without Any Reason

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Vibheeshan  and Malyavaan advise Ravan ( SundarKanda continued)

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Chaudah bhuwan ek pati hoyi/ bhoothdroh tishtayi nahim soyi//

Guna sagar nagar nar jovu/ alap lobh bhal kahayi na koyi//

The fourteen worlds have one Lord, but if he indulges in harming  the living things, he will be destroyed too

A man  could be an ocean of good qualities and worldy-wise,  but suppose he has some greed in his character, then others will denounce him

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Doha:

Kaam krodh mad lobh sab nadh narak ke panth/

Sab parihari Raghubeerahi bhajahu jehi santh//

Hey Lord! Kama, krodha, lobh and moh ( Lust, Anger, Greed and Desire) are the pathways to hell (Narak)

Leaving these aside,  focus your mind on SreeRamchandraji, on whom the good souls meditate

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Tat Ram nahim nar bhoopala/bhuvaneswar kalahu kar kala//

Brahma anamay aj bhagwanta/byapak ajith anadi ananta//

Hey Brother! Ram is not just the King of Men, He is the Lord of all worlds, and the End of Yama ( Kal) himself

He is (the epitome of  the ultimate prosperity, fame, radiance, Dharma, detachment and wisdom) Bhagwan himself, He is Brahma- detached, without birth or death, infinite, omnipresent , undefeated and eternal

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Go dwij dhenu Dev hitkari/kripasindhu manush tanudhari//

Jan ranjan bhanjan khal brata/bedh dharm racchak sunu bhrata//

The Ocean of Compassion, Bhagwan has assumed the form of a human being for the good of the earth, cows, evolved souls and gods

Hey Brother! He gives joy to those who serve Him, vanquishes the evil groups, protects the Vedas and Dharma

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Taahi bayaru taji nayia madha/pranatarit bhanjan Raghunatha//

Dehu nadh Prabhu kahu Baidehi/bhajahu Ram binu hetu sanehi//

Let go of your enemity and bow before SreeRamji, He removes the sorrow of those who seek refuge in Him

Please give The Divine Lord his consort Janakiji back, and praise Him who showers love without any reason

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Saran gayem Prabhu tahu na tyagaa/biswa droh krit agh jehi lagaa//

Jaasu nam tray taap nasavan/soyi Prabhu pragat samuchu jiyam Ravan//

Even if one is bearing the sin of harming the whole universe, on seeking refuge, The Lord does not denounce such a person too

The One whose Name removes the triumvirate of pain, the Lord himself has assumed human form, Hey Ravan! Please understand the truth in your heart

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Doha:

Baar baar pad lagavu binay karavu Dasasees/

Parihari maan moh mad bhajahu Kosaladees//

Hey Ravan! I am entreating you ( falling at your feet) again and again with the request-

Please give up pride, desire and ego, and praise the Raja of Kosala( SreeRaghunathji)

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Muni Pulasty nij sishya san kahi padayi yeh baat/

Turat so mai Prabhu san kahi payi suavasaru taat//

Sage Pulastya( Their grandfather) had send this missive in his disciple’s hand , to communicate to you

Seeing an opportune moment, I have communicated the same to You, Lord!

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Malyavant ati sachiv sayaana/ taasu bachan suni ati sukh maana//

Tat anuj tava neeti vibhushan/so ur dharahu jo kahan Bibheeshan//

There was a very intelligent minister called Malyavaan, he found himself rejoicing at Vibheeshan’s wise words

( He said) Son!  Your younger brother wears neeti(justice) like an ornament( he is just and fair),  please accept what Vibheeshan says in your heart( listen to him)

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Sab Prakar Prabhu Poorankama(24): The Lord Is Completely Desireless

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Ta kar doot anahl jehim sirija/ jara na so tehi karan Girija//

Ulty palty Lanka sab jaary/koodi para puni sindhu machaary//

( Lord Shiv says), Hey Girija! Hanuman is the messenger of The One who has created Fire, hence he has not been burnt by it himself

Hanumanji leapt from one end to the other and burnt Lanka down, then he jumped into the ocean

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Doha: Poonch buchaayi khoyi shram dhari laghu roop baghori/

Janaksuta kem aagem daadh bhayavu kar jori//

Having doused the fire in his tail, and taking a little rest, Hanumanji assumed his small form again

And appeared before Janakiji with folded hands

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Matu mohi deeje kacchu cheenha/jaisem Raghunayak mohi deenha//

Choodamani utari tab dayavu/harash samet Pavansut layavu//

(He said) Mother! Please give me an object of identification, like what SreeRamji had given me

Sitaji removed  Choodamani from her head and gave it to Hanumanji, who took it with utmost joy

( Choodamani: head ornament, studded with jewels)

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Kahehu Tat as mor pranaama/sab prakar Prabhutai poorankaama//

Deen Dayal biridhu sambhary/harahu nadh mam sankat bhary//

(Sitaji said) Hey Son! Offer him my greetings and then tell him-Hey Lord! Though You are beyond any desires( poornakaam),

You are bound by compassion to those who grieve,( and I am grieving),so, please be compassionate and remove this intense grief of mine

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Tat sakrasut katha sunayehu/baan pratap prabhuhi samuchayehu//

Maas diwas mahu nadhu na aava/tau puni mohi jiat nahim paava//

Hey Son! Tell him the story of Jayant( son of Indra) and remind him of the strength of his arrow

If the Lord does not arrive in a month’s time, he would not be able to save me

(At Chitrakoot, when a tired SreeRamji was resting on Sitaji’s lap, Jayanta had harassed her in the form of a crow by pecking at her. The Lord had woken up and been enraged at the sight, and had pulled up a grass blade and send it forth as Brahmastra- the crow had flown across the  multiple worlds seeking refuge but finally ended up at SreeRamji’s feet. Since the Brahmastra could not be withdrawn, SreeRamji on Jayanta’s request had allowed it to blind his left eye.This incident was known only to the couple.)

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Kahu kapi kehi bidhi rakaum praana/ tumhahu Tat kahat ab jaana//

Tohi dekhi seetali bhai chaathi/puni mo kahu soyi dinu so rathi//

Hey Hanuman! Tell me, how do I keep on living? Now, you too are  speaking of leaving, Son!

Seeing you my forehead had cooled down( I was feeling better), Now again ( I have to face ) those relentless days and nights

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Doha:

Janaksutahi samuchayi kari bahu bidhi dheeraj deenh/

Charan kamal siru nayi kapi gavanu Ram pahim keenh//

Hanumanj consoled Sitaji and tried to boost up her courage using many examples

Then he bowed his head at her lotus feet and took leave to join SreeRamji.

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Bhai Sahay Sarad Mai Jaana (23): I know that Goddess Sarada Has Helped

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Hanumanji burns Lanka ( SundarKanda continued)

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Bachan sunat kapi man musukaana/ bhai sahay sarad mai jaana//

Jatudhan suni Ravan bachana/ lagai rachaim moodh soyi rachna//

Hearing Ravan’s suggestion, Hanumanji started laughing to himself ( in his mind) and started thinking, Devi Sarada has definitely helped ( The Goddess rules over words, speech, learning, intelligence: She has influenced Ravan’s mind)

The Rakshasas, foolishly ran to fulfill Ravan’s command by starting preparations ( for setting fire to his tail)

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Raha na nagar basan khrit tela/ badhi poonch keenh kapi khela//

Kautuk kah aaye purbaasy/ maarahim charan karahim bahu haasy//

The amounts of cloth, ghee and oil needed were so much that the city ran short of these very soon, Hanumanji  was playing a game by increasing the size of his tail

The citizens arrived to watch the fun, they kicked Hanumanji and laughed out in mockery

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Baajahim dhol dehim sab taari/ nagar pheri puni poonch prajaari//

Pavak jarath dekhi Hanumantha/bhayavu param laghuroop turantha//

The drums were being beaten, every one was applauding, they took Hanumanji around the city and then set fire to his tail

Seeing the fire, Hanumanji quickly assumed a very tiny form

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Nibuki chadevu kapi kanak atarim/bhayim sabheet nisachar naarim//

Escaping from bondage, he jumped up on to a golden rooftop, seeing him the Rakshasa women got terrified

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Doha:

Hari prerit tehi avasar chale marut unchaas/

Attahas kari garja kapi badi laag akaas//

At that instant, due to the Lord’s will, fortynine winds ( of great force) started blowing

Hanumanji gave out a ferocious roar, and grew to the size of the skies

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Deh bisaal param haruaayi/ Mandir tem mandir chad dhayi//

Jarai nagar bha log bihaala/ chapat lapat bahu koti karaala//

His body was gigantic but light and agile, he ran from one house to another

The city was burning, people were running helter skelter, the tongues of fire, crores in number were consuming everything

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Tat Matu ha suniya pukara/ ehim avasar ko hamahi ubara//

Hum jo kaha yeh kapi nahim hoyi/ banar roop dharem sur koyi//

‘Oh My Father! Oh My Mother! Who will protect me now?’From all four sides, these cries were heard

( Rakshasas were crying) ‘ I had told even then that this is no ordinary monkey, but a Deva in disguise!’

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Sadhu avagya kar bhalu aisa/jarai nagar anadh kar jaisa//

Jaara nagaru nimishi ek mahim/ek Bibheeshan kar grih nahim//

As a result of humiliating a holy soul , the city was burning like an orphaned one

In one second, Hanumanji had burnt the whole city down, except Bibheeshan’s home

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