hanuman chalisa: a brief introduction to the most popular indian hymn

hanuman chalisa: a brief introduction to the most popular indian hymn

The Hanuman Chalisa is, without doubt, the most popular Hindu devotional hymn (stotra) not only in the land of India but around the world. It’s also one of the most powerful prayers and meditations of humanity. It is widely believed that chanting the Chalisa invokes Hanuman’s divine intervention amidst grave problems and challenges.

The Hanuman Chalisa was authored in the Awadhi language by Tulsidas, a poet-saint who lived in the 16th century and is his best-known text apart from the widely read Ramcharitmanas. The word “chalisa” is derived from “chalis,” which means the number forty in Hindi, as the Hanuman Chalisa has 40 verses (excluding couplets at the beginning and at the end of the hymn).

Hanuman is an ardent devotee of Ram and one of the central characters in the renowned Hindu epic, the Ramayana. According to the Hindu legend, Hanuman is considered an incarnation of Shiva, the hermit God. Numerous folk tales acclaim the virtues and supernatural powers of Hanuman. Recitation or chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa is a common spiritual practice among people all around India. Being the most popular hymn in praise of Hanuman, the Hanuman Chalisa is recited by millions of Hindus every day, both in good times and bad.

This work consists of forty-three verses – two introductory couplets (dohas), forty quatrains (chaupais), and one concluding couplet in the end.

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