The Hanuman Chalisa


sri guru carana saroj raja nija mana mukura sudhar,

varanaun raghuvara vimala yasa, yo dayaka phala chara


"Having cleaned the mirror of my mind with the dust from the lotus feet of my Guru, I sing the pure glories of Lord Ramachandra, who bestows the four fruits of life: religion, wealth, pleasure and liberation."


buddhina tanu janike sumiraun pavana kumara,

bala buddhi vidya dehu mohin, harau klesa vikara


"As I know I am an ignorant fool, I meditate on the Son of Wind, Hanuman, and pray him to give me strength, wisdom and knowledge, purifying me from all defects and bad things."


siyavara ramachandra ki jaya,

pavanasuta hanumana ki jaya,

umapati mahadeva ki jaya


"All glories to Mother Sita, all glories to Lord Ramachandra, all glories to the Son of the Wind, Hanuman, all glories to Lord Shiva, consort of Parvati."


jaya hanumana jnana guna sagara, jaya kapisa tihun loka ujagara,

rama duta atulita bala dhama, anjani putra pavana suta nama


"Glory to Hanuman, ocean of knowledge and good qualities. Glory to the lord of the Vanaras. His fame echoes through the three worlds. Glory to the divine messenger and servant of Sri Rama! He is known as Pavana Suta, son of the Wind and Mother Anjana, and his prowess is invincible."


mahavira vikrama bajarangi kumati nivara sumati ke sangi,

kanchana varana viraja suvesa, kanana kundala kunchita kesa


"O Hanuman, you have unlimited courage and strength, you destroy ignorance and grant wisdom. Your complexion is golden, your hair is curly and you wear ear-rings."


hatha bajur aru dhvaja virajai, kandhe munja janeu sajai,

sankara suvana kesari nandana, tej pratapa maha jaga vandana


"In one hand you hold the divine Vajra weapon, in the other you have the flag with your emblem. Your shoulder is decorated with the holy thread. You are the [11th Rudra] avatara of Lord Shiva and son of Sri Keshari. Your great prowess is famous all over the world."


vidyavan guni ati chatur, rama kaja karive ko atur,

prabhu charitra sunive ko rasiya, rama lakshmana sita mana basiya


"You have the greatest wealth of divine knowledge. You are virtuous and intelligent, always ready to serve Lord Rama, and your greatest pleasure is listening to His glories. Rama, Laksmana and Sita always reside in your heart."


suksma rupa dhari siyahin dikhava, vikata rupa dhari lanka jarava,

bhima rupa dhari asura sanhare, ramachandra ke kaja sanvare


"You appeared before Sita in a very small form, but you burned Lanka with a terrifying form and a killed the demons with a gigantic form. In this way you always serve Lord Rama."


lae sanjivana lakhan jiyaye sri raghuvira harshi ura laye,

raghupati kinhi bahuta badai, tum mama priya bharatai sama bhai


"You brought the medicinal herb to revive Lakshmana, and overcome with joy Rama embraced you and glorified you, saying that He loves you as much as He loves His own brother Bharata."


sahasa vadana tumharo yasa gaven, asa kahi sripati kantha lagaven,

sanakadika brahmadi munisa narada sarada sahita ahisa


"Sesanaga with his thousands mouths is singing your glories: with these words, Rama embraced you. Even the Kumaras, Narada, Sarasvati cannot complete describe your glories."


yama kuvera digapala jahante kavi kovida kahi saken kahante,

tuma upakara sugrivahin kinha rama milaya raja pada dinha


"Even Yama, Kuvera, the lords of the directions, poets and sages are incapable of fully describing your glories. You introduced Rama to Sugriva, causing him to become the king of the Vanaras."


tumharo mantra vibhisana mana lankesvara bhae saba jaga jana,

yuga sahasra yojana para bhanu, lilyo tahi madhura phala janun


"By following your advice, Vibhisana became the king of Lanka: everyone knows this. You grabbed the sun, millions of kilometers away in the sky, taking it for a ripe fruit."


prabhu mudrika meli mukha mahin jaldi landi gaye acaraja nahin,

durgama kaja jagata ke jete, sugama anugraha tumhare te te


"You crossed the ocean keeping Rama's ring in your mouth as a token for Sita. You could perform such a miraculous task because with your grace even impossible tasks become possible and even easy."


rama duare tuma rakhavere hot na ajna vinu paisare,

saba sukha lahai tumhari sarana, tuma raksaka kahu ko darana


"You always guard the door of Sri Rama, and without your permission no one can enter. By taking shelter in you, all the joys of life are obtained, and one under your protection has nothing to fear."


apana teja samharo ape tinon loka hankate kanpe,

bhuta pisacha nikata nahin ave, mahavira japa nama sunave


"Your radiance is supreme, and the three worlds tremble when you move. You are the supreme brahmachari, conserving your energy. By repeating the name of Hanuman, all the ghosts and demons are chased away."


nashai roga harai saba pira, japata nirantara hanumata vira,

sankata se hanumana churavai, mana rama vachana dhyana jo lavai


"All diseases and sufferings are destroyed by the constant repetition of the name of Hanuman. One who meditates on him with his mind, heart and activities is saved from all difficulties."


saba para rama tapasvi raja tina ke kaja sakala tuma saja,

aur manoratha jo koi lavai soy amita jivana phala pavain


"Rama is the Lord of yoga, and all your actions are dedicated to Him. By your grace, all desires are granted."


charon yuga paratapa tumhara, hai parasiddhi jagata uyjiara,

sadhu santa ke tum rakhavare, asura nikandana rama dulare


"In all times, you are famous for your prowess and talents, your glories are spread all over the universe. You protect the devotees and the sages, you destroy the demons, and you are Rama's beloved."


asta siddhi nava nidhi ke data, asa vara dina janaki mata,

rama rasayana tumhare pasa, sada raho raghupati ke dasa


"Mother Sita blessed you with the power to grant the eight spiritual perfections and the nine material prosperities, and Sri Rama gave you the power to heal. You are always His humble servant."


tumhare bhajana rama ko pavai janma janma ke dukha visravai,

anta kale raghupati pura jay, jahan janmen hari bhakta kahai


"By meditating on you, one reaches Lord Rama, and eliminates the sufferings of many lifetimes. After death, your devotee will reach the abode of Rama, where he will always be a devotee of the Lord."


aur devata chitta na dharai, hanumata sei sarva sukha karai,

sankata harai mitai saba pira, jo sumire hanumata balavira


"The other Devas do not care for the sufferings of the human beings: only Hanuman is the source of all joys, and by remembering him all sufferings disappear."


jaya jaya jaya hanumana gosain, kripa karau gurudeva ki nain,

yah satavara patha kara jaya chhutahin band maha sukha hoy


"Victory and glory to lord Hanuman! O divine Guru, bless us with your grace. By repeating this mantra one hundred times, one is liberated by all problems and obtains unlimited happiness."


jo yaha parhai hanumana chalisa haya siddhi sakhi gaurisha,

tulasidasa sada harichera kije natha hridaya mahana dera


"One who repeats this song with the glories of lord Hanuman obtains all the spiritual perfections. Tulasidasa, the eternal servant of the Lord, gives this promise in the name of Mahadeva, the lord of Gauri. O lord, may you always reside in my heart."


pavanatanaya sankata harana mangala murti rupa,

rama laskmana sita sahita hridaya basahu sura bhupa


"O Son of the Wind, you destroy all difficulties. Your form is all auspicious, and you always reside in my heart together with Rama, Laksmana and Sita."


siyavara ramachandra ki jaya,

pavana suta hanumana ki jaya,

umapati mahadeva ki jaya


"Glories to Sita Rama, glories to lord Hanuman, son of the wind, and glory to Shiva Mahadeva, husband of Uma!"

 

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Om Sri Hanumate Namah
 
Yatra yatra raghunatha kirtanam;
Tatra tatra kritha masthakanjalim;
Bhaspavaari paripurna lochanam;
Maarutim namata raakshasanthakam
 
MEANING: “We bow to Maruti, Sri Hanuman, who stands with his palms folded above his forehead, with a torrent of tears flowing down his eyes wherever the Names of Lord Rama are sung”.

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The Names of Hanuman

When chanting these names, you can chant "Om" before each one followed by "Namaha" after each name.

Anjaneya Son of Anjana
Anjanagarbhasambhoota Born of Anjani
Ashokavanikachhetre Destroyer of Ashoka Orchard
Akshahantre Slayer of Aksha
Balarka Sadrushanana Like the Rising Sun
Bheemasenasahayakrute Helper of Bheema
Batnasiddhikara Granter of Strength
Bhakthavatsala Protector of Devotees
Bajrangbali With strength of daamod
Bhavishya Chaturanana Aware of Future Happenings
Chanchaladwala Glittering Tail Suspended Above The Head.
Chiranjeevini Immortal
Chaturbahave Four-Armed
Dashabahave Ten-Armed
Danta Peaceful
Dheera Courageous
Deenabandhave Defender of the Oppressed
Daithyakulantaka Destroyer of Demons
Daityakarya Vidhyataka Destroyer of All Demons' Activities
Dhruddavrata Determined Meditator
Dashagreevakulantaka Slayer of the Ten-Headed Ravana Race
Gandharvavidya Tatvangna Exponent in the Art of Celestials
Gandhamadhana Shailastha Resident of Gandhamadhana
Hanumanta One with Puffy Cheeks
Indrajit Prahitamoghabrahmastra Vinivaraka Remover of the Effect of Indrajit's Brahmastra
Jambavatpreeti Vardhana Winner of Jambavan's Love
JaiKapeesh Hailing Monkey
Kapeeshwara Lord of Monkeys
Kabalikruta One who swallowed the Sun
Kapisenanayaka Head of the Monkey Army
Kumarabrahmacharine Youthful Bachelor
Kesarinandan Son of Kesari
Kesarisuta Son of Kesari
Kalanemi Pramathana Slayer of Kalanemi
Harimarkatamarkata Lord of the Monkeys
Karagrahavimoktre One who Frees from Imprisonment
Kalanabha Organizer of Time
Kanchanabha Golden-Hued Body
Kamaroopine Altering Form at Will
Lankineebhanjana Slayer of Lankini
Lakshmanapranadatre Reviver of Lakshmana's Life
Lankapuravidahaka The One Who Burnt Lanka
Lokapujya Worshipped by the Universe
Maruti Son of Marut (wind god)
Mahadhyuta Most Radiant
Mahakaya One with colossal body
Manojavaya Swiftness like Wind
Mahatmane Supreme Being
Mahavira Most Courageous
Marutatmaja Adored Like Gems
Mahabala Parakrama Of Great Strength
Mahatejase Most Radiant
Maharavanamardana Slayer of the Famous Ravana
Mahatapase Great Meditator
Navavyakruti Pandita Skilful Scholar
Parthadhwajagrasamvasine Having Principal Place on Arjuna's Flag
Pragnya Scholar
Prasannatmane Cheerful
Pratapavate Known for Valour
Paravidhyaparihara Destroyer of Enemies Wisdom
Parashaurya Vinashana Destroyer of Enemy's Valour
Parijata Tarumoolastha Dweller under the Parijata Tree
Prabhave Popular Lord
Paramantra Nirakartre Acceptor of Rama's Mantra Only
Pingalaksha Pink-Eyed
Pavanputra Son of Wind god
Panchavaktra Five-Faced
Parayantra Prabhedaka Destroyer of Enemies' Missions
Ramasugreeva Sandhatre Mediator between Rama and Sugreeva
Ramakathalolaya Crazy of listening Rama's Story
Ratnakundala Deeptimate Wearing Gem-Studded Earrings
Rudraveerya Samudbhava Born of Shiva
Ramachudamaniprada Deliverer of Rama's Ring
Ramabhakta Devoted to Rama
Ramadhuta Ambassador of Rama
Rakshovidhwansakaraka Slayer of Demons
Sankatamochanan Reliever of sorrows
Sitadevi Mudrapradayaka Deliverer of the Ring of Sita
Sarvamayavibhanjana Destroyer of All Illusions
Sarvabandha Vimoktre Detacher of all Relationship
Sarvagraha Nivashinay Killer of all Evil Effects of Planets
Sarvaduhkhahara Reliever of all Agonies
Sarvalolkacharine Wanderer of all Places
Sarvamantra Swaroopavate Possessor of all Hymns
Sarvatantra Sawaroopine Shape of all Hymns
Sarvayantratmaka Dweller in all Yantras
Sarvarogahara Reliever of all Ailments
Sarvavidhyasampath Pradayaka Granter of Knowledge and Wisdom
Shrunkalabandhamochaka Reliever from a Chain of Distresses
Sitashoka Nivarana Destroyer of Sita's Sorrow
Shrimate Honored
Simhikaprana Bhanjana Slayer of Simhika
Sugreeva Sachiva Minister of Sugreeva
Shoora Gallant
Surarchita Worshipped by Celestials
Sphatikabha Spotless, Crystal-Clear
Sanjeevananagahatre Carrier of Sanjeevi Mount
Shuchaye Pure, Chaste
Shanta Very Composed and Calm
Shatakanttamadapahate Destroyer of Shatakantta's Arrogance
Sitanveshana Pandita Skilful in finding Sita's Whereabouts
Sharapanjarabhedaka Destroyer of the Nest made of Arrows
Sitaramapadaseva Always engaged in Rama's Service
Sagarotharaka Leapt Across the Ocean
Tatvagyanaprada Granter of Wisdom
Vanara Monkey
Vibheeshanapriyakara Beloved of Vibheeshana
Vajrakaya Hard Like Metal
Vardhimainakapujita Worshipped by Mynaka
Vagmine Spokesman
Vijitendriya Controller of the Senses
Vajranakha Strong-Nailed
Vagadheeksha Lord of Spokesmen
Yogine Yogi (Saint)

 

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