Hanuman Chalisa: History, Lyrics, PDF, English Translation

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Hanuman Chalisa: History, Lyrics, PDF, English Translation


The Hanuman Chalisa is more than just a religious text; it’s a spiritual anthem that has been cherished by millions for centuries. Whether you're a devout follower or just curious about its significance, understanding the essence of Hanuman Ji and his Chalisa can be truly enlightening. But what makes this hymn so powerful and revered? Let's dive in and explore.

Who Wrote the Hanuman Chalisa?

The Hanuman Chalisa was penned by Tulsidas, a 16th-century poet-saint renowned for his devotion to Lord Rama. Tulsidas composed this 40-verse hymn in Awadhi, a dialect of Hindi. His life was a testament to unwavering faith and dedication, and his works, especially the Ramcharitmanas, have left an indelible mark on Indian spiritual literature.

The Structure of Hanuman Chalisa

The Hanuman Chalisa comprises 40 verses, each filled with profound meaning and devotion. Its rhythmic composition makes it easy to recite and memorize, which is why it's often sung during prayer meetings and spiritual gatherings. Each verse highlights different attributes and deeds of Hanuman Ji, making it a comprehensive ode to his greatness.

Hanuman Chalisa in English

For non-Hindi speakers, various translations of the Hanuman Chalisa are available. These English versions strive to maintain the original's poetic rhythm and spiritual depth. By making the Chalisa accessible in multiple languages, more people can experience its divine blessings, regardless of their linguistic background.

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Hanuman Chalisa lyrics

Shri Guru Charan Saroj Raj

After cleansing the mirror of my mind with the pollen

Nij mane mukure sudhar

dust of holy Guru's Lotus feet. I Profess the pure,

Varnao Raghuvar Vimal Jasu

untainted glory of Shri Raghuvar which bestows the four-

Jo dayaku phal char

fold fruits of life.(Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha).

Budhi Hin Tanu Janike

Fully aware of the deficiency of my intelligence

Sumirau Pavan Kumar

I concentrate my attention on Pavan Kumar and humbly

Bal budhi Vidya dehu mohe

ask for strength, intelligence and true knowledge to

Harahu Kalesa Vikar

relieve me of all blemishes, causing pain.

Jai Hanuman gyan gun sagar

Victory to thee, O'Hanuman! Ocean of Wisdom-All

Jai Kapis tihun lok ujagar

hail to you O'Kapisa! (fountain-head of power,wisdom and Shiva-Shakti) You illuminate all the three worlds

(Entire cosmos) with your glory.

Ram doot atulit bal dhama

You are the divine messenger of Shri Ram. The

Anjani-putra Pavan sut nama

repository of immeasurable strength, though known only as Son of Pavan (Wind), born of Anjani.

Mahavir Vikram Bajrangi

With Limbs as sturdy as Vajra (The mace of God Indra)

Kumati nivar sumati Ke sangi

you are valiant and brave. On you attends good Sense

and Wisdom. You dispel the darkness of evil thoughts.

Kanchan varan viraj subesa

Your physique is beautiful golden coloured and your dress is pretty. 

Kanan Kundal Kunchit Kesa

You wear ear rings and have long curly hair.

Hath Vajra Aur Dhuvaje Viraje

You carry in your hand a lightening bolt along with a victory

Kandhe moonj janehu sajai

(kesari) flag and wear the sacred thread on your shoulder.

Sankar suvan kesri Nandan

As a descendant of Lord Sankar, you are a comfort and pride of Shri Kesari. 

Tej pratap maha jag vandan

With the lustre of your Vast Sway, you are propitiated all over the universe.

Vidyavan guni ati chatur

You are the repository of learning, virtuous and fully accomplished,

Ram kaj karibe ko aatur 

always keen to carry out the behest's of Shri Ram.

Prabu charitra sunibe ko rasiya

You are an ardent listener, always so keen to listen to the narration of Shri Ram's Life Stories. 

Ram Lakhan Sita man Basiya

Your heart is filled with what Shri Ram stood for. You therefore always dwell in the hearts of Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita.

Sukshma roop dhari Siyahi dikhava

You appeared before Sita in a Diminutive form and spoke to her in humility. 

Vikat roop dhari lanka jarava

You assumed an awesome form and struck terror by setting Lanka on fire.

Bhima roop dhari asur sanghare

With over-whelming might you destroyed the Asuras (demons) and 

Ramachandra ke kaj sanvare

performed all tasks assigned to you by Shri Ram with great skill.

Laye Sanjivan Lakhan Jiyaye

You brought Sanjivan (A herb that revives life) and restored Lakshman back to life, 

Shri Raghuvir Harashi ur laye

Shri Raghuvir (Shri Ram) cheerfully embraced you with his heart full of joy.

Raghupati Kinhi bahut badai

Shri Raghupati (Shri Ram) lustily extolled your excellence and said: 

Tum mam priye Bharat-hi sam bhai

"You are as dear to me as my own brother Bharat."

Sahas badan tumharo yash gaave

Thousands of living beings are chanting hymns of your glories;

Us kahi Shripati kanth lagaave

saying thus, Shri Ram warmly hugged him (Shri Hanuman).

Sankadik Brahmadi Muneesa

When prophets like Sanka, even the Sage like Lord Brahma,

Narad Sarad sahit Aheesa

the great hermit Narad himself, Goddess Saraswati and Ahisha (one of immeasurable dimensions).

Yam Kuber Digpal Jahan te

Even Yamraj (God of Death) Kuber (God of Wealth) and the Digpals (deputies guarding the four corners of the Universe) have been vying with one another in offering homage to your glories. 

Kavi kovid kahi sake kahan te

How then, can a mere poet give adequate expression of your super excellence.

Tum upkar Sugreevahin keenha

You rendered a great service to Sugriv. You united him with

Ram milaye rajpad deenha

Shri Ram and he installed him on the Royal Throne. By heeding

Tumharo mantra Vibheeshan mana

your advice, Vibhishan became Lord of Lanka. This is known

Lankeshwar Bhaye Sub jag jana

all over the Universe.

Yug sahastra jojan par Bhanu

On your own you dashed upon the Sun, which is at a fabulous

Leelyo tahi madhur phal janu

distance of thousands of miles, thinking it to be a sweetluscious fruit.

Prabhu mudrika meli mukh mahee

Carrying the Lord's Signet Ring in your mouth, there is

Jaladhi langhi gaye achraj nahee

hardly any wonder that you easily leapt across the ocean.

Durgaam kaj jagat ke jete

The burden of all difficult tasks of the world become light

Sugam anugraha tumhre tete

with your kind grace.

Ram dware tum rakhvare,

You are the sentry at the door of Shri Ram's Divine Abode.

Hoat na agya binu paisare

No one can enter it without your permission,

Sub sukh lahai tumhari sarna

All comforts of the world lie at your feet. The devotees enjoy all

Tum rakshak kahu ko dar na

divine pleasures and feel fearless under your benign Protection.

Aapan tej samharo aapai

You alone are befitted to carry your own splendid valour. All the

Teenhon lok hank te kanpai

three worlds (entire universe) tremor at your thunderous call.

Bhoot pisach Nikat nahin aavai

All the ghosts, demons and evil forces keep away, with the

Mahavir jab naam sunavai

sheer mention of your great name, O'Mahaveer!!

Nase rog harai sab peera

All diseases, pain and suffering disappear on reciting regularly

Japat nirantar Hanumant beera

Shri Hanuman's holy name.

Sankat se Hanuman chudavai

Those who remember Shri Hanuman in thought, words and deeds

Man Karam Vachan dyan jo lavai

with Sincerity and Faith, are rescued from all crises in life.

Sub par Ram tapasvee raja

All who hail, worship and have faith in Shri Ram as the Supreme

Tin ke kaj sakal Tum saja

Lord and the king of penance. You make all their difficult tasksvery easy.

Aur manorath jo koi lavai

Whosoever comes to you for fulfillment of any desire with faith

Sohi amit jeevan phal pavai

and sincerity, Will he alone secure the imperishable fruit ofhuman life.

Charon Yug partap tumhara

All through the four ages your magnificent glory is acclaimed far

Hai persidh jagat ujiyara

and wide. Your fame is Radiantly acclaimed all over the Cosmos.

Sadhu Sant ke tum Rakhware

You are Saviour and the guardian angel of Saints and Sages and

Asur nikandan Ram dulhare

destroy all Demons. You are the angelic darling of Shri Ram.

Ashta sidhi nav nidhi ke dhata

You can grant to any one, any yogic power of Eight Siddhis

Us var deen Janki mata

(power to become light and heavy at will) and Nine Nidhis (Riches,comfort,power,prestige,fame,sweet relationship etc.) This boon has been conferred upon you by Mother Janki.

Ram rasayan tumhare pasa

You possess the power of devotion to Shri Ram. In all rebirths

Sada raho Raghupati ke dasa

you will always remain Shri Raghupati's most dedicated disciple.

Tumhare bhajan Ram ko pavai

Through hymns sung in devotion to you, one can find Shri Ram

Janam janam ke dukh bisravai

and become free from sufferings of several births.

Anth kaal Raghuvir pur jayee

If at the time of death one enters the Divine Abode of Shri Ram,

Jahan janam Hari-Bakht Kahayee

thereafter in all future births he is born as the Lord's devotee.

Aur Devta Chit na dharehi

One need not entertain any other deity for Propitiation, as

Hanumanth se hi sarve sukh karehi

devotion of Shri Hanuman alone can give all happiness.

Sankat kate mite sab peera

One is freed from all the sufferings and ill fated contingencies of

Jo sumirai Hanumat Balbeera

rebirths in the world. One who adores and remembers Shri Hanuman.

Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosahin

Hail, Hail, Hail, Shri Hanuman, Lord of senses. Let your victory

Kripa Karahu Gurudev ki nyahin

over the evil be firm and final. Bless me in the capacity as mysupreme guru (teacher).

Jo sat bar path kare kohi

One who recites Chalisa one hundred times, becomes free from the

Chutehi bandhi maha sukh hohi

bondage of life and death and enjoys the highest bliss at last.

Jo yah padhe Hanuman Chalisa

All those who recite Hanuman Chalisa (The forty Chaupais)

Hoye siddhi sakhi Gaureesa

regularly are sure to be benedicted. Such is the evidence of no less a witness as Bhagwan Sankar.

Tulsidas sada hari chera

Tulsidas as a bonded slave of the Divine Master, stays perpetually at

Keejai Das Hrdaye mein dera

his feet, he prays "Oh Lord! You enshrine within my heart & soul."

Pavantnai sankat haran,

Oh! conqueror of the Wind, Destroyer of all miseries, you are a

Mangal murti roop.

symbol of Auspiciousness.

Ram Lakhan Sita sahit,

Along with Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita, reside in my heart.

Hrdaye basahu sur bhoop.

Oh! King of Gods.


Significance of Hanuman Jayanti

Hanuman Jayanti celebrates the birth of Hanuman Ji and is observed with great fervor across India. Devotees perform special rituals, chant the Hanuman Chalisa, and partake in processions and feasts. This day is a reminder of Hanuman Ji’s unwavering devotion to Lord Rama and his embodiment of strength, humility, and service.

Benefits of Reading Hanuman Chalisa

Reading the Hanuman Chalisa is believed to bring numerous benefits. Spiritually, it connects devotees to Hanuman Ji’s divine energy. Mentally, it provides clarity and peace, reducing stress and anxiety. Physically, the vibrations created by chanting the verses can have a calming effect on the body, promoting overall well-being.

How to Read Hanuman Chalisa

For the best experience, it's recommended to read the Hanuman Chalisa in a clean and peaceful environment. Early mornings or evenings are considered ideal times for recitation. Maintaining a regular practice can help you develop a deeper connection with Hanuman Ji and integrate his divine qualities into your life.

Hanuman Chalisa for Different Purposes

People recite the Hanuman Chalisa for various reasons. Some seek strength and courage, especially during challenging times. Others read it for protection and peace, believing that Hanuman Ji’s blessings can ward off negative energies and bring harmony into their lives.

Hanuman Chalisa in Modern Times

Despite being centuries old, the Hanuman Chalisa remains highly relevant today. Its teachings continue to inspire and guide millions. In modern times, its presence extends to social media, apps, and online forums, ensuring that its message of devotion and service reaches a global audience.

Personal Experiences with Hanuman Chalisa

Many devotees have shared personal stories of how the Hanuman Chalisa has impacted their lives. From miraculous recoveries to newfound strength in adversity, these experiences highlight the hymn’s transformative power. Hearing these stories can be incredibly motivating and reinforce your own faith.


The Hanuman Chalisa is not just a hymn but a spiritual guide that has been offering strength, wisdom, and peace to its readers for centuries. By incorporating this sacred text into your daily routine, you can connect with Hanuman Ji’s divine energy and bring his blessings into your life. Whether you’re seeking courage, protection, or simply a deeper spiritual connection, the Hanuman Chalisa is a timeless companion on your journey.


  1. Can I read Hanuman Chalisa on bed? Yes, reading Hanuman Chalisa on bed is perfectly fine, especially if you are unwell. The focus should be on devotion.

  2. Can we read Hanuman Chalisa during periods? Absolutely. Menstrual cycles do not affect the spiritual benefits of reading Hanuman Chalisa.

  3. What is the best time to read Hanuman Chalisa? Early morning and evening are considered ideal times, but you can read it whenever you find peace and quiet.

  4. How long does it take to recite the Hanuman Chalisa? It typically takes about 10-15 minutes to recite the Hanuman Chalisa at a moderate pace.

  5. Can I read the Hanuman Chalisa without knowing Hindi? Yes, translations are available in many languages, including English, making it accessible to non-Hindi speakers.

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