A deeper understanding of Shree Hanuman Chalisa – A Prayer Dedicated to Lord Hanuman
The Hanuman Chalisa comprises of two introductory Doha in the beginning, 40 chaupai and one Doha in the end. We have already covered the first two verses and 1 to 5 chaupai here. So here in this article, let’s explore the meaning of next 5 chaupais or verses.
Hanuman Chalisa From Couplet 6 to 10
शंकर सुवन केसरी नंदन।
तेज प्रताप महा जग बंदन॥ ६ ॥
shankar suvan kesari nandan।
tej prataap mahaa jaga bandan॥ 6 ॥
Shankar – Lord Shiva Suvan – Incarnation Kesari – Father of Lord Hanuman Nandan – Son
Tej – Aura Prataap – courage Mahaa – great Jag – World Bandan/Vandan – singing glory
O Lord, You are the incarnation of Shiva and the son of Kesari. Your aura and glory of courage is narrated in the whole world.
Lord Hanuman is born as the incarnation the Lord Shiva (Rudra) and hence also called Rudra Avtar. He served Lord Rama and accomplished his many works. He took birth at the place of King Kesari who was the King of Monkeys. Thus Kesari is the father of Lord Hanuman and therefore Lord Hanuman is named Kesari nandan. He has strong and positive illuminating aura. His stories of courage & strength is famous in whole world. He completed various difficult tasks for his deity Rama.
विद्यावान गुनी अति चातुर।
राम काज करिबे को आतुर॥ ७ ॥
vidyaavaana guni ati chaatura।
rama kaaja karibe ko aatura॥ 7 ॥
Vidyaavaan – Full of Knowledge Guni – Having Positive Attributes Ati – a lot or very Chaatura – clever
Ram Kaaja – Work of Lord Ram Karibe – to do Aatura – eager
You are full of knowledge, You have positive attributes and You are very clever. You are always eager to do Lord Ram’s work.
Lord Hanuman is the store house of Vidyas (different kind of knowledge) and Virtues. Cleverness is his one of his virtue. He handles every situation wisely. His right choice of words makes him a clever speaker. He is the true devotee of Lord Rama and always eager to do his tasks. Hanuman ji has crossed the long ocean to find Devi Sita, the consort of Rama. He has accomplished the a numerous work for his beloved Lord Rama.
प्रभु चरित्र सुनिबे को रसिया।
राम लखन सीता मन बसिया॥ ८ ॥
prabhu charitra sunibe ko rasiyaa।
ram lakhan sita man basiyaa॥ 8 ॥
Prabhu – Lord Charitra – Characters Sunibe – to Listen Rasiyaa – feels good
Rama – Lord Rama Lakhana – Brother of Lord Rama, Lakshman Sita – Wife of Lord Rama Man – Heart Basiyaa – Reside
You love to listen to characters of Lord Rama. Lord Rama along with Wife Sita and Brother Lakshman resides in your heart.
It is believed that Lord Hanuman is present wherever devotees chant or sing the name of Lord Rama. Because he is so fond of Ram’s Name, he comes to listen Lord’s glory. So if you are the true devotee of Rama then Lord Hanuman will always take care of you. He loves those who chant Ram Naam.
According to mythology once Hanuman ji has opened his chest in the court of Lord Rama. All the court members present there have seen Rama, Sita and Lakshman in his heart with their naked eyes. They were the witness of this enchanting moment. For this reason Tulsidas ji has wrapped this event in his beautiful poetic words. So the verse says Rama, Sita and Lakshman resides in the heart of Hanuman Ji.
सूक्ष्म रूप धरी सियहिं दिखावा।
बिकट रूप धरि लंक जरावा॥ ९ ॥
sukshma rupa dhari siyahi dikhaavaa।
bikata rupa dhari lanka jaraavaa॥ 9 ॥
sukshma – Subtle/Small Rupa – Form Dhari – Assume Siyahi – Mata Sita Dikhaawaa – Show
Bikata – Huge Lanka – Lanka (Kingdom of Ravana) Jaraavaa -Burn
You assumed the subtle form and showed to Mata Sita. And you assumed the huge form to set fire the lanka of Ravana.
When Lord Hanuman was searching for Mata Sita, he reached to Lanka the kingdom of Ravana. There he met Sita Devi by assuming the small form. The purpose was that none other than devi sita can see him and they can meet peacefully. Later he asked mata Sita’s permission to eat fruits from the trees of ashoka vatika (the garden in lanka where devi was kept).
As he got the permission, Lord Hanuman destroyed the whole garden. For this ravana’s army men wanted to punish him but no body could. Lord Hanuman destroyed the garden, army and killed son of ravana. Later Meghnath (another son of ravana also known as indrajeet) tied him with brahmastra. Lord could make himself free but he respected the weapon and let himself tied. Thereafter he was taken to the ravana court. Actually he himself wanted to meet Ravan so he did this whole act. There angry Ravan ordered to burn his tail in order to punish him. After army followed the order, Hanuman turned into a huge form and burnt Lanka with his burning tail.
भीम रूप धरि असुर सँहारे।
रामचन्द्र के काज सँवारे॥ १० ॥
bhīma rūpa dhari asura sahāre।
rāmachandra ke kāja savāre॥ 10 ॥
Bhima – Gignatic Rupa – Form Dhari – Assume Asura – Demons Sanhare – Killed
Ramachandra – Lord Rama Ke – Of Kaaj – Work Saware – Accomplished.
Assuming the Gigantic form you killed the demons and accomplished the work of Lord Rama.
Lord Hanuman assumed gigantic form in order to killed many demons. As mentioned in above chaupai that he has killed large army of ravana before reaching to court. During this fight he assumed the giant form and later again turned into small one before reaching to court. He also killed other demons while flying to Lanka. Along with that he destroyed rakshas in the Ram-Ravan war. This is how he accomplished His Lord Ram’s tasks.
श्री हनुमान चालीसा (Hanuman Chalisa)
A devotional glory of Lord Hanuman (The Monkey God) who is the epitome of love and devotion. Singing the praise of Lord Hanuman Sant Tulsidas composed the 40 chaupais, 40 couplets (doha), hence called Chalisa, chalis means 40 in hindi. Hanuman Chalisa glorifies the strength, courage, devotion, intelligence, compassion, celibacy, wisdom, positive vibes, life saver and many more qualities of lord hanuman who is the true devotee of Lord Rama. Hanuman Chalisa is composed around 400 years ago in awadhi language, a different form of hindi.
Devotees sing the chalisa of Hanuman Ji with faith to get out of troubles, diseases, to gain strength, devotion and love for God. Reciting Hanuman Chalisa gives you protection. When fears & insecurities surround us, when negative energies haunt, when we feel alone and need strength Hanuman chalisa is the saviour and support. Most of the hindus or hanuman devotees recite the chalisa on tuesdays and saturdays or all the days.
Here we have shared 5 chaupais from 6 to 10. Rest we will continue…
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