The Hanuman Chalisa is a Hindu God devotional hymn which is addressed to the Lord Hanuman and has been authorized by a 16th-century poet Tulsidas. It was first written in the Avadhi language which is a dialect of Hindi Language. The word Chalisa is derived from the Hindi word “challis”. It means Forty (40) number in Hindi, as Hanuman Chalisa has Forty (Chalis) verses. Chanting of this hymn- Hanuman Chalisa is a traditional religious practice in almost every Hindu temples and homes. In praise of Lord Hanuman, It is a most popular hymn which shows the various qualities of hanuman like courage, wisdom, etc. and millions of Hindus in everyday life chant it. With the forty verses in hanuman chalisa, it also consists of two couplets one in the beginning which is related to devotion to Lord Rama and the other couplet in the ending which is associated with the man without any desire.
History of Hanuman Chalisa – About
When in India there was a period of Mughal emperor at that time Akbar was the king of India. In this period the poet-saint Tulsidas was born. It is said that one day a lady touched the feet of Tulsidas for his blessings and Tulsidas give her the ashirwad of being Sobhagyasali ( the lady whose husband will never die). And after getting the blessing lady started to crying and by seeing the lady screaming, Tulsidas ask the reason for her crying. The lady said that her husband died in the tragedy today. After hearing this Tulsidas remained calm with no worries on the face Because Tulsidas was having faith in his blessings. He knew that Lord Rama would never take his blessings to the waste, and in a calm manner and peace of mind, Tulsidas said to the lady to chant the verses of ram-ram and tell her whole family for the same. After some time due to continuous chanting of ram-ram, her husband comes to life once again, and they started to worship Tulsidas and Lord Rama for the blessings. This news then began to spread at lightning speed from one village to the other town. Akbar also comes to know about the story of how with the blessings of Tulsidas husband of the lady come to life and giving the vision to the blind man. Akbar then thought of taking the exam of the saint Tulsidas and order his people’s to call Tulsidas to the Raj Mahal as he wanted to see the magic in front of his eyes. Then his people said that Tulsidas is not a magician, he is only a worshiper of Lord Rama. But to see magic, Tulsidas was called, and Akbar ordered him to show the magic in front of his eyes. Then Tulsidas said that he is not a magician but the magic is there in the chanting of ram-ram, but Akbar didn’t believe either Tulsidas or Lord Rama chains and ordered his people to sent Tulsidas in the jail of Fatehpur Sikri. But after this hearing, Tulsidas remained calm and didn’t make any complaint about the same and started to chant the verses of Lord Rama. Under the presence of Akhbar, Tulsidas began to write Hanuman Chalisa and when the Hanuman Chalisa was at the completion from nowhere lots of monkey arrived in the village and to the raj mahal and started to fight and making lots of disturbance and chaos around. By seeing this, all the people get shocked, and nothing was coming to the people’s mind. Then Akbar comes to know that Tulsidas is writing hanuman Chalisa then Akhbar comes to believe the power of Hanuman strength and chanting of Lord Rama and his people to call out Tulsidas from the jail. As soon as the saint-Tulsidas was called out, all the monkeys go away from the village and raj mahal in no time. By seeing this Akbar becomes a fan of hanuman strength and Tulsidas worship. By this, with the help of Lord Rama strength, Tulsidas finally completed Hanuman Chalisa which helps to remove the fear from the people and the evil spirits from the society.
When & Who wrote hanuman chalisa
Goswami Tulasidas (A.D. 1497-A.D. 1523) has written Hanumaan Chalisa in 40 days at Jail of Third Abu’l-Fath Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar (A.D. 1542 – A.D. 1605).
It is not only famous in India but known worldwide too. People feel a peace of mind from worshipping and chanting. However, It is most popular in northern India, but it is also found in the various temple of south India where the people use the Hanuman Chalisa verses as a mantra. It is the only book which is not in the Sanskrit language but then also most famous.