Significance of Hanuman Chalisa
Chalisa is a term that has come from the word, Chalis, which means 40. Hanuman Chalisa is a mantra containing 40 verses dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Chanting the verses given in Hanuman Chalisa regularly is believed to bring lots of prosperity to the individuals. It is believed that one who chants this Hanuman mantra does not face any problem from any evil spirit whatsoever. These verses were written by the great poet, Tulsidas during the 16th century.
About the author
Tulsidas who wrote these verses when he was a small boy is considered to be the reincarnation of the Valmiki sage who wrote the Ramayana. Tulsidas, who lived and died in the holy city of Varanasi, was known for its unconditional devotion to Lord Hanuman. He was also the brain behind the Sankatmochan temple dedicated to Hanuman, at Varanasi. The place where the temple was constructed was exactly the same place where Lord Hanuman showed Himself to Tulsidas. The modern version of Avandhi language was used to write the 40 verses. In between these verses in Hanuman Chalisa, Tulsidas had also written two couplets, one at the start of this Hanuman mantra and one couplet at the end.
The content of the Hanuman Chalisa
All the verses in this mantra are in the glory of Lord Hanuman – His power, knowledge, undying faith towards Lord Ram, sincerity in his service and his total disinterest in material possessions are explained in these verses. These verses are believed to exude a positive energy to an individual therefore many people chant this mantra every day.
Hanuman is glorified as a person who knew all the three Vedas fully Rig Veda, Yajur Veda and Sama Veda. The mantra clearly describes Hanuman as a wide knowledge bank who never breaks the trust that His devotees have on Him. Hanuman is praised as the only God who can move across oceans and the one who has the power of penance. The massive physical structure and the calmness of the God too are explained in these verses. His face is described to have a golden aura around it. Hanuman is also referred to as Vayuputra, son of Vayu, the God of Winds.
Other common Mantras
Some of the other famous Hanuman Mantras dedicated to the power and glory of Lord Hanuman are the following:
Hanuman Bija Mantra
Anjaneya Gayatri Mantra
Sri Panchamuka Hanuman Dhyana Sloka
Some of the names by which Lord Hanuman is described in some of the Hanuman mantras are Pavan Putra, Anjaneya, Maruti, Mahaveera, Bajrangbali or simply Monkey God. Lord Shiva took the form of Lord Hanuman during His eleventh reincarnation form. Since He is considered to be the most powerful living Hindu God, chanting the Hanuman Chalisa is believed to give power and knowledge to the person chanting them. All their fears are alleviated, diseases are cured and they get back positive energy in their lives. Even the most critical of the devotees problems is solved quickly with the blessings of Lord Hanuman.