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Hanuman Chalisa Word by Word

Neeb Karori Baba MaharajjiShree -Guru
Charana - feet
saroja -lotus
raja -dust
nija – own
manu - heart
mukuru -mirror
sudhaari –purify
Having polished the mirror of my heart
with the dust of my Guru's lotus feet,

baranaun - describe
Raghubara –Ram’s
bimala -pure
jasu – purify
jo –that
daayaku –gives
phala -fruit
chaari –four
I sing the pure fame of the best of the Raghus,
which bestows the four fruits of life.

budhi - intelligence
heena – without
tanu - body
jaanike – know
sumiraun –remember
pavana - wind
kumara - son
Knowing this body to be devoid of intelligence,
I recall the Son of the Wind.

bala - strength
budhi vidyaa - intelligence/wisdom
dehu - give
mohin - me
harahu - remove
kalesa - suffering
bikaara - impurity
Siyaa - Sita’s
vara - husband
Raamachandra - Ramchandra
pada – feet
jai –jai
sharanam – shelter
Grant me strength, wit, and wisdom,
and remove my sorrows and shortcomings.
Siyaa vara Raamachandra pada jai sharanam

1. Jaya - Hail Hanumana
gyaana – wisdom
guna - virtue
saagara – ocean
jaya -hail
Kapeesha - Lord of the Monkeys
tihun - three
loka – world
ujaagara – enlighten/awaken

1. Victory to Hanuman, ocean of wisdom and virtue,
Hail Monkey Lord, illuminator of the three worlds.

2. Raama
doota – messenger
atulita - incomparible
bala - strength
dhaamaa - abode
Anjani putra - Anjani’s son
Pavana –wind
suta -son (off spring)
naamaa - the name

2. Ram's emissary, abode of matchless power,
Anjani's son, named "Son of the Wind."

3. Maha - very
beera – brave
vikrama - valiant
bajarangee –lightening body
kumati - ignorance
nivaara - purify
sumati wise/good
ke (possesssive post position lit: of the wise)
sangee – companion

3. Great hero, mighty as a thunderbolt,
remover of evil thoughts and companion to the good.

4. kanchana - golden
barana - color
biraaja – beautifully
subesaa – clothed
kaanana – ears
kundala - rings
kunchita - long/curly
kesaa – hair

4. Golden-hued and splendidly adorned,
with heavy earrings and curly locks.

5. haatha - hand
vajra - mace (thunderbolt)
aura – and
dvajaa - banner
biraajai - bearing
kaandhe - shoulder
moonja – grass
janayu – sacred thread
saajai - adorn
5. In your hands shine mace and banner,
a sacred thread of munja grass adorns your shoulder.

6. Shankara - Shiva’s
suvana – incarnation
Kesaree - Keseri’s
nandana - son
teja – power
prataapa – glory
mahaa jaga - whole universe
bandana - praised
6. You are Shiva's son and Kesari's joy,
your glory is revered throughout the world.

7. Vidyaa vaana -full of wisdom
gunee - virtuous
ati – very
chaatura - clever
Raama –Ram’s
kaaja - work
karibe – doing
(ko-like/as)
aatura – eager
7. Supremely wise, virtuous, and clever,
you are ever intent on Ram's work.

8. Prabhu - Lord
charitra – story
sunibe - hearing
(ko-like/as)
rasiyaa - nectar
Raama - Ram
Lakhana - Lakshman
Seetaa - Sita
mana - heart
basiyaa -residing
8. You delight in hearing of the Lord's deeds,
Ram, Lakshman, and Sita dwell in your heart.

9. Sookshma - tiny
roopa - form
dhari - assume
Siyahin Sita (to Sita)
Dikhaavaa – to show
Bikata – terrigying
roopa – form
dhari - assume
Lanka - Lanka
Jaraawaa - burn
9. Assuming tiny form you appeared to Sita,
and in awesome guise you burned Lanka.

10. Bheema -mighty warrior
roopa – form
dhari - assume
asura - demons
sanghaare -destroy
Raamachandra - Ram’s
ke kaaja – work
sanvaare – carried out
10. Taking dreadful form you slaughtered demons
and completed Lord Ram's mission.

11. Laaya - brought
sajeevana life-gving herb
Lakhana - Lakshman
Jiyaaye - revived
Shree - lord
Raghubeera - Ram
harashi - joyful
ura - heart
laaye - clasped
11. Bringing the magic herb, you revived Lakshman,
and Ram embraced you with delight.

12. Raghupati - Ram
keenhee – did
bahuta - very
baraai - praise
Tuma - you
Mama- me
priya - dear
Bharatahi – Bharat (Ram’s brother)
Sama - like
Bhaai - brother
12. Greatly did the Raghu Lord praise you -
"Brother, you're as dear to me as Bharat!"

13. Sahasa – 1,000
badana - mouths
tumharo - your
jasa - fame
gaavai - sing
Asa - this
kahi – saying
Shreepati - Ram
kantha - neck
lagaavai - clasped
13. "May the thousand-mouthed serpent sing your fame!"
So saying, Shri's Lord drew you to Himself.

14. Sanakaadika – Sanikka, etc
Brahmaadi – Brahma, etc.
Muneesaa - sages
Naarada - Narad
Saarada - Sarad
sahita - with
Aheesaa – Shesha (king of serpents)
14. Sanak and the sages, Brahma, gods, and great saints,
Narada, Sarasvati, and the king of serpents,

15. Yama – Yasma (god of underworld/death)
Kubera – Kubera (god of wealth)
Digapaala - the rulers of 8 directions
Jahaante - wherever
Kabi - poets
kobida - scholars
kahi - tell
sake - can
kahaante - how
15. Yama, Kubera, and the rulers of the eight directions,
poets and scholars - none can express your glory.

16. Tuma - you
upakaara - service
Sugreevahin - Sugriva
Keenhaa - did
Raama - Ram
milaaya - introduced
raaja pada - kingdom
deenhaa - gave
16. You rendered great service to Sugriva,
presenting him to Ram, you gave him kingship.

17. Tumharo - your
mantra – word/advice
Vibheeshana
Maanaa - accepted
Lankeshvara - Lord of Lanka
bhaye - became
saba - all
jaga - world
jaanaa - knows
17. Vibhishana heeded your counsel
and became Lord of Lanka, as all the world knows.

18. Yuga – distant (?)
sahasra – 1,000
yojana - leagues
toward - para
bhaanu - sun
Leelyo - swallowed
taahi - it
madhura -sweet
phala - fruit
jaanu - thinking
18. Though the sun is thousands of miles away,
you swallowed it, thinking it a sweet fruit.

19. Prabhu – Lord’s
mudrikaa - ring
meli - took
mukha - mouth
maahin -in
Jaladhi - ocean
laanghi - leaped
gaye - went
acharaja - surprised
naaheen -not
19. Holding the Lord's ring in your mouth,
it's no surprise you leapt the ocean.

20. Durgama - difficult
kaaja - work
jagata - world
ke jete - any
Sugama - easy
Anugraha - grace
Tumhare - your
Tete - that
20. Every arduous task in this world becomes easy by your grace.

21. Raama – Ram’s
duaare - door
tuma – you
rakhavaare - keeper
Hota - having
Na - not
aagyaa - Permission
binu - without
paisaare - enter
21. You are the guardian of Ram's door,
none enters without your leave.

22. Saba - all
sukha - happiness
lahai - take
tumhaaree - your
sharanaa - shelter
Tuma - you
rakshaka - protect
kaahu -any
(ko) dara –far
naa - not
22. Taking refuge in you one finds all delight,
those you protect know no fear.

23. Aapana - yours
teja -power
samhaarau - bear
aapai - you
Teenon - three
loka - worlds
haanka - roar
(ten) kaanpai - tremble
23. You alone can withstand your own splendor,
the three worlds tremble at your roar.

24. Bhoota - ghosts
pishaacha - demons
nikata - near
nahin - not
aavai - come
Mahaabeera – great brave
jaba - when
naama - name
sunaavai - called
24. Ghosts and goblins cannot come near,
Great Hero, when your name is uttered.

25. Naasai - cured
roga - disease
hare - removed
saba - all
peeraa -suffering
Japata - repeated
nirantara - unceasing
Hanumata – Hanuman
Beeraa - brave
25. All disease and pain is eradicated,
brave Hanuman, by constant repetition of your name.

26. Sankata - dificulties
ten - from
Hanumaana - Hanuman
Churaavai - free
Mana - thought
Krama - deed
vachana - word
dhyaana - meditate
jo laavai – who keep
26. Hanuman releases from affliction
those who remember him in thought, word, and deed.

27. Saba - all
para – above
Raama - Ram
tapasvee - ascetic
raajaa - king
Tina - his
(ke) kaaja - work
sakala - all
tuma - you
saajaa –do
27. Ram the renunciant reigns over all -
you carry out his every task.

28. Aura -other
manoratha - desires
jo - those
koee - any
laave - bring
Soee - that
Amita - nectar
Jeevana - life
phala - fruit
pave - obtaions
28. One who brings any yearning to you
obtains the fruit of abundant life.

29. Chaaron - four
yuga - ages
parataapa - glory
tumhaaraa - your
Hai (“to be” verb) is
parasidha - fame
jagata - universe
ujiyaaraa – enlightens (awakens)
29. Your splendor fills the four ages,
Your glory is famed throughout the world.

30. Saadhu - renunciates
santa - saints
(ke) tuma - of you
rakhavaare - protect
Asura - demons
nikandana - destroy
Raama - Ram
Dulaare - beloved
30. You are the guardian of saints and sages,
the destroyer of demons, the darling of Ram.

31. Ashta - eight
sidhi - powers
nau - nine
nidhi - treasures
(ke) daataa – giver of
Asa - this
Bara - boon
Deena - given
Jaanakee - Janaki
Maataa - mother
31. You grant the eight powers and nine treasures
by the boon you received from Mother Janaki.

32. Raama - Ram
rasaayana - nectar
toomhare - you
paasaa – posses
Sadaa - always
raho – live/remain
Raghupati ke – Ram’s
Daasaa - servent
32. You hold the elixir of Ram's name
and remain eternally His servant.

33. Tumhare - your
bhajana - devotion
Raama - Ram
(ko) paavai - obtained
Janama janama ke – birth (of birth after birth)
dukha - pain
bisaravai – left behind
33. Singing your praise, one finds Ram
and escapes the sorrows of countless lives.

34. Anta - end
kaala - time
Raghubara – Ram’s
pura – place/city
jaaee - go
Jahaan - where
janma - birth
Hari - Ram
bhakta - devotee
kahaaee – called
34. At death, one goes to Ram's own city
or is born on earth as God's devotee.

35. Aura - other
devataa - gods
chita - mind
na - not
dharaee – keep
Hanumata - Hanuman
Sayi - with
sarva - all
sukha - happiness
karaee - do
35. Give no thought to any other deity -
worshipping Hanuman, one gains all delight.

36. Sankata - difficulty
katai - end
mite - remove
saba - all
peeraa - suffering
Jo - who
sumire - remember
Hanumata - Hanuman
bala - strong
beeraa - brave
36. All affliction ceases, all pain is removed,
by remembering the mighty hero, Hanuman.

37. Jai Jai Jai Hanumaana
Gosaaee - Lord
Kripaa -grace
karahu - do
guru – guru
deva - god
kee naaee – as/like
37. Victory, victory, victory to Lord Hanuman!
Be merciful even as is the Divine Master.

38. Jo - who
sata - 100
baara - times
paata - recites
kara - does
koee - anyone
Chootahi - freed
bandi - bondage
mahaa- great
sukha -happiness
hoee – be/is
38. Whoever recites this a hundred times
is released from bondage and gains bliss.

39. Jo - who
yaha - this
parai - reads
Hanumaana chaaleesaa – Hanuman Chalisa
Ho ya - be
sidhi – power/perfect
saakhee - witness
Gaureesaa – Shiva
39. One who reads this Hanuman Chalisa
gains success - Gauri's Lord bears witness.

40. Tulaseedaasa – Tulsidas
sadaa - always
Hari - Ram
Cheraa - servant
Kee jai - do
naata - lord
hridaya - heart
mahan - my
deraa - home
40. Says Tulsidas, Hari's constant servant,
"Lord, make your encampment in my heart."

Pavana tanaya - Son of the Wind
sankata - sorrow
harana - banish
Mangala – blessing/joy
moorati - embodiment
roopa - form
Rama Lakhshmana Sita
Sahita - with
Hridaya - heart
basahu – dwell/live
sura - devata
bhoopa - ruler/king
Siyaa vara – Sita’s bridegroom
Raamachandra pada – Rama’s feet
jai – hail
sharanam - refuge
Son of the Wind, banisher of sorrow and embodiment of blessing, dwell in my heart, King of Gods, together with Ram, Lakshman, and Sita.
Hail the refuge of the feet of Sita's bridegroom, Ramachandra.

Forty verses to Hanuman (Above) - This is a word by word translation of the words in the Hanuman Chalissa prepared by Ram Rani - posted March 5, 2006, revised May 30, 2006.


Lyrics: This is a new translation of the words in the Hanuman Chalissa prepared by Ram Rani - posted March 5, 2006.

Having polished the mirror of my heart
with the dust of my Guru's lotus feet,
I sing the pure fame of the best of the Raghus,
which bestows the four fruits of life.
Knowing this body to be devoid of intelligence,
I recall the Son of the Wind.
Grant me strength, wit, and wisdom,
and remove my sorrows and shortcomings.
Siyaa vara Raamachandra pada jai sharanam
1. Victory to Hanuman, ocean of wisdom and virtue,
Hail Monkey Lord, illuminator of the three worlds.
2. Ram's emissary, abode of matchless power,
Anjani's son, named "Son of the Wind."
3. Great hero, mighty as a thunderbolt,
remover of evil thoughts and companion to the good.
4. Golden-hued and splendidly adorned,
with heavy earrings and curly locks.
5. In your hands shine mace and banner,
a sacred thread of munja grass adorns your shoulder.
6. You are Shiva's son and Kesari's joy,
your glory is revered throughout the world.
7. Supremely wise, virtuous, and clever,
you are ever intent on Ram's work.
8. You delight in hearing of the Lord's deeds,
Ram, Lakshman, and Sita dwell in your heart.
9. Assuming tiny form you appeared to Sita,
and in awesome guise you burned Lanka.
10. Taking dreadful form you slaughtered demons
and completed Lord Ram's mission.
11. Bringing the magic herb, you revived Lakshman,
and Ram embraced you with delight.
12. Greatly did the Raghu Lord praise you -
"Brother, you're as dear to me as Bharat!"
13. "May the thousand-mouthed serpent sing your fame!"
So saying, Shri's Lord drew you to Himself.
14. Sanak and the sages, Brahma, gods, and great saints,
Narada, Sarasvati, and the king of serpents,
15. Yama, Kubera, and the guardians of the quadrants,
poets and scholars - none can express your glory.
16. You rendered great service to Sugriva,
presenting him to Ram, you gave him kingship.
17. Vibhishana heeded your counsel
and became Lord of Lanka, as all the world knows.
18. Though the sun is thousands of miles away,
you swallowed it, thinking it a sweet fruit.
19. Holding the Lord's ring in your mouth,
it's no surprise you leapt the ocean.
20. Every arduous task in this world
becomes easy by your grace.
21. You are the guardian of Ram's door,
none enters without your leave.
22. Taking refuge in you one finds all delight,
those you protect know no fear.
23. You alone can withstand your own splendor,
the three worlds tremble at your roar.
24. Ghosts and goblins cannot come near,
Great Hero, when your name is uttered.
25. All disease and pain is eradicated,
brave Hanuman, by constant repetition of your name.
26. Hanuman releases from affliction
those who remember him in thought, word, and deed.
27. Ram the renunciant reigns over all -
you carry out his every task.
28. One who brings any yearning to you
obtains the fruit of abundant life.
29. Your splendor fills the four ages,
Your glory is famed throughout the world.
30. You are the guardian of saints and sages,
the destroyer of demons, the darling of Ram.
31. You grant the eight powers and nine treasures
by the boon you received from Mother Janaki.
32. You hold the elixir of Ram's name
and remain eternally His servant.
33. Singing your praise, one finds Ram
and escapes the sorrows of countless lives.
34. At death, one goes to Ram's own city
or is born on earth as God's devotee.
35. Give no thought to any other deity -
worshipping Hanuman, one gains all delight.
36. All affliction ceases, all pain is removed,
by remembering the mighty hero, Hanuman.
37. Victory, victory, victory to Lord Hanuman!
Be merciful even as is the Divine Master.
38. Whoever recites this a hundred times
is released from bondage and gains bliss.
39. One who reads this Hanuman Chalisa
gains success - Gauri's Lord bears witness.
40. Says Tulsidas, Hari's constant servant,
"Lord, make your encampment in my heart."

Son of the Wind, banisher of sorrow
and embodiment of blessing,
dwell in my heart, King of Gods,
together with Ram, Lakshman, and Sita.
Hail the refuge of the feet of Sita's bridegroom, Ramachandra.

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