Shri Hanuman Chalisa

You are invited to listen to and sing the Shri Hanuman Chalisa.

Many people around the world begin each day with this invocation, which was written by the revered poet-saint Tulsidas. Shri Hanuman Chalisa consists of forty verses; chalisa in the title is derived from the word chalis, which means forty. This song of praise is in the vernacular of Avadhi, an antiquated form of Hindi. When singing Shri Hanuman Chalisa, we name Shri Hanuman’s qualities, calling forth those same virtues in our own hearts.


© 2016 SYDA Foundation®.
Recorded in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, India.
English translation by Philip Lutgendorf, Hanuman’s Tale, The Messages of a Divine Monkey (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 397 – 399.
Reprinted by permission from Oxford University Press.

About Tulsidas

Gosvami Tulsidas was a poet-saint who lived in the sixteenth century in the city of Varanasi. He was a devotee of Lord Rama, and his most well-known work is the Ramacharitmanas, a retelling of the Ramayana in Avadhi, the vernacular of the day. Tulsidas’ influence on art, culture, and society continues to be widespread throughout India.

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