Here’s an English translation
and pronunciation guide to the holy Hanuman Chalisa. With the text not just in
Devnagri (Hindi) but also in Roman for those who can't read Hindi, but want to
chant this great Hindu Prayer and understand the significance of this Holy
Prayer to Lord Hanumanji, supreme devotee of Lord Shree Ram. From that glorious
epic, Shri Ramcharitra Manas (The Holy Ramayan) by Goswami Tulsidas. (Scroll
to the bottom to read the picture-file right away).
This translation is also a
heartfelt thank you to the great, wonderful, benevolent LordHanumanji,
who is affectionate towards and fiercely protective of those who venerate and
love Him! When she was just 4 months old, our little daughter Dhanie was in
desperate need of medical attention and it wasn’t just the brilliance of
Doctors K S Goleria and Dr Nagpal of Jaslok that saved her, but, we believe,
the divine intervention of Lord Hanumanji, that gave us back our darling
daughter Dhanie (pictured here left; and with brother Yohan when she was
I also pray to the gracious Lord
Hanumanji to keep the soul of my father, the late Mr. J R Chawla, a
devout Hanuman-bhakt, with Him in eternal peace. It was on my
dad’s guidance that I found the love of and devotion for Lord Hanumanji. I also
pray that He keep the soul of my late father-in-law, Mr. Manohar Lal of
Dehradun, my late mother-in-law Mrs. Sumitra Devi, and my late brother-in-law
Mr. Ashok Kumar of Beauty Dry Cleaners of Dehradun, in eternal peace with Him.
Bharat is a big brother,
teacher, guru and guide rolled into one, and much more. Everything I know
about the best practices of journalism and life are from a lot of friends and
associates, which is a strong, long list that Bharat leads.
Bharat had to undergo a critical
and potentially dangerous brain surgery for the removal of a large tumour. Lord
Hanumanji protected Bharat, gave his darling wife and my bhabhi Neena,
and their son Om, the courage and fortitude to surge in stoic support of
the most important human being in their lives.
Bharat took it all on the chin,
with his customary dismissiveness of Big Trouble, confident he would emerge
from it being the person that he is. He told the doctor, "My head is in
your hands", and even branded his constant jokes about the impending
surgery to excise the lump as "my new sense of tumour!" And much
But the bulwark of his
triumph has been his strong, humble belief: "God will
protect me, because I have never done anybody any wrong." That, knowing
Bharat, is an understatement.
I pray to Lord Hanumanji
to bless him, Neena bhabhi and Om with a long life and
much, much happiness.
Today, Bharat is a Member of
Parliament, and represents the Shiv Sena in the Rajya Sabha. While it is the
Shiv Sena that has put him in Parliament, I am sure the party too will benefit
a great deal from Bharat’s immense maturity, knowledge, wisdom and sensitivity.
I’m sure these were the qualities and values Balasaheb too recognized, when (I
understand) he gave Bharat the excellent mandate: “I want you to be a
Parliamentarian, and not a Politician.” Truly wise words, and an excellent
vision, that – it’s just the kind of thing that top leaders of all political
parties need to not just expound, but follow in all honesty, in letter and
Simplistically wistful thinking,
isn’t it, considering that’s never been the ‘practical’ approach of
politicians. But for Hanumanji, nothing’s impossible. And no better person than
Bharat to live up to Balasaheb Thackeray’s sound advice. Especially now
that the party hasn’t fared well in the recent elections, it needs all the soul
searching and positive profiling. Bharat can help achieve a lot on both crucial
grounds. And I hope that, for the good of everyone, Lord Hanumanji, Whose
colour too happens to be saffron, blesses the Shiv Sena and indeed all
political parties, with the wisdom to keep general good over political gain.
The Hanuman Chalisa itself says
that the easiest way for attaining a peaceful state of mind is to devoutly read
the Hanuman Chalisa 100 times in succession. But that's a very difficult and
daunting task, especially because of the immense demands it places —
particularly on your concentration and time. May the great Lord Hanuman give
you the will and wisdom to do so at the earliest.
I did that once, with remarkable
results, when my Dhanie had lapsed into a coma after a 16-hour surgery when she
was only 18 months old. The doctors had tried everything, but she just wouldn't
recognize Anju and me as we desperately tried to get her to react to us. All we
got was a blank, gazed look. Till, finally, defeated and distraught, I began to
chant the Hanuman Chalisa. My wife and I sat in our room at Jaslok Hospital,
and didn't move till we had chanted the Hanuman Chalisa 100 times. The minute
we had finished, we rushed to her cot in the Paediatric ICU. A minute after,
her eyes lit up, and she smiled and yelled out the most beautiful sound in the
So, if you cannot read the
Hanuman Chalisa a hundred times — and I pray you don't ever have to chant it
in the kind of desperate situation we were in — just reading the
Hanuman Chalisa once a day will help a lot.
From my wife Anju and me, this
is a humble attempt to spread the Word of Hanuman Lalaa, the
noble, benevolent God who is fiercely protective of those who love Him. For
everyone, and particularly for those who cannot read Hindi. I have transcribed
the Hindi sounds in Roman English, along with a translation into English, so
that not only can they read this great prayer originally written by Goswami
Tulsidas, but also understand its meaning.
So, here is the holy Hanuman
Chalisa, as a picture file below to get around the problems of putting up Hindi
fonts and the tedium of users having to install them first. Let the picture
load, then read, understand, revel.
And here's the Hanuman Chalisa in Hindi, in case you need
to keep a copy: