India is a country of many religions. All the religions of India favour specific religious texts and songs. Hanuman Chalisa is a sacred song of the Hindus. This devotional song is a favourite of all the god- fearing, religious Hindus. Hanuman is the monkey god who is highly respected and considered as the great savior. Lord Hanuman is easy to please and chanting of Shri Hanuman Chalisa is the best way to please this mighty god.
Shri Hanuman Chalisa is composed by the renowned religious text composer – Tulsidas in the Awadhi language. Tulsidas is also the composer of the great epic- Ramayana. Apart from Rameharitnamas, Shri Hanuman Chalisa is the most popular and devotional text composed by Tulsidas.
Chalisa is derived from Chalis- a Hindi word meaning forty. Hanuman Chalisa has 40 verses. These forty verses are written to glorify the character of Shri Hanuman and praise his good deeds. Tulsidas signifies the importance of chanting
of Shri Hanuman Chalisa. He says that chanting of Shri Hanuman Chalisa with full devotion and fervor will invoke the blessings of Lord Hanuman. Lord Hanuman has the ability to solve the gravest problem. Tulsidas specifies that chanting of Shri Hanuman Chalisa can ward off evil spirits restoring peace and serenity in disturbed lives. Hanuman is also popularly known as Anjaneya or Maruti.
Many such synonyms of Hanuman are mentioned in this beautiful text of 40 chaupas (verses). These verses are composed to create magic. The lyrical poem of Hanuman Chalisa is melodious and meaningful. The chanting of Shri Hanuman Chalisa brings peace and joy to the chanter and listener. The melodious tune or melody of this sacred poem creates an aura of divinity and attracts the people like magnet.
In India small children of 3 and 4 can recite Shri Hanuman Chalisa by heart. Shri Hanuman Chalisa is popularly sung by the young and old, men and women, rich and poor by equal respect and belief.