Author – Devdutt Pattanaik
Rating – 5/5 stars
Number of Pages – 182
Publisher – Rupa Publications
Sankat te Hanuman chudavae. Man, kram, vachan dhyan jo lavai.
Problems, Hanuman takes away. When the heart, action, and word are fixed on him.
-Chaupai 26, Hanuman Chalisa
In Indian mythology, Hanuman was born to Anjana and father Kesari. Hanuman is also called the son of the deity Vayu or Pawan (wind God), who according to several stories, played a role in his birth. Hanuman is an ardent devotee of Rama, a major deity of Hinduism, he is the seventh avatar or incarnation of God Vishnu. Hanuman is one of the central characters of the epic Ramayana, one of the largest epics in world literature, consisting nearly 24000 verses.
Hanuman Chalisa was composed by Tulsidas four centuries ago in Awadhi, a dialect of Hindi spoken in the Gangetic plains around the cities of Awadh or Ayodhya, Kasi or Varanasi.
Chalisa means a poem of forty verses. However, Hanuman Chalisa is composed of forty-three verses and out of these forty-three verses, forty verses are chaupai or quatrains (verses with four short, rhythmic segments). Framing these are three dohas or couplets (verses with two long, rhythmic segments), two at the beginning and one at the end of Hanuman Chalisa.
When you read Hanuman Chalisa, not just read it, try to understand the meaning behind it. It will give your insecure mind more peace than reciting it as a text. It is not easy to understand Awadhi. My Hanuman Chalisa is written to bring a simpler version for the devotees of Hanuman or anyone who is interested in Hinduism or mythological readers.
Easy to read and understand and illustrations by the author himself make the book lively and interactive. He is a master storyteller and the book is a must buy. Take my words and go for it.
Within infinite myths lies an eternal truth
who sees it all?
Varuna has but a thousand eyes
Indra, a hundred
You and I, only two.
Devdutt Pattanaik is a mythologist, author, illustrator, columnist, professional speaker and management theorist. He writes and lectures on the relevance of mythology in modern times. He has written over 700 articles in newspapers, and thirty books, which includes bestsellers such as My Gita and Business Sutra: A Very Indian Approach to Management. His shows on television include Business Sutra and Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik. He lives in Mumbai.
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