Saturday, 10 December 2016

Hanuman Chalisa History

Lord Hanuman is well known for his extreme devotion to Lord Rama. Lord Hanuman is always depicted in the Indian folklaire as an icon of true devotion and a symbol of the power of true devotion and chastity.
Lord Hanuman's devotion to Lord Rama is symbolic of the devotion of the enlightened individual soul towards the supreme soul.
Many stories from the Indian literature tell the tales of Lord Hanuman protecting devotees of Lord Rama and helping those who seek his either spiritually or otherwise. Swami Tulasidas has written these lines in respect of Lord Hanuman's great character, in praise of his powers and also devotion.

Hanuman Chalisa History:

Hanuman Chalisa or 40 Chaupais on Hanuman is a devotional hym dedicated to Bajrang Bali by the Great Indian poet, philosopher and saint Shri Goswami Tulsidas. Born in the 16th century, Tulsidas authored Hanuman Chalisa in Awadhi language when he was quite young.  

Let us now look at some of the Fascinating Facts related to Hanuman Chalisa 

Tulsi Das Wrote Hanuman Chalisa When He was Imprisoned by Akbar 
Born in 1532 (some say 1497 but this cannot be possible as he died in the year 1623) Tulsidas was invited by Mughal Emperor Akbar in his court to display his magical powers after hearing a lot about the poet from Khan-e-Khana Rahim and Toder Mal. When Tulsidas declined, he was imprisoned. It was during this time in prison Tulsi Das started writing Hanuman Chalisa.

Goswami Tulsidas Awadhi Hindi Poet Hanuman Chalisa Interesting Facts & Fascinating Story of Hanuman Chalisa!

It is said that on the 40th day, the entire Fatehpur Sikri was surrounded by giant monkeys. They even entered the palace premises and started hurting the guards. So much mess these animals created that someone advised Akbar to free Tulsidas. The moment Tulsidas was released, the monkeys went, clearly indicating that Lord Hanuman came to the rescue of Tulsidas. 

Hanuman Chalisa Tells Us The Distance Between Earth & Sun
When Hanuman was very young he flew from earth to the sky in the direction of the sun to eat it, assuming it to be a ripe, luscious fruit. Tulsidas while stating this incident in the chalisa in simple languages gives the distance between Earth and the Sun. 

Hanuman Chalisa With English Subtitle & Meaning sung by Krishna Das

The Line is –  

“Yug Sahastra Yojan Par Bhanu 

Meaning, sun is at the distance of yug shastra yojan. After, certain intellectuals decoded this famous line of Hanuman Chalisa by Tulsidas they could find the distance of earth and guess what? It is exactly the same as that discovered by scientist later. In the year 1653, astronomer Christiaan Huygens with his guesswork estimated the distance from earth to the sun.

However, since his work was a guess, he doesn’t get the credit. It is Giovanni Cassini who is named as the discoverer of the distance from earth to sun who gave a scientific study in the year 1673.