My Hanuman Chalisa: A Commentary

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Item Code: NAN897
Author: Devdutt Pattanaik
Publisher: Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2017
ISBN: 9788129147950
Pages: 177 (Throughout B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch X 6.0 inch
Weight 140 gm
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About the Book

Every time I experience negativity in the world, and in myself, every time I encounter jealousy, rage, and frustration manifesting as violation and violation and violence, I hear, or read, the Hanuman Chalisa, Composed over four composed over four hundred year ago by Tulsidas, its simple words ( in Awadhi, a dialect of Hindi) and its simple metre (Dohas and chaupais) musically evoke the mythology, history, and mystery of Hanuman, the much-loved Hindu deity through whom Vedic Wisdom Reaches the masses.

As verse follows Verse, my frightened crumpled mind begins to expand with knowledge and insight, and my fait in humanity, both within and without, is restored.

About the Author

DEVDUTT PATTANAIK writes, illustrates and lectures on relevance of mythology in modern times. He has since 1996, written over 30 books and 600 columns on how stories, symbols and rituals construct the subjective truth (myths) of ancient and modern cultures around the world. His books include My Gita and Business Sutra: A Very Indian Approach to Management. He consults corporations on leadership and governance and TV channels on mythological serials. His TV shows include Business Sutra on CNBC-TVIB and Devlok on Epic TV. To know more, visit


Why My Hanuman Chalisa? 1
The Text 3
The Exploration 7
Doha 1: Establishing the Mind-Temple 9
Doha 2: Statement of Desire 12
Chaupai 1: Why Monkey as God 16
Chaupai 2: Son of Wind 21
Chaupai 3: Thunder Body, Lighming Mind 25
Chaupai 4: Darshan 29
Chaupai 5: Warrior, Servant, and Sage 32
Chaupai 6: Rudra's Eleventh Form 36
Chaupai 7: Clever and Concerned 39
Chaupai 8: Other People's Stories 42
Chaupai 9: Adapting to Context 47
Chaupai 10: Demon-Killer 51
Chaupai 11: Saving Lakshman 55
Chaupai 12: A Brother Like Bharat 58
Chaupai 13: Vishnus Avatar 61
Chaupai 14: Brahma and his Mind-born Sons 65
Chaupai 15: Admirers in Every Direction 69
Chaupai 16: Enabling Sugriv 72
Chaupai 17: Empowering Vibhishan 76
Chaupai 18: Sun as Fruit 80
Chaupai 19: Monkeyness 83
Chaupai 20: In Southeast Asia 88
Chaupai 21: Doorkeeper 92
Chaupai 22: Guardian of Fortune 96
Chaupai 23: Three Worlds 99
Chaupai 24: Frightens Away Ghosts 104
Chaupai 25: Takes Away Ailments 108
Chaupai 26: Aligning with the Divine 111
Chaupai 27: Serving the Hermit-King 115
Chaupai 28: Chariot of Desire 119
Chaupai 29: Four Eras 122
Chaupai 30: In China 125
Chaupai 31: Goddess and Tantra 128
Chaupai 32: Serving God 132
Chaupai 33: Karma and Rebirth 136
Chaupai 34: Heavens 139
Chaupai 35: One is Many 142
Chaupai 36: Problem-Solver 146
Chaupai 37: Guru and Gosain 149
Chaupai 38: Liberation 152
Chaupai 39: Title of the Poem 155
Chaupai 40: About the Poet 158
Doha 3: Becoming Hanuman 162
Further Reading & Acknowledgements 169

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