Worshipped by devotees who wish to gain courage, devotion and strength, Lord Hanuman is one of the most loved and respected deities in India and across the world. He is known as an incarnation of Lord Shiva and is best known as the Son of the Wind God (Pavan or Vayu), hence, he is also known as Pavanputra or Vayuputra. His mother is the beautiful celestial damsel Anjana and father is Kesari. Hanuman has a cut in his jaw from his childhood, which he got as a punishment for being too mischievous. Believed to be one of the Chiranjivi (immortals), Hanuman is recognized for his unwavering devotion to Lord Rama, who is his Guru.Hanuman Chalisa is a set of 40 verses (couplets) that is an ode to Hanuman’s splendor. Composed by Saint Tulisdas, the verses describe Hanuman’s bravery, strength, kindness andwisdom, and also his unflinching devotion to Lord Rama.Hanuman had one of the biggest roles in the epic Ramayana, where he is pivotal for reuniting Goddess Sita and Lord Ram. Without Hanuman, it would be impossible to imagine Ramayana.Chanting Hanuman Chalisa brings immense positive energy and courage into our lives. It also invokes the blessings of Shirdi Sai Baba, who is known to be very close to Hanuman and is also an incarnation of Hanuman. Shirdi Sai Baba is known to admire these two qualities in a devotee – pure devotion and unflinching faith in one’s Guru.There is a famous South facing Hanuman Temple called the Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman Mandir in Shirdi near Dwarkamai (home of Shirdi Sai Baba, from where Baba talks to Hanuman each day. The number of Shirdi Sai Baba and Hanuman is number 9 (nine). The number denotes the energy of Mars (mangal), which is responsible for strength and valor. Shirdi Sai Baba’s favourite song is in fact the following devotional song by Saint Kabir called –
The beautiful devotional song talks about the grace of Guru (Rama) dawning upon devotee Hanuman and how Hanuman cannot see anything other than Rama anywhere. He only lives and breathes his Guru Lord Rama.
Guru kripa Anjana payo mere bhai, Rama bina kachu jaanata naahi.
Andara Rama baahara Rama, jahan dekhe vahan Rama he Rama.
Jaagatha Rama sovatha Rama, sapno mein deikhe rajahi Rama.
Kahatha Kabeera anubhava neeka, jahan dekhe vahan Rama sareekha.