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.
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
Leeyo Taahi Madhur Phal Janu!”
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.
Now Let’s See what the Intellectuals (Garjajev’s Research Group) got after Decoding the Lines of Hanuman Chalisa Written by Tulsidas
1 Yuga is 12000 years
1 Sahastra is 1000 years
1 Yojan is 8 miles
Yuga X Shastra X Bhanu is par Bhanu
12000 X 1000 X 8 = 96000000 miles
1 mile is 1.6 km
So, 96000000 X 1.6 = 1536000000 km
This is the exact round figure distance of earth from Sun on 3rd July because studies mention the distance of 152,093,481 km from earth to sun during the aphelion (The period when earth is farthest from the Sun)
Tulsidas, the Author of Hanuman Chalisa had met the Immortal Hanuman Face to Face
Tulsidas at various places mentions his rendezvous with Lord Hanuman and Lord Rama. Bhaktirasbodhini of Priyadas mentions it clearly – Tulsidas every morning used to go out in the woods just outside of Banaras for his ablutions. After returning back the remaining water was fetched to a tree which was consumed by a spirit, whose thirst seems to be endless.
He was so happy with Tulsidas that he appeared and asked him for a boon. Tulsidas immediately expressed his desire to meet Shri Ram. Expressing his inability to arrange a meeting with Shri Ram, the spirit gave him the ticket to meet Hanuman. Yes, he told how Tulsidas can meet and approach Hanuman, the biggest Bhakt of Shri Ram.
Next day, Tulsidas while doing his bhajan saw an old leper attending, he was not only first person to come but also the last one to leave. Tulsidas followed him and revealed the fact that he knew who he was. Lord Hanuman at first denied, but then came in his real form. This place where Tulsidas met Lord Hanuman is the same place where Sankat Mochan Temple finds his foundation now.
By: Deepti Verma
Reference and Source:
Bhaktirasbodini by Priyadas – Published by Geeta Press
Ramayana translated by Growse
Pinch, William R. Warrior ascetics and Indian empires – Cambridge University Press.
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