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328. Hanuman Chalisa

mukya prana

Reciting Hanuman Chalisa is very powerful. It brings good health and prosperity.  Lord Hanuman is considered as a God who helps to get rid of evils and spirits that can be harmful. The hymn will also help get rid of scary and fearful thoughts. Lord Hanuman saved the life of Shani Dev and this when Shani Dev said that He will not harm a true devotee of Hanuman. So, by reciting Hanuman Chalisa, we can impress Shani. We all commit sins knowingly and unknowingly. We can ask for forgiveness by reciting the Hanuman Chalisa. If one recites Hanuman Chalisa, he/she is able to get the divine protection of Lord Hanuman and all his/her obstacles are removed. Absolute faith and correct attitude will get you the blessings of Hanuman and with the recital of Hanuman Chalisa, we can achieve whatever we desire for.

Let us recite Hanuman Chalisa, knowing the meaning.

Shri Guru Charan Saroj Raj After cleansing the mirror of my mind with the pollen
Nij mane mukure sudhar dust of holy Guru’s Lotus feet. I Profess the pure,
Varnao Raghuvar Vimal Jasu  untainted glory of Shri Raghuvar which bestows the four-
Jo dayaku phal char fold fruits of life.(Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha).
Budhi Hin Tanu Janike Fully aware of the deficiency of my intelligence, I
Sumirau Pavan Kumar concentrate my attention on Pavan Kumar and humbly
Bal budhi Vidya dehu mohe ask for strength, intelligence and true knowledge to
Harahu Kalesa Vikar relieve me of all blemishes, causing pain.
Jai Hanuman gyan gun sagar Victory to thee, O’Hanuman! Ocean of Wisdom-All
Jai Kapis tihun lok ujagar hail to you O’Kapisa! (fountain-head of power,wisdom
and Shiva-Shakti) You illuminate all the three worlds
(Entire cosmos) with your glory.
Ram doot atulit bal dhama You are the divine messenger of Shri Ram. The
Anjani-putra Pavan sut nama repository of immeasurable strength, though known
only as Son of Pavan (Wind), born of Anjani.
Mahavir Vikram Bajrangi With Limbs as sturdy as Vajra (The mace of God Indra)
Kumati nivar sumati Ke sangi you are valiant and brave. On you attends good Sense
and Wisdom. You dispel the darkness of evil thoughts.
Kanchan varan viraj subesa Your physique is beautiful golden coloured and your dress
Kanan Kundal Kunchit Kesa is pretty. You wear ear rings and have long curly hair.
Hath Vajra Aur Dhuvaje Viraje You carry in your hand a lightening bolt along with a victory
Kandhe moonj janehu sajai (kesari) flag and wear the sacred thread on your shoulder.
Sankar suvan kesri Nandan As a descendant of Lord Sankar, you are a comfort and pride
Tej pratap maha jag vandan of Shri Kesari. With the lustre of your Vast Sway, you are
propitiated all over the universe.
Vidyavan guni ati chatur You are the repository of learning, virtuous and fully accom-
Ram kaj karibe ko aatur plished, always keen to carry out the behest’s of Shri Ram.
Prabu charitra sunibe ko rasiya You are an ardent listener, always so keen to listen to the
Ram Lakhan Sita man Basiya narration of Shri Ram’s Life Stories. Your heart is filled with
what Shri Ram stood for. You therefore always dwell in the
hearts of Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita.
Sukshma roop dhari Siyahi dikhava You appeared before Sita in a Diminutive form and spoke to
Vikat roop dhari lanka jarava her in humility. You assumed an awesome form and struck
terror by setting Lanka on fire.
Bhima roop dhari asur sanghare With over-whelming might you destroyed the Asuras
Ramachandra ke kaj sanvare (demons) and performed all tasks assigned to you by Shri Ram
with great skill.
Laye Sanjivan Lakhan Jiyaye You brought Sanjivan (A herb that revives life) and restored
Shri Raghuvir Harashi ur laye Lakshman back to life, Shri Raghuvir (Shri Ram) cheerfully
embraced you with his heart full of joy.
Raghupati Kinhi bahut badai Shri Raghupati (Shri Ram) lustily extolled your excellence and
Tum mam priye Bharat-hi sam bhai said: “You are as dear to me as my own brother Bharat.”
Sahas badan tumharo yash gaave Thousands of living beings are chanting hymns of your glories;
Us kahi Shripati kanth lagaave saying thus, Shri Ram warmly hugged him (Shri Hanuman).
Sankadik Brahmadi Muneesa When prophets like Sanka, even the Sage like Lord Brahma,
Narad Sarad sahit Aheesa the great hermit Narad himself, Goddess Saraswati and Ahisha
(one of immeasurable dimensions).
Yam Kuber Digpal Jahan te Even Yamraj (God of Death) Kuber (God of Wealth) and the
Kavi kovid kahi sake kahan te Digpals (deputies guarding the four corners of the Universe)
have been vying with one another in offering homage to your
glories. How then, can a mere poet give adequate expression
of your super excellence.
Tum upkar Sugreevahin keenha You rendered a great service to Sugriv. You united him with
Ram milaye rajpad deenha Shri Ram and he installed him on the Royal Throne. By heeding
Tumharo mantra Vibheeshan mana your advice, Vibhishan became Lord of Lanka. This is known
Lankeshwar Bhaye Sub jag jana all over the Universe.
Yug sahastra jojan par Bhanu On your own you dashed upon the Sun, which is at a fabulous
Leelyo tahi madhur phal janu distance of thousands of miles, thinking it to be a sweet
luscious fruit.
Prabhu mudrika meli mukh mahee Carrying the Lord’s Signet Ring in your mouth, there is
Jaladhi langhi gaye achraj nahee hardly any wonder that you easily leapt across the ocean.
Durgaam kaj jagat ke jete The burden of all difficult tasks of the world become light
Sugam anugraha tumhre tete with your kind grace.
Ram dware tum rakhvare, You are the sentry at the door of Shri Ram’s Divine Abode.
Hoat na agya binu paisare No one can enter it without your permission,
Sub sukh lahai tumhari sarna All comforts of the world lie at your feet. The devotees enjoy all
Tum rakshak kahu ko dar na divine pleasures and feel fearless under your benign Protection.
Aapan tej samharo aapai You alone are befitted to carry your own splendid valour. All the
Teenhon lok hank te kanpai three worlds (entire universe) tremor at your thunderous call.
Bhoot pisach Nikat nahin aavai All the ghosts, demons and evil forces keep away, with the
Mahavir jab naam sunavai sheer mention of your great name, O’Mahaveer!!
Nase rog harai sab peera All diseases, pain and suffering disappear on reciting regularly
Japat nirantar Hanumant beera Shri Hanuman’s holy name.
Sankat se Hanuman chudavai Those who remember Shri Hanuman in thought, words and deeds
Man Karam Vachan dyan jo lavai with Sincerity and Faith, are rescued from all crises in life.
Sub par Ram tapasvee raja All who hail, worship and have faith in Shri Ram as the Supreme
Tin ke kaj sakal Tum saja Lord and the king of penance. You make all their difficult tasks
very easy.
Aur manorath jo koi lavai Whosoever comes to you for fulfillment of any desire with faith
Sohi amit jeevan phal pavai and sincerity, Will he alone secure the imperishable fruit of
human life.
Charon Yug partap tumhara All through the four ages your magnificent glory is acclaimed far
Hai persidh jagat ujiyara and wide. Your fame is Radiantly acclaimed all over the Cosmos.
Sadhu Sant ke tum Rakhware You are Saviour and the guardian angel of Saints and Sages and
Asur nikandan Ram dulhare destroy all Demons. You are the angelic darling of Shri Ram.
Ashta sidhi nav nidhi ke dhata You can grant to any one, any yogic power of Eight Siddhis
Us var deen Janki mata (power to become light and heavy at will) and Nine Nidhis
(Riches,comfort,power,prestige,fame,sweet relationship etc.)
This boon has been conferred upon you by Mother Janki.
Ram rasayan tumhare pasa You possess the power of devotion to Shri Ram. In all rebirths
Sada raho Raghupati ke dasa you will always remain Shri Raghupati’s most dedicated disciple.
Tumhare bhajan Ram ko pavai Through hymns sung in devotion to you, one can find Shri Ram
Janam janam ke dukh bisravai and become free from sufferings of several births.
Anth kaal Raghuvir pur jayee If at the time of death one enters the Divine Abode of Shri Ram,
Jahan janam Hari-Bakht Kahayee thereafter in all future births he is born as the Lord’s devotee.
Aur Devta Chit na dharehi One need not entertain any other deity for Propitiation, as
Hanumanth se hi sarve sukh karehi devotion of Shri Hanuman alone can give all happiness.
Sankat kate mite sab peera One is freed from all the sufferings and ill fated contingencies of
Jo sumirai Hanumat Balbeera rebirths in the world. One who adores and remembers Shri Hanuman.
Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosahin Hail, Hail, Hail, Shri Hanuman, Lord of senses. Let your victory
Kripa Karahu Gurudev ki nyahin over the evil be firm and final. Bless me in the capacity as my
supreme guru (teacher).
Jo sat bar path kare kohi One who recites Chalisa one hundred times, becomes free from the
Chutehi bandhi maha sukh hohi bondage of life and death and enjoys the highest bliss at last.
Jo yah padhe Hanuman Chalisa All those who recite Hanuman Chalisa (The forty Chaupais)
Hoye siddhi sakhi Gaureesa regularly are sure to be benedicted. Such is the evidence of no less a
witness as Bhagwan Sankar.
Tulsidas sada hari chera Tulsidas as a bonded slave of the Divine Master, stays perpetually at
Keejai Das Hrdaye mein dera his feet, he prays “Oh Lord! You enshrine within my heart & soul.”
Pavantnai sankar haran, Oh! conqueror of the Wind, Destroyer of all miseries, you are a
Mangal murti roop. symbol of Auspiciousness.
Ram Lakhan Sita sahit, Along with Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita, reside in my heart.
Hrdaye basahu sur bhoop. Oh! King of Gods.


327. Yogasana 6 – Pavana Mukthasana

Pavana means air. The trapped digestive gas from the stomach and intestines should be released periodically from the body. Pavana mukthasana helps us to do this.

pavana mukthasana

First we have to lie stretching the legs and hands maximum. Keeping the left leg flat on the ground, we have to bring the right leg upto the upper body. The fingers should be interlocked below the right knee. We have to inhale the air fully and exhale slowly, by raising the head and shoulder from the ground. The head should touch the right knee. We have to inhale and exhale for few seconds by taking deep breath. Then, we should come to the normal position gently. This movement should be repeated with left leg up and keeping flat the right leg. If we do this pavana mukthasana 10 times the unwanted gas from the body will come out. We get relief from problems like stomach upset and and constipation.

326. Aloo Dum

Aloo dum was our favourite recipe when we were at Calcutta. The vegetables during winter were arranged like a kolu in steps there and we will be confused which one to buy. Since the vegetables were fresh, we buy a lot and I tried many dishes using them. The baby potatoes goes well for this dish but we can use ordinary potato also.

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Ingredients required :

Potato – 1/4 kg

Tomato – 1

Big onion – 1

Small onion – 10

Jeera – 1/2 tsp

Kalamirch – 1/2 tsp

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic – 4 leaves

Green chilly – 2

Red chilly – 2

Clove – 4

Elaichi – 2

Salt – 1/2 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

Jaggery  powder – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Corriander leaves – 1 bunch

Cooking oil – 1/4 kg

Method of preparation :

Put the potatoes in boiling water for few minutes and peel out the skin. Cut them into cubes and fry in cooking oil. Grind tomato, onion, mirch, jeera, ginger, clove, garlic, elaichi, and chillies. In a kadai put 1/2 tsp of oil and saute the ground  paste. Add corriander powder, turmeric powder and salt. After 10 minutes,  add fried potatoes after putting small holes here and there. After 5 minutes switch off gas and garnish aloo dum with corriander leaves. It goes well with rice as well as with chapathi.

325. The art of miming

Few days back I saw the miming show in a TV programme. I was really impressed by the way of presentation. The artists  take a theme and express it without speech. The facial expression and the body  language convey the message clearly to the audience. It is very much interesting to watch the show.

In the olden days, the rat of miming played an important role in silent movies. We cannot forget the comedy and satire used by Charlie Chaplin in silent movies. The art of miming was well handled by him. The language of gesture was born with man and everybody uses it in life in many situations. The miming artist takes the risk of expressing his thoughts in a gentle manner, in a silent way, without speech. The costume, mask, lighting effect and music add interest to the show.

When the spoken language was not found out, miming is used to convey message and it was used as a medium of conversation. In the present day world, it is regarded as an art and many youngsters show interest in learning it. The performers enact everyday scenes with the help of elaborate gestures. If we watch keenly the gestures, they we can follow the theme.

Usually the comedy theme is enjoyable in a  theatre or stage. The actions and the visual design tell the viewers the story. Abstract mime is used to generate feelings, thoughts and images from a serious topic or issue.

If you get a chance, please don’t miss to watch the miming show.


322. Keerai vadai

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Ingredients required :

Urud dal – 1 cup

Any type of keerai – 1 bunch

Kala mirch – 10

Salt – 1/2 tsp

Onion(chopped) – 2 tbs

Curry leaves – one small bunch

Cooking oil – 200 ml

Method of preparation :

Soak urud dal in water for 2 hours. Grind it coarsely with little water. Add chopped keerai, crushed mirch, salt, onion and curry leaves. Heat cooking oil in a kadai. Take a plastic sheet and wet it with water. Take a small ball of batter. Flatten it with fingers and make a small hole in the middle. Drop it in cooking oil and deep fry till it becomes golden brown. Very tasty keerai vadai is ready.


320. Hindi movie “Jab we met”

I have heard and read about Rothang pass in Manali long ago. The Rothang pass lies between Chenab and Beas river basins. My wish to visit it was fulfilled in May 2016, when I went on a tour to Manali. With great expectations I went there but disappointed very much as the tourists were not permitted upto Snow point. Since it was very hot in May, there was no snow on the mountain range on both sides of the road, through which we travel. The vehicles were stopped at a point below the Himalayan mountain ranges on all sides. Since there was little snow here & there on the mountain ranges, it was not eye-catching for visitors. We stayed there for few hours and returned, without getting impressed.

Few days back, I saw the hindi movie “Jab we met”.  I think its tamil remake “Kandaen kadhalai” was better than this. The comedy track of Santhanam in Kandaen kadhalai was totally missing in hindi version. But, in one song sequence(Jab we met), the beauty of Rothang pass was picturised well. The ice-covered mountain range on both sides of the road gives a chill feeling. For that we can see “Jab we met”.



319. Movie “Ki & Ka”

Recently I saw the hindi movie “Ki & Ka”. The story was about a woman(Ki) who wanted to become a successful business person. So, she didn’t not want to get married. She met a guy(Ka) who was the son of a businessman. That guy was not interested in continuing  the  business of his father. He hated to race for money. He wanted to remain at home and run the family. They got married and started a peaceful life. When Ki mentioned that Ka was the person behind her for her success,  everybody started to like Ka. The media showed much interest in giving popularity to Ka. Ki became jealous of Ka. Ka was invited by Jaya Bachan and got a chance to meet Amitab Bachan and Jaya Bachan. Jaya Bachan gave a present for Ki. Ki quarreled with Ka and Ka leaves the house. Then, Ki opened the gift for her by Jaya Bachan  realises that there was no fault on the part of Ka. Then, Ki and Ka join again.

The story subject even though new, didn’t attract me much.  I am attracted by the  train which remains a motif throughout the film. Even in serious scenes, my eyes fall on the train only. The train is used as a transportation device for food from kitchen to dining table. That is really a novel idea. The trains of different shapes and sizes are seen on the frames.

Yes, the train lovers  can see this film and  enjoy.