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Meaning of Hanuman Chalisa explained with Pictures

I come from a Hindu family . And I'm definitely not one among those who regularly visit the temples and chant all the things that they don't really understand . My mother always used to urge me to try and follow Lord Hanuman and recite his Bajans ( prayers in the form of songs ) . I was very reluctant earlier .

One day ,out of the blue, while I was on my way back to home after visiting a temple , I bought a book of Hanuman Chalisa . Back home I downloaded the chalisa . Heard it once . Found it too long . Copied it into my mobile . And then ??

I totally forgot about it . Later one day , when I was in a very bad mood and wanted to deviate my attention, turned to my mobile and played the only song in it - Hanuman Chalisa .

And to my surprise , the sound turned out to be so soothing . Though I hardly understood a quarter of it , it created good vibes. I may sound very dramatic ; but it had actually happened . I went back to the book I had bought and started to read and understand it .

Many of the Hanuman devotees insist on reciting the 40 verses each day in order to gain blessing from the lord .I personally either go through the verses or listen to the bhajan at least once a day because of the kind of mental peace it beings . I still cannot recite the chalisa without reading it from the book . But I made it a point to understand it fully .

Here , I will give you the meaning of the Chalisa in simple words . The picture above each verse will be a pictorial representation of the verse .

Please help me improve this explanation and let me know through the comments if you find any flaws.

Chalisa means 40 verses . There are numerous bhajans sung by many artists . I suggest you to listen to the chalisa sung by Anup Jalota .It is considered to be the most melodious Hannuman chalisa though it is a little long .You can download it form here --> Download Hanuman Chalisa

The pictures I used in this article are from the book I mentioned above . I really wish to give credit to the one behind the art. Unfortunately, I have no clue of him/her . All I wish is that may lord bless him .. may he live long and create more such great stuff.


The Explanation

Shree Guru Charan Saroj Raj, Nij Man Mukar Sudhari,
Barnau Raghuvar Bimal Jasu, Jo dayaku Phal Chari .

Picture depcting verse 1 of  the Humuna Chalisa

Picture depcting verse 1 of the Humuna Chalisa

With the dust of Guru’s Lotus feet, I cleanse the mirror of my mind and recite the holy glory of lord Sri Ram , the greatest of Raghu dynasty, the giver of the four achievements of life.


Budhi heen Tanu Janike, Sumirow, Pavan Kumar,
Bal Buddhi Vidya Dehu Mohi, Harahu Kalesh Vikaar .

Picture depicting verse 2 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 2 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Knowing that I am ignorant, I plead you, O Hanuman, The son of Pavan - the lord of wind , kindly give me strength, wisdom and knowledge, removing my griefs and flaws.

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Jai Hanuman Gyan Guna Sagar
Jai Kipis Tihun Lok Ujgaar .

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Picture depicting verse 3 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 3 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Victory of you, O Hanuman, ocean of knowledge and wisdom, victory to the Lord of monkeys who is greatly known in all the three worlds ( Heaven , Earth and Hell ).

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Ramdoot Atulit Bal Dhamaa,
Anjani Putra Pavansut naamaa.

Picture depicting verse 4 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 4 of the Hanuman Chalisa

The messenger of Sri Rama , one who holds immense strength, son of Anjani and the Pavan - the wind.

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Mahebeer Bikram Bajrangi,
Kumati Nivaar Sumati Ke Sangi.


Picture depicting verse 5 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 5 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Oh brave Hanuman, with a body like lightening. You dispel evil and are a companion of goodness.


Kanchan Baran Biraaj Subesaa,
Kanan kundal kunchit kesa.

Picture depicting verse 6 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 6 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Golden coloured physique, prettily dressed , wearing ear-rings and with long curly hair.

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Hath Bajra Aur Dhvaja Birjai,
Kandhe Moonj Janeu saage.


Picture depicting verse 7 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 7 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Holding in one hand a lighting bolt ( weapon of lord Indra ) and in the other a banner of victory with sacred thread of Hinduism across his shoulder.

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Shankar Suvna Kesari Nandan,
Tej Pratap Maha Jag Vandan.

Picture depicting verse 8 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 8 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Oh Hanuman ! The reincarnation of lord Shiva ,and son of Shri Keshri. The entire world is pacified by your glory.

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Vidyavaan Guni Ati Chatur,
Ram Kaj Karibe Ko Atur

Picture depicting verse 9 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 9 of the Hanuman Chalisa

You are very clever and wise who is highly keen to do the work of Shri Ram Chandra.

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Prabhu Charittra Sunibe Ko Rasiya,
Ram Lakhan Sita man basyia.

Picture depicting verse 10 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 10 of the Hanuman Chalisa

You blissfully listen to the biography of Sri Ram , hence dwell in your the heart Shri Ram, Sita and Shri Lakshman.

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Sukshma roop Dhari Siyahi Dikhwana,
Bikat roop Dhari Lank Jarawa

Picture depicting verse 11 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 11 of the Hanuman Chalisa

You put on a humble form in front of Sita and you assumed a demonic form while setting Lanka on fire.

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Bhim roop Dhari Asur Sanhare,
Ramchandra Ke kaaj Savare.

Picture depicting verse 12 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 12 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Assumed a powerful form to kill demons in Lanka and performed tasks of Shri Ram.

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Laye Sajivan Lakhan Jiyaye,
Shri Raghubir harashi ur laye.

Picture depicting verse 13 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 13 of the Hanuman Chalisa

You saved Lakshman by bringing the Sanjivni herbs. Shri Ram took you in his deep embrace, his heart full of joy.

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Raghupati Kinhi Bahut Badaai,
Tum Mama Priya Bharat Sam Bahi.

Picture depicting verse 14 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 14 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Shri Ram showered praises on you saying , “you are as dear to me as my own brother Bharat".

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Sahastra Badan Tumharo Jas Gaave,
Asa kahi Shripati Kanth Laagave.

Picture depicting verse 15 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 15 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Shri Ram Chandra embraced Hanuman saying , “Let thousands sing your glories".

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Sankadik Brahmadi Muneesa,
Narad Sarad Sahit Aheesa

Picture depicting verse 16 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 16 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Sanak ( a great saint) and the sages, lord Brahma, Narad and Goddess Saraswati along with Sheshnag , fail to sing the glories of Hanumanji exactly.

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Jam Kuber Digpal Jahan The,
Kabi Kabid Kahin Sake Kahan Te


Picture depicting verse 17 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 17 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Gods like Yamraj, Kuber, and Digpal fail to narrate your greatness . How can I , a simple poet ( Tulasidas ) do justice to the song of your greatness ?

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Tum Upkar Sugrivahi Keenha,
Ram Milai Rajpad Deenha

Picture depicting verse 18 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 18 of the Hanuman Chalisa

You rendered a great service for Sugriva, It were you who united him with Shree Ram and installed him on the Royal Throne.

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Tumharo Mantro Bibhishan Maana,
Lankeshwar Bhaye Sab Jag Jaana.

Picture depicting verse 19 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 19 of the Hanuman Chalisa

As per your advice Vibhishan became King of Lanka, which is known throughout the universe.

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Juug Sahastra Jojan Par Bhaanu,
Leelyo Taahi Madhur Phal Jaanu .


Picture depicting verse 20 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 20 of the Hanuman Chalisa

In your childhood, you gulped the Sun which is at a distance of thousands of miles considering it to be a sweet fruit.

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Prabhu Mudrika Meli Mukha Maaheen,
Jaladhi Langhi Gaye Acharaj Naheen

Picture depicting verse 21 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 21 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Carrying God Rama's ring in mouth, you crossed the ocean with might . There is no wonder in that.

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Durgam Kaaj Jagat Ke Jeete,
Sugam Anugrah Tumhre Te Te.

Picture depicting verse 22 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 22 of the Hanuman Chalisa

All the difficulties in the world can be dealt with easily by your grace.

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Ram Duware Tum Rakhavare,
Hot Na Aagya Bin Paisare.

Picture depicting verse 23 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 23 of the Hanuman Chalisa

You are the guardian of Rama's divine abode. No one may enter without your permission.

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Sab Sukh Lahen Tumhari Sarna,
Tum Rakshak Kaahu Ko Darnaa.

Picture depicting verse 24 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 24 of the Hanuman Chalisa

By your grace one can enjoy all bliss. You are the savior, why should one be afraid ?

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Aapan Tej Samharo Aapei,
Tanau Lok Hank Te Kanpei

Picture depicting verse 25 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 25 of the Hanuman Chalisa

When you roar all the three worlds tremble and only you can control your might.


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Bhoot Pisaach Nikat Nahi Avei,
Mahabir Jab Naam Sunavei.

Picture depicting verse 26 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 26 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Hanumanji’s name keeps all the Ghosts, Demons and evil spirits away from his devotees.

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Nasei Rog Hare Sab Peera,
Japat Niranter Hanumant Beera

Picture depicting verse 27 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 27 of the Hanuman Chalisa

On reciting Hanuman's name frequently, all the diseases perish, all pain vanish.

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Sankat Te Hanuman Chhudavei,
Man Kram Bachan Dhyan Jo Lavei.

Picture depicting verse 28 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 28 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Those who remember Hanuman in thought and deed are secured against all odds in life.

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Sub Par Ram Tapasvee Raaja,
Tinke Kaaj Sakal Tum Saaja

Picture depicting verse 29 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 29 of the Hanuman Chalisa

You are the care-taker of even the great Lord Sri Rama, who has been hailed as the monarch of all those in penances.

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Aur Manorath Jo Koi Lave,
Soi Amit Jivan Phal Pave.


Picture depicting verse 30 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 30 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Whoever comes to you for fulfillment of desires with complete faith and sincerity , attain the fruit of life .

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Charo Juung Partap Tumhara,
Hai Parsiddha Jagat Ujiyara.

Picture depicting verse 31 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 31 of the Hanuman Chalisa

You magnificent glory is acclaimed through the four ages and your fame is radiantly noted all over.

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Sadho Sant Ke Tum Rakhvare,
Asur Nikandan Ram Dulare.

Picture depicting verse 32 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 32 of the Hanuman Chalisa

You are the guardian of saints and sages, you are the heavenly darling of lord Shri Ram.

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Ashta Siddhi Nau Nidhi Ke Data,
Asa Bar Din Janki Mata.


Picture depicting verse 33 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 33 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Hanumanji has been blessed with mother Janki to grant to any one any yogic power of eight Sidhis (power to get light and heavy ) and nine Nidhis ( fame, power, comfort, prestige, etc).

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Ram Rasayan Tumhare Pasa,
Sadaa Raho Raghupati Ke Dasa.

Picture depicting verse 34 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 34 of the Hanuman Chalisa

You have devotion to Ram, always remaining Rama's greatest disciple .

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Tumhare Bhajan Ramko Pavei.
Janam Janam Ke Dukh Bisravei.

Picture depicting verse 35 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 35 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Through devotion to you, one reaches lord Rama and becomes free from suffering of many lives.

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Anta Kaal Raghubar Pur Jai,
Jahan Janma Hari Bhakta Kahai.

Picture depicting verse 36 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 36 of the Hanuman Chalisa

If one goes to the eternal abode of Sri Ram during death, will remain a devotee of Rama in all lives.

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Aur Devata Chitt Na Dharai,
Hanumant Sei Sarva Sukh Karai

Picture depicting verse 37 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 37 of the Hanuman Chalisa

You need not think of any other God. Hanuman alone will give all bliss.

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Sankat Kate Mitey Sab Peera,
Jo Sumirei Hanumant Balbeera

Picture depicting verse 38 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 38 of the Hanuman Chalisa

All troubles vanish and all problems move away on remembering lord Hanuman.

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Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosai
Kripa Karahu Gurudev Ki Naiee

Picture depicting verse 39 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 39 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Hail-Hail-Hail-Hanumanji! I request you to bless me in the capacity of my supreme teacher.

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Jo Shat Baar Paath Kar Koi,
Chhutahi Bandi Maha Sukh Hoi.

Picture depicting verse 40 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 40 of the Hanuman Chalisa

One who recites Chalisa one hundred times, becomes free from the bondage of life and death and enjoys the greatest bliss.

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Jo Yah Padhe Hanuman Chalisa,
Hoy Siddhi Sakhi Gaurisa

Picture depicting verse 41 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 41 of the Hanuman Chalisa

As Lord Shankar witnesses, all those who recite Hanuman Chalisa regularly are sure to be benedicted.

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Tulsidas Sada Hari Chera,
Keeje Nath Hriday Mah Dera.

Picture depicting verse 42 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 42 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Tulsidas always the servant of Lord prays. “Oh my Lord! You enshrine within my heart.!

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Pavan Tanay Sankat Haran , Mangal Murti Roop.
Ram Lakhan Sita Sahit, Hriday Basahu Sur Bhoop.

Picture depicting verse 43 of the Hanuman Chalisa

Picture depicting verse 43 of the Hanuman Chalisa

O Shri Hanuman, The Son of Pavan, saviour the embodiment of blessings, reside in my heart together with Shri Ram, Laxman and Sita.

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Comments

SUBHASH CHAND on June 18, 2020:

Very nicely explained thx God bless you always

MG Singh emge from Singapore on March 14, 2020:

Nice. I recite it everyday

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 14, 2020:

Very nice presentation. Well narrated.

Asha Kanta Sharma from Guwahati, Assam, India on June 06, 2019:

Jai Shree Ram...

Hanuman Bhakt on December 04, 2018:

Nice work thank you,

You are truly fulfilling “SahastraBadan Tumharo Jas Gaave”

Preethi Anusha (author) from Hyderabad , India on January 15, 2018:

Thanks

S R Sheetal on March 23, 2017:

Good job bro

Thx for sharing

Kavitha on March 03, 2017:

It was very helpful in understanding the Hanuman Chalisa & pictures helps in remembering it easily, Thank u for sharing such a wonderful post, Jai Hanuman

Sireesha on February 28, 2017:

Thank you so much now i came to know the meaning of hanuman chalisa thanks a lot thanks Jai Sri Ram ......

Charanamrit from Delhi (NCR), India on April 20, 2016:

Hi,

Nice blog and visualize the full picture of Hanuman Chalisa. I read this blog in 30 minutes and understood full story of Lord Hanuman. Read more about Bhagwan Hanuman by clicking http://www.charanamrit.com/gods/hanuman_5

mohan on April 18, 2016:

Thanks

ekta on March 21, 2016:

Thank you for a simple pictorial explanation. Its meaningful and peaceful.

Krraanthi on January 24, 2016:

I pray ShriRam Ji and Hanumanji for blessings to you for the wonderfull effort you have done. The pictures helped me a lot to understand.

Vijay Anupoju on January 14, 2016:

good explanation.. jai hanuman

Smita D on November 27, 2015:

Simply excellent is good encouragement for one and all. Thanks

Preethi Anusha (author) from Hyderabad , India on October 28, 2015:

You are all welcomed.

Machiraju on October 27, 2015:

This is really great. Well explained. Thanks for such great effort

Haribaskar on September 15, 2015:

Excellent work you have done. By this you fulfilled one of my desire. Surely sri veer hanuman will give best to you.

JAI SRI RAM JAI VEER HANUMAN. ...

saranya sagar on September 06, 2015:

Thanks alot.Its the very first time i read the entire meaning of hanuman chalisa.I felt very spiritful while knowing all the glorious and gracious things of hanuman.I keep on reciting it every day.Thank you for realising us such an importance of hanuman chalis every one's life.

Akshay from India on July 15, 2015:

W..ow! I liked your hub very much. It is said that reading this chalisa while knowing its meaning is more beneficial and powerful. It is best recited after sunset because till sunset he is busy worshing Lord Ram. Its siddhi grants one with the 8 superpowers and 9 divine treasures . Mostly every mantra and chalisa shows its results after chanting for 1,25000 times, but if chanted with full faith and devotion every chanting of the Chalisa pleases Lord Hanuman.

aman chauhan on July 07, 2015:

i bow to lord hanuman

jai shree ram jai hanuman

i beleive lord will help me getting out of my pains and sadness

Preethi Anusha (author) from Hyderabad , India on July 07, 2015:

M happy it helped

Varsha Deshpande on June 23, 2015:

Very nice explanation. you explained with images it is very eassy to understand.

Thanks a lot.

Aakash on June 20, 2015:

God bless u .

Indeed helpfull. About to explain this to 30 kids. Thank you so much.

Abhishek Kumat on June 19, 2015:

Very nice explaination.....thanks buddy

M k tayal on June 15, 2015:

Jai baba ki

Sahil jangir on May 12, 2015:

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Madhavi NC on May 12, 2015:

Nice and useful. Thanks for posting.

Tarkeshwar on May 04, 2015:

parta

mohit on April 09, 2015:

sister

Krishna on April 07, 2015:

Thanks a lot.

Preethi Anusha (author) from Hyderabad , India on January 18, 2015:

Jai SiyaRam!

Preethi Anusha (author) from Hyderabad , India on January 18, 2015:

Thank you Chandar ji

Preethi Anusha (author) from Hyderabad , India on January 18, 2015:

I have read the same in this ISKCON site. Hope it helps you.

http://www.iskcondesiretree.net/profiles/blogs/sid...

Preethi Anusha (author) from Hyderabad , India on January 18, 2015:

Glad it helped you. Thank you so your wishes Geetha ji

Preethi Anusha (author) from Hyderabad , India on January 18, 2015:

I will surely try my hand on another too. Thanks

Pradeep on January 17, 2015:

Jai Shree Ram......Jai Bajran Bali......Jai Hanuman......

Varadan Chandar on January 17, 2015:

I have known very knowledgeable scholars recommending the faithful recitation of Hanuman Chalisa ss a very powerful tool for surmounting and overcoming all types of worldly problems .

It is rich and pregnant with great spiritual power ( manthra shakthi) to invoke the kindest blessings of Shri Hanuman.

Devotional listening with an understanding of the meaning and rendering of these glorious verses regularly in the morning and evening after lighting the divine lamp for 48 days is sure to lead a devotee out of any problem or tension of life .

You deserve special blessings for these pictorial explanation of the meaning of Haniman Chalisa.

vishal pediwal on December 27, 2014:

thank you....with pictures and exact meaning of hanuman chalisa

r c mahapatro on December 04, 2014:

narrate the meaning of nine nidhies?

M.GEETHA LAKSHMI on November 28, 2014:

REALLY VERY NICE. I STARTED READING THIS FOR THE L