[INDOLOGY] New publication: ‘Mahaviri: Hanuman-Chalisa Demystified’

Nityanand Misra nmisra at gmail.com
Sun Sep 20 12:39:42 UTC 2015

Dear list members

I am pleased to inform the list about the publication of my newest book, ‘
*Mahāvīrī*: *Hanumān-Cālīsā* Demystified.’  The book details, table of
contents, links to preview and sample pages, and some comments on the book
follow below. A prologue for the book written by Devarshi Kalanath Shastri
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kala_Nath_Shastry> is attached with this

The book is available to purchase from Amazon India here
<http://www.amazon.in/dp/819311440X> (for shipping in India only). Shipping
outside India is available directly from the publisher who can be contacted
here <http://www.npsbooks.com/index.php?route=information/contact>.

Please pass this information to those who may be interested.

Thanks, Nityanand Misra

*Book details*

Title: *Mahaviri: Hanuman-Chalisa *Demystified

Title in IAST: *Mahāvīrī*: *Hanumān-Cālīsā* Demystified

Description: English translation and expansion, with notes, of the
acclaimed Hindi commentary *Mahaviri* on the *Hanuman-Chalisa*. Offers
word-by-word meaning, simple translation, in-depth commentary, explanatory
notes, details on prosody including a prosodic map, musical notation of the
traditional rendition, and verse and word indexes of the *Hanuman-Chalisa*,
one of the most popular Hindu prayers authored by Goswami Tulsidas

Language: English

Author: Nityanand Misra

Foreword: Dr. Karan Singh, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha),

Cover art: Bhanwarlal Girdharilal Sharma
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._G._Sharma> (1924–2007), painter and
exponent of Rajasthan art

Book design and typesetting: Nityanand Misra

Publisher: Niraamaya Publishing Services Private Limited, Mumbai

ISBN-13: 978-81-931144-0-7

ISBN-10: 81-931144-0-X

Book type: Hardcover with section binding and dust jacket

Book size: 145 mm x 222 mm x 19 mm

Inside paper size: Metric demy 8vo (138 mm x 216 mm)

Number of pages: 246 (xxiv + 222)

Inside paper: 80 gsm natural shade maplitho paper

Cover and dust jacket Paper: 170 gsm Sinar art paper

Finishing: Gloss lamination on hardcover and dust jacket

Weight: Approx 470 grams

Price: INR 299 in India, USD 9.95 outside India. Shipping charges extra.

The book is a translated, expanded, and annotated version of the acclaimed
Mahaviri commentary in Hindi on the Hanuman Chalisa by *Padma
Vibhushan* Jagadguru
Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rambhadracharya>, the polymath and ployglot
Hindu Guru who has authored more than 100 books in Sanskrit and Hindi
despite being without eyesight since infancy. Swami Rambhadracharya has
been awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in Sanskrit and President's
Certificate of Honour for Sanskrit, in addition to numerous other awards
and honours.

The foreword of the book has been authored by *Padma Vibhushan* Dr. Karan Singh
(Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha). The back cover features a blurb review
by Prof. Philip Lutgendorf (Prof. of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies,
University of Iowa), and blurbs from *Padma Shri *Anup Jalota (noted bhajan
singer) and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (spiritual leader and humanitarian).


Transliteration Key


Table of Contents




The *Hanuman-Calisa*

Devanagari Text

Transliterated Text

With *Mahaviri* meaning


The *Mahaviri*

Commentator’s invocation

Invocatory *doha*-s


Concluding *doha*

Commentator’s conclusion




Musical notation

Hemistich index

Word index

*Sample pages and preview*

A preview of the book with downloadable sample pages in PDF format are
available on the publisher’s website:

Preview <http://www.npsbooks.com/hcmflip/>

Cover page <http://npsbooks.com/upload/2015_NM_HCM_01.pdf>

Dust jacket <http://npsbooks.com/upload/2015_NM_HCM_06.pdf>

Sample pages <http://npsbooks.com/upload/2015_NM_HCM_sample.pdf>

Musical notation <http://npsbooks.com/upload/2015_NM_HCM_notation.pdf>

*Comments on the book*

*“Down through the ages a large number of hymns and stotra-s have been
composed in honour of Hanuman—also known as Mahavir. Of these the most
popular is Goswami Tulasi Das’s famous forty-verse hymn to Hanuman called
the Hanuman Chalisa. This is recited by millions of Hindus everyday around
the world. However, analytical work on this text is not easily available.
In the present book Shri Nityanand Misra has translated and annotated the
text based on the acclaimed Hindi commentary Mahaviri (1983) by Swami
Ramabhadracharya. This throws a great deal of light on the deeper meaning
of Tulasi Das’s famous work, and will be welcomed by scholars and laymen
alike. I commend Shri Nityanand Misra for the devotion and dedication with
which he has undertaken this work.“*

*—Padma Vibhushan **Dr. Karan Singh
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karan_Singh>* (Member of Parliament, Rajya

former Regent, President, and Governor of Jammu & Kashmir;

former Cabinet Minister, Government of India; and

former ambassador of India to the United States)

*“Inspired in equal measure by profound devotion and immense knowledge, the
Mahaviri commentary on the beloved and revered Hanuman-Calisa will be
welcomed by the many devoted reciters of this praise-poem who would like to
explore its deeper meanings. Buttressing his insights with numerous
citations of authoritative Sanskrit texts and the principal writings of
Tulasidasa, Svami Ramabhadracarya both situates the calisa in the ancient
Hindu literary tradition, and also shows it to contain a veritable
distillation or essence of the Ramayana Katha. Nityananda Misra’s careful
English translation, scholarly yet readable, will make these insights
accessible to a broader audience.“*

—Prof. *Philip Lutgendorf <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Lutgendorf>*

(Professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies, University of Iowa;

President, American Institute of Indian Studies;

Author, Hanuman’s Tale: The Messages of a Divine Monkey, OUP: 2007;

Translator: Tulsidas: The Epic of Ram, 7 vols., MCLI: forthcoming)

*“One of the very few books which have inspired me to make positive changes
in lifestyle. Gives a new dimension to the world of devotion. A must-read.”*

*—Padma Shri* *Anup Jalota <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anup_Jalota>* (bhajan
singer, also known as *bhajan samrat*)

*“My love and blessings to Nityananda Misra for this effort.”*

—*Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravi_Shankar_(spiritual_leader)>* (spiritual
leader and humanitarian;

Founder: *The Art of Living Foundation*)

*“**This elaborated edition of Hanuman-Chalisa titled as ‘Mahaviri:
Hanuman-Chalisa Demystified’ comprising the text, its wonderful commentary,
gloss, annotations, notes, etc. will certainly exhilarate hundred thousands
of devotees and other readers also. The editor-translator Sri Nityanand
Misra and the publisher Niramaya publishing house both deserve profuse
felicitations on this new arrival. I send my cordial good wishes on this

*—Devarshi Kalanath Shastri
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kala_Nath_Shastry>* (Sanskrit scholar,

Member, Sanskrit Commission, Government of India;

Chairperson, Modern Sanskrit Chair, Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Rajasthan
Sanskrit University;

Chief Editor, Bhāratī—Sanskrit monthly;

former President, Rajasthan Sanskrit Academy;

former Director of Sanskrit Education and Language Department, Government
of Rajasthan)

Nityānanda Miśra

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