Dear list members

I am pleased to inform the list about the publication of my newest book, MahāvīrīHanumān-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 is attached with this email. 

The book is available to purchase from Amazon India here (for shipping in India only). Shipping outside India is available directly from the publisher who can be contacted here.

Please pass this information to those who may be interested.

Thanks, Nityanand Misra

Book details

Title: Mahaviri: Hanuman-Chalisa Demystified

Title in IAST: MahāvīrīHanumān-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 (1497/1532–1623).

Language: English

Author: Nityanand Misra

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

Cover art: Bhanwarlal Girdharilal 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, 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:

Cover page

Dust jacket

Sample pages

Musical notation


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 (Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha;

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

(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 (bhajan singer, also known as bhajan samrat)


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

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (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 occasion.

Devarshi Kalanath Shastri (Sanskrit scholar, Jaipur;

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