What are Chalisas?



Chalisa's are prayers consisting of 40 verses, in Hindi language, praising a Hindu God/Goddess.

Chalis is a hindi word meaning 40.

A hymn or prayer containing 40 verses is called a Chalisa.

Each verse is called a chaupai.

Chaupai means 4 legs.

Each chaupai has 2 lines.

The 2 lines of a chaupai always rhyme.

Chaupai is identified by a syllable count 16/16, counted witha value of 1 in case of Hrasva ( short sounding letter) and 2 in case of Dhirga ( long sounding letter).

Hindus believe that by reciting a Chalisa with devotion and faith, the blessings of that God/Goddess can be obtained. 

Chalisas are believed to bring peace and prosperity to a devotee and also relieve on from earthly miseries.

Many think that Chalisa are Magic Mantras. It works for  those who have the utmost faith and devotion in the God/Goddess being praised. It gives solace to millions and millions of Hindus and others who believe in Hindu Gods.


Reciting a Chalisa daily is very good. But if daily recital is not possible, then reciting weekly on a specified day is the next best option. Apart from this, it is also essential to  recite the Chalisa on Hindu festival days.


Here is a list of the popular Chalisas:























Gayatri Chalisa




























Shiva Chalisa


Krishna Chalisa


Navagraha Chalisa


Ram Chalisa

Santhoshi Chalisa

Sai Chalisa

Shithala Chalisa

Vindhyeshvari Chalisa




This site will soon have the lyrics of all the chalisa along with audio auto playback.











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