There are many gods we worship for their divinity and powers in Hinduism. But there is only one god - Lord Hanuman, who is known for his unwavered faith and selfless devotion to Lord Rama. Sundarkand Paath is a recitation of one of the seven sections of Ramayana that depict and describe Lord Hanuman’s devotion along with stories of valour, wisdom, faith and strength. The literal translation of Sundarkand is a ‘Beautiful Story’. Penned by Saint Tulsidas Goswami in a collection of Chopais – religious poetry, it narrates all of Lord Hanuman’s endeavours including the epic journey across the ocean to Lanka to convey Lord Rama’s message to Devi Sita.
Importance and Significance of Sundarkand Paath Puja
Sundarkand truly captures how Lord Hanuman overcame all adversities to successfully find Sita and created havoc in golden city of Lanka by burning it down to ashes. This is why Lord Hanuman is also known as Sankatmochan. Hence, Sunderkand is chanted for number of reasons – be it seeking ease from difficulties of life; overcome opponents or enemies or simply as reverence to the Mighty Lord Hanuman.
It is believed that if a person worships Lord Rama, he or she would invariably gain Lord Hanuman’s blessing without asking. Sundarkand is a recited to remember, celebrate and praise Lord Hanuman’s devotion and unquestioned faith in Lord Rama and the adventures he undertook to prove it.
Benefits of Sundarkand Paath Puja
Reciting Sundarkand is believed to bear the same benefits as that of reciting Hanuman Chalisa. Chanting Sundarkand dohas is also equivalent to reading the whole Ramayana. Even a sinful person can attain moksha if he recites Sundarkand Path wholeheartedly. Reciting Sundarkand creates positive aura around among other benefits listed below:
Wards off evil, negative energy and enemies.
Opens up door to new opportunities, bringing in prosperity and wealth.
Helps in curing incurable diseases.
Instills courage and confidence to overcome difficulties.
Renders peace to the surrounding and purifies the mind and the soul.
Occasion to do a Sundarkand Paath Puja
Sundarkand can be recited at any time and any day.
However, there are specific days which are dedicated to Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman when one should read Sundarkand Path;These include Hanuman Jayanti, Ram Navami, Navratri, Dussera, all Tuesdays and Saturdays and full moon days.
Many aim to recite it for specific number of days – like 11, 31, 51 or 101 etc, to overcome specific problems they are facing in their life.
Sundarkand Paath Puja Vidhi
Person reciting the Sundarkand Paath should take a bath and wear light colour clothes.
For a proper puja vidhi, get to a clean area in the house. Place the Shri Ram Yantra or the idols of Lord Rama, Devi Sita and Lord Hanuman on a small dias covered with white cloth.
Place a Kalash filled with water on a heap of rice.
Light a ghee diya. Recite ‘Aavahan’ to Lord Hanuman to be present and begin Sundarkand Path which should be completed in one sitting. The Path should end by chanting verses for ‘Bidai’.
Offer Payasam of sweet to Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman for Bhog.
Women should not recite Sundarkand Paath during their menstrual cycle.
Mantras to Chant During Sundarkand Paath Puja
There are mantras which can be recited for specific benefits. Some of the main ones are:
To ward off evil sprit - To be recited for 11 japmalas, for 49 days in front of Lord Hanuman’s idol. It is ideal to begin it from Tuesday. Also writing it on a piece of paper with red ink and putting it up on a wall can safeguard against evil spirits.
|| PRANAU PAVANKUMAR KHAL BAN PAVAK GYANAGHANA | JASU HRDAYA AGARA BASAHI RAMA SARA CAPA DHARA ||
To rid of a disease - To be recited for 11 japmalas, for 49 days in front of Lord Hanuman’s idol.
"NAAM PAHARU DIVAS NISI DHYANA TUMHARA KAPAAT |
LOCHANA NIJ PADA JANNTRITRA JAHI PRANA KEHI BAAT ||"
For Success in New Business/ Job: Recite for 108 times for 7 days before starting new venture or a job.
"PRABISHI NAGAR KIJE SAB KAJA |
HRADYA RAKHI KAUSHALPUR RAJA ||"