Chalisa means where the acts and deeds of deities are summarized in forty verses along with introductory and ending couplets. In Hindi each verse is called chaupai that gives rhythmic structure to the Chalisa. In Hinduism there is chalisa dedicated to almost all important Hindu deities. We try to compile them in this section. If you want to realize the divine effect of the chalisa, it is believed that it should be performed for forty days preferably at the same time and same place each day.
Make sure you take the following points into consideration while reciting Chalisa:
- You have to take the bath and wearing washed clothes while reciting Chalisa.
- Blow the conch to invite God to be present in your prayers (Avahanam).
- Bath Deity with liquid prepare by five items: honey, sugar, milk, yogurt, and ghee and often basil leaves are added to it known as Panchamrita or charanamrit and then normal water .(Snanam) and then offer clothes (Vastram)
- Apply Tilak on the forehead of the deity. Please note that Tilak is mark that can be applied with one color or combination of colors. It can be in different styles as per the custom.
- Offer sacred thread (Yagnopaveetham)
- Light incense sticks (Gandham).
- Light cotton wick in earthen / metal lamp (Deepam)
- Ring bell, clap hands, and wave of the lighted earthen or metal lamp in a circular manner.
- Offer flower petals (Pushpam), Prasadam and Charanmrit to the deity.
- Chant Chalisa in normal tone.
- End the Chalisa with Aarti of that particular Deity.
- Circulate Aarti plate to all the members attending Aarti. All of them hover their down-turned hands over the flame and then reverently touch them to their eyes and head. It is believed that blessings conveyed from the deities to the flame, has now been passed on to the devotees.
- Lastly prostrate (Dandhwat Pranaam) in front of Deity.
- Distribute Prasadam, Charanmrit and flower petals to all the members present at the place where you had recited Chalisa and Aarti.