Sunder Kand Path
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
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 Reciting Sundarkand Paath
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.
History & Stories
Sundarkand is rendered as a conversation between Devi Parvati and Lord Shiva, who sermonises and praises Lord Hanuman’s courage and devotion. In this dialogue, Lord Shiva also shares that it is Jambavan who reminds Lord Hanuman of his mighty powers and urges him to undertake the arduous journey across the ocean to search for Devi Sita who was abducted by Ravana.
Lord Shiva also narrates another story of Kanchipuram which was ruled by King Vamsankara of Chola Dynasty. The king was charitable and righteous who was loved by the people of his kingdom. However he did not have any children. Once he met a sage at Temple Kamakshy and pleaded to help him. The sage then unveiled the truth that in previous birth the King was a Brahmin priest in Rameshwaram, and he did not allow his daughter to join her husband and become a mother. this is why he is deprived of children in this birth. With the sage’s blessings and after offering penance, the King and his wife were blessed with a son Balachandra, who grew up to be learned and able man and succeeded the King.
However he fell sick to the deathly disease of Tuberculosis. The king again seeked the sage’s help who said that in his previous birth Balachandra stole the offerings of Lord Rama to enjoy his life. He advised him to recite Sundarkand for 68 days with proper Vidhi and offerings to Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman. Balachandra dutifully offered reverence and chanted Sundarkand as guided and was cured of the deadly disease.
Occasions to Recite Sundarkand Paath?
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 Recital Vidhi or Procedure
- 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.
Sundarkand Paath Muhurat
The best muhurat for chanting Sundarkand Paath is the ‘Bharma Muhurat’ – i.e, 4-6 am.
It can also be done after 7pm in the evening for group recitals.