- Recitation of Sunderkand Path, 5th Kanda of Ramayana about Hanuman Ji journey to find Mata Sita.
- Composed by Rishi Valmiki, Sunderkand is the epic glorification of Lord Hanuman’s valor and dedication towards Sri Rama.
- Performed by Learned Pandits, based on Vedic Guidelines.
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If there is any most efficient way to please Hanuman Ji, then it is Hanuman Chalisa followed by the Path (recitation) of Sunderkand. Doing these with reverence and devotion pleases Bajrang Bali, and he rectifies all the troubles of his devotees. The Ramayana shows the virtues of Shri Ram and his efforts. Sunderkand is the chapter in Ramayana, which focuses on the story of the power and triumph of Hanuman Ji.
The description of Sunderkand is present in Maharishi Valmiki’s Ramayana. Maharishi Valmiki wrote the entire Ramayana in the Sanskrit language. After that, Tulsidas Ji wrote Ramayana (Shri Ram Charit Manas) in the Awadhi language. Sunderkand is the fifth chapter (kand) of Shri Ram Charit Manas.
Sunderkand is one such chapter of Ramayana, in which Hanuman Ji reaches to the rescue of Mata Sita and provides her with hope of Shri Rama’s long-awaited arrival. The Sunderkand has a special significance for the devotees of Hanuman Ji. By reciting Sunderkand, one gets freedom from fear, strengthening his/her confidence. Those who recite the Sunderkand, especially on Tuesdays and Saturdays, get rid from all the diseases, plagues, troubles, and misfortunes and good news starts knocking on the door for them.
WHY IS IT CALLED – "SUNDER KAND"?
Hanuman Ji discovered Sita with his intelligence and strength. Sunderkand describes the success and valour of Hanuman Ji as he went to Lanka in search of Sita Mata. Ashok Vatika was situated in the beautiful mountain of Lanka where Hanuman Ji met Sita Mata. Their meeting is beautifully described in this episode. Due to this major incident, and the beauty with which Mata Sita and Hanuman Ji meet, as if the meeting of a Son and Mother, this chapter of the Ramayana was named Sunderkand.
The main events of this chapter of Shri Ram Charit Manas include Hanuman Ji’s departure towards Lanka, meeting Vibhishana, meeting Mata Sita, giving her the ring of Shri Ram, Lanka Dahan (burning), and return from Lanka. The entire story of valour gets the well deserved name of Sunderkand
RULES FOR SUNDERKAND PATH
• Sunderkand provides most auspicious results when recited at the time of Brahma Muhurta (1 hour and 36 minutes before sunrise) or evening. The timing for Brahma Mahurat varies every day and one must consult a Pandit to find out the best time for recitation.
• One should not get up in between the recitation of the Path and must complete it in one sitting. The Path should be done with utmost devotion and al taking and distractions must be avoided if possible.
• Also ensure to follow Brahmacharya throughout the day on which Sunderkand Path is performed.
• Avoiding vengeful things, non-vegetarian diet, alcohol, foul word, etc are a must throughout the day if you want to please Hanuman Ji.
HOW TO DO PATH (RECITE) OF SUNDERKAND AT HOME
The best days for Sunderkand recitation are Saturdays and Tuesdays. In fact, Tuesday is dedicated to Hanuman Ji and any non-vegetarian food is generally avoided by Hindus on Tuesdays in honour of Lord Hanuman. Sunderkand Path is typically performed with full devotion and in one sitting.
• Firstly, the devotee should take a bath and wear clean clothes for the Puja. After this, make preparations for some Prasad for the Puja. Yellow Ladoo as well as Boondi can be used as a prasad for Hanuman Ji.
• Offer flowers, garlands, tilak, sandalwood, and other Puja Materials to the idol/picture of Bajrang Bali.
• Light a lamp which is made from either metal or clay, with a cotton wick, dipped in pure Desi Ghee in front of Hanuman Ji. This needs to be kept on during the entire Sunderkand Path.
• Start the prayer with the Aarti or worship to Lord Shree Ganesh, followed by Mantras for Shankar-Parvati, Lord Rama-Sita-Lakshman, and finally Lord Hanuman mantras and Hanuman Chalisa.
• The recitation of Sunderkand Path can now be started. It is optional to call upon a Bhajan Mandali and perform the Path on full scale.
• After completing the Path, perform the Shri Ram Ji and Lord Hanuman. Offer bhog of sweet boondi (droplet like sweet) or jaggery gram and distribute it to all the people present
THE BRIEF SUMMARY OR NARRATION OF SUNDERKAND (KATHA)
• One his journey towards Lanka, Sursa tested the valour of Lord Hanuman and later blessed him after finding him worthy and capable.
• On his way, Hanuman Ji killed the Demon that had the ability to capture shadows.
• Hanuman Ji struck and ended Lankini before being able to enter the city of Lanka.
• When in Lanka, Hanuman Ji got a chance to meet and interact with Vibhishan, who later became their biggest asset against Ravana.
• When Hanuman Ji reached Ashok Vatika, Ravana was threatening Sita. On Ravana’s departure, Trijata (a female demon and the guard of Mata Sita in Ashok Vatika) consoled Sita Mata. Trijita thus became a loyal friend and supporter of Shri Rama and Sita.
• In solitude, Hanuman Ji met Sita Mata and gave her the ring sent by Lord Rama.
• When Meghnath found out about Hanuman’s visit, he tied Hanuman Ji and took him to the assembly of Ravana. In response to Ravana’s question, Hanuman Ji introduced himself as Shri Rama’s messenger.
• In his anger and pride, Ravana tied Hanuman Ji’s tail with a cloth immersed in oil and set fire to it.
• Hanuman Ji destroyed the Ashok Vatika using the fire on his tail, and killed Akshayakumara, the youngest son of Ravana.
• Before departing from Lanka,Hanuman Ji approached Sita who gave him her chudamani (crest-jewel).
• Lord Hanuman came back across the sea and met a troop of Vanars (who later assisted in the fight against Ravana). He also meet Sugriva on this journey, who became the ruler of Vanara Kingdom.
• In the meantime, Vibhishan explained to Ravana that he should not return Mata Sita to Shri Rama, on which Ravana humiliated Vibhishan and drove him out of Lanka. Vibhishan came under Shri Rama’s shelter, and Shri Rama later declared him the king of Lanka.
• Shri Rama had to cross an immensely huge ocean to make way for his army into Lanka. Samudra (Ocean) himself came in human form and suggested that there are no better people to form a bridge on the ocean, other than Nala and Neel. With the help of these two, Lord Hanuman, and countless others, the bridge was construction and was named Nala Setu in the honour of Nala.
Benefits of Sunderkand Path (Recitation)
• Problems persist one after another in the lives of some people. Even after a lot of ability and effort, the problem does not end. If one’s life is also beset with problems, do this powerful Path (recitation of Sunderkand) at home, or go to Hanuman Ji’s temple on Tuesday and Saturday. This Path is so powerful that it can get one out of hundreds of problems if performed with true devotion and faith.
• If someone gets involved in a lot of trouble, then sitting in seclusion reciting Sunderkand provides a solution to the problem and comfort to the mid and the soul.
• If the Sunderkand is recited before starting any auspicious works, then that work becomes fruitful.
• If there is a lack of confidence due to constant troubles faced, start the recitation of Sunderkand immediately. Miracles would start appearing soon.
• Sunderkand Path can remove those Doshas in the horoscope, due to which the pleasure of a happy personal life is being denied to a person. In this case, the entire family should recite the Sunderkand Path collectively.
• Regular recitation of Sunderkand Path increases self-confidence, willpower, and makes complex tasks manageable.
• Sunderkand describes Hanuman Ji’s success in the search for Mata Sita, so this Kand (Chapter) is also recited for success in life. Even in adverse situations, there is benefit from the Sunderkand Path.
• The recitation of Sunderkand gives spiritual and mental peace. By doing this, Path person gets mental strength. Due to which persons can do any work and achieve victory based their intellect’s strength.