Tulsidas 12 Books and Hanuman Chalisa

Ramcharitmanas

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Ramcharitmanas

Tulsidas wrote twelve books. The most famous book is his epic Ramcharitmanas. It is believed he wrote this book under the directions of Lord Hanuman. Ramcharitmanas (Tulsi’s Ramayana) is read and worshipped with great reverence in every Hindu home in Northern India. Aside from the Manas, Tulsidas was author of 11 other books as shown in the next slides

Dohavali

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Dohavali

This book of Tulsidas has the collection of at least 573 miscellaneous Dohas (couplets). Out of all around 85 Dohas of this book are also included in the Ramcharitmanas

Kavitawali

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Kavitawali

This book has the collection of Kavitas (poems) in Braja language. Just like the epic, Ramcharitmanas, it also has seven Kands (chapters) and many episodes

Gitavali

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Gitavali

This book of Tulsi has the collection of 328 Braja songs divided into seven chapters and all are based on Hindustani classical music .

Shri Krishna Geetavali

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Shri Krishna Geetavali

This is the only book of Tulsi, which has the collection of 61 Braja songs especially for Lord Krishna. Out of the 61, 32 songs are dedicated to the childhood and Rasa Lila of Krishna.

Vinaya Patrika

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Vinaya Patrika

Next to Ramcharitmanas, Vinay Patrika is the most popular creation of Tulsi. It has a series of hymns and prayers of which the first 43 are addressed to the gods forming Rama’s court and attendants, and the remainder, Nos. 44 to 279, to Rama .

Barvai Ramayana

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Barvai Ramayana

Barvai Ramayan is short in the poetic style called “Barvai” consisting of 2-line couplets. Here Rama’s divine story is told by citing the main events only. The emphasis here is on the importance of Sri Ram’s holy name.

Parvati Mangal

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Parvati Mangal

This book has the collection of 164 verses describing the marriage of Mata Parvati and Lord Shiva in the Awadhi language.

Janaki Mangal:

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Janaki Mangal:

This book of Tulsi has the collection of 216 verses describing the marriage of Sita and Rama in the Hindi-Awadhi language.

Ramalala Nahachhu

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Ramalala Nahachhu

This short book of 20 verses describes the Nahachhu ritual (cutting the nails of the feet before the Mundan) of the child Rama in the Awadhi language.

Ramagya Prashna

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Ramagya Prashna

Another popular book of Tulsi describes the Will of Rama consisting of the seven chapters and 343 Dohas in Awadhi language.

Vairagya Sandipani

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Vairagya Sandipani

This short book consists of 60 verses in Braja language describing the state of realization and renunciation (Vairagya).

Hanuman Chalisa

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Hanuman Chalisa

The creations of Tulsidas will not be complete without mentioning his most famous and read piece of literature apart from the Ramcharitmanas the “Hanuman Chalisa”, a poem praising Hanuman’s devotion to Ram. Many Hindus recite it daily as a prayer.

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