Hanuman Ashtak, also known as Sankatmochan Hanuman Ashtak, is a prayer dedicated to Lord Hanuman. ‘Ashtak’ means eight and the prayer contains eight verses. Hanuman symbolizes strength and unfathomable devotion.
Hanuman Ashtak contains the important exploits of Lord Hanuman on Earth. For example, a verse in the Ashtak sings praise of Hanuman for bringing the Sanjivani to save the life of Laskhman.
Ani sanjivani hath dai tab, Lakshman ke tum pran ubaro,
Ko nahin janat hai jag men Kapi sankat mochan nam tiharo,
In this way, each verse talks about the greatness of Lord Hanuman.
Devotees mediate on Lord Hanuman by reciting the verses. It is believed that by reciting the verses, a person develops mental strength and deep devotion. In temples, Hanuman Ashtak is recited after the Hanuman Chalisa.