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Sri Lalitha Sthava Raja

 

Translated by

P.R.Ramachander

 

(This great prayer  was found by me in an old collection of prayers addressed to the Goddess published by  R.S.Vadhyar and sons, Palghat.)

 

1.Jaya devi jagan matha , jaya devi parathpare,

Jaya kalyani nilaye , jaya kama kalathmike.

 

Victory to Goddess who is the mother of universe,

Victory to Goddess who is  more divine than divinity.

Victory  to the store house of pleasant things,

Victory  to the soul  of the art of love.

 

2.Jaya Kamesa Vamakshi , Jaya Kamakshi Sundari,

Jayaa akhila suraradhye, jaya kamesi Kamadhe.

 

Victory to the Goddess who has left  eye of Lord Shiva,

Victory  to the pretty Goddess Kamakshi,

Victory  to the one who is  worshipped by all devas,

Victory to the love of the  Goddess of love.

 

3.Jaya brahma maye devi , brahmananda rasathmike,

Jaya Narayani  pare , nandhitha  sesha vishtape.

 

Salutations  to goddess  full of Brahmam,

And to her who is the soul of the  divine joy,

Salutations  to the divine Narayani,

And to her   who is  on the top of Nandi as well as Sesha.

 

4.Jaya srikanta dhayithe , jaya sri lalithambike,

Jaya srivijaye devi, vijaya sri samrudhathe

 

Victory to the darling of Shiva , Victory to mother Lalitha,

Victory  to the goddess of  victory ,

Who leads to excess  of victory  in wars.

 

5.Jathasya jaayamanasya , ishta poorthasya  hethave,

Namasthasyai trijagatham palayithryai parathpare.

 

Salutations to her  who is the cause of fulfillment  of those born and that of women,

And to the divine one  who looks after  all the three worlds.

 

6.Kalaa muhurtha kaashtahaa  mana samvathsarathmike ,

Nama sahasra seershayai , sahasra mukha lochane.

 

Salutations to thousand headed one  and to the one with thousand mouths and eyes,

Who is the soul of time measurement  like day  , month  and year.

 

7.Nama sahasra  hasthabhja pada pankaja  shobithe,

Aner  anuthare devi mahathopi maheeyasi.

 

Salutations  to her who shines with one thousand lotus like arms and legs,

Who is smaller than the atom and bigger than the biggest.

 

8.Parathpara thare matha  thejasthwam  thejasam api,

Athalam thu  bhaveth padou  , vithalam januni thava

 

Oh mother you are above divinity  and shine more than the most shining,

Your feet  are in  Athala  and your knee  are in Vithala

 

9.Rasa thalam katee dese  kukshishte  dharani bhaveth,

Hrudayam  they bhuvarloka  swasthe mudha  hrudham.

 

Your hips are in Rasathala   and your abdomen is on earth,

Your heart is in Bhuvar loka  and face is joyful as well as ferocious.

 

10.Drusa chandrarka  dahana disasthe  bahavombike,

Maruthasthe  thwachvasa vachasthe  sruthayokhila.

 

Your eyes are moon, sun and fire and oh mother you see outside in all directions,

Your  breath is the wind  and your  words are heard throughout the world.

 

11.Kreeda  they loka rachanaa , sakhaa they chinmaya shivaa,

Aaharasthe  sadanandho  vasathe Hrudayam  sathaam.

 

Your sport is the creation of the world , your friend is  the pure Lord Shiva,

You take  the everlasting happiness as food  and live forever in the heart.

 

12.Drusya drusya swaroopini , roopani bhuvanaani they,

Siroruha nabhasthe  thu tharaka  kusumani they.

 

Oh Goddess who has the form of all that we see , your form is the universe,

Your horn is the sky   and all the stars  are your flowers.

 

13.Dharmadhyaa baahavasthe  sura dharma ayudhani they,

Yamascha niyamascha  kara pada ruhasthadhaa.

 

The dharma are your arms  and the dharma of devas  are your weapons,

Self control and discipline  are your ascended  hands  and feet

 

14.Sthanou swahaa  swadhakarou  loka jeevana karaka,

Pranayamasthu they  nasa  rasanaa  they Saraswathi.

 

Your breasts are the Swaha(wife of fire)  and  using swadh the food of manes you look after the world,

Your pranayama  is your nose  and your appreciation is Goddess Saraswathi.

 

15.Prathyaharasthvindriyani  dhyanam they  dheesthu sathama,

Manasthe dharana Shakthi , Hrudayam they samadhikam.

 

Your sense organs are the act of withdrawal  and your meditation  is the light of your soul,

Your mind is the power of understanding  and your heart  is the Samadhi.

 

16.Maheeruhasthe  ageruhaa prabatham  vasanam thava,

Bhootham  bhavyam  bhavishyascha  nithyam  cha thava vigrahaa.

 

Your arms are  the earth  and your hair are your  mornings,

Your thoughts are the past, present and the future   and  your form  is permanent.

 

17.Yagnaroopa jagadathri vishwagroopa  cha pavani,

Aadhou yathu dhayabhootha sasrjja nikhilaa prabhaa.

 

Oh  mother of universe whose form is sacrifice  and form which surrounds is pure,

From the very beginning your  form  is mercy and this is acquired by entire people.

 

18.Hrudayasthapi  lokaanama drusyaa mohanathmika,

Nama roopa vibhagam  cha  yaa karothi  swa leeelaya.

 

That bewitching goddess can be seen in the hearts  of all people,

And she  differentiates them by name and form  through her sport.

 

19.THanyadhishtaya  thishtanthi  theshwa sakthartha kamadha,

Namasthasyai maha devyai  , sarva shakthyai namo nama.

 

She  exists as our teacher   and is in them  as desire , wealth and passion,

Salutations to the great goddess  and to her who is all powerful.

 

20.Yaa devi paramaa Shakthi , para brahmhabhidhayini,

Brahmanandabhi dhanaayai  thasayai devyai namo nama.

 

She is the great divine power , who gives us knowledge of even the Brahmam,

Salutations to  her who gives  us even the  divine  joy.

 

21. Yadagnaya pravarthanthe  vahni  suryendu marutha,

Pruthvayadhii bhoothani , thasyai devyai namo nama

 

Salutations  to the goddess   according  to whose , Sun, moon, fire,

Earth as well as the other elements work.

 

22.Ya sasrjja  vidhaatharam  sargadhou aadhibhooriyaa,

Dadhaara  swayamevaika  thasyai devyai namo nama.

 

She gave  lord Brahma in abundance  the power  to create,

Though she herself could  alone do it and salutations to her.

 

23.Yayaa druthasa thu dharani  yayaa akasa dhya ameyaya,

Yasyam udethi  savitha , thasyai  devyai namo nama.

 

She carried the earth as well as the immeasurable sky ,

And due  to her the Sun rises  and my salutations are to her.

 

24.Yadantharastham  tridivam  yadhadhaaro anthareekshakaa,

Yanmaya schakhilo  lokasthasyai  namo  nama.

 

She is  the distance  to  the highest heaven  and she is the basis of environment,

 And she is spread  all over the world and to her are  my salutations.

 

25.yathradethi jagat kruthsnam  , yathra thishtathi  nirbharam,

Yathra anthamethyi  kale  thu thasyai devyai namo nama.

 

She makes the entire world rise  and she stays  there completely

And she  is there   till it ends,   and to her are my salutations.

 

26.Namo namasthe rajasthe bhavayai,

Namo namasthe  sathvika samsthithayai,

Namo namsthe   thamase harayai,

Namo namo nirgunatha  sivayai.

 

Salutations and salutations to her who has  rajo guna,

Salutations and salutations to her in whom satva  guna rests,

Salutations and salutations  to one who destroys  thamasic qualities,

Salutations  and salutations  to the Parvathi who is without any qualities.

 

27.Namo namsthe jagadeka mathre,

Namo namasthe  Jadeka pithre,

Namo namasthe akhila roopa thanthre,

Namo namasthe   akhila yagna roope

 

Salutations and salutations to mother of universe,

Salutations and salutations to father of universe,

Salutations and salutations to her who  is the thantra  of all forms,

Salutations and salutations to her who is the form of all worship.

 

28.Namo nama  loka guru pradhane,

Namo namasthe  akhila  vag vibhuthyai,

Namosthu lakshmyai  jagadeka thushtaio,

Namo nama  Sambhavi  Sarva shakthyai.

 

Salutations and salutations to the prime teacher of the world,

Salutations and salutations  to the Goddess of words,

Salutation to Lakshmi who satisfies  the entire world,

Salutations  to the all powerful consort of Shambu

 

29.Anadhi madhyantha Pancha bhouthika,

Hyavang mano  gamya  matharkya vaibhavam,

Aroopa madwandhwa  drushti gocharam,

Prabhavam agryam  kadambhe  varnyathe.

 

You are the beginning , middle and end, you are the five elements,

Your greatness is beyond, words and mind and has  a greatness which is beyond everything,

You are without any form , complicated and not visible ,

And how can we  oh mother , describe your matchless  greatness.

 

30.Praseedha visweswari, viswa vandithe,

Praseeda visweswari  , veda roopini,

Praseedha mayamayi manthra vigrahe,

Praseedha  sarveswari  sarva roopini.

 

Be pleased Goddess of universe  who is being saluted by the universe,

Be pleased Goddess of universe  who is the form of the Vedas,

Be pleased  one who is pervaded by illusion  and who is the real form of all chants,

Be pleased  Goddess of all who is seen in all forms.

 

31.Ithi sthuthwa mahe devim  devaa sarve  savasava,

Bhooyo bhooyo namaskruthya  saranam jagmu ranjasa.

 

All the devas who lived in Indra’s kingdom thus prayed the Goddess,

And again and again saluted her and requested for her protection.

 

32.Thatha prasanna  saa devi  pranatham  veekshya vaasavam,

Varena chandayamasa  varada akhila  dehinaam

 

Thus pleased that  goddess  looked at the saluting devas,

And agreed to give boons  so that all people are blessed.

 

33.Ye sthuvannthi  cha maam bhakthyaa  sthavenaanena  manava,

Bhaajanam   they bhavishyanthi  dharma   sri yasasaam sadaa.

 

Those men who pray me  using this prayer   with devotion,

And worship me , would become wealthy, famous and Dharmic.

 

34. Vidhyaa vinaya sampanna  meerogaa , deerga jeevina,

Puthra mitha kalathradyaa bhavanthi mad anugrahath.

 

By my blessing they would gain humility, knowledge ,

Live long without any diseases and would get  sons , friends and wife.

 

                               Ithi Lalithopakhyane ,

                 Asthamodhyaye  Lalitha sthava raja.

 

         This is the king of prayers addressed to Lalitha,

   Occurring in the 8th chapter of Lalitha upakhyana.