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Dhenu Stotram

(Prayer to the cow)



Sridhara Swami Of Chincholi


(From time immemorial cows were considered as God by all Hindus. It is believed that all Gods reside in a cow.  This great Prayer has been  written by a Holy sage of Karnatka called Sridhara Swami (http://spiritual-note.blogspot.com/2007/03/sant-shreedhar-swami-maharaj.html). This stotra in sanskrit script with meaning is available in




 . I have referred to this translation while making my own translation.)


1.Mathar namami  Charanam  sthava pavanamscha,

Samsaranava ithiyadhbha  bahu bhava bhakthya,

Param nayasu  thava puthramimam surithya,

SAmsara Sindhu tharanam  hi thavasrayena.


I salute  you mother at your holy feet,

Since this worldly life  is full of misery

Be kind  and hear this request of your  devoted son,

And help him to depend on you  to cross this sea of life.


2.Devascha devyaa  ithiyathrivasanthi dheno,

Gopoojanena  nikhilascha  bhavanthi thrupthaa,

Aayurgrutham  paya idham bhavatheeha  veerya,

Matha sthuthasi  bahudhaa sruthibhisthava mithyam


Oh Cow , all the Gods and goddesses live inside you,

And they get pleased completely by worship to you,

While your milk is our energy, your ghee is our life,

And mother you have been praised in various ways by Vedas.


3.Ojo dhruthi  sumathireva matheeva santhi,

Jnanam cha bhakthirapi  nithya madainyamevam,

Matha sthwadheeya payaso  grutha thastha thasthad,

Vanchanthi  nithyam amaraa,kimuthanyamarthyaa,


Power , stability , good brain to acquire knowledge,

Peace  and devotion  are daily got  from you without fail,

Oh mother  by the devas out of the Khir* made with your ghee and milk

And so these  blessings can also be received by us ordinary people.

       *A sweet dish made using milk


4.Agniryeyagdhe ghana    midham  sthutha Pancha gavyam,

Paapam thadhaa dahathji  sathyamitheeha mathwa,

Matha pibanthi  khalu  Vedarathascha vipraa,

Pushnasi pasi  sakalan parishudha deha.


Similar to Fire burning all wood, all sins are burnt.

By the Pancha Gavya* , which is described as pious

And oh mother , it is drunk by Brahmins well versed in Vedas,

For attaining  absolute purity due to your blessing.

    *Mixture of milk, curd , ghee, cow’s urine and cow’s dung


5.Yam varnayanthi  nikhila  sruthya sadhaiva,

Brahmothi  krushna Bhagawan  sa hi deva deva,

Sevaam thaveha  kruthavan kimu madhasascha,

Kim varnayami  thava bhagyamithoi  mahathmyam.


You have been described   by the Vedas with reverence as Brahma,

And the great God of Gods,   Krishna  did service to you,.

And I being an ordinary man am unable to describe your greatness and virtues.


6.Krunsevam prathyaham bhaava bhgyathaya

Stotram  dhenayor  yaha pathetharshayuktha,

Praapya dhanam  , bhakthim , aishvaryam 

Evam deha arogyam  modathe modhate cha.


He  who serves you  with a sense of devotion,

And chants this prayer addressed to the  cow without mistakes,

Would attain wealth , devotion and get all types of blessings,

And also health of the body definitely.


      Ithi Srimath Paramahamsa parivrujacharya  sadguru Bhagwatha

      Sridhara Swamina virachitham Dhenu stotram sampoornam


      Thus ends the prayer addressed to the cow written by

         The great saint and teacher Sridhara Swamin.

           Who is a sanyasin and a great sage.