Shri Lalitha Sahasranama Stotram
Sinduraruna vigraham trinayanam manikyamauli sphurat
Tara nayaka shekharam smitamukhi mapina vakshoruham
Panibhyamalipoorna ratna chashakam raktotpalam bibhratim
Saumyam ratna ghatastha raktacharanam dhyayet paramambikam
The Divine mother is to be meditated upon as shining in a vermilion-red body, with three eyes, wearing a crown of rubies studded with the crescent moon, a face all smiles, a splendid bust, one hand holding a jewel-cup brimming with mead, and the other twirling a red lotus.
Dhyayet padmasanastham vikasitavadanam padmapatrayatakshim
Hemabham pitavastram karakalitalasad hemapadmam varangim
Sarvalankara yuktam satata mabhayadam bhaktanamram bhavanim
Shrividyam shanta murttim sakala suranutam sarva sampatpradatrim
The Divine Goddess is to be meditated upon as seated on the lotus with petal eyes. She is golden hued, and has lotus flowers in Her hand. She dispels fear of the devotees who bow before Her. She is the embodiment of peace, knowledge (vidyaa), is praised by gods and grants every kind of wealth wished for.
Lalita Sahasranama stotram
Om shrimata shrimaharagyi shrimatsimha saneshvari
Chidagni kundasambhuta devakarya samudyata ..1
Shrimata: Salutations to the Divine Mother, who is the Mother of all.
Shri-mahararagni: Great Empress of the whole Universe.
Shrimat-simhasaneshvari: Great Sovereign, enthroned on the lion’s back.
Chidagni kundasambhuta: Who came out of the fire of Pure Consciousness.
Devakarya samudyata: Who promotes the cause of Divine forces.
Udyadbhanu sahasrabha chaturbahu samanvita
Raagasvarupa pashadhya krodha karankushojjvala..2
Udyadbhanu sahasrabha: Who is radiant as a thousand suns rising together.
Chaturbahu samanvita: Four-armed Divinity.
Ragasvarupa pashadhya: Who holds in her lower left hand a noose representing the power of love.
Krodha karankushojjvala: Who holding the flashing Ankusa (goad) of anger in Her lower right hand for restraining the forces of evil.
Mano-rupekshu kodanda pancha tanmatra sayaka
Nijaruna prabha-pura majabhramhanda mandala..3
Manorupekshu kodanda: Who wields in her upper left hand a Sugarcane bow that stands for mind.
Panchatanmatra sayaka: Who holds five arrows representing the five Tanmatras (Subtle elements).
Nijaruna prabhapura majjadbrahmanda mandala: In the rosy splendour of whose form the whole universe is bathed.
Champakashoka punnaga saugandhika lasatkacha
Kuruvinda manishreni kanatkotira mandita..4
Champakashoka punnaga saugandhika lasat kacha: Whose shining locks of hair impart their fragrance to flowers like Chamka, Ashoka and Punnaga adorning them.
Kurvinda manishreni kanatkotira mandita: Whose crown is shining with rows of Kuruvinda gems.
Ashtami chandra vibhraja dalikasthala shobhita
Mukhachandra kalankabha mruganabhi visheshaka..5
Ashtami chandra vibhraja dalikasthala shobhita: Whose forehead shines, arching like the crescent moon of the eighth lunar digit (Ashtami)
Mukhachandra kalankabha mruganabhi visheshaka: The Kasturi Tilaka adorns her moonlike face, like the spot in the moon.
Vadanasmara mangalya gruhatorana chillika
Vaktra lakshmi parivaha chalan minabha lochana..6
Vadanasmara mangalya gruhatorana chillika: Whose face, the auspicious home of Karma (Cupid), has eyebrows that resemble archways leading to that abode of beauty.
Vaktra lakshmi parivaha chalan minabha lochana: Whose eyes move like fish in the streams of beauty flowing from Her face.
Navachampaka pushpabha nasadanda virajita
Tarakanti tiraskari nasabharana bhasura..7
Navachampaka pushpabha nasadanda virajita: Whose shapely nose is like a freshly blown Champaka bud.
Tarakanti tiraskari nasabharana bhasura: With a nasal ornament set with a jewel that excels the brilliance of the planet Venus.
Kadamba manjari klupta karnapura manohara
Tatanka yugalibhuta tapanodupa mandala..8
Kadamba manjari klupta karnapura manohara: Who is radiant and charming with a bunch of Kadamba flowers over her ears.
Tatanka yugalibhuta tapanodupa mandala: Who has the orbs of the Sun and Moon as Her pair of ear pendants.
Padmaraga shiladarsha paribhavi kapolabhuh
Navavidruma bimbashri nyakkari radanachhada..9
Padmaraga shiladarsha paribhavi kapolabhuh: Whose cheeks are far fairer than mirrors of ruby (Padmaraga)
Navavidruma bimbashri nyakkari radanachhada: Whose lips outshine the redness of fresh coral and bimba fruit.
Shuddha vidyankurakara dvijapankti dvayojjvala
Karpura vitikamoda samakarshi digantara..10
Shuddha vidyankurakara dvijapankti dvayojjvala: Whose beauty is enhanced by her rows of teeth that resemble the sprouting of pure Knowledge (Suddha Vidya or Sri – Vidya).
Karpura vatikamoda samakarshi digantara: The fragrance of the campho limbedded betel roll in whose mouth is spreading in all directions.
Nijasallapa madhurya vinirbhartsita kachhapi
Mandasmita prabhapura majjatkamesha manasa..11
Nijasallapa madhurya vinirbhartsita kachhapi: Whose speech is more melodious than the Veena of Sarasvati known as Kachhapi.
Mandasmita prabhapura majjatkamesha manasa: The radiance of whose smile inundates the mind of Kamesvara, Her consort.
Anakalita sadrushya chubukashri virajita
Kamesha baddhamangalya sutra shobhita kandhara..12
Anakalita sadrushya chubukashri virajita: Her chin is peerless in beauty.
Kamesha baddhamangalya sutra shobhita kandhara: Whose neck is adorned with the Mangalasutra fastened thereon by Her consort Kamesvara.
Kanakangada keyura kamaniya bhujanvita
Ratnagraiveya chintaka lolamukta phalanvita..13
Kankangada keyura kamaniya bhujanvita: Whose beautiful arms are decked with armlets and bracelets of gold.
Ratnagraiveya chintaka lolamukta phalanvita: Who wears a gem – set necklace having a big pearl as a pendant.
Kameshvara premaratna manipratipana stani
Nabhyalavala romali lataphala kuchadvayi..14
Kamesvara premaratna manipratipana stani: Whose breasts form the price she pays to Her Consort (Mahesvara) in return for the gem of love He bestows on Her.
Nabhayalavala romali lataphala kuchadvayi: Whose breasts look like fruits on the creeper of the hair – line spreading upwards from the navel.
Lakshyaroma latadharata samunneya madhyama
Stanabhara dalanmadhya pattabandha valitraya..15
Lakshyaroma latadharata samunneya madhyama: Who has a waist so slender that it can only be inferred as a base for the creeper of fine hair springing from her navel upwards.
Stanabhara dalanmadhya pattabandha valitraya: Whose waist, breaking under the weight of the breasts, gets three lines like a supporting belt.
Arunaruna kausumbha vastrabhasvath katitati
Ratnakinkini karamya rashana dama bhushita..16
Arunaruna kausumbha vastrabhasvath katitati: Who wears a garment of deep red round Her hip.
Ratnakinkini karamya rashana dama bhushita: Who is adorned with a girdle having many mini bells set with precious stones.
Kamesha gyata saubhagya mardavoru dvayanvita
Manikya makutakara janudvaya virajita..17
Kamesha gyata saubhagya mardavoru dvayanvita: The beauty and smoothness of whose thighs is known only to her consort, the Conqueror of love (Kamesha)
Manikya makutakara janudvaya virajita: Whose two knees are like crowns shaped from the precious stone Manikya.
Indragopa parikshipta smaratunabha janghika
Gudhagulpha kurmaprushta jayishnu prapadanvita..18
Indragopa parikshipta smaratunabha janghika: Whose calf – muscles resemble the quiver of the god of love with bright glow–worm like decorations.
Gudhagulpha: Whose ankled are well filled and therefore without protrusion.
Kurmaprushta jayishnu prapadanvita: The arch of whose feet rival the shapeliness and beauty of the back of a tortoise.
Nakhadidhiti sanchhanna namajjana tamogunaa
Padadvaya prabhajala parakruta saroruha..19
Nakhadidhiti sanchhanna namajjana tamoguna: The illumining splendor of whose tow nails dispel the darkness of ignorance in the votaries prostrating at Her feet.
Padadvaya prabhajala parakruta saroruha: Whose feet defeat the lotus in beauty.
Sinjana manimanjira manditashri padambuja
Marali mandagamana mahalavanya shevadhih..20
Sinjana manimanjira manditashri padambuja: Whose lotus – feet are adorned with tinkling anklets set with jewels.
Marali mandagamana: Whose gait is slow and gentle like that of a swan.
Mahalavanya shevadhih: Who is a treasure house of Divine beauty.
Sarvaruna navadyangi sarvabharana bhushita
Shiva kameshvarankastha shiva svadhina vallabhe..21
Sarvaruna: Who is rose – hued all over.
Anavadyangi: Who is faultless in every limb.
Sarvabharana bhushita: Who is adorned with divine ornaments.
Shiva kameshvarankastha: Who is seated on the lap of Shiva, the conqueror of desire (Kamesvara).
Shiva: The Consort of Shiva, whose Power She is.
Svadhina vallabha: Who dominates over Her Consort Siva in the creative part of the cyclic motion of time.
Sumeru madhya shrungastha shrimannagara nayika
Chintamani gruhantastha panchabrahma sanasthita..22
Sumeru Madhya shrugastha: Who dwells on the mid most peak of Mount Meru.
Shrimannagara nayika: Who is the Bindu, the central circle of bliss in the Shri-chakra.
Chintamani gruhantastha: Whose abode is Manidvipa the Island of Wish-yielding Gem.
Panchabrahma sanasathita: Who rests on a seat formed of the five Divinities (Brahmans), Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Isana and Sadasiva.
Mahapadmatavi samstha kadamba vanavasini
Sudhasagara madhyastha kamakshi kamadayini..23
Mahapadmatavi samstha: Who dwells in a lotus forest, the thousand–petalled lotus of the Sahashra.
Kadamba vanavasini: Who resides amidst a grove of Kadamba trees (which fringe the Manidvipa)
Sudhasagara madhyastha: Who dwells in the center of the sea of Nectar (which is the light of the Blissful Moon of the pericap of the Sahashrara)
Kamakshi: The look of whose eyes is full of graceful
Kamadayini: Who grants all the prayers of votaries.
Devarshi ganasanghata stuyamanatma vaibhava
Bhandasura vadhodyukta shaktisena samanvita..24
Devarshi ganasanghata stuyamanatma vaibhava: Whose majesty is the subject of praise of hosts of sages and divine beings.
Bhadasura vadhodyukta shaktisena samanvita: Whose command an army of Saktis are intent on destroying Bhadasura (the Asura being Ignorance, Lalitambika, the Atman, and the Saktis, the potencies of the Atman.)
Sampatkari samarudha sindhura vrajasevita
Ashvarudha dhishtihitashva kotikoti bhiravruta..25
Sampatkari samarudha sindhura vrajasevita: Who is accompanied by a regiment of elephants, headed by Sampatkari.
Ashvarudha dhishtihitashva kotikoti bhiravruta: Who is surrounded by a cavalry of several crores of horses under the command of Ashvarudha.
Chakraraja ratharudha sarvayudha parishkruta
Geyachakra ratharudha mantrini parisevita..26
Chakraraja ratharudha sarvayudha parishkruta: Seated in Her chariot Chakra raja equipped with armaments of every kind.
Geyachakra ratharudha mantrini parisevita: Who is attended by Her minister (Syamala) seated in Her chariot named Geya – chakra.
Kirichakra ratharudha dandanatha purashkruta
Jvala malinikakshipta vahni prakara madhyaga..27
Kirichakra ratharudha dandanatha purashkruta: Who is preceded by Dandanatha, the commander of Her armiesin his chariot Kiri-chakra.
Jvala malinikakshipta vahni prakara madhyaga: Who has taken position in the center of the rampart of fire constructed by Jvalamalinika.
Bhandasainya vadhodyukta shaktivikrama harshita
Nitya parakramatopa nirikshana samutsuka..28
Bhadasainya vadhodyukta shaktivikrama harshita: Who rejoices at the valour of Her Saktis bent on destroying the army of Bhanda.
Nitya parakramatopa niriskhana samutsuka: Who is delighted on seeing the aggressiveness of Her Nitya deities in their attack on the army of Bhanda.
Bhandaputra vadhodyukta balavikrama nandita
Mantrinyamba virachita vishanga vadhatoshita..29
Bhandaputra vadhodyukta balavikrama nandita: Who is overjoyed to see Her daughter Bala who is intent on slaying the son of Bhanda.
Mantrinyamba virachita vishanga vadhatoshita: Who feels satisfaction at the destruction of Vishanga by Her chief minister Syamala.
Vishukra pranaharana varahi viryanandita
Kameshvara mukhaloka kalpita shriganeshvara..30
Vishukra pranaharana varahi viryanandita: Who appreciates the prowess displayed by Varahi in the destruction of Vishukra.
Kameshvara mukhaloka kalpita shriganeshvara: Who by a mere glance at her Consort Mahesvara generates Sri Ganesha (the elephant headed diety).
Mahaganesha nirbhinna vighnayantra praharshita
Bhandasurendra nirmukta shastra pratyastra varshini..31
Mahaganesha nirbhinna vighnayantra praharshita: Who rejoices when that Ganesha destroys the magical devices placed by Bhandasura as obstacles to Her victory.
Bhandasurendra nirmukta shastra pratyastra varshini: Who counters by Her own missiles the rain of missiles directed against Her by Bhadnasura.
Karanguli nakhotpanna narayana dashakrutih
Mahapashu patastragni nirdagdhasura sainika..32
Karanguli nakhotpanna rarayana dashakrutih: Who out of Her finger nails recreated all the ten Incarnations of Vishnu to destroy the Asuras slain by Him in His incarnations and now recreated magically by Bhanda out of a missile of his.
Mahapashu patastragni nirdaghasura sainika: Who burned to death the armies of demons with the fire of the great missile pashupata.
Kameshvarastra nirdagdha sabhandasura shunyaka
Brahmopendra mahendradi devasamstuta vaibhava..33
Kamesvarastra nirdagha sabhadasura shunyaka: Who with the flames of the missile Kamesvara caused the destruction of bandha and also of his Capita Sunyaka.
Brahmopendra mahendradi devasamstuta vaibhava: Whose manifold powers (displayed in the fight with Bhanda) are praised by Brahma, Vishnu and Indra.
Haranetragni sandagdha kama sanjiva naushadhih
Shrimadvagbhava kutaika svarupa mukhapankaja..34
Haranetragni sandagdha kama sanjiva naushadhih: The life giving herb, that revived the god of love (kama – deva) who had been burnt to death by the fire of Shiva’s eyes.
Shrimadvagbhava kutaika svarupa mukhapankaja: Whose lotus face represents the Vagbhava – Kuta of the pancha dashakshari – mantra which is subtle form of the Devi.
Kanthadhah katiparyanta madhyakuta svarupini
Shaktikutaika tapanna katyadho bhagadharini..35
Kanthadhah katiparyanta madhyakuta svarupini: Whose middle region from the neck to the waist is represented by the central part (Kamaraja – Kuta) of the same Mantra.
Shaktikutaika tapanna katyadho bhagadharini: Whose form below waist is identical with the last part (Sakti – Kuta) of Pancha – dashakshari Mantra.
Mulamantratmika mula kutatraya kalebara
Kulamrutaika rasika kulasanketa palini..36
Mulamantratmika: Who is the original Mantra (Mula-mantra, here Pancha – dashakshari) itself.
Mula-kuta-traya-kalebara: Whose body is identiacal with Pancha – Dashakshari Mantra with all its Kutas or combination of letters.
Kulamrutaika rasika: Who (as the Kundalini) revels in the nectar flowing from the Sahasrara through the whole of the Kula path (i.e.the Susumna).
Kulasanketa palini: Who guards the esoteric doctrine of the Kaulas.
Kulangana kulantastha kaulini kulayogini
Akula samayantastha samayachara tatpara..37
Kulangana: Who is the Female Element (Kundalini) in the Kula Path.
Kulantastha: Who is the innermost Reality of the Kula Path.
Kaulini: Who is called Kaulini, the core of the Kaula form of worship.
Kulayogini: Who is the Deity of the Kaulas.
Akula: Who is also the Akula (Siva) who is in the thousand-petalled lotus above the Kula Path.
Samayantastha: Who is likewise the center of the Samaya doctrine (in which the worship is done internally through meditation and which holds Siva-Sakti as of equal importance in all respects).
Samayanchara tatpara: Whom the Samaya tradition of worship is dear.
Muladharaika nilaya brahmagranthi vibhedini
Manipurantarudita vishnugranthi vibhedini..38
Muladharaika nilaya: Whose chief residence is the Muladhara.
Brahmagrandhi vibhedini: Who in Her ascent from the Muladhara breaks through the Brahma-grandhi (the Barrier of Brahma to the subtle dimension).
Manipurantarudita: Who then emerges in the Manipura – chakra.
Vishnugranthi vibhedini: Who then breaks through the Vishnu – granthi (the barrier to still subtler dimensions).
Agya chakrantaralastha rudragranthi vibhedini
Sahasraram bujarudha sudhasarabhi varshini..39
Agya chakrantaralstha: Who next abides in the center of the Agya – chakra.
Rudragrandthi vibhedini: Who finally breaks through the Rudra – granthi (the barrier to the subtlest dimension).
Sahasraram bujarudha: Who then ascends to the Thousand – petalled Lotus known as the Sahasrara.
Sudhasarabhi varshini: Who sends streams of Nectar (spiritual bliss) from the Transcendant moon in the Sahasrara.
Tadillata samaruchih shatchakropari samsthita
Mahasaktih kundalini bisatantu taniyasi..40
Tadillata samaruchih: Who shines like a steady flash of lightning.
Shatchakropari samsthita: Who then establishes herself above the six Chakras.
Mahasaktih: Whose immense joy consists in Asakti (union with Shiva)
Kundalini: Who resides in the Muladhara as the Kundalini (the coiled power).
Bisatantu taniyasi: Who is as fine and firm as the fibre of a lutus stalk.