Nava Durga Stotram
( Shakthi worship aimed at the worship of woman as the power behind everything is possibly very unique in Hinduism. Though the goddess Shakthi plays a secondary roles as consort of Lord Vishnu, Shiva and Lord Brahma, right from the upanishadic days , her portrayal as the unique power which makes all the gods, Pancha Bhoothas , Ashta dig Palakas etc to act as they do is well recognized. During the Navarathri(Dusserah) she is worshipped in nine different forms , Nava Durgas are those Shakthi aspects worshipped during different days of Navarathri. The stotra in Sanskrit script can be accessed in http://www.indif.com/nri/mantras/navdurga_stotra.asp)
Daughter of the mountain
Vandhe vanchathalaabhaya , CHandrardha krutha shekaraam,
Vrushaa roodaam soola dharaam Shaila puthri yasaswini.
Salutations to Shaila puthri , the fulfiller of desires ,
Who has the moon’s crescent , who rides on a bull
Dadhaanaa kara padmabhayaam aksha maalam Kamandalu,
Devi praseedhathu mayi, brahchayryam authama
Let the incomparable Goddess Brahmacharini , holding in her ,
Lotus like hands the rosary and the water pot shower her grace on me.
She who wears a semi circular moon.
Pindaja pravara aarooda chanda kopasthra kair yutha,
Prasadam thanu they mahyam, Chandre ghantethi visruthaa,
Let the famous Chandra GHanta , riding on a tiger ,
Who is intensely violent and angry , may shower her grace on me.
The little warm creator
Suraa sampoorna kalasam rudhirplutha meva cha,
Dadhaana hastha padmabhyam Khooshmanda Shubadasthu may
Let The Goddess Khooshmanda , who has two pots,
Full of blood and holds lotus flower in her hand , be kind to me.
The mother of Lord Subramanya
Simhasana gatha nithyam , padmasritha kara dwaya,
Shubadasthu sadaa devi Skandamatha Yasaswini.
Let the renowned Skanda Mata who sits on the throne,
Who has lotus flowers in both her hands , be kind to me.
Daughter of sage Kathyayana
Chandra hasojjwala karaa , sardhula vara vahana,
Kathyayini Shubham dadhya devi dhanava ghathini.
Let Goddess Kathyayini , who holds the shining Chandrahasa ,
Who rides on the imperial lion and who is the killer of asuras give me good things.
Yeka veni japa karnapuraa , nagnaa khara sthitha,
Lambhoshti karnika karni , thailabhyaktha sareerini,
Vama pado llasad allohalathatha kanda bhooshanaa,
Vardhana murdha dwajaa Krishna Kalarathrir Bhayangari.
Let the fearsome black Kalarathri , who has one braid ,
Who decorates herself with a rose and lotus flower ,
Has ornaments in her ears , who is naked ,
Who rides on a donkey , who has long lips ,
Who has applied oil all over her body,
Who wears several coloured ornaments,
Remove the darkness of my ignorance.
The pure white goddess
Swethe Vrushe samarooda , swethambaradhara suchi,
Maha Gauri shubham dadhyath maha deva pramodhadhaa.
Let the Mahagauri who rides on a white bull , who is dressed in white,
Who is pure , give me auspeciosness and make Lord Shiva happy.
Giver of occult powers
Sidha Gandharwa yakshaa vaira asurai amarar api,
Sevyamaanaa sadaa bhooyath Sdhidhaa Sidhi Dhayini
Let the Sidhi Dhathri who is always served by
Sidhas, Gandarwas , Yakshas , asuras and devas,
Always give me victory in every venture.