Sunday, February 17, 2013

Shiva Akshara Mala Stora


Shiva Akshara Mala Stora
(The prayer of garland of alphabets
Or
The Garland which never decays)

Translated by
P.R.Ramachander

( This is a very popular  prayer in Kerala addressed to Lord Shiva. Each verse  starts  with alphabets of Sanskrit in that  order. Now I also find that  this is also popular  in Andhra. There  is  a You tube recording of this stotra by Sri S.P.Balasubramanyam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gymd-5GzLcw

1.Adbutha vigraha, Amaradheeswara ,
Aganitha Guna gana , amitha  Shiva

Refrain to be repeated after  every stanza.

Hara Samba sada Shiva, Samba sadashiva ,
Samba sada shiva  , Samba shiva.

Oh Shiva  with wonderful form , who is the God of the devas,
Who has countless  good qualities and is the immeasurable Shiva

Refrain
Oh Destroyer, Oh perennial Shiva with Parvathi , Oh perennial Shiva with Parvathi,
Oh Perennial Shiva with Parvathi, Of Shiva with parvathi.

2.Anandamrutha , aasritha rakshaka ,
Athmananda  Mahesa   Shiva

Oh Nectar of joy , Oh protector of dependents ,
Oh soul  of joy,  Oh great  God Shiva,

3.Indhu kaladhara  indrdhi priya,
Sundara  roopa suresa  Shiva.

Oh God who wears  the crescent of the moon , Oh God who is liked by Indra and others,
Oh God with pretty form , Oh Shiva  who is the God of devas.

4.Eesa suresa , mahesa  , jana priya,
Kesava sevitha  keerthi shiva

Oh God, oh God of devas , Oh great God , Oh God liked by people,
Oh famous Shiva served  by Kesava.

 5.Uragadhi priya  uraga vibhooshana ,
Naraka vinasa  natesa  Shiva

Oh God who likes snakes , who wears snake as ornament  ,
Oh destroyer of hell , Oh Shiva   who is the god of dancing

6.Urjitha  danava  nasa , parathpara,
AArjitha papa vinasa shiva

Oh killer of proud asuras, Oh divine among divines,
Oh Shiva who destroys  the accumulated  sins

7.Rig veda   sruthi  mouli vibhooshana,
Ravi chandragni trinethra shiva

Oh God who decorates  his crown with Rig veda.
Oh Shiva who has three eyes of sun, moon and fire.

8.ruoupamanadhi  prapancha  vilakshana,
THapa nivarana  thathwa shiva

Oh destroyer   of the manifold worlds ,
Oh God who cures mental  pains , Oh Shiva who is philosophical

9.Lliswaroopa sahasra  karothama ,
Vaageeswara  vara desa  shiva.

Oh God who has the form of a mountain, Who has one thousand hands,
Oh God of words , Oh Shiva of blessed places

10.LLuthadheeswara  roopa priya  Hara,
Vedantha priya   Vedhya shiva

Oh Lover   of the pretty   form of Lord Vishnu, oh destroyer,
Oh lover of philosophy, Oh Shiva who is studied by Vedas.

11.Yekaneka swaroopa Sada Shiva,
Bhogadhi Priya poorna shiva

Oh Perennial Shiva who is one as well as many,
Oh Complete Shiva  who is interested in enjoyment

12.Iyswaryasraya chinmaya  chilghana ,
Sachidananda  suresa   Shiva.

Oh Shiva who is the god of devas who is pure in thought,
Pure in form and  the personification of pure joy.

13.Omkara Priya , uraga vibhooshana,
Hreemkara Priya, eesa  Shiva,

Oh God Shiva who  likes the sound “Om”,
Who wears the snake and likes the sound “hreem”.

14.Ourasa lalitha , anthaka nasana ,
Gouri sametha  gireesa shiva

Oh Shiva  with Goddess Parvathi , who is the god of the mountain,
Who is produced from within himself , who is the killer of enemies.

15.Ambaravasa , Chidambara nayaka,
Dumburu Narada   sevya   Shiva.

Oh Shiva   who is served by Dumburu and Narada ,
Who lives on the sky  and is the Lord of Chidambaram.

16,Aahara Priya  ashta digeswara ,
Yogi hrudhi Priya  vasa  Shiva.

Oh Shiva  who lives in minds of Yogis with love,
Who likes good food and is the  Lord of all eight directions.

17.Kamalasana , Kailasa nivasaka,
Karuna sagara  Kasi Shiva.

Oh Shiva of Benares  who is the ocean of mercy,
Who sits on a lotus and who lives in Kailasa.

18.Khadga  soola  mruga jada  dhanurdhara,
Vikrama roopa  Viswesa  Shiva

Oh shiva who is the Lord of the universe who has a valorous form,
Who holds the sword, deer , bow  and sports a tuft.

19.Gangadhara   hara vallabha  Sankara ,
Gana hitha  Sarva janesa Shiva.

Oh Shiva  who is the lord of all people , who is partial to well being of Ganas,
Who carries   the Ganga, who is the destroyer and is Vishnu  of his consort.

20. Gathaka  Panchama  pathaka Nasana ,
Dheena jana Priya dheeptha Shiva.

Oh Shining Shiva who likes  poor  people,
Who destroys  murderers bad people   and debased people.

21.Ngatha swaroopananda Janasraya  ,
Veda swaroopa  Vedhya Shiva.

Oh Shiva who has the form of Vedas and who is  studied by the Vedas,
Who likes his form like heaven   and Who is depended on by all people.

22.Chanda vinasana  , sakala  jana Priya ,
Mandalaadheesa mahesa   Shiva.

OH great God Shiva  who is the king of  the Country,
Who destroys cruel people    and is liked by all  people.

23.Chathra  kireeta  sukundaladhi Priya ,
Puthra Priya Bhuvanesa Shiva

Oh  Shiva God of the universe  who is liked by his sons,
And Who likes  umbrella, crown   and ornaments like  ear studs.

24.Janma jaraa  mruthyaadhi  vinasana,
Kanmasha  rahitha   kaaseesa Shiva

Oh Shiva who is the God of Benares, who is without deceit,
And who is destroyer of birth, death   and old age .

25.Jangarasraya   brugeerati Priya,
Ongaresa Viswesa Shiva

Oh Shiva, the God of universe  who is the God of “Om”,
Who depends on sound “Jam”  and likes the  movement of bees.

26.Jnanajnana  vinasana  nirmala ,
Dheena jana Priya Deeptha Shiva.

Oh Shining shiva  who likes poor people  ,
Who destroys wisdom and ignorance  and is pure.

27.Tanka swaroopa  sahasra karothama ,
Vagheeswara  vara desa shiva

Oh Shiva  of the blessed land who is the God of words,
Who is like a sword   and who has blessed one thousand hands.

28.Takkadhyayudha sevitha  sura gana,
Lavanyamrutha   lasitha shiva.

Oh playful Shiva   who  has nectar like beauty,
Who carries weapons like rotating drum  and is served  by all devas

29.Damba vinasana Dundu vibhooshana,
Ambara  vasa Chidesa shiva.

Oh Shiva who is god of divines who lives on the sky,
Who destroys pride   and  is decorated by  DUndu.

30.Dam Dam Damaruka   daruna nischala ,
Dundu Vinayaka   sevya  Shiva

Of Shiva served by  Dundu Vinataka ,
Who keeps completely frozen even at the dam dam sound of Big Drum.

31.NaNa mani gana , bhooshana nirguna  ,
Natha jana pootha sanadha Shiva


Oh Shiva who is also the leader  of pure devotees,
Who wears many types of gems  and who does not have any qualities.

32.Thathwamasyadhi vakhya swaroopa,
Nithya swaroopa nijesa   shiva

Oh Shiva who is the God of truth , who has  eternal form,
Who has the  form of   the philosophy  of Vedas.

33.Sthavara jangama bhuvana  vichakshana,
Thapa nivarana Thathwa shiva

Oh Philosophical Shiva   who is the cure for mental pain,
Who is familiar with  moving and non moving things of the world.

34.Dandhi vinasana   dalitha  manomaya,
Chandana lepitha    charana   Shiva.

Oh Venerable Shiva who has applied  sandal paste ,
Who is destroyer of  elephants and occupies the mind of the oppressed.

35.Darinee dhara  shubha  dawala  vilasaka,
Dhandhadhi Priya  Dhama Shiva

Oh Garlanded Shiva   who likes Khubera,
Who carries the earth   and shines in pure white.

36.Nalina vilochana  natana manohara ,
Alikula bhooshana   amitha   Shiva

Oh measureless Shiva  Who wears a flower garland,
Who has lotus like  eyes  and who is a pretty dancer.

37.Parvathi nayaka  pannaga  bhooshana,
Paramananda Paresa  Shiva

Oh greatest God Shiva  who is immersed in divine joy,
Who is  the Lord of Parvathi  and who wears  the snake.

38.Phala vilochana bhanu kotio prabha,
Halahala dhara Amitha Shiva

Oh Greatest God Shiva, who wears  halahala poison,
Who has an eye on his forehead   and who shines like billions of Suns.

39.Bandha  vimochana   brahathee  pavana ,
Skandhadhi Priya   Kanaka   Shiva

Oh Golden Shiva,  who likes Subrahmanya and others ,
Who  frees us from ties  and who is greatly holy.

40.Bhhasma vilepana  Bhava bhaya  mochana,
Vismaya  roopa  viswesa   Shiva

Oh Shiva who is the God of universe  and has a wonderful form,
Who applies sacred ash   and frees us from fear birth and death cycle.

41.Manmadha nasana  Madhupana Priya  ,
Charma vilepana   SAkshi shiva

 Oh Shiva who is a witness, who wears animal hide,
Who destroyed cupid   and who likes to drink honey(alcohol)

42.Yathi jana  hrudayanthaadhi nivasaka,
Vidhi vishnwadhi  suresa   Shiva

Oh Shiva who is God of devas  and Vishnu and Brahma,
Who lives   deep in the heart  of  sages.

43.Rameswara  pura  Ramana mukhambuja,
Someswara  sukruthesa   Shiva

Oh Friendly God Shiva  who is the God of moon,
Who is the pretty faced  one of the town of Rameswara.

44.Lankadheeswara   sevitha sura gana,
Lavanyamrutha   laasitha Shiva.

Oh playful Shiva   who is the nectar  of prettiness,
Who is served by the Lord of Lanka as well as   devas.

45.Varadha bayankara  Vasuki bhooshana,
Vanamaaladhi Vibhoosha Shiva

Oh Shiva who wears   the forest garland,
Who is  the fearful god of blessings   and who wears Vasuki.

46.SAntha swaroopa    sahasrakarothama,
Vagheeswara   vara  desa shiva

Oh Shiva of the blessed place  , who is the God of  speech,
Who has a peaceful form  and who has thousand great hands.

47.Shanmukha Janaka   surendra jana Priya,
Shadgunyadhi   sametha   Shiva.

Oh Shiva who is blessed with six qualities ,
Who s father of Lord Subrahmanya And who  is liked  by Indra and devas.

48.SAsararnava nava nasana saswatha ,
SAdhu jana Priya vasa  shiva

Oh Shiva who lives with  god fearing people,
Who destroys the sea of worldly illusion and who  is stable.

49. Hara Purushothama  Advaithamrutha ,
Mura ripu  sevya mrudesa  Shiva

Oh Shiva who is the God of joy   and who is served by Lord Vishnu,
Who is  the greatest Purusha who destroys  and is the nectar  of advaitha.

50.Laalitha bhaktha janeswara ,
Kalinateshvara kama shiva

Oh Shiva who is the king of dance along with  Kali  ,
Who is the God of the devotees  whom he looks after.

51.Akshara mala Priya   Sundara sakshath ,
SWamin Amba sametha   Shiva

Oh God Shiva who is with goddess Parvathi,
Who likes this never fading garland  and who is the real beauty.









1 comment:

Lakshmi Bhat said...

Thank you very much for the meanings of the shlokas. My grandfather used to recite them and it was nice to get the meanings.