Adhi Sankara Bhagawat pada
(Mani Karnika Ghat is one of the very ancient Ghats of Varanasi .This is very close to Temple of Lord Kasiviswanath .It is also one of the largest cremation grounds in Ganga. There is a Mani Karika temple and Mani Karnika Khund established there by Lord Vishnu.This great prayer is addressed to Mani Karnika temple by Shankara Bhagawath Pada)
1.Thwatheere Manikarnike Hariharou Sayujya mukthi pradhou,
Vadanthou kurutha parasparamubhou jantho prayanothsave ,
Madd roopo nanujo ayam asthu harinaa prokthaa , shivasthatkshanath,
Than madhyadh abdhu gulanchano garudagapeethambaronirgatha.
1.Oh Manikarnika , when in your banks Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu ,
Who can grant salvation at the time of death , were arguing with each other ,
And when Lord Vishnu toild him , “This man would assume my form,”
At that time from the middle of that being, Lord Vishnu having ,
The symbol of sage Brugu on him , came out on the Garuda wearing the yellow silk.
2.Indradhyasthridasa yakadanthi niyatham bjoga kshaye they puna,
Jaayanthe manujaas thathobhi pasava keetaa pathangadhaya,
Ye Mathar manikarnike thava jalr majjanthi nishkalmashaa,
Sayujyebhi kireeda kousthubha darsaa Narayana yasur Bara.
2,Indra and other devas try to climb up but even they,
After they exhaust the result of blessed deeds are born as,
A human being or as a worm and Oh Mother Manikarnika ,
Those beings who bathe in your sacred waters are free from any stain,
And would assume the form Of salvation of lord Narayana,
Wearing a crown and the gem called Kausthubha.
3.Kasi dhanyathama vimuktha nagari saalankruthaa Gangayaa,
Thathreyam mani karnika sukha karimukthirhi thath kinkari,
Swarloka sthulitha sa haiva vibudhai kasyam samam Brahmana m
Kasi kshonithale sthithaa gurutharasas Swargho laghuthwam gathaa
3.The ciry of Kasi as decorated by river ganges as a very blessed town,
And there Manikarnika is pleasant and is like a maid servant called “salvation”,
And even the heavens as well as land of Brahma are weighed and compared to Kasi,
And being heavier Kasi is down on earth and Heavens being light are on the top.
4.Ganga theeramanuthamam hi sakalam thathrapi kasyuthama,
Thasyaam saa Manikarnikothamouthama yethreswaro mukthidha,
Devanamabhi durlabham stalamidham Papougha nasanam,
Poorvaparjitha punya punjagamakam punyair janai prapyathe .
4.The banks of Ganga are incomparable and everything is there, and there in the great Benares,
The ManiKarnina is the best among the best as Lord Shiva grants salvation there,
And this place is difficult for even Devas to get as all sins are destroyed there,
And it can can be attained only due to blessed deeds of previous births and People get blessings there.
5.Dukhambodhi nimagna janthu nivahasthesham kadham nishkruthi ,
Jnathwa thathi virinchinaa Varanasi sarmadhaa,
Lokaa swarga mukas thathopi lagavo bogantha patha pradhaa,
Kasi mukthi puri sadaa Shivakari dharmartha Moksha pradhaa.
5.This Benares was created by Lord Brahms for removing the Sorrow,
Of all those p people who are drowned in the ocean of sorrow ,
The heaven and the worls above give us pleasure first and downfall later ,
But this Benares which is a city of salvation is a place giving us Dharma , wealth as well as salvation.
6.Yeko Venu dharo , Dharaadharadgara Sri Vathsa bhoosha dhara ,
Yopyeka khilka shankaro Visha dharo Gangadharo Madhava ,
Ye Mathar Mani karnike thava jale majjanthi the Manava ,
Rudraa vaa harayo bhavanthi bahavasthesham bahuthwam Kadham,
6,Hari is the only one who carries a flute, mountain as well as Srivathsa,
Lord Shiva is the only one who carries the poison , Ganges and hew is asame as Hari,
All those human beings who take bth in this Manikarnika ghat,
Would rise up from there as Hari or shiva and where is pluarality for them.
7.THwath theere maranam thu mangala karam devirabhi slagyathe ,
Sakrastham manujam sahsra nayanai drushtum sadaa thathparaa,
Aayantham savithaa c savithaa sahasra kiranai pragyudatho aabhoothsadaa,
Punyasou Vrusha gi=o adhavaa Garudaga kim mandhiram yaasyathi.
7.The death on your banks is auspicious and is appreciated by even Devas,
And those men are eagerly awaited by Indra with one thousand eyes,
And the Sun God with one thousand rays rises up eagerly to see ,
To which temple those persons riding on Bull as well as Garuda are going.
8.Madhyahna Mani karnikaa snapanajam punyam na vakthum kshamaa ,
Sweeyai rapatha sathaiur chathurmukha suro vedartha Deekshaa guru,
Yogabhayasaa balena Chandra shikhara statha punya parangatha,
Thwatheere prakarothi suptha purusham Narayanam vaa shivam.
8.The scared effect of taking bath in Mani Karnika Ghat at mid noon,
Cannot even be told by the teacher Lord Brahma , the Lord who explains Vedas ,
Even in hundreds of years and by the power of practicing Yoga and,
By being at end of blessed deeds, the one who sleeps there at night,
Is transformed by Lord Chandrashekara ae Narayana or Shiva.
9.Kruchrai koti sathai swapapa nidhanam yacha aswamedhai balam,
THath sarvam Mani Karnika sanapanaje punye pravishtam bhaveth,
Snathwa stotramitham Nara Padathi cheth samsara paadho nidhi,
THeerthwaa pala valayath prayathi sadanam thejomayam Brahmana.
9.The power got by carrying out hundred crores of painful penances ,
And effect Carrying out of Aswamedha sacrifice would all be got,
By one who takes bath in Manikarnika and reading this prayer,
And he would be able to cross the ocean of Samsara asif he is crossing a small body of water.