SRI MAHALAKSHMI, MAA LAXMI CHALISA
JAI JAI SHRII LAKSHMII
KIIJAI KRIPAA APARA
DIIJAI DHANA JANA JAANI NIJA
LIIJAI SHARANA MANJHAARA
Glory, glory, all gloryto you, O Lakshmi! May you be infinitely merciful to me and give me men andmoney, and considering me as your own devotee, be my refuge.
JAI JAI JALAJA VILAASINII
GHATA GHATA MAHAN VICHARANTII
Victory, all victory to you,O owner of the world’s treasure; you are blessed with good luck and immensefortune. Glory, glory to you, O Goddess who luxuriates in the water-borne lotus(where you abide) and who wanders from heart to heart!
JAI JAI SHRII KAMALE HARIPRIYE
JALANIDHI TANAYE AMBA
IKA MAAN TERAAHIN AVALAMBA
Glory, glory to you, OMother Lakshmi, beloved consort of Vishnu and daughter of Jalanidhi (Ocean).With prayerful humility does Sundardasa tell you that you are, O Mother, hisonly support.
SABA SUKHA BHARANIILAKSHMII AMBAA
DIINANA PARA KAHAN KARATI VILAMBAA
TUU TRIHUVANA TAMA NAASANII HAARII
HO JAGA JANANII VISHNU KII PYAARII
O mother Lakshmi, you fulfilvery want (grant all happiness); what makes you delay being merciful to thehelpless? O primordial origin (and source) of the world, beloved consort ofVishnu, you are the dispeller of the gloom covering the three spheres!
BHEDA TUMHAARAA NAA KOUPAAVATA
KSHANA MAHAN SUKHA SAMPATI UPAJAAVATA
PAAVATA SHESHAADIKA NAHIN ANTAA
MAHIMAA ANUPAMA AGAMA ANANTAA
To none has your mysterybeen comprehensible (by none can the depth of your truth be fathomed); (endowedwith miraculous powers that you are) you sow the seeds of prosperity and harvestit all in a moment. As you are infinite, the Serpent King and others fail todiscover your secret, so matchless, mysterious and endless is your glory.
MUKUTA BICHA SHISHUCHANDRA VIRAAJATA
TIISARA NAYANA BHAALA BICHA SAAJATA
JHUUMATA JHUUMAKA MANINA LADANA KII
SOHATA CHOLII HARITA VARANA KII
The new moon liesresplendent amid the crown upon your head while your third eye adorns the middleof your forehead. Strings of gems are swaying glitteringly around your neck likependants (attached to your earrings) while your green blouse looks splendid onyour body.
PUSHPARAAJA HIMA HAARAVIRAAJATA
LAKHI CHAVI SAHASA VADANA MANA LAAJATA
PHAHARATA ARUNA RANGA KII SAARII
MARKATA MANI SHUCHI JADITA KIINAARII
The garland of lotuses onyour bosom looks splendid, and shames the thousand-faced Serpent-king when helooks at its beauty. You are clad in a russet sari the border of which isstudded with pure emerald and which flutters in the wind.
KATI KINKINII GUCCHITATIRMANIYAAN
PADA KAMALANA JHANAKATA PAIJANIYAAN
SHOBHAA AMITA TEJA KII KHAANII
LASITA SHASTRA ASTAADASHA PAANII
You wear a winning bunch oftriple bells studded with gems on your girdle and ankle-bells, which jingle onyour lotus-feet. Infinitely winsome, you are verily a source of inextinguishablerefulgence and a goddess endowed with eighteen arms all beautifully equippedwith weapons and other objects.
GADAA PADMA TRISHUULAKRIPAANANA
SHANKHA CHAKRA RAAJITA DHANUBAANANA
VAJRA KUNDIKAA PAASHU KUTHAARII
ATI SHUCHI AKSHAMAALA KARA DHAARII
The most outstanding of themare a club, a lotus, a three-pronged trident, a sword, a conch, a disc, a bowand arrows. In addition to these you also hold a thunderbolt, a vessel made ofwood or earth (used for keeping water by ascetics and religious students), anoose or trap (used as weapon), an axe and a sacred string of Rudraksha seeds.
SUDHAA KALASHARASA HASTAVIRAAJATA
GHANTAA VIJAYA GHANAAGHANA BAAJATA
MAAN UTPATI KATHAA SUKHADAAYII
VEDA PURAANA SADAA YASHA GAAYII
A vessel containing anectarine juice (or the very essence of nectar) adorns one of your hands, whilethe gong, proclaiming your victory over the demons, is producing a deep ringingsound. O Mother, the story of your origin is delightful, so say the Vedas andthe Puranas, who always join in singing your glory.
EKA SAMAYA ASA VIDHIBHAYE BAAMAA
MACHIGE DEVAASURA SANGRAAMAA
SURA ASURANA MAHAN ATI BHAYAKAARII
MACHYO YUDDHA TIHUN LOKA MAJHAARI
Once upon a time when Brahmawas displeased with the demons, a war broke out between them and the gods. Itwas so dreadful a battle that all the three spheres turned into a vastbattlefield.
TABA MAHISHAASURA NIJABHUJABALA SE
SURAHIN PARAAJITA KIINHYO CHALA SE
BANI AAPUHIN DEVANA KAHAN RAAJAA
INDRAASANA PARA JAAYA VIRAAJAA
It was then the redoubtabledemon Mahisha displaying his own indomitable might, vanquished the gods with thehelp of a ruse and crowning himself king of the celestials, sat glorious onIndra’s throne.
LAKHI SHIVA VISHNU KUPITACHITA BHAYAUU
ATI RISABAADHI BRUKUTI CHIDA GAYAUU
MAHAALAKSHMI TUU HII STHALA SE
PRAGATI TEJA PUNJA KE BALA SE
Observing this (victory ofthe demon), Vishnu and Shiva lost their temper and with their fury growingintense, raised their eyebrows (at the demon’s behaviour). O great goddessLakshmi, you sprang from the rich soil all by your own great mass energies andradiance congealed into your own body.
LAKHI SURA MUNI PRASANNAMANA BHAYAUU
NIJA-NIJA SHAKTI MAATU KAHAN DAYAUU
MUKHA MEIN BASE TEJA BANI SHANKARA
VISNU OJA BANI BASE BHUJAN PARA
When the gods and asceticssaw you, they were filled with joy; each of them gave you a weapon (endowed youwith his own power). In your face dwells Shankara as your radiance and on yourarms lies Vishnu as your lustre and vigour.
CHARANA BRAHMAA ANGULIMAHIN BHAANU
BASYO KIRANA BANI DRAGANA KRISHAANU
DIYE PRAJAAPATI DASHANA LALAAMAA
DHARE KUBERA LAKSHMII NAAMAA
Brahma became your feet andthe Sun your fingers; Agni, the god of fire, became the light of your eyes; Prajapati gave you the rows of beautiful teeth and Kubera your name Lakshmi.
SABAI SHAKTI DEVANA SOPAAII
MAAN BHAIIN TEJA PUNJA ADHIKAARII
ATAAHAASA KARI GARAJYO JABAHIN
KANPI UTHYO DASAHU DISHI TABAHIN
You derived all your mightfrom the gods and thus, O Mother, did you become the embodied strength of thegods. When you burst into guffaws and roared like thunder-clouds, all the tenquarters shook ad trembled with fear.
UCHALYO UDADHI CHALITABHAYE DHARANII
MACHYO YUDDHA TASA JAAYA NA VARANII
SAKYO NA SAHI MAHIBHAARA APAARAA
THAKYO SHESHA KIINHA PHUNKAARAA
The ocean leapt and theearth moved and a fierce battle raged which cannot be described. The infinitelyheavy burden of the earth was more violently with utter weariness.
DAGAMAGA DOLATA BHAYEGIRI KAISE
RAAMA VIMUKHA NARA NAHIN TIRA JAISE
MAHISHAASURA JABA RACHI BAHU MAAYAA
MAHAA THAITA BHAA PARA PAARA NA PAAYAA
Mountains trembled as do theminds of men averse to Rama (If one’s mind rambles, it is on account of hisaversion to Rama) When the demon Mahisha exercised his delusive powers invarious ways with no effect (on the gods or on the course of the battle), heconsequently got wearied (and abandoned his attempt to subdue the gods or tocomprehend the mystery of their invulnerability).
TABA MAAN KESHA PAKADIVADHA KIINHYO
DEVANA GAGANA DUNDUBHI DIINHYO
DHANI HO DHANYA LASKHMI MAATAA
SHESHA MAHESHA AADI GUNA GAATAA
Then, O Mother, you caughthold of his hair and slew him, which caused the celestial deities to beat theirkettledrums in joy. Blessed, all blessed are you, O Mother Shri, whose praise issung by the Serpent-King, the great Lord Shiva and many others.
TAVA SAMAANA KO ASA JAGAJANANII
ATI DARIDRAANI SUKHA SAMPATI BHARANII
SATYA SANEHA MAATU KAHAN LAAGATA
HVAI DUKHA DUURA SAKALA BHAYA HAAGATA
O originator of the cosmos(the very source of all life), is there anyone who can match you I generosity?You bless even the most wretched and impecunious with happiness and prosperity.If one is truly devoted to you, O Mother, he is rid of all his fears andafflictions.
SADAA LAKSHMII SATYA KIICHERII
KARAHIN VAASA SATYAHIN URA HERII
KARATA SATYA JO MAAN GUNA GAANAA
BHARATA SU BHAVANA ATUUTA KHAJAANAA
You, O Lakshmi are ever Iservice of Truth and dwell in the hearts of the truthful (of those who are trulydevoted to you). O Mother, if one sings your glories with all sincerity, youfill his home with inexhaustible treasures.
DARASATA MAAN CHAVIPARASATA CHARANANA
BARASATA MUDRAA CHANANANA CHANANANA
HARASATA MANA TANA TARASATA PUNI PUNI
DEHINDARASA MAAN TERAHIN SUNI SUNI
Riches pour down on one whoobserves the beauty of your countenance and touches your feet. He is filled withrapturous delight, and yet yearns again and again for a sight of you. O Mother,hearing my repeated cries do show yourself to me.
GAHYAUU MAATU CHARANANA KII AASAA
ASA DHANA KOSHA MAATU SE PAAYO
JO NA GHATYO NITA ATI SUKHA CHAAYO
With the sage Durvasa in hismind, Sundardasa holds on to the feet of mother Lakshmi, his only hope. She hasrewarded him with a treasure which, instead of diminishing, contributes to deepfelicity everyday.
He who hymns this praise ofthe great goddess Lakshmi with attention and observes purity and rules ofreligious conduct, attains prosperity though he may be deep in debt.
NITA NAVA SUKHA SAMPATIBADHAI,
KAHAI SHASTRA SATA GRANTHA
ANTA SHANTI AANANDAMAYA,
LAHAI MUKTI KAA PANTHA
Increasingly prosperous andhappy does he become, proclaim the Shastras and the Scriptures. O Mother, theembodiment of bliss, you reward him ultimately with great felicity and peace andenable him to attain the path of liberation.
MAHAALAKSHMII CHARITA YAHA
CHAALIISAA CHITA LAAYA
PAATHA KARAI NITA NEMA SON
RHINIIHUN DHANII HO JAAYA
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