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The Essence of Puranas – Brahmanda Purana







23    LALITHOPAAKHYAANA-Lalita Deví’s Vijaya Yatra and Bhandasura Vadha:

The Victory March commenced with sky-reaching reverberations of ‘Vaadyas’ or sound  instruments of Mridangas, Murajas, Patahas, Jhallaris, Hundukas, Gomukhas, Barbaras, Hunkaaras and so on. From Lalita’s Ankusha emerged Sampatkari Devi who alighted an Elephant called ‘Rana Kolahala’who in turn materialised countless elephants. From Lalita Devis’s Pashaayudha were materialised innumerable horses of varied descriptions like Vanayjas, Kambhojaas, Sindhujas, Tankanas, Parvateeyas, Paaraseekas, Kaala vandijas, Yavanobhutas and Gandharvas. Armed by her various hands, Lalita sat on a horse back even when Dandanatha or Senapati named Shrinatha led her army while the former in turn created several Chandi Shaktis seated on Mahishas / buffaloes or Lions; in fact, the  Stree Shaktis created for the occasion were twelve in number viz. Panchami, Dandanaatha, Sanketa, Samayeswari, Samaya Sanketa, Vaaraahi, Potrini, Vaartaali, Maha Sena, Agjna, Chakrewsari, and Arighna. Besides, there were sixteen Mantra Nayikas named Sangeeta Yogini, Shyama, Shyamala, Mantranayika, Mantrini, Sachiveshi, Pradhaanesi, Shukapriya, Veenavati, Vainiki, Mudrini, Priyakapriya, Neepapriya, Kadambesi, Kadambavanavaasini and Sadaamada. Meanwhile, a Figure  representing Dhanur Veda with four hands, three heads and three eyes gifted a Dhanush (Bow) and two containers full of Arrows to Jagadamba saying these would be useful to fight Bhandasura.Hahagriva then described Parameswari with the following Pancha Vimshati Naamaas viz. Shri Lalitha, Maha Raagni, Paraamkusha, Chaapini, Tripura, Maha Tripura Sundari, Sundari, Chakranatha, Saamraajni, Chakrini, Chakreswari, Maha Devi; Kameshi, Parameshwari, Kamaraga Priya, Kaama koti, Chakravarti, Maha Vidya, Shiva, Ananga Vallabha, Sarva Paaatala; Kulanatha, Amnaaya naaatha, Sarvaamnaya Natha, Sarvamnayna Nivasini and Shringrara Nayika; reciting  these names of Lalita Parameshwari would bestow name and prosperity.                                               Tri Ratha Varnana: Ahead of Laliteswari’s chariot called Kiri Chakra Ratha, were the Geya Chakra Ratha and Geeti Chakra Ratha.  The Nine-Storyed front-running Chariot that moved towards Bhandaasura had  huge contingents of Shaktis and these were  Ashta Siddhis and Matrikas afore-detailed and Prakata Shaktis viz. Sarva Sankshobhini, Sarva Vidraavini, Sarvaakarshanakrunmudra, Sarva Vashankari, Sarovanmadana Mudra, Yashti, Sarva Mahaankusha, Sarva khastra charikaa Mudra, Sarva Beejaa, Sarva Yoni, and Sarvatrikhandika. Also there were sixteen Chandra Kalaa Shaktis named Kaamaakarshi Kalaa, Budhyaakarshini Kalaa, Ahankaara -akarshini Kalaa,  Sabdaakarshini Kalaa; Gandhaakarshini Kalaa, Chittaakarshini Kalaa, Dhairyaakarshini Kalaa, Smrityaarshanika Kalaa, Naamaakashinikaa Kalaa, Beejaakarshinikaa Kalaa, Atmaakarshinikaa Kalaa,  Amritaakarshinikaa Kalaa and Shareeraakarshinika Kalaa. On the eighth Storey of the Chariot, are four armed and three eyed of the radiance of Surya Chandra and are charged with high emotions to kill Bhandasura. On the seventh Storey were Stree Shaktis like Ananga Madana, Ananga Madanaaturaa, Anangalebhaa, Ananga Vegaa, Anangaankusa, and Anangaalingapara all of whom were anxiously waiting to terminate Bhandaasura. On the sixth storey of  the Chakra raja Ratha are like Kaalaagni and they possessed Agni Baana, Agni Dhanu, Agni Khadga who were all materialised from the Kaamaagni Shaktis and their names were Sarva Sankshobhini, Sava Vidraarini, Sarva -akarshana, Sarvaahlaadani, Sarva sammohihi, Sarvastambhana, Sarvjrumbhana, Sarvonmaadana and Sarva Dwandwaksha -yankari. On the fifth Storey were ‘Kulotteernas’ who had crooked eye-brows and carriers of Parashu, Paasha, Gada, Ghanta, and Manis. These Stree Shaktis were Sarva Siddhiprada, Sarva Sampadprada, Sarva Priyankara, Sarvanga Sundari, and Sarva Soubhyagyadayani; these were basically the boon-bestowing and merciful Devatas. The fourth Storey Devatas were ten in number viz. Sarvajna, Sarva Shakti, Sarvaish -warya prada, Sarva Sarva Jnaanamayi, Sarva Vyadhi Nivaasini, Sarvaadhaara Swarupa, Sarvaahapara, Sarvanandamayi, Sarva Rakshaa Swarupini and Sarvepsita phala pradayaini. The third Storey Shaktis Vaagadheeswaris, and Veenaa-Pustaka Dharinis called Vashini, Kaameshini, Bhogini, Vimala, Aruna, Javini, Sarveshi, and Kaalini; these were all Rakshasa Samhara kaarinis. The Shaktis in the second Storey of the Chariot are as powerful as Lalitaa herself and were very close to her and were equally armed like Lalita herself and they were always ready to help, protect and be of forgiving nature! These magnanimous Shaktis were called Kameshi, Bhaga, Nityaklinna, Bherunda, Vahnivaasini, Maha Vajreswari, Dati Twarita, Kula Sundari, Nityaa, Nilapaakaa, Vijaya, Sarva Mangala, Jwaalaamaalini and Chitra. Such was the magnificent presence of Maha Shaktis accommodated in the Chariot . Similarly Shaktis in the Geya Chakra Ratha Prathama Madhya or the central portion of the first Storey was Sangeeta Yogini who was very intimate to Sri Devi and was the Residence of Mantrinis.Other storeys of the Ratha too were similarly brilliant with other Shaktis. The front chariot was of ten yojana’s height; the accompanying Geeti Chakra Ratha had a height of seven yojanas and that of Kiri Chakra Ratha was of six yojanas in which Laliteswari was sitting brilliantly.

Preamble to Devi’s battle with Bhandasura: As the Three Chariots were on the move, Rakshasas were mortally frightened and there were deadly omens to them while Devi’s entourages were in top spirits anticipating emphatic Victory. The fool hardy Bhandasura was bragging away as  in a dream world that a woman called Lalitha was coming to fight who nodoubt was stated to be beautiful and graceful and that instead of encountering in a battle he would like to invite her to a private encounter!! Ha ha! Bhanda’s younger brothers Vishukra and Vishanga were the World’s most dreaded and  terrifying warriors and the erstwhile devotees of Maha Deva who only knew how  to subdue and conquer and were unaware of fear or surrender. As Bhanda was in the fancyand romantic world, the brothers tighttened the screws and bolts of the chatiots and charioteers. The Great Rakshasa warriors who frightened Devas and kept on them  leash as they woud to slaves were so strong that each of them were able to make a multitude of Devas demoralised for a very very long sixty thousand years of Bhandasura’s unchallenged sovereignty aided by thousands of Akshouhinis of unique strengh and of Mastery of Crookedness and Maya!  Such powerful Rakshasas uprooted Indra, created a fresh Swarga with modern facilities, controlled Lokapalakas, PanchaBhutas, Tri Murtis, and finally approached a Woman to lead! The Rakshasa warriors included Kutilaaksha, Durmnada kuranda, Karanka, Kaalavaasita, Vajradanta, Vajramukha, Vajraloma, Vikata, Vikataasana, Karaalaaksha, Karkataka, Dirgha Jihva, Humbaka, Karkasha, Pulkasa, Pundraketu, Jrumbhakaaksha, Tikshna shringa, Yamantaka, Atimaya, Ulukajitat, Kujvilaashwya, Attahasa, Mushaka, and Kumbhotkacha.

Bhandaasura’s Associates exterminated: Lalitha Devi sounded her ‘Pataha Dhwani’ as a mark of attack and Bhandasura responded with his ‘dundhibhis’ or war drums which deafened the Three Worlds. As a trail exercise, Kutilaksha commenced the Operation with ten lakh Akshouhinis and Sampadkari Devi attacked Durmada and in the first round there were casualities with an edge to Durmada. Sampakari showed her red eyes and in no time the Stree Shaktis extinguished  the well trained oppposition and even before the re-fill arrived Durmada was killed. Kutilaksha shouted on Sapatkari and said that there was no great reason to celebrate the  initial sacrifice which normally assessed the depth of the opposition; so saying, Kutilaksha attacked by a  horseback appearing once in  the  Raksasha camp and suddenly opposite the Devi’s camp; while on one side, Kutilaksha and Samvasraswati were grappled with each other, Kuranda faced Samatkari. The latter put up such an encounter that the rapidity of each other’s arrows covered up Surya and the clash of  their Astras provided illumination to periodically dispel darkness! Finally, Kuranda fell and Bhandasura realised the Shaktis meant business!  Karanka and five Daitya Senapatis were then despatched who created a ‘Rana Maya’called Sarpini which created poisonous flames and showered serpents but Nakuleshwari Shakti utilised Garudaastra and also showered Mongooses. As Karanka and five other Senapatis were destroyed, Bhandasura and Kutilaksha instructed Seven more Senapatis to face the attack from the side of Devi; these Senapatis were all born to Rakshasi Keekasa  (born of Bones) and were named Baalaka, Soochi Mukha, Phaalamukha, Vikarna, Vikataanana, Karaalaayu and Karataka.The Sapta Senapatis were asked to proceed with three hundred Akshouhinis of army to attack Lalita Devi directly. But the invincible Shaktis displayed their penchant for blood-drinking and apart from the Sapta Senapatis the massive army was destroyed.  Vishanga the brother of Bhandaasura entered the battle and surreptitiously went under Lalitha Devi’s chariot and managed to hit his arrow on her hand fan. Kameswari and Tithi Nityaa Shaktis were highly infuriated and Kameswari told in a rather apologetic tone to Devi that since her chariot was fully secured by Maha Mantra Shaktis, the Rakshasaas were trying to use their Maya in the night to make an entry from the rear side under the chariot’s wheel and now the Shaktis viz. Vanivaasini, Jwaalaamaalini would then display their power. Then the Nitya Shaktis aimed their arrows and killed countless Daityas ; Kameswari killed Damana, Bhagamala shot straight into the Senanayaka Dirghajihva, Nityaklinna annihilated  Humbeka, Bherunda Shakti thrashed Hulumallaka, Vahni vaasaa Shakti crushed Kaklusa, Maha Vajreswari Shakti   destroyed Kesivahana, Shivaduti Shakti sent Plukasa to Yamapuri, Twarita cut Pundraketa into pieces; Kulasundari smashed Chandabahu, and so on. The villian who started the Adharma Yuddha viz. Vishanga tried to escape but Kameswari Devi caught him by his neck and tore off  his Kavacha with her sharp nails and in the process he escaped narrowly but Kameswari let him off as a retreating timid was not fair to run after and what was more the night was just entering the early morning hours. There were floods of blood and unbearable smell of putrid dead bodies all over. Devi Lalita instructed Jwaalamaalini to encircle the entire area with flames to make the army of Bhandasura and also clean up the mess of dead bodies of his army. Her chariots were lifted up the Mahendra Mountain while Dandini Shakti remained on the left of Kiri Chakra Ratha, Shyamala Devi was in the southern side, in the North was Sampadeswari and in the front Hayasana was present. As Bhandasura’s sons were asked to attack and display their prowess, Bala Shakti of nine years of age requested Devi to please let her play with the sons of Bhanda along with a fresh battalion of two hundred akshouhinis and Lalita smiled  and consented. Bala Shakti uprooted the progeny of Bhandasura and wiped out the army despatched afresh.  At this juncture Bhandasura was not only agitated but demoralised. Vishukra  then set up a Maha Yantra and made a desperate bid when Ganesha saluted Lalita and took her permission to face the Maha Jaya Yantra as conceived by Vishukra. Gajasura arrived to operate the Most Potent Yantra. MahaVighna Nayaka took  the forms of Six Vighna Nayakaas viz. Aamoda, Pramoda, Sumukha, Durmukha, Arighna and Vighna karta and each of these were the Chiefs of crores of ‘Herambas’; these six forms of Ganesha and the crores of Herambas moved ahead of him and their mere  ‘Hunkaaraas’ wiped out akshouhinis of Daityas, while the power of their trunks destroyed the remnants. Ganesha himself attacked Gajasura and killed him even as Vishukra who invented the so called Jaya Yantra was destroyed into smitheerens. An undaunted Bhandaasura was nodoubt frustrated and humiliated but the show had to go on and hence sent his brothers Vishukra Vishangas. Vishukra was so notorius that Trilokas were shivering at one stage and he was the Yuvaraja / successor of Bhandaasura. Both the brothers planned to attack Devi together instead of dividing themselves in two directions. Lalita Devi consented that  Mantrini Dandini might take the onslaught of the brothers. Mantrini was for all practical purposes the Maha Raajni Lalita herself! All the associated Shaktis of Mantrini were in such inspired disposition as their morale was sky-high; some alighted horses, some were in chariots and others mounted elephants. Shyama Shakti provoked  Vishukra; Nakuli Devi fought with  Vishu, Maha Maya Kunti with Peshu, Bhauravi with Madada, Laghu Shyama with Kushura, Swapnesi with Mangala, and so on. Vishukra released Trishaastra which made all the Shaktis highly thirsty and the army of Lalita had tough time to cope up the situatation. Dandini prayed to Sura Samudra and the intoxicated Shaktis were joyfully killng the Daityas with redoubled excitement. The Trishastra instead of creating thirst of water thus ended up in the thirst of Madhu and the Devi Sena had a glorious time in killing the Daityas with redoubled vigour and adventurism! Danda Nayika encountered both the brothers together and hit Vishanga with a ‘hala’( plough)  and Vishukra with ‘Musala’(mace).

Bhandasura exterminated: With the death of his dear brothers, sons and Senapatis and army of several akshouhinis, Bhandasura was crestfallen and depressed; yet, he proceeded with Kutilaaksha and thirty five Senanayakas and two hundred and eighty five Akshouhinis of army; excepting one woman in Shunyaka Nagari, his Head Quarters, the entire population went fight in the final battle. He alighted his huge chariot drawn by  lions; countless of his army members had little space to travel by Bhumi and had to fly on the sky. Soon on spotting Devi Lalita, he despatched the Astra of ‘Andhataamishra’ and she retalliated it with ‘Vishwaavasaastra’ / ‘Suryaastra’ and blunted his arrogance. He threw ‘Antakaastra’ and Devi replied it with the Astra of Maha Mrityunjaya. He used ‘Sarvastra Smriti’ and she destoyed it with Dharana / Medhaastra. Bhanda utilised Bhayastra to frighten Shaktis but Amba used ‘Aindraastava’ to relieve fears. The Asura used Maha Rogastra and she sent back ‘Naama Trayaastra’ which released the resounding voices of ‘ Achyuta-Ananda-Govinda’ along with ‘ humkaara’ sounds.  Bhanadasura threw at her the ‘Ayushnaasha’ or Life Destroying Arrow, and Devi replied that Astra with ‘Kala Sankarshini’ or Life Extending Astra. The desperate Bhandasura then forwarded Mahaasuraastra which was the super-combination of the energies of several notorious Asuras like Madhu-Kaitabha, Mahishaasura, Dhumralochana, Chanda-Mundeswara, Chikshibhu, Chamara, Rakta beeja, Shumbha-Nishumbha, Kalakeya, Dhumra and so on. There were ‘Hahaakaaras’from the Devi Sena and the combined strength of various Asuras was too overwhelming. Devi then laughed boisterously and materialised Durga who was the Composite Form of all Devaas; Maha Deva provided to her a mighty ‘Shula’, Vishnu his Sudarshana Chakra, Varuna his conchshell, Agni his heat and radiance, Vayu a bow and arrows, Indra his Vajraayudha, Kubera his chashaka or drinking vessel, Yama his Kala Danda, Maha Danda, and Paasha; Brahma his Kamandalu or vessel, Iravata his bell, Mritya Devata her Khadga and metal resistor, Samudra his ‘haara’ or necklace, and Vishwakarma gifted ornaments.

Then Devi Lalita assumed various forms: as Durga  she was in full form of unusual splendour; as Narayani she alighted a Simha Vahana and fought; and she destroyed Mahashasura as Chandika as described in ‘Durga Saptashati’. Bhandasura released ‘Mookaastra’ and Devi in turn created the Astra of ‘Vakvaadini’. He used Vedaapaharana Astra and she met it with her right hand thumb! Bhanda’s ‘Arnavaastra’ created huge flows of gushing water  which was arrested  by  an Adi Kurma of yojana’s height and width as created by Devi’s right hand’s pointing finger.

Bhanda sent an Astra called Hairanyaaksha which created thousands of ‘Hiranyakshas ‘and Devi created Maha Varaaha from her right hand middle finger who destroyed them all. An infuriated Bhanda produced crores of Hiranyakashipus but an unperturbed Devi frowned from where emerged Prahladaas and Nrisimha Rupas  from her right ring finger who were like Pralaya Rudras laying the Hiranya kashipus on the Deva’s lap and pulled out his intestines and blood. Similarly Devi Lalita created Vamana Devas  from her right hand little finger to control Balendras; Parashu Ramas to kill Kartaveerarya-  arjunas from her left hand thumb; Shri Rama  to destroy the ten headed Ravana and Kumbhakarna and Lakshmana to kill Indrajit and  from Devi’s  left pointing finger; Balarama form materialised from Devi’s left middle finger to kill Asuras; Vaasudeva was created by the left hand ring finger of Lalita Devi and he terminated countless Rajaasuras and other Rakashasaas like Kamsa, Sishupaala, Dantavaktra, Poundraka, Shambara, Pralamba, Narakasura, Banaasura and so on and thereby reduced the weight of Evil on Bhumi and from her left hand little finger created Kali Deva who ended up Huna-Yavana- Kirataka and others. As all the Evil Forces were uprooted by Durga Devi thus, Devi Lalitamba liquidated Bhandasura’s Senapatis with Narayanaastra and finally only Bhandasura was left out. She then released ‘Maha Kameshwaraastra’ which had the extraordinary radiance and energy of thousand Suryas and ultimately the greatest menace in Tri Lokaas was demolished; the Sunyaka Nagari was burnt off with the flames of the Kameswarastra and thus the Dwiteeya Swarga which Bhandaasura created sixty thousand years ago was turned into heaps of ashes; and so did Bhandasura  whom Ganesha materialised from the ashes of Manmatha as a play! With the termination of Maha Bhanda, Devas celebrated with resonant sounds of Celestial Drums and showers of flowers from Swarga and they were re-installed in their original positions. Whosoever reads or hears the Legend of Lalita Devi’s victory over Bhandaasura would become fearless; they would attain Siddhis, Bhakti, Shakti, Arogya, Keerti , Aishwarya and Mukti  ! At the huge relief that Tri Lokas came to experience, Brahma-Vishnu-Rudras-Indra and Devas-Adityaas-Vasus- Maruds- Sadhya Devatas-Siddha-Kimpurusha-Yaksha-Nishaachara-Daityas felt so gladdened in their hearts and Maha Devi Lalita sat on a Golden Throne looking relaxed  and satisfied; there was a fresh wave of hope, virtue, courage, confidence and happiness began again to all the Beings with relief and fulfillment. Brahma and others made a spontaneous Commendation at the Victory of Maha Raajni Lalita Devi as follows:


24    LALITOPAAKHYAANA-Victory Commendation and revival of Manmatha

Namo namastey Jagadeka naathey Namonamah Shri Tripuraabhi-dhaaney,

Namo namo Bhandamahaasuraghney Namostu Kameshwari Vaamakeshi/

Chintaa- maney chintidaanadaksheychintye,

Chitraambarey Chitrajagatprasutey Chitraakhya Nityey Sukhadey Namastey/

Mokshapradey Mugdha Sashaankha chudey Mugdhasmitey Mohana bheda Dakshey,

 Mudreshwareechirchitaraaja tantrey Mudraapriye Devi Namo namastey/

Kruraantaka dhwamsini Komalaangey Kopeshu Kaaleem Tanumaadadhaaney/

Krodaananey Paalita Sainika Chakrey Krodeekruta- aseshabhaye Namastey/

Shadanga Devi Parivaara Krishney Shadanga Yukta Shruti Vaakya mrugye,

Shadchakra samsthey cha Shadbhaava rupey Lalitey Namastey/

(Our salutations to you ‘Jagadeka Naatha’ and ‘Tripuraabhidaana’ who has the unique distincion of destroying Bhandasura. Kameshwari, Vaamakeshi, Chantaamani Swarupa, Achnitya, Chiraambari, the Creator of Chitra Jagat, Nitya Shakti called Chitra! Sukha Pradayani, Moksha Pradayani, Chandra Kalaa dhari, Mugdhasmita or Ever Smiling, Fully capable of smashing Illusions, the Sovereign of ‘Mudras’ or  hand gestures and  finger postures signifying various feelings; Mudraa Praya, Kruraantaka Dhwamsa, Komalaangi, Kaali Swarupa, Vaaraahi Rupa, Shakti Sainya Palaka, Absorber of all kinds of Fears, Shadanga Rupa or the Essence of Vedangas or Six Corollaries of Vedas viz. Siksha-Vyakarana-Chhanda- Nirukta-Jyotisha and Kalpa; Mulaadhaara and such other Six Chakras of Physique; and ‘Shad bhaavaas’ or Six Impulses viz. Kshut (Hunger), Trishna  ( Thirst), Shoka ( Distress), Moha (Infatuation), Jara (Old age) and Marana (death).  Brahma further extolled Devi as follows: ‘ Devi Lalita! You are Shiva Swarupini, Kaama Swarupini, Nitya  Swarupini, Manohara Swarupini,Varapradayani, Shambhu Kaamini, Moksha dayani, Kalaadhipa,  Divyoushadha Prathama, Nagara Samuha Swarupini, Surya Sahasra Kantimati, Daya Swarupini, Devaadi Deva Santosha Swarupini, Animaadi Ashtaiswarya Sevita; Sadaa Shivaatma Prakasha, Sabhaa Maryaada Yukta, Sapta Matruka Sevita, Brahmeswari, Nitya Swarupini, Shodasa Kalaa Samyuta Lalita (magnificent with Sixteen Kalaas), Pramatha Gana Sevita, Samkshodhinyadi chaturdasha jwaalaavaranaa  (Devi, you are surrounded by Fourteen Flames like those named as Sankshobhini), Sharva Sidhaadi Shakti namaskruta                 ( worshipped by Shaktis called Sarva Siddhas); Chakra Swarupini; Vashinyaadi Vaagaishwarya Shakti Sevita Devi (Devi, you are worshipped by Vashinya and other Shaktis who are the Epitomes of Speech Prosperity / fluency); Vaksamudra, Varadeaayani, Samastaayudha Saarvabhouma, Vajreswari, Bhageswari, Kaala Swarupa, Kameswari, Baala, Bindu Swarupa, Bindukalaayaika rupini, Kalpa Pralaya Yama Swarupa, Kama Kalpa Vriksha, Vidyeswari,and  Shambhunaatha dwitiya Sthaanaashraya (the alternate Form of Sthaana Rupa!)’

Brahma then introduced Rati Devi the widow of Manmatha  and requested her to terminate her widow-hood and Lalita Devi readily agreed to do so and asked her to be bathed and dressed up as a ‘Sumangali’ with chandana-kumkuma, flowers and ornaments. Manmatha got revived. Devi bestowed boons to him saying that from the hair roots of his body he would materialise crores of Manmathas for ever and that  he would ensure all the married couple to  get marital satisfaction for ever;  those who blame him would fail in their marriage unions and males turn out to be impotent and females turn out as frigid and barren. The Nava Manmatha was further blessed by Devi that Maha Deva would renounce Vairagya and would be so fond of Parvati that he did not leave her thus acquiring the epithet of ‘Arthanaareswara’  Manmatha’s Senaani was Chandra, and Peetha mardakas were ‘Raaga’ or sweet musical notes, Mandanalaya or provocative winds and the sweet cooing of Kokila or Koel

25    LALITOPAAKHYAANA-Construction of Shri Pura

Tri Murtis Brahma-Vishnu-Maheshwaras commisioned the famed Vishwakarma and Mayaasura to construct Shri Pura on Meru Mountain which had four ‘Shikharas’ or Mountains representing Fourteen Bhuvanas including the Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva Lokas where Lalita Devi would reside and oversee. Shripura is to control the Universe in totality and had seven ‘Praakaaraas’ or Enclosures, made of steel, kaamsya, taamra (copper), brass, Panchaloha,  silver and gold. In each enclosure are countless and highly expansive buildings,  halls, massive ‘dwaaras’ or entry gates,  private rooms, gardens, water bodies, flora and fauna. Each praakaraa had a spread of thousands of yojanas and similarly the area in between each Praakara had thousand yojanas too. Hayagriva exclaimed to Agastya Muni: Could even the two thousand tongued Adi Sesha describe the magnificence of Shri Pura where besides others,  Matanga Kanya was in constant exaltation for Maha Devi’s entertainment! Matanga  Kanya was the daughter of Maatanga Muni who having pleased Lalita Devi secured the greatest boon of giving birth to the daughter who would have the greatest privilege of residing and serving Maha Devi in her presence for good!  Matanga Kanya was also called  Shyama who manifested herself in crores of Laghu Shyama Rupas.There are Sapta Kakshyaas or seven huge Bhavanas of Shri Pura in which Siddhas, Charanas, Gandharvas, Apsaras, Kinnaras, Kimpurushas, Sadhakas, Nagas, Rakshasas, Dikpalakas, Rudras-all being Devi worshippers.

Among the other Kakshyas are named Shiva Lokantara, Maha Padmaatavi Kakshya, Naukeshwari Devi Kurukulla was the most reputed. Ten Agni Kalaas were there too and these wer called Dhumraarchi, Ushna, Jwalini, Jwaalini,Visphulingini, Sushri, Surupa, Kapila, Vaavyavaha and Kavyavaha. Twelve Suryatmaka Kalaas were housed here and these were Tapini, Taapini, Dhumra, Marichi, Jwalini, Ruchi, Sushumna, Bhogada, Vishwaa, Bodhini, Dhaarini and Kshama. Chandra Kalaas were Amrita, maanada, Pushni, Tushni, Pushti,  Rati, Dhriti, Shashini, Chandrika, Kaanti, Jyotsna, Shri, Preeti, Angada, Purna and Purnaamrita. Brahma Kalaas were Pushti, Buddhi, Sthiti, Medha,Kanti, Lakshmi, Dyuti, Dhriti, Jaraa, Siddhi.  Vishnu kalas were Sthiti,  Paalini, Shanti, Ishwari, Tati, Kaamika, Varada, Hlaadini, and Dirgha. Roudri Kalas were Tikshna, Roudri, Bhaya, Nidra, Tandra Kshut, Krodhini, Trapa, Utkari and Mrityu. In addition, sixteen other Kalaas are stated in action in the Sapta Kakshyaas all over and these were materialised Brahma for ‘Hastodaka Samsodhana’ or to clean up the hands and they were Nivrutti, Pratishtha, Vidya, Shanti, Indira, Deepika, Rechika, Mochika, Para, Sukshma, Sukshmaamrita, Kala, Jnaamaamrita, Vyaadhini, Vyaapini and Vmorupika. These Kalaas were in Maha Padmatavi and Maha Chakra.

Chintamani Griha was the Yagna Sthala where Maha Raajni and Parama Kameshwara perform Yagnas by kindling ‘Jnaanaagni’with hundreds of ‘Sudhaa Dhaaraas’or pourings of Amrita. To the Nirruti side of Chintamani Griha was the Shri Chakra Raaja Ratha, in Vayavya was the Geya Chakra Ratha, in Ishanya was Kiri Chakra Ratha and in Agneya Gayatri was in Omkaara Mandira with opened and benign eyes providing ‘Abhaya’ or Safety. In the North side of Chantamani Griha were Ganapati, Shiva, Mrityunjaya and Sarasvati. In diferent sides of North itself were the following Shaktis viz. Shri Paramba, Vishada Jyotsna, Normala  and Vigrah; Bala, Annapurna, Hayarudha and  Shri Paduka; Unmatta Bhairavi, Swapna Vaaraahika, Tiraskarinikaamba and Panchami. In the Eastern side of Chintamani Griha were Shri Purti and Shri Maha Paduka, besides Anima-Mahima-Garima-Ishhitwa-Prakaamya-Mukti-Iccha-Prapti-Sarvakama, besides Rasa Siddhi-Moksha Siddhi-Bala Siddhi, Khadga Siddhi-Paduka Siddhi-Angana Siddhi-Vaak Siddhi-Loka Siddhi and Deha Siddhi. Braahmi-Mahweswari-Kaumari-Vaishnavi-Vaaraahi-Maahendri, Chamunda and Lakshmi were scattered providing over all Security


26    Kanchi Kamakshi Charitra

t may be recalled that Agastya Maharshi visited Kanchinagara to worship Devi Kamakshi and Vishnu made his ‘darshan’in the Swarupa of Hayagriva to delineate Lalitopakhyana. Now, Hayagriva confirmed that Lalita Devi whom Sarasvati-Lakshmi-and Gauri worshipped had reappeared as Kamakshi:

Adyayaanutara saa syaacchitparaa twaadikaaranam,

Antaakhyeti tathaa proktaa Swarupaatthatwachintakaih/

Dwiteeyaabhuuktatah Shuddha – paraa Dwibhujasamyutaa,

Dakshina hastey yoga mudraam Vaama hastey tu Pustakam/

Bibhrtati Himakundendusuktaasama vapurdyutih,

Paraa Paraa triteeyaasyaadwaa Lokaar-yukta sammitaa/

Sarvaabharana samyuktaa Dasha hasta dhrutaambuja,

Vaamorunyasta –hastaa vaa Kireetaardhendu bhushanaa/

Paschaatturbhuja jaataa saa Paraa Tripuraarunaa,

Paashaankushekshu kodanda Pancha Baana lasatkaraa/

Lalitaa saiva Kaamaakshi Kanchyaam Vyaktimupaagataa,

Sarasvati Ramaa Gouryastaamevaadyamupaasatey/

Netra dwayam Maheshasya Kaashi Kaanchipuradwayam,

Vikhyaatam Vaishnavam Kshetram Shiva Saannidhya kaarakam/

(Kamakshi is Adi Devata, smaller than an atom; Chit swarupini, Adi Kaarana or the Primary Cause and is called ‘Anta’or the Last. Her Second Swarupa has two hands, one with a Book and another with Yoga Mudra or of the Symbol of Yoga. Her third Form was pure while like snow, a jasmine flower, Chandra and a pearl; her fourth Form was that of thousand  Rising Suns with a chandra rekha on her head; she is Para Tripura with four hands carrying Paasha, Ankusha, Ikshu or Sugarcane and ‘Kodanda’  of  Lalita as reappeared as Kamakshi as meditated by Sarasvati-Lakshmi and Gauri; she was Maha Deva’s two eyes, one as Shiva Kanchi and another as Vishnu   Kanchi.)

Brahma hailed Kamakshi as follows:

Jaya Devi Jaganmaatarjaya Tripurasundari,

Jaya Shrinaatha Sahajey Jaya Shri Sarva Mangaley/

Jaya Shri Karunaa raashey Jaya Shringaara naayikey,

Jaya jayedhika Siddheshi Jaya Yogendra vanditey/

Jayajaya Jagadamba Nitya rupey  Jaya Jaya Sannuta lokasoukhya dhaatri,

Jaja Jaya Himashaila kirtaneey Jaya Jaya Shankara Kaama Vaamanetri/

Jagajjanamastithi dhwamsamapidhanaanugrahaanmuhuh,

yaa karoti swasankalpaattasyyai Devyai namonamah/

Varnaashramaanaam saankarya kaarinah Paapino janaan,

Nihantyaa-dyaati teekshanaastraitasyai Devyai/

Naagamaischa na Vedaischa na Shaastrairnayogibhih,

Vedyaacha Swasamvedyaa Tasyai Devyai namonamah/

Rashasyaamnaaya Vedaantaistatwa vidbhir Muneeshwaraih,

Param Brahmeti yaa khyaataa tasyai

Hridayasthaapi Sarveshaam yaa na kenaapi drushyatey,

Sukshma Vignaana Rupaayai/

Brahmaa Vishnuscha Rudrascha Ishwarascha Sadaa Shivah,

Yaddadhyaanaikaparaa nityam tasyai/

Yacharana bhaktaa Indraadyaa Yadaagjnaameva bibhrati,

Saamraajya sampadeeshaayai tasyai/

Vedaa nishvasitam yasyaa veekshitam Bhuta panchakam,

Smitam Charaacharam Vishwam tasyai/

Sahasra sirshaa Bhogindro Dharitreem tu yadaagnaya,

Dhattey Sarvajanaadhaaram tasyai/ 

Jwaladyagnistapatyarko Vaato vaati yadaajnayaa,

Jnaana Shakti Swarupaayai tasyai/

Panca Vimshati Tatwaani Maayaa Kanchuka Panchakam,

Yanmayam Munayah praahurtasyai/

Shiva Shakti Swarupaaschaiva Shuddha bodhah Sadaa Shivah,

Yadyunmeshavibhedaah syustasyai/

Gururmantro Devataacha tathaapraanaascha panchadhaa,

ya viraajati chidrupaa tasyai/

Sarvaatmanaamantaraatmaa Paramaananda rupiney,

Shri Vidyeyti smrutaavaa tu tasyai/

Darshanaanicha sarvaani yadangaani vidurbudhaah,

Tatthaanniyama yupaayai tasyai Devyai namonamah/

Ya bhati Sarva lokeshu manimantraishadhaatmanaa,              

Tatwopadesha rupaayai tasyai/

Deshakaala padaarthaatmaa yayadvastu yathaa tathaa,

Tat rupena yaa bhaati tasyai/

Hey Pratibhataakaaraa Kalyaana guna shaalini vishvottheerneti chaakhaataa tasyai/

Iti stutwaa Mahaa Devim Dhaata Lokapitaamahh,

Bhuyobhuyo Namaskrutya sahasaa sharanam gatah/  


( Jaganmaata! Tripurasundari! Sister of Lakshmi Pati! Sarva Mangala Rupini! You are an Embodiment of Mercy, Shrigara Nayaki, Siddheswari, saluted by Top Yogis, Jagadamba, Unfailing donor of boons to Devotees; Praised by Himashaila; Always visioning Shankara with  desire from your left Eye, apparently as she was Ardha Naareeswari. My salutations to you, as you bless the deeds of Srishti-Sthiti-Layas; you use weapons to smash those who are responsible for violating Varnaashrama vidhis. Devi Kamakshi! You are Swatma Rupini or of Form that is self- generated and neither Agamas, Vedas, Shastras, Tatwa Vettaas, nor Maha Munis. My greetings to you Devi, whom Brahma-Vishnu-Rudra-Ishwara-Sadashivas meditate and Indra and Devas prostrate. Vedas are your ‘nishvaasaas’ or exhalings; Pancha Bhutas are your looks; the Charaachara Jagat is your smile; It is with your instruction that Adi Sesha holds the weight of Earth, Agni produces flames, Sun gives out heat and radiance; Vayu  is at work to to blow winds; all the Tatwas numbering twenty five (as described in earlier pages of this Purana) are all of Devi Swarupa; Shiva-Shakti-Ishwara-Sadashiva are all ‘Unmesha Bhedas’ or eye strokes; You are Guru, Mantra, Devata and ‘Pancha Praanaas’, Sarvaatma, Antaratma, Paramaananda, and Shri Vidya! Sarva Darshana Shastras constitute your body parts as opined by Panditas.You are Aayaa -niyama Swarupini; Desa-Kaala-Padartha-Vastu Rupini; Hema mayaakaara or of Golden Form! Kalyana Guna or of Qualities of Propitiousness! You are indeed beyond the Universe! Thus Brahma commended Maha Devi with great devotion and saluted her and requested her to reside at Kanchi for good as the inhabitants of this Karma Bhumi tended to suffer from ignorance and deserved her kindness. He further suggested that Shiva too be present with her. She consented to reside at Kanchi, asked Vishnu too stay there and let Shiva occupy her right body part. Brahma too resided at Kancha along with Sdarasdwati. Lalita Deva made her original appearance as Bala and subsequently Brahma and Vishnu celebrated the auspicious wedding of Tripura Sundari and Shiva in the presence of Devas, Maharshis,Yaksha, Gandharva, Siddha, Vidyaadhara, and others as also Samasta Shaktis. They all hailed Lalita Devi as Kamakshi, the mere three worded Devi like Lalita, who was a Symbol of boon-provision. Hayagriva informed Agastya Muni: Tripura and other Shaktis were of her own creation. She improvised three Eggs and created Tri Murtis entrusting the three duties of Srishti-Sthiti-Samhara to Brahma-Vishnu- Shiva respectively from Satyaloka-Vaikuntha -Kailasha; Vishnu felt that he was the Supreme and as Brahma sat atop the Lotus stem sprouted from the navel of Vishnu resting on Ksheema Samudra, Brahma claimed superiority and the ensuing fight ended up as a third  entity emerged as a huge Shiva Linga without a beginning and end. As Maheswara made his appearance, Brahma still claimed his seniority and out of anger of Maha Deva emerged Bhairava who tried to snip Brahma’s fifth head but Brahma’s kapala was not lreaving Shiva; he had to undergo the ‘ Brahma hatya’ sin and during his Tirtha Yatras landed at Kanchipura. As he was on ‘Bhikshaatana’or door-to-door begging with Brahma Kapala as hi begging bowl, he witnessed a Devi on way and she gave him a Jyotirmaya Bhiksha (alms) when Shiva got rid of the Brahma Kapala which fell on ground. The Devi whom Shiva thanked profusely was none else than Kamakshi. Another incident which was highlighted by Vasishtha Maharshi to Suta Muni and the huge group of Sages about the significance of Kanchi was about King Dasaratha of Ikshwaku Kula. For a number of years, the King could not secure children; he had considerable faith in Maha Tripura Sundari and was engaged in her worship for a very long number of years. One night Tripura Sundari appeared in Dasaratha’s dream and stated that due to several of his sins committed earlier he was unable to secure children so far and now it was time as he and his wives should be blessed with excellent progeny; Tripura Sundari in the Form of Kamakshi further directed Dasaratha to visit Kanchi along with his Prime Consort Kaushalya to bathe in Kampa Nadi and worshipped Kamakshi and prostrated before the Shri Chakra Swarupini and spent there seven days continously and on the eightth day, they heard aa Celestial Voice that Vishnu himself would be born with his ‘Amshas’ as model sons of their ‘Vamsha’!


27    Shri Lalita Sahasra Naama Stotra ( with Meaning)
Preface : Anga Nyaasa and Karanyasa:

Asyashri Lalitaa Sahasranaama Stotra maalaa Mantrasya, Vasinyaadi Vaagdevataa Rishayah Anushthup Chhandaha Shri Lalitaa Mahaa Tripura Sundari Devataa, Aim-Shaktih, Sau Keelakam, Mama Chaturvidha Purushartha Siddhardhey Japey Viniyogah; Aim –Angushthaabhyaam Namah; Kleem –Tarjaneebhyaam Namah; Souh-Madhyamaabhyam Namah; Souh-Anamikaabhyaam Namah; Kleem-Kanishthikaabhyaam Namah; Aim-Karatala Kara Prushthaabhyam Namah; Aim – Hridayaayanamah; Kleem-Sirasey Swaahaa; Sou-Shikhaaya vashat; Souh-Kavachaaya hum; kleem-Netra Trayaaya Voushath;Aim-Astraaya phat; Bhurbhuvassuvaro dikbandhah/

Dhyanam:                                                                                                                                Arunaam Karunaatarangitaaksheem dhrita paashaankusha pushpa baana chaapaam, Animaadibhiraavritaam Mayukhai rahamityeva Vibhaavaye Mahesheem/                                 Dhyayet Padmaasananthaam Vikasita Vadanaam Padma Patraayataaksheem,                 Hemaabhaam Peeta Vastraam Karakalitalasaddhema Padmaam Varaangeem/ Sarvaalankaara yuktaam Sakala mabhayadaam Bhakta namraam Bhavaaneem,                               Shri Vidyaam Shaantamurtim Sakala Suranutaam Sarva Sampatpradaatmeem/                   Sakumkuma vilepanaamalika chumbi kasturikaam,

Samandahasitekshanaam Sashara Paashaankushaam/

Asesha Jana Mohini marunamaalya bhushojjwalaam,

Japaakusuma bhaasuraam Japavidhouh smaredambikaam/

(May I meditate that Maha Raajni whose natural complexion is red; whose eyes are full of kindness; whose hands are ornamented by a noose, a goad, a bow and flowery arrows and who is surrounded by Ashta Siddhis like Anima, Garima, Laghima and Vasitwa; indeed she is right within  in me! May I meditate  Bhavani, that Shri Vidya or the Symbol of Knowledge, Shantamurti or the Epitome of Peace and  Sarva Sampadpradaatreem or the benelolent provider of prosperity, as she dispels fears and provides protection to all; She is seated comfortalbly on a lotus with majestic face, sparkling eyes akin to lotus petals,  donning a golden dress  with a benign smile! May I meditate the smiling Mother who sports arrows and bow, besides a noose and goad; she is decorated  with red japa kusuma flower  garlands and ornaments, and with a forehead painted with vermilloin and musk that intoxicated.)  

Om Aim Hreem Shreem Shri Matrey Namah/

Shri Maataa Shri Mahaaraahni Shrimat Sihaasaneshwari,

Chidagni Kunda sambhhutaa Deva Kaarya Samudyataa/

Udyadbhaanu Sahasraabhaa Chaturbaahu Samanvitaa,

Raaga Swarupa pashaadhyaa Krodha Kaaraankushojjwalaa/

Manorupekshu Kodanda Pancha Tanmatra Saayakaa,

Nijaaruna Prabhaapura majjadbrahmaanda mandalaa/

Champakaashoka sougandhika lasatkacha,

Kuruvindamanishreni Kanatkotira mandita/                                                                              

(Sacred Mother!You are the Extraordinary Queen seated on the Throne mounted by lions; You are generated from the fire-pit of self-realisation; You sparkle with the lustre of thousand Suryas with four arms with a goad in the right hand as though you spur your devotees to follow the right path and at the same time displaying your displeasure with a noose up your upper left hand to correct them where-ever necessary; Devi! You carry a sugar-cane bow with the determination of materialising the Universe with your left lower hand, while actually taking up the deed of Creation with the aid of Five Tanmatras or Elements by another hand of yourself. Indeed the magnificence of your creation is spread all over as Omnipresent. Your Hairdo is endowed with the natural perfume of Champaka-Ashoka-Punnaaga flowers; You are embellished with a Crown bejewelled with special precious stones of Kurukulla as though they signify various emotions and feelings).

Ashtami Chandra Vibhraajadalikasthala shobhitaa,

Mukha Chandra kalankaabha Mriganaabhi viseshakaa/

Vadanasmara maangalya Griha torana jjillikaa,

Vaktra Lakshmi pareevaaha chalan meenaabha lochanaa/

Nava Champaka pushpaabha naasadanda viraajitaa,

Taaraa kanti tiraskaari naasaabharana bhaasuraa/

Kadamba manjari klupta Karna pura Manoharaa,

Taatanka yugali bhuta tapanodupa Mandalaa/

( Lalita Devi! Your broad forehead is dazzling with an adornment of an eighth night’s  half Moon while the Tilaka or the streak of Musk on the forehead is likened to a smudge on Chandra! Your eye brows represent Victory Arches on the gorgeous face comparable to a ‘Manmatha Bhavana’! Your charismatic eyes are like the sparkle of fishes in the Ocean of charm;Your nose is comparable to a freshly blossomed Champaka flower; the gleam of the diamonds worn on the ornament of your nose  puts to shame the combined shine of Stars on the Sky; the decoration of a bouquet of Champaka flowers above your ears is cute and appealing; indeed You roam around a lot in the Kadamba Gardens. Your ear-rings are represented by Sun and Moon and have a cosmic relevance.)                                                                                                    

Padma raaga shilaadarsha paribhavi kapolabhuh,

Navavidruma bimbhashrinyakkari radanacchada/

Suddha Vidyaankuraakaara Dwijapankti dwayojjwalaa,

Karpura veetika –amoda Samaakarshaddigantaraa/

Nija sallaapa Maadhurya vinirbhita kacchapi,

Mandasmita prabhaapura majjad Kaamesha Maanasaa/

Anaakalita saadrusya chubuka Shree Viraajitaa,

Kaameshabaddha Mangalya sutra shobhita kantharaa/

(Devi! Your rosy and smooth cheeks defy rubies and blood red lips flout corals and bimba fruit; the two perfect sets of your scintillating teeth represent Dwija-Pankti or the rows of Learned Brahmanas thus signifying pure Knowledge; the whiff of aroma from your face as emanated from the camphor and betel leaves that you take in your mouth fills in the whole Universe signifying that the ‘Omkaara Naada’ from your mouth resonates every where; Your banter / Chit-chat is far sweeter than the trained tunes of the stringed instrument of Veena and is suggestive of the resonance of Vedas; Your pretty smile to Kameswara overpowers his thoughts and mind; Your chin is uniquely shaped and is above depiction; the Mangala Sutra tied by Kameshwara around Lalita Devi symbolises the very close affinity and inseperability of Prakriti and Maha Purusha or Shiva and Parvati.)                                                                                              

Kanakaangada keyura kamaneeya bhujaanvitaa,

Ratnagraiveya Chintaakalola Muktaa phalaanvita/

Kameswara premaratna mani pratipanastani,

Naabhyaalawaala romaali lataa phalakuchadwayi/

Lakshya romalataa dhaarataa samunneya Madhyamaa,

Stanabhaara dalan madhya pattabandha valitrayee/

Arunaaruna Kousumbha vastra bhaasvatkati tati,

Ratna kinkinika Ramya rashanaa daama bhushitaa/

Kaamesajnaata soubhagya maadravoru dwayaanvitaa,

Maanikya makutaakaara Jaanudwaya viraajitaa/

Indragopa parikshipta smara tunaabhajanghikaa,

Gudha gulphaa Kurma Prushtha Jayishnu Prapadaanvita/

(Devi! You are ornamented on your excellent hands with golden ‘Angadas’ or armlets and ‘Keyura’ or wringlets as alluded to the Mantras of these descriptions; You are adorned  with diamond and pearl necklaces alluded to the ‘Mantraaksharaas’; Lalitaamba! the intimacy of Your love with Shiva is evident by the closeness of your body parts including your thin waist, folds of skin, soft thighs and buttocks covered by bright red saree, your knees ornated with crowns speckled with nine gems and  the legs are decorated by gold-studded Indra Gopa Manis; Your golden waist-belt has diamond-studded  bells called ‘kinkinis’ making mild vibrations as signified by small recitations of Mantras and Your feet are vaulted like the back of tortoises indicating ‘Prapada’).                                                                                                

Nakha deedhiti sanchhanna namajjana Tamogunaa,

Padadwaya prabhaajaala paraakruta saroruhaa/

Sinjaana mani manjeera mandita Shri Padaambujaa,

Maraali manda gamanaa  Mahaalaavanya sevadhih/

Sarvaarunaa navadyaangi Sarvaabharana bhushitaa,

Shiva Kaameshwaraankasthaa Shivaa swaadheena vallabhaa/

Sumeru shringa madhyathaa Shri mannagara naayika,

Chintaamani grihaantasthaa Pancha Brahmaasana sthitaa/

(Devi! The radiance of your toe-nails rescinds darkness and ignorance and your devotees are enabled to retract from Tamoguna;  your sacred feet which are white and spotless do oversmart lotus flowers and they too disperse mental dullness just as a Guru enhances knowledge and sharpness; Your feet are indeed the final goal of worship as they have jingling anklets like Mantraaksharas which facilitate unreserved devotion. The pace and grace of your steps are slow yet steady like that of a Swan as they seek to inculcate gradual transformation and purification of the Soul and there by realise the Final Truth which is deep, complex, hard to cross through and wade like an Ocean. Thus You are bright, red, clean and blemishless from top to bottom; You are adorned with all kinds of ornaments and is the Emblem of Perfection! You are also the Synthesis of Shiva and Shakti and have an ideal partner under your control; Devi! You are ideally situated on the middle top of Meru Mountain or the Center of Shri Chakra and as the Empress of Shri Nagara in the Palace of Chitamani Ratnas as the Prime Deity with Five Brahmas around viz. Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Ishana and Sada Shiva; the reference is that Lalitaambika is situated as the Supreme above all the Brahmas). [Beyond the two Chakras viz. Mulaadhaara and Swadhishtaana in every body, there are Grandhis or layers called Brahma Grandhi; beyond Manipura and Anahata is Vishnu grandhi; beyond Vishudda and Agnaa chakra is Rudra granthi; from Ajnaadhaara to the Skull- Center is stated to be Ishwara Sthaana, above which is stated to be Dwadashanta where Sada Shiva is situated; finally Devi Lalita is seated as Chit Kalaa above the Pancha Brahmaas]                   

Maha Padmaatavi sasmtha Kadamba Vana Vaasini,

Sudhaa saagara madhyastaa Kaamaak -shi  Kaama daayani/

Devarshigana sanghaata stuyamaamaanaatma Vaibhavaa,

Bhanda –asura Vadhodyukta Shakti senaa samanvitaa/

Sampatkari Samaarudha Sindhura Vraja sevitaa,

Ashwarudhaadhishtitaashwa koti koti bhiraavrutaa/

Chakraraaja Rathaarudha, Sarvaayudha Parishkruta,

Geyachakra Rathaarudha Mantrini parisevitaa/

Kirichakra Ratha -arudha Dandanaathaa puraskritaa,

Jwalaamaalinikaakshipta Vahni Praakaara madhyagaa/

(Maha Devi! You reside in the Maha Padmavati Forest of Lotuses being the contact place of a person and the Supreme; more specifically in the interior of the Kadamba Vana where Yantras predominate; also you are in the midst of Sudha Sagara or Bliss or the Center of Shri Chakra’s Bindushtaana as Kamakshi the Goddess of Kanchipura the bestower of desires; Devi! You responded to the Prayers of Devaas and Maharshis from ‘Chidagni Kunda’ to perform the most significant ‘Deva Karya’; You are indeed the best equipped with an army and armoury of qualities of  selflessness, determination and skill to kill Bhandasura the Grand Fund of Ignorance, Ego, and extreme self-image coupled no doubt with courage, capability and invincibility; Devi! You have the advantage of having Sampatkari as the Head of Elephants who is blessed with extraordinary abilities of intelligence to drive the elephants with features like self-lessness and perfection comparable to sense aptitudes or Tatwaas. Also there were crores of Shaktis riding horses each of whom specialised in mental abilities to win over -as alluded- the Evil with Virtue. She rode over the Shri Chakra chariot with her full armoury; She was accompanied by Mantrini on the Geya Chakra Ratha, Mantrini being Devi’s mind; Vaaraahi the Commander alighted the Kiri Chakra and was ahead of Devi; You were in the center of Jwaala maalaas or rings of flames)                                                            

Bhandasainyavadhodyukta Shakti Vikrama harshitaa,

Nitya paraakramaatopa nireekshana samutsukaa/

Bhanda putra vadhodyuka Baaalaa vikrama nanditaa,

Mantrnyambaa virachatha vishanga vadha toshitaa/

Vishukra praana harana Vaaraahi Veerya nanditaa,

Kameswara mukhaa loka kalpita Shri Ganeshwara/

Maha GaneshanirbhinnmaVighnayantra praharshitaa,

Bhandaasurendra Nirmukta shastra pratyastra varshini/

Karaanguli nakhotpanna Narayana dashaakritih,

Mahaa Paashupataasraagni nirdagdhaasura sainikaa/

(Devi! You were delighted to view the large army about to destroy Bhanda; you were also happy to witness the gallantry of Nitya Shaktis; you were glad that Shri Bala your daughter killed the sons of Bhandasura; you enjoyed that Mantrinyamba terminated Vishnga and Devi Vaaraahi killed Vishukra; then Ganeswara was materialised from your face and the latter destroyed all the Yantras such as various hindrances; You rained Astra Shastras to demoralise Bhandasura; as Bhandasura created Hiraynaaksha, Hiranya kashipu, Ravana and other Arch-Enemies of Devas,  you mildly rubbed your finger nails and created the counterparts of Narayana who exterminated the respective Asuras!; by using Pashupataastra, you let an ocean of warriors get converted as heaps of ash).                                                                               

Kameswaraastra nirdagdha sa Bhandasura sunyaka,

Brahmopendra Mahendraadi Deva samsthuta vaibhavaa/

Haranetraagni sandhagdha Kaama Sanjeevanoushadhih,

Shrimadvaagbhava kutaika Swarupa mukha Pankajaa/

Kanthaathahkati paryanta Madhyakuta Swarupini,

Shakti kutaika taapanna Katyatdho -bhaaga dhaarini/

Mula yantraatmikaa Mula kuta traya kalebara,

Kulaamritaika rasikaa Kula sanketa paalini/

Kulaanganaa Kulaantasthaa Kaulini Kulayogini,

Akulaa Saayaantasthaa Samayaachaara tatparaa/

(Devi! You had burnt Shunyaka Nagara along with Bhandasura and his warriors and  finally completed the Deva Karya; Brahma-Upendra-Mahendras were totally gratified and extolled you. You had then revived Manmatha who was burnt off by Maha Deva’s third eye. Your resplendent lotus face then revealed the source of speech and the Panchadashi Mantra, which was the Source Mantra that described Your Neck-to-Waist besides the body- part underneath as well as the Mula-Mantra; the Tri Kutaas of your physique akin to the Panchadashi are called Shri-Kama-Kala Kutaas. You are Kulaamrita Rasika or the enjoyer of the nectar of chastity and purity; ‘Kula’ is stated to be a combined expression of ‘Maataa’ the one who measures or approves; ‘Maanam’ is the measure or the quantity to be approved and the ‘Meyam’ or the one to be approved; Kula sanketa palini is the Enforcer of of the Kula or basically the Tradition of Spiritualism and thus Kulaangana is the Force of the Tradition; Kulantastha or the insider of the Kula conversant with ’Aachaara-Vyvahaaras’; You are the Kaulini or the household-diety and Kula Yogini or Lalita Devi herself;  You are Akula who is far above a specific Kula as she represents all the Kulas or Traditions; Samayantastha or the one who is of Shiva-Lalitha’s Identity but as construed by varied contexts; Devi! You therefore assume various Forms as per exigencies.)                                                                     

Mulaadhaaraika nilayaa Brahma grandhi Vibhedini,

Manipuraantaruditaa Vishnu grandhi Vibhedini/

Agnaachakraantasthaa Rudra granthi Vibhedini,

Sahasraaraambujaarudhaa Sudhaa saaraabhi varshini/

Tatillataa samaruchisshatchakopari samsthitaa,

Maha Shatktih kundalini bisatantu taneeyasi/

Bhavani Bhavanaagamya Bhavaaranya kuthaarikaa,

Bhadra Priya Bhadra Murtirbhakta Soubhagyadaayani/

Bhaktapriyaa Bhaktigamyaa Bhakti Vashyaa Bhayaapaha,

Shaambhavi Sharadaaraadhyaa Sharvaani Sharma daayani/

Shaankari Shrikari Saadhvi Sharacchandra nibhaanaa,

Shaatodari Shantimati Niraadhaaraa Niranjanaa/

(Devi! You reside inside the Mulaadhaara Chakra that is as Kundalini; You penetrate through the Brahma Grandhi or the barrier of Brahma and enable your devotees practising Yoga to be conscious while awake; then a devotee is facilitated to vision Devi in Manipura while in a condition of stupor; further a devotee  has to pierce through the Vishnu Grandhi or the Vishnu knot when the Yogi becomes unconscious and his body and thoughts are felt irrelevant; in the Ajnaachaktaanta state the yogi loses his identity;  while breaking Rudra Grandhi the Yogi attains cosmic reality and in Sahasraara Chakra the yogi is stated to seek Salvation. That stage provides Sudhaa sagara or bliss; indeed Devi! You are above these stages and chakras as ‘Shatchakopari Samstitha’. You are called as Maha Shakti in union with Maha Deva and is stated to be in the form of a coiled serpent in the state of ‘Kundalini’ like a thin lotus stem. Devi Bhavani, Bhavanaaamya or Beyond Comprehension as then a Bhavaaranya Kutharika or She would axe the cycle of births and deaths! You would in that Form be a Bhadra Priya, Bhadra  Murthi, Bhakta Soubhagyadayani, Bhakti Priya, Bhakti Gamya or realisable by Bhakti alone; Bhakti Vasya or Controllabe by Bhakti only; Bhayaapaha or you drive out fear of the devotees; Shaambhavi, Sharadaaraadhya, Sharvaani or the consort of Sharva, Sharma dayani or the provides of Eternal Happiness; Shankari, Shrikari, Saadhvi or of Purity; Sharacchanda nibhaanana or Luminous like a Full Moon; Shatodari or slim waisted; Shantimati, and Niradhara or supportless and Niranjana or blemishless).                                                                                                                                 

Nirlepa Nirmala Nitya Niraakara Niraakula,

Nirgunaa Nishkalaa Shantaa Nishkaamaa Nirupaplava/

Nityamuktaa Nirvikaaraa Nishprapancha Niraashraya,

Nitya Shuddha Nitya Buddhaa Niravadyaa Nirantaraa/

Nishkaaranaa Nishkalankaa Nirupaadhirnirishwara,

Neeraagaa Raaga mathani Nirmada Madashalini/

Nischinta Nirahankaaraa Nirmohaa Mohanaashani

Nirmama Mamataa hantri Nishpaapaa Paapanaashani/

Nishkrodhaa Krodhashamani Nirlobhaa Lobhanaashani,

Nissamshayaa Samshayaghni Nirbhavaa Bhava naashani/

Nirvikalpaa Niraabaadhaa Nirbhedaa Bheda naashani,

Nirnaashaa Mrityu mathani Nishkrya Nishparigrahaa/

(Nirlepa or Transparent; Nitya or Everlasting; Niraakaara or Formless; Nirakula or composed; Nirguna or Featureless; Nishkala or Undividable; Shanta; Nishkaama or desireless; Nirupaplava or Imperishable; Nitya Mukta or Ever Unrestricted; Nirvikara or Immutable; Nishprapancha or Beyond the Universe; Niraashraya or Unfounded; Nitya Shudda, Nitya Buddha, Niravadya or  Irrefutable; Nirantara; Nishkarana or the Causeless since You are the Cause of Causes; Nishkalanka or Spotless; Nirupaadhi or Unaccompanied; Nirishwara or the Ultimate; Niraaga or Uncommitted; Raga Mathani or Devoid of Attachments; Nirmada or Modest; Madanaashani or the destoyer of  arrogance; Nischinta or Worryless; Nirahankaara or Egoless; Nirmoha or Illusionless; Mohanashani or Destroyer of Obsessions; Nirmama or Selfless; Mamataahantri or terminator of attachments; Nishpaapa or Sinless; Papanaashani; Nishkrodha; Krodha Shamani; Nirlobha greedless; Lobha naashani; Nissamsaya or devoid of doubts; Samsayaghni or smasher of doubts; Nirbhava or Unborn; Bhavanaashyani or Destroyer of the Cycle of births and deaths; Nirvikalpa or devoid of  actions;  Nirbaadha; Nirbheda or Consistent ; Bhedanaashani or destroys distinctions; Nirnaasha or Indestructible; Mrutyumathani or demolisher of death; Nishkriya or Actionless; and Nishparigraha or Accepts nothing)                                           

Nistula Neela Chikura Nirapaaya Nirathyaya,

Durlabha Durgama Durgaa Duhkhahantri Sukhapradaa/

Dushta doora Duraachaarashamani Doshavarjita,

Sarvajnaa Saandra Karunaa Samaanaadhika varjitaa/

Sarva Shaktimayi Sarva Mangalaa Sadgatipradaa,

Sarveshwari Sarvamayi Sarva mantra swarupini/

Sarva Yantraatmikaa Sarva Tantra Rupaa Manonmani,

Maaheshwari Maha Devi Maha Lakshmi Mrudapriyaa/

Mahaa Rupaa Mahaa Pujyaa Mahaa Paataka Naashini,

Mahaa Maayaa Mahaa Satwaa Mahaa Shaktirahaaratih/

Mahaa Bhogaa Mahaishwarya Mahaa Veeryaa Mahaa Balaa,

Maha Buddhir Mahaasiddhir Mahaa Yogeshwareshvari/

( Nistula or Unparalleled; Nilachikura or dark haired; Nirapaaya or far above any danger; Durlabha or difficult to achieve; Durgama or Difficult to reach; Durga or the famed Swarupa of Shakti who killed Mahishaasura; Duhkhahantri or the destroyer of distresses; Sukhaprada or the Provider of Happiness; Dushta dooraa or away from Evil; Duraachaara shamini or the reliever of evil deeds; Doshavarjita or deviod of imperfections; Sarvajna or All Knowing;  Saandra Karuna or Provider of  Great Benevolence; Samaanaadhika Varjita or Matchless; Sarva Shaktimayi or Omni Potent; Sarva Mangala or the Symbol of Auspiciousness; Sadgatiprada or the Provider of Righteousness; Sarveshwari; Sarvamayi or Omni Present; Sarva Mantra Swarupini or the Personification of all Mantras; Sarva Yantraatmika or The Epitome of All Yantras; Sarva Tantra Rupa or the Unique Form of all Tantras; Manonmayi or of Heightened Form of Consciousness; Maheshwari; Maha Devi; Maha Lakshmi; Mridapriya or the beloved of Shiva; Maha Rupa; Maha Pujya; Maha Paataka Naashani; Maha Maya; Maha Satwa or of Unique Energy; Maha Shakti; Maha Rati or beyond Sensual Pleasures as she is Bliss herself; Maha Bhoga; Mahaishwarya; Maha Veeryaa; Mahaa Balaa; Mahaa Buddhi; Maha Siddhi and Maha Yogeshwareshwari).

Maha Tantraa Maha Mantraa Mahaa Yantraa Mahaasanaa,

Mahaayaagakramaadaadhyaa Mahaa Bhairava Pujitaa/

Maheshwara Mahaa Kalpa Mahaa Taandava Saakshini,

Mahaa Kaamesha Mahishi Mahaa Tripura Sundari/

Chatussastyupachaaraadhyaa Chatussashti Kalaamayi,

Mahaachatusshashti koti Yoginigana sevitaa/

Manu Vidyaa Chandra Vidyaa Chandra mandala madhyagaa,

Chaarurupaa Chaaruhaasaa Charu Chandra Kalaadharaa/

Charaachara Janannathaa Chakra raaja niketana,

Parvati Padmanayanaa, Padmaraaga samaprabhaa/

Pancha Pretaasanaaseena Pancha Brahma Swarupini,

Chinmayi Parama anandaa Vijnaana Ghana rupiney/

Dhyaana dhyaatru dhyeya Rupaa Dharma –adharma Vivarjitaa,

Vishwa rupa Jaagarani Swapanti Taijasaatmikaa/

Suptaa Pragjnaat -mika Turyaa Sarvaavastha Vivarjitaa,

Srishti Kartri Brahma Rupaa Gopti Govinda Rupiney/

Samhaarini Rudrarupa Tirodhaanakareswari,

Sadaa Shivaanugrahadaa Pancha krutya Paraayana!                                                                                                                            

(Devi Lalita! You are the Maha Tantra, Maha Mantra, Maha Yantra, Mahaasana or Seated on Elevation; Mahaa Yaga Kramaaraadhyaor worshipped at various Maha Yagnas like Amba Yagna; You are worshipped by Maha Bhairava or Maha Deva himself; You witnessed the Cosmic Dance of Maheshwara at the end of Maha Kalpa; You are the Maha Kamesha’s Queen; Maha Tripura Sundari! You are worshipped sixty four types of services; Amba! You are the Origin of sixty four Kalaas or Arts as contained in Vedas and various other Scriptures; also served by sixty four crores of Maha Yoginis; You are the Manu Vidya and Chandra Vidya and are situated on the middle of the Moon’s orbit; You are Charu Rupa or of the Magnificent Form; of Charu Haasa or with enchanting smile; with the adornment of Ashtama Chandra; the Maha Raajni of Charaacharas in the Universe; the Dweller of the Chakra Raajaas like Shri Chakra; Parvati! Padma Nayana; Glittering with Padma Raagaas or Rubies; Seated on the Five Pretaas of Brahma-Vishnu- Rudra-Ishwara-Sadaashivaas if they are not provided by life by You! You are of the Form of Five Brahmas; Chinmayi or of Supreme Consciousness; the Paramananda or of Unique Bliss; Vijnaana Ghana Rupini or of the  Inimitable Swarupini of Vigjnaana; the Dhyana-Dhyaatru- Dheya Rupa or of the Form of the Meditation-the  Meditator and the Meditated! You are beyond Dharma or Adharma! The Vishwa Swarupa; You are Jaagarani or the Ever Wakeful; the Swapanti or in Dreams; the Taijasatmika or in a State of Stupor; or in Supta or  Trance; Pragjnaatmika or in a Casual Body without full Consciousness; Turiya or the Fourth Stage when the Senses are inactive on the verge of  senselessness; Devi! You are however beyond all these previous stages as you are Sarvaavastha Vivarjita.! Lalita Devi! You are the Srishti Kartri being Brahma Rupini; the Goptri or the Protector as Govinda Rupini; Samhaarini or the Annihilator as of Rudra Rupa; the Tirodhaanakari or as the withdrawing Swarupini as Ishwara and finally the Sadaa Shiva who provides Anugraha or impetus to Re-Create again; such are the Five Swarupas of Yourself Devi viz. Brahma- Vishnu- Rudra-Ishwara and Sada Shiva; You Lalita Devi! Are thus the Pancha Krutya Paraayana or the Practitioner of Five Sacred Deeds!)                           

Bhanu mandala madhyastaa Bhiravi Bhaga maalini,

Padmaasana Bhagavati Padmanaabha Sahodari/

Unmesha Nimishotpanna Vipanna Bhuvanaavalih,

Sahasra Seersha Vadanaa Sahasraakshi Sahasra paat/

Aabrahmakeeta janani Varnaashrama vidhaayani,

Nijaajnaa Rupa nigamaa Punyaapunya Phalapradaa/

Shruti seemanta Sindoori kruta paadaabja dhulikaa,

Sakalaagama Sandoha Shukti Samputa Mouktikaa/

Purushaardha pradaa Purnaa Bhogini Bhuvaneshwari,

Ambikaanaadi nidhanaa Hari Brahmendra Sevitaa,

Hreenkaari Hreemati Hridyaa Heyopaadeya varjitaa/

Raja Raajaarchita Raajni Ramyaa Raageva Lochana,

Ranjani Ramani Rasyaa Ranatkinkini mekhala/

Ramaa Rakenduvadanaa ati Rupaa Rati Priya,

Rakshaakari Raakshasaghni Ramaa Ramana lampataa/

Kaamyaa Kamakaloaarupa Kadamba kusumapriyaa,

Kalyaani Jagati kandaa Karunaaras Saagaraa/

(You are in the center of Surya Mandala; Bhairavi! with a garland of Suryas seated in Padmasana posture as Bhagavati the sister of Padmanabha; Devi! As you open your eyes Bhuvanaas are sprouted and destroyed as you close the eyes; You have thousand heads,  faces, eyes and feet; the Unique Mother of all Beings from Brahma down to worms; the Prime Regulator of Varashrama Vidhana; Vedas are at your behest; you provide the results of every deed of the Beings as per the content of virtue or otherwise; the particles of your Lotus feet tuns red as ‘Sinduri’ which adorns the foreheads of virtuous women; the collection of pearl oyster shells comparable to ‘Agamaas’ is your ornament; You bestow the fulfilment of the Purusharthas viz. Dharma-Artha-Kaama-Mokshas; You are Purna or the Totality; Bhogini or the Ever-enjoying; Bhuvaneshwari; Ambika; Ananda nidhaana or the Fund of Joy; worshipped by Hari-Brahma-Indra; Narayani; Nada Rupa or of sounds ranging from subtle to gross forms; Devoid of a name or a form; Lalita! You are Hrimkari since the sound ‘Hreem’ covers Srishti-Sthiti-Samhara; Hrimati or Symbol of Modesty; Hridya or Happiness replete within heart; Heyopadeyavarjita or with nothing to accept or reject; Rajaraajaarchita or worshipped by the Lord of Riches viz. Kubera; Raajni or the Supreme Queen; Ramya; Rajeevalochana or Lotus Eyed; Ranjani the one who delights; Ramani; Rasyaa or the sense perception;  Ranat kinkini mekhala or adorned with waist belt with small bells;  Rama or the Consort of Vishnu;  of Ratipriya as Devi liked Rati since she revived Manmatha the husband of Rati; Rakshakari or the One who provides security; Raakshasaghni the destroyer of Rakshasas; Rama the highest representative of feminity; Ramana Lampata or deeply involved with husband; Kadamba kusuma priya or highly fascinated by Kadamba flowers; Kalyani or the Symbol of Auspiciousness; Jajatikanda or the root-cause of the Universe; Karunaarasa Saagara or the Ocean of Kindness).                                                                                          

Kaalavati Kalaalaapaa Kantaa kaadambari Priyaa,

Varadaa Vaamanayanaa Vaaruni Mada Vihvalaa/

Vishwaadhikaa Veda Vedyaa Vindyaachala nivaasini,

Vidhaatri Veda Janani Vishnu Maayaa vilaasini/

Kshetra Swarupa Kshetreshi Kshetra Kshetrajna paalini,

Kshaya vridhi vinirmuktaa Kshetrapaalasamarchita/

Vijayaa Vimalaa vandyaa Vandaaru jana Vatsala,

Vaavaadivi Vaamakeshi Vahnimandala vaasini/

Bhaktimat kalpalathikaa Pashu paasha vimochani,

Samhrutaasesha paashanda Sadaachaara pravartikaa/

Tapartayaagni samtapta Samaahlaadana chandrikaa,

Taruni Taapasaaraadhyaa Tanumadhyaa Tamopahaa/

(You are the Kalavati or of sixty four Arts and all they were your own expressions; you are the Paramount Form of Feminine Beauty fond of honey or bliss; the bestower of Boons; the beautiful-eyed; intoxicated with ‘Varuni’-the wine of dates alternatively called the Varuni ‘Nadi’- or a body tendon ; the Vishwaadhika or the Sublime; Vindhyaa chala nivasini; Vidhatri or Sarasvati the Consort of Brahma; Veda Janani or the Mother of Vedas; the Vishnu Maya; Vilasini; Kshetra Swarupa or of Supreme Consciousness; Kshetreshi; Kshetra Kshetrajna Paalini or the Supreme Administrator of the Kshetra or inner self of Jeeva and the his/her domain; Kshaya Vriddhi Vinirmukta or You have neither growth nor decadence; you are worshipped by Maha Deva the Kshetrapalaka; Devi! You are always victorious; Vimala or Clean; Vandya or worshipped by all; Vandaaru jana Vatsala or you have attachment to devoted children; Vaagvaadini or Proficient in speech; Vamakeshi or the consort of Vamakeshwara popular in the Tantrik Science; Vahni Mandala Vaasini or the Resider in the Region of Agni; Bhaktimatkalpa latika or Vriksha that fulfills the desires of devotees; Pashu Paasha Vimochani or the Reliever of Bonds like Ignorance, Jealousy, Attachment and Anger; Samhritaasesha Paashanda or Demolition of Non-Believers; Sadaachaara Pravartika or the Enforcer of ‘Sadaachaara’ or Good Behaviour; You provide Moonshine like cool  relief from ‘Tapatrayaagnis’or the Agnis of the Three Difficulties viz. Adhyatmika or of Internal or Psychological nature, Adhibhoutika or External or Physiological nature and Adhi Daivika nature like earthquakes, droughts and such natural calamities; Taruni or Ever Youthful Female; Taapasaaraadhya or worshipped by ‘Taapasis’ engaged in constant meditation; Tanu Madhya or slender waisted; Tamopaha or destroyer of Ignorance).                                  

Chitistatpada Lakshyaardhaa Chideka Rasarupini,

Swaatmaananda lavibhuta Brahmaadya -ananda santatih/

Paraa pratyakchiti Rupa Pashyanti Para Devataa,

Madhyamaa Vaikhari Rupaa Bhakta Maanasa Hamsikaa/

Kaameswara Praana Naadi Kritajnaa Kaama Pujitaa,

Shrigaara Rasa Sampurnaa Jayaa Jaalandhara Sthitaa/

Odyaana peetha nilayaa Bindumandala vaasini,

Rahoyaaga kramaadaadhyaa Rahastarpana Tarpitaa/

Sadyah Prasaadini Vishwa Saakshini Saakshi Varjitaa,

Shadanga Devataa yuktaa  Shaadgunya pari puritaa/

Nityaklinna Nirupamaa Nirvaana Sukhadaayani/

Nityaa Shodasikaa Rupaa Shri Kanthaartha Sharirini/

Prabhavati Prabhaarupaa Prasiddhaa Parameshari,

Moola Prakriti ravyaktaa Vyaaktaavyakta Swarupini/

(You are the Sacchidaananda Swarupini who is the most sought after and targetted at; Chideka Rasa Rupini or the Unique Form of Bliss; The Bliss experienced by Brahma downward to every Being was but a drop of the the Ocean of that Bliss; You are the Ultimate Super Consciousness present in each Being that could hardly be realised nor suitably expressed by Vagdevi, as is present in a subtle and intermediate stage between you the Para Deva and an individual; You are the Swan that moves about in the  ‘Bhakta Maanasa Sarovara’; You are the life-force of Kameshwara; the Kritajnaa or the Evaluator of the actions of Ten Entities viz. Pancha Bhutas, Sun-Moon-Stars-Birth-Death and the Kaala or the Time; Kama Pujita; Shringara Rasa Sampurna; Jaya; Jaalandhara Sthitaa or Positioned in the Jaalandhara Peetha or Anaahata Chakra; Odyana Pitha Nilaya or located in Ajnaa Chakraa or between your Bhrukuti or between your eye-brows; Bindu Mandaka Vaassini or situated in the Central Point of Shri Chakra; Raho yaga Kramaaraadhyaa or worshipped by ‘Rahasya Yaga’ (Antar Yaga ) rituals; Rahastarpina Tarpita or Devi! You are contented by Secret Tarpanas or Sacrificial Offerings; Sadya Prasaadini or pleased with prescribed rituals; Vishwa Saakshini or the Witness of Univesal Actions! Saakshi Varjitaa or none could ever realise your own deeds; Shadanga Devataa Yuktaa or You are the Chief of  Six ‘Angaas’ or  Six ‘Konaas’ stated to be Heart-Head-Tuft-Eyes-Shield or Kavacha and ‘Astra’ or Weapon; also Shadgunya Pari Purita or the Six Angles of the Shri Chakra stated to be Qualities like Virtue, Jnaana, Yasha, Aishwarya, Sampada and Vairagya or detachment; Nitya klinna or Ever Merciful; Nirupama or Uaparalleled; Nirvaana Sukha Daayani or the Bestower of Nirvaana or Moksha; Nitya Shodasikaa Rupa or the Kalaas of Chandra or the brightening features of Moon day by day; Shri Kanthaartha Sharirini or Artha Naareeshwari; Prabhavati or Provider of Illumination all the directions; Prabha Rupa or of Epitome of Radiance; Prasiddha the most well known in the Form of the First Person ‘I’! Parameshwari; Mula Prakriti; Avyakta or Imperceptible; yet Vyaktaavyakta or Evident but Unmanifested).

Vyaapini vividhaakaara Vidyaavidyaa Swarupini,

Maha Kamesha nayana kmdaahlaada Koamudi/

Bhakta haarda Tamobheda Bhaanumadbhaanu santatih,

Shiva dooti Shivaa –raadhyaa  Shiva Murtih Shivankari/

Shivapriyaa Shivaparaa Shishteshtaa Shistapujitaa,

Aprameyaa Swaprakaashaa Manovaachaamagocharaa/

Chicchhaktischetanaa rupaa Jada Shaktirjadaatmikaa,

Gayatree vyahrutih Sandhyaa Dwijabrinda nishevitaa/

Tatwaasanaa Tatwamayi Pancha koshaantara sthitaa,

Nisseema mahimaa Nitya Youvanaa Madashaalini/

Madaghurnita Raktaakshi Mada paatala gandabhuh,

Chandanadrava digdhaangi Chaampeya kusuma priyaa/

Kushalaa Komalaakaaraa Kurukullaa Kuleswari,

Kula kundaa-layaa Koula maarga tatpara sevitaa/

Kumaara Gana naathaambaa tushtih pushtirmatir-dhrutih,

Shaantsswastimati Kaantirnandini Vighna naashani/

(Devi! You are  omnipresent in myriad forms either as Knowledge or Ignorance; You are pleasing to Mahesha like a moonshine does to a Lili flower; Your splendour disperses the darkness of ignorance to your Bhaktaas  like the bright Sun does to the Worlds; You are Shiva’s Sevika adoring Sada Shiva  as Shiva Murti, Shivankari and Shiva Para. Persons with good demeanour worship you and you too are pleased with their Pujas; Aprameya or immesurable; Swa Prakasha or Brilliant on your own; Mano vaachaama gochara or Beyond the comprehension of one’s mind or speech; You are Chit Shakti or the Power of your own Perception; the Chetana Rupa or Awareness and Responsiveness; at the same time you are also Jada Shakti or non-responsive; in any case, none has the capacity to know you! Gayatri! Vyahriti or the Syllables of Gayatri Mantra; the Sandhya; Dwija brinda nishevita or pleased by Brahmanas; You are seated in Tatwa or Truth; Tatwamayi; Pancha Koshaantara Sthita or the Dweller of Five Sheaths viz. Kaamamaya, Manomaya, Atimanasa, Vigyaana and Hiranmaya Koshaas; you are of boundless command; ever youthful; blissful; with blood red eyes of superiority; red cheeks full of bliss; with body smeared with sandal wood paste; desirous of champaka flowers; proficient in all deeds; subtle and gentle; Goddess named Kukukulla dominating the Shri Chakra who is also known as critical and objective; Kuleshwari; Kulakundalaya or Paramatma inside Muladhara Chakra; Kulamarga tatpara sevita or worshipped by those conversant with Kaulamarga practices; Mother of Skanda and Ganesha representing prowess and overcoming obstacles; Tusti or embodiment of happiness; Pushti or of sound health; Dhriti or courage  and endurance; Shanti or tranquility; Kanti or glow and warmth; Nandini or the Ever Vivacious and Vighna nashini or remover of all hurdles).                                    

Tejovati Trinayana Lolaakshi Kamarupini,

Malini Hamsini Mataa MalayachalaVaasini/

Sumukhi Nalini Subhruh Shobhana Sura Nayika,

Kaala kanthi Kantimati Kshobhini Sukshma Rupini/ 

Vajreshwari Vamadevi Vayovastha vivarjita,

Siddheshwari Siddha Vidyaa Siddha Maataa Yashaswini/

Vishudda chakra nilaya Rakta Varna Trilochana,

Khatwaangaadi praharana vadanaika samanvita/

Paayasaanna Priyaa Pashuloka Bhayankari,

Amritaadi Maha Shakti samvritaa Daakineshwari/

Anaahataabja nilayaa Shyaamaabhaa Vadana dwayaa,

Damshtrojjwalaaksha maalaadidharaa Rudhira samsthitaa/

Kaala raatryaadi Shaktoughavritaasnighnoudana Priya,

Mahaa Veerendra varadaa Raakinyaambaa Swarupini/

Mani puraabja nilayaa vadanatraya samyutaa,

Vajraayudhaapetaa Daamaryadi bhiraavritaa/                                                                                                                               (Tejovati or full of Illumination; Tri Nayana or the Three Eyed of Surya-Chandra-Agnis; Lokaakshi Kamarupini or of alluring eyes being the Symbol of Feminine Longing for the Universe; Malini or the wearer of garlands; Hamsini or a Swan representative of Pavitrata and Vairagya; Mataa or Shri Maata; Malayachala Vasini or the Resident of Malaya Mountain; Sumukhi or Bright-Faced; Nalini or like a Lotus; Subhru or of Eye brows that bring in auspiciousness; Sobhana; Sura nayika; Kalaakanti  or the spouse of Shiva who by that epithet killed Darukasura; Kantimati; Kshobini or Excited to Create the Universe; Sukshma Rupini or of Subtle Form; Vajreshwari one of the Goddesses of Shri Chakra; Vamadevi or Shiva’s left Body-Part viz. Artha Naareeshwari; Vayovasthaa vivarjita or devoid of age; Shiddeshwari; Siddha Vidya or Shri Vidya; Siddha Mata or the Mother Siddha ready to protect devotees; Yashaswini; Visuddha Chakra Nilaya or the Resider of Vishuddha Lotus with sixteen petals; Arakta Varna or of Blood-red colour; Trilochana; Khatvangaadi- Praharana or a mace with a skull at  its end used as a weapon; Vadanaika samanvita or with a Unique Face; Payasaanna Priya or fond of rice cooked in milk; Twakstha or absorbed in the Skin tissues; Pashu Loka Bhayankari or Dreadful to the Boorish and the Ignorant; Amritaadi Maha Shakti Samvarta or Encircled by Great Shaktis like Amritaakarshini; Daakineshwari residing in Vishudda Chakra; Anaahataabja Nilaya or inhabitant of Anaahataabja Chakra with the name of Raakini; Shyaamaabhaa or in the Form of a maiden of Shyama colour of black and blue; Vadana dwaya or Bi-Faced; Damshtrojjvala or bright with tusks; Aksha -maalaadhara or the carrier of a Rosary bead garland; Rudhira Samsthita or the occupant of blood-tissues; Kaalaraatraadi Shakougha Vrita or enclosed by Shaktis like Kaalaraatri; Snigdhoudana Priya or contented by consuming fried rice; Mahaa Veerendra Varadaa or the Provider of boons to Maha Veeraas / Tri Murtis and Indra; Raakinyaamba Swarupini or of the Swarupa of Raakinyamba; Manipuraabja nilaya or the inhabitant of Manipura Padma with ten petals; Vadana Traya Samyutaa or with Three Faces; Vajraadikaayudhopeta or fortified with Vajraayudhaa and other weaponries like thunderclaps; Daamaryaadibhiraavruta or encircled by Yoginis like Damari, Mangala, Pingala, Dhanya, Bhadrika, Ulka, Siddha etc.

 Rakta varnaa maamsa nishthaa gudaanna preeta maanasaa,

Samasta Bhakta Sukhadaa Laakinyaambaa Swarupini/

Swaadhishtaanaambujagataa Chatutvaktra Manoharaa,

Shulaadyaayudha sampannaa Peeta varnaati garvitaa/

Medo nishthaa Madhu preetaa bandinyaadi samanvitaa,

Dadhyaannaasakta hridayaa Daakini rupa dhaarini/

Mulaa dhaaraambujaarudhaa Panchavaktraasthi samsthitaa,

Ankushaadi prahananaaVaradaadi nishevitaa/

Mudgoudanaasakta chitthaa Saakinyaambaa Swarupini,

Ajnaa chakraabja nilayaa Shiklavarnaa Shadaanana/

Majjaa samsthaa Hamsavati Mukhya Shakti samanvitaa,

Haridraannaika rasikaa Haakini rupa dhaarini/

Sahasra dala Padmastaa Sarva Varnobhi sevitaa,

Sarvaayuda dharaa Shukla samsthitaa Sarvato mukhi/

Sarvoudana preeta chittaa Yaakinyaambaa Swarupini,

Swaahaa Swadhaa matirmedhaa Shrutih Smritiranuttamaa/             

(Rakta Varna; Maamsa Nishta or inhabitant in the tissues of flesh; Gudaanna Preeta Manasa or  likes to eat rice mixed with jaggery; Samasta Bhakta Sukhada or Provides with contentment to one and all; the Mother Form of Lakini; Swadhishtaanaambuja Gata or the Insider of the Padma Chakra named that name; Chaturvaktra Manohara or Enchanting with Four Attractive  Faces; Shulaadyayudha Sampanna or is fortified with armaments like Shula; Pita Varna or of Yellow colour; Ati-Garvita or higly distinguished; Medo nishtha or absorbed in the tissue of fat; Madhu Preeta or having a penchant for honey;  Bandinyaadi samanvita or in the Company of Bandini and other Shaktis; Dadhyannasakta hridaya or with a longing for curd rice; Kaakini Rupa dhaarini or taking over the Form of  Kaakini; Mulaadhaaraambujaa rudha or mounted on Mulaadhara at the base point; Panchavaktra or Five Faced; Asthi Samsthita or present in the bone tissues; Ankushaadi Praharana or equppied with Ankusha or goad and such other weaponry; Varadaadi nisevita  or worshipped by Varada and such other Yoginis; Mudgoudana sakta chitta or delighted in the taste of green gram cooked rice; Saakinyaambaa Swarupini or taking over the Form of Saakini Shakti; Ajnaachakaabja nilaya or resides in the two petalled Agnaachakra in beteeen the eyebrows; Shuka varana or of Pure White Colour; Shadaanana or of Six Faces; Majja Samstha or of the tissue of brain; Hamsavati; Mukhya Shakti Samanvita or of Powers of respiration; Haridraannaika Rashika or fond of Turmeric; Haakini rupa dhaarini or assumes the Form of Hakini in the Shri Chakra; Sahasra dala padmasthaa or the inhabitant inside in the thousand leafed Lotus; Sava Varnobhi sevitaa or magnifecent all the Alphabet Letters; from A to Ksha;  Sarvaayudha dhara or is well equipped with all Astra-Shastraas; Shukla samsthitaa or  the abode of  ‘Ojas’ or tissue of Virility; Sarvatomukhi or has the power visioning from all the directions; Sarvoudana preeta chitta or fond of all kinds of food;  Yaakinyaambaa Swarupini or of the Form of Yakinyaamba; Devi! You are Swaahaa or the oblataion to Agni and Swadha or oblation to Pitaras; Mati or Buddhi / Intellect; Shruti or Veda; Smriti or Manu Shastra about morality and Anuttama or the Supreme Most).                                                                              

Punya keertih Punya labhyaa Punya Shravana Keertanaa,

Pulomajaarchitaa Bandha mochani Bandhuraalakaa/

Vimarsha rupini Vidyaa viyadaadi Jagatprasuh,

Sarva Vyaadhi prashamani Sarva Mrityu nivaarini/

Agraganyaachinthya rupaa Kalikalmasha naashani,

Katyaayani Kalahantri Kamalaaksha nishevitaa/

Taambula purita mukhi daadimi Kusuma prabhaa,

Mrigaakshi Mohini Mukhyaa Mridaani Mitra Rupini/

Nitya truptaa Bhaktanidhir niyantri Nikhileswari,

Maitryaadi Vaasanaalabhyaa Mahaa Pralaya Saakshini/

Paraa Shaktih Paraa Nishthaa Prajnaana ghana rupini,

Maadhvi paanaalasaa matthaa Maatrikaa Varna rupini/

Mahaa Kailaasa nilayaa Mrinaala Mridu dorlataa,

Mahaniyaa dayaa murtir Mahaa saamraajya shaalini/

Atma Vidyaa Mahaa Vidyaa Shri Vidyaa Kaama Sevitaa,

Shri Shodashaakshari Vidyaa Trikutaa Kaamakotikaa/                                                                       

Devi! The auspicious episodes of your glory provide worth and value to your Devotees; such merits are derived due to the attainment of good results of previous births; merely hearing and extolling your magnificence would be commendable; Pulomajarchita or the wife of Indra worshipped You to avoid the torments faced by Nahusha the short time Indra, you saved her with your grace; Bandha Mochani or the liberator of Samsara’s bindings; Barbaraalakaa or with beautiful and wavy hair style enhancing charm; Vimarsha Rupini or high capacity to distinguish realities of life or otherwise; Vidya the Epitome of Knowledge; Viyadaadi Jagat Prasuh or You provide relief from the Elements of Nature; Sarva Vyaadhi Prashamani or the Curer of all kinds  Physical and mental deficiencies; Sarva Mrityu Nivarini or the diffuser of all types of death; Agraganya or the Superlative; Achintya rupa or Unapproachable by thought and imagination; Kali Kalmasha Naashini or the demolisher of  sins prone to Kali Yuga; Katyaayani Devi; Kalahantri or the destroyer of the Concept of Time; Kamalaaksha Nivesita or worshipped by Vishnu; Tambula Poorita Mukhi or satisfied with mouthful of betel-leaf juice; Daadimi Kusuma Prabha or likened with the redness of pomogranate flower; Mrigaakshi or of the fascinating eyes of a deer; Mohini; Mukhya the Chief; Mridani or the Queen of Maha Deva; Mitra Rupini or of the Form of Surya; Nitya Tripta or always contented; Bhakta Nidhi or the Ever Available Fund of Fulfillment of Devotees; Niyantri or the Designer and Enforcer of Rules and Regulations;  Maitraadi Vaasanaalabhya or the attainer of excellent propensities like Maitri or amity and rapport; Maha Pralaya Saakshini or the Sole Witness of the Great Dissolution; Paraa Shakti; Paraa Nishtha or the Ultimate Spiritual Effort; Prajnaana Ghana Rupini or the Embodiment of the Highest Consciousness; Maadhvi Paanaalasaa or Intoxicated by Spiritual Excellence; Mattaa or fully oblivious of  the worldly affairs due to that kind of intoxication; Maatrikaa Varna rupini or of the various Forms of Matrikas; Maha Kailasa Nilaya; Mrinala Mridu Dorlata or with the soft hands like those of Lotus Stalks; Maaniya; Daya Murti; Mahaa Saamraajya Shaalini; Atma Vidya or the Knowledge of the Supreme Self; Maha Vidya; Shri Vidya or of Mantras like Bala, Pancha Dashi, Sodashi and soon; Kama Sevita or worshipped by Manmatha; Shri Shodasaakshari Vidya viz. the Mantra ofShri Raja Rajeshwari Mantra; Trikuta or of Mantra Panchaadashi comprising Three Kutaas viz. Kaamaraaja, Vaagbhava and Shakti Kutaas and Kaama Kotika or Devi has the eminence of Shiva).                                                                                        

 Kataaksha kinkari bhuta Kamalaakoti Sevitaa,

Shirasthitaa Chandranibhaa Phaalasthendra Dhanuh Prabha/

Hridayasthaa Ravi prakhyaa Trikonaantara deepikaa,

Daakshaayani Daitya hantri Daksha Yagna Vinaashini/

Daraandolita Deergaakshi Darahaasojjwalanmukhi,

Guru Murtirguna nidhirgomaataa guha janma bhuh/

Devesi danda nitisthaa daharaakaasha rupini,

Pratipanmukyharaakaanta Tithi Mandala Pujitaa/ 

Kalaatmikaa Kalaanaathaa Kavyaalaapa vinodini,

Sachaamara Ramaa Vaani Savya dakshina sevitaa/

Adi Shaktirameyaatmaa Paramaa Paavanaakritih,

Aneka koti Brahmaanda Janani Divya Vigrahaa/

Kleenkaari Kevalaa Guhyaa Kaivalya pada daayini,

Tripuraa Trijagadvandyaa Trimurtirstridasheshwari/

Tryakshari Divya gandaadhyaa Sindura Tilakaanchitaa,

Umaa Shailendra Ganayaa Gouri Gandharva Sevitaa/

(Devi! Your gracious looks could create crores of Lakshmi Devis who in turn create innumerable forms of prosperity to your devotees; You are situated at the ‘Brahma Randhra’ of one’s head; Chandranibha! or of Chandra Devas’s sheen; Phaalkastaa or the resident of forehead shining with the varied colours of rainbows; You are Hridayasthaa or situated in the hearts; Ravi Prakhya or of Surya’s brilliance; Trikonaantara Deepikaa or the luminosity of the traingle inside the Shri Chakra; Dakshayni; Daitya hantri the killer of Daityas; Daksha Yagna Vidnaashani; Daraandolita deergaakshi or with long eyes moving slightly; Darahaaso-jjvalan mukhi or with a smile indicative of your internal gladness; Guru Murti or the Untimate Teacher; Guna nidhi or the Fund of Satwa-Raajasika-Taamasika Gunaas! Deveshi! Danda Nitistha or the Enforcer of Punishments; Daharaakaasha Rupini or of the Form of Space above all the Lokaas or figuratively the space inside the heart of Lotus! Pratipan-mukhyaraakaantaa or the Forms of the fifteen phases of Moon as Devi is worshipped; Kalaatmika or of Chandra’s Sixteen, Surya’s twenty four and Agni’s ten ‘Kalaas’or units of splendour; Kalaa naathaa or the Chief of Kalaas; Kaavyaalaapa Vinodini or possessive of interest in Literary Activities; Sachaamara Ramaa Vaani Savya Dakshina Sevita or served with ‘Chamara’ hand-fan by Lakshmi and Saraswati on Your right and left sides; Adi Shakti; Ameya or quantifiable;  Atma; Parama or the Final; Paavanaakruti or the Form of Sanctity; Aneka Koti Brahmaanda Janani or the Mother of countless Universes; Divya Vigraha; Kleem -kaari or the representation of the Beeja by that name; Kevala or the Unique; Guhya or Enigmatic; Kaivalya pada daayani or the bestower of Moksha; Tri Pura or of Three Characteristics; Tri Jagad Vandya or worshipped by the Three Lokas; Tri Murti; Tri Dasheswari or the Ultimate of Three Dashaas or of Jeevatma-Jaagriti-Paramatma or otherwise : a Person-Awakening and Ishwari; Tryakshari or Three Bija Mantras; Divya Gandhaadhyaa or the Form of Celestial Fragrance; Sindura Tilakanchita or Devi with Sindura on her forehead; Uma; Shailendra Tanaya or the daughter of  a Mountain King; Gauri; Gandharva Sevita or worshipped by Gandharvas).                                                                                                                                          

Vishwa Garbha Swarna Garbha Varadaa Vaagadhiswari,

Dhyanagamya paricchedyaa Jnaanada Jnaana Vigrahaa/

Sarva Vedaanta Samvedyaa Satyaananda Swarupini,

Lopaa- mudraarchitaa leelaa klipta Brahmaandalaa/

Adrusyaa Drusya Rahitaa Vigjnaatri Vedya –varjitaa,

Yogini Yogadaa Yogyaa Yogaanandaa Yugandharaa/

Icchaa Shakti Jnaana Shakti Kriyaa Shakti Swarupini,

Sarvaadhaaraa Supratishthaa Sadasadrupa dhaarini/

Ashta Murtirajajaitri Loka Yatraa vidhaayani,

Ekaakini Bhumarupaa Nirdwaitaa Dwaita Varjitaa/

Annadaa Vasudaa Vriddhha Brahmaatmyaikya Swarupini,

Brihati Brahmani Braahmi Brahmaanandaa Balipriyaa/

Bhaashaa rupaa Brihatsenaa Bhaavaabhaava vivarjitaa,

Sukhaaraadhyaa Shubhakari Shobhanaa Sulabhaagatih/

Rajarajeswari Raajya daayini Raja vallabhaa,

Rajatkripaa Raaja Peetha nijaashritaah/                                                                       

( Vishwa garbha or the Universe is in her; Swarna garbha or the Mother of Vedas and Bijaaksharaas; Avarada or opposite of Varada / Bestower; Vaagadhishwari or Saraswati; Dhyana gamya ot the Target of Meditation; Aparicchedyaa or Undividable; Jnaanada or the Giver of Knowledge; Jnaana Vigraha or the Epitome of Jnana; Sarva Vedanta Samvedya or All the means of Knowledge like Vedas and Vedaangas are meant only to realise Devi; Satyaananda Swarupini or the Form of Truth and Happiness; Lopaamudraachita or worshipped by Devi Lopamudraa the wife of Agastya; Leelaa Klipta Brahmaanda mandalaa or You create the several Brahhmandaas only for your happiness; Adrushya or Unseen; Drusya rahita or Unvisionable; Vigjnaatri or the Power of Knowledge;Vedya Varjitaa or You have nothing to see; Yogini; Yogadaa or the Giver of Yoga; Yogaananda; Yugandhara or the Protector of Yugas or Time; Icchaa Shakti, Jnaana Shakti, Kriya Shakti Swarupini or the Shakti of Will, Knowledge and Deed and their Forms; Sarvaadhaara; Supratishta or Well-Established; Sat-Asat Rupa Dharini; Ashta Murti or Lakshmi-Medha-Dhara-Pushti-Gauri-Tushti-Prabha-Dhriti; Ajaa Jaitri or the Conquerer of the Unborn or Ignorance; Loka Yatraa Vidhayani or the Decider of Life-Circle; Ekaakini the Most Lonely; Bhuma Rupa or of the State beyond Consciousness; Nirdwaita or Unique or The Singular;  Beyond Duality; Ananda;  Vasuda or Provider of Prosperity; Vriddha or the Oldest;  Brihati or Huge; Brahmani or the Wife of Brahma or Sarswati; Brahmaananda; Bali Priya or Fond of Sacrifices; Bhasha Rupa or The Form of Language; Brihatsena or the Possessor of Massive Army; Sukhaaradhya or worshippable with ease; Shubhakari or the Provider of Auspiciousness; Shobhana  Sulabhaa Gatih or the easiest way of securing Salvation; Raja Rajeswari or the Maha Raajni; Rajya Dayani or the bestower of Kingdoms; Rajya Vallabha; Rajat Kripa or the Merciful with grace; and  Raja peetha Nivesita Nijaashraya or your devotees are seated around you on thrones of Rajyas).                                                         

Rajya Lakshmih Kosha nathaa Koshanaathaa Chaturanga Baleshwari,

Saamraajya daayani Satya sandhaa Saagara mekhalaa/

Dikshitaa Daitya shamani Sarva loka vashankari,

Sarvaardha Dhaartri Savitri Sacchidaananda Rupini/

Desakaalaa paricchinna sarvagaa Sarva Mohini,

Saraswati Shastra mayi Guhaambaa Guhya Rupini/

Sarvopaadhi vinirmuktaa Sadaa Shiva Pativrataa,

Sampradaayeshwari Saadhvi Gurumandala Rupini/

Kulotteernaa Bhagaaraadhyaa Mayaa Madhumati Mahi,

Ganaambaa Guhyakaaraadhyaa Komalaangi Gurupriyaa/

Swatantraa Sarva Tantresi Dakshinaamurti Rupini,

Sanakaadi Samaaraadhyaa Shiva Jnaana Pradaayani/

Chitkalaananda kalikaa Premarupaa Priyankari,

Naamapaaraa –yana preetaa Nandi Vidyaa Nateswari/

Midhyaa Jagadadhishtaanaa Muktidaa Muktirupini,

Laasyapriyaa Layakari Lajjaa Rambhaadi Vanditaa/

(Rajya Lakshmi! You are the Koshanathaa or the Treasurer or the Chief of Koshas or Sheaths / domains viz.Manomaya, Praanamaya, Annamaya, Anaandamaya and Vigyanamaya; Chaturanga Baleswari or the Head of four types of Army viz. Cavalry, Elephantry, Chariotry and Infantry; Samrajya dayani; Satya sandha the Upkeeper of Words and Abider of Truth; Saagara mehala or Oceans are  your girdles; Dikshita or the Initiator of Mantras; Daitya Shamani or the Destroyer of Daityas; Sarva loka vashankari or the Administrator of all Lokas; Sarvaartha daatri or the Bestower of Purusharthaas of Dharma-Artha-Kaama-Moksha; Savitri; Sacchidaanada Rupini; Desa Kaala Paricchinna or Unconditioned by Space and Time; Sarvaga or Present always and every where; Sarva Mohini or the Supreme Enchantress; Sarasvati; Shastramayi or the Essence of Shastras; Guhamba or the Mother of Skanda; Guhya Rupini or the Form of Secrecy; Sarvopaadhi Vinirmuktaa or beyond all limitations and bindings; Sadasiva Paivrata; Sampradaayeswari or the Queen of Traditions; Saadhvi or the female Sadhu; Guru mandala rupini or the Tradition of Gurus; Kulottirna or beyond Kula or tradition; Bhagaaraadhya or worshipped by Sun; Maya or Illusion; Madhumati or Blissful; Mahi or Bhumi; Ganaamba or Mother of Ganaas and Ganesha; Komalangi or of delicate Body Parts; Guru Priya or the Beloved of Shiva the Adi Guru; Swarantra or Independent; Sarva Tantreshi or the Ruler of Tantras; Dakshinamurti Rupini or manifested as Shiva’s Form as Adi Guru; Sanakadi Samaaraadhya or worshipped by Maha Munis like Sanaka; Shiva jnaana pradaayani or the provider of Shiva Tatwa or Awareness; Chitkala or Pure Consciousness; Ananda Kalika or the inhabitant of joy; Prema Rupa; Naama paaraayana preeta or is fond of recitation of her names; Nandi Vidya or the Mantra by which Nandeswara pleased her; Nateswari or the Queen of NatyaShastra; Midhyaa Jagadadhistaana or the Presider of the Illusory Universe; Muktidaa or the Provider of Salvation; Mukti Rupini or the Form of Salvation; Lasya Priya or fond of Cosmic Dance; Layakari or the Pralayakaarini; Lajja or Modesty; and Rambhaadi vandita or worshipped by Apsaras like Rambha).                                                                  

Bhavadaava Sudhaa Vrishtih Paapaaranya Davaanalaa,

Dourbhaagya toolavaatulaa Jaraa-dhvaantaravi prabhaa/

Bhyagyaabhi chandrikaa Bhakta chittha keki Ghanaa Ghana,

Roga Parvatadambholirmrityudaaru kuthaarikaa/

Maheshwari Maha Kaali Mahaa Graasaa Mahaashana,

Aparnaa Chandikaa Chandamundaasura nishudini/

Ksharaksharaatmika Sarva Lokeshi Vishwa dhaarini,

Trivarga dhaatri Subhagaa Traimbikaa Trigunaatmikaa/

Swargaapa vargadaa Shuddhaa Japaapapushpa nibhaakrutih,

Ojovati Dyutidharaa Yagjna rupaa Priyavrataa/

Duraaraadhyaa Duraadharshaa Paatali Kusumapriyaa,

Mahati Meru nilayaa Mandaara kusuma priyaa/

Veeraaraadhyaa Viraadrupaa Virajaa Vishwato mukhi,

Pratyakgrupaa Paraakaashaa Praanadaa Praana rupini/

Maartaanda Bhairavaaraadhyaa Mantrininyasta raajyadhuh,

Tripureshi Jaatsenaa nistraigunyaa Paraaparaa/

(Bhavadaava Sudhaa Vrishtih or the rain of Amrita drowns the forest of Samsaara; Paapaaranya dawaanala or the Fire broken in the Forest would destroy the woods of sins; Jaraadhwaanta Ravi prabhaa or old age is dispersed by the emerging Surya’s rays; Bhakta Chitta keki gahanaa ghana or as a Peacok dances at the sight of clouds on the Sky, Lalita Devi prompts devotees to dance with their devotion; Roga Parvata Dambholi or Devi smashes diseases of the mind and body of devotees; Mrityu daaru kuthaarika Devi! You are the axe that brings down the tree of death;  Maheshwari! Maha Kaali! Mahaa Graasaa or the gigantic heap of Food;  Mahaashana or the huge serve of food to the devotees; Aparna or She who paid penance to Shiva even without eating leaves; Chandika or furious with the Evil; Chanda Mundaasura Nishudini or the Terminator of the Asuras called Chanda and Munda; Kshara ksharaatmika or of the Swarupa of both destructible and indestructible forms; Sarva Lokeshi; Vishwa dhaarini or who covers all the Lokaas with her shield; Trivarga Dhaatri or the Upholder of Dharma-Artha-and Kaama; Subhaga or the Form of Surya; Traimbika or the Three Eyed of Surya-Chandra and Agni;  Trigunaatmika or of the Swarupa of Satwa-Raajasa- Tamo gunaas; Swargaapavarga -daa or the provider of Swarga of Happiness for a limited period till the Punya Phala is drained but Apavarga is everlasting Salvation; Suddha; Ojovati or the giver of vitality; Dyuti- dhara or the provider of illumination of knowledge; Yajna Swarupa; Priya Vrata or Devi likes all kinds of Vratas; Duraaraadhyaa or She does not encourage worship by those who are unable to control their own misgivings; Duraadharsha  or does not assist those who out of  evil influences refuse to reform themselves; Paatali Kusuma Priya or Devi likes Paatali flowers; Meru nilaya or Meru Mountain is her Place of stay; Mandara Kusuma Priya; Veeraa- raadhyaa or worshipped by the courageous; Vitat Rupa or of Macro Form; Viraja or without Rajasika Guna; Vishwato mukhi or directly facing the Universe; Pratyagrupa or introvert; Paraakaasha or the Ultimate Cosmos; Pranada or the Life-giver; Prana Rupini or the very life; Martanda Bhavravaaraadhya or the one worshipped by Bhairava named Martanda [ Of the other Bhayairavas are stated to be Kaala Bhairava, Kshetrapala Bhairava, Ruru Bhairava, Chanda Bhairava, Asitanga Bhairava, Krodha Bhairava and Unmatta Bhairava]; Mantran –yasta Rajyadhuh or she entrusts the duties of administration to her Minister Raja Shyamala; Tripuresi; Jayatsena or she has her ever-victorious divine army; Nistraigunya or unscathed by the Three Gunas and Paraapara or the Ultimate Reality).                                                

Satyajnaananda Rupaa Saamararya Paraayanaa,

Kapardini Kalaamaalaa Kaamadhuk Kaama rupini/

Kalaanidhih Kaavya Kalaa Rasajnaa Rasa sevadhih,

Pushtaa Puraatanaa Pujyaa Pushkaraa Pushkarekshanaa/

Param Jyotih Paramdhaama Paramaanuh Paraatparaa,

Paasha hastaa Paasha hantri Paramantra Vibhedini/

Murtaamurtaa Nitya tripaa Muni Maanasa hamsikaa,

Satya vrataa Satya rupaa Sarvaantaryaamini Sati/

Brahmaani Brahma janani Bahu rupaa Budhaarchitaa,

Prasavitri Prachandaajnaa Pratishthaa Prakataakritih/

Praaneswari Praana daatri Panchaasatpeetha rupini,

Vishunkhalaa Viviktasthaa Veeramaataa viyatprashuh/

Mukundaa Mukti nilayaa Mula Vigraha rupini,

Bhaavajnaa Bhava rogaghnee Bhava Chakra pravartini/

Chhandassaaraa Saastra saaraa mantra saaraa Taloari,

Udaara keerti ruddhaama Vaibhavaa Varna rupini/ 

(Devi! Your characteristics are Truth-Knowledge-Bliss; desirous of maintaining the equal eminence of Shiva; Kapardni! Kalaa maalaa! Kamadhuk or Kamadhenu; Kama Rupini! Kalaa Nidhi! Kavya kalaa! Rasajna or proficient in tastes; Rasa Sevadhi or Sea of bliss; Pushta or well-nurtured; Puratana; Pujya; Pushkara or the Sacred Tirtha by that name; Pushhkarekshana or with charming eyes like lotus-petals; Parama Jyoti or the Supreme Luminosity that provides radiance to Surya-Chandra-Agni; Parama dhaama or the zenith point where Devi resides; Paramaanu or the infinitesimal atom; Paraatpara or Out of reach to the Peak; Pasha Hasta or Pasha in her hand; Paasha hantri or the smasher of bonds; Paramamtra vibhedini or the demolisher of Evil Mantras; Murtaamurtaa or Perceptible and Imperceptible Forms; Nitya Triptaa or always satisfied with services tendered  with devotion; Muni Maanasa Hamsikaa or is like a female Swan swimming in the pious minds of Sages; SatyaVrata;Satya Rupa; Sarvaantaryamini; Bhaahmani; Brahma Janani; Bahu Rupa; Budhaarchita or worshipped by Jananis or the Enlightened; Prasavitri or the one who delivers;  Prachanda Ever Irated; Pratishtha or of well-established prestige;  Prakataakriti or well experienced Form; Praaneswari; Praana daatri or Provider of Life Force; Panchaashat Peetha Rupini or the Seat of fifty six alphabet letters from ‘A’ to ‘Ksha’; Vishrunkhala or free from shackles; Viviktastha or readily realisable in Sacred Places; Vira Mata! Viyatprashuh or who created Akasha; Mukunda; Mukti Niyaya or of Five Kinds of Mukti viz. Salokya, Saamipya; Saarupa, Saayujya and Brahma;  Mula Vigraha Rupini or the Very Original Sourcer of all kinds of Energies; Bhaavajna o r who knows the Bhaavas or thoughts and the Reality; Bhava Rogaghni or the destroyer of all types of dieases; Bhava chakra Pravartini  or the Animator of the Cycle of births and deaths; Talodari! you have  the Nether Lokas in your belly! You are the Essence of Chhandaas or Prosody-the Essence of Shastras; the Essence of Mantras and you enjoy Keerti and  unending magnificence as also the Embodiment of Varnaas and Vedas).                                                                                                                       

Janmamrityu jaraatapa Jana vishraanti daayini,

Sarvopanishadudghushtaa Santyateeta kalaatmika/

Gambheera Gaganaantastha Garvitaa Gaanalolupaa,

Kalpanaatahitaa Kaashtaakaantaa Kantaardha Vigrahaa/

Karya kaarana nirmuktaa Kaamakeli tarangitaa,

Kanatkanaka taatankaa Leelaa vigraha dhaarini/

Ajaa Kshaya vinirmuktaa Mugdhaa Kshipra prasaadini,

Antarmukha Samaaraadhyaa Bahirmukha sudurlabhaa/

Trayee Tri –varga nilayaa Tristhaa Tripuramaalini,

Niraamayaa Niuraalambaa Swaatmaaraamaa Sudhaa srutih/

Samsaara panka nirmagna samuddharana Panditaa,

Yagnapriyaa Yagna kartri Yajamaana Swarupini /

Dharmaadhaaraa Dhanaadhyakhsaa Dhana Dhaanya vivardhini,

Vipra Priyaa Vipra rupaa Vishwa bhramana kaarini/

Vishwa graasaa Vidrumaabhaa Vaishnavi Vishnu rupini,

Ayoniryoni nilayaa kutasthaa Kularupini/            

(Devi! You have been the Saviour of all those devotees who were smitten in the Birth-Death-Old Age syndrome  by providing them knowledge and solace; all the Upanishads had declared that there was no duality of existence and that there was only one viz. You who were Santyatita Kalaatmika or the Singular Force, Gambhira or Complex to Know, Gaganaantasta or present in Sky and Space beyond; Garvita or rightfully proud as the Cause and Creation; You were lost in the resonance of Sama Vedaa; Kalpanaa Rahita or of  Pure Consciousness; Kaashtha or the Target to reach; Aakaanta or Anantha; Kaantaardha Vigraha or Artha Naareeswara; Karya Kaarana Nirmukta or Devoid of Cause and Effect; Kamakeli tarangita or engaged in constant play with Shiva; Kanatkanaka Tatanka or of sparkling golden ear- rings; Leelaa Vigraha Dhaarini or You change many Forms for your own fun; Aja or birthless; Kshaya vinirmuktaa or devoid of degeneration; Mugdhaa or Unassuming; Kshipra Prasaadini or the Provider of her kindness to her devotees; Antarmukha Samaaraadhyaa or who could  be worshipped through introspection; but you are difficult to be realised only by external services without that firm faith; Trayi or of the personification of Three Vedas of Ruk-Yajur-Saamaa; Trivarga nilaya or of Three Gunas; Tripura Malini, Niraamaya or of no ill health; Niraalamba or Niraadhaara /  supportless; Swatmaaraama or Self-delighted; Sudhaa Shruti or the Stream of Bliss experienced from one’s own devotion; Samsara panka nirmagna Samuddharana Pandita or Devi! You are an expert to lift up sincere devotees from the quagmire of Samsara just as Bhagavan Varaha rescued Bhu Devi from Rasaatala! You are Yagna Priya, Yagna Kartri and Yajamaana Swarupini; You are Dharmaadhaara;  Dhaana -adhyaksha; Dhana Dhaanya Vivarthini or the Developer of wealth and food; You are Vipa Priya; Vipra Rupa; Vishwa Bhramama Kaarini or rotates the wheel of travel round the World  involving Jeevas; You are also Vishwa graasa or the  Rotator of the various lokas till  Pralaya halts the wheel; Vidrumaabhaa or the radiance of  coral from the Vidruma Tree of Knowledge; Vaishnavi; Vishnu Rupini; Ayoniryoni nilaya or the Root Cause being the first triangle of Shri Chakra and the Source of the Causes; Kutastha or the Peak of Ignorance; Devi! You are Kula Rupini in the normal sense of Varnaashrama but also referring to Kula being Mulaadhaara Chakra).                                                                                                             

Veera goshthipriya Veera Naishkarmyaa naada Rupini,

Vigjnaana Kakalaa Kalyaa Vidagdhaa Baindavaasanaa/

Tatwaadhikaa Tatwmayi Tatwamadtha Swarupini,

Saamagaana priya Soumya Sadaa Shiva Kutumbini/

Savyaapasavya maargasthaa Sarvaapadvinivaarini,

Swasthaa Swabhaava madhuraa Dhiraa Dhira samarchitaa/

Chaitanyaarghya sanaara –adhyaa  Chaitanya Kusumapriya,

Sadoditaa Sadaa Tushtaa Tarunaaditya Paatalaa/

Dakshinaa Dakshinaaraaghyaa Darasmera mukhaambujaa,

Koulini Kevalaanarghya Kaivalya ada daayani/

Stortapriyaa Stutimati Shruti samstuta vaibhavaa,

Manasvinimaanavati Maheshi Mangalaakritih/

Vishwa Maataa Jagaddhaatri Visaalaakshi Viraagini,

Pragalbhaa Paramodaaraa Paraamodaa Manomayi/

Vyomakeshi Vimaanasthaa Vajrini Vaamakeswari,

Pancha Yagna priyaa Pancha preta manchaadhi shayani/                          

(Viragoshthi priya or Devi is interested in the Advanced ‘Upaasakaas’ or concentrated Meditators and their goshti or discourses; Veera! as you had killed Bhandasura; Naishkarmya or without any action since no action is to be done by her seriously; Nadarupini or Shabda Brahma; Vigjnaana kalana kalya or perceiving Knowledge by way of ‘Atmaanubhava’; Vidagdha or proficient; Baindavaasana or seated in ‘Bindu’ or the central point of Shri Chakra the precise place of Shiva; Tatwaadhika or surpassing the zones of Tatwa like Shabda, Sprarsha and so on; Tatwamayi or however She is the Sarva Tatwa Swarupa; Tatwamartha Swarupini or the symbol of what Tatwa is all about; Saama gaana priya; Soumya; Sada Shiva Kutumbini or the entirety of ‘Charaachara Srishti’! Savyaapasaya Maargasthaa or the Savya Marga or Dakshina Marga followed by Sages, Brahmanas and Maharshis but Apasavya Marga is followed by Bhairavas and so on called Vaama marga; Sarvaapad vinivaarini or eliminator of disasters; Swastha or Self- Established; Swabhava Madhura or of Natural Pleasantness; Dhira or courageous; Dhira Samarchita or worshipped by the dauntless but not by timid or foolish; Chaitanyaarghya Samaaraadhyaa or worshipped by those who are enlightened with Sacred Water; Chaitanya Kusuma Priya or Devi enjoys being offered ‘Atma Jnaana’ as a flower of worship; Sadoditaa : Devi is always in the fresh memory of her devotees; Sadaa Tusthaa or always gratified due to reverences paid by the devotees; Tarunaaditya Patala or she is like a rising Sun of crimson hue; Dakshinaadakshinaaraadhya or or Devi is worshipped by Savyaapasavya marga; Darasmera Mukhaambujaa or she is ever pleasant and smiling to devotees; Kaulini or worshipped  by the followers of the specified Tantra; Kevala or Solitary; Anarghya Kaivalya Pada daayani or Devi bestows the matchless Kaivalya to the devotees; Stotra Priya; Stutimati or she is possessive of such inimitable characteristics that are adorable; Shruti Samstuta Vaibhava or the glories of Devi are commended by Vedas and Shastras; She is Manaswini or Controller of Mind; Manavati; Maheshi; Mangalaakriti; Viswa maataa; Jagaddaatri;Vishalaakshi; Vairaagini or detached; Pragalbha or dominant; Paramodaara or highly liberal; Paraamoda or of Ultimate Gladness; Manomayi or of Pure Mind; Vyomakeshi or Aakaasha as her hair; Vimanastha;  Vajrini; Vaamakeshwari or worshipped by Vaamakeshwara Tantra; Panchagni priya or of worship to Deva, Pitara, Brahma, Bhuta and Manushya; Panchapreta Manchaadhi shayani or of Five Pretas viz. Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Sada Shiva and Maheswara).                                             

Panchami Pancha Bhutesi Pancha samkhyopachaarini,

Shaswati Shashwataishravyaa Sharmadaa Shambumohini/

Dharaa Dharasutaa Dhanyaa Dharmini Dharma vardhini,

Lokaatita Gunaatitaa Sarvaatita Shamatmika/

Bandhuka Kusuma prakhyaa Baalaa Lilaa Vinodini,

Sumangali Sukhakari Suveshaadhyaa Suvaasini/

Suvaasinyarchana preetaa Shobhanaa Shuddha Maanasaa,

Bindu Tarpana Santushtaa Purvajaa Tripuraambikaa/

Dasha Mudraa Samaaraadhyaa Tripuraa Shri Vashankari,

Jnaana Mudraa Jnaana Gamya Jnaana Jneya Swaripini/

Yoni Mudraa Trikhandeshi Trigunaambaa Trikonagaa,

Anaghaadhbhuta Chaaritraa Vaanchitaartha Pradaayani/

Abhyaasaatishayajnaataa Shadadhwaateeta rupini,

Avyaaja Karunaa Murtiajnaana dhwaanta Deepikaa/

Aabaala Gopa Viditaa Sarvaanullanghya Shasanaa/

Shri Chakra Raaja Nilayaa Shrimat Tripura Sundari/ 

Shri Shivaa Shiva Shaktyaika rupini Lalitaambikaa,

Evam Shri Lalitaa Devyaa Naamnaam Saaharakam Jaguh/

Iti Shri Brahmaanda Puraaney Uttara Khandey

Shri Haya- greevaagasthya Samvaadey

Shri Lalitaa Rahasya naama Saahasra Stotra Kathanam Naama Dwiteeyodhyaayah/                                                                                                               

(Panchami or the Spouse of the fifth Lord mentioned afore; You are Pancha Bhuteshi or the Sovereign of Prithvi-Aapas-Tejas-Vayu-Aakasha; Pancha Samkhyopa –Charini viz. Lam                   ( Gandham), Ham (Pushpam), Yam (Incense), Vam (Naivedyam) and Sam (Naanaa Vidhopachaaraan); Shaswati (Ever Lasting); Shasvathaishwarya or Eternal Wealth; Sharmadaa (Provider of Happiness); Shambhu Mohini; Dhara or the Massive Support; Dhara Suta or the daughter of Himavaan; Dhanyaa or the Blessed One as Shambhu Patni; Dharmini or the Embodiment of Virtue and Truth; Dhama Vardhini or the Organiser of Dharma; Lokaateeta or surpasser of Lokaas; Gunaatita or far beyond the Tri Gunas; Sarvaatita or transcends Universes; Shamaatmika or the Personification of Tranquility; Bandhuka Kusuma Prakhyaa or like the Red Bandhuka Flower; Bala or Bala Tripura Sundari; Leelaa Vinodini or Enjoying the Playful Sport of  Universal Creation and so on; Sumangali or the Most Auspicious wedded spouse of Shiva; Sukhakari; Suveshaadhya or dressed up perfectly with Vastra, precious jewellery, sandal paste; perfumery, betel juice in mouth and so on; Suvasini; Suvaasinyarchana preetaa or appy to be worshipped by Suvaasinis; Asobhana or eternallly youthful and charming; Suddha Maanasa or of Pure Heart and Thought; Bindu Tarpana Samtushta or she is very contented by performing Bindu Tarpana in the Shri Chakra’s inner most Chakra called Sarvaananda maya; Purvaja or the First Movement of Supreme Consciousness of Herself; Tripuraambika; Dasa Mudra Samaaraadhya orworshipped by Ten Mudras or hand-finger gestures [viz.Sankshobhini (Jolting), Baana (Arrow), Aakarshana (Attraction), Vashya (Power), Unmaada (Ecstasy), Mahaankusha (the Great Goad), Khechary    ( Flying),Vijayini (Victory), Trikhanda (Three Sections) and Dhanu (Bow)] ; Tripuraa Shri Vashamkari or the Fifth Chakra of Shri Chakra; Jnaana Mudra or the Gesture of Upadesha or Initiation forming a circle with the thumb and index fingers stretching the other fingers to signify the Final Reality is complete;  Jnaana Gamya or Jnaana is the Goal;  Jnaana-Jneya Swarupini or Lalita Devi is the Knowledge as also the Jneya or the one  to Know; Yoni Mudra one of the Mudras; Tri Khandeshi or another Mudra indicating the Unity of Tri Khandas; Triguna; Ambaa; Tri Konagaa; Anagha or free from Sins; Adbhuta Chaaritra; Vaanchitarta prayayani or Fulfiller of desires; Abyaasaatisaya Jnaataa or Devi could be realised by constant practice of meditation and puja; Shadadhwatita Rupini or Six methods of Realisation of Lalita Devi include three related to Shakti called Mantraawaas viz. Varnas, Padaas or words and Mantras as also three Tatwaardhaas of Shiva including Kalaas,  Tatwaas and Bhuvanaas; AvyaajaKarunaa Murti referring to Maternal Affection; Ajnaana dhwaanta deepikaa or the Great Illumination that destroys darkness / ignorance; Aabaala Gopaala Viditaa or known to Children and even Cowherds; Sarnaanullangha Shasana or none could ever disobey this Shasana or Ruling; This command is by Shri Chakra Raja Nilaya, Shrimat Tripura Sundari, Shri Shiva, Shiva Shaktaika Swarupini and Shri Lalitambika!!)






Om Tat Sat

(Continued)



(My humble salutations to  the lotus feet of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Mahaswamy ji and also my humble greatulness to  Brahmasree Sreeman V D N Rao ji  for the collection)

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