Lakshmi Chaalisa

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I

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

jal jal sri laksmi I kijai krpa apara II dijai dhana jana jani nija I lijai sarana mamjhara II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
Glory, glory, all glory to you, O Laksmi ! May you be infinitely merciful to me and give me men and money, and, considering me as your own devotee, be my refuge.

II

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

jayati jayati jaganidhivati I bhagyavati dhanavanti II
jai jai jalaja vilasini I ghata ghata maham vicaranti II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
Victory, all victory to you, O owner of the world’s treasure; you are blessed with goods luck and immense fortune. Glory, glory to you, O Goddess who luxuriates in the water-born lotus (where you abide) and who wanders from heart to heart!

III

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

jai jai sri kamale hari priye I jalanidhi tanaye amba II
vinavata sundaradasa I ika mam terahim avalamba II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
Glory, glory to you, O Mother Laksmi, beloved consort of Visnu and daughter of Jalanidhi (Ocean). With prayerful humility does Sunderradasa tell you that you are, O Mother, his only support.

IV

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

saba sukha bharani laksmi amba I dinana para kaham karati vilamba II
tu tribhuvana tama nasani hari I ho jaga janani visnu ki pyari II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
O mother Laksmi, you fulfil every want (grant al happiness); what makes you delay being merciful to the helpless ? O primordial origin (and source) of the world, beloved consort of Visnu, you are the dispeller of the gloom covering the three spheres !

V

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

bheda tumhara na kou pavata I ksana maham sukha sampati upajavata II
pavata sesadika nahim amta I mahima anupama agama ananta II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
To none has your mystery been comprehensible (by none can the depth of your truth be fathomed); (endowed with miraculous powes that you are) you sow the seeds of prosperity and harvest it all in a moment. As you are infinite, even the Serpent King and others fail to discover your secret, so matchless, mysterious, and endless is your glory.

VI

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

mukuta bica sisu candra virajata I tisara nayana bhala bica sajata II
jhumata jhumaka manina laRana ki I sohata coli harita varana kiII
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
The new moon lies resplendent amid the crown upon your head, while your third eye adorns the middle of your forehead. Strings of gems are swaying glitteringly around your neck like pendants (attached to your ear-rings), while your green bra looks splendid on your body.

VII

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

pusparaja hima hara virajata I lakhi chavi sahasa vadana mana lajata II
phaharata aruna ramga ki sari I markata mani suci jaRita kinari II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
The garland of lotuses on your bosom looks splendid, and shames the thousand-faced Serpent-King when he looks at its beauty. You are clad in a russet sari the border of which is studded with pure emerald and which flutters in the wind.

VIII

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

kati kimkini gucchita trimaniyam I pada kamalana jhanakata paijaniyam II
sobha amita teja ki khani I lasita sastra astadasa pani II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
You wear a winning bunch of triple bells studded with gems on your girdle and ankle-bells which gingle on your lotus-feet. Infinitely win-some, you are verily a source of inextinguishable refulgence and a goddess endowed with eighteen arms all beautifully equipped with weapons and other objects.

IX

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

gada padma trisula krpanana I samkha cakra rajita dhanubanana II
vajra kundika pasu kuthari I ati suci aksamala kara dhari II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
The most outstanding of them are a club, a lotus, a three-pronged trident, a sword, a conch, a disc, a bow and arrows. In addition to these you also hold a thunderbolt, a vessel made of wood or earth (used for keeping water by ascetics and religious students), a noose or trap (used as weapon), an axe, and a sacred string of Rudraksa seeds.

X

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

sudha kalasarasa hasta virajata I ghanta vijaya ghanaghana bajata II
mam utpati katha sukhadayi I veda purana sada yasa gayi II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
A vessel containing a nectarine juice (or the very essence of nectar) adorns one of your hands, while the gong, proclaiming your victory over the demons, is producing a deep ringing sound. O Mother, the story of your origin is delightful, so say the Vedas and the Puranas, who always join in singing your glory.

XI

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

eka samaya asa vidhi bhaye bama I macige devasura samgrama II sura asurana maham ati bhayakari I macyo yuddha tihum loka majhari II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
Once upon a time when Brahma was displeased with the demons, a war broke out between them and the gods. It was so dreadful a battle that all the three spheres turned into a vast battlefield.

XII

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

taba mahisasura nija bhujabala se I surahim parajita kinhyo chala se II
bani apuhim devana kahm raja I indrasana para jaya viraja II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
It was then that the redoubtable demon Mahisa displaying his own indomitable might, vanquished the gods with the help of a ruse, and, crowning himself king of the celestials, sat glorious on Indra’s throne.

XIII

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

lakhi siva visnu kupita cita bhayau I ati risabaRhi bhrkuti chiRagayau II
mahalaksmi tu hi sthala se I pragati teja pumja ke bala se II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
Observing this (victory of the demon), Visnu and Siva lost their temper and with their fury growing intense, raised their eyerbrows (at the demon’s behaviour) O great goddess Laksmi, you sprang from the rich soil all by your own great mass of energies and radiance congealed into your own body.

XIV

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

lakhi sura muni prasanna mana bhayau I nija-nija sakti matu kaham dayau II mukha mem base teja bani samkara I visnu oja bani base bhujan para II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
When the gods and ascetics saw you, they were filled with joy; each of them gave you a weapon (endowed you with his own power). In your face dwells Samkara as your radiance and on your arms lies Visnu as your lustre and vigour.

XV

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

carana brahma amguli mahim bhanu I basyo kirana bani dragana krsanu II
diye prajapati dasana lalama I dhare kubera laksmi nama II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
Brahma became your feet and the Sun your fingers; Agni, the god of fire, became the light of your eyes; Prajapati gave you the rows of beautiful teeth and Kubera your name Laksmi.

XVI

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

sabai sakti devana so pai I mam bhaim teja pumja adhikari I
attahasa kari garajyo jabahim I kampi uthyo dasahu disi tabahim II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
You derived all your might from the gods and thus, O Mother, did you become the embodied strength of the gods. When you burst into guffaws and roared like thunder-clouds, all the ten quarters shook and trembled with fear.

XVII

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

uchalyou udadhi calita bhaye dharani I macyo yuddha tasa jaya na varani II
sakyo na sahi mahibhara apara I thakyo sesa kinha phumkara II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
The ocean leapt and the earth moved and a fierce battle raged which cannot be described. The infinitely heavy burden of the earth was more than the Serpent-King could bear, which made him hiss violently with utter weariness.

XVIII

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

dagamaga dolata bhaye giri kaise I rama vimukha nara nahim thira jaise II
mahisasura jaba raci bahu maya I maha thakita bha para na paya II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
Mountains trembled as do the minds of men averse to Rama. (if one’s mind rambles, it is on account of his aversion to Rama.) When the demon Mahisa exercised his delusive powers in various ways with no effect (on the gods or on the course of the battle), he consequently got wearied (and abandoned his attempt to subdue the gods or to comprehend the mystery of their invulnerability).

XIX

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

tab mam kesa pakaRi vadha kinhyo I devana gagana dumdubhi dinhyo II
dhani ho dhanya laksmi mata I sesa mahesa adi guna gata II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
Then, O Mother, you caught hold of his hair and slew him, which caused the celestial deities to beat their kettle drums in joy. Blessed, all blessed are you. O Mother Sri, whose praise is sung by the Serpent-King, the great Lord Siva, and many others.

XX

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

tava samana ko asa jaga janani I ati daridrani sukha sampati bharani II
satya saneha matu kaham lagata I hvai dukha dura sakala bhaya bhagata II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
O originator of the cosmos (the very source of all life), is there anyone who can match you in generosity ? You bless even the most wretched and impecunious with happiness and prosperity. If one is truly devoted to you, O Mother, he is rid of all his fears and afflictions.

XXI

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

sada laksmi satya ki ceri I karahim vasa satyahim ura heri II
karata satya jo mam guna gana I bharata su bhavana atuta khajana II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
You, O Laksmi, are ever in service of Truth and dwell in the hearts of the truthful (of those who are truly devoted to you). O Mother, if one sings your glories with all sincerity, you fill his home with inexhaustible treasures.

XXII

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

darasata mam chavi parasata caranana I barasata mudra chananana chananana II
harasata mana tana tarasata puni puni I dehim darasa mam terahim suni suni II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
Riches pour down on one who observes the beauty of your countenance and touches your feet. He is filled with rapturous delight, and yet yearns again and again for a sight of you. O Mother, hearing my repeated cries do show yourself to me.

XXIII

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

sundaradasa sumiri durvasa I gahyau matu caranana ki asa I
asa dhana kosa matu se payo I jo na ghatyo nita ati sukha chayo II
Hindi Meaning:
English Meaning:
With the sage Durvasa in his mind, Sundaradasa holds on to the feet of mother Laksmi, his only hope. He has been rewarded by her with a treasure which, instead of diminishing, contributes to deep felicity everyday.

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