Shiv Chaalisa

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Salutation to Girija’s son Ganesha, who is the source of all well- being as 
well as of wisdom. Ayodhyadasa entreats you to bless him with 
Glory to Girija’s consort Shiva, who is compassionate to the 
destitute, who always provides protection to the saintly, the 
moon on whose forehead sheds its beautiful lustre and in whose
ears are the pendants of the cobra hood
Of your complexion, O Lord, You are fair and wear a garland of 
skulls. From your locks streams the Ganga; your body, elegantly
attired in tigerskin, is all smeared with ashes. Your loveliness 
enchanting to beholders charms even serpents and ascetics.
The beloved daughter of Maina, Parvati, seated on your left, 
presents a sight of incomparable loveliness.The trident in your 
hand, which has always slaughtered its adversaries, looks 
exceedingly beautiful
Nandi, your bull and vehicle, looks glorious like the lotus amid 
a lake. So winsome are Karttikye, Parvati and Ganesha that their
beggars description.
Whenever, O Lord, the Gods appealed to you for you came to 
their rescue and delivered them from trouble. When the demon 
Taraka began to cause havoc, the celestials invoked you to 
challenge the fiend.
Sadanana, whom you despatched at once, felled the foe in the 
twinkling of an eye. The whole world resounds with your 
unsullied fame and knows you as the slaughterer of the demon 
By waging a war against demon Tripura you had the kindness to 
save all, and when, O Purari, Bhagiratha underwent a severe penance
you rewarded him with fruit of it.
Your devotees, who never tire of hymning your glories, declare that 
none among the beneficent equals you in generosity. Although the 
Vedas glorify your name, you are nonetheless inexpressible and 
eternal, so that none can fathom your mystery
Great flames of poisonous fire leapt from the ocean when it was 
churned, the panic-stricken gods and demons who were engulfed
in flames began to be burnt alive. Then, showing your gracious 
compassion, you came to their rescue and assumed the name of 
Nilakantha thereafter. 
Pleased with Rama’s devotion, you enabled him to conquer Lanka and 
crown Vibhishana its king. When Vishnu, desirous of propitiating 
you, offered an oblation of a thousand lotuses, then , O Purari ,you 
subjected him to grueling test 
You had ,O Lord ,concealed one of the oblatory lotuses, but 
undeterred, Vishnu offered his own lotus-eye in place of the missing
flower. Observing his unflinching devotion, you were exceedingly 
pleased and granted him the boon he desired most.
Glory, glory ,all glory to you, O infinite and eternal Lord ! 
Compassionate to every creature, you dwell in the inmost hearts of all. 
Throngs of the wicked torment me every day, deluding me so utterly 
that I never have any peace of mind. 
Hearhen, my Lord ,I call you for help, save me! Make haste and be 
my protector. Bring your trident, slaughter my enemies, and rescue
me from my burning woe .
My parents, brother, and other kinsfolk have turned a blind eye to 
me in my distress. You are, O Lord, my only hope now, come at 
once and set me free from this crises. 
You always bestow wealth on the impecunious and let him have
whatever he entreats you for .I wonder how one should sing your
praises and glorify you. Please, O Lord, forgive me my sins and 
transgressions .
You are the dispeller of all crises, O Shankara, destroyer of all 
obstacles and source and cause of well-being. All yogins, ascetics
and hermits meditate on you and even Saraswati and Narada do you 
Homage, homage, all homage and glory to you , O Shiva ; you are
beyond the comprehension of Brahma, gods, and the like. O Sambhu
you are gracious to him who recites this text with full concentration
of mind.
Even he who is weighted with debt sheds his sin if he chants this 
Hymn. When blessed by Shiva, even a sonless person, who desires 
an issue , begets a son .
He who invites a learned priest and with full concentration offers fire 
oblation, regularly observing the vow of trayodasi is completely  rid 
of all afflictions .
He who offers incense, light and naiveda and chants this text in the 
presence of Shiva’s image is rid of all sins, however grievous they
may be, committed in his present and past lives and ultimately he 
has his abode in Shiva’s own realm.
Says  Ayodhyadasa “ You are now my only hope, O Lord; being 
omniscient, you know all our troubles ; as one full of loving kind-
ness, may you ever relieve me of my desires !”

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