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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Karthika Masa Vratham

Karthika masam starts on the day after deepavali (Margashira Amavasya) and ends after 30 days. 
Kartik Maas, also known as Damodar Maas.
Kartika masa is the most auspicious and holiest month for Hindus. 
Pujas are to be performed for the whole month. Those who cannot perform for 30 days (full month)  they can do minimum for 10 days. These 10 (ten) days are "initial  starting five days of karthik masam and  5 days before  pournima". These 10 days are  important days in this month.  
As per puranas, there is no sacred month like karthik, there is no God similar to Lord Vishnu, there is no scripture like Vedas and there no river like Ganga.
Karthik month is the favorite month to both of the  supreme Gods Lord Vishnu and Lord Siva. Water in rivers, lakes and ponds get  holy power to destroy ill effects during the month hence karthik snaan is one of the most popular Hindu rituals. 
The main rituals of kartik month are : karthik snan, Pooja of Surya, Pooja of Lord Vishnu and Siva, karthi deepadana, Tulasi pooja, vanbhojan, charity of food and clothes to poor.

Following are excerpts from some scriptures (Puranas) describing the glory of the pious Kartik month:

“If somebody performs even a little worship of Lord Shri Hari in this month, He offers that devotee His own abode.”

“If somebody burns a lamp in the temple of Lord Shri Hari even for a short time (in the month of Kartik), then whatever sins, he has acquired are all destroyed.”

“A person, who for the entire month of Kartik eats only once a day, becomes very famous, powerful and heroic.”

“O Narada! I have personally seen that a person who happily reads the Bhagavad Gita in the month of Kartik does not return to the world of birth and death.”

“Of all gifts, the gift of a lamp during the month of Kartik is the best. No gift is its equal.”

Importance of Karthika masam

  • To kill and get the Vedas back, Lord Sri Maha Vishnu has incarnated as a fish (Matsya Avatar) and killed the Conch Shell demon and restored the Vedas. It is said that the incarnation of Matsya Avatar has taken place on the 11th day of month kartik.
  • Lord Vishnu goes to sleep on Ashadha suddha ekadashi and wakes-up on Karthika suddha ekadashi.
  • Lord Shiva kílled Tripurasuras on Karthika pournami and protected the world.
  • In this month Ganga (Godess of river Ganges) enters in to all rivers, canals, ponds and wells and makes them as pious as Ganga.
  • Ayyappa deeksha is also taken in Karthika masam and is continued up to Makara Sankranthi (Jan 15th)
    The most important aspect of Karthika masam is hearing Karthika puranam. It is called as Karthika vratham. It normally includes the following rules:

    • Waking up early in Brahmi muhartham (4.00A.M)
    • Taking bath in rivers or ponds remembering Ganga
    • Shiva puja / Damodara (Vishnu) puja
    • Lighting Akasha deepam on sun-set      
    • Understanding Karthika puranam           
    Devotees believe that performing or observing fast and pujas during the month of Kartik can bring them salvation (Moksha) after their death.

    But this post is intended to give an elaborate description of different worships done in Karthika masam. All of these are not compulsory but if done will give enormous spiritual wealth.

    Lord Surya give health, prosperity, good eyesight, strength and courage, success.Lord Suya is is known for his Power, strength and glory.
    Surya Ashtottarams – 108 Names of Lord Surya is read on Every Sunday and on RathaSaptami (7th Day of Maghamasam).
    Surya Mool mantra
    Om hram hrim hraum sah suryaya namah

    Surya Aastottara Shatanamavali – (The 108 names of Surya)
    Om arunaya namah
    Om sharanyaya namah
    Om karuna-rasa-sindhave namah
    Om asmanabalaya namah
    Om arta-raksa-kaya namah
    Om adityaya namah
    Om adi-bhutaya namah
    Om akhila-gamavedine namah
    Om acyutaya namah
    Om akhilagnaya namah
    Om anantaya namah
    Om inaya namah
    Om visva-rupaya na mah
    Om ijyaya namah
    Om indraya namah
    Om bhanave Namah
    Om indriramandiraptaya namah
    Om vandaniyaya namah
    Om ishaya namah
    Om suprasannaya namah
    Om sushilaya namah
    Om suvarcase namah
    Om vasupradaya namah
    Om vasave namah
    Om vasudevaya namah
    Om ujjvalaya namah
    Om ugra-rupaya namah
    Om urdhvagaya namah
    Om vivasvate namah
    Om udhatkiranajalaya namah
    Om hrishikesaya namah
    Om urjasvalaya namah
    Om viraya namah
    Om nirjaraya namah
    Om jayaya namah
    Om urudvayavirnimuktanijasarakrashivandyaya namah
    Om rugdhantre namah
    Om kraksacakracaraya namah
    Om krajusvabhavavittaya namah
    Om nityastutyaya namah
    Om krukaramatrikavarnarupaya ujjvalatejase namah
    Om kruksadhinathamitraya namah
    Om pushakaraksaya namah
    Om luptadantaya namah
    Om shantaya namah
    Om kantidaya namah Om dhanaya namah
    Om kanatkanaka sushanaya namah
    Om khalotaya namah
    Om lunit-akhila-daityaya namah
    Om satya-ananda-svarupine namah
    Om apavarga-pradaya namah
    Om arta-sharanyaya namah
    Om ekakine namah
    Om bhagavate namah
    Om sushtisthityantakarine namah
    Om gunatmane namah
    Om dhrinibhrite namah
    Om brihate namah
    Om brahmane namah
    Om esvaryadaya namah
    Om sharvaya namah
    Om haridashvaya namah
    Om shauraye namah
    Om dashadiksam-prakashaya namah
    Om bhakta-vashyaya namah
    Om ojaskaraya namah
    Om jayine namah
    Om jagad-ananda-hetave namah
    Om taya janma-mrtyu-jara-vyadhi-varji
    aounnatyapadasamcararathasthaya-asuraraye namah
    Om kamaniyakagaya namah
    Om abjaballabhaya namah
    Om antar-bahih prakashaya namah
    Om acintyaya namah
    Om atma-rupine namah
    Om acyutaya namah
    Om amareshaya namah
    Om parasmai jyotishe namah
    Om ahaskaraya namah
    Om ravaye namah
    Om haraye namah
    Om param-atmane namah
    Om tarunaya namah
    Om tarenyaya namah
    Om grahanam pataye namah
    Om bhaskaraya namah
    Om adimadhyantara-hitaya namah
    Om saukhyapradaya namah
    Om sakalajagatam pataye namah
    Om suryaya namah
    Om kavaye namah
    Om narayanaya namah
    Om pareshaya namah
    Om tejorupaya namah
    Om shrim hiranyagarbhaya namah
    Om hrim sampatkaraya namah
    Om aim istarthadaya namah
    Om am suprasannaya namah
    Om shrimate namah
    Om shreyase namah
    Om saukhyadayine namah
    Om diptamurtaye namah
    Om nikhilagamavedhyaya namah
    Om nityanandaya namah

    Surya Ashtakam

    AdidEva namastubhyam praseeda mama bhAskara
    dhivAkara namastubhyam prabhAkara namOstutE || 1
    saptASva rathamaaruDham pracamDham kaSyapAtmajam
    SwEtapadmadharam dEvam tam sooryam praNamaamyaham || 2
    lOhitam rathamAruDham sarvalOka pitAmaham
    mahApApaharam dEvam tam sUryam praNamAmyaham || 3
    treiguNyam ca mahASUram brahma vishNu mahESwaram
    mahApApaharam dEvam tam sUryam praNamAmyaham || 4
    bRMhitaM tEjasAMpuMjam vAyurAkASa mEvaca
    prabhustvaM sarvalOkAnAM taM sUryaM praNamAmyahaM || 5
    baMdhUkapushpa saMkASaM harakuMDala bhUshitaM
    Ekacakra dharaM dEvaM taM sUryaM praNamAmyahaM || 6
    viSwESaM viSwakartAraM mahAtEjaha pradIpanam
    mahApApaharaM dEvaM taM sUryaM praNamAmyahaM || 7
    SrI vishNuM jagatAMnAthaM jnAna(gnana) vijnAna(vignana) mOkshadaM
    mahApApaharaM dEvaM taM sUryaM praNamAmyahaM || 8
    sUryAshTakaM paThEnnityaM grahapIDA praNASanaM
    aputrO labhatEputram daridrO dhanavAn bhavEt || 9
    amishaM madhupAnaM ca yaha karOti ravErdinE
    saptajanma bhavEdrOgI janma janma daridratA || 10
    strI taila madhumAMsAni yE tyajanti ravErdinE
    na vyAdhi SOka dAridryaM, sUryalOkaM sa gacchati || 11
    iti srI siva prOktam srI sUryAshtakam sampUrnam


    Aditya hrudayam is a Stotra by Sage Agastya to Lord Sri Rama at the battle field between Ravana and Rama. The great Cosmic Sage Agastya dictates this hymns of Sun God to Sri Rama to ensure Victory to him

    Tato yuddhaparishraantam samare chinmayaa sthitam.
    raavanam chaagrato drushtva yuddhaaya samupasthitam.1
    MEANING:  Rama, exhausted and about to face Ravana ready for a fresh battle was lost deep in contemplation.
    Daivataishcha samaagamya drashhtumabhyaagato ranam..
    upaagamyaa braviidraama magastyo bhagavaan rishhi.. 2
    MEANING:  The all knowing sage Agastya who had joined the Gods to witness the battle spoke to Rama thus
    Raama Raama mahaabaaho shrnu guhyam sanaatanam .
    yena sarvaanariinvatsa samare vijayishhyasi .. 3
    MEANING: Oh Rama, mighty-armed Rama, listen to this eternal secret, which will help you destroy all your enemies in battle
    Aaditya hrudayam punyam sarva shatru vinaashanam .
    Jayaavaham japennityam akshayyam paramam shivam 4
    MEANING: This holy hymn dedicated to the Sun deity will result in destroying all enemies and bring you victory and never ending supreme bliss.
    Sarvamangalamaangalyam sarvapaapapranaashanam .
    Chintaashokaprashamanam aayurvardhanamuttamam .. 5
    MEANING: This hymn is supreme and is a guarantee of complete prosperity and is the destroyer of sin, anxiety, anguish and is the bestower of longevity.
    Rashmimantam samudyantam devaasuranamaskritam .
    Puujayasva vivasvantam bhaaskaram bhuvaneshvaram.. 6
    MEANING:  Worship the One, possessed of rays when he has completely risen, held in reverence by the devas and asuras, and who is the Lord of the universe by whose efflugence all else brighten.
    Sarvadevaatmako hyeshha tejasvii rashmibhaavanah .
    Eshha devaasuraganaa.nllokaan paati gabhastibhi .. 7
    MEANING:  He indeed represent the totality of all celestial beings. He is self-luminous and sustains all with his rays. He nourishes and energizes the inhabitants of all the worlds and the race of Devas and Asuras.
    Eshhah brahmaa cha vishhnushcha shivah skandah prajaapati .
    Mahendro dhanadah kaalo yamah somo hyapaam patim .. 8
    MEANING: He is Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Skands, Prajapati. He is also Mahendra, kubera, kala, yama, soma and varuna.
    Pitaro vasavah saadhyaa hyashvinau maruto manuh .
    Vaayurvanhih prajaapraana ritukartaa prabhaakarah .. 9
    MEANING:  He is the pitrs, vasus, sadhyas, aswini devas, maruts, manu, vayu, agni, prana and, being the source of all energy and light, is the maker of all the six seasons.
    Aadityah savitaa suuryah khagah puushhaa gabhastimaan .
    Suvarnasadrsho bhaanu rvishvaretaa divaakarah .. 10
    MEANING:  He is the son of Aditi, creator of the universe, inspirer of action, transverser of the heavens. He is the sustainer, illumination of all directions, the golden hued brilliance and is the maker of the day.
    Haridashvah sahasraarchih saptasaptirmariichimaan..
    Timironmathanah shambhustvashhtaa maartandam anshumaan 11
    MEANING:  He is the Omnipresent One who pervades all with countless rays. He is the power behind the seven sense organs, the dispeller of darkness, bestower of happiness & prosperity, the remover of misfortunes and is the infuser of life.
    Hiranyagarbhah shishirastapano bhaaskaro ravih .
    Agnigarbhoaditeh putrah shankha shishiranaashanah 12
    MEANING: He is the primordial being manifesting as the Trinity. He ushers in the Day and is the teacher (of Hiranyagarbha), the fire-wombed, the son of Aditi, and has a vast and supreme felicity.
    Vyomanaatha stamobhedii rig yajuh saama paaragah .
    Ghana vrishhti rapaam mitro vindhya viithii plavangamah .. 13
    MEANING:  He is the remover of intellectual dull-headedness. He is the Lord of the firmament, dispeller of darkness. Master of all the vedas, he is a friend of the waters and causes rain. HE has crossed the vindya range and sports in the Brahma Nadi.
    Aatapii mandalii mrityuh pingalah sarvataapanah .
    Kavirvishvo mahaatejaa raktah sarva bhavod hbhavah .. 14
    MEANINGHe, whose form is circular and is colored yellow, is intensely absorbed and inflicts death. He is the destroyer of all and is the Omniscient one being exceedingly energetic sustains the universe and all action.
    Nakshatra grahataaraanaam adhipo vishva bhaavanah .
    Tejasaamapi tejasvii dvaadashaatman namostute .. 15
    MEANING: He is the lord of stars, planets and all constellations. He is the origin of everything in the universe and is the cause of the lustre of even the brilliant ones. Salutations to Thee who is the One being manifest in the twelve forms of the Sun.
    Namah puurvaaya giraye pashchimaayaadraye namah .
    Jyotirganaanaam pataye dinadhipataye namah .. 16
    MEANING:  Salutations to the Eastern and western mountain, Salutations to the Lord of the stellar bodies and the Lord of the Day.
    Jayaaya jayabhadraaya haryashvaaya namo namah .
    Namo namah sahasraa.nsha aadityaaya namo namah .. 17
    MEANING:  Salutations to the One who ordains victory and the prosperity that follows. Salutations to the one possessed of yellow steeds and to the thousand rayed Lord, and to Aditya.
    Namah ugraaya viiraaya saarangaaya namo namah .
    Namah padma prabodhaaya maartandaaya namo namah .. 18
    MEANING: Salutations to the Terrible one, the hero, the one that travels fast. Salutations to the one whose emergence makes the lotus blossom and to the fierce and omnipotent one.
    Brahmeshaana achyuteshaaya suuryaayaadityavarchase .
    Bhaasvate sarvabhakshaaya raudraaya vapushhe namah .. 19
    MEANING:  Salutations to the Lord of Brahma, shiva and Achyuta, salutations to the powerful and to the effulgence in the Sun that is both the illuminator and devourer of all and is of a form that is fierce like Rudra.
    Tamoghnaaya himagnaaya shatrughnaaya amitaatmane .
    Kritaghnahanaaya devaaya jyotishhaam pataye namah .. 20
    MEANING:  Salutations to he transcendental atman that dispels darkness, drives away all fear, and destroys all foes. Salutations also to the annihilator of the ungrateful and to the Lord of all the stellar bodies.
    Tapta chaamiika raabhaaya haraye vishvakarmane .
    Namastamo.abhinighnaaya ruchaye lokasaakshine .. 21
    MEANING: Salutations to the Lord shining like molten gold, to the transcendental fire, the fire of supreme knowledge, the architect of the universe, destroyer of darkness and salutations again to the effulgence that is the Cosmic witness.
    Naashayatyeshha vai bhuutam tadeva srijati prabhuuH .
    Paayatyeshha tapatyeshha varshhatyeshha gabhastibhih .. 22
    MEANING: Salutations to the Lord who destroys everything and creates them again. Salutations to Him who by His rays consumes the waters, heats them up and sends them down as rain.
    Eshha supteshhu jaagarti bhuuteshhu parinishhthitah .
    Eshha evaagnihotramcha phalam chaivaagnihotrinaamh .. 23
    MEANING:  Salutations to the Lord who abides in the heart of all beings keeping awake when they are asleep. He is both the sacrificial fire and the fruit enjoyed by the worshippers.
    Vedaashcha kratavashchaiva kratuunaam phalameva cha .
    Yaani krityaani lokeshhu sarva eshha ravih prabhuh .. 24
    MEANING: The Sun is verily the Lord of all action in this universe. He is verily the vedas, the sacrifices mentioned in them and the fruits obtained by performing the sacrifices.
    Enamaapatsu krichchhreshhu kaantaareshhu bhayeshhu cha.
    kiirttayanh purushhah kashchin naavasiidati raaghava .. 25
    MEANING: Raghava, one who recites this hymn in times of danger, during an affliction or when lost in the wilderness and having fear, he will not lose heart (and become brave).
    Puujayasvainamekaagro devadevam jagathpatimh.
    Etat.h trigunitam japtvaa yuddheshhu vijayishhyasi .. 26
    MEANING: Raghava, worship this Lord of all Gods and the Universe with one-pointed devotion. Recite this hymn thrice and you will win this battle.
    Nasminkshane mahaabaaho raavanam tvam vadhishhyasi.
    Evamuktavaa tadaa.agastyo jagaamh cha yathaagatamh .. 27
    MEANING: O mighty armed one, you shall truimph over Ravana this very moment. Having spoken this, Agastya returned his original place. Raghava became free from worry after hearing this.
    Etachchhritvaa mahaatejaa nashhtashoko abhavattadaa.
    Dhaarayaamaasa supriito raaghavah prayataatmavaanh .. 28
    MEANING: He was greatly pleased and became brave and energetic.
    Aaadityam prekshya japtvaa tu param harshhamavaaptavaanh.
    Triraachamya shuchirbhuutvaa dhanuraadaaya viiryavaanh .. 29
    MEANING: Gazing at the sun with devotion, He recited this hymn thrice and experienced bliss.
    Rraavanam prekshya hrushhtaatmaa yuddhaaya samupaagamath.
    Sarva yatnena mahataa vadhe tasya dhritoabhavath .. 30
    MEANING: Purifying Himself by sipping water thrice, He took up His bow with His mighty arms. Seeing Ravana coming to fight, He put forth all his effort with a determination to destroy Ravana.
    Atha ravi ravadanam nirikshyam raama
    Muditamanaah paramam prahrishhyamaanah.
    Nishicharapatisa nkshayam viditvaa
    Suragan amadhyagato vachastvareti .. 31
    MEANING:  Then knowing that the destruction of the lord of prowlers at night (Ravana) was near, Aditya, who was at the center of the assembly of the Gods, looked at Rama and exclaimed ‘Hurry up’ with great delight. Purifying Himself by sipping water thrice, He took up His bow with His mighty arms. Seeing Ravana coming to fight, He put forth all his effort with a determination to destroy Ravana


    ( The 108 names of Vishnu is chanted partulalry on Wednesdays and on the days of Yekadasi. )

    “Avikaaraya Suddhaya Nityaya Paramatmane
    Sadaikaruparupaya Vishnave  Prabhavishnave” !!

    Sri Vishnu Ashtotharam Satanamavali- 108 names of Lord Vishnu.
    Om Vishnave Namaha
    Om Jishnave Namaha
    Om Vashat Karaya Namaha
    Om Devadevaya Namaha
    Om VrushaKapaye Namaha
    Om DamoDaraya Namaha
    Om DeenaBandhave Namaha
    Om AadiDevaya Namaha
    Om Ditestutaya Namaha
    Om Pundariskaya Namaha
    Om ParaNandaya Namaha
    Om Paramatmane Namaha
    Om Paratparaya Namaha
    Om Parashudharine Namaha
    Om Vishwatwane Namaha
    Om Krishnaya Namaha
    Om Kalimalapaharine Namaha
    Om Koustu Bhodbasi Toraskaya Namaha
    Om Naraaya Namaha
    Om Narayanaya Namaha
    Om Haraye Namaha
    Om Haraya Namaha
    Om Haripriyaya Namaha
    Om Swamine Namaha
    Om Vaikuntaya Namaha
    Om Vishwa Tomukhaya Namaha
    Om Hrushi Keshaya Namaha
    Om AprameYaya Namaha
    Om Aatmane Namaha
    Om VaraHaya Namaha
    Om Dharanee Saraya Namaha
    Om Dharme Shaya Namaha
    Om Dharanee Nadhaya Namaha
    Om Dyeyaya Namaha
    Om Dharma Bhrutamvaraya Namaha
    Om Sahasra Shirshaya Namaha
    Om Purushaya Namaha
    Om Sahasra Kshaya Namaha
    Om Sahasra Padave Namaha
    Om Sarwa Gaya Namaha
    Om Sarwa Vidyaya Namaha
    Om Sarwaya Namaha
    Om Sharanyaya Namaha
    Om Sadhu Vallabhaya Namaha
    Om Kousalya Nandanaya Namaha
    Om Srimate Namaha
    Om Raksha Kaya Namaha
    Om KulavinaShakaya Namaha
    Om Jagat Kartaya Namaha
    Om Jagadar Taya Namaha
    Om Jagaje Taya Namaha
    Om Janarti Haraya Namaha
    Om Janakee Vallabhaya Namaha
    Om Devaya Namaha
    Om Jayaya Namaha
    Om Jaya Rupaya Namaha
    Om JaleshwaRaya Namaha
    Om Ksherabdhi Vasine Namaha
    Om Kshirabdhi Tanaya Vallabhaya Namaha
    Om SheshaShaeine Namaha
    Om Pannagaree Vahanaya Namaha
    Om Vishtara Shravaya Namaha
    Om Madhavaya Namaha
    Om Madhura Nadhaya Namaha
    Om Mukundaya Namaha
    Om Mohana Shanaya Namaha
    Om Daityarine Namaha
    Om Pundaree Kakshaya Namaha
    Om Achyutaya Namaha
    Om MadhuSudanaya Namaha
    Om SOmasuryagni Nayanaya Namaha
    Om Nrusimhaya Namaha
    Om Bhaktha Vatsalaya Namaha
    Om Nityaya Namaha
    Om Niramayaya Namaha
    Om NaraDevaya Namaha
    Om Shudhaya Namaha
    Om Jagatprabhave Namaha
    Om HayaGrivaya Namaha
    Om Pujitaya Namaha
    Om Upendhraya Namaha
    Om Rukmineepataye Namaha
    Om SarwadevaMayaya Namaha
    Om Srishaya Namaha
    Om SarwaDharaya Namaha
    Om Sanatanaya Namaha
    Om Soumyaya Namaha
    Om SoumyaPradaya Namaha
    Om Srashtaya Namaha
    Om VishvaKsenaya Namaha
    Om Janardhanaya Namaha
    Om Yashoda Tanayaya Namaha
    Om Yogaya Namaha
    Om YogaShastra Parayanaya Namaha
    Om RudhratMakaya Namaha
    Om Rudramurtaye Namaha
    Om Raghavaya Namaha
    Om Madhu Sudanaya Namaha
    Om AtulaTejase Namaha
    Om ParasmaiJyotine Namaha
    Om SarwaPapa Haraya Namaha
    Om Punyaya Namaha
    Om AmitaTejase Namaha
    Om Dukha Nashanaya Namaha
    Om Daridrya Nashanaya Namaha
    Om Dourbhagya Nashanaya Namaha
    Om Sukha Vardha Naya Namaha
    Om SarvaSampat Karaya Namaha

    Ithi Shri Vishnu Astothara Shatha Naamavali Sampoornam !!

    This is one of the prayers to be addressed to Lord Vishnu as soon as you wake up. It consists the twelve names of Lord Vishnu

    the twelve names of Lord Vishnu.
    Oushade Chinthaye Vishnum,
    Bhojane cha Janardhanam,
    Sayane Padmanabham cha,
    Vivahe cha Prajapathim.
    Yuddhe Chakradharam devam,
    Pravase cha Trivikramam,
    Narayanam Thanu thyage,
    Sreedharam  priya sangame,
    Duswapne smara , Govindam,
    Sankate Madhu soodhanam,
    Kanane Narasimham cha,
    Pavake Jalasayinam,
    Jalamadhye Varaham cha,
    Parvathe Raghu nandanam,
    Gamane Vamanam Chaiva ,
    Sarva Karyeshu Madhavam.
    Shodasaithani Naamani,
    Prathar uthaaya ya padeth,
    Sarva papa vinirmuktho,
    Vishnu lokam samopnuyath.

    Sudarshana Ashtakam is a highly powerful prayer dedicated to Lord Sudarshana, the main weapon of Lord Vishnu. Sudarshana Astakam was composed by Vedanta Desika. It is believed that those who chant Sudarshana Ashtakam with devotion will fulfill all his desires and will be able to remove any obstacles in life because of the glorious boon granting powers of the Lord Sudarshana.

    Sudarshana Ashtakam - Lord Sudarshana Astakam

    Sudarshana Ashtakam is a highly powerful prayer dedicated to Lord Sudarshana, the main weapon of Lord Vishnu. Sudarshana Astakam was composed by Vedanta Desika. It is believed that those who chant Sudarshana Ashtakam with devotion will fulfill all his desires and will be able to remove any obstacles in life because of the glorious boon granting powers of the Lord Sudarsh

    Pratibhatasreni Bhishana,Varagunasthoma Bhushana
    Janibhyasthana Taarana, Jagadavasthaana Karana,
    Nikhiladushkarma Karsaana, Nigamasaddharma Darsana
    Jaya Jaya Sri sudarsana, Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarsana. 1
    Subhajagadrupa Mandana, Suraganathrasa Khandana
    Satamakabrahma vandita, Satapatabrahma Nandita,
    Pratitavidvat Sapakshita, Bhajata Ahirbudhnya Lakshita
    Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarsana, Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarsana. 2
    Sphutata-Dijjaala Pinjara, Pruthutarajwaala Panjara
    Parigata Pratnavigraha, Padutaraprajna Durgraha,
    Praharana Grama Manditha, Parijana Thraana Panditha
    Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarsana, Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarsana. 3
    Nijapatapreetha saddgana, Nirupathispeetha Shad Guna
    Nigama NirvyuDa Vaibhava, Nijapara Vyuha Vaibhava,
    Hari Haya Dweshi Daarana, Hara Pura Plosha Kaarana
    Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarsana, Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarsana.4
    Dhanuja visthaara Kartana,Janitamisraa Vikartana
    Dhanujavidya Nikartana, Bhajatavidya Nivatana,
    Amara drushtasva Vikrama, Samara Jushta Bramikrama
    Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarsana, Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarsana. 5
    Prathimukhaaleeta Bandhura, Pruthumahaheti Danthura
    Vikatamaaya Bahishkrutha,Vividhamaalaa Parishkrutha,
    Sthiramahaayantra Tantritha, Dhruta Daya Tantra Yantrita
    Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarsana, Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarsana. 6
    Mahita Sampath Sadhakshara, Vihitasampath Shatakshara
    Shatarachakra Pratisishtita ,Sakala Tattva Prathishtita,
    Vividha Sankalpaka Kalpaka,Vibhudhasankalpa Kalpaka
    Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarsana, Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarsana .7
    Bhuvana Netra Trayeemaya, Savanatejastrayeemaya
    Niravadhisvaadhu Chinmaya, Nikhila Sakthe Jaganmaya,
    Amita Viswakriyaamaya, Samitavishvagbhayaamaya
    Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarsana, Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarsana. 8
    Phala Sruthi
    Dwichatushkamidam Prabhoothasaaram patathaam Venkatanayaka Praneetham,
    Vishamepi Manorata: Pradhaavan na Vihanyeta Rataangadhuryagupt
    Vishnu Chalisa
    Jai jai jai shri jagat pati, jagadadhar anant
    Vishveshvar akhilesh aj, Sarveshvar Bhagvant.

    Jai jai Dhranidhar shruti sagar
    jayati Gadadhar sadgun agar.

    Shri Vasudev Devaki nandan
    Vasudev, nasan-bhav-phandan.

    Namo-namo sacharachar-svami
    paranbrahma prabhu namo namo namami.

    Namo-namo Tribhuvan pati Ish
    Kamala pati keshav yogish.

    Garudadhvaj aj, bhav bhai hari
    Murlidhar Hari Madan murari.

    Narayan shripati Purshottam
    Padmanabhi narhari sarvottam.

    Jai Madhav Mukuud,
    vanmali khal dal mardan, daman-kuchali.

    Jai aganit indniya sarangdhar
    vishva rup Vaman anand kar.

    Jai jai lokadhyaksh-dhananijai
    sahastragya Jaganath jayati jai.

    Jai Madhusudan anupam anan
    jayati Vayu-vahan vajra kanan.

    Jai Govind Janardan deva
    shubh phal lahat gahat tav seva.

    Shyam saroruh sam tan sohat
    darsha karat, sur nar muni mohat.

    Bhai vishal mukut shir sajat
    ur vaijanti mal virajat.

    Tirchhi Bhrikuti chap janu dhare
    tin-tar nain kamal arunare.

    Nasha chibuk kapol manohar
    mridu muskan kunj adharan par.

    Janu mani pankti dashan man bhavan
    basan pit tan param suhavan.

    Rup chaturbhuj bhushit bhushan
    varad hast, mochan bhav dushan.

    Kanjarun sam kartal sundar
    sukh samuh gun madhur samundar.

    Kar mahan lasit shankh ati pyara
    subhag shabda jai dene hara.

    Ravi sam chakra dvitiya kar dhare
    khal dal danav sainya sanhare.

    Tritiya hast mahan gada prakashan
    sada tap-traya-pap vinashan.

    Padma chaturth hath mahah dhare
    chari padarath dene hare.

    Vahan Garud manogativana
    tihun tyagat, jan hit Bhagvana.

    Pahunchi tahan pat rakhat svami
    ko Hari sam bhaktan anugami.

    Dhani-dhani mahima again ananta
    dhanya bhaktavatsal Bhagvanta.

    Jab-jab surahin asur dukhdinha
    taba tab prakati, kasht Hari linha.

    Sab sur-muni Brahmadi Maheshu
    sahi na sakyo ati kathin kaleshu

    Tab tahan dhari bahu rup nirantar
    mardyo-dal danvahi bhayahkar.

    Shaiyya shesh, Sindhu bich sajit
    sang Lakshmi sada-virajit.

    Puran shakti dhanya-dhan-khani
    anand bhakti bharani sukh dani.

    Jasu virad nigamagam gavat
    sharad shesh par nahin pavat.

    Rama Radhika Siya sukh dhama
    sohi Vishnu Krishna aru Rama.

    Aganit rup anup apara
    nirgun sagun svarup tumhara.

    Nahin kachhu bhed ved as bhashat
    bhaktan se nahin antar rakhat.

    Shri Prayag-Durvasa-dhama
    Sundardas Tivari grama.

    Jag hit lagi tumahin Jagdisha
    nij-mati rachyo Vishnu-chalisa.

    Jo chit dai nit padhat padhavat
    puran bhakti shakti sarsavat.

    Ati sukh vasat, ruj rin nasat
    vaibhav vikashat, sumati prakashat.

    Avat sukh, gavat shruti sharad
    bhashat Vyas-bachan nishi Narad.

    Milat subhag phal shok nasavat
    ant sainaya jan Han pad pavat.

    Prem sahit gahi dhyan mahan, hridai bich Jagdish,
    Arpit Shaligram kahan, kari Tulasi nit shish.
    Kshan bhangur tanu jani, kari ahankar parihar.
    Sar rup Ishvar lakhai, taji asar sansar,
    Satya shodh kari ur gahai, ek Brahma Onkar,
    Atma bodh hovai tabai, milai mukti ke dvar.
    Shanti aur sadbhav kahan, jab ur phulahin phul,
    Chalisa phal lahahin jan, rahahi Ish anukul.
    Ek path jan nit karai, Vishnu dev chalis,

    Jai Sri Vishnu !

    Lingashtakam Lyrics

    Brahma Murari Sura architha Lingam,
    Nirmala bashitha Shobitha Lingam,
    Janmaja dukha vinasaka lingam.
    That pranamami sada shiva lingam.

    Deva Murari pravarchitha Lingam,
    Kama dahana Karunakara lingam,
    Ravana darpa vinashana lingam,
    That pranamami sad shiva lingam.

    Sarva sukandhi sulepitha lingam,
    Budhi vivarthana karana lingam,
    Siddha surasura vandhitha lingam,
    That pranamami sada shiva lingam.

    Kanaka mahamani bhooshitha lingam,
    Panipathi veshtitha shobitha lingam,
    Daksha suyagna vinasana lingam,
    That pranamami sada shiva lingam.

    Kunkuma chandana lepitha lingam,
    Pankaja hara sushobitha lingam,
    Sanchitha papa vinasana lingam,
    That pranamami sada shiva lingam.

    Deva Ganarchitha sevitha lingam,
    Bhavair bakthi pravesa lingam,
    Dinakara koti prabhakara lingam,
    That pranamami sada shiva lingam.

    Ashta dalopari veshtitha lingam,
    Sarva samudbhava karana lingam,
    Ashta daridra vinasana lingam,
    That pranamami sada shiva lingam.

    Suraguru sura vara poojitha Lingam,
    Sura vana pushpa sadarchitha lingam,
    Parathparam paramathmaka lingam,
    That pranamai sada shiva lingam

    Bilwa Ashtakam Lyrics - Prayer to Lord Shiva while offering Bilwa Leaf

    Tridalam Trigunakaaram Trinethram Cha Triyayusham,
    Trijanma Papa Samharam Eka Bilwam Shivarpanam 1

    I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
    Which has three leaves,
    Which causes three qualities,
    Which are like the three eyes of Shiva,
    Which is like the triad of weapons,
    And which destroys sins of three births.

    Trishakhai Bilwapathraischa Hyachidrai Komalai Shubai,
    Shiva Poojam Karishyami, Eka Bilwam Shivarpanam 2

    I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
    Which has three shoots,
    Which do not have holes,
    Which are good and pretty,
    And worship Lord Shiva.

    Aganda Bilwa Pathrena Poojithe Nandikeshware,
    Shudhyanthi Sarva Papebhyo, Eka Bilwam Shivarpanam 3

    I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
    For if an uncut leaf is offered,
    To his steed the god Nandi,
    We get cleaned of all our sins.

    Salagrama Shilamekaam Vipranam Jatha Cha Arpayeth,
    Soma Yagna Maha Punyam, Eka Bilwam Shivarpanam 4

    I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
    For it is equal to, offering a saligrama to a Brahmin,
    Or the great blessing got out of performing Soma Yaga,

    Dandi Koti Sahasrani Vajapeya Sathani Cha,
    Koti Kanya Maha Danam, Eka Bilwam Shivarpanam 5

    I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
    For it is equal to gifting thousand elephants,
    Or the performing of hundred fire sacrifices,
    Or giving away billions of girls.

    Lakshmyasthanutha Uthpannam Mahadevasya Cha Priyam,
    Bilwa Vruksham Prayachami, Eka Bilwam Shivarpanam 6

    I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
    For it is equal to giving a tree of Bilwa,
    Which was born from the breast of Lakshmi,
    And which is very dear to the Lord Shiva.

    Darshanam Bilwa Vrukshasya, Sparsanam Papa Nasanam,
    Aghora Papa Samharam, Eka Bilwam Shivarpanam 7

    I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
    As seeing and touching of a tree of Bilwa,
    Washes away ones sins and also very great sins.

    Kasi Kshethra Nivasam Cha Kala Bhairava Darshanam,
    Prayaga Madhavam Drushtwa, Eka Bilwam Shivarpanam 8

    I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
    After living in the city of Kasi,
    Seeing the Kala Bhairawa,
    And also visiting the temple
    Of Madhawa in Allahabad.

    Moolatho Brahma Roopaya, Madhyatho Vishnu Roopine
    Agratha Shiva Roopaya, Eka Bilwam Shivarpanam 9

    I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
    As Brahma resides at its bottom,
    Lord Vishnu lives in its middle,
    And Lord Shiva lives in its tip.

    Bilwashtakam Idham Punyaam, Padeth Shiva Sannidhou,
    Sarva Papa Nirmuktha Shiva Loka Maapnuyath 10

    Reading this holy octet of Bilwa,
    In the presence of Lord Shiva,
    Would save one from all sins,
    And in the end take him to the world of Shiva.

    Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

    It is believed that chanting the mantra on a daily basis will get rid of all diseases, fear of death and also overcome unexpected death.

    Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
    Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam
    Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
    Mrityor Mukshiya Mamritat

    English Meaning of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

    We worship the Three-eyed One (Lord Shiva)
    Who is fragrant and who nourishes well all beings,
    Even as the cucumber is severed from bondage to the creeper.

    Tulasi Praathane
    namah tulasi kalyaaNi namo vishhnu priye shubhe |
    namo moksha pradaayike devi namaH sampatpradaayike ||
    Tulasige Namaskara
    Yanmule sarva thirthani yanmadye sarva devatha |
    yadagre sarva vedashcha Tulasi thvam namam mayham ||
    Tulasi Dyana
    dyayescha tulasim devim shyamam kamala lochanam
    prasannam panmakalhara varabhaya chaturbhuja
    kiritahara keyura kundaladi vibushitam
    dhavalankusha samyuktam nishedushim
    Tulasi Ashhtottara Shatanamavali
    om shrii tulasyai namaH
    om nandinyai namaH
    om devyai namaH
    om shikhinyai namaH
    om dhAriNyai namaH
    om dhAtryai namaH
    om sAvitryai namaH
    om satyasandhAyai namaH
    om kAlahAriNyai namaH
    om gauryai namaH
    om devagiitAyai namaH
    om draviiyasyai namaH
    om padminyai namaH
    om siitAyai namaH
    om rukmiNyai namaH
    om priyabhuuShaNAyai namaH
    om shreyasyai namaH
    om shriimatyai namaH
    om mAnyAyai namaH
    om gauryai namaH
    om gautamArchitAyai namaH
    om tretAyai namaH
    om tripathagAyai namaH
    om tripAdAyai namaH
    om traimuurtyai namaH
    om jagatrayAyai namaH
    om trAsinyai namaH
    om gAtrAyai namaH
    om gAtriyAyai namaH
    om garbhavAriNyai namaH
    om shobhanAyai namaH
    om samAyai namaH
    om dviradAyai namaH
    om ArAdyai namaH
    om yaGYavidyAyai namaH
    om mahAvidyAyai namaH
    om guhyavidyAyai namaH
    om kAmAxyai namaH
    om kulAyai namaH
    om shriiyai namaH
    om bhuumyai namaH
    om bhavitryai namaH
    om sAvitryai namaH
    om saravedavidAmvarAyai namaH
    om sha.nkhinyai namaH
    om chakriNyai namaH
    om chAriNyai namaH
    om chapalexaNAyai namaH
    om piitAmbarAyai namaH
    om prota somAyai namaH
    om saurasAyai namaH
    om axiNyai namaH
    om ambAyai namaH
    om sarasvatyai namaH
    om samshrayAyai namaH
    om sarva devatyai namaH
    om vishvAshrayAyai namaH
    om sugandhinyai namaH
    om suvAsanAyai namaH
    om varadAyai namaH
    om sushroNyai namaH
    om chandrabhAgAyai namaH
    om yamunaapriyAyai namaH
    om kAveryai namaH
    om maNikarNikAyai namaH
    om archinyai namaH
    om sthAyinyai namaH
    om dAnapradAyai namaH
    om dhanavatyai namaH
    om sochyamAnasAyai namaH
    om shuchinyai namaH
    om shreyasyai namaH
    om priitichintexaNyai namaH
    om vibhuutyai namaH
    om aakR^ityai namaH
    om aavirbhuutyai namaH
    om prabhAvinyai namaH
    om gandhinyai namaH
    om svarginyai namaH
    om gadAyai namaH
    om vedyAyai namaH
    om prabhAyai namaH
    om sArasyai namaH
    om sarasivAsAyai namaH
    om sarasvatyai namaH
    om sharAvatyai namaH
    om rasinyai namaH
    om kALinyai namaH
    om shreyovatyai namaH
    om yAmAyai namaH
    om brahmapriyAyai namaH
    om shyAmasundarAyai namaH
    om ratnaruupiNyai namaH
    om shamanidhinyai namaH
    om shatAnandAyai namaH
    om shatadyutaye namaH
    om shitikaNThAyai namaH
    om prayAyai namaH
    om dhAtryai namaH
    om shrii vR^indAvanyai namaH
    om kR^iShNAyai namaH
    om bhaktavatsalAyai namaH
    om gopikAkriiDAyai namaH
    om harAyai namaH
    om amR^itaruupiNyai namaH
    om bhuumyai namaH
    om shrii kR^iShNakAntAyai namaH
    om shrii tulasyai namaH


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