Shri Kanakadhara Stotra ..
aN^ga.n hareH pulakabhuushhaNamaashrayantii
bhR^iN^gaaN^ganeva mukulaabharaNa.n tamaalam.h
maaN^galyadaa.astu mama maN^galadevataayaaH ..
The dark Tamala tree in full bloom attracts the
female beetle and even so Mahalakshmi is attracted and finds
happiness in the fragrant and dark-complexioned body of Hari and
makes it tingle with joy. May she bestow on me prosperity by her
auspicious glance.Note: The poet in Shankara compares the dark
Tamala tree to thedark beautiful form of Vishnu, the dark beetle
to the black lustrous eyes of Mahalakshmi. The glance of
Lakshmi's eyes on Vishnu gives him great happiness. A mere
momentary flash of her eyes on anybody will bless him with
prosperity.. 1 ..
mugdhaa muhurvidadhatii vadane muraareH
prematrapaapraNihitaani gataagataani .
maalaa dR^ishormadhukariiva mahotpale yaa
saa me shriyaM dishatu saagarasaMbhavaayaaH ..
The shy love-laden sidelong glance of the beauteous
dark eyes of the daughter oof the Milky Ocean, returns again and
again to the beauteous lotus face of Murari, just like the black
bee constantly returning and flitting about the beautiful blue
lotus flower. I pray that these glances be bestowed upon me to
bless me with prosperity. Note: The dark beauteous face of the
Lord is likened to the blue lotus. The dark glance rests upon the
handsome face of the Lord and out of shyness the eyes are turned
away but love again makes the glance rest upon the Lord. This
series of sidelong glances are likened here to a string or Mala
and they further look like the series of trips which the honey
seeking black bee makes to the blue lotus. The devotee hopes taht
he will be prosperous if a sidelong glance of the Goddess of
Wealth falls at least momentarily on him... 2 ..
aamiilitaakshamadhigamya mudaa mukundaM
bhuutyai bhavenmama bhujaN^gashayaaN^ganaayaaH ..
The eyes of Mukunda remain closed in ecstasy. The
beauteous dark eyes of Lakshmi remain fixed on Mukunda in love
and wonder and remain open without blinking. May these eyes of
Mahalakshmi fall on me and bless me with prosperity and
happiness.. 3 ..
baahvantare madhujitaH shritakaustubhe yaa
haaraavaliiva hariniilamayii vibhaati .
kaamapradaa bhagavato.api kaTaakshamaalaa
kalyaaNamaavahatu me kamalaalayaayaaH .. 4..
Lord Vishnu whose chest is adorned by the Kaustubha
Mala is also adorned by the series of the beauteous glances of
Goddess Mahalakshmi. This string of glances resembles a necklace
of precious blue stones of Indraneela and they are capable of
fulfilling all the wishes of Hari Himself. May this string of
glances be directed towards me so that it will bring me
auspiciousness.. 4 ..
dhaaraadhare sphurati yaa taDidaN^ganeva .
bhadraaNi me dishatu bhaargavanandanaayaaH ..
Mahalakshmi shining on the dark broad chest of
Mahavishnu is like the streak of lightning illuminating the dark
rain clouds. May she, the daughter of the Sage Bhargava
worshipped as Mother by the entire universe, bring me
auspiciousness.. 5 ..
praaptaM padaM prathamataH khalu
maaN^galyabhaaji madhumaathini manmathena .
mandaalasa.n cha makaraalayakanyakaayaaH .. 6..
The God of Love, Manmatha, could gain access to
Madhusudana (the destroyer of the demon Madhu, i.e. Vishnu) only
because he was favored with the blessing glance from Mahalakshmi
. May her auspicious indolent sideglance fall on me (May she
bless me with prosperity by looking at me in passing at least for
a moment .. 6 . .
aanandaheturadhikaM muravidvishho.api .
iishhannishhiidatu mayi kshaNamiikshaNaardham.h
indiivarodarasahodaramindiraayaaH .. 7..
The status of the king of kings or the exal;ted
position of an Indra are given effortlessly by Mahalakshmi by a
mere momentary glance. Murari (Vishnu) who is supreme bliss
itself is made happy by it. May this glance from the blue- lotus
eyes of Lakshmi fall on me for a moment at least. Note: The
beautepus lotus eyes flashing momentarily on someone is capable
of making him a king of kings ir even an Indra. Murari the seat
of all bliss is thrown into ecstasy by it. Will she not glance at
me , even for a second?.. 7..
ishhTaavishishhTamatayo.api yayaa dayaardra\-
dR^ishhTyaa trivishhTapapadaM sulabhaM labhante
pushhTiM kR^ishhiishhTa mama
pushhkaravishhTaraayaaH .. 8..
The higher worlds like Swarga which are difficult
of attainment and for which great sacrifices like Ashwamedha are
performed become easily attainable by the compassion filled look
of the lotus eyes of Mahalakshmi . May she look at me so that I
may attain my heart's desires. .. 8 ..
asminnakiJNchanavihaN^gashishau vishhaNNe .
dushhkarmadharmamapaniiya chiraaya duuraM
naaraayaNapraNayiniinayanaambuvaahaH .. 9..
The dark rain clouds driven by the monsoon winds
releases rain on the parched earth and quench the thirst of the
Chataka bird and brings prosperity on the earth. In like manner
may the dark eyes of Mahalakshmi resembling the rain cloud wafted
by the breeze of compassion relese the rain of prosperity on this
devotee of a Chataka bird stricken with the load of accumulated
sins so that the sins are washed away and prosperity bestowed
upon him.. 9 ..
shaakambhariiti shashishekharavallabheti .
tasyai namastribhuvanaikagurostaruNyai .. 10..
We offer obeisance to the Goddess Mahalakshmi, the
consort of Narayana, the preceptor of all the three worlds. She
is variously known as Saraswati the Goddess of Learning, as
Goddess Lakshmi, the Divine consort of Mahavishnu, as Shakambhari
or as Parvati the consort of Lord Maheshwara. Verily it is she
who is playfully engaged in creation, protaction and final
destruction of the Universe.. 10 ..
shrutyai namo.astu shubhakarmaphalaprasuutyai
ratyai namo.astu ramaNiiyaguNaarNavaayai .
shaktyai namo.astu shatapatraniketanaayai
pushhTyai namo.astu purushhottamavallabhaayai ..
O Goddess as the very manifestation of the Vedas,
you grant the fruits of godd action. Beautiful in form like Rati
Devi you are the very ocean of superlatively beautiful qualities.
Having your abode in the beautiful lotus of a hundred petals, you
are Shakti personified. O consort of Purushottama, You are the
Goddess of plenty. Please accept my obeisance .. 11 ..
namo.astu dugdhodadhijanmabhuumyai .
namo.astu naaraayaNavallabhaayai .. 12..
O Consort of Narayana! Whose face is as beautiful
as the lotus in bloom, I bow down to thee . Born out of the milky
ocean, along with the moon and the Divine nectar, O Goddess!
accept my pranams.. 12 ..
namo.astu bhuumaNDalanaayikaayai .
namo.astu shaarN^gaayudhavallabhaayai .. 13..
I prostrate before you, O Goddess, who are seated
on the Golden Lotus, who is Goddess of the earth, the consort of
Narayana, compassionate to the Devas.. 13 ..
namo.astu devyai bhR^igunandanaayai
namo.astu vishhNorurasi sthitaayai .
namo.astu lakshmyai kamalaalayaayai
namo.astu daamodaravallabhaayai .. 14..
My obeisance to you, O daughter of Bhrigu, consort
of Damadara. O Lakshmi, seated on Lotus and adorning the broad
chest of Mahavishnu, my salutations to Thee.. 14 ..
namo.astu kaantyai kamalekshaNaayai
namo.astu bhuutyai bhuvanaprasuutyai .
namo.astu nandaatmajavallabhaayai .. 15..
O Consort of Gopala, the son of Nanda, you are
worshipped by the Devas. You are Jyoti incarnate, I prostrate
before Thee. Your eyes are like lotus petals. You have created
the world and you bestow prosperity. Please accept my
salutations.. 15 ..
saamraajyadaanavibhavaani saroruhaakshi .
maameva maataranisha.n kalayantu maanye .. 16..
May I always have the desire to prostrate before
you because a pranam to you is capable of bestowing all
prosperity and will bring happiness to all the senses.
Worshipping O Lotus-eyed Goddess not only removes all miseries
but it confers happiness and plenty.. 16 ..
sevakasya sakalaarthasaMpadaH .
tvaaM muraarihR^idayeshvariiM bhaje .. 17..
The devotee who worships your Kataksha (sidelong
glance) is blessed with wealth and prosperity. To you, the queen
who dominates the heart of Vishnu, my pranamas, through word,
thought, and deed.. 17 ..
bhagavati harivallabhe manoGYe
tribhuvanabhuutikari prasiida mahyam.h .. 18..
Seated on the lotus with the lotus flower in your
hand, dresed in dazzling white and adorned with garlands and
sandalwood paste, you gladden our hearts. O Goddess, the consort
of Vishnu you who confer prosperity on all the three worlds,
please show compassion towards me.. 18 ..
dig.h hastibhiH kanakakuMbhamukhaavasR^ishhTa\-
praatarnamaami jagataaM jananiimasheshha\-
O mother of all the worlds, consort of Vishnu the
lord of the Universe, the Dig-gajas (the celestial elephants
guarding various directions) bathe you everyday with waters of
the Deva Ganga poured ouitfrom golden vessels. O daughter of the
milky ocean, I prostrate before Thee.. 19 ..
kamale kamalaakshavallabhe tvaM
prathamaM paatramakR^itrimaM dayaayaaH .. 20..
O Goddess Lakshmi, consort of the Lotus-eyed
Mahavishnu, direct your gaze filled with compassion at me, your
devotee who am the poorest of the poor, so that I may become the
true recipient of the benefits of your compassion.. 20 ..
devi prasiida jagadiishvari lokamaataH
kalyaaNagaatri kamalekshaNajiivanaathe .
daaridryabhiitihR^idayaM sharaNaagataM maam.h
aalokaya pratidinaM sadayairapaaN^gaiH .. 21..
O Goddess, controller of the Universe and protector
of the people, blessing with your limbs, and gazing with your
lotus-like eyes, forgive me. With my heart filled with fear of
poverty, I surrender myself wholly to you, that you may watch
over me every day with unbroken compassion.. 21 ..
trayiimayiiM tribhuvanamaataraM ramaam.h .
bhavanti te bhuvi budhabhaavitaashayaaH .. 22..
Those who sing the praise of Mahalakshmi who is the
vedas personified, by these stotras everyday will be blessed with
all good qualities, unsurpassed good fortune and powers of the
intellect which will earn praise from even the learned... 22
.. iti shrImachchhaN^karaachaaryakR^ita
shrii kanakadhaaraastotra.n saMpUrNam.h ..
//Thus concludes the Kanakadhara Stotra//