Table of Contents


General Rules For Reading Sri Sri Chandi


The Indian Concept of the Divine Mother

Hymn to the Mother

Devi Mantras (For Japa)

Atha Sapthashloki Durga

Rigvedoktam Devi Suktam

Devi Suktam

Atha Devyaah Kavacham

Atha Argalaa Stotram

Atha Kilaka Stotram

Atha Rigvedoktam Ratri Suktam

1. Sri Durga Saptasati (Sanskrit)

1. Sri Durga Saptasati (English)

2. Madhyama Charitam (Sanskrit)

2. Madhyama Charitam (English)

Chapter 3 (Sanskrit)

Chapter 3 (English)

Chapter 4 (Sanskrit)

Chapter 4 (English)

5. Uttara Charitam (Sanskrit)

5. Uttara Charitam (English)

Chapter 6 (Sanskrit)

Chapter 6 (English)

Chapter 7 (Sanskrit)

Chapter 7 (English)

Chapter 8 (Sanskrit)

Chapter 8 (English)

Chapter 9 (Sanskrit)

Chapter 9 (English)

Chapter 10 (Sanskrit)

Chapter 10 (English)

Chapter 11 (Sanskrit)

Chapter 11 (English)

Chapter 12 (Sanskrit)

Chapter 12 (English)

Chapter 13 (Sanskrit)

Chapter 13 (English)

Kshama Prarthana (Sanskrit)

Kshama Prarthana (English)

Sri Devi Ashtotthara Satha Namavali

Sri Lakshami Ashtotthara Satha Namavali

Sri Saraswathy Ashtotthara Satha Namavali

Navaratri Messages

Dussera Message

A Message To Mothers

Navaratri Durga Puja, Its Significance

The True Significance of Devi Puja

Durga Puja

Devi Worship

Significance of Devi Worship

Worship of Divine Power

Enthrone Love In Your Heart

Strive For The Ideal

Worship of Divine Mother

The Ascent of Man

Devi Kirtans

Devi Arati








In the morning after taking bath and finishing one’s daily Puja (Sandhya etc.), one should sit on a clean and pure Asana (seat) facing North or East with mind concentrated and full of Bhakti (devotion). Sri Sri Chandi should be read with firm faith, devotion and correct pronunciation. During the time of reading, one should not talk, think, sleep, sneeze, yawn or spit, but read with full concentration on Devi in the form which appeals to him. He should not stop in the middle of a chapter and the book should be placed on a stand, preferably a copper plate. At the beginning and end of each chapter bells are to be rung. Before reading, it is necessary to do the Sankalpa and Sri Devi Puja. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday are specially auspicious in a week for the reading of Sri Sri Chandi. Devi Tithis are Ashtami, Navami and Chaturdasi. The reading should be in the following order:—

1. Devi Suktam, 2. Kavacham, 3. Argala Stotra, 4. Keelakam, 5. Ratri Suktam, 6. Devi Mahatmya, 7. Phala Sruti and 8. Kshama Prarthana.

Sri Sri Chandi is divided into three parts:—

l. Prathama (first), 2. Madhyama (middle) and 3. Uttara (final).

The first chapter contains the glory of Maha Kaali, the 2nd, 3rd and the 4th chapters glorify Sri Maha Lakshmi, and the last nine chapters from the 5th to the 13th, glorify Sri Maha Sarasvati. He who reads Sri Sri Chandi with faith and devotion attains health, wealth, long life and salvation.

1. Devi Suktam (According to Rig Veda)

The 8 Slokas composed by Vak, the daughter of Maharshi Ambharin, are from the Rig Veda, 10th Mandala, 10th Anuvaka, 125th Sukta. These Slokas express the truth realised by Vak, who identifies herself as Brahma Sakti, and expresses herself as 11 Rudras, 8 Vasus, 12 Adityas and all the Devas,—Indra, Agni and Asvini Kumaras—who are sustained by Her and She is the source, substratum and support of the whole world. She is verily Brahmasvarupini.

2. Devi Kavacham

The Devi Kavacham consisting of 61 Slokas is in Markandeya Puranam. This Kavacham (armour) protects the reader in all parts of his body, in all places and in all difficulties. Every part of the body is mentioned and Devi, in all different forms, is being worshipped. Further, Devi, in different names, is prayed to for happiness, wealth, health, power and prosperity.

3. Argala Stotra

Here Rishi Markandeya is telling his disciples in 27 inspiring couplets on the greatness of Devi. She has been described in all aspects and names and at the end of each Sloka, prayer is offered to Devi for material prosperity, physical fitness, fame and victory.

4. Keelakam

Here also Rishi Markandeya tells his disciples in 16 Slokas the ways and means of removing obstacles faced by devotees while reading Devi Mahatmya. Reading of Keelakam brings blessings of Devi and spiritual harmony and peace of mind and success in all pursuits.

5. Ratri Suktam

Ratri Suktam (8 Slokas) has been taken from Rig Veda, 10th Mandala, 10th Anuvaka, 127th Sukta, which shows that Devi was worshipped from time immemorial. Devi is described as the all-pervading Supreme Lord of the Universe appearing in Omkara. Ratri means She who fulfils our prayers.







The Devi Mahatmya or the Durga Saptasati is a unique book in this world. It is the base and the root of the religion of the Saktas. It is a Kamadhenu for one and all; it gives whatever man wants. It gives Bhakti in this world and Mukti afterwards. It is a powerful reservoir of Mantras from the beginning to the end. Every verse of this text is a dynamic force which acts powerfully in overhauling the nature of man.

The first verse of the text implies that the whole book is an explanation of the root of the Devi-Mantra, viz., “Hreem”. There are many commentaries on this text which explain it either in a mystical way or in the ordinary manner. Whatever be the case, the Mantras of the Saptasati are not to be neglected by one who wishes to lead a good and peaceful life in this world.

The conception of the Infinite as Mother is not an altogether meaningless one. The Rigveda bears testimony to the fact that even in such ancient times, there was the persistent belief that the Ruler is the All-compassionate Mother. Further, Mother is the personality that appeals most to the human heart, not so much the Father who is considered a hard task-master. Moreover the conception of the Divinity as Devi, Durga or Sri, is not merely a theory but a practical way of life. It is a particular view which cannot be set aside. It is as important as any school of religious belief, and is one of the most important reigning branches of Hindu religion—Vaishnavism, Saivism and Saktaism. Even a subtle philosopher cannot dispense with the conception of Sakti, for he is essentially an embodiment of Power, and he has love for power. The highest Intelligence and the most speculative metaphysics is only a manifestation of Jnana-Sakti and is not outside the range of Saktaism. Let us therefore adore and worship the Glorious Mother for the purpose of attaining Wisdom or Self-realisations.

The Saptasati may be read daily so as to be completed in seven days in the following manner of division of chapters: l, 2, 1, 4, 2, 1, 2—first; second and third; fourth; fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth; ninth and tenth; eleventh; twelfth and thirteenth. This is the traditional rule. The Saptasati may be read with any motive in the mind, and that shall be fulfilled. Read it for any purpose in life, and that you shall have. Read it for the sake of Spiritual Knowledge, and you will be blessed with it. Since Sakti is the basis for all Ichcha (Desire), Jnana (Knowledge) and Kriya (Action), man cannot fall outside the realm or the kingdom of Sakti. The whole man is but Sakti, and hence he shall have everything through worship of Sakti.

May the blessings of Devi Durga be upon you all! May She bless you all with spiritual illumination and Self-realisation!



















Navaratri Message delivered by Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj in 1953.

Since the dawn of civilisation, when the primitive man lived in a matriarchal society, the worship of the Divine Mother came into practice. Later on, as civilisation progressed, the matriarchal pattern gradually faded out, and the father became the head of the family unit, where he was treated as the man in authority and to whom every one looked for guidance and approval. Consequently there was a change in the concept of God as such; the Fatherhood of God was established. But Mother-worship persisted simultaneously, since this concept was psychologically more appealing to the devotee, the Mother being nearest in filial affection to the child. Subsequently, a sympathetic harmony between the Motherhood and Fatherhood of God was developed by the Hindu religion; the people worshipped Sita and Rama, or Radha and Krishna, together.

The concept of the human mind is based on relative experience. Subjective idealism, therefore, in its initial stages, takes the aid of objective and relative analogies. God is neither limited to abstract or concrete concepts. But it is easier to establish a conscious relationship with the Providence in terms of benevolent fatherhood or affectionate, kindly motherhood than by the concept of an unfathomable void. God is devoid of qualities, in reality, but a relative superimposition of the positive ideals of goodness and virtue is essential for self-culture and spiritual progress of the aspirant.

Mother is very kind to her child. You are more free with your mother than with anybody else. It is the mother who protects you, nourishes you, consoles you, cheers you and nurses you. She is your first preceptor. She sacrifices her all for the sake of her children. In the spiritual field also, the aspirant has very intimate relationship with the Divine Mother.

The Upasana or the worship of the Universal Mother leads to the attainment of the knowledge of the Self. The Yaksha Prasna in Kenopanishad supports this view. Approach Her with an open heart. Lay bare your mind with frankness and humility. Let your thoughts be pure and sublime. Become as simple as a child. Pulverise your individual entity, the egoistic nature, cunningness, selfishness and crookedness. Make a total unreserved, ungrudging self-surrender to Her. Chant Her Mantras. Worship Her with faith and unflinching devotion.

Durga Puja or Navaratri is the most suitable occasion for doing intense Sadhana. These nine days are very sacred to Mother. Plunge yourself in Her worship. It is an occasion symbolising the victory of the higher, divine forces over the lower, negative qualities that find their expression in injustice, oppression, aggrandisement, greed, selfishness, hatred and a host of other undivine forces that add to the suffering of man.

Worship the Mother in all Her manifestations. She is the creative aspect of the Absolute. She is symbolised as Cosmic Energy. Energy is the physical ultimate of all forms of matter and the sustaining force of the Spirit. Energy and Spirit are inseparable. They are essentially one. The five elements and their combinations are the external manifestations of the Mother. Intelligence, discrimination, psychic power and will are Her internal manifestations. Humanity is Her visible form. Service of humanity is, therefore, the worship of the Divine Mother.

Feel that the Mother sees through your eyes, hears through your ears, and works through your hands. Feel that the body, mind, Prana, intellect and all their functions are Her manifestations. The one, universal life throbs in the heart of all. How can there be any room for hatred and selfishness, when by hating another you are but denying your own self. Drive deep this consciousness within your heart. Always meditate and practise this ideal of divine oneness.

Mother’s grace is boundless. Her mercy is illimitable. Her knowledge is infinite. Her power is immeasurable. Her glory is ineffable. Her splendour is indescribable. She gives you Bhukti (material prosperity) and Mukti (liberation) also. She is pleased with a little purity of heart. The sacred Durga Puja is approaching. Do not lose this glorious opportunity. Make a definite and sincere attempt to obtain the grace of the Mother. She will transform your entire life, and bless you with the milk of divine wisdom, spiritual insight and Kaivalya.

The Worship of the Divine Mother

Devi is synonymous with Sakti or the Divine Power that manifests, sustains and transforms the universe as the one unifying force of Existence. In fact, worship of Devi is not sectarian; it does not belong to any cult. By Devi or Sakti we mean the presupposition of all forms of existential power, the power of knowledge, of omniscience. These powers are the glorious attributes of God—you may call Him Vishnu or Siva or as you like. In other words, Sakti is the very possibility of the Absolute’s appearing as many, of God’s causing this universe. Sakti and Sakta are one; the Power and the one who possesses the Power cannot be separated; God and Sakti are like fire and heat of fire.

Devi-worship or Sakti-worship is therefore worship of God’s glory, of God’s greatness and supremacy. It is adoration of the Almighty. It is unfortunate that Devi is misunderstood as a blood-thirsty Hindu-Goddess. No, Devi is not the property of the Hindu alone. Devi does not belong to any religion. Devi is the conscious power of the Deva. Let this never be forgotten. The words Devi, Sakti etc. and the ideas of the different forms connected with these names are concessions given to the limitations of human knowledge, human comprehension. Bhagavan Sri Krishna says in the Gita, ‘This is only My lower nature Sakti; beyond this is my higher nature, the Original Sakti, the life-principle which sustains this entire universe’. The Upanishad says, “The Para Sakti, the Supreme Power of this God, is heard of in various ways; this Power is the nature of God manifesting as knowledge, strength and activity.” Truly speaking all beings of the universe are Sakti worshippers, for there is none who does not love and long for power in some form or other. Physicists and scientists have proved now that everything is pure imperishable energy. This energy is only a form of Divine-Sakti which exists in every form of existence.

Since Sakti cannot be worshipped in its essential nature, it is worshipped as conceived of in its manifestations viz., creation, preservation and destruction. Sakti, in relation to these three functions, is Sarasvati, Lakshmi and Kaali. These, as is evident, are not three distinct Devis, but the one formless Devi worshipped in three different forms. Durga Puja or Navaratri is the festive occasion of the ‘nine-day-worship of Maha-Kaali, Maha-Lakshmi and Maha-Sarasvati’, the Divinity of the Universe adored in three ways.

Sarasvati is cosmic Intelligence, cosmic Consciousness, cosmic Knowledge. Worship of Sarasvati is necessary for Buddhi-Suddhi, Viveka Vichara-Sakti, Jnana, self-illumination. Lakshmi does not mean more material wealth like gold, cattle etc. All kinds of prosperity, glory, magnificence, joy, exaltation, greatness, come under the grace of Goddess Lakshmi. Sri Appayya Dikshitar calls even final Liberation as ‘Moksha-Samrajya Lakshmi’. Hence worship of Lakshmi means the worship of Divinity, the power that dissolves multiplicity in unity. The worship of Devi is therefore the explanation of the entire process of spiritual Sadhana in all its aspects.

During Durga Pula or Navaratri observe strict Anushtana and purify your inner spiritual nature. This is the most auspicious time in the year for Mother-Worship. Read Saptasati or Devi Mahatmya and Lalita Sahasranama. Do Japa of the Mantra of Devi. Perform formal worship with purity, sincerity and absolute devotion. Cry for the Darshan of Mother Devi. The Divine Mother will bless you with the knowledge, the peace and the joy that know no end. May the Divine Mother Durga establish righteousness or Dharma in the World! May She destroy all dark hostile forces that disturb the peace of the world! May She remove all sorts of epidemics and famine from the land! May She bring supreme peace, prosperity and undying bliss to all Her children of this world! May She transmute the Asuras or the demons or people with diabolical tendencies into Sattvic men! May She annihilate the Asuric tendencies, such as lust, anger, pride, hypocrisy, etc. in human beings, which represent Madhu Kaitabha, Mahisha, Sumbha and Nisumbha!

May She give the milk of divine wisdom to Her children and lift them up to the magnanimous heights of divine splendour and glory, the imperishable state of Kaivalya and eternal sunshine!






या कुन्देन्दुतुषारहारधवला या शुभ्रवस्त्रावृता              

या वीणावरदण्डमण्डितकरा या श्वेतपद्मासना।

या ब्रह्माच्युतशंकरप्रभृतिभिर्देवैः सदा पूजिता

सा मां पातु सरस्वती भगवती निःशेषजाड्यापहा ।।


माता मरकतश्यामा मातङ्गी मदशालिनी

कटाक्षयतु कल्याणी कदम्बवनवासिनी ।।


जय मातङ्गतनये जय नीलोत्पलद्युते

जय सङ्गीतरसिके जय लीलाशुकप्रिये ।।




ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे

श्रीदुर्गायै नमः

श्रीमहालक्ष्म्यै नमः

श्रीसरस्वत्यै नमः

दुर्गां देवीं शरणमहं प्रपद्ये

नीलां देवीं शरणमहं प्रपद्ये


अथ सप्तश्लोकी दुर्गा

शिव उवाच-

देवि त्वं भक्तसुलभे सर्वकार्यविधायिनि

कलौ हि कार्यसिद्ध्यर्थमुपायं ब्रूहि यत्नतः ।।


शृणु देव प्रवक्ष्यामि कलौ सर्वेष्टसाधनम्

मया तवैव स्नेहेनाप्यम्बास्तुतिः प्रकाश्यते ।।

अस्य श्रीदुर्गासप्तश्लोकीस्तोत्रमन्त्रस्य नारायण ऋषिः

अनुष्टुप् छन्दः, श्रीमहाकालीमहालक्ष्मीमहासरस्वत्यो देवताः 

श्रीदुर्गाप्रीत्यर्थं सप्तश्लोकीदुर्गापाठे विनियोगः


ज्ञानिनामपि चेतांसि देवी भगवती हि सा                                                     

बलादाकृष्य मोहाय महामाया प्रयच्छति                                                            ।। ।।


दुर्गे स्मृता हरसि भीतिमशेषजन्तोः

स्वस्थैः स्मृता मतिमतीव शुभां ददासि

दारिद्र्यदुःखभयहारिणि का त्वदन्या

सर्वोपकारकरणाय सदार्द्रचित्ता                                                                       ।। ।।                                                                    


सर्वमङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके

शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु                                                                         ।। ।।


सर्वमङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके

शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते                                                         ।। ।।


सर्वस्वरूपे सर्वेशे सर्वशक्तिसमन्विते

भयेभ्यस्त्राहि नो देवि दुर्गे देवि नमोऽस्तु ते                                                          ।। ५।।


रोगानशेषानपहंसि तुष्टा

रुष्टा तु कामान् सकलानभीष्टान्

त्वामाश्रितानां विपन्नराणां

त्वामाश्रिता ह्याश्रयतां प्रयान्ति                                                                           ।। ६।।


सर्वाबाधाप्रशमनं त्रैलोक्यस्याखिलेश्वरि

एवमेव त्वया कार्यमस्मद्वैरिविनाशनम्                                                                ।।७।।


इति श्रीसप्तश्लोकी दुर्गा सम्पूर्णा ।।

ऋग्वेदोक्तं देवीसूक्तम्

अहमित्यष्टर्चस्य सूक्तस्य वागाम्भृणी ऋषिः, श्री आदिशक्तिर्देवता द्वितीयाया जगती, शिष्टानां त्रिष्टुप् छन्दः, श्रीदेवीमाहात्म्यपाठे विनियोगः


सिंहस्था शशिशेखरा मरकतप्रख्यैश्चतुर्भिर्भुजैः।

शंखं चक्रधनुःशरांश्च दधती नेत्रैस्त्रिभिः शोभिता


दुर्गा दुर्गतिहारिणी भवतु नो रत्नोल्लसत्कुण्डला ।।


अहं रुद्रेभिर्वसुभिश्चराम्यहमादित्यैरुत विश्वदेवैः

अहं मित्रावरुणोभा बिभर्म्यहमिन्द्राग्नी अहमश्विनोभा                                             ।। ।।


अहं सोममाहनसं बिभर्म्यहं त्वष्टारमुत पूषणं भगम्    

अहं दधामि द्रविणं हविष्मते सुप्राव्ये यजमानाय सुन्वते                                                   ।। ।।


अहं राष्ट्री संगमनी वसूनां चिकितुषो प्रथमा यज्ञियानाम्

तां मा देवा व्यदधुः पुरुत्राभूरिस्थात्रां भूर्यावेशयन्तीम्                                                       ।। ।। 


मया सो अन्नमत्ति यो विपश्यति यः प्राणिति ईं ऋणोत्युक्तम्

अमन्तवो मां उपक्षियन्ति श्रुधि श्रुत श्रद्धिवं ते वदामि                                                    ।। ।।


अहमेव स्वयमिदं वदामि जुष्टं देवेभिरुत मानुषेभिः

यं कामयते तं तमुग्रं कृणोमि तं ब्रह्माणं तमृषिं तं सुमेधाम्                                                ।। ।।


अहं रुद्राय धनुरातनोमि ब्रह्मद्विषे शरवे हन्तवा

अहं जनाय समदं कृणोम्यहं द्यावापृथिवी आविवेश                                                         ।। ।।


अहं सुवे पितरमस्य मूर्द्धन् मम योनिरप्स्वन्तः समुद्रे

ततो वितिष्ठे भुवनानु विश्वोतामूं द्यां वर्ष्मणोपस्पृशामि                                                      ।। ।।


अहमेव वात इव प्रवाम्यारभमाणा भुवनानि विश्वा

परो दिवापर एना पृथिव्यैतावती महिना संबभूव                                                              ।। ।।


इति ऋग्वेदोक्तं देवीसूकं समाप्तम्

तत् सत्

















अथ देव्याः कवचम्

अस्य श्रीचण्डीकवचस्य ब्रह्मा ऋषिः, अनुष्टुप् छन्दः, चामुण्डा देवता, अङ्गन्यासोक्तमातरो बीजम्, दिग्बन्धदेवतास्तत्त्वम्, श्रीजगदम्बा- प्रीत्यर्थे सप्तशतीपाठाङ्गत्वेन जपे विनियोगः

नमश्चण्डिकायै ।।

मार्कण्डेय उवाच

यद्गुह्यं परमं लोके सर्वरक्षाकरं नृणाम्

यन्न कस्यचिदाख्यातं तन्मे ब्रूहि पितामह                                                                          ।। ।।


अस्ति गुह्यतमं विप्र सर्वभूतोपकारकम्

देव्यास्तु कवचं पुण्यं तच्छृणुष्व महामुने                                                                          ।। ।।


प्रथमं शैलपुत्रीति द्वितीयं ब्रह्मचारिणी

तृतीयं चन्द्रघण्टेति कूष्माण्डेति चतुर्थकम्                                                                       ।। ।।


पञ्चमं स्कन्दमातेति षष्ठं कात्यायनी तथा

सप्तमं कालरात्रीति महागौरीति चाष्टमम्                                                                        ।। ।।


नवमं सिद्धिदात्री नवदुर्गाः प्रकीर्तिताः

उक्तान्येतानि नामानि ब्रह्मणैव महात्मना                                                                        ।। ।।


अग्निना दह्यमानास्तु शत्रुमध्यगता रणे

विषमे दुर्गमे चैव भयार्ताः शरणं गताः।                                                                           ।। ।।


तेषां जायते किंचिदशुभं रणसंकटे

आपदं पश्यन्ति शोकदुःखभयं करीम्                                                                     ।। ।।


यैस्तु भक्त्या स्मृता नित्यं तेषां वृद्धिः प्रजायते

ये त्वां स्मरन्ति देवेशि रक्षसि तान्न संशयः                                                                         ।। ८।।


प्रेतसंस्था तु चामुण्डा वाराही महिषासना

ऐन्द्री गजसमारूढा वैष्णवी गरुडासना                                                                             ।।९।।


नारसिंही महावीर्या शिवदूती महाबला

माहेश्वरी वृषारूढा कौमारी शिखिवाहना                                                                        ।।१०।।


लक्ष्मीः पद्मासना देवी पद्महस्ता हरिप्रिया

श्वेतरूपधरा देवी ईश्वरी वृषवाहना                                                                                   ।।११।।


ब्राह्मी हंससमारूढा सर्वाभरणभूषिता

इत्येता मातरः सर्वाः सर्वयोगसमन्विताः                                                                         ।। १२ ।।


नानाभरणशोभाढ्या नानारत्नोपशोभिताः

श्रेष्ठैश्च मौक्तिकैः सर्वा दिव्यहारप्रलम्बिभिः                                                                     ।। १३ ।।


इन्द्रनीलैर्महानीलैः पद्मरागैः सुशोभनैः

दृश्यन्ते रथमारूढा देव्यः क्रोधसमाकुलाः                                                                    ।। १४ ।।


शंखं चक्रं गदां शक्तिं हल मुसलायुधम्

खेटकं तोमरं चैव परशुं पाशमेव                                                                                  ।।१५।।


कुन्तायुधं त्रिशूलं शार्ङ्गमायुधमुत्तमम्

दैत्यानां देहनाशाय भक्तानामभयाय                                                                          ।। १६ ।।


धारयन्त्यायुधानीत्थं देवानां हिताय वै।

नमस्तेऽस्तु महारौद्रे महाघोरपराक्रमे                                                                               ॥१७॥


महाबले महोत्साहे महाभयविनाशिनि

त्राहि मां देवि दुष्प्रेक्ष्ये शत्रूणां भयवर्द्धिनी                                                                       ।। १८ ।।


प्राच्यां रक्षतु मामैन्द्री आग्नेय्यामग्निदेवता

दक्षिणेऽवतु वाराही नैर्ऋत्यां खड्गधारिणी                                                                    ।। १९ ।।


प्रतीच्यां वारुणी रक्षेद्वायव्यां मृगवाहिनी

उदीच्यां पातु कौबेरी ऐशान्यां शूलधारिणी                                                                      ।।२०।।


ऊर्ध्वं ब्रह्माणि मे रक्षेदधस्ताद्वैष्णवी तथा

एवं दश दिशो रक्षेच्चामुण्डा शववाहना                                                                         ।। २१ ।।


जया मामग्रतः पातु विजया पातु पृष्ठतः

अजिता वामपार्श्वे तु दक्षिणे चापराजिता                                                                        ।। २२ ।।


शिखां मे द्योतिनी रक्षेदुमा मूर्ध्नि व्यवस्थिता

मालाधरी ललाटे भ्रुवौ रक्षेद्यशस्विनी                                                                          ।।२३ ||


नेत्रयोश्चित्रनेत्रा यमघण्टा तु पार्श्वके

त्रिनेत्रा त्रिशूलेन भ्रुवोर्मध्ये चण्डिका                                                                       ।।२४ ||


शंखिनी चक्षुषोर्मध्ये श्रोत्रयोर्द्वारवासिनी

कपोलौ कालिका रक्षेत् कर्णमूले तु शंकरी                                                                    ।।२५ ||


नासिकायां सुगन्धा उत्तरोष्ठे चर्चिका

अधरे चामृताबाला जिह्वायां सरस्वती                                                                        ।। २६ ।।


दन्तान् रक्षतु कौमारी कण्ठदेशे तु चण्डिका

घण्टिकां चित्रघण्टा महामाया तालुके                                                                     ।।२७।।


कामाक्षी चिबुकं रक्षेद् वाचं मे सर्वमङ्गला

ग्रीवायां भद्रकाली पृष्ठवंशे धनुर्धरी                                                                              ।।२८।।


नीलग्रीवा बहिःकण्ठे नलिकां नलकूबरी

स्कन्धयोः खड्गिनी रक्षेद् बाहू मे वज्रधारिणी                                                                ।। २९ ।।


हस्तयोर्दण्डिनी रक्षेदम्बिका चाङ्गुलीषु च।

नखाञ्छूलेश्वरी रक्षेत् कुक्षौ रक्षेन्नरेश्वरी                                                                            ||३०||


स्तनौ रक्षेन्महादेवी मनः शोकविनाशिनी

हृदये ललिता देवी उदरे शूलधारिणी                                                                             ।। ३१ ।।


नाभौ कामिनी रक्षेद् गुह्यं गुह्येश्वरी तथा

मेढ्रं रक्षतु दुर्गन्धा पायुं मे गुह्यवाहिनी                                                                             ।।३२ ।।


कट्यां भगवती रक्षेदूरू मे मेघवाहना

जङ्घे महाबला रक्षेत् जानू माधवनायिका                                                                        ।।३३ ।।


गुल्फयोर्नारसिंहीं पादपृष्ठे तु कौशिकी।

पादाङ्गुलीः श्रीधरी तलं पातालवासिनी                                                                   ।। ३४ ।।


नखान् दंष्ट्रकराली केशांश्चैवोर्ध्वकेशिनी

रोमकूपेषु कौमारी त्वचं योगिश्वरी तथा                                                                          ।।३५ ।।


रक्तमज्जावसामांसान्यस्थिमेदांसि पार्वती

अन्त्राणि कालरात्रिश्च पित्तं मुकुटेश्वरी                                                                        ।। ३६ ।।


पद्मावती पद्मकोशे कफे चूडामणिस्तथा

ज्वालामुखी नखज्वालामभेद्या सर्वसन्धिषु                                                                    ।। ३७ ।।


शुक्रं ब्रह्माणी मे रक्षेच्छायां छत्रेश्वरी तथा

अहंकारं मनो बुद्धिं रक्षेन्मे धर्मधारिणी                                                                             ॥३८


प्राणापानौ तथा व्यानमुदानं समानकम्

वज्रहस्ता मे रक्षेत् प्राणान् कल्याणशोभना                                                                  ।।३९।।


रसे रूपे गन्धे शब्दे स्पर्शे योगिनी

सत्त्वं रजस्तमश्चैव रक्षेन्नारायणी सदा                                                                              ।।४० ।।

आयू रक्षतु वाराही धर्मं रक्षतु पार्वती

यशः कीर्तिं लक्ष्मीं सदा रक्षतु वैष्णवी                                                                        ४१


गोत्रमिन्द्राणी मे रक्षेत् पशून् रक्षेच्च चण्डिका

पुत्रान् रक्षेन्महालक्ष्मीर्भार्यां रक्षतु भैरवी                                                                            ४२


धनेश्वरी धनं रक्षेत् कौमारी कन्यका तथा

पन्थानं सुपथा रक्षेन्मार्गं क्षेमंकरी तथा                                                                              ४३                  


राजद्वारे महालक्ष्मीर्विजया सततं स्थिता

रक्षाहीनं तु यत् स्थानं वर्जितं कवचेन तु                                                                          ४४


तत्सर्वं रक्ष मे देवि जयन्ती पापनाशिनी

सर्वरक्षाकरं पुण्यं कवचं सर्वदा जपेत्                                                                             ४५


इदं रहस्यं विप्रर्षे भक्त्या तव मयोदितम्

पदमेकं गच्छेत्तु यदीच्छेच्छुभमात्मनः                                                                           ४६


कवचेनावृतो नित्यं यत्र यत्रैव गच्छति।

तत्र तत्रार्थलाभश्च विजयः सार्वकालिकः                                                                          ४७ 


यं यं चिन्तयते कामं तं तं प्राप्नोति निश्चितम्

परमैश्वर्यमतुलं प्राप्स्यते भूतले पुमान्                                                                               ४८


निर्भयो जायते मर्त्यः संग्रामेष्वपराजितः

त्रैलोक्ये तु भवेत्पूज्यः कवचेनावृतः पुमान्                                                                       ४९           


इदं तु देव्याः कवचं देवानामपि दुर्लभम्

यः पठेत्प्रयतो नित्यं त्रिसन्ध्यं श्रद्धयान्वितः                                                                        ५०  


दैवीकला भवेत्तस्य त्रैलोक्ये चापराजितः

जीवेद्वर्षशतं साग्रमपमृत्युविवर्जितः                                                                                ५१   


नश्यन्ति व्याधयः सर्वे लूताविस्फोटकादयः

स्थावरं जङ्गमं चैव कृत्रिमं चैव यद्विषम्                                                                         ।। ५२ ।।


अभिचाराणि सर्वाणि मन्त्रयन्त्राणि भूतले

भूचराः खेचराश्चैव जलजाश्चौपदेशिकाः                                                                           ।।५३।।


सहजा कुलजा माला डाकिनी शाकिनी तथा

अन्तरिक्षचरा घोरा डाकिन्यश्च महारवाः                                                                         ।।५४ ।।       


ग्रहभूतपिशाचाश्च यक्षगन्धर्वराक्षसाः

ब्रह्मराक्षसवेतालाः कूष्माण्डा भैरवादयः                                                                        ।।५५ ।।               


नश्यन्ति दर्शनात्तस्य कवचेनावृतो हि यः

मानोन्नतिर्भवेद्राज्ञस्तेजोवृद्धिः परा भवेत्                                                                         ।।५६।।

यशोवृद्धिर्भवेत् पुंसां कीर्तिर्वृद्धिश्च जायते

तस्मात् जपेत् सदा भक्तः कवचं कामदं मुने                                                                 ।।५७ ।।


जपेत् सप्तशतीं चण्डीं कृत्वा तु कवचं पुरा

निर्विघ्नेन भवेत् सिद्धिश्चण्डीजपसमुद्भवा                                                                       ।।५८ ।।


यावद्भूमण्डलं धत्ते सशैलवनकाननम्

तावत्तिष्ठति मेदिन्यां सन्ततिः पुत्रपौत्रिकी                                                                       ।।५९ ।।           


देहान्ते परमं स्थानं सुरैरपि सुदुर्लभम्

प्राप्नोति पुरुषो नित्यं महामायाप्रसादतः                                                                         ।। ६० ।।


तत्र गच्छति गत्वासौ पुनश्चागमनं नहि

लभते परमं स्थानं शिवेन समतां व्रजेत्                                                                             ॥६१

इति श्रीमार्कण्डेयपुराणे हरिहरब्रह्मविरचितं देवीकवचं समाप्तम्




अथ अर्गलास्तोत्रम्

अस्य श्रीअर्गलास्तोत्रमन्त्रस्य विष्णुर्ऋषिः, अनुष्टुप् छन्दः, श्रीमहालक्ष्मीर्देवता, श्रीजगदम्बाप्रीतये सप्तशतीपाठाङ्गत्वेन जपे विनियोगः ।।

नमश्चण्डिकायै ।।

मार्कण्डेय उवाच

जय त्वं देवि चामुण्डे जय भूतापहारिणि

जय सर्वगते देवि कालरात्रि नमोऽस्तु ते                                                                               ॥१॥


जयन्ती मङ्गला काली भद्रकाली कपालिनी

दुर्गा शिवा क्षमा धात्री स्वाहा स्वधा नमोऽस्तु ते                                                                    ॥२॥


मधुकैटभविध्वंसि विधातृवरदे नमः

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                             ॥३॥


महिषासुरनिर्णाशि भक्तानां सुखदे नमः

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                             ॥४॥


धूम्रनेत्रवधे देवि धर्मकामार्थदायिनी

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                             ॥५॥


रक्तबीजवधे देवि चण्डमुण्डविनाशिनि

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                             ॥६॥     


निशुम्भशुम्भनिर्नाशि त्रैलोक्यशुभदे नमः

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                             ॥७॥  


वन्दितांघ्रियुगे देवि सर्वसौभाग्यदायिनि

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                             ॥८॥             


अचिन्त्यरूपचरिते सर्वशत्रुविनाशिनि

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                             ॥९॥ 


नतेभ्यः सर्वदा भक्त्या चापर्णे दुरितापहे

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                      ।।१०।।


स्तुवद्भ्यो भक्तिपूर्वं त्वां चण्डिके व्याधिनाशिनि

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                       ।।११।।


चण्डिके सततं युद्धे जयन्ती पापनाशिनि

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                      ।।१२ ।।


देहि सौभाग्यमारोग्यं देहि देवि परं सुखम्

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                       ।। १३ ।।


विधेहि देवि कल्याणं विधेहि विपुलां श्रियम्

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                       ।। १४ ।।


विधेहि द्विषतां नाशं विधेहि बलमुच्चकैः

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                       ।। १५ ।।



रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                       ।। १६ ।।

विद्यावन्तं यशस्वन्तं लक्ष्मीवन्तञ्च मां कुरु

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                         ॥१७॥


देवि प्रचण्डदोर्दण्डदैत्यदर्पनिषूदिनि

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                        ।।१८ ।।


प्रचण्डदैत्यदर्पघ्ने चण्डिके प्रणताय मे

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                         ।।१९।।


चतुर्भुजे चतुर्वक्त्रसंस्तुते परमेश्वरि

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                         ।।२०।।


कृष्णेन संस्तुते देवि शश्वद्भक्त्या सदाम्बिके

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                         ।।२१।।


हिमाचलसुतानाथसंस्तुते परमेश्वरि

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                         ।।२२।।


इन्द्राणीपतिसद्भावपूजिते परमेश्वरि

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                         ।।२३।।


देवि भक्तजनोद्दामदत्तानन्दोदयेऽम्बिके

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                         ।।२४।।


भार्यां मनोरमां देहि मनोवृत्तानुसारिणीम्

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                         ।।२५।।

तारिणीं दुर्गसंसारसागरस्याचलोद्भवे

रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि                                                                         ।।२६।।

इदं स्तोत्रं पठित्वा तु महास्तोत्रं पठेन्नरः

सप्तशतीं समाराध्य वरमाप्नोति दुर्लभम्                                                                         ।।२७।।


इति श्रीमार्कण्डेयपुराणे अर्गलास्तोत्रं समाप्तम्

अथ कीलकस्तोत्रम्

अस्य श्रीकीलकमन्त्रस्य शिव ऋषिः, अनुष्टुप् छन्दः, श्रीमहासरस्वती देवता, श्रीजगदम्बाप्रीत्यर्थे सप्तशतीपाठाङ्गत्वेन जपे विनियोगः


मार्कण्डेय उवाच

विशुद्धज्ञानदेहाय त्रिवेदीदिव्यचक्षुषे                   

श्रेयःप्राप्तिनिमित्ताय नमः सोमार्द्धधारिणे                                                                             ॥१॥


सर्वमेतद्विजानीयान्मन्त्राणामपि कीलकम्

सोऽपि क्षेममवाप्नोति सततं जप्यतत्परः                                                                               ॥२॥


सिद्ध्यन्त्युच्चाटनादीनि कर्माणि सकलान्यपि

एतेन स्तुवतां देवीं स्तोत्रवृन्देन भक्तितः                                                                               ॥३॥


मन्त्रो नौषधं तस्य किञ्चिदपि विद्यते

विना जप्येन सिद्ध्येत्तु सर्वमुच्चाटनादिकम्                                                                          ॥४॥


समग्राण्यपि सेत्स्यन्ति लोकशंकामिमां हरः

कृत्वा निमन्त्रयामास सर्वमेवमिदं शुभम्                                                                             ॥५॥


स्तोत्रं वै चण्डिकायास्तु तच्च गुह्यं चकार सः

समाप्नोति पुण्येन तां यथावन्नियन्त्रणाम्                                                                          ॥६॥


सोऽपि क्षेममवाप्नोति सर्वमेव संशयः

कृष्णायां वा चतुर्दश्यामष्टम्यां वा समाहितः                                                                         ॥७॥


ददाति प्रतिगृह्णाति नान्यथैषा प्रसीदति

इत्थंरूपेण कीलेन महादेवेन कीलितम्                                                                              ॥८


यो निष्कीलां विधायैनां चण्डीं जपति नित्यशः

सिद्धः गणः सोऽथ गन्धर्वो जायते ध्रुवम्                                                                       ॥९॥


चैवापाटवं तस्य भयं क्वापि जायते

नापमृत्युवशं याति मृते मोक्षमाप्नुयात्                                                                            ॥९०॥


ज्ञात्वा प्रारभ्य कुर्वीत ह्यकुर्वाणो विनश्यति

ततो ज्ञात्वैव सम्पूर्णमिदं प्रारभ्यते बुधैः                                                                               ॥११॥


सौभाग्यादि यत्किञ्चिद् दृश्यते ललनाजने

तत्सर्वं तत्प्रसादेन तेन जप्यमिदं शुभम्                                                                            ।।१२।।


शनैस्तु जप्यमानेऽस्मिन् स्तोत्रे सम्पत्तिरुच्चकैः

भवत्येव समग्रापि ततः प्रारभ्यमेव तत्                                                                               ॥१३॥            


ऐश्वर्यं तत्प्रसादेन सौभाग्यारोग्यमेव च।

शत्रुहानिः परो मोक्षः स्तूयते सा किं जनैः                                                                    ।। १४ ।।


चण्डिकां हृदयेनापि यः स्मरेत् सततं नरः

हृद्यं काममवाप्नोति हृदि देवी सदा वसेत्                                                                       ।। १५ ।।


अग्रतोऽमुं महादेवकृतं कीलकवारणम्

निष्कीलञ्च तथा कृत्वा पठितव्यं समाहितैः                                                                     ।।१६ ।।


इति श्रीभगवत्याः कीलकस्तोत्रं समाप्तम्




अथ ऋग्वेदोक्तं रात्रिसूक्तम्

रात्रिसूक्तस्य  कुशिक ऋषिः रात्रिर्देवता, गायत्री छन्दः, श्रीजगदम्बाप्रीत्यर्थे सप्तशती पाठादी जपे विनियोगः

रात्री व्यख्यदायती पुरुत्रा देव्यक्षभिः विश्वा अधि श्रियोऽधित                                   || ||

ओर्वप्रा अमर्त्या निवतो देव्युद्वतः ज्योतिषा बाधते तमः                                                  || ||

निरु स्वसारमस्कृतोषसं देव्यायती अपेदु हासते तमः                                                       ॥३॥

सा नो अद्य यस्या वयं नि ते यामन्नविक्ष्महि वृक्षे वसतिं वयः                                          ॥४

नि ग्रामासो अविक्षत नि पद्वन्तो नि पक्षिणः नि श्येनासश्चिदर्थिनः                                    || |

यावया वृक्यं वृकं यवय स्तेनमूर्म्ये अथा नः सुतरा भव                                                   || ||

उप मा पेपिशत्तमः कृष्णं व्यक्तमस्थित उप ऋणेव यातय                                           || ||

उप ते गा इवाकरं वृणीष्व दुहितर्दिवः रात्रि स्तोमं जिग्युषे                                          ॥८

इति ऋग्वेदोकं रात्रिसूक्तम् समाप्तम्
















।। श्रीदुर्गायै नमः ।।

अथ श्री दुर्गासप्तशती



अस्य श्रीप्रथमचरित्रस्य ब्रह्मा ऋषिः, महाकाली देवता, गायत्री छन्दः, नन्दा शक्तिः, रक्तदन्तिका बीजम्, अग्निस्तत्त्वम्, ऋग्वेदः स्वरूपम्, श्रीमहाकालीप्रीत्यर्थे प्रथमचरित्रजपे विनियोगः


खड्गं चक्रगदेषुचापपरिघाञ्छूलं भुशुण्डीं शिरः

शंखं संदधतीं करैस्त्रिनयनां सर्वाङ्गभूषावृताम्

नीलाश्मद्युतिमास्यपाददशकां सेवे महाकालिकां

यामस्तौत्स्वपिते हरौ कमलजो हन्तुं मधुं कैटभम् ।।


' ऐं' मार्कण्डेय उवाच

सावर्णिः सूर्यतनयो यो मनुः कथ्यतेऽष्टमः

निशामय तदुत्पत्तिं विस्तराद् गदतो मम                                                                              ॥२॥


महामायानुभावेन यथा मन्वन्तराधिपः

बभूव महाभागः सावर्णिस्तनयो रवेः                                                                                ॥३॥


स्वारोचिषेऽन्तरे पूर्व चैत्रवंशसमुद्भवः

सुरथो नाम राजाभूत्समस्ते क्षितिमण्डले                                                                            ॥४॥             


तस्य पालयतः सम्यक् प्रजाः पुत्रानिवौरसान्

बभूवुः शत्रवो भूषाः कोलाविध्वंसिनस्तदा                                                                           ॥५॥


तस्य तैरभवद्युद्धमतिप्रबलदण्डिनः

न्यूनैरपि तैर्युद्धे कोलाविध्वंसिभिर्जितः                                                                          ||||


ततः स्वपुरमायातो निजदेशाधिपोऽभवत्

आक्रान्तः महाभागस्तैस्तदा प्रबलारिभिः                                                                      ||||


अमात्यैर्बलिभिर्दुष्टैर्दुर्बलस्य दुरात्मभिः

कोशो बलं चापहृतं तत्रापि स्वपुरे ततः                                                                              ||||


ततो मृगयाव्याजेन हृतस्वाम्यः भूपतिः

एकाकी हयमारुह्य जगाम गहनं वनम्                                                                                ॥९॥


सतत्राश्रममद्राक्षीद् द्विजवर्यस्य मेधसः                            

प्रशान्तश्वापदाकीर्णं मुनिशिष्योपशोभितम्                                                                        ॥१०॥


तस्थी कंचित्स कालं मुनिना तेन सत्कृतः

इतश्चेतश्च विचरंस्तस्मिन्मुनिवराश्रमे                                                                                ।।११।।


सोऽचिन्तयत्तदा तत्र ममत्वाकृष्टचेतनः                                                                           ।।१२


मत्पूर्वः पालितं पूर्वं मया हीनं पुरं हि तत्।

मद्भृत्यैस्तैरसद्वृत्तैर्धर्मतः पाल्यते वा                                                                          ॥१३॥


जाने से प्रधानो मे शूरहस्ती सदामदः

मम वैरिवशं यातः कान् भोगानुपलप्स्यते                                                                      ।। १४ ।।


ये ममानुगता नित्यं प्रसादधनभोजनैः

अनुवृत्तिं ध्रुवं तेऽद्य कुर्वन्त्यन्यमहीभृताम्                                                                      ।। १५ ।।


असम्यग्व्ययशीलैस्तैः कुर्वद्भिः सततं व्ययम्

संचितः सोऽतिदुःखेन क्षयं कोशो गमिष्यति                                                                  ।। १६ ।।


एतच्चान्यच्च सततं चिन्तयामास पार्थिवः

तत्र विप्राश्रमाभ्याशे वैश्यमेकं ददर्श सः                                                                          ।।१७।।


पृष्टस्तेन कस्त्वं भो हेतुश्चागमनेऽत्र कः

सशोक इव कस्मात्त्वं दुर्मना इव लक्ष्यसे                                                                        ।। १८ ।।      


इत्याकर्ण्य वचस्तस्य भूपतेः प्रणयोदितम्

प्रत्युवाच तं वैश्यः प्रश्रयावनतो नृपम्                                                                         ।।१९।।



वैश्य उवाच २०

समाधिर्नाम वैश्योऽहमुत्पन्नो धनिनां कुले

पुत्रदारैर्निरस्तश्च धनलोभादसाधुभिः                                                                                ॥२१॥


विहीनश्च धनैदारैः पुत्रैरादाय मे धनम्

वनमभ्यागतो दुःखी निरस्तश्चाप्तबन्धुभिः                                                                         ॥२२


सोऽहं वेद्मि पुत्राणां कुशलाकुशलात्मिकाम्।

प्रवृत्तिं स्वजनानां दाराणां चात्र संस्थितः                                                                         ॥२३॥


किं नु तेषां गृहे क्षेममक्षेमं किं नु साम्प्रतम्                                                                       ।।२४।।

कथं ते किं नु सद्वृत्ता दुर्वृत्ताः किं नु मे सुताः                                                                ।। २५ ।।                   

राजोवाच ।। २६ ।।

यैर्निरस्तो भवाँलुब्धैः पुत्रदारादिभिर्धनैः                                                                             ॥२७॥


तेषु किं भवतः स्नेहमनुबध्नाति मानसम्                                                                           ||२८||

वैश्य उवाच ।। २९ ।।


एवमेतद्यथा प्राह भवानस्मद्गतं वचः

किं करोमि बध्नाति मम निष्ठुरतां मनः                                                                        ||३०||


यैः संत्यज्य पितृस्नेहं धनलुब्धैर्निराकृतः

पतिस्वजनहार्दं हार्दि तेष्वेव मे मनः                                                                            ||३१||


किमेतन्नाभिजानामि जानन्नपि महामते

यत्प्रेमप्रवणं चित्तं विगुणेष्वपि बन्धुषु                                                                               ||३२||


तेषां कृते मे निःश्वासो दौर्मनस्यं जायते                                                                        ||३३||

करोमि किं यन्न मनस्तेष्वप्रीतिषु निष्ठुरम्                                                                      ||३४||

मार्कण्डेय उवाच ।। ३५ ।।

ततस्तौ सहितौ विप्र तं मुनिं समुपस्थितौ                                                                         ||३६||

समाधिर्नाम वैश्योऽसौ पार्थिवसत्तमः                                                                        ३७॥


कृत्वा तु तौ यथान्यायं यथार्हं तेन संविदम्

उपविष्टौ कथाः काश्चिच्चक्रतुर्वैश्यपार्थिवौ                                                                          ॥३८॥

राजोवाच ।। ३९ ।।

भगवंस्त्वामहं प्रष्टुमिच्छाम्येकं वदस्व तत्                                                                        ४०॥

दुःखाय यन्मे मनसः स्वचित्तायत्ततां विना                                                                          ४१


ममत्वं गतराज्यस्य राज्याङ्गेष्वखिलेष्वपि

जानतोऽपि यथाज्ञस्य किमेतन्मुनिसत्तम                                                                           ॥४२॥


अयं निकृतः पुत्रैदरिर्भृत्यैस्तथोज्झितः

स्वजनेन संत्यक्तस्तेषु हार्दी तथाप्यति                                                                        ।।४३ ।।


एवमेष तथाहं द्वावप्यत्यन्तदुःखितौ

दृष्टदोषेऽपि विषये ममत्वाकृष्टमानसौ                                                                           ||४४ ।।


तत्किमेतन्महाभाग यन्मोहो ज्ञानिनोरपि

ममास्य भवत्येषा विवेकान्धस्य मूढता                                                                        ।।४५ ।।

ऋषिरुवाच ।। ४६ ।।

ज्ञानमस्ति समस्तस्य जन्तोर्विषयगोचरे

विषयश्च महाभाग याति चैवं पृथक् पृथक्                                                                      ।।४७ ।।


दिवान्धाः प्राणिनः केचिद्रात्रावन्धास्तथापरे

केचिद्दिवा तथा रात्रौ प्राणिनस्तुल्यदृष्टयः                                                                        ।।४८ ।।


ज्ञानिनो मनुजाः सत्यं किं तु ते हि केवलम्

यतो हि ज्ञानिनः सर्वे पशुपक्षिमृगादयः                                                                         ।।४९ ।।


ज्ञानं तन्मनुष्याणां यत्तेषां मृगपक्षिणाम्

मनुष्याणां यत्तेषां तुल्यमन्यत्तथोभयोः                                                                           ॥४०॥     


ज्ञानेऽपि सति पश्यैतान् पतङ्गाञ्छावचञ्चषु

कणमोक्षादृतान्मोहात्पीड्यमानानपि क्षुधा                                                                        ॥४१॥


मानुषा मनुजव्याघ्र साभिलाषाः सुतान् प्रति

लोभात्प्रत्युपकाराय नन्वेतान् किं पश्यसि                                                                     ॥५२॥


तथापि ममतावर्त्ते मोहगर्ते निपातिताः

महामायाप्रभावेण संसारस्थितिकारिणा                                                                            ॥५३॥


तन्नात्र विस्मयः कार्यो योगनिद्रा जगत्पतेः

महामाया हरेश्चैषा तया सम्मोह्यते जगत्                                                                         ।।५४ ।।


ज्ञानिनामपि चेतांसि देवी भगवती हि सा

बलादाकृष्य मोहाय महामाया प्रयच्छति                                                                         ।।५५।।


तया विसृज्यते विश्वं जगदेतच्चराचरम्

सैषा प्रसन्ना वरदा नृणां भवति मुक्तये                                                                            ।।५६


सा विद्या परमा मुक्तेर्हेतुभूता सनातनी                                                                         ||५७ ||

संसारबन्धहेतुश्च सैव सर्वेश्वरेश्वरी                                                                                    ।।५८ ।।

राजोवाच ।।५९ ।।

भगवन् का हि सा देवी महामायेति यां भवान्

ब्रवीति कथमुत्पन्ना सा कर्मास्याश्च किं द्विज                                                                    ||६०


यत्प्रभावा सा देवी यत्स्वरूपा यदुद्भवा                                                                      ।।६१ ।।

तत्सर्वं श्रोतुमिच्छामि त्वत्तो ब्रह्मविदां वर                                                                         ।।६२

ऋषिरुवाच ।। ६३ ।।

नित्यैव सा जगन्मूर्तिस्तया सर्वमिदं ततम्                                                                       ||६४||

तथापि तत्समुत्पत्तिर्बहुधा श्रूयतां मम                                                                             ।।६५ ।।


देवानां कार्यसिद्ध्यर्थमाविर्भवति सा यदा

उत्पन्नेति तदा लोके सा नित्याप्यभिधीयते                                                                         ॥६६॥


योगनिद्रां यदा विष्णुर्जगत्येकार्णवीकृते

आस्तीर्य शेषमभजत्कल्पान्ते भगवान् प्रभुः                                                                      ॥६७॥


तदा द्वावसुरौ घोरौ विख्यातौ मधुकैटभौ

विष्णुकर्णमलोद्भूतौ हन्तुं ब्रह्माणमुद्यतौ                                                                       ||६८ ||


नाभिकमले विष्णोः स्थितो ब्रह्मा प्रजापतिः

दृष्ट्वा तावसुरौ चोग्री प्रसुप्तं जनार्दनम्                                                                       ।।६९ ।।


तुष्टाव योगनिद्रां तामेकाग्रहृदयस्थितः

विबोधनार्थाय हरेर्हरिनेत्रकृतालयाम्                                                                             ||७० ||


विश्वेश्वरीं जगद्धात्रीं स्थितिसंहारकारिणीम्

निद्रां भगवतीं विष्णोरतुलां तेजसः प्रभुः                                                                         ।।७१ ।।

ब्रह्मोवाच ।। ७२ ।।

त्वं स्वाहा त्वं स्वधा त्वं हि वषट्कारः स्वरात्मिका

सुधा त्वमक्षरे नित्ये त्रिधा मात्रात्मिका स्थिता                                                                  ।।७३ ।।


अर्धमात्रास्थिता नित्या यानुच्चार्या विशेषतः

त्वमेव सन्ध्या सावित्री त्वं देवजननी परा                                                                        ||७४ ।।


त्वयैतद्धार्यते विश्वं त्वयैतत्सृजते जगत्

त्वयैतत्पाल्यते देवि त्वमत्स्यन्ते सर्वदा                                                                       ।।७५ ।।


विसृष्टौ सृष्टिरूपा त्वं स्थितिरूपा पालने

तथा संहतिरूपान्ते जगतोऽस्य जगन्मये                                                                     ।।७६ ।।


महाविद्या महामाया महामेधा महास्मृतिः

महामोहा भवती महादेवी महासुरी                                                                         ।।७७ ||


प्रकृतिस्त्वं सर्वस्य गुणत्रयविभाविनी

कालरात्रिर्महारात्रिर्मोहरात्रिश्च दारुणा                                                                          ।।७८ ।।


त्वं श्रीस्त्वमीश्वरी त्वं ह्रीस्त्वं बुद्धिर्बोधलक्षणा

लज्जा पुष्टिस्तथा तुष्टिस्त्वं शान्तिः क्षान्तिरेव                                                                 ।।७९ ।।


खड्गिनी शूलिनी घोरा गदिनी चक्रिणी तथा

शंखिनी चापिनी बाणभुशुण्डीपरिघायुधा                                                                       ||८०||


सौम्या सौम्यतराशेषसौम्येभ्यस्त्वतिसुन्दरी

परापराणां परमा त्वमेव परमेश्वरी                                                                                  ।।८१ ।।


यच्च किंचित्क्वचिद्वस्तु सदसद्वाखिलात्मिके

तस्य सर्वस्य या शक्तिः सा त्वं किं स्तूयसे मया                                                               ।।८२ ।।


यया त्वया जगत्स्रष्टा जगत्पातात्ति यो जगत्

सोऽपि निद्रावशं नीतः कस्त्वां स्तोतुमिहेश्वरः                                                                 ।। ८३ ।।


विष्णुः शरीरग्रहणमहमीशान एव

कारितास्ते यतोऽतस्त्वां कः स्तोतुं शक्तिमान् भवेत्                                                       ||८४ ।।


सा त्वमित्थं प्रभावैः स्वैरुदारैर्देवि संस्तुता

मोहयैतौ दुराधर्षावसुरौ मधुकैटभौ                                                                               ।। ८५ ।।


प्रबोधं जगत्स्वामी नीयतामच्युतो लघु                                                                         ।।८६


बोधश्च क्रियतामस्य हन्तुमेतौ महासुरौ                                                                              ॥८७॥


ऋषिरुवाच ।। ८८ ।।

एवं स्तुता तदा देवी तामसी तत्र वेधसा

विष्णोः प्रबोधनार्थाय निहन्तुं मधुकैटभौ                                                                         ।।८९



निर्गम्य दर्शने तस्थौ ब्रह्मणोऽव्यक्तजन्मनः                                                                     ।। ९०॥


उत्तस्थौ जगन्नाथस्तया मुक्तो जनार्दनः

एकार्णवेऽहिशयनात्ततः ददृशे तौ                                                                            ।।९१।।


मधुकैटभौ दुरात्मानावतिवीर्यपराक्रमौ

क्रोधरक्तेक्षणावत्तुं ब्रह्माणं जनितोद्यमौ                                                                            ।।९२।।


समुत्थाय ततस्ताभ्या युयुधे भगवान् हरिः।

पञ्चवर्षसहस्राणि बाहुप्रहरणो विभुः                                                                                ।।९३।।

तावप्यतिबलोन्मत्तौ महामायाविमोहितौ                                                                         ।।९४।।

उक्तवन्तौ वरोऽस्मत्तो व्रियतामिति केशवम्                                                                   ।।९५।।

श्रीभगवानुवाच ।। ९६ ।।

भवेतामद्य मे तुष्टौ मम वध्यावुभावपि                                                                              ।।९७।।

किमन्येन वरेणात्र एतावद्धि वृतं मम                                                                               ।।९८।।

ऋषिरुवाच ।। ९९ ।।

वञ्चिताभ्यामिति तदा सर्वमापोमयं जगत्

विलोक्य ताभ्यां गदितो भगवान् कमलेक्षणः                                                                 ।।१००।।


प्रीतौ स्वस्तव युद्धेन श्लाघ्यस्त्वं मृत्युरावयोः

आवां जहि यत्रोर्वी सलिलेन परिप्लुता                                                                        ।।१०१।।

ऋषिरुवाच ।।१०२ ।।

तथेत्युक्त्वा भगवता शंखचक्रगदाभृता

कृत्वा चक्रेण वै च्छिन्ने जघने शिरसी तयोः                                                                     ।।१०३।।

एवमेषा समुत्पन्ना ब्रह्मणा संस्तुता स्वयम्

प्रभावमस्या देव्यास्तु भूयः शृणु वदामि ते                                                       ।।ऐं ।। १०४ ।।

इति श्रीमार्कण्डेयपुराणे सावर्णिके मन्वन्तरे देवीमाहात्म्ये

मधुकैटभवधो नाम प्रथमोऽध्यायः ।। ।।























Markandeya said: The eighth Manu is called Savarni, the son of Surya (Sun). I shall now tell you how he came into being. Due to the grace of Mahamaya, that lord of the Manvantara came to be the son of Surya.

There was a king called Suratha ruling over the whole earth. He ruled his subjects like his own children. He was once attacked by his enemies who tried to capture his city by force. He had a great fight with them. He was defeated in battle by those wicked ministers and kings of the hostile party and was compelled to leave his country. He felt extremely dejected, and mounting on a horse, singly went to a dense forest. There he saw an Ashram of a great Brahmin. There were many disciples in the Ashram, studying sacred lore. The king was received warmly by the sage.

There the king was wandering here and there and being caught by the force of 'mineness' he thought within himself, "Ah! What a sad state! Up to this time I was ruling this country, and now it is occupied by the enemy. My ministers were serving me faithfully, and now they are serving my enemies. My subjects were happy during my rule, and I do not know how they are being treated now. They are all serving a foreign ruler. My treasury will be completely used up by the enemies!" Thus and other things did the king ponder over.

In that Ashram, the king saw a Vaisya (the merchant-caste).

The king asked him, "Who are you? What are you doing here? Please tell me everything about you." The Vaisya said, "My name is Samadhi. I was born in a wealthy family. But I was deprived of all my property by wicked people of my neighbourhood, and all my family, wife and children deserted me, and due to poverty I have taken shelter in this forest. I am filled with grief. I do not know what has happened to my wife and what my children are doing now. Whether they are living or dead I do not know." The king said, "When your wife and children have deserted you, when you became penniless, why then, are you so much attached to them even now?" The Vaisya said, "O king! True exactly is what you say. I also know it. But what to do? Still I love them. The nature of mind is such. It loves even the wicked wife and the wicked children who have driven me out. I cannot help it."

Markandeya said: Then they both, the king and the Vaisya, went to that sage who was residing in that Ashram. They both prostrated before the sage, and with great reverence the king questioned the sage, "O revered sage! I wish to ask you one question. O sage! I have lost all my territory. I have now nothing with me. But still I am having great attachment for my lost kingdom, wife and children. O sage, why is this? This is a Vaisya who has been deserted by his kith and kin due to his poverty and still he has got great attachment for his wife and children. We both are of the same type. We both are filled with grief. We both are deluded. Please destroy our ignorance through your wisdom.

The sage said: O king! Yes, there is that wisdom in every creature. Some animals are blind during the daytime, some are blind during the night. Some are of the same sight during night and day. Man has sight only during the day. Yet, all possess the same wisdom. What is all this? Why is this difference? Look at the moths falling on fire! Look at men falling in the fire of sensual objects! What difference is there among creatures here? In spite of intelligence, all creatures are struggling for the sake of belly. All are controlled and deluded by the Great Power, the Mahamaya of Vishnu! Due to Her Power all this world is working. Due to Her all are suffering. Due to Her all are happy. There is no wonder in this. Even Jnanis are dragged by this Maya by force, and they are totally deluded. She is the creator of this universe, mobile and immobile. She, being pleased, gives men the eternal salvation in the end. She is the cause of bondage and liberation. She alone is all in all. She rules supreme over all lords!

The king said: O sage! Who is that Devi Maya? How is She born? I wish to hear everything about Her, who works such wonders in this world.

The sage said: She is eternal, the manifestation of the Supreme Power. She is pervading all this. Her coming into being is heard of in various ways. When She reveals Herself for the good of the gods, She is considered as being born. When Maha Vishnu was merged in His Yoganidra during the time of the great Dissolution, there arose two great demons, called Madhu and Kaitabha from the dirt of Vishnu's ears. They ran towards Brahma who was just projected out from the great Lotus of Vishnu's navel, and came to devour him. Brahma saw that Vishnu was asleep and that there was none to help him in such a danger. In order to wake up Mahavishnu from His sleep, Brahma prayed to Adimaya, the support of the universe, the Supreme Goddess of the worlds, the Creatress, the Preserver and Destroyer of everything.

Brahma said: O Devi! Thou art Svaha, Svadha and Vashatkara! Thou art Nada, Ardhamatra, Savitri! Thou art the Support of this world. Thou alone createst this universe. Thou preservest this. Thou art Mahavidya, Mahamaya, Mahamedha, Mahasmriti, and Mahamoha! Save me by waking up the great Vishnu. Thou art Prakriti, with three Gunas, Thou art prosperity, Thou art peace I mercy. Thou art with countless weapons. Thou art beautiful and dreadful. Thou art greater than the greatest, O Devi! Whatever there is here is Thyself. What more can I say? Vishnu would have helped me, He would have saved me, but He is asleep. Kindly wake Him up, and delude these Asuras, for I am in danger of life.

The said: Thus praised, the great Maya, entered the body of Vishnu from all quarters. She opened His eyes, opened His mind, opened His hands and opened every limb part by part. The great Lord of the worlds, stood up with inexpressible grandeur with all His powerful weapons. He saw two formidable demons in front, who were of tremendous power, who were extremely wicked in nature. They were trying to eat up Brahma completely. Lord Hari fought with them for five thousand years. Mahamaya began to delude these two demons through Her power. In their ignorance, they asked Bhagavan Vishnu, "Hari! What boon do you want? Ask from us." The Lord said, "Become you both My victims immediately."

The Rishi said: Seeing that there was no place where there was no water, the demons said, "Yes, you can kill us where there is no water." Vishnu kept them both on His thighs where there was no water and chopped off both of their heads with His dreadful Sudarshana-Chakra. O king! Thus is a story how Maya was born for the first time. Hear of Her great stories still more.




















अथ मध्यमचरितम्



अस्य श्री मध्यमचरित्रस्य विष्णुर्ऋषिः, महालक्ष्मीर्देवता, उष्णिक् छन्दः, शाकम्भरी शक्तिः, दुर्गा बीजम्, वायुस्तत्त्वम्, यजुर्वेदः स्वरूपम्, श्रीमहालक्ष्मीप्रीत्यर्थे मध्यमचरित्रजपे विनियोगः


अक्षस्रक्परशुं गदेषुकुलिशं पद्मं धनुष्कुण्डिकां

दण्डं शक्तिमसिं चर्म जलजं घण्टा सुराभाजनम्

शूलं पाशसुदर्शने दधतीं हस्तैः प्रसन्नाननां

सेवे सैरिभमर्दिनीमिह महालक्ष्मीं सरोजस्थिताम् ।।

' ह्रीं' ऋषिरुवाच ।।१।।

देवासुरमभूद्युद्धं पूर्णमब्दशतं पुरा।

महिषेऽसुराणामधिपे देवानां पुरन्दरे                                                                             ।।२।।


तत्रासुरैर्महावीर्यैर्देवसैन्यं पराजितम्

जित्वा सकलान् देवानिन्द्रोऽभून्महिषासुरः                                                                   ।।३।।


ततः पराजिता देवाः पद्मयोनिं प्रजापतिम्

पुरस्कृत्य गतास्तत्र यत्रेशगरुडध्वजौ                                                                               ।।४।।


यथावृत्तं तयोस्तद्वन्महिषासुरचेष्टितम्

त्रिदशाः कथयामासुर्देवाभिभवविस्तरम्                                                                            ।।५।।


सूर्येन्द्राग्न्यनिलेन्दूनां यमस्य वरुणस्य

अन्येषां चाधिकारान् स्वयमेवाधितिष्ठति                                                                       ।।६।।


स्वर्गान्निराकृताः सर्वे तेन देवगणा भुवि

विचरन्ति यथा मर्त्या महिषेण दुरात्मना                                                                          || ||           


एतद्वः कथितं सर्वममरारिविचेष्टितम्

शरणं वः प्रपन्नाः स्मो वधस्तस्य विचिन्त्यताम्                                                                  ।।८।।


इत्थं निशम्य देवानां वचांसि मधुसूदनः

चकार कोपं शम्भुश्च भ्रुकुटीकुटिलाननौ                                                                         ।।९।।


ततोऽतिकोपपूर्णस्य चक्रिणो वदनात्ततः

निश्चक्राम महत्तेजो ब्रह्मणः शंकरस्य                                                                         ।।१०।।


अन्येषां चैव देवानां शक्रादीनां शरीरतः

निर्गतं सुमहत्तेजस्तच्चैक्यं समगच्छत                                                                             ।।११।।


अतीव तेजसः कूटं ज्वलन्तमिव पर्वतम्

ददृशुस्ते सुरास्तत्र ज्वालाव्याप्तदिगन्तरम्                                                                     ।।१२।।


अतुलं तत्र तत्तेजः सर्वदेवशरीरजम्

एकस्थं तदभून्नारी व्याप्तलोकत्रयं त्विषा                                                                       ।।१३।।


यदभूच्छाम्भवं तेजस्तेनाजायत तन्मुखम्

याम्येन चाभवन् केशा बाहवो विष्णुतेजसा                                                                   ।।१४।।


सौम्येन स्तनयोर्युग्मं मध्यं चैन्द्रेण चाभवत्

वारुणेन जङ्घोरू नितम्बस्तेजसा भुवः                                                                      ।।१५।।


ब्रह्मणस्तेजसा पादौ तदङ्गुल्योऽर्कतेजसा

वसूनां कराङ्गुल्यः कौबेरेण नासिका                                                                 ।।१६।।


तस्यास्तु दन्ताः सम्भूताः प्राजापत्येन तेजसा

नयनत्रितयं जज्ञे तथा पावकतेजसा                                                                                 ।।१७।।


भ्रुवौ सन्ध्ययोस्तेजः श्रवणावनिलस्य

अन्येषां चैव देवानां सम्भवस्तेजसां शिवा                                                                         ।।१८।।


ततः समस्तदेवानां तेजोराशिसमुद्भवाम्

तां विलोक्य मुदं प्रापुरमरा महिषार्दिताः                                                                        ।।१९।।


शूलं शूलाद्विनिष्कृष्य ददौ तस्यै पिनाकधृक्

चक्रं दत्तवान् कृष्णः समुत्पाद्य स्वचक्रतः                                                                   ।।२०।।


शंखं वरुणः शक्तिं ददौ तस्यै हुताशनः

मारुतो दत्तवांश्चापं बाणपूर्णे तथेषुधी                                                                               ।।२१।।


वज्रमिन्द्रः समुत्पाद्य कुलिशादमराधिपः

ददौ तस्यै सहस्राक्षो घण्टामैरावताद् गजात्                                                                   ।।२२।।


कालदण्डाद्यमो दण्डं पाशं चाम्बुपतिर्ददौ

प्रजापतिश्चाक्षमालां ददौ ब्रह्मा कमण्डलुम्                                                                     ।।२३ ।।


समस्तरोमकूपेषु निजरश्मीन् दिवाकरः

कालश्च दत्तवान् खड्गं तस्याश्चर्म निर्मलम्                                                                  ।।२४।।


क्षीरोदश्चामलं हारमजरे तथाम्बरे

चूडामणि तथा दिव्यं कुण्डले कटकानि                                                                      ।।२५ ।।


अर्धचन्द्रं तथा शुभ्रं केयूरान् सर्वबाहुषु

नूपुरौ विमलौ तद्वद् ग्रैवेयकमनुत्तमम्                                                                             ।।२६।।


अङ्गुलीयकरत्नानि समस्तास्वङ्गुलीषु

विश्वकर्मा ददौ तस्यै परशुं चातिनिर्मलम्                                                                        ।।२७।।


अस्त्राण्यनेकरूपाणि तथाभेद्यं दंशनम्

अम्लानपंकजां मालां शिरस्युरसि चापराम्                                                                     ।।२८।।


अददज्जलधिस्तस्यै पंकजं चातिशोभनम्

हिमवान् वाहनं सिंहं रत्नानि विविधानि                                                                        ।।२९।।


ददावशून्य सुरया पानपात्रं धनाधिपः

शेषश्च सर्वनागेशो महामणिविभूषितम्                                                                           ।।३०॥


नागहारं ददौ तस्यै धत्ते यः पृथिवीमिमाम्

अन्यैरपि सुरैर्देवी भूषणैरायुधैस्तथा                                                                               ।।३१।।


सम्मानिता ननादोच्चैः साट्टहासं मुहुर्मुहुः

तस्या नादेन घोरेण कृत्स्नमापूरितं नभः                                                                         ।।३२।।


अमायतातिमहता प्रतिशब्दो महानभूत्

चुक्षुभुः सकला लोकाः समुद्राश्च चकम्पिरे                                                                      ।।३३।।


चचाल वसुधा चेलुः सकलाश्च महीधराः

जयेति देवाश्च मुदा तामूचुः सिंहवाहिनीम्                                                                        ।।३४।।


तुष्टुवुर्मुनयश्चैनां भक्तिनम्रात्ममूर्तयः

दृष्ट्वा समस्त सक्षुब्धं त्रैलोक्यममरारयः                                                                           ।।३५।।


सन्नद्धाखिलसैन्यास्ते समुत्तस्थुरुदायुधाः

आः किमेतदिति क्रोधादाभाष्य महिषासुरः                                                                     ।।३६।।


अभ्यधावत तं शब्दमशेषैरसुरैर्वृतः

ददर्श ततो देवीं व्याप्तलोकत्रयां त्विषा                                                                       ।।३७।।


पादाक्रान्त्या नतभुवं किरीटोल्लिखिताम्बराम्

क्षोभिताशेषपातालां धनुर्ज्यानिःस्वनेन ताम्                                                       ।।३८ ।।


दिशो भुजसहस्रेण समन्ताद् व्याप्य संस्थिताम्

ततः प्रववृते युद्धं तया देव्या सुरद्विषाम्                                                            ।।३९।।


शस्त्रास्त्रैर्बहुधा मुक्तैरादीपितदिगन्तरम्

महिषासुरसेनानीश्चिक्षुराख्यो महासुरः                                                               ।।४०।।


युयुधे चामरश्चान्यैश्चतुरङ्गबलान्वितः

रथानामयुतैः षड्भिरुदग्राख्यो महासुरः                                                            ।।४१।।


अयुध्यतायुतानां सहस्रेण महाहनुः

पञ्चाशद्भिश्च नियुतैरसिलोमा महासुरः                                                               ।।४२।।


अयुतानां शतैः षड्भिर्बाष्कलो युयुधे रणे

गजवाजिसहस्रौघैरनेकैः परिवारितः                                                                 ।।४३।।


वृतो रथानां कोट्या युद्धे तस्मिन्नयुध्यत

बिडालाख्योऽयुतानां पञ्चाशद्भिरथायुतैः                                                        ।।४४।।


युयुधे संयुगे तत्र रथानां परिवारितः

अन्ये तत्रायुतशो रथनागहयैर्वृताः                                                                ।।४५।।


युयुधुः संयुगे देव्या सह तत्र महासुराः

कोटिकोटिसहस्रेस्तु रथानां दन्तिनां तथा                                                         ।।४६।।


हयानां वृतो युद्धे तत्राभून्महिषासुरः

तोमरैर्भिन्दिपालैश्च शक्तिभिर्मुसलैस्तथा                                                         ।।४७।।


युयुधुः संयुगे देव्या खड्गैः परशुपट्टिशैः

केचिच्च चिक्षिपुः शक्तीः केचित्पाशांस्तथापरे                                                  ।।४८।।


देवीं खड्गप्रहारैस्तु ते तां हन्तुं प्रचक्रमुः

सापि देवी ततस्तानि शस्त्राण्यस्त्राणि चण्डिका                                                  ।।४९ ।।


लीलयैव प्रचिच्छेद निजशस्त्रास्त्रवर्षिणी

अनायस्तानना देवी स्तूयमाना सुरर्षिभिः                                                          ।।५०।।


मुमोचासुरदेहेषु शस्त्राण्यस्त्राणि चेश्वरी

सोऽपि क्रुद्धो धुतसटो देव्या वाहनकेसरी                                                        ।।५१।।


चचारासुरसैन्येषु वनेष्विव हुताशनः

निःश्वासान् मुमुचे यांश्च युध्यमाना रणेऽम्बिका                                                   ।।५२।।


एव सद्यः सम्भूता गणाः शतसहस्रशः

युयुधुस्ते परशुभिर्भिन्दिपालासिपट्टिशैः                                                           ।।५३।।


नाशयन्तोऽसुरगणान् देवीशक्त्युपबृंहिताः।

अवादयन्त पटहान् गणाः शङ्खास्तथापरे                                                        ।।५४।।


मृदङ्गांश्च तथैवान्ये तस्मिन् युद्धमहोत्सवे

ततो देवी त्रिशूलेन गदया शक्तिवृष्टिभिः                                                            ।।५५।।


खड्गादिभिश्च शतशो निजघान महासुरान्

पातयामास चैवान्यान् घण्टास्वनविमोहितान्                                                       ।५६।।


असुरान् भुवि पाशेन बद्ध्वा चान्यानकर्षयत्

केचिद् द्विधा कृतास्तीक्ष्णैः खड्गपातैस्तथापरे                                                    ।।५७।।


विपोथिता निपातेन गदया भुवि शेरते

वेमुश्च केचिद्रुधिरं मुसलेन भृशं हताः                                                                  ॥५८॥


केचिन्निपतिता भूमौ भिन्नाः शूलेन वक्षसि

निरन्तराः शरौघेण कृताः केचिद्रणाजिरे                                                              ॥५९॥


श्येनानुकारिणः प्राणान् मुमुचुस्त्रिदशार्दनाः

केषांचिद् बाहवश्छिन्नाश्छिन्नग्रीवास्तथापरे                                                        ।।६०।।


शिरांसि पेतुरन्येषामन्ये मध्ये विदारिताः

विच्छिन्नजङ्घास्त्वपरे पेतुरुर्व्यां महासुराः                                                            ।।६१।।


एकबाह्रक्षिचरणाः केचिद्देव्या द्विधा कृताः

छिन्नेऽपि चान्ये शिरसि पतिताः पुनरुत्थिताः                                                       ।।६२।।


कबन्धा युयुधुर्देव्या गृहीतपरमायुधाः

ननृतुश्चापरे तत्र युद्धे तूर्यलयाश्रिताः                                                                  ।।६३ ।।


कबन्धाश्छिन्नशिरसः खड्गशक्त्यृष्टिपाणयः

तिष्ठ तिष्ठेति भाषन्तो देवीमन्ये महासुराः                                                            ।।६४।।


पातितै रथनागाश्वैरसुरैश्च वसुन्धरा

अगम्या साभवत्तत्र यत्राभूत्स महारणः                                                             ।।६५ ।।


शोणितौघा महानद्यः सद्यस्तत्र प्रसुस्रुवुः

मध्ये चासुरसैन्यस्य वारणासुरवाजिनाम्                                                            ।।६६।।


क्षणेन तन्महासैन्यमसुराणां तथाम्बिका

निन्ये क्षयं यथा वह्निस्तृणदारुमहाचयम्                                                           ।।६७।।


सिंहो महानादमुत्सृजन्धुतकेसरः

शरीरेभ्योऽमरारीणामसूनिव विचिन्वति                                                            ।।६८ ।।


देव्या गणैश्च तैस्तत्र कृतं युद्धं महासुरेः

यथैषां तुतुषुर्देवाः पुष्पवृष्टिमुचो दिवि                                                     ।। ।। ६९ ।।

इति श्रीमार्कण्डेयपुराणे सावर्णिके मन्वन्तरे देवीमाहात्म्ये महिषासुरसैन्यवधो

नाम द्वितीयोऽध्यायः


















The sage said: In days of yore, there was a great war going on between the Devas and the Asuras, for one hundred years. The leader of the Asuras was Mahisha and that of Devas was Indra. But the Devas were defeated by the powerful Rakshasas and Mahishasura became the ruler of the Devas in Heaven. The defeated Devas complained to Brahma. They all went to Vishnu and Rudra to tell the lamentable story. "O Lords! All of us are completely overthrown by the terrible Mahishasura. Surya, Indra, Agni, Yama, Varuna-all are defeated. We are now wandering on the earth like mortals. We have come to You for help. Kindly arrange for his destruction, for we have taken shelter in You."

Hearing these words of the Devas, Lord Vishnu was much wroth, and opened the middle of His eyebrows. Rudra also opened His third eye. Brahma also opened His angry eye. There was a great and powerful effulgence bursting forth from the foreheads of Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. Even from the foreheads of all Devas an effulgence burst forth. All these effulgences were united together to form a dreadful power which was looking like a big mountain in size. All the quarters were illumined by this Light, the essence of all the bodies of the celestials. That effulgence appeared in the form of a Woman, powerful and great. From the effulgence of Siva, Her face was formed. Out of the power of Yama, Her hairs were formed. Her hands were of the power of Vishnu, and Her legs were of the power of Brahma. Thus all the parts of Her body were formed out of the effulgent Power of one or the other among the gods.

She was the essence of all the celestial beings. All the Devas were very glad to look at Her.

All the Devas gave Her their respective important weapons in order to fight the Asuras. Siva gave Her His Trisula, Vishnu gave His Chakra, Varuna gave His Sankha, Agni gave His Sakti, Wind-god gave the bow and arrows, Indra gave His Vajra, Ghanta, Airavata, etc., Brahma gave His Kamandalu, Yama gave His sword. Various Devas gave Her their garlands, precious ornaments, waist-strings, rings, weapons, axes, lotuses, lions, rubies, gems, saries, drinking bowls, gorgeous paraphernalia of celestial power and glory. She roared once, and the whole sky and the earth began to tremble with shock. There was horrible echo, all the worlds began to shake, the oceans were disturbed, the heaven and the hell were trembling. The Devas said, "Hail, hail, O Powerful rider on the lion!" All the sages began to praise Her through various hymns.

The Asuras saw the dreadful form approaching them, and were unable to know what could that be. They immediately collected their army and stood against Devi. "Ah! What is this?", said Mahishasura in fear. He fell on Devi with all his followers in great fury. That Devi was covering the whole of the three worlds. Her bow and arrows produced such a fearful sound that the whole army of the Rakshasas began to lose strength in fear. She had thousands of hands with innumerable weapons. Then began the great fight between Devi and the Asuras. Chikshura and Chamara, the Commanders of the Asura army fought in the beginning with thousands of chariots. Then Udagra, another powerful Rakshasa, with his friend, Asiloma, came to Devi with crores of warriors surrounding Her from all sides. Bashkala came with a stream of thousands of elephants and horses. Vidala Asura came with fifty hundred weapons to destroy Devi. The chariots, elephants, horses and fighters on foot brought by Mahishasura had no number at all. They were so many that the whole world was not sufficient to hold them. But Devi was single with Her lion.

Then, Mahishasura himself came there with crores and crores of elephants and horses, weapons and warriors, to put an end to Devi. Some Asuras threw their missiles on Devi. Some threw their axes, some swords and some binding Astras. Devi destroyed them all in a moment as if in sportful play. She threw on them all Her divine weapons and in the twinkling of an eye such a huge Rakshasa army was reduced to the earth. As if the Lord of the fire in the forest, the Asura Mahisha fell on the lion of Devi with all his weapons. Through every breath of Devi came out innumerable warriors who fell on the Asuras and levelled them to the ground. Then Devi blew Her conch the sound of which broke the hearts of many Asuras. With Trisulas, Chakras, maces and other divine Astras, Devi threw down all the Asuras without mercy. There were mountains and mountains of dead Asuric bodies and rivers of blood began to flow from those mountains. Some Asuras were cut in two, some had broken their heads, some were rendered senseless, some were shorn to pieces, some began to vomit blood being heavily beaten. Heads of Asuras fell without number, some with and some without eyes. The ferocious lion of Devi tore the thighs of the Asuras and drank their blood to his heart's content. The commanders of the Asuras were killed. All the elephants, horses and chariots were crushed to pieces. Devi shone like the sun rising above the mountain of Asuras, while the Devas showered rains of flowers from above.









उद्यद्भानुसहस्रकान्तिमरुणक्षौमां शिरोमालिकां

रक्तालिप्तपयोधरां जपवटीं विद्यामभीतिं वरम्

हस्ताब्जैर्दधतीं त्रिनेत्रविलसद्वक्त्रारविन्दश्रियं

देवीं बद्धहिमांशुरत्नमुकुटां वन्देऽरविन्दस्थिताम् ।।

'' ऋषिरुवाच ।। १।।

निहन्यमानं तत्सैन्यमवलोक्य महासुरः

सेनानीश्चिक्षुरः कोपाद्ययौ योद्धुमथाम्बिकाम्                                                        ।।२।।


देवीं शरवर्षेण ववर्ष समरेऽसुरः

यथा मेरुगिरेः शृङ्गं तोयवर्षेण तोयदः                                                                  ।।३।।


तस्यच्छित्वा ततो देवी लीलयैव शरोत्करान्

जघान तुरगान् बाणैर्यन्तारं चैव वाजिनाम्ना                                                           ।।4।।


चिच्छेद धनुः सद्यो ध्वजं चातिसमुच्छ्रितम्

विव्याध चैव गात्रेषु छिन्नधन्वानमाशुगैः                                                               ।।5।।        


सच्छिन्नधन्वा विरथो हताश्वो हतसारथिः

अभ्यधावत तां देवीं खड्गचर्मधरोऽसुरः                                                            ।।६।।


सिंहमाहत्य खड्गेन तीक्ष्णधारेण मूर्धनि

आजघान भुजे सव्ये देवीमप्यतिवेगवान्                                                            ।।७।।


तस्याः खड्गो भुजं प्राप्य पफाल नृपनन्दन

ततो जग्राह शूलं कोपादरुणलोचनः                                                            ।। ।।


चिक्षेप ततस्तत्तु भद्रकाल्यां महासुरः

जाज्वल्यमानं तेजोभी रविबिम्बमिवाम्बरात्                                                         ।।९।।


दृष्ट्वा तदापतच्छूलं देवी शूलममुञ्चत

तच्छूलं शतधा तेन नीतं महासुरः                                                              ।।१०।।


हते तस्मिन्महावीर्ये महिषस्य चमूपतौ

आजगाम गजारूढश्चामरस्त्रिदशार्दनः                                                               ।।११।।


सोऽपि शक्तिं मुमोचाथ देव्यास्तामम्बिका द्रुतम्

हुंकाराभिहतां भूमौ पातयामास निष्प्रभाम्                                                         ।।१२।।


भग्नां शक्तिं निपतितां दृष्ट्वा क्रोधसमन्वितः

चिक्षेप चामरः शूलं बाणैस्तदपि साच्छिनत्                                                        ।।१३।।


ततः सिंहः समुत्पत्य गजकुम्भान्तरे स्थितः

बाहुयुद्धेन युयुधे तेनोच्चैस्त्रिदशारिणा                                                               ।।१४।।


युद्ध्यमानौ ततस्तौ तु तस्मान्नागान्महीं गतौ।

युयुधातेऽतिसंरब्धौ प्रहारैरतिदारुणैः                                                                 ।।१५।।


ततो वेगात् खमुत्पत्य निपत्य मृगारिणा

करप्रहारेण शिरश्चामरस्य पृथक्कृतम्                                                               ।।१६।।


उदग्रश्च रणे देव्या शिलावृक्षादिभिर्हतः

दन्तमुष्टितलैश्चैव करालश्च निपातितः                                                                 ।।१७।।


देवी क्रुद्धा गदापातैश्चूर्णयामास चोद्धतम्

वाष्कलं भिन्दिपालेन बाणैस्ताम्रं तथान्धकम्                                                     ।। १८ ।।


उग्रास्यमुग्रवीर्यं तथैव महाहनुम्

त्रिनेत्रा त्रिशूलेन जघान परमेश्वरी                                                                  ।।१९।।


बिडालस्यासिना कायात्पातयामास वै शिरः

दुर्धरं दुर्मुखं चोभौ शरैर्निन्ये यमक्षयम्                                                              ।।२०।।


एवं संक्षीयमाणे तु स्वसैन्ये महिषासुरः

माहिषेण स्वरूपेण त्रासयामास तान् गणान्                                                       ।।२१।।


कांश्चित्तुण्डप्रहारेण खुरक्षेपैस्तथापरान्

लाङ्गूलताडितांश्चान्याञ्छृङ्गाभ्यां विदारितान्                                                ।। २२ ।।


वेगेन कांश्चिदपरान्नादेन भ्रमणेन

निःश्वासपवनेनान्यान् पातयामास भूतले                                                            ।।२३ ।।


निपात्य प्रमथानीकमभ्यधावत सोऽसुरः

सिंहं हन्तुं महादेव्याः कोपं चक्रे ततोऽम्बिका                                                   ।। २४ ।।


सोऽपि कोपान्महावीर्यः खुरक्षुण्णमहीतलः

शृङ्गाभ्यां पर्वतानुच्चांश्चिक्षेप ननाद                                                              ।।२५।।


वेगभ्रमणविक्षुण्णा मही तस्य व्यशीर्यत

लाङ्गूलेनाहतश्चाब्धिः प्लावयामास सर्वतः                                                         ।।२६।।


धुतशृङ्गविभिन्नाश्च खण्डं खण्डं ययुर्घनाः

श्वासानिलास्ताः शतशो निपेतुर्नभसोऽचलाः                                                       ।।२७।।


इति क्रोधसमाध्मातमापतन्तं महासुरम्

दृष्ट्वा सा चण्डिका कोपं तद्बधाय तदाकरोत्                                                    ।। २८ ।।


सा क्षिप्त्वा तस्य वै पाशं तं बबन्ध महासुरम्

तत्याज माहिषं रूपं सोऽपि बद्धो महामृधे                                                        ।।२९ ।।


ततः सिंहोऽभवत्सद्यो यावत्तस्याम्बिका शिरः

छिनत्ति तावत्पुरुषः खड्गपाणिरदृश्यत                                                            ।।३० ।।


तत एवाशु पुरुषं देवी चिच्छेद सायकैः

तं खड्गचर्मणा सार्धं ततः सोऽभून्महागजः                                                         ।।३१।।


करेण महासिंहं तं चकर्ष जगर्ज

कर्षतस्तु करं देवी खड्गेन निरकृन्तत                                                              ।।३२।।


ततो महासुरो भूयो माहिषं वपुरास्थितः

तथैव क्षोभयामास त्रैलोक्यं सचराचरम्                                                             ।।३३॥


ततः क्रुद्धा जगन्माता चण्डिका पानमुत्तमम्

पपौ पुनः पुनश्चैव जहासारुणलोचना                                                               ।।३४।।


ननर्द चासुरः सोऽपि बलवीर्यमदोद्धतः

विषाणाभ्यां चिक्षेप चण्डिकां प्रति भूधरान्                                                      ।।३५।।


सा तान् प्रहितांस्तेन चूर्णयन्ती शरोत्करैः

उवाच तं महोद्भूतमुखरागाकुलाक्षरम्                                                            ।।३६ ।।


देव्युवाच ।। ३७ ।।

गर्ज गर्ज क्षणं मूढ मधु यावत्पिबाम्यहम्

मया त्वयि हतेऽत्रैव गर्जिष्यन्त्याशु देवताः                                                        ।। ३८ ।।


ऋषिरुवाच ।। ३९ ।।


एवमुक्त्वा समुत्पत्य साऽऽरूढा महासुरम्

पादेनाक्रम्य कण्ठे शूलेनैनमताडयत्                                                          ।। ४० ।।


ततः सोऽपि पदाऽऽक्रान्तस्तया निजमुखात्ततः।

अर्धनिष्क्रान्तं एवासीद् देव्या वीर्येण संवृतः                                                        ।।४१।।


अर्धनिष्क्रान्त एवासौ युध्यमानो महासुरः

तया महासिना देव्या शिरच्छित्त्वा निपातितः                                                     ।।४२ ।।


ततो हाहाकृतं सर्वं दैत्यसैन्यं ननाश तत्

प्रहर्षं परं जग्मुः सकला देवतागणाः                                                           ।।४३ ।।


तुष्टुवुस्तां सुरा देवीं सह दिव्यैर्महर्षिभिः

जगुर्गन्धर्वपतयो ननृतुश्चाप्सरोगणाः                                                     ।। ।। ४४ ।।

इति श्रीमार्कण्डेयपुराणे सावर्णिके मन्वन्तरे देवीमाहात्म्यें महिषासुरवधो नाम तृतीयोऽध्यायः ॥३॥















The charioteer of Mahishasura teased Devi in all possible ways and tried to kill Her lion at a stroke. She got extremely angry at this act of the Asura and with one stroke of Her Trisula cut off his hand and threw it hundred miles away. Seeing this, Chamara, the companion of Mahisha, came with his great missile. But with one "Hum" sound from Her mouth, Devi burnt the missile to ashes. Devi jumped into the sky and slashed his head from the body. Then Udagra came with many trees in his hands to beat them on Devi. Devi, filled with rage, powdered the body of Udagra in no time. Karala, Bashkala, Durdhara, Durmukha, Vidala, all were sent to the abode of Yama by the hands of the Great Devi.

This was high time for Mahishasura to fall on Devi in person. All his assistants were slain and he had no other help. He assumed the form of a ferocious buffalo and harassed Devi with his great might. With a powerful blow of his tail, horns and hoofs, he created a dreadful sound that shook the earth. He fell on the lion of Devi with rage and struck the lion with a mighty sword. The lion roared horribly and in no time the Asura saw that his legs were torn by the lion. With one stroke of Mahisha's tail, the oceans were scattered in the air and it seemed as if the world would come to an end. With the kicks given by his horns, the clouds were broken to pieces and were thrown to all directions. The earth was broken by his hoofs and the sight was simply dreadful. When Devi was about to kill him, he assumed the form of a lion and fell upon Devi; immediately he again took the form of the Rakshasa with a sword in his hand and fell upon Devi. Devi threw Her weapons upon Mahishasura but immediately he became a huge elephant and fell on Devi. But the lion of Devi fell upon the elephant and immediately the Asura took the form of a buffalo. Then the Mother of the worlds opened Her red eyes with fury and roared once again and said, "O wicked Asura! Roar, roar! Your end is near. I shall drink your blood with joy. Come on. I shall please the Devas now."

The sage said: Thus saying, Devi caught hold of his neck, and tore his legs into two. There was the sound of "Ha, Ha" in the Asura army when Mahishasura was killed. There was great joy among the Devas. The Devas praised Devi for Her valour and victory. Gandharvas sang and Apsaras danced.


















कालाभ्राभां कटाक्षैररिकुलभयदां मौलिबद्धेन्दुरेखां

शंखं चक्रं कृपाणं त्रिशिखमपि करैरुद्वहन्तीं त्रिनेत्राम्

सिंहस्कन्धाधिरूढां त्रिभुवनमखिलं तेजसा पूरयन्तीं

ध्यायेद् दुर्गां जयाख्यां त्रिदशपरिवृतां सेवितां सिद्धिकामैः ।।

'' ऋषिरुवाच

शक्रादयः सुरगणा निहतेऽतिवीर्ये

तस्मिन्दुरात्मनि सुरारिबले देव्या

तां तुष्टुवुः प्रणतिनम्रशिरोधरांसा

वाग्भिः प्रहर्षपुलकोद्गमचारुदेहाः                                                                        2


देव्या यया ततमिदं जगदात्मशक्त्या



भक्त्या नताः स्म विदधातु शुभानि सा नः                                                              ॥३


यस्याः प्रभवमतुलं भगवाननन्तो

ब्रह्मा हरश्च हि वक्तुमलं बलं

सा चण्डिकाखिलजगत्परिपालनाय

नाशाय चाशुभभयस्य मतिं करोतु                                                                      4

या श्रीः स्वयं सुकृतिनां भवनेष्वलक्ष्मीः

पापात्मनां कृतधियां हृदयेषु बुद्धिः

श्रद्धा सता कुलजनप्रभवस्य लज्जा

तां त्वां नताः स्म परिपालय देवि विश्वम्                                                               ।।५।।     


किं वर्णयाम तव रूपमचिन्त्यमेतत्

किं चातिवीर्यमसुरक्षयकारि भूरि

किं चाहवेषु चरितानि तवाद्भुतानि

सर्वेषु देव्यसुरदेवगणादिकेषु                                                                            ।।६।।


हेतुः समस्तजगतां त्रिगुणापि दोषै-

र्न ज्ञायसे हरिहरादिभिरप्यपारा

सर्वाश्रयाखिलमिदं जगदंशभूत-

मव्याकृता हि परमा प्रकृतिस्त्वमाद्या                                                                  ।।७।।


यस्याः समस्तसुरता समुदीरणेन

तृप्तिं प्रयाति सकलेषु मखेषु देवि

स्वाहासि वै पितृगणस्य तृप्तिहेतु-

रुच्चार्यसे त्वमत एव जनैः स्वधा                                                                     ।।८।।


या मुक्तिहेतुरविचिन्त्यमहाव्रता त्व-

मभ्यस्यसे सुनियतेन्द्रियतत्त्वसारैः


विद्यासि सा भगवती परमा हि देवि                                                                    ।।९।।  


शब्दात्मिका सुविमलर्ग्यजुषां निधान-

मुद्गीथरम्यपदपाठवतां साम्नाम्।

देवी त्रयी भगवती भवभावनाय

वार्ता सर्वजगतां परमार्तिहन्त्री                                                                      ।।१०।।


मेधासि देवि विदिताखिलशास्त्रसारा

दुर्गासि दुर्गभवसागरनौरसंगा

श्रीः कैटभारिहृदयैककृताधिवासा

गौरी त्वमेव शशिमौलिकृतप्रतिष्ठ                                                                     ।।११।।