Mandhathya Saileswari Sthvam

Mandhathya Saileswari Sthvam
[Prayer to the Goddess of Mandatha Hill]
Translated by P. R. Ramachander

[King Mandatha was a great ancestor of Lord Rama in the solar dynasty. He was the father of King Ambareesha and a great devotee of Lord Shiva. After he gave the Kingdom he went and met Lord Shiva in Mount Kailasa. At that time Goddess Parvathi was not there. When the King wanted a Shiva Linga for worship, Lord Shiva gave him, the Shiva LInga which goddess owned even before her marriage and which used to be worshipped regularly. King Mandatha brought the Shiva Linga and settled on a hill in Kerala (near the town of Perinthalmanna) and started worshipping it. When Goddess Parvathi returned, she wanted her Shiva Linga. Lord Shiva refused to get back the one which has already given to someone. Goddess Parvathi sent Bhadra Kali along with Veerabhadra, Nandi, Maha Kala and other Bhootha Ganas to bring back her Shiva Linga. They tried their best but failed to get back the Shiva Linga. Then Goddess merged herself with the Shiva Linga which has been consecrated there. This was a called the Moola Sthana (original place) and then a temple was built for the Goddess. The hill of Mandhatha was called Thirumandhankunnu and the Goddess was called Thirumandhakunnil Amma. This is a prayer addressed to the Thirumandhankunnil Amma. This great prayer was brought to my notice by my friend Sri. K. C. Ramachandran of Perinthalmanna. I am very happy to dedicate this translation to him.]

1. Omkarakakandhanugurike om kara tharu sarike,
Omkara Madhu maduhrye, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who sprouted from inside "Om",
Who is the goddess from the plant called "Om",
And who is the sweetness from the honey called "Om".

2. Bhootha, bhavya, bhavannadhe, navachakra pravarthini,
Bhanu mandala madhyasthe, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is the lord of past, present and future,
Who makes the nine chakras work and who is in the middle of the Sun.

3. Bhuvaneswari, bhagyabdhi chandrike, bhaktha vathsale,
Bhoga moksha pradhe bhadre, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is the Goddess of the universe, the moon of the ocean of luck,
The darling of the devotees, One who gives good life and salvation and who is pretty.

4. Swargapavargadhe, swahe, swadhakara swaroopini,
Swasthidhe sarva bhoothaanaam, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who gives us heaven as well as salvation, who has the form of nectar,
And she who grants all being great safety.

5. Janapriye jagat janma sthithi samhara karini,
Jyothirmaye, jagat poojye, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is liked by people, who creates, upkeeps and destroys the world,
She who is pervaded with light and who is worshipped by the world.

6. Maharshi samaradhye, Madhu kaidabha nasini,
Mandhathya saila nilaye, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is worshipped by great sages,
Who killed Madhu and Kaidabha and is on Thirumandhankunnu (Hill of Mandhatha).

7. Thapaswadhya santhushte, thatthwamartha swaroopini,
Thushti deva, thapasaradhye, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who becomes happy by penance and worship,
Who has form of the meaning of philosophy and who is worshipped by contented devas and sages.

8. Sathya vruthe, sathyapare, sachidananda vigrahe,
Sankadhi muni dhyeye, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who has truth as penance, who is the divine truth,
And who is meditated upon by Sanaka and other sages.

9. Thaporoope, thamohanthri, thapathraya vnasini,
Trayambake, tri jagad vandhye, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who has the form of penance, who destroys darkness (ignorance)
Who is the wife of lords Shiva in Trayambaka, and who is saluted by the three worlds.

10. Sahasra seersha vadane, sarva lokathamothame,
Samastha bhuvanadhare, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who has thousand heads and faces, who is best among best
Of all the three worlds, And who lifts all the worlds.

11. Vishnu maaye, virad roope, viswa bramana karini,
Vijaya veda janani, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is Vishnu Maaya, who has a supreme form,
Who makes the universe move and who is the mother of victorious Vedas.

12. Thuyryatheethe, Trikalagne, trinethre, trigunathmike,
Trimoorthi roope, tripure Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is beyond the Thurya state, who is the past, present and future,
Who is the soul of three type of qualities, who is the form of the trinity and who is the ruler of three cities.

13. Vara daive khari roope, vruthrasura nibarhani,
Vageeswari, visalakshi, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is the form of the speech of blessed devas,
Who killed Vruthrasura, who is the goddess of speech and who has broad eyes.

14. Revathi ramanaradhye, rudranin urunardhini,
Rakthe bheeja vadaothyuktha, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is worshipped by the consort of Revathi (moon),
Who is the wife of Rudra, who roars like a wild animal and who killed Raktha Bheeja.

15. Nirgune nara mandaali galadraktha vibhooshane,
NIshumbha Shumbha dalani, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is attributeless, who wears the skulls of human beings as garland,
And who is the one who killed Shumbha and Nishumbha.

16. Yanthra manthrathmike, yaksha kinnarashi nishevithe,
Sadaanwaya sambhuthe, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is the power behind Yanthras and Manthras,
Who is attended by Yakshas and Kinnaras and who is always with her family.

17. Bhakthi gamye, Bhagawathi, banda daithya bhayangari,
Bhayapahe, bhadrakali, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who goes where devotion is there, who is the goddess bringing luck,
Who appeared fearsome to Bandasura and other Rakshasas, who destroys fear and who is Bhadra Kali.

18. Go brahamana priye Gange, geervana gana poojithe,
Girije, gowrim Gayathri, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who likes Brahmins and cow, who is Ganga,
Who is praised by song by gods, who is Daughter of mountain, Gowri and Gayathri.

19. Devarishi pithru sangatha sevya mana padambuje,
Dharukasura samharthri, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, whose lotus life feet is worshipped,
By devas, sages and Pithrus and who killed Dharukasura.

20. Vajradhikayudhopethe, varuni madha vihwale,
Vethala vahanarude, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who cannot be attacked by Vajrayudha and other weapons,
She who gets drunk with wine and she who rides on a Vetala.

21. Syanda mana dhayapure, Sundara sree mukhambuje,
Sandhrananda sudhaa dhaare, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, She who has river like mercy,
Who has pretty lotus like face and who is the intense flow of joyful nectar.

22. Dero udatha guna pathe, dhoomavathi, dhanurdhare,
Doomralochana daithyagni, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, She who has great bravery as character,
Who has a scent, who wields a bow and who is the fire that burnt Dhomralochana.

23. Mahamaye mathru ganai sevye, Mahisha madhini,
Mandahtithya muni sampoojye, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is great illusion, who is served by the mother goddesses,
Who is killer of Mahishasura, And one who is worshipped by Mandhatha and other sages.

24. Himachala suthe, hamsa vahana, hara vallabhe,
Hasthi kumbha kucha dwandwe, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is daughter of Himalayas, who rides on swan,
Who is the consort of Lord Shiva and who has pot like breasts like elephant's forehead.

25. Dhiyagamye, dhyana roope, dhana dhanya vivardhini,
Dharma simhasanaroode, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who comes in to the mind, whose form should be meditated upon,
Who gives wealth and grains and she who sits on the throne of justice.

26. Yogeendra chethahaka mudhra, samahladhana chandrike,
Yamadhyashtanga samgamye, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who stamps herself in mind of yogis, who is the like a moon which is joyous,
And who brings together control of mind and the senses together.

27. Yogini gana samsevye yamatheeksham nibarhane,
Yoga yogeswari shive, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is served by all the Yoginis,
Who destroys the pain of death and Who is Parvathi the queen of all yogis and yoga.

28. Navarathna parikluptha, kirreta kadakojjwale,
Nada Bindhu kalatheethe, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who wears crown and bangles with inlaid Navarathnas,
And who exceeds the form of "Om", Bindu of Sri Chakra and the crescent.

29. Prantha abhayadhe, pretha gana nrutha maholsave,
Prachande, pranavatheethe, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who protects those who salute her, who is an expert,
In the great festivals of the dance of ghosts and who is greater then "Om".

30. Choragni chandike chanda mundaura nishoodhini,
Charachara jagad dathri, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is fearful like fire to the robbers, killer of Chanda and Munda,
And who is the mother of all moving and non moving things of the universe.

31. Daksha Yagna pramadhani, Dushta sathru vinasini,
Dukha daridrya samani, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who stopped the Yagna of Daksja, who is the killer of bad enemies,
And who is the destroyer of sorrow and poverty,

32. Yaganala samuthpanne, yoga maye, yugandhare,
Yajur veda shikhagamye, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who was born out of fire of the Yaga, who is Yoga Maya,
Who is the greatest of all time, and who is pleased with Yajur Veda.

33. Indra bhoga pradhe, Bale Ihikamushmikarathmike,
Airavatha gaja roode, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who grants pleasures like that of Indra, who is Goddess Bala,
Who grants us the soul of the heat of worldly pleasures, and who rides on Airavatha.

34. Kleemkari kali kaalaika dhamane, kalpvallari,
Klesa nasini, Kamakshi, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who makes the sound "Kleem", who overpowers Kali age,
Who is the fish granting climbing plant, who destroys troubles and who is Kamakshi.

35. Soundarya poora sampoorne, Sindhoora thilakanchithe.
SArva mangala mangalye, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is completely full of beauty, who wears saffron mark
And who grants all auspiciousness.

36. Kalyana guna rathnanamakare, karunalaye,
Kalanga rahithakaare, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who has the name of the gem of auspicious qualities,
Who is the temple of mercy and And who has a form without any blemishes.

37. Yek thapathra samrajyepradhe cha yekantha poojithe,
Yekagra chitha nidhyathye, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who was the queen of the single state of meditation,
Who worshipped alone and who did penance with undisturbed mind.

38. Easwarothsage nilaye. eehathraya virajithe,
Eesanadhi brahma mayi, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who was very keen to be with God Shiva,
Who shines in the three type of activities, and who is pervaded by Shiva, Brahma and others.

39. Lasad Kodanda sooleshu, sankha chakra gadhadhare,
Laya vrudhi vinirmukthe, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who holds shining bow, trident, conch,
Wheel and mace and who frees people from increasing inactivity.

40. Hreemkara himvath gange hreenkaranava sthuthe,
Hreenkara dughdhabdhi suthe, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is the Ganga flowing from Himalayas with sound "Hreem",
Who is prayed by making the sound "Hreem", who is daughter of the ocean of milk called "Hreem".

41. Hara Vishnu virincheendra byashta dik pala sevithe,
Haryanga veena hrudhaye, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, She who is served by Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma,
And also eight guardians of directions, and who has heart like that of a lion.

42. SArva vedantha samvedhye, sarva sakthi samanvithe,
Sama gana priye, sookshme, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is served by all Vedanthas,
Who has all power in her, who likes singing of Sama Veda and who has a micro form.

43. Karthru karma, kriyaatheethe, kamkshithapanga veekshane,
Kamandala dhare, kali, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is greater than the one who does, the work and the act of work,
Who grants by her side long glance, who has a water pot and who is Kali.

44. Hasthathi thratha aayudha dhare, haani vrudhi vivarjithe,
Hreemkara hara daithyoughe, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who carries great weapons in all her hands,
Who avoids growth of problems, And who kills Rakshasas by the sound of "Hreem".

45. Lakshmanagraja samsthuthye, laksha kotyan nayike,
Laksha rasa savarnaabhe, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is praised by the elder brother of Lakshmana,
The queen of hundred thousand alternatives and who has the bright colour of lac juice.

46. Hreemkaara Madhu vaasanthi, hreemkarasrama thapasi,
Hreemkaranya harini harini, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who lives in the honey called The sound of "Hreem",
Who does penance in the hermitage called "Hreem" and who is the deer in the golden forest of "Hreem".

47. Saptha rishi mandala gathe, surasura namaskruthe,
Sudha samudhra madyasthe, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is in the constellation of seven sages,
Who is saluted by devas and asuras and who is in the middle of ocean of nectar.

48. Kalasolbhava sampoojye, kakshisthakhila pishtape,
Kola swaroopini shive, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is worshipped by sage Agasthya,
Who is recognized as the food giver to all and who is Parvathi with a friendly form.

49. Lasad marathaka swacha vigrahe, laya varjjithe,
Lokaika nadhe, Lalitha, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who has a pure form shining like emerald,
She who avoids dissolution, who is empress of the world and who is Goddess Lalitha.

50. Hreemkara sibhikaroode, hreemkara para devathe,
Hreemkara Yamini jyothsne, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who rides on the palanquin of "Hreem",
Who is the divine goddess of Hreem and the Sound of Hreem which is the moon light of night.

51. Sri Vidhye, Sri Maharajni, Sri Vallabhakuleswari,
Sri Moola Sthana Nilaye, Maha Devi Namosthuthe.

Salutations to Maha Devi, who is Sri Vidhya, who is the great queen
Who is clan god of cowherds, who is in the Moola Sthana.

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