श्री बालांबिकाष्टकम् - SRI BALAMBIKASHTAKAM

- P.R.Kannan

Devi Balambika is the consort of Lord Vaidyanatha at Vaideeswarankoil, Tamil Nadu.

नतोऽस्मि ते देवि सुपादपङ्कजं

सुरासुरेन्द्रैर्-अभिवन्दितं सदा ।

परात्परं चारुतरं सुमङ्गलं

वेदार्थ-वेद्यं ममकार्य-सिद्धये ॥ (१)

Natosmi te Devi supadapankajam

Surasurendrair-abhivanditam sada |

Paratparam charutaram sumangalam

Vedartha-vedyam mamakarya-siddhaye || (1)

Devi, for fulfilment of my desires, I bow at your lovely lotus feet, which are ever worshipped by the leaders of Devas and Asuras and are higher than the highest, most beautiful, supremely auspicious and known only to the subtle intent of Vedas. (1)

वेदैकवन्द्यं भुवनस्य मातरं

समस्त-कल्याण-गुणाभिरामकाम् ।

भक्तार्थदं भक्तजनाभिवन्द्यां

बालाम्बिकां बालकलां नतोऽस्मि ॥ (२)

Vedaikavandyam bhuvanasya mataram

Samasta-kalyana-gunabhiramakam |

Bhaktarthadam bhaktajanabhivandyam

Balambikam Balakalam natosmi || (2)

I bow to Balambika, the youthful aspect of Devi, the unitary existence worshipped by Vedas, the mother of the universe, who delights all by her treasure of auspicious qualities, who is the bestower of all objects of desire of devotees and who is intensely worshipped by devotees. (2)

सौवर्ण-चित्राभरणांच गौरीं

प्रफुल्ल रक्तोत्पल-भूषिताङ्गीम् ।

नीलालकां नीलगल-प्रियांच

बालाम्बिकां बालकलां नतोऽस्मि ॥ (३)

Souvarna-chitrabharanancha Gourim

Praphulla-raktotpala-bhushitangim |

Nilalakam Nilagala-priyamcha

Balambikam Balakalam natosmi || (3)

I bow to Balambika, the youthful aspect of Devi, Gowri, who is wearing many wonderful ornaments of gold, who glows like the fully blossomed red coloured lotus, who has black hair on head and who is the beloved of Nilakantha (blue-throated Siva). (3)

सौवर्ण-वर्णाकृति-दिव्य-वस्त्रां

सौवर्ण-रत्नांचित दिव्य-काञ्चीम् ।

निंबाटवी-नाथ-मनःप्रहृष्टां

बालाम्बिकां बालकलां नतोऽस्मि ॥ (४)

Souvarna-varnakruti-divya-vastram

Souvarna-ratnanchita divya-kanchim |

Nimbatavi-natha-mana:prahrushtam

Balambikam Balakalam natosmi || (4)

I bow to Balambika, the youthful aspect of Devi, who is wearing shining apparel of golden colour and brilliant golden gem-studded girdle and who delights the mind of the Lord of the Nimba forest (Siva). (4)

स्रग्-चन्दनालंकृत-दिव्यदेहां

हारिद्रसच्चूर्ण विराजिताङ्गीम् ।

वैचित्र-कोटीर विभूषिताङ्गीं

बालाम्बिकां बालकलां नतोऽस्मि ॥ (५)

Srag-chandanalankruta-divyadeham

Haridrasachchurna virajitangim |

Vaichitra-kotira vibhushitangim

Balambikam Balakalam natosmi || (5)

I bow to Balambika, the youthful aspect of Devi, who is decorated with garlands and sandal paste and who shines with turmeric paste and wonderful crown. (5)

वैचित्र-मुक्तामणि विद्रुमाणां

स्रग्भिस्-सदाराजित गौरवर्णाम् ।

चतुर्भुजां चारु-विचित्र-रूपां

बालाम्बिकां बालकलां नतोऽस्मि ॥ (६)

Vaichitra-muktamani vidrumanam

Sragbhis-sadarajita gouravarnam |

Chaturbhujam charu-vichitra-rupam

Balambikam Balakalam natosmi || (6)

I bow to Balambika, the youthful aspect of Devi, who shines always with necklaces of wonderful pearls and corals, who is white complexioned and who has four arms and beautiful and wonderful form. (6)

क्वणत्-सुमञ्जीर-रवाभिरामां

समस्त-हृन्मण्डल-मध्य-पीठाम् ।

वैद्येश्वरीं वैद्यपति-प्रियांच

बालाम्बिकां बालकलां नतोऽस्मि ॥ (७)

Kvanat-sumanjira-ravabhiramam

Samasta-hrunmandala-madhyapitham |

Vaidyeswarim Vaidyapati-priyancha

Balambikam Balakalam natosmi || (7)

I bow to Balambika, the youthful aspect of Devi, who delights with the pleasing sound of the jingling anklets, who is seated in the centre of heart area of all and who is the Healing Goddess, the beloved of Vaidyapati (Vaidyanatha). (7)

The reference to Vaidya (Healing) in the names of Vaideeswara and Vaideeswari indicates healing of diseases of not just body and mind, but also of the greater malady of Samsara, the repeated, never-ending cycle of births and deaths.

ब्रह्मेन्द्र-विष्ण्वर्क-निशीश-पूर्व

गीर्वाण-वर्यार्चित दिव्य-देहाम् ।

ज्योतिर्मयां ज्ञानद-दिव्य-रूपां

बालाम्बिकां बालकलां नतोऽस्मि ॥ (८)

Brahmendra-Vishnvarka-Nisisa-purva

Girvanavaryarchita divyadeham |

Jyotirmayam gnanada-divyarupam

Balambikam Balakalam natosmi || (8)

I bow to Balambika, the youthful aspect of Devi, who is worshipped by Brahma, Indra, Vishnu, Surya, Chandra and the best among Devas, and who is of the form of brilliant Light, bestowing Gnana (Supreme Knowledge). (8)

बालांबिका स्तोत्रमतीव पुण्यं

भक्तेष्टदंचेन्-मनुजः प्रभाते ।

भक्त्त्या पठेत् प्राबलार्थ-सिद्धं

प्राप्नोति सद्यस्-सकलेष्टकामान् ॥ (९)

Balambika stotram-ativa punyam

Bhakteshtadanchen-manuja: prabhate |

Bhaktya pathet praabalartha-siddham

Prapnoti sadyas-sakaleshtakaman || (9)

This Balambika Stotram is extremely meritorious, capable of bestowing on devotees all their objects of desire, and which is certain to bless fulfilment of all objectives, even very difficult of attainment. One, who reads this Stotram in the morning with devotion, will attain all desired objects immediately. (9)

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