Shree Durga Apadhu Dharaka Ashtakam

Shree Durga Apadhu Dharaka Ashtakam
Shree Durga Apadhu Dharaka Ashtakam

Shree Durga Apadhu Dharaka Ashtakam is the Slokam in praise of and as prayer to Sri Durga Devi. The Slokam describes the attributes of Sri Durga Devi as the protector in the troublesome and dangerous situations. The Slokam is composed as the conversation between Lord Shiva and Sri Parvathi Devi in Sidheswara Thanthra.

The Slokam is presented in Devanagari and English scripts with a simple English translation. The benefit of reciting this slokam is given at the end.

नमस्ते शरण्ये शिवे सानुकम्पे नमस्ते जगद्व्यापिके विश्वरूपे
नमस्ते जगद्वन्द्य पादारविन्दे नमस्ते जगत्तारिणि त्राहि दुर्गे (1)

namasthae sharaNyae shivae saanukampae namasthae jagadhvyapikae vishvaroopae
namasthae jagadh-vandhya paadha-aravindhae namasthae jagaththaariNi thraahi dhurgae

Humble salutations to Devi who is the ultimate bliss, the essence of Shiv and the tender Goddess. Humble salutations to Devi who is omni-present in the universe. Humble salutations to Devi whose lotus feet are universally worshipped.  Humble salutations to Sri Durga Devi who is the ultimate refuge and protector in the universe.

नमस्ते जगच्चिन्त्य मानस्वरूपे नमस्ते महायोगि विज्ञानरूपे
नमस्ते नमस्ते सदानन्द रूपे नमस्ते जगत्तारिणि त्राहि दुर्गे (2)

namasthae jagach-chinthya maana-svaroopae namasthae mahaayoagi vignaana-roopae
namasthae namasthae sadhaanandha roopae namasthae jagaththaariNi thraahi dhurgae

Humble salutations to Devi who has the universe in Her thoughts and has the form protecting the universe. Humble salutations to Devi who is in the form of the great yogic postures and the science of universe. Humblest salutations to Devi who is in the form of eternal bliss. Humble salutations to Sri Durga Devi who is the ultimate refuge and protector in the universe.

अनाथस्य दीनस्य तृष्णातुरस्य भयार्तस्य भीतस्य बद्धस्य जन्तोः
त्वमेका गतिर्देवि निस्तारकर्त्री नमस्ते जगत्तारिणि त्राहि दुर्गे (3)

anaaThasya dheenasya thruShNaa-thurasya bhayaarthasya bheethasya badhDhasya janthoah
thvamaekaa gathri-dhaevi nisthaara-karthree namasthae jagaththaariNi thraahi dhurgae

Sri Durga Devi is the protector and savior of orphaned abandoned people, the poor, the downtrodden, the hungry, the scared and the timid persons. She is the only rescuer and protector.  Humble salutations to Sri Durga Devi who is the ultimate refuge and protector in the universe.

अरण्ये रणे दारुणे शुत्रुमध्ये जले सङ्कटे राजग्रेहे प्रवाते
त्वमेका गतिर्देवि निस्तार हेतुर्नमस्ते जगत्तारिणि त्राहि दुर्गे (4)

araNyae raNae dhaaruNae shuthrumaDhyae jalae sanGkatae raajagraehae pravaathae
thvamaekaa gathri-dhaevi nisthaara haethur- namasthae jagaththaariNi thraahi dhurgae

Sri Durga Devi is the protector and savior in any situation be it dark forest, war field, horror instance, being surrounded by enemies, in flood waters, in troubles and punishment from royalty. She is the only rescuer and protector.  Humble salutations to Sri Durga Devi who is the ultimate refuge and protector in the universe.

अपारे महदुस्तरेऽत्यन्तघोरे विपत् सागरे मज्जतां देहभाजाम्
त्वमेका गतिर्देवि निस्तारनौका नमस्ते जगत्तारिणि त्राहि दुर्गे (5)

apaarae mahadhu-stharae-(A)thyantha-ghoarae vipath saagare majjathaaM dhaeha-bhaajaam
thvamaekaa gathri-dhaevi nishthaara-naukaa namasthae jagaththaariNi thraahi dhurgae

Sri Durga Devi is the protector and savior from the clutches of the most wicked persons, calamity and the situation like hapless disaster in the midst of the ocean. She is the only rescuer and protector.  Humble salutations to Sri Durga Devi who is the ultimate refuge and protector in the universe.

नमश्चण्डिके चण्डोर्दण्डलीलासमुत्खण्डिता खण्डलाशेषशत्रोः
त्वमेका गतिर्विघ्नसन्दोहहर्त्री नमस्ते जगत्तारिणि त्राहि दुर्गे (6)

namas-chaNdikae chaNdoa-dhanda-leelaa-samuth-khaNdithaa khaNdala-sheSha-shathroah
thvamaekaa gather-vighna-sandhoha-harthree namasthae jagaththaariNi thraahi dhurgae

Humble salutations to Devi who is Chandika, punishes the demons with the rod and diminishes the enemies. She is the only rescuer and protector who alleviates all the obstacles.   Humble salutations to Sri Durga Devi who is the ultimate refuge and protector in the universe.

त्वमेका सदाराधिता सत्यवादिन्यनेकाखिला क्रोधना क्रोधनिष्ठा
इडा पिङ्गला त्वं सुषुम्ना च नाडी नमस्ते जगत्तारिणि त्राहि दुर्गे (7)

thvamaekaa sadha-araaDhithaa sathya-vaadhin-yanaeka-akhilaa kroDhanaa kroDha-niShTaa
idaa pinGgalaa thvaM suShumnaa cha naadee namasthae jagaththaariNi thraahi dhurgae

Sri Durga Devi is the ultimate Goddess always ardently worshipped in all the worlds of the universe. She destroys the evil-minded persons. She exists in and protects the three lifeline veins such as ida, pingala and sushumna (as per kundalini). Humble salutations to Sri Durga Devi who is the ultimate refuge and protector in the universe.

नमो देवि दुर्गे शिवे भीमनादे सरस्वत्यरुन्धत्यमोघ स्वरूपे
विभूतिः सतां कालरात्रिस्वरूपे नमस्ते जगत्तारिणि त्राहि दुर्गे (8)

namoa dhaevi dhurga shivae bheemanaadae sarasvathy-arunDhath-yamoaDha svaroopae
vibhoothih sathaaM kaalaraathri-svaroopae namasthae jagaththaariNi thraahi dhurgae

Humble salutations to Sri Durga Devi who is the essence of Shiva, formidable and in the form of Sri Saraswathi and Sri Arundhathi. She is in the holy ash in the manifestation of Kalarathri. Humble salutations to Sri Durga Devi who is the ultimate refuge and protector in the universe.

शरणमसि सुराणां सिद्धविद्याधराणां मुनिदनुजवराणां व्याधिभिः पीडितानाम्
नृपतिगृहगतानां दस्युभिस्त्रासितानां त्वमसि शरणमेका देवि दुर्गे प्रसीद (9)

sharaNamasi suraaNaaM sidhDha-vidhyaa-DharaanaaM munidhanuja-varaaNaaM vyaadhibhih peedithaanaam
nrupathi-gruha-gathaanaaM dhasyu-bhisthraa-sithaanaaM thvamasi sharaNamaekaa dhaevi dhurga praseedha

Sri Durga Devi is the ultimate refuge and protection for the Devas, bestower of all the yogic attributes and education, bestower of boons to the sages and rishis and the alleviator of all the illness. She blesses and bestows well being and welfare at home. Even if one stanza of this slokam is recited, the blesses of Sri Durga Devi shall prevail for the devotee.

इति सिद्धेश्वरतन्त्रे हरगौरीसंवादे आपदुद्धाराष्टकस्तोत्रं सम्पूर्णम्
ithi sidhDhesvara-thanthrae hara-gauree-samvaadhae aapadhu-dhDhaara-ashtaka-sthothraM saMpoorNam.

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