Sri Anna Purnashtakam

Sri Anna Purnashtakam
Sri Anna Purnashtakam

Sri Anna Purnashtakam is the Slokam in praise of and as prayer to Sri Anna Purna Devi, one of the incarnations of Sri Parvathi Devi.

As per the legend, once, Lord Shiva was afflicted with hunger. No amount of food could quench His hunger. He was roaming around the worlds.

Sri Parvathi Devi took the form of Sri Annapurni at Kasi and had a golden vessel in Her hand. From the vessel, with the golden ladle, She gave food to Lord Shiva. His hunger subsided.

He then ordained that Sri Annapurni should provide food to all living beings and that Her vessel would be called as ‘’Akshaya Pathra”.

The day when Sri Annapurni fed Lord Shiva to alleviate His hunger occurred on Akshaya Thrithiya day. Hence it is considered auspicious to buy food stuff on this day.

Sri Anna Purnashtakam contains twelve stanzas each describing the attributes of Sri Anna Purna Devi as the Supreme Mother providing food and sustenance to the people in the World.

Sri Anna Purnashtakam is composed by Sri Adi Sankaracharya.  It is presented here in Devanagari and English Scripts with a simple English translation.

नित्यानन्दकरी वराभयकरी सौन्दर्य रत्नाकरी
निर्धूताखिल घोरपावनकरी प्रत्यक्ष माहेश्वरी
प्रालेयाचल वंश पावनकरी काशीपुराधीश्वरी
भिक्षां देहि कृपावलम्बनकरी मातान्नपूर्णेश्वरी (1)

nithya-anandha-karee vara-abhya-karee soundharya rathnaa-karee
nir-Dhootha-akhila ghora-pavaana-karee prathyakSha maaheshvaree
praaleya-chala vaMsha paavana-karee kaashi-puraa-Dheeshvaree
bhikShaaM dhaehi krupaa-valambana-karee maatha-anna-poorNeshvaree

Devi Maa Anna Purneswari, You bestow happiness always. You bless boons. You are the repository of the beauty. Your soul is the precious gem. You purify the sufferings and poisonous thoughts in the World by sanctifying the minds. You have manifested as the consort of Sri Maheshwara, Lord Shiva. You have glorified the lineage of Himavan by being born as the daughter of the King of mountains. You are the Supreme Mother of Kashi.
Mother Sri Anna Purneswari, we beg Your protective grace as alms. Please grant us Your compassion.

नाना रत्न विचित्र भूषण करी हेमाम्बराडम्बरी
मुक्ता हार विलम्ब मान विलसद्वक्षोज कुम्भान्तरी
काश्मीरा गरु वासिताङ्गरुचिरे काशी पुराधीश्वरी
भिक्षां देहि कृपावलम्बनकरी मातान्नपूर्णेश्वरी  (2)

naanaa rathna vichithra bhooShaNa karee hema-ambara-adambaree
mukthaa haara vilamba maana vilasadh-vakShoaja kumbhaan-tharee
kashmeeraa garu vaasithaa-nGgruchirae kaashi puraa-Dheeshvaree
bhikShaaM dhaehi krupaa-valambana-karee maatha-anna-poorNeshvaree

Devi Maa Anna Purneswari, You adorn rare jewels made of precious gems. You wear golden garments. You are decked up with the garland of pearls which rests on Your chest. Your resplendent body is fragrant with saffron and agar. You are the Supreme Mother of Kashi.
Mother Sri Anna Purneswari, we beg Your protective grace as alms. Please grant us Your compassion.

योगानन्दकरी रिपुक्षयकरी धर्मार्थ निष्ठाकरी
चन्द्रार्कानल भासमानलहरी त्रैलोक्य रक्षाकरी
सर्वैश्वर्य समस्त वाञ्छितकरी काशीपुराधीश्वरी
भिक्षां देहि कृपावलम्बनकरी मातान्नपूर्णेश्वरी (3)

yoga-anandha-karee ripu-kShya-karee Dharma-artha niShTaa-karee
chandhra-arkaanala bhasa-maana-laharee thrai-loakya rakshaa-karee
sarva-ishvarya samastha vaanjchitha-karee kaashi puraa-Dheeshvaree
bhikShaaM dhaehi krupaa-valambana-karee maatha-anna-poorNeshvaree

Devi Maa Anna Purneswari, You are the embodiment of Yogic attributes. You destroy the unnecessary attachment to the worldly life. You make people follow dharma, the virtuous path to earn wealth. You dazzle with the energies of Sun, Moon and the Fire. You protect the three worlds. You bless and bestow all sorts of wealth and wishes. You are the Supreme Mother of Kashi.
Mother Sri Anna Purneswari, we beg Your protective grace as alms. Please grant us Your compassion.

कैलासाचल कन्दरालयकरी गौरी उमा शङ्करी
कौमारी निगमार्थ गोचरकरी ओङ्कार बीजाक्षरी
मोक्षद्वार कपाटपाटनकरी काशीपुराधीश्वरी
भिक्षां देहि कृपावलम्बनकरी मातान्नपूर्णेश्वरी (4)

kailaasaa-chala kandhara-alaya-karee gauree umaa shanGkaree
kaumaaree nigamaarTha gochara-karee omGkara beejakSharee
moksha-dvaara kapaata-paata-nakaree kaashi puraa-Dheeshvaree
bhikShaaM dhaehi krupaa-valambana-karee maatha-anna-poorNeshvaree

Devi Maa Anna Purneswari, You reside in the caves of Mount Kailash. You are worshipped as Sri Gowri, the fair complexioned, Sri Uma, the tranquil and Sri Shankari, the consort of Sri Shankar. You are Kaumari, the personified form of Sri Kumara. You make the Vedas and Nigamas comprehensible. You are the personified form of the holy letter OM. You provide the gateway for us to attain moksha (liberation).  You are the Supreme Mother of Kashi.
Mother Sri Anna Purneswari, we beg Your protective grace as alms. Please grant us Your compassion.

दृश्यादृश्य विभूति वाहनकरी ब्रह्माण्डभाण्डोदरी
लीला नाटक सूत्र भेदनकरी विज्ञान दीपाङ्कुरी
श्रीविश्वेश मनःप्रसादनकरी काशीपुराधीश्वरी
भिक्षां देहि कृपावलम्बनकरी मातान्नपूर्णेश्वरी (5)

dhrushyaa-dhrushya vibhoothi vahana-karee brahmaaNda-bhaNdo-dharee
leelaa naataka soothra kaetana-karee vignaana dheepthanGkuree
shree-vishvesha manah prasaadhana-karee kaashi puraa-Dheeshvaree
bhikShaaM dhaehi krupaa-valambana-karee maatha-anna-poorNeshvaree

Devi Maa Anna Purneswari, You possess many divine attributes which are both seen and unseen. You have the universe within You. You are the source and root of all the actions and events in the universe.  You provide the light of education and wisdom. You grace the mind of Sri Vishvesha, Lord Shiva for Him to shower His benevolence. You are the Supreme Mother of Kashi.
Mother Anna Purneswari, we beg Your protective grace as alms. Please grant us Your compassion.

उर्वी सर्व जनेश्वरी भगवती मातान्नपूर्णेश्वरी
वेणी नील समान कुन्तल हरी नित्यान्नदानेश्वरी
सर्वानन्दकरी सदा शुभकरी काशीपुराधीश्वरी
भिक्षां देहि कृपावलम्बनकरी मातान्नपूर्णेश्वरी (6)

urvee sarva janeshvaree bhagawathee maatha-anna-poorNeshvaree
vaeNee neela samaana kunthala haree nithyaanna dhanesvvaree
sarva-anandha-karee sadhaa shubha-karee kaashi puraa-Dheeshvaree
bhikShaaM dhaehi krupaa-valambana-karee maatha-anna-poorNeshvaree

Devi Maa Anna Purneswari, You are the mother earth. You are the Goddess of everyone. The devotees ardently call you as Sri Bhagavathy, the Goddess and Sri Annapurni, as the benefactor of food.  Your dark bluish hair flows as graceful as Yourself. Being Sri Annapurni, You provide for food always. You bless and bestow happiness to all. You bless auspiciousness always. You are the Supreme Mother of Kashi.
Mother Sri Anna Purneswari, we beg Your protective grace as alms. Please grant us Your compassion.

आदिक्षान्त समस्त वर्णनकरी शम्भोस्त्रि भावाकरी
काश्मीरा त्रिजलेश्वरी त्रिलहरी नित्याङ्कुरा शर्वरी
कामाकाङ्क्षकरी जनोदयकरी काशीपुराधीश्वरी
भिक्षां देहि कृपावलम्बनकरी मातान्नपूर्णेश्वरी (7)

aadhi-kShaantha samastha varNa-nikaree shambhosthri bhaavaa-karee
kashmeeraa thri-jaleshvaree thri-laharee nithyaanGkuraa sarvaree
kaamaa kanGkSha-karee janoadhaya-karee kaashi puraa-Dheeshvaree
bhikShaaM dhaehi krupaa-valambana-karee maatha-anna-poorNeshvaree

Devi Maa Anna Purneswari, You make all the aksharas (from अ to क्ष) emanate and manifest from Yourself. You are the repository of the three attributes of Sri Shambu (Lord Shiva) such as Satva, Rajas and Tamas.  You are of saffron color. You represent the three waters (three rivers Ganga, Yamnua and Saraswathi). You manifest three Shakthis such as Icha Shakthi, Gnana Shakthi and Kriya Shakthi. The creation of the universe emanates from You. You fulfill the desires and wishes of the people by providing them food and sustenance. You are the Supreme Mother of Kashi.
Mother Sri Anna Purneswari, we beg Your protective grace as alms. Please grant us Your compassion.

देवी सर्व विचित्र रत्न रचिता दाक्षायणी सुन्दरी
वामं स्वादु पयोधर प्रियकरी सौभाग्य माहेश्वरी
भक्ताभीष्टकरी सदा शुभकरी काशीपुराधीश्वरी
भिक्षां देहि कृपावलम्बनकरी मातान्नपूर्णेश्वरी (8)

dhaevee sarva vichithra rathna rachithaa dhaakShayaNee sundharee
vaaM svaadhu payoDhara priya-karee saubhagya maaheshvaree
bhaktha-abheeshta-karee sadhaa shubha-karee kaashi puraa-Dheeshvaree
bhikShaaM dhaehi krupaa-valambana-karee maatha-anna-poorNeshvaree

Devi Maa Anna Purneswari, You have adorned rare and precious gems. You are the daughter of Dhaksha. You are beautiful. You keep the sweet milk on Your left to lovingly disburse to Your children (devotees). You are the Goddess bestowing auspiciousness. You fulfill the desires of Your ardent devotees. You always bestow and bless virtuous boons. You are the Supreme Mother of Kashi.
Mother Sri Anna Purneswari, we beg Your protective grace as alms. Please grant us Your compassion.

चन्द्रार्कानल कोटिकोटि सदृशा चन्द्रांशु बिम्बाधरी
चन्द्रार्काग्नि समान कुन्तलधरी चन्द्रार्क वर्णेश्वरी
माला पुस्तक पाशा साङ्कुशधरी काशीपुराधीश्वरी
भिक्षां देहि कृपावलम्बनकरी मातान्नपूर्णेश्वरी (9)

chandhraa-kaanala koti-koti sadhrushaa chandhraMshu bimbaaDharee
chandhra-arka-agni samaana kunthala-Dharee  chandhra-arka varNeshvaree
maala pusthaka paasha sanGkusa-Dharee kaashi puraa-Dheeshvaree
bhikShaaM dhaehi krupaa-valambana-karee maatha-anna-poorNeshvaree

Devi Maa Anna Purneswari, Your dazzle is similar to the resplendence of crores and crores of moons. Your face glitters like the moon. Your compassion in Your (bimba fruit like) lips is as cool as the rays of the moon. Your ear and arm ornaments dazzle with the glitter of the Sun, Moon and the Fire. Your complexion is splendorous like the rays of the Sun and the Moon. You adorn the garland, the book, the pasha (noose) and ankush (goad) in Your hands. You are the Supreme Mother of Kashi.
Mother Sri Anna Purneswari, we beg Your protective grace as alms. Please grant us Your compassion.

क्षत्रत्राणकरी महाऽभयकरी माता कृपा सागरी
साक्षान्मोक्षकरी सदा शिवकरी विश्वेश्वर श्रीधरी
दक्षा क्रन्दकरी निरामयकरी काशीपुराधीश्वरी
भिक्षां देहि कृपावलम्बनकरी मातान्नपूर्णेश्वरी (10)

kShathra-thraaNa-karee mahaa(A)bhaya-karee maathaa krupaa sagaree
saakShaan-moksha-karee sadhaa shiva-karee vishveshvara shree-Dharee
dhakshaa krundha-karee niraamaya-karee kaashi puraa-Dheeshvaree
bhikShaaM dhaehi krupaa-valambana-karee maatha-anna-poorNeshvaree

Devi Maa Anna Purneswari, You protect Your devotees and bless them the life without fear. You are the great mother. Your benevolence is like the ocean. Merely looking at You provides moksha (liberation). Your presence always blesses auspiciousness. You are always the source of auspiciousness, welfare and prosperity bestowed by Lord Shiva. You have made Dhaksha repent and feel sorry for his mistakes. You are the Supreme Mother of Kashi.
Mother Sri Anna Purneswari, we beg Your protective grace as alms. Please grant us Your compassion.

अन्नपूर्णे सदापूर्णे शङ्कर प्राण वल्लभे
ज्ञान वैराग्य सिद्ध्यर्थं भिक्षां देहि च पार्वति (11)

anna-poorNae sadhaa-poorNae shanGkara praaNa vallabhe
jnana vairaagya sidhDhyarThaM bhikShaaM dhaehi cha paarvathi

Devi Maa Anna Purneswari, You are always complete with blessings. You are the beloved consort of Sri Shankar (Lord Shiva). We beg the wisdom, strong mind and all Siddhies from You. Sri Parvathi Devi, please grant these as alms to us.

माता च पार्वती देवी पिता देवो महेश्वरः
बान्धवाः शिव भक्ताश्च स्वदेशो भुवनत्रयम् (12)

mathaa cha paarvathi dhaevi pithaa dhaevo maheshvarah
baanDhavaah shiva bhakathaa-shcha svadhaesho bhuvana-thrayam

Sri Parvathi Devi is my Mother. Sri Maheshvar is my Father. The devotees of Shiva are my acquaintances. My Desh is the three worlds where Sri Shiva and Sri Pavathi are the Lords.

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