Sri Bhavani Ashtakam

Sri Bhavani Ashtakam
Sri Bhavani

Sri Bhavani Ashtakam is the Slokam in praise of and as prayer to Sri Bhavani Devi, one of the manifestations of Sri Durga Devi.

Sri Bhavani Ashtakam was composed by Sri Adi Sankaracharya.

Sri Bhavani Ashtakam contains eight stanzas each describing the attributes of Sri Bhavani Devi. Each of the stanzas dwell on the protection and refuge sought from Sri Bhavani Devi.

Sri Bhavani Ashtakam is presented in Devanagari and English scripts with a simple English translation.

Sri Bhavani Ashtakam
Sri Bhavani Devi

न तातो न माता न बन्धुर्न दाता
न पुत्रो न पुत्री न भृत्यो न भर्ता
न जाया न विद्या न वृत्तिर्ममैव
गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि (1)

na thaathoa na maathaa na banDhur-na dhaathaa
na puthroa na puthree na bhruthyoa na bharthaa
na jaayaa na vidhyaa na vrututuir-ma maiva
gathis-thvaM gathis-thvaM thvamaekaa bhavaani

Goddess Bhavani,
Neither the father nor the mother nor the relative nor the benefactor can protect me;
Neither the son nor the daughter nor the servant nor the husband can protect me;
Neither the wife nor my education nor my profession can protect me; and
You are my protector and You are my only savior.
Humble Salutations to Sri Bhavani Devi.

भवाब्धावपारे महादुःखभीरु
पपात प्रकामी प्रलोभी प्रमत्तः
कुसंसार पाश प्रबद्धः सदाहं
गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि (2)

bhavaabDhaav-apaarae mahaa-dhukha-bheeru
papaatha prakaamee praloabhee pramathah
ku-saMsaara paasha-prabadhDhah sadhaahaM
gathis-thvaM gathis-thvaM thvamaekaa bhavaani

Goddess Bhavani,
In the ocean of endless worldly life, I am full of sorrows and fears;
I am laden with too much of desires, greedy and intoxicated;
I am always tied up with the miserable worldly life; and
You are my protector and You are my only savior.
Humble Salutations to Sri Bhavani Devi.

न जानामि दानं न च ध्यानयोगं
न जानामि तन्त्रं न च स्तोत्रमन्त्रम्
न जानामि पूजां न च न्यासयोगं
गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि (3)

na jaanaami dhaanaM na cha Dhyaana-yoagaM
na jaanaami thanthraM na cha sthothra-manthram
na jaanaami poojaaM na cha nyaasa-yoagaM
gathis-thvaM gathis-thvaM thvamaekaa bhavaani

Goddess Bhavani,
Neither am I aware of charity nor do I know meditation;
Neither do I worship through thanthra nor do I worship through manthra; and
Neither do I perform puja nor do I do physical yoga to do puja.
You are my protector and You are my only savior.
Humble Salutations to Sri Bhavani Devi.

न जानामि पुण्यं न जानामि तीर्थ
न जानामि मुक्तिं लयं वा कदाचित्
न जानामि भक्तिं व्रतं वापि मातर्गतिस्त्वं
गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि (4)

na jaanaami puNyaM na jaanaami theerTha
na jaanaami mukthiM layaM vaa kadhaachith
na jaanaami bhakthiM vrathaM vaapi maathar-gathis-thvaM
gathis-thvaM gathis-thvaM thvamaekaa bhavaani

Goddess Bhavani,
Neither do I know the virtuous deeds nor do I know of the pilgrimage;
I am not aware of how to attain mukthi with the negligible level of understanding and concentration; and
Neither do I know devotion nor do I know fasting nor do I know the spiritual vows, oh my mother. You are my refuge.
You are my protector and You are my only savior.
Humble Salutations to Sri Bhavani Devi.

कुकर्मी कुसङ्गी कुबुद्धिः कुदासः
कुलाचारहीनः कदाचारलीनः
कुदृष्टिः कुवाक्यप्रबन्धः सदाहं
गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि (5)

ku-karmee ku-sanGgee ku-budhDhih kudhaasah
kula-achaara-heenah kadha-achaara-leenah
ku-dhruShtih ku-vaakya-prabanDhah sadhaahaM
gathis-thvaM gathis-thvaM thvamaekaa bhavaani

Goddess Bhavani,
I have done miserable bad deeds; I am associated with undesirable persons; I have cherished unholy thoughts; I am the bad servant to my master;
As I am associated with undesirable persons, I have not adopted the traditions properly; and
I see only bad things; My thoughts are bad; My words are also bad.
You are my protector and You are my only savior.
Humble Salutations to Sri Bhavani Devi.

प्रजेशं रमेशं महेशं सुरेशं
दिनेशं निशीथेश्वरं वा कदाचित्
न जानामि चान्यत् सदाहं शरण्ये
गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि (6)

prajaeshaM ramaeshaM mahaeshaM suraeshaM
dhinaeshaM nisheeThae-eshvaraM vaa kadhaachith
na jaanaami chaanyath sadhaahaM sharaNyae
gathis-thvaM gathis-thvaM thvamaekaa bhavaani

Goddess Bhavani,
I know very little about the Lord of creation (Sri Brahma), Lord of protection (Sri Vishnu, consort of Ramaa), Lord of everyone (Sri Shiva), the Lord of Devas (Indra), the Lord of the day (Surya), the Lord of the night (Chandra), the other Gods and the other Goddesses. I always take refuge in you.
You are my protector and You are my only savior.
Humble Salutations to Sri Bhavani Devi.

विवादे विषादे प्रमादे प्रवासे
जले चानले पर्वते शत्रुमध्ये
अरण्ये शरण्ये सदा मां प्रपाहि
गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि (7)

vivaadhae viShaadhae pramaadhae pravaasae
jalae chaanalae parvathae shathru-maDhyae
araNyae sharaNyae sadhaa maaM prapaahi
gathis-thvaM gathis-thvaM thvamaekaa bhavaani

Goddess Bhavani,
During disputes and quarrels, during despair and desolation, during danger, intoxication and insanity, while being in alien territory, while being in water or fire or mountains or with enemies and while in forests, I need your kind protection always.
You are my protector and You are my only savior.
Humble Salutations to Sri Bhavani Devi.

अनाथो दरिद्रो जरारोगयुक्तो
महाक्षीणदीनः सदा जाड्यवक्त्रः
विपत्तौ प्रविष्टः प्रनष्टः सदाहं
गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि (8)

anaaThoa dharidhroa jaraa-roaga-yukthoa
mahaa-kSheeNa-dheenah sadhaa jaadya-vakthrah
vipaththau praviShtah pranaShtah sadhaahaM
gathis-thvaM gathis-thvaM thvamaekaa bhavaani

Goddess Bhavani,
I am hapless, impoverished, down with old age and ill health, very weak, very downtrodden, much drained of energy (pale), have gone to pieces and plunged into miseries and misfortune.
You are my protector and You are my only savior.
Humble Salutations to Sri Bhavani Devi.

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