Sri Lalitha Panchakam

Sri Lalitha Panchakam
Sri Lalitha Devi

Sri Lalitha Panchakam is the slokam in praise of and as prayer to Sri Lalitha Devi, one of the manifestations of Goddess Parvathi. This Slokam describes the attributes and divine qualities of Sri Lalitha Devi.  Of the Dasha Maha Vidya manifestations, Sri Lalitha Devi represents Sri Tripura Sundari and Sri Shodashi.

Sri Lalitha Panchakam was composed by Sri Adi Sankaracharya. It contains five stanzas each denoting the features of Sri Lalitha Devi and the compassion She showers on Her ardent devotees. The additional stanza at the end describes the benefits of reading and reciting this Slokam.

Sri Lalitha Panchakam is also called as Sri Lalitha Pancha Rathnam. The Devanagari and the English scripts with a simple English translation are provided in this narrative.

प्रातः स्मरामि ललिता वदनारविन्दं
विम्बाधरं पृथुल मौक्तिक शोभि नासम्
आकर्ण दीर्घ नयनं मणि कुण्डलाढ्यं
मन्द स्मितं मृगमदोज्ज्वल भाल देशम् (1)

praathah smaraami lalithaa-vadhana-aravindhaM
vimba-aDharaM pruThula maukthika shoaBhi naasam
aakarNa dheergha nayanam maNi kuNdala-aDyaM
mandha smithaM mruga-madhoa-ujjvala Bhaala dhesham

In the early morning, I keep in my mind the glorious lotus like face of Sri Lalitha Devi. Her lips are like bimba fruits. Her nose is decorated with a shining pearl. Her beautiful large eyes are long up to Her ears. She is adorned with the ear ornaments made of precious gems. Her face is bright with a gentle endearing smile. She adorns the tilak made of Kasthuri on Her dazzling forehead.

प्रातर्भजामि ललिता भुज कल्प वल्लीं
रक्ताङ्गुलीय लसदङ्गुलि पल्लवाढ्याम्
माणिक्य हेम वलयाङ्गद शोभमानां
पुण्ड्रेक्षुचाप कुसुमेषु सृणिदधानाम् (2)

praathar-Bhajaami lalithaa Bhuja kalpa valleeM
raktha-anGuleeya lasadh-anGuli pallava-aDyaam
maaNikya haema valaya-anGadha shoBha-maanaaM
puNddrekShu-chaapa kusumeaShu sruNi-dhaDhaanaam

In the early morning, I worship Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari whose arms resemble the wish- bestowing creepers (like branches of Kalpa Vruksha). Her fingers resemble tender leaves. She adorns ruby red finger rings. Her arms are decorated with the golden bracelets embedded with precious gems. She carries the sugarcane bow, flower arrows and a goad in Her arms.

प्रातर्नमामि ललिता चरणारविन्दं
भक्तेष्ट दान निरतं भव सिन्धु पोतम्
पद्मासनादि सुर नायक पूजनीयं
पद्माङ्कुश ध्वज सुदर्शन लाञ्छनाढ्यम् (3)

praathar-namaami lalithaa charaNaa-aravindhaM
bhakthaeShta dhaana nirathaM bhava sinDhu poatham
padhmaasana-adhi sura naayaka poojaneeyaM
padhma-angkusha dhvaja sudharshana laanchchana-aDyam

In the early morning, I humbly salute the lotus like feet of Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari. Her feet bestow and bless the desires of the sincere devotees. Her feet enable the devotees to cross the ocean of worldly life comprising of birth and death. Her feet are devoutly worshipped by Sri Brahma, who sits on the lotus and other leaders of the Devas. Her feet are endowed with the markings of Ankusha, the goad, lotus, flag and Sudarshan chakra.

प्रातः स्तुवे परशिवां ललितां भवानीं
त्रय्यन्त वेद्य विभवां करुणानवद्याम्
विश्वस्य सृष्टि विलय स्थिति हेतु भूतां
विद्येश्वरीं निगम वाङ्मनसातिदूराम् (4)

praathah sthuvae para-shivaaM lalithaaM bhavaaneeM
thrayyantha vaedhya viBhavaaM karuNa-anavadhyaam
vishvasya sruSti vilaya sThithi haethu bhoothaaM
vidhyesh-vareem nigama vaang-manasa-athi-dooraam

In the early morning, I chant (sing) the glories and auspiciousness of Sri Lalitha Bhavani. Her exalted nature is beyond the grasp of the mind. Her magnificence, compassion and impeccable piety can be comprehended only through vedantha and such holy scriptures. Her superior nature is the cause for the creation, protection and dissolution in this universe. Her auspiciousness is the epitome of all education; it is beyond the rhetorical purview either through mind or through speech.

प्रातर्वदामि ललिते तव पुण्यनाम
कामेश्वरीति कमलेति महेश्वरीति
श्रीशाम्भवीति जगतां जननी परेति
वाग्देवतेति वचसा त्रिपुरेश्वरीति (5)

praathar-vadhaami lalithae thava puNya-naama
kaameshvareethi kamalaethi maheshvareethi
shree-shaambhaveethi jagathaaM jananee paraethi
vaagdhaevathaethi vachasaa thripureshvareethi

In the early morning, I chant and recite the names of Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari such as Kameshvari (the Goddess bestowing desires), Kamala (the Goddess of lotus), Maheshwari (the great Goddess), Sri Shambavi (the Goddess bestowing the wishes), Jagath Janani (the supreme mother of the universe), Vaagdevi (the Goddess of speech) and Tripureshwari (the consort of Tripureshwar, Lord Shiva).

यः श्लोक पञ्चकमिदं ललिताम्बिकायाः
सौभाग्यदं सुललितं पठति प्रभाते
तस्मै ददाति ललिता झटिति प्रसन्ना
विद्यां श्रियं विमल सौख्यमनन्त कीर्तिम् (6)

yah shloka-panchchakam-idhaM Lalitha-ambikaayaah
sauBhaagyadhaM sulalithaM PaTathi prabhaathae
thasmai dhadhaathi lalithaa jhatithi prasannaa
vidhyaaM shriyaM vimala saukhyam-anantha keerthim

The person who sincerely reads and recites this Lalitha Panchakam which is pleasing to the ears, early in the morning shall be blessed and bestowed with good fortune, wisdom and knowledge, prosperity, ecstatic happiness and boundless fame.
Humble Salutations to Devi Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari.

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