Sri Marga Bandhu Stotram

Sri Marga Bandhu
Sri Marga Bandhu

Sri Marga Bandhu Stotram is the Slokam in praise of and as prayer to Lord Shiva in the manifestation of Sri Marga Bandhu. “Marga Bandhu” means the one who accompanies and protects the travellers.

Sri Marga Bandhu Stotram was composed by Sri Appayya Dhikshithar who is said to be the expert interpreter of Advaitha theory next only to Sri Adi Sankaracharya.  Sri Appayya Dhikshithar is said to belong to 16th Century A.D.

Sri Marga Bandhu Stotram was composed as prayer to Sri Marga Bandhu Swamy of Virinchipuram near Vellore in Tamil Nadu. It is believed that reading and reciting of this Stotram shall provide protection during travels. The travel also denotes the journey of life.

Sri Marga Bandhu Stotram is narrated in Devanagari and English scripts with a simple English translation. The first stanza has to be repeated at the end of every Slokam from the second stanza.

शंभो महादेव देव
शिव शंभो महादेव देवेश शंभो
शंभो महादेव देव

shaMBhoa mahaadhaeva dhaeva
shiva shaMBhoa mahaadheva dhevesha shaMBho
shaMBho mahaadhaeva dhaeva

Humble Salutations to Shambu, who is Lord Shiva blessing benevolence and prosperity. He is the Greatest of the Gods. He is the Lord of all the Devas.

फाला वनम्रत्किरीटं
फाल नेत्रार्चिषा दग्ध पञ्चेषुकीटम्
शूला हताराति कूटं
शुध्द मर्धेन्दु चूडं भजे मार्गबन्धुम् (1)

शंभो महादेव देव
शिव शंभो महादेव देवेश शंभो
शंभो महादेव देव

phaalaa vanamrath-kireetaM
phaala nethraar-chiShaa dhagDha pancheShu-keetam
shoolaa hathaaraathi kootaM
shuDhdha marDhendhu choodaM bhaje maargabanDhum

shaMBhoa mahaadhaeva dhaeva
shiva shaMBhoa mahaadheva dhevesha shaMBho
shaMBho mahaadhaeva dhaeva

Lord Shiva adorns the crown on His head. With the fire from His third eye, He had scorched the user of five faced arrow (Manmadha) as an insect.  He had destroyed His enemies with trident. He is pure and serene. He wears the crescent moon on His head.
My humble Salutations to Sri Marga Bandhu, the God who provides protection in the travel.

अन्ङ्गे विराजद्भुजन्ङ्गं
अभ्र गंगा तरंगाभि रामोत्त मांगम्
ओंकार वाटी कुरंगं
सिध्द संसेवितान्ङ्रिं भजे मार्गबन्धुम् (2)

शंभो महादेव देव
शिव शंभो महादेव देवेश शंभो
शंभो महादेव देव

anGge viraajadh-bhujanGgaM
abhra gangaa tharangaabhi raamoththa maangam
oMkaara vaatee kurangaM
siDhdha saMsevi-thaanGriM bhaje maargabanDhum

shaMBhoa mahaadhaeva dhaeva
shiva shaMBhoa mahaadheva dhevesha shaMBho
shaMBho mahaadhaeva dhaeva

Lord Shiva has His body covered with snakes. His head appears charismatic with the dancing waves of Ganga. In the garden of Omkara mantra (Pranava mantra), He exists like an attractive deer. His holy feet are ardently worshipped by the Siddhas and the Sages.
My humble Salutations to Sri Marga Bandhu, the God who provides protection in the travel.

नित्यं चिदानंद रूपं
निह्नुताशेष लोकेश वैरी प्रतापम्
कार्तस्वरागेन्द्रु चापं
क्रुत्ति वासं दिव्य सन्मार्ग बन्धुम् (3)

शंभो महादेव देव
शिव शंभो महादेव देवेश शंभो
शंभो महादेव देव

nithyaM chidhaanandha roopaM
nihnu-thaasheSha loakaesha vairee prathaapam
kaartha-svaraa-gendhru chaapaM
kruththi vaasaM dhivya sanmaarga banDhum

shaMBhoa mahaadhaeva dhaeva
shiva shaMBhoa mahaadheva dhevesha shaMBho
shaMBho mahaadhaeva dhaeva

Lord Shiva is the embodiment and personification of pure and supreme consciousness. He has demolished the pride of Ravan, who was the enemy of Indra. He had used Meru mountain as the arrow when He fought with Tripurasur. He wears the animal hides on His person. He accompanies those who travel in the path of virtues and righteousness.
My humble Salutations to Sri Marga Bandhu, the God who provides protection in the travel.

कन्दर्प दर्पघ्नमीशं
कालकण्ठं महेशं महाव्योमकेशम्
कुन्दाभदन्तं सुरेशं
कोटि सूर्यप्रकाशं भजे मार्गबन्धुम् (4)

शंभो महादेव देव
शिव शंभो महादेव देवेश शंभो
शंभो महादेव देव

kandharpa dharpaghna-meeshaM
kaalakaNTaM maheshaM mahaa-vyomakesham
kundhaaBha-dhanthaM sureshaM
koti sooryaprakaashaM bhaje maargabanDhum

shaMBhoa mahaadhaeva dhaeva
shiva shaMBhoa mahaadheva dhevesha shaMBho
shaMBho mahaadhaeva dhaeva

Lord Shiva had annihilated the pride of Manmadha. His throat is of bluish hue. He is the Great God. He has the sky as His hair. His teeth dazzle like the jasmine flowers. He is the Lord of the Devas. He is as resplendent as the crore Suns.
My humble Salutations to Sri Marga Bandhu, the God who provides protection in the travel.

मन्दारभूतेरुदारं
मन्दरागेन्द्र सारं महा घौर्य दूरम्
सिन्धूर दूर प्रचारं
सिन्धु राजाति धीरं भजे मार्गबन्धुम् (5)

शंभो महादेव देव
शिव शंभो महादेव देवेश शंभो
शंभो महादेव देव

mandhaara-bhootheru-dhaaraM
mandha-raagendhra saaraM mahaa-ghaurya-dhooram
sinDhoora dhoora prachaaraM
sinDhu raajaathi DheeraM bhaje maargabanDhum

shaMBhoa mahaadhaeva dhaeva
shiva shaMBhoa mahaadheva dhevesha shaMBho
shaMBho mahaadhaeva dhaeva

Lord Shiva is mightier than the Mandara mountains. He blesses and bestows the wishes better than the wish fulfilling trees. He is the consort of Sri Maha Gowri who is Sri Parvathi Devi. He is of the intense reddish complexion. He is more steadfast than the king of oceans.
My humble Salutations to Sri Marga Bandhu, the God who provides protection in the travel.

अप्पय्य यज्वेन्द्र गीतं
स्तोत्रराजं पठेध्यस्तु भक्त्या प्रयाणे
तस्यार्थ सिध्दिं विधत्ते
मार्गमध्येऽभयं चाशु तोषि महेशा (6)

शंभो महादेव देव
शिव शंभो महादेव देवेश शंभो
शंभो महादेव देव

appayya yajvendhra geethaM
sthothra-raajaM paTeDhyasthu bhakthyaa prayaaNe
thasyaarTha siDhdhiM viDhaththe
maargamaDhye-(a)AbhayaM chaashu thoShi maheshaa

shaMBhoa mahaadhaeva dhaeva
shiva shaMBhoa mahaadheva dhevesha shaMBho
shaMBho mahaadhaeva dhaeva

This Stotram was composed by Sri Appayya who had performed many great Yagnas. This is the King of the Stotrams. For those who sincerely read and recite this Slokam during travel shall be blessed with the fulfillment of their wishes. In the midst of the journey or during any danger in the journey, Lord Shiva Himself shall provide protection.

इति श्री मार्गबन्धु स्त्मोत्रम् सम्पूर्णम्
ithi shree maargabanDhu sthmothram sampoorNam

 

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