Sri Ranganatha Ashtakam

Sri Ranganatha Ashtakam
Sri Ranganatha Swamy

Sri Ranganatha Ashtakam is the Slokam in praise of and as prayer to Sri Ranganatha Swamy, one of the manifestations of Sri Maha Vishnu.

Sri Ranganatha Ashtakam was composed by Sri Adi Sankaracharya. He had composed the hymns when he visited Sri Rangam to have His darshan.

Sri Ranganatha Ashtakam contains eight stanzas each describing the attributes of Sri Ranganatha Swamy. The benefits of reciting this Slokam is appended as the last stanza.

Sri Ranganatha Ashtakam is presented in Devanagari and English Scripts with a simple English translation.

आनन्द रूपे निजबोध रूपे ब्रह्मस्वरूपे श्रुतिमूर्ति रूपे
शशाङ्क रूपे रमणीय रूपे श्रीरङ्ग रूपे रमतां मनो मे (1)

aanandha roopae nija-boaDha roopae brahma-svaroopae shruti-moorthi roopae
shashaanGgka roopae ramaNeeya roopae shreeranGga roopae ramathaam manoa mae

Sri Ranganatha is in the form which is the eternal bliss; He is in the form of the self-actualization. He is in the form of the scriptures which are sung and composed. His form emanates coolness like the moon. His form is excellent and exquisite.
I blissfully meditate on the form of Sri Ranganatha.

कावेरितीरे करुणाविलोले मन्दारमूले धृतचारुकेले
दैत्यान्तकालेऽखिललोकलीले श्रीरङ्गलीले रमतां मनो मे (2)

kaavaeri-theerae karuNaa-viloalae mandhaara-moolae Dhrtha-chaaru-kaelae
daithya-antha-kaale-akhila-loaka-leelae shreeranGga-leelae ramathaam manoa mae

Sri Ranganatha does divine play-acts. He showers His compassion and blessings at the banks of Cauvery river. He assumes sportive appearances at the roots of the mandara tree. He does the enaction of destroying the demons in the various avathars.
I blissfully meditate on the play-acts of Sri Ranganatha.

लक्ष्मी निवासे जगतां निवासे हृत्पद्मवासे रवि बिम्बवासे
कृपा निवासे गुणबृन्दवासे श्रीरङ्गवासे रमतां मनो मे (3)

lakShmee nivaasae jagathaaM nivaasae hruth-padhma-vaasae ravi bimba-vaasae
krupaa-nivaase guNa-brundha-vaasae shreeranGga-vaasae ramathaam manoa mae

Sri Ranganatha lives in and with Sri Mahalakshmi, His consort. He lives in the entire world. He lives in the lotuses of the hearts of His devotes. He lives in the orbit of the Sun. He exists in His benevolence and compassion. He exists in His virtues. He lives in Sri Rangam.
I blissfully meditate on the abodes of Sri Ranganatha.

ब्रह्मादि वन्द्ये जगदेक वन्द्ये मुकुन्द वन्द्ये सुरनाथ वन्द्ये
व्यासादि वन्द्ये सनकादिवन्द्ये श्रीरङ्ग वन्द्ये रमतां मनो मे (4)

brahmaadhi vandhyae jagadh-aeka vandhyae mukundha vandhyae sura-naaTha vandhyae
vyaasaadhi vandhyae sanakaadhi vandhyae shreeranGga vandhyae ramathaam manoa mae

Sri Ranganatha is sincerely worshipped by Sri Brahma and other Deities. He is worshipped by the entire universe as one God. He is worshipped by Mukundha. He is worshipped by Indra, the Lord of the Devas.  He is worshipped by Vyasa and other Sages. He is worshipped by Sanakadhi Sages.
I blissfully worship Sri Ranganatha Swamy in Sri Rangam.

ब्रह्माधिराजे गरुडाधिराजे वैकुण्ठराजे सुरराजराजे
त्रैलोक्यराजेऽखिललोकराजे श्रीरङ्गराजे रमतां मनो मे (5)

brahma-adhiraajae garuda-adhiraajae vaikuNTa-raajae sura-raaja-raajae
thrailokya-raajae-akhila-loaka-raajae shreeranGga-raajae ramathaam manoa mae

Sri Ranganatha is the Lord of Sri Brahma. He is the Lord of Garuda. He is the Lord of Vaikunt. He is the Lord of Indra, the lord of the Devas. He is the Lord of the three worlds. He is the Lord of the entire universe.
I blissfully meditate on Sri Ranganatha Swamy, the Lord of Sri Rangam.

अमोघ मुद्रे परिपूर्ण निद्रे श्रीयोग निद्रे ससमुद्र निद्रे
श्रितैक भद्रे जगदेक निद्रे श्रीरङ्गभद्रे रमतां मनो मे (6)

amogha mudhrae paripoorNa nidhrae shree-yoga nidhrae sa-samudhra nidhrae
shrithaika bhadhrae jagadh-aeka nidhrae shreeranGga bhadhrae ramathaam manoa mae

Sri Ranganatha is in the constant and consistent posture. His sleeping posture is absolute. He is in yoga posture. He rests on the cosmic ocean. His sleeping posture is the form of auspiciousness. His posture only absorbs the universe.
I blissfully meditate on the auspiciousness sleeping posture of Sri Ranganatha Swamy at Sri Rangam.

सचित्र शायी भुजगेन्द्र शायी नन्दाङ्क शायी कमलाङ्क शायी
क्षीराब्धि शायी वटपत्र शायी श्रीरङ्गशायी रमतां मनो मे (7)

sachithra shaayee bhujaga-endhra shaayee nandha-anGgka shaayee kamala-anGgka shaayee
kSheera-abdhi shaayee vata-pathra shaayee shreeranGga-shaayee ramathaam manoa mae

Sri Ranganatha’s reclining posture is the auspicious picture with various dresses and jewels. He reclines over the Lord of the serpents. He rests in the lap of Nanda Gopa and Yashodha. He reclines on the lap of Sri Mahalakshmi, the Goddess of lotus. He reclines on the cosmic milky ocean. He reclines and rest on the banyan leaf (as Sri Bala Krishna).
I blissfully meditate on the auspicious reclining posture of Sri Ranganatha Swamy at Sri Rangam.

इदं हि रङ्गं त्यजतामिहाङ्गं पुनर्न चाङ्गं यदि चाङ्गमेति
पाणौ रथाङ्गं चरणेऽम्बु गाङ्गं याने विहङ्गं शयने भुजङ्गम् (8)

idhaM hi ranGgaM thyajathaamiha-anGgaM punar-na cha-anGgaM yadhi cha-anGgamaethi
paaNau raThaanGgaM charaNae-ambu gaanGgaM yaanae vihanGgaM shayanae bhujanGgam

This is certainly Sri Rangam. Any person shedding his physical body here (last breath) will not be born again if it has taken refuge in the Lord Ranganatha. Sri Ranganatha holds discus in His hand. River Ganga originates in His lotus feet. He rides on Garuda. He rests on the bed of serpent.
Glories and humble salutations to Sri Ranganatha Swamy.

रङ्गनाथाष्टकम्पुण्यं प्रातरुत्थाय यः पठेत्
सर्वान् कामानवाप्नोति रङ्गिसायुज्यमाप्नुयात् (9)

ranGganaaTha-aShtakam-puNyaM praathar-uthThaaya yah paTeth
sarvaan kaamaan-avaapnoathi ranGgi-saayujyam-aapnuyaath.

The person who reads and recites this Sri Ranganatha Ashtakam early in the morning shall be blessed with the fulfillment of his desires and wishes. He attains the world of Sri Ranganatha and is liberated with mukthi.

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