Sri Subramanya Shodasha Nama Stotram is the Slokam in praise of and as prayer to Sri Subramanya who is also called as Sri Shanmukha, Sri Karthikeya, Sri Muruga and innumerable other Namas.
Sri Subramanya Shodasha Nama Stotram describes the sixteen basic names of Sri Muruga denoting His various attributes. The Slokam is presented in Devanagari and English scripts with a simple English translation. The benefits of reciting this slokam is given at the end.
अस्य श्री सुब्रह्मण्य षोडश नाम स्तोत्र महामन्त्रस्य अगस्त्यो भगवान् ऋषिः
अनुष्टुप्छन्दः सुब्रह्मण्यो देवता ममेष्ट सिद्यर्थे जपे विनियोगः (1)
asya shree subrahmaNya Shodasha naama sthothra mahaa-manthrasya agasthyo bhagavaan Rushih
anuShtup-Chandhah subrahmaNyo dhevathaa mameShta sidhyarThe jape viniyogah
This Sri Subrahmanya Shodasha Nama Manthram is being recited with the Sage Sri Agasthya as the Rishi and Sri Subrahmanya as the Deity.
षड वक्त्रम् शिकि वाहनं त्रिणयनं चित्राम्बरालङ्क्रुतां
शक्तिं व्रजमसिं त्रिशूलमभयं खेटं दनुश्चक्रकम् (2)
Shada vakthram shiki vaahanaM thriNayanaM chithra-ambara-alanGkruthaaM
shakthiM vrajamasiM thrishoolam-abhayaM khetaM dhanush-chakrakam
Sri Subramanya has six heads. He rides on the peacock. He has three eyes. He is adorned with the garments with good designs. He has imbibed the powers of Sri Shakthi. His trident blesses protection. He has other weapons as well.
पाशं कुक्कुटमङ्कुशं च वरदं हस्तैर्धानं सदा
ध्यायेदीप्सितसिद्धिदं शिवसुतं स्कन्दं सुरारादितम् (3)
paashaM kukkutam-anGkushaM cha varadhaM hasthair-DhaanaM sadhaa
Dhyaaye-dheepsitha-sidhDhidhaM shiva-suthaM skandhaM sura-araadhitham
Sri Subramanya holds paasha and ankusha. (He has the cock in his flag). He has His hand in Varadha mudra bestowing wealth always. He blesses the fulfillment of the wishes and yogic attributes to His ardent devotees. He is the Son of Bhagwan Shiva. He is Skandha. He is worshipped by all the Devas.
प्रथमोज्ञान शक्त्यात्मा द्वितीयः स्कन्द एव चः
अग्निगर्भस्त्रुतीयस्तु बाहुलेयश्चतुर्थकः (4)
praThamo-jnaana shakthya-athmaa dhvitheeyah skandha eva chah
Sri Subramanya is firstly worshipped as Sri Jnaana Shakthya, the God in the personified form of wisdom and power. Secondly, He is worshipped as Sri Skandha, the progeny of Lord Shiva. Thirdly, He is worshipped as Sri Agni Garbha, the child emanated from the fire from the third eye of Bhagwan Shiva. Fourthly, He is worshipped as Sri Baahuleya, the God of abundance / the mighty God.
गाङ्गेयः पञ्चमः प्रोक्तः षष्टः शरवणोद्भवः
सप्तमः कार्तिकेयश्च कुमारश्चाष्टमस्तथा (5)
gaanGgeyah pancchamah prokthah ShaShtah sharavaNodh-bhavah
sapthamah kaarthi-keyashcha kumaarashcha-aShtamas-thaThaa
Sri Subramanya is fifthly worshipped as Sri Gangeya, signifying the child emerging from the river Ganga. Sixthly, He is worshipped as Sri Sharavana Bhava, the Deity of six mantras such as sha, ra, va, Na, bha and va. Seventhly, He is worshipped as Sri Karthikeya, the child reared by the six Karthika Girls, the celestial maidens. Eighthly, He is worshipped as Sri Kumara, the young God / the God with the beauty which lessens the glory of Manmadha’s beauty.
नवमः षण्मुखः प्रोक्तः तारकारिः स्म्रुतो दश
एकदशश्च सेनानीः गुहो द्वादश एव च (6)
navamah ShaNmukhah prokthah thaara-kaarih smrutho dhasha
ekadhasha-shcha senaaneeh guho dhvaadhasha eva cha
Sri Subramanya is ninthly worshipped as Sri Shanmukha, denoting the God with six faces. Tenthly, He is worshipped as Sri Thaarakaari, the destroyer of the demon Tharaka. Eleventhly, He is worshipped as Sri Senaapathi, the commander of Devas’ army. Twelfthly, He is worshipped as Sri Guha, the God of caves and mountains.
त्रयोदशो ब्रह्मचारी शिव तेजश्चतुर्दशः
क्रौञ्चादारि पञ्चदशः षोडशः शिखिवाहनः (7)
thrayodhasho brahmachaaree shiva-thejash-chathurdhashah
krauncchaa-dhaari pancchadhashah Shodasha shikha-vaahanah
Sri Subramanya is thirteenthly worshipped as Sri Brahmachari, God who taught lessons to Sri Brahma. Fourteenthly, He is worshipped as Sri Shiv Theja, the God with the radiance of Bhagwan Shiva. Fifteenthly, He is worshipped as Sri Krauncha Dhari, the destroyer of the demon Krauncha. Sixteenthly, He is worshipped as Sri Shika Vahana, the rider of peacock.
षोडशैतानि नामानि यो जबेद्भक्तिसम्युतः
ब्रुहस्पति समो बुद्ध्या तेजसा ब्रह्मणस्समः (8)
Shodashaithaani naamaani yo jabedh-bhakthi-samyuthah
bruhaspathi samo budhDhyaa thejasaa brahmaNas-samah
कवित्वे च महाशस्त्रे जयार्ती लबते जयं
कन्यार्थी लभते कन्यां ज्ञानार्थी ज्ञानमाप्नुयात् (9)
kavithve cha mahaashasthrae jayaarthee labathe jayaM
kanyaarThee labhathe kanyaaM jnaanaarThee jnana-maapnuyaath
विद्यार्थी लभते विद्यां धनार्थी धनमश्नुते
यद्यद्प्रार्थयते मर्त्यः तत्सर्वं लभते ध्रुवम् (10)
vidhyaarThee labhathe vidhyaaM DhanaarThee Dhanamashnuthe
yadhyadh-praarThayathe marthyah thathsarvaM labhathe Dhruvam
The persons who sincerely worship with this Slokam shall get knowledge and wisdom equal to Sri Bruhaspathi, the Guru of Devas and they will be considered bright. They will get their wishes fulfilled. They will be blessed with vast knowledge of shastras, wisdom and success. Those who aspire for education and wisdom, those who aspire for wealth and those who pray for anything shall be blessed with what they have prayed for.