Saturday, August 25, 2012

ஷ்யாமளா தண்டகம்-shyamala thandakam

ஷ்யாமளா தண்டகம் 


Kalidasa was perhaps the greatest of the Sanskrit poets. He has written great dramas like Shakunthalam and great epics like Kumara Sambhavam,Malavikagni Mithram, the message poetry called Megha Sandesham etc. He is extremely famous for the use of appropriate similes and metaphors.Shyamala Dandakam is perhaps the greatest stotra written by himeulogizing the mother goddess - Shyamala


Manikhya veenaam upalalayanthim,
Madalasam manjula vaag vilasam,
Mahendra Neela dhyuthi komalangim,
Mathanga kanyam manasa smarami.1

I meditate on the daughter of Matanga,Who plays the veena made of precious gems,Who has become lazy due to her exuberance,Who is blessed with very sweet words,Who has a pretty mien which shines like the blue gem.

Chathurbhuje Chandra kala vathamse
,Kuchonnathe kumkuma raga sone,
Pundrekshu pasangusa pushpa bana,
Hasthe namasthe jagadaika matha. 2

My salutations to that mother of universe,Who has four hands,Who wears the crescent as an ornament,Who has very high breasts,Who is of the colour of saffron,And who holds flower, sugar cane, rope, arrow,The goad and pundareeka in her hands.

Matha marakatha shyama, 
Mathangi madha shalini,
Kuryath kadaksham kalyani 
kadambha vana vasini. 3

Please bless me with a side long glance,Oh daughter of sage Mathanga,Who is my mother,Who is as green as an emerald,Who is exuberant,Who blesses with all that is good,And who lives in the forest of Kadambha*.*Kadambha is a tree called Nauclea cadamba. It is said to put forth orange,fragrant buds at the roaring of thunder clouds.

Jaya Mathanga thanaye, 
Jaya Neelolpala dhyuthe

Jaya Sangeetha rasike, 
Jaya Leela shuka priye. 4

Victory to the daughter of Mathanga,Victory to her who resembles Neelothphala* flowers,Victory to her who enjoys music,Victory to her who likes the playful parrot.* blue lotus flower

Dandakam
Jaya janani,
sudha samudranthar udhuyanmani dheepa samrooda vilwadavi Madhya
Kalpadhruma kalpa kadambha vasa priye,
krithivasa priye,sarva loka priye.

Victory to the motherWhois interested always in living in the forest of Kadamba trees which aresimilarto the wish giving Kalapaka trees and which is in the forest ofVilwa trees andwhich is situated in the gem island in the sea ofnectar,Who is the consort of Lord Shiva,Who is the darling of all the world,

Sadararabdha sangeetha sambhavana a sambhrama lola neepasraga badha chooli
sanadathrike,
Sanumath puthrike,

Who has her posterior decorated by her dancing hair which has been freed by theraising crescendo of the soulful music,Who is the daughter of the mountain,Shekhari bhootha sheethamsu leka mayookhavalibadha susnigdha neelaalaka srenisringarithe,Loka Sambhavithe,Whois extremely pretty with her bluish black hair curls which shine due tothelight emanating from the cold crescent which she wears on her head,Who is respected by all the world,

Kama leela dhanusannibha brullatha pushpa sandoha sandeha krullochane,
Vak sudha sechane,

Who has eye lashes which resemble the flower arrows coming from the playful bow of the God of love,Who cools down the universe with nectar like words,Charu gorchana panga keli lalabhirame,surame,rame,Who is very pretty with her Thilaka* made of musk,Who makes all the world happy,Who is Rama, the goddess Lakshmi,* Dot in the middle of the forehead

Prollasadvalika moukthika srenika chandrika mandalothbhasi
lavanyagandasthalanyatha kasthurika pathra rekha samudbhootha sourabhyasambhrantha
brungangana geetha santhree bhavan mantra thanthreesware,

Susware,
Bhasware,

Who is with the charming sound of Veena mixed with
 appropriate beats ,strengthenedby the several bees ,which rush towards the incenses ofthe marks of musk made onher pretty necks and the light emanating fromthe ornaments she wears in her earsmade of very precious gems whichput to shame the light of the universe of themoon,Who has very pleasing musical voice,Who shines with her very pretty features,

Vallaki vadana prakriya lola thali dhala badha thadanga bhoosha viseshanwithe,
Sidha sammanithe,

Who wears the ear ornaments made of palm leaves when she plays the musicalinstrument called Vallaki*,Who is recognized by great sages,* A stringed instrument similar to VeenaDivya halamadho dwelahelala sachakshurandholana sri samakshiptha 

karanaikaneelothphale,
poorithasesha lokapi vanchapale,
sreephale

Who wears ear studs made of neelothphala flowers , whose shine is more thanthelight of her divine glances that emanate from her very pretty eyeswhich are redcolured because of the divine alcoholic spirits drunk by her,Who grants all wishes for all people of the world,Who grants wealth and happiness

Sweda bindulla sathphala lavanya nishyandha sandhoha sandeha krunnasika moukthike,
Sarva viswathmike,
Kalike,

Who has nose rings, which makes one wonder whether it is made by the perspiration on her pretty forehead which has flown down from there and crystallized on her nose,Who is the soul of all the world,Who also assumes the form of Kali,

Mugdha mandasmithodhara vyaktha sphural pooga thamboola karpoora gandolkare,
Jnana mudhrakare,
Sarvasampathkare,
Padmabaswathkare,Sreekare,

Who has a pretty face which easily showers smiles and which is made byprettier bythe areca nut, Thamboola* (Betel leaf, lime and areca nut)and camphor in hermouth,Who shows the symbol of jnana (wisdom)Who has all types of wealth,Who holds the lotus flower in her hand,Who grants good blessings,* Betel leaf, lime and areca nut

Kunda pushpa dhyuthi snigdha dantha vali nirmala lola kallola,
Sammelanasmera sona dhare,
Charu veena dhare,
Pakwa bimbha dhare,

Who is having the soft sweet reddish smile which comes in waves from thevery prettyset of teeth with its white shine similar to the garlandmade of white jasminebuds,Who holds in her hand the pretty Veena,Who is having reddish lips like the Bimba fruits,

Sulalithayouanarambha chandrayodhvela lavanya dughdarnawavir bhava th kambhu
bibhoka bruth kandhare,
Sathkala mandhire,
Mandhare,

Who is having the bright white conch like neck which has arisen from theocean ofmilk at the time of high tide that too at the moonrise of thevery pretty newyouth,Who is the personification of all arts,Who is voluptuous,

Divya rathna prabha banduhrachaanna haaradhi bhoosha samudhyotha mananavadhyanga
shobhe,
Shubhe,

Who is having the total blemish less luster created by her shining parts ofthe bodywhich are decorated by several garlands and ornaments made byholy gems,Who is the personification of all that is good,

Rathna keyura rasmi chada pallava prollasath dhorlatha rajithe,
Yogibhi poojithe,

Who is pretty because of her two arms which shine like young tendrilsdecorated bythe shining armlets made of umpteen rathnas (gems),Who is being worshipped by sages,

Viswa ding mandala vyapi manikhya theja spurath kankanalangruthe,
Vibhramalankruthe,
Sadhubhi poojithe,

Who wears bangles, the light of whose gems spread all over the world,Who is also very pretty because of all that she wears,Who is worshipped by holy people,

Vasararambha vela samjrumbhamana aravinda prathi dwandwi panidwaye,
Santhothdhyaddhaye,
Adwaye,

Who has two hands which challenge in their beauty the luster of newly opened lotusflowers at the rise of the sun,Who always rains the shower of mercy,Who is the one in whom there is no two,

Divyarathnormika dheethithi sthoma sandhyaya mananguli pala vodhyanna khendu
prabha mandale,
Sannadha ghandale,
Chith prabha mandale,Prollasath khundale,

Who has very pretty fingers which has the luster emanating from her nailsand whichare decorated by several rings studded with very preciousjewels which is similar
to the luster of the moon,Who is worshipped lord by Indra, the king being of devas,Who is surrounded the holy light of God emanating from the chith*,Who wears ear studs which have great luster,* The eternal consciousness

Tharakajala neekasa haraa valee smera charu sthana bhoga bharanamanmadhyavalleevalee 
schedha veechi samudhyath samullasa sandarsithakarasoundarya rathna kare,
Vallevibruthkare,
Kimkara sreekare,

Who is an ocean of beauty due to the three wave like lines which are formedin hermiddle due to a slight bent caused by her very attractive andheavy breasts whichare happily pretty due to the luster of severalchains that she wears whichresemble a bevy of stars,Who plays the sacred veena,Who blesses her devotees with wealth,

Hemakumbhopamothunga vakshoja parava namre,
Trilokavanamre,

Who has a look of humility due to the slight bent caused by her very heavy goldenbreasts,Who is being worshipped by all the people of all the three worlds,

Lasadvrutha gambheera nabhee sarastheera saivala sangakara syama romavalee
bhooshane,
Manju sambhashane,

Who shines due to pretty greenish black hair which appears like the thinrow ofwater plants surrounding her lake like deep ,round andattractive belly button,Who has a very attractive speech,

Charu sinchath kati soothra nirbarsthinanga leela dhanu sinchineedambare,
Divya rathnambare,

Who defeats the lovely sugarcane bow of the God of love in arousingpassionate loveby just using the slight shake of her golden belt,Who wears silk studded with gems,

Padmaraghollasanmekhala moukthi sreni shobajitha swarna bhoo bruthale.
Chandrika seethale,

Who by the shine of the diamond studded bells which are tied to her goldenbelt andwhich lessen the beauty of the greenish valley of the MountMeru,Who is as cool as the moon light,

Vikasitha navakimsuka thara divyamsuka channa charooru shobha para bhootha
sindhoora sonaya manendra matanga hasthargale,
Vaibhavan argale,
Syamale,

Who has very pretty thighs hidden by the holy cloth which is as red as thefullyopen flowers of palas* tree and which defeats the prettiness ofthe trunk ofIravatha** which has the pasting of a saffron coat,Who has the ever flowing grace without hindrance emanating from her,Who is a dark beauty,* A holy tree of India with reddish flowers. ** The elephant of Indra which arose

from the ocean of milk.

Komala snighdha neelothpalothpaditha ananga thunnera sangakare dara jangalathe,
Charu leela gathe,

Who has very beautiful knee caps resembling the quiver of the God of love, whichis shiningly pretty and made of dark flowers,Who has very pretty feminine gait,

Namradik pala seemanthini kunthalasnighdha neela prabha punja samjatha
durvangurasangi saranga samyoga ringanna khendujjwale,
Projjwale,
Nirmale,

Who has lustrous and the crescent like nails, which are bent and saluted bythewives of the eight lord of directions whose flowing hair isattracted by deer whothink is as the luscious grass,Who has a wholly lustrous mien,Who is holy and pure,

Prahwadevesa lakshmeesa bhoothesa thoyesa vaneesa keenasa daithyesa
yakshesavayvagni koteera manikhya sangushta bala thapodhama lakshara
sarunyatharunya Lakshmi graheethangri padme,
Supadme,Ume,

Who has lotus like feet which shine in the light emanating from the crownsof thebent head of Indra, Vishnu, Shiva, Varuna, Brahma, YamaNiryathi, Vaisravana(God ofwealth), Vayu, and Agni, which because theyare painted red by the plant extractsshines like the reddish risingsun and which are the treasure house of youthfulbeauty,Who holds lotus flower in her hands,Who has the form of Parvathy,

suruchira navarathna peeta sthithe,
Susthithe,
Rathna padmasane,
Rathna simhasane,
Sankapadmadvayopasrithe,
Vishruthe,

Who sits in the seat made of the nine precious gems,Who sits prettily,Who sits on the jeweled lotus flower,Who sits on the jeweled throne,Who is being sought by the Conch and the lotus flower,Who is very famous,

Thathra vignesa durga vatu ksethra palairyuthe,
Matha mathanga kanya samoohanvithe,
Bhairavair ashtabhir veshtithe,

Who is surrounded by Ganesa, Durga, Bhairava and Kshethra pala,Who due to her ebbing youthful vigour shines among the girls in the house of mathanga,Who is surrounded by the eight Bhairavas,

Manjula menakadhyanga namanithe
Devi vamadhibhi shakthihi sevithe,
Mathurka mandalair mandithe,
Yaksha gandharwa sidhangana mandalair archithe,
Pancha banathmike,
Pancha banenarathya cha sambhavithe,
Preethibhajaa vasanthena chaanandithe,

Who is being revered by the divine beauties like Manjula and Menaka,Who is being served by Goddess Durga and Vama deva,Who is with the eight divine mothers ,Who is being worshipped by the yakshas, gandarwas and sidhas,Who is the soul of the arrows of the God of love,Who is being worshipped by Manmatha (God of love) and his wife Rathi devi,Who is being worshipped in spring along with love,

Bhakthi 
baajam param sreyase,
kalpase yoginaam manase dhyothase,
Geetha vidhya vinodhati trushnena krishnena sampoojyase,
Bhakthimaschedasa vedhasa sthooyase,
Viswa hrudhyena vadhyena vidhyadharair gheeyase,

Who grants great fame to her devotees,Who from the beginning of the world is being meditated upon by sages,Who is being worshipped by Lord Krishna a great expert in music,Who becomes pleased by the power of Vedic chants,Who is being worshipped by Lord Brahma with devotion,Who is being worshipped by Vidhyadharas by soulful music made of pretty words,

Sravana harana dakshinakwanaya veenaya kinnarair gheeyase,
Yaksha gandarwa sidhangana mandalair archyase,
Sarva soubhagya vanchavahirvadhudhir suranam samaradhyase,

Who is being praised by Kinaaras accompanied by soulful music of the Veena,Who is being worshipped by the women of Yaksha, Gandharwa and Sidha clan,Who is also being worshipped by all devas with a deep wish to grant them all their desires,

Sarva Vidhya viseshathmakam,
 chadu gatha samuchaaranam,
Kanda mulolla sadwarna raji thrayam,
Komala syamalo dhara paksha dwayam,
Thunda shobhathi dhoori bhavath kisukam tham shukam,
Lalayanthi parikreedase,

Who pets and plays with that parrot which is the personification of allknowledge,which keeps on singing pretty songs, which has the shiningthree lines on its neckin three different colours, which shines withtwo wings of green colour, which hasshining beaks which are morepretty than the Kimsuka flowers,

Pani padmadwaye nakshamalamapisphatikeem jnanasarathmakam pustakangusam pasa
bibrathiyenasanchinthyse, tasya vakthrantharal gadya padyathmika
bharathinissareth,
Yena vaa yavaka bhakruitheer bavyase tasya vasyabhavanthi sthriya purusha yena vaa
sathakumbhadyuthir bhavyase sopiLakshmi sahasarair parikreedathe,

Who when meditated upon as theone who holds the crystal chain in one hand, theknowledge filled bookin another, and the goad and rope in other hands, makesknowledge flowfrom the devotee's mouth in the form of prose and poems,Who when meditated upon as the one who has he reddish colour of dawn similar to
the
 juice of red cotton, makes the devotee attractive to all males andfemales,Who when meditated upon as the one who has a goldencoloured body grants thedevotee all sort of wealth and makes him live happily,

Kinna sidhyedwapu shyamalam komalam Chandrachoodanwitham thavakam dhyatha thasya
kelivanam nandanam thasyabhadrasanam bhoothalam, thasya gheer devatha kimkari
thasya chajnakarisree swayam,

Who when meditated upon as prettily greenishlustrous form wearing a crescent onher head, would grant all occultpowers to the devotee and make him feel that theocean is his pool forplaying, great gardens are his kitchen gardens, the entireearthappears as his seat, Goddess Saraswathi appears as his servant and Goddess Lakshmi as the one obeys all his orders,

Sarva Theerthathmike,Sarva mantrathmike,
Srava yantrathmike,
Sarva shakthyathmike,
Sarva peedathmike,
Sarva thathwathmike,
Sarva vidhyathmike,
Sarva yogathmike,
Sarva nadathmike,
Sarva shabdathmike,
Sarva viswathmike,
Sarva vargathmike,
Sarva sarvathmike,
Sarvage, 
Sarva roope, 
Jagan mathruke,
Pahi maam, Pahi Maam, Pahi maam,
Devi thubhyam nama, Devi Thubhyam nama. Devi thubhyam nama.

Who is the form of all sacred waters,Who is the form of all holy chants to god,Who is the form of all holy and sacred symbolsWho is the form of goddess of female principles,Who is the form of all sacred platforms,Who is the form of all philosophy,Who is the form of all knowledge,Who is the form of all yoga,Who is the form of all musical sounds,Who is the form of all sound,Who is the form of all universes,Who is the form of all divisions,Who is the form of all souls,Who is everything,Who has all forms,Who is the mother of the universe,Please save me, pleases save me, Pleas save me,Salutations to the holy goddess,Salutations to the holy goddess,Salutations to the holy goddess 
Om.

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