Sri Durga Sthothram
Thanno Durgih Prachodayaath
See the English translation below after the Sanskrit Sloka. Guidelines for the pronunciation are in the footnotes
namasthe sharanye, shive shaanukampe,
namasthe jagad vyaapike vishwaruupe,
namasthe jagad vandhya paadaaravinde,
namasthe jagatthaarini thraahi durge. 1
namasthe jagath chinthyamaana shwaruupe,
namasthe mahaa yogini, jnaana ruupe,
namasthe, namasthe sadananda ruupe,
namasthe jagatthaarini thraahi durge. 2
anaadhasya deenasya thrushnaathurasya,
bhayaarthasya bheethasya baddhana jantho,
thvame kagathir devi nisthaara karthree,
namasthe jagatthaarini thraahi durge. 3
aranye, rane, daarune, shathru madhye,
anale saagare praanthare raaja gehe,
thvamekaa gathir devi nisthaara naukaa,
namasthe jagatthaarini thraahi durge. 4
apaare, mahaa dusthare athyaptha ghore,
vipath saagare majjathaam deha bhaajam,
thvamekaa gathir devi, nisthaara hethuh,
namasthe jagatthaarini thraahi durge. 5
namaschandike, chanda durdanda leela,
samuth khandithaa khinditha seshathro,
thvameka gathir devi nisthaara beejam,
namasthe jagatthaarini thraahi durge. 6
namo devi durge shive bheemanaadhe,
sarashvathya runtthathya amogha svaruupe,
vibhuuthi sshachee kaala raathrih sathee thvam,
namasthe jagatthaarini thraahi durge. 7
sharanamasi suraanaam siddha vidyadharaanaam,
muni manuja pashuunaam, danyubhi sraasithaanaam,
nrupathi gruha gathaanaam, vyadhibhih peedithaanaam,
thvamasi sharanamekaa devi durge praseeda. 8
sharvam vaa slokamekam vaa yah patteth bhakthimaan sadaa,
sa sharvam dushkruthaam thyakthva praapnothi paramam padam.
ithi durga sthothram sampuurnam
This is not an exact, but a free translation which preserves the emotional and devotional fervor of the original prayer.
Salutations! I seek refuge in you oh peaceful, merciful goddess, who pervades everywhere, who is the universe, and whose two lotus feet the whole universe worships. Salutations O Durga, the protector of the universe, please protect me.
Salutations to the goddess whose form is the universal consciousness, who is the great yogini, who is of the form of supreme knowledge, and whose nature is eternal bliss. Salutations, O Durga, the protector of the universe, please protect me.
Salutations to the goddess who saves the orphans, the miserable, the desire-ridden, the fearful, the weak, and the bound ones. You are their only hope and the only boat, O Devi, who saves all. O Durga, the protector of the universe, please protect me.
Salutations to the goddess who is the only hope and the boat for those who find themselves in the midst of forests, wars, danger, enemies, fire, ocean, distant places and the royal forts. O Durga, the protector of the universe, please protect me.
Salutations to the goddess who is endless, limitless, the most fearsome, who rescues the embodied beings from sinking in the ocean of suffering, and the only refuge to cross the ocean. O Durga, the protector of the universe, please protect me.
Salutations to the goddess Chandika, who with her lila (play) killed the most terrible Chanda, and slew his remaining army, including those who tried to escape. You are the only hope for those who sow the seeds of liberation. O Durga, the protector of the universe, please protect me.
Salutations to the goddess, Durga, whose husband is the mighty Shiva, who is Sarasvathi and Arundhathi, who has an amazingly beautiful form, who is greatness personified, who is Sachi Devi and dark night. you are indeed Sathi Devi. O Durga, the protector of the universe, please protect me.
O Goddess, you are the only refuge for the gods, Siddhas, Vidayadharas, seers and sages, humans, and animals. You are the only protection for those who are haunted by the demons, who are imprisoned by the kings, and those who suffer from all kinds of diseases and sickness. I seek your protection, O Durga Devi, please bestow upon me your infinite grace.
Thosewho recite or listen to even one verse of this great prayer with devotion, will be free from the consequences of all sinful actions and attain the highest world.
Thus, ends the great prayer of Devi Durga.
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Guidelines to pronunciation: Sanskrit is essentially a language of sounds and sound vibrations. The efficacy of Sanskrit prayers depends upon the vibrations that are produced during chanting. It is difficult to transliterate Sanskrit words into English with full justification to the original sounds. In the above stated transliteration we followed a simple approach to make it easier even for those who are not familiar with English or Sanskrit. Wherever you find repeat vowels (aa, uu, ee) please stretch the vowel sound (for ex., aa as in vast or path, uu as in cool or root, ee as in eel or feel). Similarly, "ai" should be pronounced as in gait, fight, or tight. Th should be pronounced as in think or thick, but when t alone is used, it should be pronounced as in two, top or tip.
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