Vishwanatha Ashtakam


Lord Vishwanatha - The form of Lord Shiva worshipped as the Lord of Universe




1.  Gangaataranga Ramaneeya Jataa Kalaapam
    Gauree Nirantara Vibhooshita Vaamabhaagam
    Naaraayana Priyamananga Madaapahaaram
    Vaaraanasee Purapatim Bhaja Vishwanaatham.

2.  Vaachaama Gocharam Aneka Gunaswaroopam
    Vaageesha Vishnu Surasevita Paadapeetham
    Vaamena Vigraha Varena Kalatra Vantam
    Vaaraanasee Purapatim Bhaja Vishwanaatham.

3.  Bhootaadhipam Bhujaga Bhooshana Bhooshitaangam
    Vyaaghrajinaambaradharam Jatilam Trinetram
    Paashaankushaabhaya Varaprada Shoolapaanim
    Vaaraanasee Purapatim Bhaja Vishwanaatham.

4.  Sheetaamsushobhita Kireeta Viraaja Maanam
    Phaalekshanaanala Vishoshita Panchabaanam
    Naagaadhipaa Rachita Bhaasura Karnapooram
    Vaaraanasee Purapatim Bhaja Vishwanaatham.

5.  Panchaananam Durita Matta Matangajaanaam
    Naagaantakam Danuja Pungava Pannagaanaam
    Daavaanalam Marana Shoka Jaraataveenaam
    Vaaraanasee Purapatim Bhaja Vishwanaatham.

6.  Tejomayam Saguna Nirgunam Adviteeyam
    Aananda Kandam Aparaajitam Aprameyam
    Naagaatmakam Sakala Nishkalam Aatmaroopam
    Vaaraanasee Purapatim Bhaja Vishwanaatham.

7.  Aashaam Vihaaya Parihrutya Parasya Nindaam
    Paaperatim Cha Sunivaarya Manah Samaadhau
    Aadhaaya Hrutkamala Madhyagatam Paresham
    Vaaraanasee Purapatim Bhaja Vishwanaatham.

8.  Raagaadi Dosha Rahitam Swajanaanu Raagam
    Vairaagya ShaantiNilayam Girijaa Sahaayam
    Maadhurya Dhairya Subhagam Garalaabhiraamam
    Vaaraanasee Purapatim Bhaja Vishwanaatham.

Vaaraanaseepurapateh Stavanam Shivasya
Vyaakhyaatam Ashtakamidam Pathate Manushya
Vidyaam Shriyam Vipula Soukhyam Ananta Keertim
Sampraapya Dehavilaye Labhate Cha Moksham

Vishwanaatha Ashtakam Idam Punyam Yah Pathet Shiva Sannidhau
Shiva Lokam Avaapnoti Shivena Saha Modate

Shri Adi Shankaracharya composing the Vishwanatha Ashtakam at the Vishwanath Temple at Kashi
(Source: This photo is from the play titled Shankara Digvijayam presented by students of the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus on January 14, 2013 at the Sai Kulwant Hall)

MEANING

1.  I serve Lord Vishwanatha, the Master of Varanasi (a city), who has matted hair beautified by the waves of Ganga, whose left part of the body is adorned by Mother Gauri and who is dear to Narayana and is the destroyer of the pride of cupid. 

2.  I serve Lord Vishwanatha, the Master of Varanasi, who is the embodiment o f many attributes that are beyond comprehension and description, whose foot-pedestal is worshipped by Brahma, Vishnu, and other Gods, and who has His consort as a part of His body on the left side. 

3.  I serve Lord Vishwanatha, the Master of Varanasi, who is the Lord of all beings, whose limbs are adorned by the serpents as jewels, who is clothed with the tiger-skin, who has matted hair and three eyes, who assures protection with His upraised hand and holds the noose, the goad and the trident. 

4.  I serve Lord Vishwanatha, the Master of Varanasi, who shines with the crown radiant with the moon, who has burnt down cupid with the fire of His third eye, and whose effulgent ear rings are made up of the king of serpents. 

5.  I serve Lord Vishwanatha, the Master of Varanasi, who is like a lion to the elephants i.e. people intoxicated by sinful acts, is like the eagle to the serpents i.e. the demon-chiefs, and is like the forest fire to the forests of old age, grief and death. 

6.  I serve Lord Vishwanatha, the Master of Varanasi, the One without the second, who has many auspicious qualities, who is at the same time attributeless, who has emerged from the very source of bliss, who is one with the serpents, who transcends all the attributes being the very embodiment of the Atma (the Supreme Principle). 

7.  I serve Lord Vishwanatha, the Master of Varanasi, by giving up all desires, criticism of others and involvement in any sinful acts and by steadying the mind in communion with the supreme Lord residing in the lotus of the heart. 

8.  I serve Lord Vishwanatha, the Master of Varanasi, who is totally devoid of any lacunae like passion and is very affectionate to His people, who is the abode of detachment and peace, and is the support of Girija, and who shines with courage and sweetness, and is completely at peace with Himself inspite of the poison in His throat. 

He who chants this Ashtakam (eight verses) describing the glory of Lord Shiva as the Master of Varanasi, attains education, wealth, infinite joy and great fame in this life and liberation when he gives up the body. 

Note: These eight verses (Ashtakam) have been composed by Shri Adi Shankaracharya.

4 comments:

  1. Sairam, every episode making me educated and happy five to six times. I am happy that atleast
    at the age of 70 years I am getting chance to know something. The saying BETTER LATE THAN NEVER suits me. I had wasted 99 per cent of my life. Swamy I pray you kindly lead me in the correct path.

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  2. Thanks for giving the meaning with Ashtakam!

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  3. Sairam! Can we download the ashtakam?! If no, can u pls provide the link to download the same.

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