Lalita Panchakam by Adi Shankaracharya

Five Cantos on Lalita

At morning, I remember the lotus-like body of Lalita, Who has red lips, Who has a waist decorated by large pearls, Who has curved eyes whose corners reach the ears, Who has earrings with opulent jewel, Who has a beautiful smile, and Who has a forehead decorated with the musk of a deer.||1||

At morning, I sing praise of Lalita, Who has creeper like curvy arms, Whose flower-like finger-tips are adorned by shining jewels, Whose hands are adorned by bracelets made of precious stones studded in gold, and Who holds a large sugar-cane like bow and a flowery arrow and a stick in Her hands.||2||

At morning, I bow to the lotus-feet of Lalita, Who is skilled in giving the wishes to the devotees, Who is like the boat to cross the ocean-like cycle of birth, Who is worthy of respect from lotus-seated Brahma and other leader of natural forces, and Who is decorated by the marks of lotus, stick (ankush), flag and sudarshan.||3||

At morning, I pray Lalita, Who is known as Bhavani and Shiva, Who is the last-evolution (or understanding) of the three Veda and theories derived from them, Who is full of mercy, Who is perfect, Who takes a form for the creation and destruction of this world, Who is the ruler of the universe, and Who is very far away from the spoken words of the treatises.||4||

O Lalita! At morning, I chant Your pure name by mouth after saying these: Kameshvari (fulfilling wishes), Kamala (Lakshmi), Maheshvari, Shri (Lakshmi), Shambhavi (the consort of Shambhu), the Mother of universe, Paraa (beyond), Vagdevata (controller of speech), and Tripureshvari (ruler or three worlds).||5||

If someone studies these five-cantos on Lalita, the Mother — which bestows good-luck and is beautiful — at morning, Lalita instantly becomes happy and bestows knowledge, wealth, welfare, and immeasurable glory on that person.||6||

Poet: Adi Shankara

Source: Stotraratnavali — Gitapress

© Stutimandal 2006, Mar 24.