O Goddess! O Destroyer of sins! O Destroyer of pride of demons! O finisher of all the branches of sacrifice! Accept [my] salutes.||1||
O Destroyer of [our] enemies in all thirteen directions¹! O Who is reverred by hundreds of sacrifices! O Destroyer of Mahisasur! O Reverred by Hari, Shiv, and Sun! Accept [my] salutes.||2||
O Ornated by eighteen hands (Katyayani)! O Destroyer of Shumbh and Nishumbh! O Absolver of the grief of the world! O Trident holder! O Narayani! O Chakra (discus shaped missile) holder! Accept [my] salutes.||3||
O Varahi who holds the earth in Her teeth! O Narsimhi! O Vajra holder! O Devi with elephant flag! O Kaumari Who has a peacock as a vehicle! Accept [my] salutes.||4||
O Devi with swan as vehicle (Sarasvati)! O Devi adorned with terrific garland (of skulls)! O Devi with beautiful tresses! O Devi with donkey as a vehicle (literally devi sitting on the back of a donkey)²! O Absolver of all the grieves! O all pervading Goddess! Accept [my] salutes.||5||
O Goddess of the world! Protect the brahmans and demi-gods from the slayers (or demons). O all pervading Goddess! O Three-eyed! Accept [my] many salutes and shower happiness.||6||
You are Brahmani (self-realized), are the abode of mercy, have a vehicle of peacock (as Kumari), have all the powers, Kumari, Varahi, Soft spoker, have a vehicle of Garuda (as Narayani), Vaishnavi, and You possess the bow Sharnga. You are hard to see, You are Narsimhi (lioness-woman form), Ghurghuritarva, and You are Aindri with Vajra; You are destroyer, are adorned with skull and skin, accompany corpses, Yogini, and deft in Yoga.||7||
O three eyed Goddess! Accept my salutes. Those who submit themselves to Your feet, and pray You with humility, and sacrifice flowers to You are always free of defeat, abuse, and bad happenings.||8||
¹ Perhaps, the reference is to ten directions (N, S, E, W, NE etc.) and three worlds in the number thirteen.
² All these different vehicles pertain to different roopa or form of Goddess and denote different moods of the creator, maintainer, and destroyer.
× This poem appeans in Chapter 56 of Shri Vaman Purana. The stuti is recited by the demi-Gods.
Source: Vaman Purana — Gitapress
© Stutimandal 2006, Mar 24.