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[Sage Jahnu speaks] O Mother! You are the foremost, You are Śakti (power), You are incomparable, You are the support of everyone, You are pure, You give happiness and liberation to the worlds, and Your lotus feet is revered by the whole universe. O Śivā, the one, Who is beyond everything, and Who is respected by the head of Śiva! You are not even known by the Veda, the destiny, the enemy of Smara (Śiva), and Hari; so what can I say about You?
How will I explain Your form and character, Which is beyond the scope of living beings, and Which is beyond the banks of the metempsychosis ocean? [You are] The river of demi-gods, and You are revered by Brahmā and others. O Śivā, Who has a free will! Having expanded Your mercy, You have taken a qualitative (sensory perceptible) form. O Gaṅgā, O Ambikā! Forgive me, who is taking your refuge, and who has committed an offence.1
Fortunate are my existence, my birth, my deeds, and my tough penance. Fortunate are my eyes that I am seeing You, Who is revered by the Trilocana Śiva. Fortunate are my two hands which have touched Your water, and fortunate is my body which was associated with Your water for a short while.
O Goddess, Who destroys sins, and Who is situated in the tresses of Śiva! Salutations to You. O Goddess, Who has come down on earth for the benefit of the world! Salutations to You.
O Goddess! O Gaṅgā, Who endows us with heaven and emanicipation, and Who is purifies the sinner! I am seeking Your refuge. Please be happy with me and emanicipate me.
1 It is well known that Bhagīratha brought Gaṅgā on earth by penance. On his course, while Bhagīratha was resting, Sage Jahnu had blown a conch-shell to attract Gaṅgā. When Gaṅgā moved towards Jahnu, he swallowed the whole river in his mouth using Yoga. However, Gaṅgā came out piercing the thighs of the sage and he begged pardon after that. After that Gaṅgā told Jahnu that She is like his daughter and henceforth Gaṅgā will also be known as Jāhnavī.
Book: Kalyāṇa Janavarī 2005
Translator: Animesh Kumar
Submitter: Animesh Kumar
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