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Viśvanāthāṣṭakam

Adore Śiva, Who is the Lord of Vārāṇasī, Who is the Lord of the world, Whose tress-locks are held together by the beautiful waves of Gaṅgā, Whose left side is continuously adorned by the presence of Gaurī, Who is dear to Nārāyaṇa, and Who absolves the pride of Kāmadeva (Anaṅga).[1]

Adore Śiva, Who is the Lord of Vārāṇasī, Who is the Lord of the world, Who is beyond the scope of the voice, Who has uncountable qualitative forms and manifestations, Whose lotus-feet is revered by Brahmā, Viṣṇu and the demi-gods, and Who has His consort on the left side of His Ardhanārīśvara form.[2]

Adore Śiva, Who is the Lord of Vārāṇasī, Who is the Lord of the world, Who is the Lord of the ghosts, Who has snakes as ornaments on various parts of the body, Who has tiger fur as cloth, Who has matted hair, Who has three eyes, and Who holds a noose, a stick, a boon and a trident in hands.[3]

Adore Śiva, Who is the Lord of Vārāṇasī, Who is the Lord of the world, Who has a diamond adorned by dewdrops on His forehead, Who destroyed the five arrows of Kāmadeva by emanating fire from His forehead, and Whose earrings are made by the best among snakes (Nāga).[4]

Adore Śiva, Who is the Lord of Vārāṇasī, Who is the Lord of the world, Who has five faces in one of His forms, Who is like a lion for intoxicated and proud persons, Who is destroyer of snake (i.e. Garuḍa) for the snake like mighty demons, and Who is fire for the forest like physical state of birth, grief and old age.[5]

Adore Śiva, Who is the Lord of Vārāṇasī, Who is the Lord of the world, Who is filled with resplendence, Who is both formed and formless, Who is unprecedented, Who is the cloud of happiness, Who is undefeated and immeasurable, Who is surrounded by snakes, Who is indivisible (Brahman), and Who is matched only by Himself.[6]

Adore Śiva, Who is the Lord of Vārāṇasī, Who is the Lord of the world, Who is without qualities, Who is the happiness of devotees, Who is the abode of dispassion and peace, Who is the companion of Girijā, Who is enticing, sweet and patient, and Who is the house of poison.[7]

Having left hopes, having destroyed fretful complains about others and the indulgence in sins, having restrained the mind in meditation, and having brought Pareśa (Śiva) to the middle of lotus-like mind — adore Him, Who is the Lord of the city of Vārāṇasī, and Who is the Lord of the world.[8]

The man who studies this popular aṣṭakam on Śiva, the ruler of Vārāṇasī, attain mokṣa at the time of death, after obtaining knowledge, wealth, friends, and immeasurable glory.[9]

Those who study this eight-canto eulogy on Viśvanātha in the proximity of Śiva (in Vārāṇasī), achieve the world of Śiva and then they rejoice with Him.

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Poet: Vedavyāsa

Book: Stotraratnāvalī

Translator: Animesh Kumar

Submitter: Animesh Kumar

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