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Devi Mangalashtakam (Devi Mangal Ashtakam)

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Devīmaṅgalāṣṭakam

O (Goddess), Whose lotus-face is shining with an ear-ornament made from lustrous gold, and Who is the ocean of compassion! May You always do auspicious of me.[1] O Goddess, Who is the slayer of all the demons, Whose grand weapons are without any mutilation (mark), and Who is the daughter of mountain-king Himālaya! May You always do auspicious (of me).[2]

(O Goddess), Whose curly hair-locks are fragrant with unmutilated leaves of ārāmaśītala plant and are dark like lines of clouds, and Who is the destroyer of haughtiness of Caṇḍa and Muṇḍa! May You always do auspicious (of me).[3] (O Goddess), Who has made heaps of glory as (Her) chatra, Who has cut all the fallen beings, and Who is the virtuous manifestation which is supporting the entire world! May You always do auspicious (of me).[4]

O Goddess, Who is the essential target of tattvamasi and other mahāvākya, Who is the destroyer of the three tāpa (affliction), and Who is situated in the daṇḍanīti! May You always do auspicious (of me).[5] O Goddess, Who is the daughter of Himālaya, Who is the promoter of wealth and grains, and Whose corner of the eye is white with mercy.[6]

(O Goddess), Who is seated on the throne made of five preta, Who is treated with five types of upacāra,1 and Who is the residing in supreme bliss! May You always do auspicious (of me).[7] (O Goddess), Who has manifested as the beginning a-kāra to the ending kṣa-kāra alphabets, Who is Maheśvarī, and Who is the cutter of root of avidyā (ignorance)! May You always do auspicious (of me).[8]

He who studies this maṅgalāṣṭakam while associated with devotion, he obtains longeivity, good health, siddhi, and sons and grandsons.[9]

Footnotes:

1 The five preta consisted in pañcapapretāsana are (i) Brahmā, (ii) Viṣṇu, (iii) Rudra, (iv) Īśvara, and (v) Sadāśiva; this arrangement is present in maṇidvīpa where the Goddess sits on the throne made from these five. The five upacāra consisted in pañcasaṅkhyopacāriṇī are (i) fragrance, (ii) flowers, (iii) incense, (iv) lamp (dīpa), and (v) food (prasāda). These explanations appear in the commentary on Lalitāsahasranāma by Bhāskararāya.

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Translator: Animesh Kumar

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