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Sarasvati Stotram by Agastya

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Sarasvatīstotram

She Whose white complexion defeats that of jasmine flower, moon and snow, She Who is decked by splendid attire, She Whose hands are adorned by lute, boons and goad (daṇḍa), She Who is seated on a white lotus, She Who is always worshipped by Brahma, Viṣṇu, Maheśa and their follower demi-gods, may that Sarasvatī—Who is full of good fortune and Who is the dispeller of ignorance of others—protect me.[1]

May She—Who is Vāgdevatā (Goddess of speech), Whose forearms are holding the four (items) namely akṣamālā with radiant sphaṭika jewels, by one hand a white lotus, a parrot bird and a book, Whose is resplendent, Whose shine resembles a jasmine, a moon, a conch or a sphaṭika jewel, Who is full of splendor, Who is unequaled, and Who is beautifully gracious—dwell forever on my tongue (mouth).[2]

May Sarasvatī—Whose lotus-feet is frequented by sura (gods) and asura (demons), Whose hand has a beautiful book resting (on it), Who is the consort of Viriñci, and Who is seated on a lotus—forever dance on my tongue (speech). May Sarasvatī—Whose radiance is like the hairs of a lotus, Who is penance keeper, Who is the dear One of He Who sits on white-lotus (Brahmā), Whose breasts are full, Whose eyes are steady and like lotuses, and Who is wise—become the giver of boons (to me).[3]

O Sarasvatī, Who is the giver of boons, and Who is the taker of any form! Salutations for You. I will start my (quest for) knowledge. May siddhi become of mine always.[4] O Sarasvatī! Salutations for You. O Goddess of everyone! Many salutations. O Sarasvatī, Whose form is serene, Whose forehead has a moon, and Who is the abode of yoga! Many salutations.[5]

O Sarasvatī, Who is eternal-bliss, Who has gone beyond any support, and Who has gone beyond all kalā! Many salutations. O Sarasvatī, Who is the keeper of knowledge, Whose eyes are large, and Who is pure knowledge (personified)! Many salutations.[6]

O Sarasvatī, Whose complexion is that of pure sphaṭika (camphor or alum), and Whose form is all-pervading! Many salutations. O Sarasvatī, Who is śabdabrahman, Who has four arms, and Who has all the siddhi! Many salutations.[7]

O Sarasvatī, Whose organs are decorated with white pearls, and Who is the root cause (of everything)! Many salutations. O Sarasvatī, Who is mūlamantra (essential mantra), and Who is the root of all power! Many salutations.[8] O Sarasvatī, Who is Goddess Manonmanī, Who is the supreme Yoga, and Who is the Goddess of speech! Many salutations. Many salutations for Sarasvatī, Who is speech, Whose hands are given of boons, Who is giver of boons.[9]

Many salutations for Sarasvatī, Who is Veda (to be known), Who is the true essence of Veda, and Who is Vedānta (Upaniṣat). Many salutations for Sarasvatī, Who has shunned away qualities and defects, Who is the reason behind the qualifties.[10] O Sarasvatī, Who is every knowledge, Who is always blissful, and Who is pervading in every form! Many salutations. O all-knowing Sarasvatī! Many salutations for Sarasvatī, Who is perfect, and Who is Kumārī. [11]

O Saravasatī, Who is Yoganārī, and Who is the bliss of yoga (or Who is in bliss due to Yoga)! Many salutations for Umādevī. Many salutations for Sarasvatī, Whose three eyes possess divine knowledge, and Whose form is divine.[12] O Sarasvatī, Whose matted-hair locks hold a half-moon (aṣṭamīcandra), and Whose face resembles the moon! Many salutations. O Sarasvatī, Whose matted-hair locks hold the moon and the sun, and Whose face resembles the moon! Many salutations.[13]

O Sarasvatī, Who is all pervading in form (atomic), Who is all surpassing in form (universal), and Whose form manifests the world! Many salutations. Many salutations for Sarasvatī, Who is the giver of aṇimā and other eight siddhi, and Who is supreme-bliss.[14] O Sarasvatī, Who is the epitome of knowledge! Many salutations for the shaper of knowledge and science. O Sarasvatī, Who takes many forms! Many salutations for the assumer of various forms of knowledge.[15]

You are born out of lotus and You are in the lineage of Brahma. O Sarasvatī, Whose beauty is like lotus! Many salutations. O You, Sarasvatī, Who is the destroyer of sins! Many salutations for You, Who is the supreme wish, and Whose true nature is beyond any form.[16] Many salutations for Sarasvatī, Who is Mahādevī, Who is Mahākālī, and Who is Mahālakṣmī. Many salutations for Sarasvatī, Who is Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Śiva, and Who is the consort of Brahmā.[17]

You have a lotus flower in your hand. O Sarasvatī, Who can take any form (or Whose form can fulfil any wish)! Many salutations. Many salutations for Sarasvatī, Who is radiant due to oblations (kapālikarma), and Who is a giver of karma.[18]

He who reads this stotra day and night achieves siddhi by six months. He who listens or reads this stotra does not have the fear of thief or wild animals (tiger).[19] This stotra has been spoken by Muni Agastya, is a doer (giver) of various siddhi, and destroys the various sins of men.[20]

Footnotes:

1 We apologize for the late addition on the occasion of Vasantapañcamī 2013.

References

Poet: Agastya

Book: Bṛhatstotraratnākaraḥ

Translator: Animesh Kumar

Submitter: Animesh Kumar

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