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.. shrI lalitA sahasra nAma stotram with meanings..

; F lEltA sh nAm -to/m^ ;

; yAs, ;
a-y FlEltAshnAm-to/mAlA m/-y .
vEfyAEdvA`d
 vtA qy, .
anp^ Cd, .
FlEltAprm
 rF dvtA .
FmA`BvkVEt bFjm^ .
mykVEt fE?t, .
fE?tkVEt kFlkm^ .
FlEltAmhAE/prsdrF-sAdEsEArA
E EttPlAvA=(yT
 jp
 EvEnyog, .
; yAnm^ ;
EsdrAzZ Evg}hA\ E/nynA\ mAEZ?ymOEl -Prt^
tArA nAyk f
KrA\ E-mtmKF mApFn v"ozhAm^ .
pAEZ<yAmElpZ r(n qk\ r?to(pl\ EbB}tF\
sOMyA\ r(n GV-T r?t rZA\ yAy
 t^ prAmEMbkAm^ ;
The Divine mother is to be meditated upon
as shining in a vermilion-red body, with a
triple eyes, sporting a crown of rubies
studded with the crescent moon, a face all
smiles, a splendid bust, one hand holding
a jewel-cup brimming with mead, and the
other twirling a red lotus.

azZA\ kzZA trEtA"F\


Dt pAfAf p p bAZ ApAm^ .
aEZmAEdEB rAvtA\ myK
{rhEm(y
 v EvBAvy
 BvAnFm^ ;

I meditate on the great Empress. She


is red in color, and her eyes are full
of compassion, and holds the noose, the
goad, the bow and the flowery arrow in
Her hands. She is surrounded on all sides
by powers such as aNimA for rays and
She is the Self within me.

yAy
 t^ pAsn-TA\ EvkEstvdnA\ pp/AytA"F\
hmABA\ pFtv-/A\ krkEltls
 mpA\ vrAFm^ .
svA lAr y?tA\ stt mBydA\ B?tnm}A\ BvAnF\
FEvA\ fAt mEt \ skl srntA\ sv sMp(dA/Fm^ ;
The Divine Goddess is to be meditated upon
as seated on the lotus with petal eyes.
She is golden hued, and has lotus flowers in Her hand.
She dispels fear of the devotees who bow before Her.
She is the embodiment of peace, knowledge
(vidyA), is praised by gods and grants
every kind of wealth wished for.

skm Evl
pnAmElk EMb k-tErkA\
smd hEst
 "ZA\ sfr Ap pAfAfAm^ .
af
qjn moEhnF\ azZ mASy BqAMbrA\
jpAksm BAsrA\ jpEvDO -mr
 dEMbkAm^ ;

I meditate on the Mother, whose eyes


are smiling, who holds the arrow, bow,
noose and the goad in Her hand. She is
glittering with red garlands and ornaments.
She is painted with kumkuma on her forehead
and is red and tender like the japa flower.

; aT F lEltA shnAm -to/m^ ;


: FmAtA FmhArAF Fmt^-Es\hAsn
 rF .
E dE`n-kX-sMBtA dvkAy -smtA ; 1;
uAn-shABA tbA h-smEvtA .
rAg-v!p-pAfAA oDAkArAfo>>vlA ; 2;
mno!p
 "-kodXA p tmA/-sAykA .
EnjAzZ-BApr-m>jd^b}AX-mXlA ; 3;
MpkAfok-pAg-sOgEDk-ls(k A .
 ZF-kn(koVFr-mEXtA ; 4;
kzEvdmEZ-
amF d-EvB}Aj-dElk-Tl-foEBtA .
qkA ; 5;
mK d-klAB-mgnAEB-Evf
vdn-mr-mASy-ghtorZ-E ESlkA .
v?/l#mF-prFvAh- lmFnAB-lo nA ; 6;
nv Mpk-p pAB-nAsAdX-EvrAEjtA .
tArAkAEt-Etr-kAEr-nAsABrZ-BAsrA ; 7;
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kdMbmjrF-k=t-kZ pr-mnohrA .
tAV-yglF-Bt-tpnoXp-mXlA ; 8;
prAg-EflAdf -pErBAEv-kpolB, .
nvEvdm-EbMbF-y?kAEr-rdnQCdA ; 9; or dfnQCdA
f-EvArAkAr-EjpE^t-yo>>vlA .
kp r-vFEVkAmod-smAkEq -EdgtrA ; 10;
Enj-sSlAp-mADy -EvEnB E(s t-kQCpF . or Enj-s\lAp
mdE-mt-BApr-m>j(kAm
 f-mAnsA ; 11;
anAkElt-sAd[y-E bkF-EvrAEjtA . or bkF
kAm
 f-b-mASy-s/-foEBt-kDrA ; 12;
knkAd-kyr-kmnFy-BjAEvtA .
r(ng
{}vy-E tAk-lol-m?tA-PlAEvtA ; 13;
kAm
 r-mr(n-mEZ-EtpZ--tnF .
nA<yAlvAl-romAEl-ltA-Pl-k yF ; 14;
l#yrom-ltADArtA-sm
 y-mymA .
-tnBAr-dlmy-pbD-vEl/yA ; 15;
azZAzZ-kOsMB-v-/-BA-vt^-kVFtVF .
r(n-EkEEZkA-rMy-rfnA-dAm-BEqtA ; 16;
kAm
 f-At-sOBA`y-mAd voz-yAEvtA .
mAEZ?y-mkVAkAr-jAny-EvrAEjtA ; 17;
idgop-pErE"=t--mrtZAB-jEkA .
gYgSPA km p-jEy Z-pdAEvtA ; 18;
nK-dFEDEt-s\C-nm>jn-tmogZA .
pdy-BAjAl-prAkt-srozhA ; 19;
EsjAn-mEZmjFr-mEXt-F-pdAMbjA . or EfjAn
vED, ; 20;
mrAlF-mdgmnA mhAlAvy-f
svA zZA_nvAF svA BrZ-BEqtA .
Efv-kAm
 rA-TA EfvA -vADFn-vSlBA ; 21;
sm
 z-my-f-TA Fmgr-nAEykA .
E tAmEZ-ghAt-TA p -b}Asn-E-TtA ; 22;
mhApAVvF-s\-TA kdMbvn-vAEsnF .
sDAsAgr-my-TA kAmA"F kAmdAEynF ; 23;
dvEq -gZ-s\GAt--tymAnA(m-{vBvA .
 nA-smEvtA ; 24;
BXAsr-vDo?t-fE?ts
sMp(krF-smA!Y-EsDr-v}j-s
 EvtA .
aA!YAEDEtA-koEV-koEVEBrAvtA ; 25;
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rAj-rTA!Y-svA yD-pEr ktA .


g
 y -rTA!Y-mE/ZF-pErs
 EvtA ; 26;
EkEr -rTA!Y-dXnATA-pr-ktA .
>vAlA-mAElEnkAE"=t-vEAkAr-mygA ; 27;
BXs
{ y-vDo?t-fE?t-Evm-hEq tA .
En(yA-prAmAVop-EnrF"Z-sm(skA ; 28;
BXp/-vDo?t-bAlA-Evm-nEdtA .
mE/yMbA-EvrE t-Evq-vD-toEqtA ; 29;
Evf-AZhrZ-vArAhF-vFy -nEdtA .
 rA ; 30;
kAm
 r-mKAlok-kESpt-FgZ
mhAgZ
 f-EnEB -Evny/-hEq tA .
BXAsrd-Enm ?t-f-/-(y-/-vEq ZF ; 31;
krAEl-nKo(p-nArAyZ-dfAkEt, .
{ EnkA ; 32;
mhA-pAfptA-/AE`n-End `DAsr-s
kAm
 rA-/-End `D-sBXAsr-fykA .
 dAEd-dv-s\-tt-{vBvA ; 33;
b}op
 d-mh
hr-n/AE`n-s\d`D-kAm-sjFvnOqED, .
FmA`Bv-k{Vk--v!p-mK-pjA ; 34;
kWAD,-kEV-py t-mykV--v!EpZF .
fE?t-k{VktAp-kDoBAg-DAErZF ; 35;
ml-m/AE(mkA mlkV/y-kl
brA .
klAm{tk-rEskA kls\kt-pAElnF ; 36;
klAnA klAt-TA kOElnF klyoEgnF .
aklA smyAt-TA smyA Ar-t(prA ; 37;
mlADAr
{ k-EnlyA b}g}ET-EvB
 EdnF .
 EdnF ; 38;
mEZ-prAtzEdtA Ev Zg}ET-EvB
 EdnF .
aAA- AtrAl-TA zdg}ET-EvB
shArAMbjA!YA sDA-sArAEBvEq ZF ; 39;
tEXSltA-smzE , qV^ opEr-s\E-TtA .
mhAsE?t, kXElnF Ebstt-tnFysF ; 40;
BvAnF BAvnAgMyA BvAry-kWAErkA .
BdEyA BdmEt r^ B?t-sOBA`ydAEynF ; 41;
BE?tEyA BE?tgMyA BE?tv[yA ByAphA .
fAMBvF fArdArAyA fvA ZF fm dAEynF ; 42;
fArF FkrF sAvF frQ d-EnBAnnA .
fAtodrF fAEtmtF EnrADArA EnrjnA ; 43;
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Enl
 pA Enm lA En(yA EnrAkArA EnrAklA .
Eng ZA En klA fAtA En kAmA Enzp=lvA ; 44;
En(ym?tA EnEv kArA En p A EnrAyA .
En(yfA En(ybA EnrvA EnrtrA ; 45;
En kArZA En klA EnzpAEDr^ EnrFrA .
nFrAgA rAgmTnF Enm dA mdnAEfnF ; 46;
EnEtA Enrh\kArA Enmo hA mohnAEfnF .
Enm mA mmtAh/F En pApA pApnAEfnF ; 47;
En oDA oDfmnF Enlo BA loBnAEfnF .
En,s\fyA s\fynF EnB vA BvnAEfnF ; 48; or En-s\fyA
EnEv kSpA EnrAbADA EnB
 dA B
 dnAEfnF .
EnnA fA m(ymTnF EnE yA En pErg}hA ; 49;
En-tlA nFlE krA EnrpAyA Enr(yyA .
dl BA dg mA dgA d,Kh/F sKdA ; 50;
ddrA drA Ar-fmnF doqvEj tA .
sv A sAdkzZA smAnAEDk-vEj tA ; 51;
sv fE?tmyF sv -mlA sEtdA .
sv
 rF sv myF sv m/--v!EpZF ; 52;
sv -y/AE(mkA sv -t/!pA mnomnF .
mAh
 rF mhAd
 vF mhAl#mFr^ mXEyA ; 53;
mhA!pA mhAp>yA mhApAtk-nAEfnF .
mhAmAyA mhAsvA mhAfE?tr^ mhArEt, ; 54;
mhABogA mh
{ yA mhAvFyA mhAblA .
mhAbEr^ mhAEsEr^ mhAyog
 r
 rF ; 55;
mhAt/A mhAm/A mhAy/A mhAsnA .
{ rv-pEjtA ; 56;
mhAyAg-mArAyA mhAB
mh
 r-mhAkSp-mhAtAXv-sAE"ZF .
mhAkAm
 f-mEhqF mhAE/pr-sdrF ; 57;
t,q p ArAA t,qEklAmyF .
 EvtA ; 58;
mhA t,-qEkoEV-yoEgnF-gZs
mnEvA dEvA dmXl-mygA .
Az!pA AzhAsA Az d-klADrA ; 59;
 tnA .
rA r-jgATA rAj-Enk
pAv tF pnynA prAg-smBA ; 60;
p -tAsnAsFnA p b}--v!EpZF .
E myF prmAndA EvAn-Gn!EpZF ; 61;
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yAn-yAt-y
 y!pA DmA Dm -EvvEj tA .
Ev!pA jAgErZF -vptF {tjsAE(mkA ; 62;
s=tA AAE(mkA tyA svA v-TA-EvvEj tA .
sEk/F b}!pA go=/F goEvd!EpZF ; 63;
s\hAErZF zd!pA EtroDAn-krFrF .
sdAEfvA_ng}hdA p k(y-prAyZA ; 64;
{ rvF BgmAElnF .
BAnmXl-my-TA B
pAsnA BgvtF pnAB-shodrF ; 65;
um
 q-EnEmqo(p-Evp-BvnAvlF .
sh-fFq vdnA shA"F shpAt^ ; 66;
aAb}-kFV-jnnF vZA m-EvDAEynF .
EnjAA!p-EngmA pyApy-PldA ; 67;
Et-sFmt-EsdrF-kt-pAdANj-DElkA .
sklAgm-sdoh-fE?t-sMpV-mOE?tkA ; 68;
pzqAT dA pZA BoEgnF Bvn
 rF .
aEMbkA_nAEd-EnDnA hErb}
d-s
 EvtA ; 69;
nArAyZF nAd!pA nAm!p-EvvEj tA .
F\kArF FmtF A hyopAd
 y-vEj tA ; 70;
rAjrAjAE tA rAF rMyA rAjFvlo nA .
 KlA ; 71;
rjnF rmZF r-yA rZE(kEEZ-m
rmA rAk
 dvdnA rEt!pA rEtEyA .
r"AkrF rA"snF rAmA rmZlMpVA ; 72;
kAMyA kAmklA!pA kdMb-ksm-EyA .
kSyAZF jgtFkdA kzZA-rs-sAgrA ; 73;
klAvtF klAlApA kAtA kAdMbrFEyA .
vrdA vAmnynA vAzZF-md-EvlA ; 74;
EvAEDkA vdv
 A EvyA l-EnvAEsnF .
EvDA/F vdjnnF Ev ZmAyA EvlAEsnF ; 75;
"
 /-v!pA "
/fF "
 /- "
 /-pAElnF .
 /pAl-smE tA ; 76;
"yvE-EvEnm ?tA "
EvjyA EvmlA vA vdAz-jn-v(slA .
vA`vAEdnF vAmk
 fF vEmXl-vAEsnF ; 77;
BE?tmt^-kSplEtkA pfpAf-EvmoE nF .
s\tAf
q-pAqXA sdA Ar-vEt kA ; 78; or pAKXA
tAp/yAE`n-st=t-smAAdn- EdkA .
tzZF tApsArAyA tnmyA tmo_phA ; 79;
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E Et-t(pd-l#yATA E d
 krs-!EpZF .
-vA(mAnd-lvFBt-b}AAnd-stEt, ; 80;
prA (yE? tF!pA p[ytF prd
 vtA .
mymA {vKrF!pA B?t-mAns-h\EskA ; 81;
kAm
 r-AZnAXF ktA kAmpEjtA .
fAr-rs-sMpZA jyA jAlDr-E-TtA ; 82;
aoAZpFW-EnlyA Ebd-mXlvAEsnF .
rhoyAg-mArAyA rh-tp Z-tEp tA ; 83;
s,sAEdnF Ev-sAE"ZF sAE"vEj tA .
qXd
 vtA-y?tA qAy-pErpErtA ; 84;
En(yE?lA EnzpmA EnvA Z-sK-dAEynF .
En(yA-qoXEfkA-!pA FkWAD -frFErZF ; 85;
BAvtF BA!pA EsA prm
 rF .
mlkEtr^ a&y?tA &y?tA&y?t--v!EpZF ; 86;
&yAEpnF EvEvDAkArA EvAEvA--v!EpZF .
mhAkAm
 f-nyn-kmdAAd-kOmdF ; 87;
 d-BAnmAn-stEt, .
B?t-hAd -tmoB
EfvdtF EfvArAyA EfvmEt , EfvrF ; 88;
EfvEyA EfvprA Ef
 A EfpEjtA .
am
 yA -vkAfA mnovA Amgo rA ; 89;
E QCE?tf^
 tnA!pA jXfE?tr^ jXAE(mkA .
gAy/F &yAEt, syA Ejbd-Enq
 EvtA ; 90;
tvAsnA tvmyF p -kofAtr-E-TtA .
En,sFm-mEhmA En(y-yOvnA mdfAElnF ; 91; or En-sFm
mdGEZ t-r?tA"F mdpAVl-gXB, .
 y-ksm-EyA ; 92;
dn-dv-Ed`DAF AMp
kflA komlAkArA kzkSlA kl
rF .
klkXAlyA kOl-mAg -t(pr-s
 EvtA ; 93;
kmAr-gZnATAMbA tE, pEr^ mEtr^ DEt, .
fAEt, -vE-tmtF kAEtr^ nEdnF EvnnAEfnF ; 94;
tjovtF E/nynA lolA"F-kAm!EpZF .
mAElnF h\EsnF mAtA mlyA l-vAEsnF ; 95;
smKF nElnF sB}, foBnA srnAEykA .
kAlkWF kAEtmtF "oEBZF s#m!EpZF ; 96;
v
rF vAmd
 vF vyo_v-TA-EvvEj tA .
Es
 rF EsEvA EsmAtA yfE-vnF ; 97;
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EvfE -EnlyA__r?tvZA E/lo nA .


KV^vAAEd-hrZA vdn
{ k-smEvtA ; 98;
pAysAEyA (v?-TA pflok-ByrF .
amtAEd-mhAfE?t-s\vtA XAEknFrF ; 99;
anAhtANj-EnlyA [yAmABA vdnyA .
d\ V~o>>vlA_"-mAlAEd-DrA zEDrs\E-TtA ; 100;
kAlrAyAEd-f?(yOG-vtA E-n`DOdnEyA .
mhAvFr
 d-vrdA rAEkyMbA--v!EpZF ; 101;
mEZprANj-EnlyA vdn/y-s\ytA .
vAEdkAyDop
 tA XAmyA EdEBrAvtA ; 102;
r?tvZA mA\sEnA gXA-Ft-mAnsA .
sm-tB?t-sKdA lAEkyMbA--v!EpZF ; 103;
-vAEDAnAMbj-gtA tv ?/-mnohrA .
flAAyD-sMpA pFtvZA _EtgEv tA ; 104;
m
 doEnA mDFtA bEDyAEd-smEvtA .
dyAs?t-dyA kAEknF-!p-DAErZF ; 105;
mlADArAMbjA!YA p -v?/A_E-T-s\E-TtA .
afAEd-hrZA vrdAEd-Enq
 EvtA ; 106;
mOdnAs?t-E A sAEkyMbA--v!EpZF .
aAA- ANj-EnlyA f?lvZA qXAnnA ; 107;
m>jAs\-TA h\svtF-mHy-fE?t-smEvtA .
hErdA
{ k-rEskA hAEknF-!p-DAErZF ; 108;
shdl-p-TA sv -vZo p-foEBtA .
svA yDDrA f?l-s\E-TtA sv tomKF ; 109;
svO dn-FtE A yAEkyMbA--v!EpZF .
-vAhA -vDA_mEtr^ m
 DA Et, -mEtr^ anmA ; 110;
pykFEt , pyl<yA pyvZ-kFt nA .
plomjAE tA bD-mo nF bDrAlkA ; 111; or mo nF
bb rAlkA
Evmf !EpZF EvA EvydAEd-jg(s, .
sv &yAED-fmnF sv m(y-EnvAErZF ; 112;
ag}gyA_E (y!pA kElkSmq-nAEfnF .
 EvtA ; 113;
kA(yAynF kAlh/F kmlA"-Enq
tAMbl-pErt-mKF dAEXmF-ksm-BA .
mgA"F moEhnF mHyA mXAnF Em/!EpZF ; 114;
En(yt=tA B?tEnEDr^ Eny/F EnEKl
rF .
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m
{ yAEd-vAsnAl<yA mhAly-sAE"ZF ; 115;
prA fE?t, prA EnA AnGn-!EpZF .
mAvFpAnAlsA mA mAtkA-vZ -!EpZF ; 116;
mhAk
{ lAs-EnlyA mZAl-md-dol tA .
mhnFyA dyAmEt r^ mhAsAm}A>y-fAElnF ; 117;
aA(mEvA mhAEvA FEvA kAms
 EvtA .
F-qoXfA"rF-EvA E/kVA kAmkoEVkA ; 118;
kVA"-EkrF-Bt-kmlA-koEV-s
 EvtA .
Efr,E-TtA dEnBA BAl-T
 d-Dn,BA ; 119;
dy-TA rEvHyA E/koZAtr-dFEpkA .
dA"AyZF {d(yh/F d"y-EvnAEfnF ; 120;
drAdoElt-dFGA "F dr-hAso>>vln^-mKF .
gzmEt r^ gZEnEDr^ gomAtA ghjmB, ; 121;
dvfF dXnFEt-TA dhrAkAf-!EpZF .
EtpmHy-rAkAt-EtET-mXl-pEjtA ; 122;
klAE(mkA klAnATA kA&yAlAp-EvnoEdnF . or EvmoEdnF
 EvtA ; 123;
s Amr-rmA-vAZF-s&y-dE"Z-s
aAEdfE?tr^ am
 yA__(mA prmA pAvnAkEt, .
an
 kkoEV-b}AX-jnnF Ed&yEvg}hA ; 124;
?lF\kArF kvlA gA {kvSy-pddAEynF .
E/prA E/jgA E/mEt s^ E/df
rF ; 125;
y"rF Ed&y-gDAA Esdr-EtlkAE tA .
 EvtA ; 126;
umA f
{l
dtnyA gOrF gDv -s
EvgBA -vZ gBA _vrdA vAgDFrF .
yAngMyA_pErQC
A AndA AnEvg}hA ; 127;
sv v
 dAt-s\vA s(yAnd--v!EpZF .
lopAmdAE tA lFlA-k=t-b}AX-mXlA ; 128;
ad[yA d[yrEhtA EvA/F vvEj tA .
yoEgnF yogdA yo`yA yogAndA ygDrA ; 129;
iQCAfE?t-AnfE?t-EyAfE?t--v!EpZF .
svA DArA sEtA sdsdp-DAErZF ; 130;
/F
amEt r^ ajAj
{/F lokyA/A-EvDAEynF . or ajAj
ekAEknF Bm!pA En
{ tA {tvEj tA ; 131;
adA vsdA vA b}A(m
{ ?y--v!EpZF .
bhtF b}AZF b}AF b}AndA bElEyA ; 132;
BAqA!pA bh(s
 nA BAvABAv-EvvEj tA .
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sKArAyA fBkrF foBnA slBA gEt, ; 133;


rAj-rAj
rF rA>y-dAEynF rA>y-vSlBA .
 Eft-EnjAEtA ; 134;
rAj(kpA rAjpFW-Env
rF .
rA>yl#mF, kofnATA tr-bl
sAm}A>y-dAEynF s(ysDA sAgrm
 KlA ; 135;
dFE"tA {d(yfmnF sv lok-vfrF .
svA T dA/F sAEv/F sEQ dAnd-!EpZF ; 136;
df-kAlApErEQCA sv gA sv moEhnF .
sr-vtF fA-/myF ghAMbA g!EpZF ; 137;
svo pAED-EvEnm ?tA sdAEfv-pEtv}tA .
sMdAy
 rF sAvF gzmXl-!EpZF ; 138;
kloFZA BgArAyA mAyA mDmtF mhF .
gZAMbA gkArAyA komlAF gzEyA ; 139;
-vt/A sv t/
 fF dE"ZAmEt -!EpZF .
snkAEd-smArAyA EfvAn-dAEynF ; 140;
E (klA__nd-kElkA m!pA EyrF .
 rF ; 141;
nAmpArAyZ-FtA nEdEvA nV
EmLyA-jgdEDAnA mE?tdA mE?t!EpZF .
lA-yEyA lykrF l>jA rMBAEdvEdtA ; 142;
BvdAv-sDAvE, pApAry-dvAnlA .
dOBA `y-tlvAtlA jrAvAt-rEvBA ; 143;
 Ek-GnAGnA .
BA`yAEND- EdkA B?t-E k
rogpv t-dMBoElr^ m(ydAz-kWAErkA ; 144;
mh
 rF mhAkAlF mhAg}AsA mhAfnA .
apZA EXkA XmXAsr-EnqEdnF ; 145;
 fF EvDAErZF .
"rA"rAE(mkA sv -lok
E/vg dA/F sBgA yMbkA E/gZAE(mkA ; 146;
-vgA pvg dA fA jpAp p-EnBAkEt, .
aojovtF EtDrA y!pA Eyv}tA ; 147;
drArAyA drADqA pAVlF-ksm-EyA .
mhtF m
 zEnlyA mdAr-ksm-EyA ; 148;
vFrArAyA EvrAX~pA EvrjA EvtomKF .
(yg}pA prAkAfA AZdA AZ!EpZF ; 149;
{ rvArAyA mE/ZFy-t-rA>yD, . or mAt X
mAtA X-B
E/prfF jy(s
 nA En-/
{ gyA prAprA ; 150;
s(y-AnAnd-!pA sAmr-y-prAyZA .
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kpEd nF klAmAlA kAmDk^ kAm!EpZF ; 151;


klAEnED, kA&yklA rsA rsf
vED, .
pA prAtnA p>yA p krA p kr
 "ZA ; 152;
pr\>yoEt, pr\DAm prmAZ, prA(prA .
pAfh-tA pAfh/F prm/-EvB
 EdnF ; 153;
mtA _mtA _En(yt=tA mEnmAns-h\EskA .
s(yv}tA s(y!pA svA tyA EmnF stF ; 154;
b}AZF b}jnnF bh!pA bDAE tA .
sEv/F XA__A EtA kVAkEt, ; 155;
AZ
 rF AZdA/F p Af(pFW-!EpZF .
EvflA EvEv?t-TA vFrmAtA Evy(s, ; 156;
mkdA mE?tEnlyA mlEvg}h-!EpZF .
BAvA BvrognF Bv -vEt nF ; 157;
Cd,sArA fA-/sArA m/sArA tlodrF .
udArkFEt r^ uAmv
{ BvA vZ !EpZF ; 158;
jmm(y-jrAt=t-jnEvAEt-dAEynF .
svo pEnq-dd^-GA fA(ytFt-klAE(mkA ; 159;
gMBFrA ggnAt-TA gEv tA gAnlolpA .
kSpnA-rEhtA kAA_kAtA kAtAD -Evg}hA ; 160;
 El-trEtA .
kAy kArZ-Enm ?tA kAmk
kn(knktA-VA lFlA-Evg}h-DAErZF ; 161;
ajA "yEvEnm ?tA m`DA E"-sAEdnF .
atm K-smArAyA bEhm K-sdl BA ; 162;
/yF E/vg EnlyA E/-TA E/prmAElnF .
EnrAmyA EnrAlMbA -vA(mArAmA sDAsEt, ; 163; or sDAEt,
s\sArp-Enm `n-smrZ-pEXtA .
yEyA yk/F yjmAn--v!EpZF ; 164;
DmA DArA DnAy"A DnDAy-EvvED nF .
EvEyA Ev!pA EvB}mZ-kAErZF ; 165;
Evg}AsA EvdmABA {v ZvF Ev Z!EpZF .
ayoEnr^ yoEnEnlyA kV-TA kl!EpZF ; 166;
vFrgoFEyA vFrA {n kMyA nAd!EpZF .
EvAnklnA kSyA Evd`DA {bdvAsnA ; 167;
tvAEDkA tvmyF tvmT --v!EpZF .
sAmgAnEyA sOMyA sdAEfv-kVEMbnF ; 168; or soMyA
s&yAps&y-mAg -TA svA pEEnvAErZF .
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-v-TA -vBAvmDrA DFrA DFrsmE tA ; 169;



{ tyAy -smArAyA
{ ty-ksmEyA .
sdoEdtA sdAtA tzZAEd(y-pAVlA ; 170;
 r-mKAMbjA .
dE"ZA-dE"ZArAyA dr-m
kOElnF-kvlA_ny -{kvSy-pddAEynF ; 171;
-to/EyA -tEtmtF Et-s\-tt-{vBvA .
mnE-vnF mAnvtF mh
 fF mlAkEt, ; 172;
EvmAtA jgA/F EvfAlA"F EvrAEgZF .
gSBA prmodArA prAmodA mnomyF ; 173;
&yomk
 fF EvmAn-TA vEZF vAmk
 rF .
p y-EyA p -t-m AEDfAEynF ; 174;
p mF p BtfF p -s\Hyop AErZF .
fAtF fAt
{ yA fm dA fMBmoEhnF ; 175;
DrA DrstA DyA DEm ZF Dm vED nF .
lokAtFtA gZAtFtA svA tFtA fmAE(mkA ; 176;
bDk-ksmHyA bAlA lFlAEvnoEdnF .
smlF sKkrF svqAA svAEsnF ; 177;
svAEsy n-FtA__foBnA fmAnsA .
Ebd-tp Z-stA pv jA E/prAEMbkA ; 178;
dfmdA-smArAyA E/prAF-vfrF .
AnmdA AngMyA An
 y--v!EpZF ; 179;
yoEnmdA E/KX
 fF E/gZAMbA E/koZgA .
anGA_t- AEr/A vAECtAT -dAEynF ; 180;
a<yAsAEtfy-AtA qXvAtFt-!EpZF .
a&yAj-kzZA-mEt r^ aAn-vAt-dFEpkA ; 181;
aAbAl-gop-EvEdtA svA nSl^y-fAsnA .
F rAj-EnlyA Fmt^-E/prsdrF ; 182;
FEfvA Efv-f?(y
{ ?y-!EpZF lEltAEMbkA .
ev\ FlEltA d&yA nAMnA\ sAhk\ jg, .
; iEt F b}AX prAZ
 urKX
 F hyg}FvAg-(ys\vAd

FlEltA shnAm -to/ kTn\ sMpZ m^ ;
Encoding and notes provided by Prof. M. Giridhar giridhar@chemeng.Isc.ernet.in
(Proofread by Kirk Wortman kirkwort@hotmail.com.)
Before we begin, let us offer ourselves at the feet of
the Divine Mother, shrImat mahAtripurasundarI.

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This introduction deals with the background on


lalitAsahasranAma (the purANa etc) and the importance of
Shri Chakra, the diagrammitical form for meditation.
(Only a brief description is provided here since it
has been extensively described by Adi Shankara in the text of
SaundaryalaharI. A detailed description of Lalita yantra (Shri
Chakra) is given in the Hindu Tantrik page
http://www.shivashakti.com/)
Among the 18 purANas, brahmANDa-purANa is well known for the
extolation of Lalita. It explains in detail the appearance of
the Goddess Lalita to save the world from the clutches of the
demon bhaNDAsura. There are three important sub-texts in this
purANa.
The first of these texts is LalitopAkhyAna, consisting of 45
chapters and is found in the last section of the purANa. The
last five chapters are especially well known. They extol the
greatness of the Divine mother, the significance of the mantra
of the goddess (shoDashAkSharI-vidyA), the various mudras and
postures to be practiced, meditations, initiations etc., and
the mystical placement of the deities involved in Shri Chakra.
The next text is the lalitA trishati in which 300 names of the
goddess is featured. There is a well known commentary on this
work by Adi ShankarAchArya.
The third text is the celebrated LalitA sahasranAma, which
consists of 320 verses in three chapters. The first chapter is
51 verses, and relates that the 1000 names of LalitA were
recited by various devatas as commanded by the goddess herself.
This chapter also explains that the verses are in anushhTup
chhaNDaH(metre known as anushhTup)
and that the deity Lalita is invoked in three kUTas
(vAgbhava, kAmarAja, and shakti). The second chapter of the
text contains the thousand names of the goddess in 182 1/2
verses (which is transliterated below). The third and final
chapter is 86 1/2 verses long and enumerates the benefits
accrued by reciting these one thousand names of the Goddess.
This is mainly to encourage people to recite the names with
concentration to achieve, if not anything else, a peace of mind.
Lalita trishati and lalitA sahasranAma are dialogues between
the sage Agastya and the god Hayagriva (Pronounced as
hayagrIva). Hayagriva is the
incarnation of VishhNu who assumed the form of a horse
to kill a demon by the same name. Agastya was a
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celestial heavens(one of the seven Rishi-s, saptarshhi or Ursa Major).


He is the patron saint of Tamilnadu being a
founder of a system of medicine called Siddha, and also having
drunk the whole ocean in his kamaNDalum. According to yAskas
Nirukta, Agastya is the half-brother of the great sage,
VasishTha.
The story of the meeting of Agastya and Hayagriva is
given in the lalitopAkhyAna and is quite interesting. Agastya
was visiting several places of pilgrimage and was sad to see
many people steeped in ignorance and involved in only sensual
pleasures. He came to kA nchi and worshipped kAmAkShI and sought
a solution for the masses. Pleased with the devotion and his
caring for the society, Lord VishhNu appeared before Agastya
and provided the sage Agastya with the solution of curing the
worldly folk from ignorance. He explained that He is the
primordial principle, and the source and the end of everything.
Though He is above forms and guNas, He involves himself in
them. He goes on to explain that a person should recognize that
He is the pradhAna (primordial) transformed into the universe,
and that He is also the purushha (conscious spirit) who is
transcendental and beyond all qualities(guNa-s) and forms. However to
recognize this, one has to perform severe penance,
self-discipline etc. If (since) this is difficult, Lord VishhNu
advises that the worship of the goddess will achieve the
purpose of life, given as liberation from bondage,
very easily. He points out that even
other Gods like Shiva and Brahma have worshiped the goddess
TripurA. VishhNu concludes his discourse saying that this was
revealed to Agastya so that he (Agastya) can spread the message
to god, sages, and humans. VishhNu requests Agastya to approach
his incarnation, Hayagriva and disappears from Agastyas
sight.
Agastya approaches Hayagriva with devotion and reverence.
Hayagriva reveals to Agastya that the great Goddess, lalitA,
is without beginning or end and is the foundation of the entire
universe. The great goddess abides in everyone and can be
realized only in meditation. The worship of
goddess is done with the lalitA sahasranamA (1000 names) or
with trishati (300 names) or with ashhTottaranAma (108 names) or
with Shri Chakra (diagrammatical form for meditation).
In tantra shAstra, each devi/deva is worshipped as a mantra,
and yantra. Shri Chakra is used to represent the divine mother
diagrammatically. It denotes how the power of a small point in
the centre of the Shri Chakra transforms itself into a series
of triangles, circles, and lines. One can meditate on the Shri

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Chakra itself knowing the significance of the triangles and


circles. These forms respresent the various transformations of
the Reality. One can realize that the universe has evolved through
the undifferentiated consciousness and has eventually
become the universe as
we know it. The recitation of sahasranAma and trishati are
used in the worship of Shri Chakra. The correspondence
between Shri Chakra as a yantra and the fifteen letter mantra
of the goddess (pa nchadashIvidyA, pronounced panchadashIvidyA)
is achieved by carefully studying the Shri Chakra which is
constructed using the symbolism of the three kUTa-s and the
significance of the fifteen letters of the shrIvidyA. It is
said that if meditation on Shri Chakra is not possible,
recitation of the sahasranAma with utmost devotion
would confer the same benefits, perhaps in longer time-frame.
The sahasranAma also mentions how to meditate on the various
centres of consciousness (chakras) in ones body. Kundalini, meaning
coiled up, ordinarly resides in the muladhAra chakra,
at the base of spine, and when it rises
to the sahasrAra chakra at the top of the head, one becomes
aware of the ultimate reality.
Before reciting the sahasranAma, it is advised that
the divine mother be meditated upon according to the dhyAna
shloka-s, given in the beginning of the text.
May the Divine Mother guide us in our every action and thought,
and may She confer upon us the greatest gift of all, mokSha,
the liberation.
AUM tat sat.

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