Ashta dasa peeta Durga Stotram

Ashta dasa  peeta  Durga  Stotram

(The prayer   to Durga  of the eighteen power centres)

Translated by

P.R.Ramachander

 ( Lord Shiva married Sathi   the  daughter of Daksha. Once when Daksha insulted  Lord Shiva , he decided not to go to his house . But When Daksha  conduced a great  Yaga, Sathi wanted go there against the wishes of Lord Shiva.  When  Lord Shiva was again insulted  By Daksha, Sathi jumped in the  yaga fire and died. The furious Shiva came there beheaded  Daksha, and in great anger he took the body of Sathi and holding it atop his head started   the dance of the deluge. Lord Vishnu  curt the body of Sathi in to pieces   and the place   where each piece  fell was  called  a Shakthi Peeta(power centre. One group  believes   that there are eighteen Shakthi Peetas and another  believes   that there   are one hundred and eight  Shakthi peetas.  The eighteen Shakthi peetas are:-

  Trinkomali (Sri Lanka) Sankari Devi – Groin fell here

  Kanchi (Tamil Nadu) Kamakshi Devi – Back

  Pradyumna or Chotila (Gujarat) Sri Srunkala Devi – Stomach

  Mysore (Karnataka) Chamundeswari Devi – Hair

  Alampur (Andhra Pradesh) Jogulamba Devi – Upper teeth

  Srisailam (Andhra Pradesh) Bhramramba Devi – Neck

  Sholapur (Maharastra) Mahalaksmi Devi – Eyes

  Nanded (Maharastra) Ekavenika Devi – Right Hand

  Ujjain (Madya pradesh) Mahakalai Devi – Upper Lip

  Pithapuram (Andhra Pradesh) Puruhutika Devi – Left Hand

  Cuttack (Orissa) Girija Devi – Navel

  Draksharamam (Andhra Pradesh) Manikyamba Devi – Left cheek

  Guwahati (Assam) Kamarupa Devi – Vulva

  Prayag (Uttar Pradesh) Madhaveswari Devi – Fingers

  Jwala (Himachal Pradesh) Vaishnavi Devi – Head

  Gaya (Bihar) Sarvamangala Devi – Breast

  Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) Visalaksi Devi – Wrist

  Kashmir Saraswati Devi – Right Hand

        This great  prayer  mentions the eighteen Shakthi Peetas  and praises  the Goddess there.)

1.Lankhayaam Shankari devim, Kamakshi Kanchika pure,
Pradhyumne  srunkala devi, Chamunda Krouncha pattane ,

Shankari in Sri Lanka, Kamakshi in Kanchipura,
Srunkala devi in Pradhyumna and Chamunda  in Mysore

2.Alampure  Jogulamba, Sri Shaile  Bramarambika,
KOlhapure  Mahalakshmi, Mahurye  Eka veerika

Jogulkamba of Alampur, Brahmarambika of Sri Shaila,
The Mahalakshmi of Kolhapur, the Eka veerika of Mahurya

3.Ujaynyaam Maha Kali, peethikaayam Puruhuthika,
Odhayane Girija devi, Manikha  Daksha vatike

The Mahakali of Ujjaini , Puruhuthika of Pethapura,
The Girija devi of Cuttack,The Manikhamba devi of  Draksharamam

4.Hari kshethre  Kama  roopi, Prayage  Madhaveswari,
Jwalayaam Vaishnavidevi, Gaya Mangala Gourika

The Kameswari devi of Gauhathi, The Madheswari of Allahabad,
The Vaishnavi devi of Jwalamukhi and Mangala Gourika of Gaya

5.Varanasyam visalakshi, Kashmere  thu Saraswathi,
Ashta dasa Shakthi peedani , yogeenam abhi durlabham

The Visalakshi of Benares and Goddess Saraswathi of  Kashmir,
These eighteen  places of Goddess Shakthi  are difficult to  attain even by yogis

6.Sayam kale paden nithyam, sarva shatru vinasanam,
Sarva roga haram divyam, sarva Sampathkaram Shubham.

If this is read daily evening, it will lead to destruction of all enemies,
Curing  of all diseases and  gaining of all types of wealth.

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