Devi Khdgamala storam

(The prayer of a garland of swords to the goddess)

Translated by P.R.Ramachander

  (Here is a great prayer addressed to the great Goddess which protects us from all enemies and dangers like a garland of swords. I am reproducing   a  part  of a great   introduction   from

My humble pranams for the great soul who wrote that introduction.

“1.What is the “Sri Devi Khadgamala Stotram”?

Sri Devi refers to Shakti, the Divine Mother. Khadga means Sword, Mala means Garland, Stotram means a hymn or song of praise. So the Khadgamala Stotram (hereafter, KS) is a hymn to the Divine Mother, which is said to bestow a garland of swords (see FAQ #2, below) upon those who recite it. The KS takes us mentally through the Sri Chakra; i.e. the mystical geometric representation of the Supreme Goddess. This Yantra consists of nine enclosures – each more secret and esoteric than the one before – surrounding a central point, or Bindu, in which Devi, the Supreme Goddess (here in Her erotic form as Kameshwari) is joined in coitus with her consort (see FAQ #2, below). As we make our way to the centre of Sri Chakra, we pay homage to the 98 yoginis or aspects of Devi (by reciting each of their names) who guard the various “power points” of the charka along the way. We internalize each yogini to become Her, and this prepares us to meet the next yogini on our path – and so on until we reach the centre.

2.What is the symbolic meaning of the KS?

‘SHAKTI’ (Devi) is the Sanskrit word denoting power, or energy – all Energy, whether we perceive it (from our perspective) as positive or negative. (It is the Shakta belief that there is no “positive” or negative energy. Energy is always the Creatrix.) Einstein said that all matter is energy. Shaktism says all energy – that is, everything in and of the three worlds – is all DEVI. SHIVA is Consciousness, and is visualized as Devi’s consort. Consciousness energized by Power = the UNIVERSE. Energy animated by CONSCIOUSNESS also = the UNIVERSE. Love – the desire of SHAKTI and SHIVA to Unite as One – is the essence of all Creation. That is why the KS envisions Devi ‘IN COITUS’ with Her Consort. This implies that SHAKTI (Energy) is fully animated by SHIVA (Consciousness) – She is, in fact, in an eternal state of creative orgasm. That is the cosmic bliss we begin to access through our sadhana (spiritual disciplines). The human sexual impulse is merely a metaphor for the Cosmic Creative Impulse that creates all we see and do not see. The Stotram is inviting us to ride that wave with Her; in essence, to become Her. The SWORD bestowed upon reciters of the KS symbolizes the power (Energy) that enables us to transcend attachment, enabling Self-Realization. As Sri Amritananda Natha explains, “the Sword [metaphorically] severs the head, separating body from the mind. It can be interpreted also as Wisdom – that which separates, categorizes, and classifies. So it is a symbol of Knowledge. Khadgamala is about imagining a garland of synergistic ideas, nourishing and protecting them and putting life into them.”

3. Of all the Shakta recitations, why did you choose to share the KS?

Many people have asked us over the years how to begin a serious Shakta practice – something more advanced and specific than our most basic (and still totally valid) advice, “Just pray to the Mother!” and yet not so complex and time-consuming as to place it beyond the reasonable capacity of an average devotee. The KS is a very advanced, very powerful recitation from the Srividya school of Shaktism – and yet it is totally within the reach of anyone who approaches it in a spirit of serious, sustained devotion and practice.

4. Why should I use it?

Because it condenses a long series of complicated rituals into a very simple, easily achievable recitation/meditation that anyone can learn and hugely benefit from. The full pooja of the Devis of the Sri Chakra takes hours because at each point we pause and do smaller, detailed poojas. Hence the sages of yore created this KS as an alternative, short-form recitation that is more suitable for the demands and time constrictions of modern life. According to one advanced Srividya upasak who is a member of this group: “All of the sadhana of Srividya can be achieved by the recitation of the Khadgamala. Hours of long ritual compressed to less than half an hour of intense meditation that will give you a ticket on the same plane as the great Srividya Upasakas. Whatever your developmental stage, this is IT.” Even those who have not been initiated into Srividya can benefit from the Khadgamala. Stotras are one tool of Srividya upasana that is open to all categories of people. It does not have ritualistic injunctions of dos and don’ts. All you need do is recite; then, by and by, the Devis will become visible and you will feel the bliss of union with the ultimate and as one goes on, the necessary teachers will appear as if from thin air and guide you further (this is the personal experience of many a member of this group).

5. How do I begin?

Simply print out the Khadgamala Stotram as linked from the Shakti Sadhana site, download the MP3 recitation from the Devipuram site, and begin reciting it. It’s as easy as that. Listen and read till you know it by heart. Then listen only. Then stop even that. Just contemplate it in your mind.

6. How do I recite the KS?

Sri Amritananda advises, “As you are reciting each name, that yogini’s portion of Sri Chakra should spring up in your imagination. The power comes from intensifying concentration to visualize the form, hear the sound, feel the touch, taste, and smell of the divine perfume of the [yogini] manifesting that part of the ever-youthful Goddess. … The Goddess loves the fun. She is deeply in love with you, making you Siva.” Don’t worry if your recitation is awkward or your pronunciation is bad. As Sri Amritananda Natha counsels, you should simply dismiss all of those technical concerns for now and simply “begin your journey to Goddess today, no matter how feebly. You can add power and depth as you move along. We are there to help you.” It is said “Bhava grAhI JanArdana (God understands the feeling and intent and does not bother about mistakes.) Also, in your meditation, do not try too hard to concentrate – because you cannot!! Just recite, let the mind wander; let it do whatever it wants. Still, the result will come. If one tries to concentrate, the body will become tense and the results will not appear.

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7. How often should I use it?

Once a day is ideal. So do it daily; and, if possible, at the same time and same place. But if your circumstances make that kind of commitment difficult or impossible, do not worry! Simply do it when you can. Especially when you are sad and/or facing a problem; just do it and you may well see miracles.

8. What is the effect of using it supposed to be?

One Srividya upasak in our group, who is quite experienced in the use of the KS, says, “It’s a hyperplane that will take you anywhere you want (or need) to go.” It clears your doubts and fears, removes your psychic baggage, and prepares your mind and spirit for dramatic spiritual advancement. “It fulfils all wishes, more than you desire, instantly,” adds Sri Amritananda. “Therein lies its power. Regular practice protects you, nourishes you, and takes you beyond.”

9. Is it okay to recite Khadgamala Stotram without a guru?

Yes, it is a stotra and is also a mala mantra (i.e., a mantra with more than 1,000 letters). Keep in mind that the original source document of the Stotram has been lost, to the best of modern knowledge, other than a few stray excerpts that have survived here and there. So injunctions, if any, have also been lost. But the simple fact is that many, many people have recited the KS without injunctions and attained everything. Therefore, it can safely be assumed that there are no negative injunctions.””

Om Asya Sri Suddha Sakti málá mahá mantrasya
Upasthendriya adhisthayi Varunaditya Rishih
Devi Gayatri Chandah
Satvika Kakára bhattaraka pithasthita
Sri mat Kámesveranka nilaya
Sri mat Kámesvari devatá
Aim Bijam, Klim Saktihi, Souh kilakam
Sri Devi prityarthe Khadga siddthyarthe jape viniyogah

To the pure garland of prayers  to Goddess Shakthi ,

Which should be worshipped by all sense organs,

The Sage is  the rising  Sun,

The meter is Gayathri  and the goddess presiding is Goddess Kameswari ,

Who exists in the peaceful Kameswara who is sitting on  the seat of Kakara Bhattaraka,

The root is Im , the power is kleem , Sopu is the pivot ,

And is being chanted  to please the Goddess and getting her sword.

Mola Manthrena Shadanga Nyasam kuryath

Kara Nyasam

(Ritual by hand)

Iym angushtabhyam nama

Kleem Tharjaneebhyaam nama

Sou Madhyamabhyaam nama

Sou anamikabhyam nama

Kleem Kanishtakabhyaam nama

Iym kara thala kara prushtabhyam nama

Iym salutations by the thumb

Kleem salutations by the second finger

Sou salutations by middle finger

Sou salutations by the fourth finger

Kleem salutations by little finger

Iyn saltations by the palm and back of the palm.

Anga Nyasam

Rituals by the limb

Iym hrudayaya nama

Kleem sirase swaha

Sou Shikhayayai voushat

Sou kavachaya hoom

Kleem nethra thrayaya voushat

Iym asthraya phat

Bhoor bhuva suva om ithi dig bandha

Iym salutations by the heart

Kleem saluations by the head

Sou salutations by the hair

Sou Salutations to the armour

Kleem salutations to the three eyes

Iym salutations of te arrow

Boo, V=Bhuva and Suva world, I tie myself with all directions.



Taadrusam Khadgam apnoti  Yena hasta sthitena vai
Astadasa Mahadvipa Samrat bhokta bhavisyati

He who makes the sword  of her as his  and keeps it in his hand,
Would become the emperor  of all the islands in all eight directions.

Aarakthabaam trinethram  arunima vasanaam  , rathna thadanga ramyam,
Hasthambhojai sa pasangusa , madana dhanu sayakair visphuranthim,
Aa peeno thunga vakshoruha kalasa luta thara harai ujjwalangim,
Dhyyedh amboru hasthaam arunima vasanam eesawareem meeswaraanaam.

I meditate  the goddess with lotus like hands , who is  red in colour, 
Who is Goddess of Lord Shiva, who is drenched in blood ,
Who is  having three eyes , who is of the colour of rising sun,
Who is pretty with gem studded anklets  and who holds in her hand,
The lotus, the rope , the goad and has the bow and arrows of  god of love,
Who shines in the garland of gems which are like stars ,
Which is worn over her very ample  and elevated breasts.

(Lam ithyadhi Pancha poojam kuryath
Do the five types of worship with Lom etc
Yadha Shakthi moola manthram japeth
Chant the root chant as per  our capacity)
Lam prithvyathmikayai sathsangam gandham parikalpayami
Lam to the soul of earth, I offer sandal paste along with other good things.
Ham akakastmikayai indriya nigraham pushpam poojayami
Ham to the soul of ether I offer the flower of the control of my senses.
Yam vayvathmikayai Iyswarga visarjanam dhoopam agrapayami
Yam for the soul of air ,  I offer the incense of heavenly abandonment
Ram vahnyathmikayai chithkala thath swaroopa dheepam ujjwalayami
Ram to the soul of fire , I offer  the light which is the form of the divine crescent.
Vam amrutha rakthathmikayai vasudhadhi shivaavasanam shiva sakthi sthwara swaroopa anandamrutha nivedhyam nivedhayami
Vam for the undying soul of blood I offer the nectar of joy  which is the power of Shiva as well as the end of nectar like Shiva.
Sam sarvathmikayai manolaya swaroopa Ananda karpoora neeranjanam sandharsayami

Sam  for the soul of everything which has the form merged with mind, I perform the worship of camphor of joy.
Upanishad vag balam thamboolam samarpayami
I offer the Thamboola of the word strength of Upanishads.
Anayaa mayaa yavath chithi panchopachara poojayaa Bhagwathi Bala Tripurasundari maha Kameswari sahitha Sri Guru Parameswara supreetha suprasanna varado bhavathu.
By the performance of  worship involving five types of services , let the teacher parameswara  with  Goddess Bhagawathi , who is Bala, who is the most pretty one of the Tripuras and who is  the Goddess of passion   become pleased with me , become happy and bless me.

Om Iym hreem sreem iym kleem sou
Iym hreem sreem om Namasthripura Sundari
Salutations to Tripura Sundari , Om Iym hreem sreem iym kleem sou
Iym hreem sreem om

Hrudaya devi, Goddess of heart
Siro devi, Goddess who is at the head
Shikha devi  Goddess with flowing hair
Kavacha devi  Goddess who is the armour to us
Nethra devi Goddess who as eyes gives us sight
Asthra devi  Goddess who like an arrow takes us to our aim
Kameswari  Goddess of passion
Bhagamalini Goddess who wears Sun as garland
Nithya klinne  Who is always wet with mercy
Bherunde  Godess who has a fearful form
Vahni vasini  Goddess who lives in fire
Maha Vajreswari Goddess who is like a diamond
Shiva dhoothi Goddess who sent Shiva as emissary
Thwarithe  Goddess who is in a hurry
Kula Sundari Goddess who is the prettiest of her clan
Nithye– Goddess who is perennially forever
Neela pathake– Goddess who has a blue flag
Vijaye– Goddess who is victorious
SArva mangale –Goddess who is completely auspicious
Jwala Malini-Goddess whose garlands shine like flame
Chithre-Goddess who is like a picture
Maha nithye-Goddess who is forever and always great
Parameswara Parameswari-The divine Goddess of the divine Lord
Mithresa mayi-Goddess who I pervades as Sun God  or Goddess is friendship
Sashteesamayi– Goddess who pervades  as  Lord Subramanya
Uddesamayi–  Goddess who pervades as moon
Charya nadha mayi-Goddess who pervades as right rituals
LOpamudhraa mayi-Goddess who pervades as Lopa Mudhra
Agasthya mayi-Goddess who pervades as sage Agasthya
Kala thapasa mayi– Goddess  who pervades penance over ages
Dharmacharya mayi– Goddess who pervades the teachers of  Dharma
Muktha kesi– Goddess whose hair falls down freely
Iswara mayi-Goddess who pervades all gods
Deepa kala nadha mayi– Goddess who is like the flame of a lamp and the musical note
Vishnu deva mayi– Goddess who pervades God Vishnu
Prabhakaradeva mayi– Goddess who pervades Sun God
Thejo mayi– Godess who is full of splendorous glitter
Manoja deva mayi–  Goddess who pervades God of desire
Kalyana deva mayi– Goddess who pervades God of auspeciousnes
Vasui deva mayi-Goddess who pervades Lord Krishna
Rathna deva mayi– Goddess who pervades God of gems
Ramananda mayi-Goddess who pervades the joy of Rama
Anima Sidhe–  Goddess  who has the power to become invisible 
Laghima sidhe– Goddess   who has the power to make body light and fly
Garima  Sidhe – Goddess   who can   make her body as much heavy as she wants
Mahima Sidhe– Goddess  who has ability to increase or decrease the size of the body
EEsithwa sidhe–  Goddess who has the power to control other beings
Pasithwa sidhe – Goddess   who can subjugate   all 
Prakamya sidhe – Goddess  who  can realize all her desires
Bhukthi sidhe– Goddess   who has the power to eat all that   she wants
Icha   sidhe– Goddess  who has got the power to wish all   that she wants
Prapthi sidhe – Godess  who can reach any place    she wants
Sarva kama Sidhe – Goddess   who can make us realize all desires
Brahmi  – She who is  the  power of Brahmsa
Maheswari–  She who is the power of Lord Shiva
Kaumari– Goddess  who is the power  of Lord Subramanya
Vaishnavi–  Goddess   who is the power  of Vishnu
Vaarahi–  Goddess  who is the power of Lord Varaha
Mahendri– She   who is the power of   Devendra
Chamundi– She who killed   Chanda and Munda
Mahalakshmi–  Goddess  Lakshmi
Sarva samkshobini– She who shakes    everything
Sarva vidhravini – She  who melts everything
Sarvakarshani  – She who attracts    everything
Sarva vashangari – She who kills everything
SArvonmadhini- she who makes   every one mad
SArva  mahangusa– She   who is the great goad to all
Sarva khagechari – She who travels like all birds on the sky
Sarva bheeja– She who is the seed  of everything 
SArva yoni- She who can generate   anything
SArvathrikhanda –She who is in all three  parts  of the earth
Trilokya mohana– She who can attract all the three   worlds,
Chakra swamini– Goddess   of Devendra
Prakata  yogini-  She who is  undisguised  expert on yoga
Kamakarashini  -She who attracts    the power of passion
Budhyakashani – She who is attracted   by intelligence
Ahankarakashini– She who attracts  the power of pride
SAbdhakarshini–   She who is  attracted   by good   sound
Sparshakashini– She who is attracted   by good touch
Roopakarshini– She who is attracted  by  good form
Rasakarshini –   She who is attracted by   good taste
Gandhakarshini– She who is attracted   by good   smell
Chithakarshini  – She who is attracted   by a good mind
Dhairyakarshini– She who is attracted   by   bravery
Smrithyakarshani– She who is attracted   by  good memory
Namakarshini  – She who is  attracted   by good name
Bheejakarshani– She who is attracted  by proper root chants
Athmakarshani– She who attracts    the soul
Sareerakarshani– She who is attracts the body  
SArvasa pari pooraka  chakra  swamini- The goddess of the wheel   who fulfills all desires
Guptha Yogini–  The  secret  practitioner of Yoga
Ananga kusuma–  the flower  of the  love
Ananga Mekhala – The girdle of love
Ananga Madana–  The    Goddess  of love 
Ananga madanathure –  The one affected  by throes of love
Ananga Rekha-   The line   of  love 
Ananga vega – The speed of love  ,
Ananga angusa-  The goad of love 
Ananga Malini– She  who wears the   garland of love
Sarva   samkshobhana chakra   swamini– The goddess  of the wheel that agitates all
Guptha thara   yogini-  She who practices   very secret   yoga
Sarva Samkshobini  -She who agitates  everything
Sarva vidhravini– She who makes everything liquid
Sarva Aakarshani–  She who attracts   everything
Sarva Aahladhini- She who makes everyone happy 
Sarva   sammohini– She who puts everything in stupor
Sarva Sthambini – She who  benumbs  all
Sarva jrumbini – she who expands   everything
Sarva Vashangari– She who makes everyone her own
Sar va Ranjani–  She who makes   all people   happy
Sarvonmodhini– She  who makes   all  mad for her 
SArvartha sadhike –She who grants   all types of wealth
Sarva  sampath purani – She gives all types  of riches
Sarva manthra mayi– She who is within all mantras
Sarva dwandhwa  kshayankari–  She who destroys  all duality
Sarva soubhaghya dhayaka  Chakra   Swamini-The Lord of that Chakra which gives all type of  luck.
Sampradaya Yogini-She who practices  yoga in a traditional way.
SArva Sidhi pradha- She who grants all occult powers
SArva sampath pradha– She who gives   all type of riches
SArva priyangar– She   who  is dear to all
SArva mangala karini– She who  does all auspicious acts
Sarva Kama Pradha– She who fulfills all desires
SArva Dukha vimochini– She who helps to get rid of all sorrows
Sarva  mruthyu prasamani– she who avoids  deaths
Sarva vighna nivarini0– She who removes all  obstacles
Sarvangasundari–  She who  is pretty from head to foot
SArva Soubhagya Dhayini– She who gives  all types of luck
SArvartha   sadaka   chakra   swamini– The Goddess of the  wheel  who grants  all wealth objects
Kulotheerna  yogini– She who does yoga   that liberates   the clan
Sarvajna–  She who knows all knowledge 
SArva shaktha–  She who has  all strengths
Sarva aiswarya pradhayini– She   who gives all types   of wealth
Sarva Jnana  mayi- She who  has all types of  spiritual  wisdom
Sarva  Vyadhi vinasini–  She who destroys  all  diseases
Sarvadhara   swaroopa–  She    who has a form that  is the basis of everything
Sarva papa hara-  She who destroys all  sins
SArvananda mayi– She who is full of all  types of happiness
SArva Raksha swaroopini– She who has a form that  protects  all
SArvepsitha phala pradha – She who gives all desired results
Sarva Rakshakara chakra  swamini –  who is the goddess  of the wheel   which protects   all
Nigarbha   yogini– The yogini who protects   the child in the womb
Vasini-  She who controls
Kameswari–  She who is  the wife of Kameswara(Shiva)
Modhini – She who is   full of joy
Vimala – She who is pure
Aruna–  She who is of the colur of rising sun
Jayini- She  who  is victorious
SArveswari– She who is the  goddess  of all
Koulini– She who was born in a noble family
SArva roga hara   chakra swamini –  She who is the goddess  of the  wheel  which destroys all  diseases
Rahasya yogini– She who does yoga in secret
Banini– She who  holds an arrow
Chapini– She who  holds the bow
Pasini– She  who holds   the  rope
Angusini–  She who holds the goad
Maha Kameswari- She who is the consort of Shiva
Maha  Vajreswari-  She who is as strong as a diamond
Maha bhaga Malini– She who wears  the garland of prosperity
SArva sidhi pradha  chakra swamini- The goddess  of the wheel  that gives rise to all occult  powers
Athi Rahasya yogini– She who does yoga in great secret
Sri Sri Maha BHattarika–   The supreme  queen
Sarvananda maya  chakra swamini  – The Goddess of the Chakra   of all types of happiness
Parama  Rahasya yogini – She who does yoga in absolute secret
Tripura  – The wife of Lord Shiva or the three states sleeping wakeful and dreaming 
Tripuresi– The goddess of the three worlds(states)
Tripura Sundari–  The most pretty one in the three  worlds(states)
Tripura vasini– She who lives  in three worlds(states)
Tripurasree– The  riches of the three  worlds(states)
Tripura Malini–  She who wears the three worlds as garland
Tripura  sidhe  – She who  can make occult powers possible in three worlds
Tripuramba– The mother in these   three worlds
Maha Tripura Sundari–  The greatest   beauty of the three   worlds
Maha Maheswari  –  The  great consort of Lord Shiva
Maha Maharajni–  The great empress
Maha maha shaktha  – She who is greatly powerful
Maha maha guptha–  She who is highly  hidden
Maha maha jnapthe – She who  is the very great memory
Maha maha anande–  She who is greatly joyful
Maha maha skandhe–  She who is the very great support
Maha mahasaye- She who is the great thought  process
Maha maha   Sri Chakra  nagara SAmragni – She  who  is the great ruler   of the state   of Sri chakra
Namasthe ,. Namasthe, namasthe , namaha- salutations, salutations, salutations

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