Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Shiva Gitimala was composed by Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi ( 62nd Seer of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peedam), it consists of 20 enthralling verses known as Ashtapadi praising the pleasurable moments of Lord Ekamreshwarar and Goddess Sri Kamakshi. This beautiful composition portraits the desperation, devotion and dedication, of individual soul/Jeevathma, attain union with the Supreme soul/Paramathma in order to achieve eternal bliss. Shiva Ashtapadi/Shiva Gitimala begins with the veneration of Lord Ganesha. The entire verses illustrate the miserable state of separation of Goddess Parvathi from Lord Shiva. Goddess Sri Parvati underwent severe penance on the river banks of Kampa in order to unite with the Lord Shiva. The divine couple undergoes unbearable pain of separation; Lord Shiva came down to Earth and resides under a mango tree where Goddess Sri Parvati undertakes penance was observed by faithful companion of Goddess and was duly informed. The state of remorsefulness, desertion, guilt and the messages exchanged through the companion of Godess Sri Parvati etc.. are beautifully depicted in the Ashtapadi. Ultimately Lord Shiva appears before Goddess Sri Parvati and apologizes profusely, after an initial harshness between the couple and blissfully unites.
Om Nama Shivaya
Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Virachith
|| Shiva Ashtapadi ||
Prathama Ashtapadi – 1
Kanaka Sabha Sadhane Vadhane Dharahasam
Natasi Vidhaya Sudhakara Bhasam
Shankara Drutha Thapasa Roopa Jaya Bhavathapahara ||
Oh! Lord Shankara, who resides in the Golden Hall and performs blissful cosmic dance form with a gentle smile on charismatic face which resembles the illumination of moon, victory to the Lord who is superior of ascetics and remover of sufferings prevailed in the Universe/Samsara.
Jaladhi Madhana Samaye Garalanalashoulam
Vahasi Galasya Mudhithwarakilam
Shankara Druthanilagalakhya Jaya Bhavathapahara ||
Oh ! Lord Shankara, Neelakanta you gracefully retained the massive poison of Halahala on your throat that was emerged out while churning the milky ocean, Victory to the Lord who is the remover of sufferings prevailed in the Universe/ Samsara.
Vidura Viraya Charane Nivasannavaniraye
Shankara Vara Vira Mahesa Jaya Bhavathapahara ||
Oh ! Lord Shankara, superior among the valorous who destroyed Tripura with an arrow in the ferocious battle, Earth as Chariot and Lord Chandra and Lord Surya as its wheels. Victory to the Lord, the remover of sufferings prevailed in the Universe/Samsara.
Kusuma Sharasankaram Puratho Vicharantham
Girisha Nihim Sithavanachiram Tham
Shankara Madanaripadhakhya Jaya Bhavathapara ||
Oh ! Lord Shankara who resides in the Mount Himalays, you have venerated with the name Madhanari, destroyer of Lord Manmatha who was drifting flawlessly before you with the arrows of cupid was turned into ashes.
Vata Tharuthala Mahithe Nivasan Manipeedey
Dhishasi Parathmakalamathi Gadey
Shankara Dhrutha Mouna Gambheera Jaya Bhavathapahara ||
Oh ! Lord Shankara, Knower of All, teaches the eternal wisdom and imparting the knowledge of Supreme Lord seated on a gem studded place with utter stillness and tranquil state under the banyan tree. Victory to the Lord who is the remover of miseries prevailed in the Universe/Samsara.
Jalanidhi Sethu Thade Jana Pavana Yoge
Raghukula Thilaka Yasha: Pravibhago
Shankara Raghu Rama Mahesha Jaya Bhavathapahara||
Oh ! Lord Shankara, you purifies the worshippers of the sacred ocean at Sethu, thus spread the glories of Lord Raghava of Raghu dynasty. You are Raghu, You are Rama and You are Mahesha, Victory to Lord who is the remover of all the miseries prevailed in the Universe/Samsara.
Thanu Mrudha Vana Kruthey Vara Kashinagarey
Tharakamupa Dhishasi Syalasarey
Shankara Shiva Vishwa Mahesha Jaya Bhavathapahara ||
Oh ! Lord Shankara, Lord Shiva, Lord Vishwamahesha, Victory to Lord who is the remover of all miseries prevailed in the Universe/Samsara, you pronounce the sacred Tharakanama/Tharaka Mantra/Rama Nama incessantly in the glorious city of Kashi/Varanasi.
Nigama Rasalathale Niravadhi Bodhadhana
Sri Kamakshi Kucha Kalashagna
Shankara Saha Karamahesha Jaya Bhavathapahara||
Oh ! Lord Shankara, compassionate Lord and personification of various consciousnesses, resides with Goddess Sri Kamashi at the foot of mango tree of sacred Veda and you bear the symbol of her pot-like bosom. Victory to the Lord who is the remover of miseries prevailed in the Universe/Samsara.
Kacchapa Thanuharina Nisthula Bhakthiyuja
Samthatha Pujitha Charana Saroja
Shankara Shiva Kacchapa Linga Jaya Bhavathapahara ||
Oh ! Lord Shankara, Shiva, Kacchapa Linga, was worshipped with unparalleled devotion by Lord Vishnu as Kacchapa/Kurma, thus gained the sacred name Kacchapa Linga. Victory to the Lord who is the remover of all the miseries prevailed in the Universe/Samsara.
Shankara Vara Guruna Pari Pujitha Padha
Kanchipure Vivruthakhila Veda
Shankara Vidhumouli Mahesha Jaya Bhavathapahara ||
Oh ! Lord Shankara, Chandrasekhara, Mahesha your lotus feet was worshiped by the great Guru Adi Shankaracharya, you have unveiled the essence of Veda at the sacred land of Kanchi. Victory to the Lord who is the remover of miseries prevailed in the Universe/Samsara.
Sri Vidhu Mouli Yatheridha Mudhitha Mudharam
Shrunu Karuna Bharanakhila Saram
Shankararuna Shaila Mahesha Jaya Bhavathapahara
Oh ! Lord Shankara, Arunachaleshwara, You are the epitome of compassion, earnestly prays to listen to the humble descriptions about the Supreme Lord by Sri Chandrasekhara Yati. Victory to the Lord who is the remover of all the miseries prevailed in the Universe/Samsara.
Kanaka Sabha Nataya Harini Lagalaya Nama-
Tripura Haraya Mararipave Muni Mohabhidhe |
Raghukrutha Sethave Vimala Kashijushe Bhavathe
Nigama Rasala Kurma Hari Pujitha Chandradhara||
My salutations to Lord Shankara, who performs cosmic dance in the Golden Hall/Kanakasabha, who has bluish throat, who destroyed the City of Tripura and vanquished the Lord Manmatha, one who removes the illusion of ascetic by way of imparting knowledge of eternal wisdom. My obeisance to Chandradhara, who was guided the construction of Sethu by Raghu, who resides in the sacrosanct place of Kashi, who represents the sacred Veda and resides under the mango tree as Ekamreshwara was worshipped by Lord Hari as Kurma.
Papam Varayathe Param Ghatayathe Kalam Para Kurvathe
Moham Dhoorayathe Madham Shamayathe Maththasuran Himsathe |
Bharam Bharayathe Maha Muniganandina: Kurvathe
Parvathya Sahithaya Sarvanidhaye Sharvarya Thubhyam Nama: ||
My salutations to the Supreme Lord Shankara with his consort Goddess Sri Parvati, the destroyer of sins and won over Kala/Time, vanquisher of haughty demons and Lord Manmatha, the supreme Lord who chase off illusions, desires, pride and arrogance provides eternal bliss to Rishis and Sages.
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!