Shyamala Dandakam !! Lyrics & Its meanings !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jai Ambey Ma !!


Great poet Kalidasa, a passionate devotee of Goddess Sri Kali was born as unintelligent, later with the blessings of Goddess Kali he turned into a renowned poet who composed various magnificent verses praising the glories of Goddess Sri Kali in ‘Shyamala Dandakam’.  His compositions are well-known for its appropriate metaphors and they are Rithu Samharam

(description of six seasons such as Hemantha Rithu/Winter  , Shishira Rithu/ Cold,  Vasantha Rithu/Spring, Grishma Rithu/Hot, Varsha Rithu/Rainy, Sharath Rithu/ Post-rainy season), Shakunthalam, Megha Sandhesham, Vikramorvashiyam, Kumara Sambhavam, Malakivagnimithram, Raghuvamsam.
I meditate upon Goddess Sri Kali, daughter of Sage Mathanga who plays gem studded divine string instrument/Veena, who has dazzling features and nectar like mesmerizing speeches.  My salutations to the Mother of the Universe who has the complexion of saffron and attractive physical features and raised bosom,  holds flower, sugar cane, rope, arrow, goad in her hands and wears crescent moon on her beautiful plait of hair.  Oh! Mother Mathangi, dear daughter of Sage Mathanga who resides in the Kadamba forest shower your grace upon us.  Victory to Mother Mathangi, daughter of Sage Mathanga ! Victory to Mother who resembles the flower Neelothpala ! Victory to Mother who enjoys all pieces of music!  And Victory to Mother who loves amusing parrots!
|| Dandakam ||
Victory to Janani, consort of Lord Shiva who is worshipped by the entire Universe and its living beings, resides in the Manidhvipa situated in the  Kadamba forests coagulated with Vilva /Bale trees which has the equivalent capabilities to fulfill the desires of the worshipper like Kalpadhruma/Kalpakavruksha.  The daughter of Mount Himavan who is highly revered by the entire Universe, extremely charming and has beautiful plait of hair embellished with ornaments which has bluish black curls dancing to the tunes of soulful music and shines in the brilliance of the crescent moon, she has the beautiful eye brows resembles the flower arrow of Lord Kamadeva and nectar like her mellifluous voice is capable to cool down the entire Universe.  Rama/ Godess Sri Mahalakshmi, provider of happiness to the whole world, wear beautiful musk on her forehead which attracts the entire universe.  She has the mellowing voice of the divine instrument/Veena, whizzing of honey bees attracted to the fragrances of musk applied on her neck, gem studded ornaments on her body reveals the exquisite beauty of her physical features in the brilliance which put shame to the crescent moon.  The mother of the Universe is worshipped by great Rishis & Sages; she wears the ornament shaped palm leaves while playing the divine musical instrument called Vallaki, her marvelous appearance with the bright red eyes due to the consumption of nectar provides happiness, prosperity and capable to fulfill all the desires of worshipper of Goddess Sri Kali who is the soul of the Universe.  The beautiful nose ring of Goddess resembles the trip down perspiration from her forehead; her gorgeous smile is prettier than the Thamboolam/(pan/mixture of betel leaves with various fragrant spices)  stands as the symbol of wisdom, wealth and the lotus in her hand grants all the boon.  She has enthralling red lips like the Bimba fruit, her beautiful smile with the dazzling teeth which has the resemblances of jasmine buds; her attractive hands hold the divine instrument /Veena.  She is the personification of Art, she has stunning physical features and beautiful long conch shaped neck shines in the brilliance of various gem studded ornaments.  She is worshipped by Yogis, her beautiful long hands hold the lotus and arms are decorated with gem studded ornaments which spread brilliance in the universe, she showers abundance of mercy on her worshippers.  The beautiful radiance emanating from her represents ‘Chith’, attractive ear stud and various ornaments on her fingers gives out the luster of moon.  She holds the divine musical instrument on her hand, the trivial bent on her back due to the heaviness of the large bosoms reveals the humility in her and the various dazzling ornaments on her chest reveal the ocean of her beauty, she blesses her devotees with abundance of wealth.  She is worshipped by the all the three worlds.  She remains serene at all times, her stunning physical features defeats Lord Manmatha in arousing passion,  her enchanting waist belt studded with gem and tiny bells defeat the beauty of lush valley of Mount Meru,  her beautiful long legs resembles the trunk of Palasa tree and has appealing feminine gait.  She is divine and unadulterated.    Goddess Sri Parvati holds lotus flower in her hand and her lotus feet shines in the brilliance emanating from the crown of Lord Indra, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lord Varuna, Lord Brahma, Lord Yama/Niryathi, Lord Kubera/Vaishravana, Lord Vayu and Lord Agni.  She is presided over the jeweled lotus,   seated in the majestic throne studded with nine precious gems.  She is shining with everlasting youth surrounded by Lord Ganesha, Goddess Durga, and eight Lord Bhairava.  She is revered by the celestials Manjula and Menaka, She is served by Lord Vamadeva & Goddess Durga, she is surrounded by eight divine mothers/Sapthamathas, She is worshipped by Yaksha, Gandharvas & Siddhas, Lord Manmatha & Goddess Sri Rathidevi, and she is the soul of flower arrows of Lord Manmatha.   She is worshipped by the Sages from the beginning of the world; she is immensely pleased by Vedic Chants, she bestows fame to her devotees, she is worshipped by Lord Krishna, Lord Brahma and Vidhyadharas.  She is praised by Kinnaras with their soulful music of Veena and she is worshipped by all the deities to get their wishes fulfilled.  She is the personification of wisdom, meditates with the crystal garland in one hand and sacred scriptures on the other, she holds goad & rope provides wealth & happiness to her worshipper.  Goddess Sri Parvati with the beautiful crescent moon on her plait of hair seated on meditating posture, Goddess Sri Saraswathi & Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi stands on her sideways to follow her orders.
My salutations to Mother of the Universe, Goddess Sri Parvati who is presents in the form of sacred water, Vedic chants, sacred symbols, female energy, seated on the sacred dais, beliefs, wisdom/knowledge, Yogic practices, divine musical sounds, all pervading sounds, universe and its division, she is the super soul of all souls which is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent.
Manikya Veenam Upalalayanthim Madhalasam Manjula Vag Vilasam |
Mahendra Niladhyuthi Komalangim Mathanga Kanya Manasa Smaramim ||
Chathurbhujey Chandra Kalavathamsey Kuchonnathey Kumkuma Raga Shoney |
Pundreskhu Pasam Angusha Pushpa Bana Hasthey Namasthey Jagaika Matha: ||
Matha Marakatha Shyama Mathangi Madha Shalini |
Kuryath Kataksham Kalyani Kadamba Vana Vasini ||
Jaya Mathanga Thanaye  Jaya Neelothpala  Dhyuthey |
Jaya Sangeetha Rasikey Jaya Leela Shuka Priye ||
|| Dandakam ||
Jaya Janani Sudha Samudrantharudhyan Manidhwipa Samrooda-
Bilwadavi Madhya Kalpadhruma Kalpa Kadamba Kanthara Vasapriye
Krithivasa Priye Sarvaloka Priye
Sadhararabdha Sangeetha Sambhavana Sambhramalola –
Neepasraga Baddha Chulisanathathrikey Sanumathputhrikey
Shekhari Bhootha Sheethamshu Rekha Mayukhavali Baddha-
Susnigdha Neelalakashreni Shrungarithey Lokasambhavithey
Kamaleela Dhanusannibhabhrulatha Pushpa Sandhoha Sandheha Krillochaney
Vak Sudhasechaney Charu Gorochana Pangey Lilalamabhiramey Suramey Ramey
Prollasadhvalika Mouthika Shrenika Chandrika Mandalodhasi
Lavanya Gandasthalanyastha Kasthurika Pathra Rekha Samudhbhutha Saurabhya
Sambhrantha Bhrungangana Gita Sandhribhavanmadhra Thanthri Swarey Susvarey Bhasvarey
Vallaki Vadhana Priyalola Thalidhalabaddha –
Thadanga Bhoosha Visheshanvithey Siddha Sammanithey
Divya Halabha Dhodhveyla Heylalasa Chakshurandholana Sri Samakshiptha Karnaika –
Neelothpaley Shyamaley Purithashesha Lokabhivancha Phaley Sriphaley
Swetha Bindu Lasathphala Lavanya Nishyandha Sandhoha  Sandheha Krunnasika Mauthikey
Sarva Vishwathmikey Sarva Siddhyathmikey  Kalikey Mugdha Mandhasmithodhara Vakthra-
Spurath Puga Thamboola Karpoora Khandothkarey Gnana Mudrakarey Sarva Sampathkarey
Padmabhasvathkarey Shrikarey
Kundha Pushpadhyuthi Snigdha Dhanthavali Nirmalalola Kallola Sammelaney
Smera Shonadharey Charu Veenadharey  Pakva Bimbhadharey
Sulalitha Nava Youvanarambha Chandrodhayodhvela Lavanya Dugdharnnavavirbhavath
Kumbha Bimbhogabhruthkantharey Sath Kalamandirey Mandharey
Divya Rathnaprabha Bandhuracchanna Haradhi Bhusha Samudhyodhamanavadhyanga Shobhey Shubey
Rathna Keyura Rashmicchada Pallava Prollasadhollatha Rajithey
Yogibhi: Poojithey Vishwa Digmandala Vyaptha Manikya Thejuspurath Kankana Alankruthey
Vibhramalankruthey Sadhubhi: Pujithey Vasararambha Velasamujrumbha
Manaravindha Prathidhvandhva Panidhvaye Santhathodhyadhaye Adhvaye
Divya Rathnormikadhidhisthoma Sandhyayamananguli Pallavodhya
Nakhendhu Prabha Mandaley Sannutha Khandaley Chith Prabha Mandaley Prollasath Kundaley
Tharaka Rajinikashahara Valismera Charusthana Bhoga Bharana Manmadhya –
Valli Valicchedha Vichi Samudhyath Samullasa Sandharshithakara Soundarya Rathnakarey
Vallakimuthkarey Kingara Srikarey
Hema Kumbhopa  Uthunga Vakshoja Bharavanamrey Trilokavanamrey Lasathvrutha Gambhira
Nabhisarasthira Shaivala Shankakara Shyamaromavali Bhushaney Manjusambhashaney
Charu Shinjath Kadisuthra Nirbharsinthanga Leela Dhanuschinchanidambarey Divya Rathnabharey
Padmaragollasann Meghala Moukthika Shreyni Shobhajitha Swarnabhu Bhruthaley
Chandrika Sheethaley Vikasitha Nava Kimshuka Thamra Divyamshukshacchanna
Charooru Shobha Parabhutha Sindoora Shonayamanendra Mathanga
Hasmargagale Vaibhavanargaley Shyamaley Komalasnigddha
Neelothpalopadhithananga Thuneera Sankhakarodhara
Jamghalathey Charuleelangathey Namra Dikpala Seemanthini
Kunthalasnigdha Nilaprabha Punjasanjatha Dhurvankurasangha
Saranga Samyogarimkhannakhendhujvaley Projjvaley Nirmaley
Nirmaley Prahu Devesa Lakshmisha Bhuthesha Thoyesha Vanisha Kinasha
Dhaitheysha Yakshesha Vayvagnikotira Manikya Samhrushta Balatapoddhama-
Slaksharasaruna Tharunya Lakshmigruhithangri Padmey Supadmey Umey
Rathna Padmasaney Rathna Simhasaney Shankha Padmadhwayopashrithey Vishruthey
Thathra Vignesa Durga Vatukshetra Palairyuthey Mattha Mathanga
Kanya Samuhanvithey Bhairavairashtamibhirveshithey
Manjula Menakadhyangana Manithey Devi Vamadhibi: Shakthibhisevithey
Dhathri Lakshmyadhi Shakthaishtakai: Samyuthey Mathruka Mandalai Mandithey
Yaksha Gandharva Siddhangana Mandalairarchithey
Bhairavi Samvruthey Pancha Banathmikey Pancha Banena Rathya Cha
Sambhavithey Preethibhaja Vasanthena Chanandhithey Bakthi Bajam Param Shreyasey
Kalpasey Yoginam Manasey Dhvyothasey Cchandhasambhojasey Bhrajasey Gitavidhya
Vinodhathi Thrushnena Krishnena Sampujyasey Bhakthimacchedhasa Vedhasa
Sthuyasey Vishwahrudhyena Vadhyena Vidhyadharaigiryasey
Shravana Haradhakshinakvanaya Veenaya Kinnarairgeeyasey
Yaksha Gandharva Siddhangana Manalairarchyasey
Sarva Soubhagya Vacchavathibhira Vadhubhissuranam Samaradhyasey
Sarva Vidhya Visheshathmakam Charugatha Samuccharana Kandamullollasadh-
Varna Rajithrayam Komala Shyamalodhara Pakshadhvayam Tunga Shobhadhidhuribhavath
Kimshukam Tham Shukam Lalayanthi Parikreedasey
Pani Padmadhvayenakshamalamapi Spadakam Gnana Sarathmakam
Pusthakanchankusam Pasamabhibhrathi Thena Sanchinthyasey Thasya Vakrantharath
Gadhya Padhyathmika Bharathi Nissareth Yena Vadhvamsanadha
Krithibharvyasey Thasya Vashya Bhavanthisthiya: Purusha: Yena Va
Shathakambadhyuthir Bhavyasey Sopi Lakshmisahashrai: Parikitathey
Kinna Sidhyedhvapu: Shyamalam Komalam Chandra Choodanvitham
Thavakam Dhyayatha: Thasya Leela Sarovaridhi: Thasya Kelivanam
Nandanam Thasya Bhadrasanam Bhoothalam Thasya Ghirdevatha Kinkari
Thasya Chanjakari Shri Swayam
Sarva Theerthathmikey Sarva Manthrathmikey
Sarva Yanthrathmikey  Sarva Thanthrathmikey
Sarva Chakrathmikey  Sarva Shakthyathmikey
Sarva Peedathmikey  Sarva Vedathmikey
Sarva Vidhyathmikey Sarva Yogathmikey
Sarva Varnathmikey Sarva Githathmikey
Sarva Nadhathmikey Sarva Shabdhathmikey
Sarva Vishwathmikey Sarva Vargathmikey
Sarva Sarvathmikey Sarvagey Sarva Roopey
Jaganmathrukey Pahimam ! Pahimam  ! Pahimam !
Devi Thubhyam Namo ! Devi Thubhyam Namo ! Devi Thubhyam Nama: ||
|| Ithi Shyamala Dhandakam Sampoornam ||
Jai Ambey Ma !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

1 comment:

Sreenivasa Viswanadha said...

Wow! It's been more than 40+ years since I read this for my 4th grade Sanskrit class! Great to go back and recollect at least 30% of the stanzas.

Moreover, Sri Syamalamba is the "Grama Devatha" of my village Kaikalur in Andhra! We used to live across from the temple where I had the fortune of offering red hibiscus flowers from my backyard to Syamalmba every single day for the first 12 years of my life. Making me all nostalgic.

Thank you very much for the excellent post!