Ardhanarishvara Stotram

 

 

 

॥ अर्धनारीश्वरस्तोत्रम्

 

चाम्पेयगौरार्धशरीरकायै कर्पूरगौरार्धशरीरकाय ।

धम्मिल्लकायै च जटाधराय नमः शिवायै च नमः शिवाय ॥ १ ॥

 

cāmpeyagaurārdhaśarīrakāyai karpūragaurārdhaśarīrakāya |

dhammillakāyai ca jaṭādharāya namaḥ śivāyai ca namaḥ śivāya || 1 ||

 

One half shines golden yellow like the Champa flower and the other half shines with bright white like camphor.

One side of the head is adorned with a beautiful hairstyle and the other carries twisted hair.

I bow to Shiva and Shiva in the form of Ardhanarishvara.

 

 

कस्तूरिकाकुङ्कुमचर्चितायै चितारजःपुञ्जविचर्चिताय ।

कृतस्मरायै विकृतस्मराय नमः शिवायै च नमः शिवाय ॥ २ ॥

 

kastūrikākuṅkumacarcitāyai citārajaḥpu˝javicarcitāya |

kṛtasmarāyai vikṛtasmarāya namaḥ śivāyai ca namaḥ śivāya || 2 ||

 

The left half of Ardhanarishvara which is occupied by the Devi is adorned with musk and kumkum. The other half occupied by the Lord is smeared with ash from the funeral pyre. The appearance of the Devi is well decorated and pleasing to the eye, half of the Lord is badly decorated (with ashes, snakes, elephant skin) and it's terrible.

I bow to Shiva and Shiva in the form of Ardhanarishvara.

 

 

झणत्क्वणत्कङ्कणनूपुरायै पादाब्जराजत्फणिनूपुराय ।

हेमाङ्गदायै भुजगाङ्गदाय नमः शिवायै च नमः शिवाय ॥ ३ ॥

 

jhaṇatkvaṇatkaṅkaṇanūpurāyai pādābjarājatphaṇinūpurāya |

hemāṅgadāyai bhujagāṅgadāya namaḥ śivāyai ca namaḥ śivāya || 3 ||

 

The left side of Ardhanarishvara is decorated with beautiful bracelets worn on the wrist and ankle. These emit very pleasant sounds when they move. The right side is decorated with cobra as bracelets. The left side is decorated with gold and the right side with snakes. Such is the marvelous form of the Lord.

I bow to Shiva and Shiva in the form of Ardhanarishvara.

 

 

विशालनीलोत्पललोचनायै विकासिपङ्केरुहलोचनाय ।

समेक्षणायै विषमेक्षणाय नमः शिवायै च नमः शिवाय ॥ ४ ॥

 

viśālanīlotpalalocanāyai vikāsipaṅkeruhalocanāya |

samekṣaṇāyai viṣamekṣaṇāya namaḥ śivāyai ca namaḥ śivāya || 4 ||

 

From the left side of Ardhanarishvara his eye is long, regular and as beautiful as the Nilotpala flower. While on the right side it has an irregular eye, terrible and unpleasant to see, but radiant like the red lotus flower. Such is the marvelous form of the Lord.

I bow to Shiva and Shiva in the form of Ardhanarishvara.

 

 

मन्दारमालाकलितालकायै कपालमालाङ्कितकन्धराय ।

दिव्याम्बरायै च दिगम्बराय नमः शिवायै च नमः शिवाय ॥ ५ ॥

 

mandāramālākalitālakāyai kapālamālāṅkitakandharāya |

divyāmbarāyai ca digambarāya namaḥ śivāyai ca namaḥ śivāya || 5 ||

 

The forehead of the Devi is adorned with garlands made of Hibiscus while on the Lord's neck there is a garland made of skulls. She is dressed in regal and divine clothes and He is not wearing clothes (Digambara) He has the sky as a dress.

I bow to Shiva and Shiva in the form of Ardhanarishvara.

 

 

अम्भोधरश्यामलकुन्तलायै तडित्प्रभाताम्रजटाधराय ।

निरीश्वरायै निखिलेश्वराय नमः शिवायै च नमः शिवाय ॥ ६ ॥

 

ambhodharaśyāmalakuntalāyai taḍitprabhātāmrajaṭādharāya |

nirīśvarāyai nikhileśvarāya namaḥ śivāyai ca namaḥ śivāya || 6 ||

 

The Devi's hair is dark as rain clouds, and the strands of His hair are coppery and radiant like lightning. There is no one who is superior to you and He is the Lord of all. Such is the marvelous form of the Lord.

I bow to Shiva and Shiva in the form of Ardhanarishvara.

 

 

प्रपञ्चसृष्ट्युन्मुखलास्यकायै समस्तसंहारकताण्डवाय ।

जगज्जनन्यै जगदेकपित्रे नमः शिवायै च नमः शिवाय ॥ ७ ॥

 

prapa˝casṛṣṭyunmukhalāsyakāyai samastasaṃhārakatāṇḍavāya |

jagajjananyai jagadekapitre namaḥ śivāyai ca namaḥ śivāya || 7 ||

 

She, beautiful and seductive, dances with joy in front of the creation that springs from them. His dance is fury and destruction and the cosmos calms down in them again. She is the mother of this world and He is the father. Such is the wonderful nature of the Lord.

I bow to Shiva and Shiva in the form of Ardhanarishvara.

 

 

प्रदीप्तरत्नोज्ज्वलकुण्डलायै स्फुरन्महापन्नगभूषणाय ।

शिवान्वितायै च शिवान्विताय नमः शिवायै च नमः शिवाय ॥ ८ ॥

 

pradīptaratnojjvalakuṇḍalāyai sphuranmahāpannagabhūṣaṇāya |

śivānvitāyai ca śivānvitāya namaḥ śivāyai ca namaḥ śivāya || 8 ||

 

The earring of the Devi is bright and studded with precious gems, but the Lord is adorned with a terrifying snake.

She is united with Him and He is united to her in a cosmic embrace. Such is the marvelous form of the Lord.

I bow to Shiva and Shiva in the form of Ardhanarishvara.

 

 

एतत्पठेदष्ठकमिष्टदं यो भक्त्या स मान्यो भुवि दीर्घजीवी ।

प्राप्नोति सौभाग्यमनन्तकालं भूयात्सदा तस्य समस्तसिद्धिः ॥ ९ ॥

 

etatpaṭhedaṣṭhakamiṣṭadaṃ yo bhaktyā sa mānyo bhuvi dīrghajīvī |

prāpnoti saubhāgyamanantakālaṃ bhūyātsadā tasya samastasiddhiḥ || 9 ||

 

This last verse is the Phala Shruti of this Stotram. Those who read this eight-verse Stotram with devotion will see all desires satisfied, honor, a long life and all things propitious for eternity. One who repeats it over and over will achieve all the powers and perfection.

 

 

इति श्रीमत्परमहंसपरिव्राजकाचार्यस्य श्रीगोविन्दभगवत्पूज्यपादशिष्यस्य

श्रीमच्छंकरभगवतः कृतौ अर्धनारीश्वरस्तोत्रम् संपूर्णम् ॥

 

iti śrīmatparamahaṃsaparivrājakācāryasya śrīgovindabhagavatpūjyapādaśiṣyasya

śrīmacchaṃkarabhagavataḥ kṛtau ardhanārīśvarastotram saṃpūrṇam ||

 

Thus concludes the Ardhanarishvara Stotram, composed by Shri Adi Shankaracharya, disciple of Shri Govinda Bhagavatpada.

 

 

 

 


 

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