नवार्णो मन्त्रशक्ति । श्री सप्त शती मन्त्र स्तत्वं स्री जगदम्बा प्रीत्यर्थे सप्तशती पाठाङ्गत्वएन जपे विनियोगः ।
Rishi Markandeya tells his disciples in 16 Slokas the ways to remove the obstacles faced by devotees while reading Devi Mahatmya. Reading of Keelakam brings blessings of the Devi, spiritual harmony, peace of mind and success.
atha kīlakam stotram
om asya śrī kīlaka stotra mahā mantrasya । śiva ṛṣiḥ । anuṣṭup chandaḥ । mahāsarasvatī devatā । mantrodita devyo bījam ।
navārṇo mantraśakti । śrī sapta śatī mantra statvaṃ srī jagadambā prītyarthe saptaśatī pāṭhāṅgatvena jape viniyogaḥ ।
Of this Keelakam Stotram, Lord Shiva is the Rishi, Anushtup (eight syllables in a pada) is the meter, Mahasarasvati is the deity and it is recited for the love of Shri Jagadamba as a part of Durga Saptashati.
om viśuddha j˝ānadehāya trivedī divyacakṣuṣe ।
śreyaḥ prāpti nimittāya namaḥ somārtha dhāriṇe ॥1॥
Salutations to Shri Chandika!
The sage sayd:
Om, I bow with respect to the greatest Lord, who has three eyes and who wears the crescent. Whose knowledge encompasses the wisdom of the Vedas and whose pure devotion lead to the ultimate bliss.
sarvameta dvijānīyānmantrāṇāpi kīlakam ।
so'pi kṣemamavāpnoti satataṃ jāpya tatparaḥ ॥2॥
Anyone who understands the Key (Keelakam means the nail which holds the cart and the wheel together, in this context is the key that unlocks the secrets of the Devi Mahatmya) to the mantras of the Devi Mahatmya and recites them with constant intent attains complete success and full peace.
siddhyantuccāṭanādīni karmāṇi sakalānyapi ।
etena stuvatāṃ devīṃ stotravṛndena bhaktitaḥ ॥3॥
Those who praise the Devi by reciting or singing these mantras, shall certainly succeed in thwarting every single adversity (whether external or internal, and whether physical, mental, or spiritual) and in achieving the highest realizations.
na mantro nauṣadhaṃ tasya na ki˝ci dapi vidhyate ।
vinā jāpyam na siddhyettu sarva muccāṭanādikam ॥4॥
Those who praise the Devi by reciting or singing these mantras need no other mantras or medicine, or anything else and will realize all their needs.
samagrāṇyapi setsyanti lokaśaj˝kā mimāṃ haraḥ ।
kṛtvā nimantrayāmāsa sarva meva midaṃ śubham ॥5॥
Those who praise the Devi by reciting or singing these mantras find the greatest relief from every doubt in the world and are filled with perfect bliss.
stotraṃvai caṇḍikāyāstu tacca guhyaṃ cakāra saḥ ।
samāpnoti sapuṇyena tāṃ yathāvannimantraṇāṃ ॥6॥
There is no end to the blessings that can be received by the Devi Mahatmya. The secret is that it must be offered to the Devi with the utmost devotional focus so that She will be pleased and will accept it.
sopi'kṣema mavāpnoti sarva meva na saṃśayaḥ ।
kṛṣṇāyāṃ vā caturdaśyām aṣṭamyāṃ vā samāhitaḥ ॥7॥
Without any doubt, who recites those mantras with full concentration, and especially on the fourteenth or eighth day after the new moon (Krishna Chathurdasi or Krishna Ashtami), attains bliss.
dadāti pratigṛhṇāti nānya thaiṣā prasīdati ।
itthaṃ rūpeṇa kīlena mahādevena kīlitam। ॥8॥
The one Key of the Great God (Shiva) is that devotion alone brings Her grace. As one gives, so in return does one receive, and by no other means is She pleased.
yo niṣkīlāṃ vidhāyaināṃ caṇḍīṃ japati nitya śaḥ ।
sa siddhaḥ sa gaṇaḥ so'tha gandharvo jāyate dhruvam ॥9॥
Whoever constantly recites the Devi Mahatmya using the Key, surely becomes perfect, a divine attendant, even a celestial singer.
na caivā pāṭavaṃ tasya bhayaṃ kvāpi na jāyate ।
nāpa mṛtyu vaśaṃ yāti mṛteca mokṣamāpnuyāt ॥10॥
Wherever such a person goes, he is free from all danger and fear. Such a person is not subject to untimely death, and when the death of his body does come, then he is surely saved, attaining full liberation.
j˝ātvāprārabhya kurvīta hyakurvāṇo vinaśyati ।
tato j˝ātvaiva sampūrnam idaṃ prārabhyate budhaiḥ ॥11॥
Now, knowing all this, one must begin and continue to practice it. By not doing so, even the gift of understanding will perish. The wise ones devote themselves to what brings complete fulfillment.
saubhāgyādica yatki˝cid dṛśyate lalanājane ।
tatsarvaṃ tatprasādena tena japyamidaṃ śubhaṃ ॥12॥
All felicities, beatitudes, and other auspicious qualities formed in femininity come about through the grace of the Goddess. Therefore, one should recite with devotion the Devi Mahatmya.
śanaistu japyamāne'smin stotre sampattiruccakaiḥ।
bhavatyeva samagrāpi tataḥ prārabhyamevatat ॥13॥
Even when that scripture is recited softly, its success is resounding. For complete fulfillment, one must proceed.
aiśvaryaṃ tatprasādena saubhāgyārogyamevacaḥ ।
śatruhāniḥ paro mokṣaḥ stūyate sāna kiṃ janai ॥14॥
When the blessing of the Supreme Sovereign, through Her grace, is welfare, health, fulfillment, the destruction of all enmity, and supreme liberation, why should anyone not praise Her so?
caṇdikāṃ hṛdayenāpi yaḥ smaret satataṃ naraḥ ।
hṛdyaṃ kāmamavāpnoti hṛdi devī sadā vaset ॥15॥
agrato'muṃ mahādeva kṛtaṃ kīlakavāraṇam ।
niṣkīla˝ca tathā kṛtvā paṭhitavyaṃ samāhitaiḥ ॥16॥
॥ iti śrī bhagavatī kīlaka stotraṃ samāptam ॥
Here ends the Keelakam Stotram of the Devi.