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Sri Subrahmanya Bhujangam is a stotra composed by Sri Adi
Sankaraacharya at Thiruchendur ( presently located in Tamil
Nadu, India). When Sri Sankara meditated upon Sri
Subrahmanya at this temple, he became aware of the self
luminous light shining in his heart and words came out his
mouth extemporaneously in the bhujanga metre. It is also said
that Achaarya then actually saw the Adisesha worshipping the
Lord and hence, adopted the bhujanga metre.

Major portion of the translation provided here is adopted from
the following book:

Iyer, Ganesa M., Srimat Sankara Bhagavat Padal's Sri
Subrahmanya Bhujangam, The Little flower Company, Madras,
1992.
Invocation of Sri Vighneshvara
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Though he always sports the appearance of a child, he can
crumble the mountains of obstacles. Though he is elephant--
faced, he is honored even by his five--faced father Shiva
(sadyaojaatam, vaamadevam, aghoram, tatpurushham and
iishaanam). Lord Brahma, Indra and the other Devas seek him
to fulfil their aspirations. He is known as Ganesha and he is
endowed with boundless glory. May he bless me with wealth!

Acharya's Humility
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I know not the science of musical sounds, I know not the
meanings of complex texts either, I know not the nature of
shlokas made of four types of padaas, and nor do I know the
intricacies of the Gadyam style! But in my heart, shines a
effulgent light with luminous six faces, and because of that
from my mouth, amazing phrases with musical tone and
meanings pour out in extempore.
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This shloka brings out the humility of the acharya, who is
considered as the greatest jnani, poet, and yogi ever walked on
the face of this earth. Meditating on the verse will bring wisdom
to the aspirant.

Lord as the Goal of Vedas
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According some traditions it is said that when Sri Sankara sang
this verse Lord Subrahmanya gave him darshan.

O Son of Mahadeva! Seated on the peacock chariot, being the
essence of the great mahaa vaakyaas, having wonderfully
attractive body, dwelling in the heart of great sages, O the
quintessence of four vedas! Thou are indeed the Lord of the
Universe.
Reason for Residing on the Sea Shore

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O Lord Subrahmanya! son of spotless paraashakti [the Mother
of the Cosmos], Thou have taken the your abode near the sea
shore (Thiruchendur is a coastal town) as if it is indication that
whenever the devotees take refuge in Thee, they can easily
cross the ocean of samsara (the eternal cycle of life and death)
and reach the other side of the shore safely!
Destroyer of Devotee's Difficulties
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The waves of worries that haunt the minds of the devotees get
destroyed like the waves of the ocean that hit the shore, Thou
stands on the sea-side town of Thiruchendur exemplifying this
truth that the mental worry-waves get destroyed when the
devotees surrender themselves at Thy feet. O Lord Guha (one
who resides in the cave of the heart), I meditate on you always!
Glory of Sugandha Hill
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O Lord Shanmukha! Thou stands on the top of the Sugandha
hill, proclaiming that whenever the devotees climb this hill it will
give the same benefit as climbing the king of mountains
(Kailas)! May the six-faced lord on the Sugandha hills remain
there to bless me!
Glory of Lord Guha
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On the shores of the great ocean which steals away the sins of
the devotees, stands the Sugandha hills, the most favourable
site for the sages to perform their penance! Thou resides there
to destroy the worries of the devotees! O self-luminous Lord
who is present in the cave of the heart! I adore Thee!

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Description of Lord's bed room
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In a radiant golden bed room, on a cot set with rubies and
covered on all sides with sweet smelling flowers, Thou art
seated with the effulgence of thousand suns! Thou art the
answer to every desire of the heart and Thou fulfils the
righteous desires of Thy devotees! Thou art the lord of devas
and son of the lord of the universe! O Kartikeyaa I meditate on
Thee!
Meditation on Lord's feet
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Let the mind (like a bee) which is burdened with domestic
troubles become happy by hovering around Thy lotus feet
which is adorned with the jingling ringlets made of rings and
beads, red in color indicating the grace, filled with the nectar of
beauty and attracts the minds of the devotees.

Meditation on Lord's waist
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O Skanda, I meditate on Thy waist which is covered by a
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gold colored cloth, shining with a string of ringing bells and
beads, wearing a shining gold belt over the golden silk cloth,
and which is by itself self-resplendent

Meditation on Lord's Chest

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O conqueror of Tarakasura! By embracing Valli's ( Hunter's
daughter) well--developed breast ornated with saffron, Thy
chest became red colored, thereby manifesting your eternal
grace towards devotees. And such a chest I adore.
Meditation on Twelve Arms
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O Shanmukha! Thy arms punished Brahma, Thy arms
governs the world as Thy play, Thy arms killed Soorapadma
and other demons who are enemies of Indra, Thy arms are
matchless in protecting the Universe, and Thy arms are a terror
to Thine enemies. I worship Thy twelve arms which does all
these things effortlessly.

Meditation on Lord's Six Faces
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What can I compare to Thy six faces! If there be six full moons
free from blemishes and if those moons be ever shining on all
sides, even then they would be no match to your effulgent
faces.

Meditation on Lord's Facial Features
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O Son of Parameshwara! I see Thy six lotus smiling faces
shining like a group of swans, having gleaming side glance
ever moving like a row of bees and with red lips overflowing
with nectar.

Meditation on Lord's Twelve Eyes

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O Son of Parameshwara! O Merciful Lord! When Thou hast
twelve broad long eyes extending upto ears, what will Thou
loose by casting that side glance for a moment (on me)?
Meditation on Lord's Six Heads
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O Lord of the Universe! I offer my prostration to Thy six
heads wearing crowns with brilliant rubies which protect the
welfare of creatures, which were smelt by Parameshwara with
joy uttering six times the mantra ``Child Thou were born of me,
May Thou live long.''

Meditation on Lord Balasubrahmanya

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O Kumara! Son of Lord Parameshwara (who destroyed
Tripura), with garlands of brilliant rubies on Thy shoulders and
chest, with bright cheeks shining when pendants dangling from
Thy ears, wearing silk garment around Thy waist, and with vel
in Thy hand, O Lord! appear before me (It is said that Lord
appeared before Achaarya when he sung this stotra).

Meditation on Somaskandar

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When Lord Shankara called Thee affectionately with arms
extended, Thou hurriedly rose from Mother's lap and rushed
into Shankara's arms who embraced thee affectionately. I
meditate on such a Lord Kumara.
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Meditation on Lord's Eleven Names to
Conquer Passions

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O kumara! O Son of Lord of the Universe! One shines in the
cave of the heart as Guhaa! O skanda! O Lord of the Devas
Army! O Wielder of the weapon Vel (spear) which is the
svaruupa of Parashakti! One who rides on the peacock chariot!
O Beloved of the Hunter's daughter (Valli)! Destroyer of the
sins of your devotees! Enemy of the Taraakasura! O Lord
protect me!

It is said that one who recites these names will over come the
passions.

Prayer for Darshan During the Last
Moments of Life

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O Guha! O compassionate one! during the last moments of my
life, when I will have lost control of senses, when I will have lost
consciousness, when I will be unable move my limbs, when I
will be emitting foam of phlegm, when my body will be
trembling with fear of death, when I will have none to protect
me, Thou must hasten to give me Darshan then.

Prayer to Give Darshan During Death
Pangs
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O Lord!, when ferocious messengers of Death-God come to
torture me angrily shouting, “Burn him, Kill him.'' O Lord! Thou
must hasten to appear before me, riding on Peacock, carrying
Shaktivel, to encourage me not to be afraid.

Prayer for Protection During Last
Moments
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O Merciful Lord! I am prostating to Thy feet often to
secure Thy blessings. O treasure house of mercy! I offer
prayers to please Thee. Thou should not be indifferent towards
me during my last moments. At that time I may not have the
control and energy to pray to Thee!

Prayer to Drive Away Mental Worries
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O Lord! Thous hast slain the demon Soora who ruled the
thousand universes! So were the demons Taarakasura and
Simhavaktra. But Lord, why have you not killed the demon
called mental worry which haunts my mind? When it is afflicting
me, what will I do? and where will I go for help?

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Prayer to Destroy Mental Worries
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O Son of Uma! I am always troubled by the mental worries.
Thou art the friend of helpless! I approach none but you for
saving me. Quickly destroy my mental worries as they interfere
with my devotion towards Thee!

Glory of Lord's Holy Ash

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O Conqueror of Taraka! Severe epilepsy, leprosy,
consumption, lung diseases, venreal diseases, fevers, mental
diseases of all types, they run away the moment they Thy
vibhuti.

Acts of the Indriyas

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Always may I have before my eyes the Murti of Lord Skanda!
Always let my ears hear only the praises of Lord Skanda!
Always let my mouth sing the praise of Lord Skanda! Always
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let my hands be of service to the Lord! Always let my body be
a servant to the Lord! Let my limbs, thoughts and actions be
devoted to Skanda!

Lord Guha Alone is the Saviour of the
Ordinary

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In all the worlds there are Devas to grant the boons of sages
and great bhaktas. But for the lowly and ordinary devotees, I
know not of any other Deity to protect them except Guha!

Six Faced Lord is Our Family Deity
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O Lord Kumaara! Let my wife, children, relatives, friends, other
men and women in our household, venerate Thee! praise
Thee! and always absorbed in Thy thoughts!

Prayer to Vel to Destroy Diseases

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O Destroyer of Krauncha Shaila! Let every thing that trouble
my body, birds, beasts, insects, severe diseases, be pierced by
Thy powerful weapon Vel and taken far away and destroyed.

Prayer to the Father of the Universe
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Do not the parents overlook the faults of their children? O Chief
of the army of Devas! I am a small child. Thou art the Father
of the Universe. O Mahesha! Forgive all my faults.

Prayer to the Lord
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I bow to Thee, O Peacock (the symbol of vedas)!
I bow to Thee, O Shakti Weapon ( Vel is Parashakti herself),
I bow to Thee, O Sheep (the symbol of Maaya tatvam)
I bow to Thee, O Cock (the symbol of Ego)
I bow to Thee, O Ocean (the symbol of ananda)
I bow to Thee, O Thiruchendur Shrine
I bow to Thee, O Lord Skanda!
I bow to Thee again and again!
Let all my prostrations reach Thee!

Prayer to Lord to Reveal His Powers
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O Source of ananda, reveal Thyself! O Embodiment boundless
effulgent light, reveal Thyself! O Lord! who has all pervading
glory, reveal Thyself! O Embodiment of bliss, reveal Thyself!
O Lord, Thou art the ocean of bliss, reveal Thyself! O Lord who
is the friend of all creatures, reveal Thyself! O Lord, Son of
Parameshwara, Bestower of liberation, reveal Thy Glory
to me and protect me!
Effect of Reciting These Shlokas
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That holy devotee, who prostrates to Lord Guha, reciting the
Bhujanga stotra daily, with devotion, will be blessed with good
sons, good wife, wealth and long life, and at end of his life, will
attain eternal bliss with Lord Skanda!

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I know not the meanings of complex texts either. Though he is elephant-faced. India). tatpurushham and iishaanam). Madras. aghoram. Though he always sports the appearance of a child. 1992. He is known as Ganesha and he is endowed with boundless glory.. Major portion of the translation provided here is adopted from the following book: Iyer. shines a effulgent light with luminous six faces. he is honored even by his five--faced father Shiva (sadyaojaatam. vaamadevam. he became aware of the self luminous light shining in his heart and words came out his mouth extemporaneously in the bhujanga metre. Lord Brahma. When Sri Sankara meditated upon Sri Subrahmanya at this temple. Ganesa M. Srimat Sankara Bhagavat Padal's Sri Subrahmanya Bhujangam. -2- . I know not the nature of shlokas made of four types of padaas. It is also said that Achaarya then actually saw the Adisesha worshipping the Lord and hence. he can crumble the mountains of obstacles. adopted the bhujanga metre. Indra and the other Devas seek him to fulfil their aspirations. May he bless me with wealth! Acharya's Humility я я ÊÚк шÚ Ú я я Ú Ê Ê Ê Invocation of Sri Vighneshvara Ú º Ú Ú к к Ê х I know not the science of musical sounds. amazing phrases with musical tone and meanings pour out in extempore.я Sri Subrahmanya Bhujangam is a stotra composed by Sri Adi Sankaraacharya at Thiruchendur ( presently located in Tamil Nadu. and nor do I know the intricacies of the Gadyam style! But in my heart. and because of that from my mouth. The Little flower Company.

poet. Reason for Residing on the Sea Shore Ú Ú . Meditating on the verse will bring wisdom to the aspirant. and yogi ever walked on the face of this earth. who is considered as the greatest jnani.я This shloka brings out the humility of the acharya.

Lord as the Goal of Vedas Ú Ú Ú Ú º Ê Ú я к Ú O Lord Subrahmanya! son of spotless paraashakti [the Mother of the Cosmos]. Destroyer of Devotee's Difficulties - Ú -3- . having wonderfully attractive body. O the quintessence of four vedas! Thou are indeed the Lord of the Universe. being the essence of the great mahaa vaakyaas. they can easily cross the ocean of samsara (the eternal cycle of life and death) and reach the other side of the shore safely! According some traditions it is said that when Sri Sankara sang this verse Lord Subrahmanya gave him darshan. O Son of Mahadeva! Seated on the peacock chariot. dwelling in the heart of great sages. Thou have taken the your abode near the sea shore (Thiruchendur is a coastal town) as if it is indication that whenever the devotees take refuge in Thee.

proclaiming that whenever the devotees climb this hill it will give the same benefit as climbing the king of mountains (Kailas)! May the six-faced lord on the Sugandha hills remain there to bless me! The waves of worries that haunt the minds of the devotees get destroyed like the waves of the ocean that hit the shore. O Lord Guha (one who resides in the cave of the heart). stands the Sugandha hills. I meditate on you always! Glory of Lord Guha Ê к Glory of Sugandha Hill - Ú я я Ú Ú Ú ш х On the shores of the great ocean which steals away the sins of the devotees. the most favourable site for the sages to perform their penance! Thou resides there to destroy the worries of the devotees! O self-luminous Lord who is present in the cave of the heart! I adore Thee! -4- . Thou stands on the sea-side town of Thiruchendur exemplifying this truth that the mental worry-waves get destroyed when the devotees surrender themselves at Thy feet.я Ú Ú я O Lord Shanmukha! Thou stands on the top of the Sugandha hill.

red in color indicating the grace. Thou art seated with the effulgence of thousand suns! Thou art the answer to every desire of the heart and Thou fulfils the righteous desires of Thy devotees! Thou art the lord of devas and son of the lord of the universe! O Kartikeyaa I meditate on Thee! Ú . Meditation on Lord's waist In a radiant golden bed room. on a cot set with rubies and covered on all sides with sweet smelling flowers.я Description of Lord's bed room к Ú Ê к Ú к к к ш Ú Ú Ú кÚ Ú Let the mind (like a bee) which is burdened with domestic troubles become happy by hovering around Thy lotus feet which is adorned with the jingling ringlets made of rings and beads. filled with the nectar of beauty and attracts the minds of the devotees.

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wearing a shining gold belt over the golden silk cloth. Meditation on Lord's Six Faces O conqueror of Tarakasura! By embracing Valli's ( Hunter's daughter) well--developed breast ornated with saffron. Ú Ú ш . Thy arms governs the world as Thy play. and which is by itself self-resplendent Ú шÚ Ú ÊÚ шк ÚÚ Ú º ÚÚ Meditation on Lord's Chest Ú к к к Ú - O Shanmukha! Thy arms punished Brahma. Thy arms are matchless in protecting the Universe. thereby manifesting your eternal grace towards devotees.я gold colored cloth. I worship Thy twelve arms which does all these things effortlessly. and Thy arms are a terror to Thine enemies. And such a chest I adore. Thy arms killed Soorapadma and other demons who are enemies of Indra. shining with a string of ringing bells and beads. Thy chest became red colored.

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я Ú х кÚ Meditation on Lord's Twelve Eyes What can I compare to Thy six faces! If there be six full moons free from blemishes and if those moons be ever shining on all sides. ш к Ú . even then they would be no match to your effulgent faces.

Úш шк Ú Ú Ú к к я ш Ê- Meditation on Lord's Facial Features Ú к .

Úº º к ш х ÊÊ- O Son of Parameshwara! O Merciful Lord! When Thou hast twelve broad long eyes extending upto ears. what will Thou loose by casting that side glance for a moment (on me)? Meditation on Lord's Six Heads я я Ú я ш O Son of Parameshwara! I see Thy six lotus smiling faces shining like a group of swans. -7- . having gleaming side glance ever moving like a row of bees and with red lips overflowing with nectar.

'' Meditation on Somaskandar - Meditation on Lord Balasubrahmanya к Ê к кÚ - Ú к я º я When Lord Shankara called Thee affectionately with arms extended. O Lord of the Universe! I offer my prostration to Thy six heads wearing crowns with brilliant rubies which protect the welfare of creatures. May Thou live long. O Lord! appear before me (It is said that Lord appeared before Achaarya when he sung this stotra).я я к я к O Kumara! Son of Lord Parameshwara (who destroyed Tripura). with bright cheeks shining when pendants dangling from Thy ears. which were smelt by Parameshwara with joy uttering six times the mantra ``Child Thou were born of me. I meditate on such a Lord Kumara. Thou hurriedly rose from Mother's lap and rushed into Shankara's arms who embraced thee affectionately. Ú к Ê -8- . with garlands of brilliant rubies on Thy shoulders and chest. wearing silk garment around Thy waist. and with vel in Thy hand.

я Meditation on Lord's Eleven Names to Conquer Passions Prayer for Darshan During the Last Moments of Life к кÚ .

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when I will be emitting foam of phlegm. Thou must hasten to give me Darshan then. Prayer to Give Darshan During Death Pangs к -9- Ú ш Ê Úш к - . when my body will be trembling with fear of death. when I will have lost consciousness. when I will be unable move my limbs. when I will have none to protect me. when I will have lost control of senses. х Ú Ú к Ú як к Ú O kumara! O Son of Lord of the Universe! One shines in the cave of the heart as Guhaa! O skanda! O Lord of the Devas Army! O Wielder of the weapon Vel (spear) which is the svaruupa of Parashakti! One who rides on the peacock chariot! O Beloved of the Hunter's daughter (Valli)! Destroyer of the sins of your devotees! Enemy of the Taraakasura! O Lord protect me! It is said that one who recites these names will over come the passions. O Guha! O compassionate one! during the last moments of my life.

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'' O Lord! Thou must hasten to appear before me. But Lord. Kill him. what will I do? and where will I go for help? Prayer for Protection During Last Moments к Ú к Ú к . O treasure house of mercy! I offer prayers to please Thee. when ferocious messengers of Death-God come to torture me angrily shouting. Thou should not be indifferent towards me during my last moments.10 - . At that time I may not have the control and energy to pray to Thee! O Lord!. riding on Peacock. Prayer to Drive Away Mental Worries Ú к Ú Ê Ú к к к O Lord! Thous hast slain the demon Soora who ruled the thousand universes! So were the demons Taarakasura and Simhavaktra. я к к O Merciful Lord! I am prostating to Thy feet often to secure Thy blessings. carrying Shaktivel. to encourage me not to be afraid. “Burn him. why have you not killed the demon called mental worry which haunts my mind? When it is afflicting me.

Thou art the friend of helpless! I approach none but you for saving me. fevers. Acts of the Indriyas O Son of Uma! I am always troubled by the mental worries. venreal diseases. lung diseases. consumption.я Prayer to Destroy Mental Worries Ú Úх Ú º Ú Ú к º Ê ÊÊ к O Conqueror of Taraka! Severe epilepsy. mental diseases of all types. Quickly destroy my mental worries as they interfere with my devotion towards Thee! кÚ х Ú к к Úк Ê - Glory of Lord's Holy Ash к Ú Ú к - ш Always may I have before my eyes the Murti of Lord Skanda! Always let my ears hear only the praises of Lord Skanda! Always let my mouth sing the praise of Lord Skanda! Always . they run away the moment they Thy vibhuti. leprosy.11 - .

other men and women in our household. friends. thoughts and actions be devoted to Skanda! Six Faced Lord is Our Family Deity к º Ú Lord Guha Alone is the Saviour of the Ordinary яÚ я Ú я Ú Ú я я Ê к O Lord Kumaara! Let my wife. But for the lowly and ordinary devotees.12 - . venerate Thee! praise Thee! and always absorbed in Thy thoughts! Prayer to Vel to Destroy Diseases In all the worlds there are Devas to grant the boons of sages and great bhaktas. I know not of any other Deity to protect them except Guha! Ú к º к Ê Ú Ú - . relatives. children.я let my hands be of service to the Lord! Always let my body be a servant to the Lord! Let my limbs.

Prayer to the Father of the Universe я Ê к Ú Ê º к кÚ I bow to Thee. O Thiruchendur Shrine I bow to Thee. insects. O Sheep (the symbol of Maaya tatvam) I bow to Thee. I bow to Thee. beasts. Thou art the Father of the Universe. O Mahesha! Forgive all my faults. O Shakti Weapon ( Vel is Parashakti herself).я Ú Ê Ę Prayer to the Lord кк Ê к Ú O Destroyer of Krauncha Shaila! Let every thing that trouble my body. я Ú - . O Cock (the symbol of Ego) I bow to Thee. O Peacock (the symbol of vedas)! I bow to Thee. birds. O Ocean (the symbol of ananda) I bow to Thee.13 - . be pierced by Thy powerful weapon Vel and taken far away and destroyed. O Lord Skanda! I bow to Thee again and again! Let all my prostrations reach Thee! Prayer to Lord to Reveal His Powers Do not the parents overlook the faults of their children? O Chief of the army of Devas! I am a small child. severe diseases.

Narayana Swami English translation by Ravisankar Mayavaram Typset in Itranslator 2003 using Chandas font Please send corrections to ravi at ambaa dot org This document is free of copyright Draft #3 Effect of Reciting These Shlokas я к к Ú - . reveal Thyself! O Embodiment of bliss.14 - . will attain eternal bliss with Lord Skanda! O Source of ananda. Bestower of liberation. reveal Thyself! O Lord! who has all pervading glory. P. reveal Thyself! O Lord. good wife. reveal Thyself! O Lord who is the friend of all creatures. reciting the Bhujanga stotra daily. with devotion. reveal Thyself! O Embodiment boundless effulgent light. and at end of his life. reveal Thy Glory to me and protect me! к я Credits • • • • • • • Encoded by Ravisankar Mayavaram Proof read by Prof. wealth and long life. reveal Thyself! O Lord. P. will be blessed with good sons. Son of Parameshwara.я к я я Ú Ú я я Ú Ú шº кÚ That holy devotee. who prostrates to Lord Guha. Thou art the ocean of bliss.

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