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DURGA CHALISA
(A HYMN TO DURGA)
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Namo Namo Durge Sukh Karani |
Namo Namo Ambe Dukh Harani ||1||


I bow to you O Goddess Durga, the bestower of all happiness! I bow to you O Goddess Amba! Who ends all miseries.

Nirakar Hai Jyoti Tumhari |
Tihun Lok Paheli Ujayari ||2||


The radiance of your light is limitless and pervading and all the three realms (Earth, Heaven and the Nether World) are enlightened by thee.

Shashi Lalt Mukh Maha Vishala |
Netra Lal Bhrikutee Vikarala ||3||


Your Visage is like the moon and mouth very huge. Your eyes are bedight with a red glow with the frightening frown.

Roop Matu Ko Adhika Suhava |
Daras Karat Jan Ati Sukh Pave ||4||


O Mother! Your view is enchanting, the very sight of which ensures welfare of the devout.

Tum Sansar Shakti Laya Kina |
Palan Hetu Anna Dhan Dina ||5||


All the powers of the world repose in thee and it is you who provide food and money for the world’s survival.

Annapurna Hui Jag Pala |
Tumhi Adi Sundari Bala ||6||


Like the feeding mother Annapurna you nurture the whole universe and you are the one who appear like the timeless Bala Sundari (young girl of extreme beauty).

Pralaya Kala Sab Nashan Hari |
Tum Gauri Shiv-Shankar Pyari ||7||


At the time of Dissolution it is you, O Mother, who destroys everything. You are the beloved consort of Lord Shiva, Gauri (Parvathi)

Shiv Yogi Tumhre Guna Gaven |
Brahma Vishnu Tumhen Nit Dhyayeb ||8||


Lord Shiva and all yogis always chant your praise, Brahma, Vishnu and all other Gods ever meditate on you.

Roop Saraswati Ko Tum Dhar |
De Subuddhi Rishi Munina Ubara ||9||


You also appear in the form of Goddess Saraswati to grant wisdom to the sages and thus ensure their welfare.

Dharyo Roop Narsimha Ko Amba |
Pragat Bhayin Phar Kar Khamba ||10||


O Mother Amba, it was you who appeared in the form of Narismha, sundering the pillar.

Raksha Kari Prahiaad Bachayo |
Hiranakush Ko Swarga Pathayo ||11||


Thus, you saved Prahlaad and Hiranyakashyap also went to Heaven as he was killed by your hands.

Lakshmi Roop Dharo Jag Mahin |
Shree Narayan Anga Samhahin ||12||


In the form of Goddess Lakshmi, O Mother, you appear in this world and repose by the side of Shree-Narayan.

Ksheer Sindhu Main Karat Vilasa |
Daya Sindhu Deeje Man Asa ||13||


Dwelling on the Sea of milk, O Goddess,with Lord Vishnu, please fulfil my desires.

Hingalaja Main Tumhin Bhavani |
Mahima Amit Na Jat Bakhani ||14||


O Bhavani, the famous goddess of Hingalaja is no one else but you yourself. Illimitable is your glory, defying description.

Matangi Dhoomavati Mata |
Bhuvneshwari Bagala Sukhdata ||15||


You are yourself Matangi and Dhoomavati Mata. It is you who appear as Bhuvenshwari and Bagalamukhi Devi to bestow happiness to all.

Shree Bhairav Tara Jag Tarani |
Chhinna Bhala Bhav Dukh Nivarani ||16||


It is you, who redeem the world, appearing in the form of Shree Bhairavi, Tradevi and Chhinamasta Devi, and end its sorrows.

Kehari Vahan Soh Bhavani |
Langur Veer Chalat Agavani ||17|


Reposing Gracefully upon your vehicle of Lion. O Goddess Bhavani, youa re welcomed by the brave Langur (Lord Hanuman).

Kar Main Khappar Khadag Viraje |
Jako Dekh Kal Dar Bhaje ||18||


When you appear in the form of Goddess Kali with sword in one hand and a cupel in the other, even time flees in panic.

Sohe Astra Aur Trishoola |
Jase Uthata Shatru Hiya Shoola ||19||


Beholding you well-armed, with a Trident in your hand, the enemy’s heart aches with the sting of fear.

Nagarkot Main Tumhi Virajat |
Tihun Lok Main Danka Bajat ||20||


You also repose in the form of the Devi at Nagarkot in Kangara. Thus all the three realms shudder in the might of your glory.

Shumbhu Nishumbhu Danuja Tum Mare |
Rakta-Beeja Shankhan Samhare ||21||


You slayed the demons like Shumbhu and Nishumbhu and masacred the thousand forms of the dreaded demon Raktabeeja.

Mahishasur Nripa Ati Abhimani |
Jehi Agha Bhar Mahi Akulani ||22||


When the earth was severtly distressed bearing the load of the sins of the arrogant Mahishasur.

Roop Karal Kalika Dhara |
Sen Sahita Tum Tin Samhara ||23||


You assumed the dreadful form of Goddess Kali and massacred him along with his army.

Pari Garha Santan Par Jab Jab|
Bhayi SahayaMatu Tum Tab Tab ||24||


Thus whenever the noble saints were distressed, it is you O Mother, who came to their rescue.

Amarpuri Aru Basava Loka |
Tava Mahima Sab Rahen Asoka ||25||


All the realms including the Amarpuri (divine realm) remain sorrowless and happy by your grace, O Goddess!

Jwala Main Hai Jyoti Tumhari |
Tumhen Sada Poojan Nar Nari ||26||


It is the symbol of your glory that is burning brightly at Shree Jwala ji. All men and women ever worship you, O Mother!

Prem Bhakti Se Jo Yah Gave |
Dukh-daridra Nikat Nahin Ave ||27||


He who sings your glory with devotion of love and sincerity remains beyond the reach of grief and poverty.

Dhyava Tumhen Jo Nar Man Lai |
Janam-maran Tako Chuti Jai ||28||


He who meditates upon your form with concentration goes beyond the cycle of births and deaths.

Jogi Sur-muni Kahat Pukari |
Jog Na Ho- Bin Shakti Tumhari ||29||


All the Yogis, Gods and Sages openly declare that without your favour one can’t establish communication with God.

Shankar Aacharaj Tap Keenhon |
Kam Krodha Jeet Sab Leenhon ||30||


Shankaracharya had performed once a special penance caled Aacharaj and by the virtue of which he had subdued his anger and desire.

Nisidin Dhyan Dharo Shankar Ko |
Kahu Kal Nahin Sumiro Tum Ko ||31||


He ever worshipped Lord Shankar and never for a moment concentrated his mind on you.

Shakti Roop Ko Maram No Paya |
Shakti Gayi Tab Man Pachitayo ||32||


Since he did not realise your immense glory, his all powers waned and the repented hitherto.

Sharnagat Hui Keerti Bakhani |
Jai Jai Jai Jagdamb Bhavani ||33||


Then, he sought refuge in you, chanted your glory and sang ‘victory, victory, victory’ to Thee O Jagdamba Bhavani.

Bhayi Prasanna Aadi Jagdamba |
Dayi Shakti Nahin Keen Vilamba ||34||


Then, O Primal Goddesses Jagdamba ji, you were propitiated and in no time you bestowed him with his lost powers.

Mokon Matu Kashta Ati Ghero |
Tum Bin Kaun Hare Dukh Mero ||35||


O Mother! Severe affictions distress me and no one except Your Honoured Self can provide relief. Please end my afflictions.

Aasha Trishna Nipat Sataven |
Moh Madadik Sab Binsaven ||36||


Hopes and longings ever borture me. All sort of passions and lust torment my beart ever.

Shatru Nash Keeje Maharani |
Sumiron Ekachita Tumhen Bhavani ||37||


O merciful Mother! Show me your favour and make me feel happy by bestowing me with all sorts of riches and powers.

Karo Kripa Hey Matu Dayala |
Riddhi-Siddhi De Karahu Nihala ||38||


O Merciful Mother! Show me your favour and make me feel happy by bestowing me with all sorts of riches and powers.

Jab Lagi Jiyon Daya Phal Paoon |
Tumhro Yash Mai Sada Sunaoon ||39||


O Mother! May I be the receptacle of your grace as long as I live, ever recounting the feats of your glory to all.

Durga Chalisa Jo Gave |
Sab Sukh Bhog Parampad Pave ||40|


This, way he who ever sings this Durga Chalisa shall ever enjoy all sorts of pleasures and shall attain the highest state in the end.

‘Devidas’ Sharan Nij Jani |
Karahu Kripa Jagdamb Bhavani ||41||


Deeming ‘Devidas’ to have sought your shelter, O Bhavani grant me your favour!


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