verse on Chandrashekhara (Shiva)
ahudli at APPN.CI.IN.AMERITECH.COM
Mon Jan 6 09:15:28 CST 1997
Today is soma-pradoshha. pradoshha is roughly 2 1/2 hours after
sunset on any day, but the pradoshha on the 13th lunar day is
of special significance to the worship of Shiva. Even more
significant is such a pradoshha when it falls on a Monday, known as
soma pradoshha, on a Tuesday, known as Bhaumapradoshha, or on a
Saturday, known as shanipradoshha.
In 1995, I was visiting the southern city Bangalore in India. One evening
I happened to be passing by a Shiva temple when I heard people singing
a beautiful hymn to Shiva - the Chandrashekhara ashhTaka or the
MR^ityunjaya stotra from the Padma PuraaNa. I went inside and
joined the chorus.
This is the first verse.
chandrashekharamaashraye mama kiM karishhyati vai yamaH ||
ratnasaanusharaasanaM - (making) Mount Meru the bow
rajataadriShR^inganiketanaM - the resident of the peak of the
shiJNjiniikR^itapannageshvaraM - having made the Lord of serpents
(Vaasuki) the bow-string
achyutaanalasaayakaM - Bhagavaan VishhNu the fiery arrow
kshhipradagdhapuratrayaM - having quickly burned up the three cities
of the daityas
tridashaalayairabhivanditaM - to whom the devas (gods) bow down
chandrashekharamaashraye - I seek refuge in Shri Chandrashekhara (Shiva)
mama kiM karishhyati vai yamaH - what will Yama (Death) do to me?
Lord Shiva who resides on the peak of the Kailaasa mountain, made Mount
Meru the bow, the Lord of serpents, Vaasuki the bow-string, and Lord
VishhNu Himself the fiery arrow. (Armed this way) Lord Shiva burned the
three cities of the daityas, and all the gods bowed down to Him.
I seek refuge in that Chandrashekhara. What will Yama (Death) do to me?
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