Shiv Chaalisa

Salutation to Girija?s son Ganesha, who is the source of all well-
being as 
well as of wisdom. Ayodhyadasa entreats you to bless him with 

Glory to Girija?s consort Shiva, who is compassionate to the 

destitute, who always provides protection to the saintly, the 

moon on whose forehead sheds its beautiful lustre and in whose

ears are the pendants of the cobra hood
Of your complexion, O Lord, You are fair and wear a garland of 

skulls. From your locks streams the Ganga; your body, elegantly

attired in tigerskin, is all smeared with ashes. Your loveliness 

enchanting to beholders charms even serpents and ascetics.
The beloved daughter of Maina, Parvati, seated on your left, 

presents a sight of incomparable loveliness.The trident in your 

hand, which has always slaughtered its adversaries, looks 

exceedingly beautiful
Nandi, your bull and vehicle, looks glorious like the lotus amid 

a lake. So winsome are Karttikye, Parvati and Ganesha that their

beggars description.
Whenever, O Lord, the Gods appealed to you for you came to 

their rescue and delivered them from trouble. When the demon 

Taraka began to cause havoc, the celestials invoked you to 

challenge the fiend.
Sadanana, whom you despatched at once, felled the foe in the 

twinkling of an eye. The whole world resounds with your 

unsullied fame and knows you as the slaughterer of the demon 

By waging a war against demon Tripura you had the kindness to 

save all, and when, O Purari, Bhagiratha underwent a severe penance

you rewarded him with fruit of it.
Your devotees, who never tire of hymning your glories, declare

none among the beneficent equals you in generosity. Although the 

Vedas glorify your name, you are nonetheless inexpressible and 

eternal, so that none can fathom your mystery
Great flames of poisonous fire leapt from the ocean when it was 

churned, the panic-stricken gods and demons who were engulfed

in flames began to be burnt alive. Then, showing your gracious 

compassion, you came to their rescue and assumed the name of 

Nilakantha thereafter. 
Pleased with Rama?s devotion, you enabled him to conquer Lanka

crown Vibhishana its king. When Vishnu, desirous of propitiating 

you, offered an oblation of a thousand lotuses, then , O Purari ,you 

subjected him to grueling test 
You had ,O Lord ,concealed one of the oblatory lotuses, but 

undeterred, Vishnu offered his own lotus-eye in place of the missing

flower. Observing his unflinching devotion, you were exceedingly 

pleased and granted him the boon he desired most.
Glory, glory ,all glory to you, O infinite and eternal Lord ! 

Compassionate to every creature, you dwell in the inmost hearts of

Throngs of the wicked torment me every day, deluding me so utterly 

that I never have any peace of mind. 
Hearhen, my Lord ,I call you for help, save me! Make haste and

my protector. Bring your trident, slaughter my enemies, and rescue

me from my burning woe .
My parents, brother, and other kinsfolk have turned a blind eye

me in my distress. You are, O Lord, my only hope now, come at 

once and set me free from this crises. 
You always bestow wealth on the impecunious and let him have

whatever he entreats you for .I wonder how one should sing your

praises and glorify you. Please, O Lord, forgive me my sins and 

transgressions .
You are the dispeller of all crises, O Shankara, destroyer of all 

obstacles and source and cause of well-being. All yogins, ascetics

and hermits meditate on you and even Saraswati and Narada do you 

Homage, homage, all homage and glory to you , O Shiva ; you are

beyond the comprehension of Brahma, gods, and the like. O Sambhu

you are gracious to him who recites this text with full concentration

of mind.
Even he who is weighted with debt sheds his sin if he chants this 

Hymn. When blessed by Shiva, even a sonless person, who desires 

an issue , begets a son .
He who invites a learned priest and with full concentration offers

oblation, regularly observing the vow of trayodasi is completely 

of all afflictions .
He who offers incense, light and naiveda and chants this text in

presence of Shiva?s image is rid of all sins, however grievous they

may be, committed in his present and past lives and ultimately he 

has his abode in Shiva?s own realm.
Says  Ayodhyadasa ? You are now my only hope, O Lord; being 

omniscient, you know all our troubles ; as one full of loving kind-

ness, may you ever relieve me of my desires !?

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