Saturday, January 28, 2012

Salutations to you, O Sharada - नमस्ते शारदे देवि

Salutations to you, O Sharada, O Goddess, O one who resides in Kashmir.
I pray to you daily, please give me the charity of knowledge. || 1 ||

Saraswati is called Sharada (shAradA), for she is the one worshiped before the onset of winter. During the Navaratri (nine nights of the Goddess), she is the one prayed to in the last three days, just before the onset of winter, or sharad, season. She also resides in Kashmir, from where the original Sarasvati river flowed, along side of present day Indus, and went dry. [So much for the present day political fiasco of Muslim claims over Kashmir !]

Watch out for more shloka-s from Saraswati Stuti coming up.

And now the language aspects -

नमस्ते शारदे देवि काश्मीरपुर-वासिनि ।
त्वामहं प्रार्थये नित्यं विद्यादानं च देहि मे ॥१॥

namasté śhāradé dévi kāśhmīra-pura-vāsini ।
tvāmaham prārthayé nityam vidyā-dānam cha déhi mé ॥1॥

namaste shArade devi kAshmIra-pura-vAsini ।
tvAmaham prArthaye nityam vidyA-dAnam cha dehi me ॥1॥

Word by word meaning:

namaH = salutation
te = for you
shArade = O shAradA = one who is prayed to on the ninth day of onset of sharad (winter)
devi = O Goddess
kAshmIra-pura-vAsini = O the one who resides in the city of kAshmIra
tvAm = to you
aham = I
prArthaye = pray
nityam = daily
vidyA = knowledge
dAnam = charity, gift, giving
cha = and
dehi = please give
me = to me

(c) shashikant joshi । शशिकांत जोशी । ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः ।
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