MANTRAS FOR SPECIFIC REMEDIES FROM DURGASAPTASATI

             Mantras
for specific remedies from Durga Saptashati
Durga Saptashati, also
known as Devi Mahatmya, consisting of seven hundred verses on the
glories of Goddess Durga, is an important text for Saktas who worship
Sakti as the Divine Mother of the Universe. Specific verses in this text are
supposed to possess the power of mantras the repetition of which in
meditation, with faith and devotion, will act as remedies for specific problems
faced by mankind or bestow such benefits on the devotee such as wealth,
learning, health, fame, prosperity, peace etc.
Given below are mantras
(verses from Durga Saptashati) for specific problems or for specific
results which are desirable.  These
verses can be repeated, morning or evening, say, 108 times in a sitting.   Faith and devotion are essential factors
which will bring forth good results.  
                     
1.  
To guard against dangers and calamities:
शरणागतदीनार्त परित्राणपरायणे।
सर्वस्यार्तिहरे देवि नारायणि! नमोऽस्तुते ॥११.१२॥
O Goddess Narayani! You are committed to saving all
those who take refuge in you, who are distressed and are suffering.  You remove the sufferings of all.  Our prostrations to You.  
2.  
To be free from all fears:
        सर्वस्वरूपे सर्वेशे सर्वशक्तिसमन्विते।
        भयेभ्यः त्राहि नो देवि
नारायणि! नमोऽस्तु ते॥११.२४॥
O Narayani!  Prostrations to You who are immanent in all
these different forms, who controls everyone and who is omnipotent.  Kindly save us from all fears.
3.  To get rid of all sins:
  हिनस्ति दैत्यतेजांसि स्वनेनापूर्य  या जगत्।
  सा घण्टा पातु नो देवि पापेभ्यो नः सुतानिव ||११.२७॥
(O Mother!) May your
Ghanta(Bell) which cripples the power and valour of the asuras by
filling the worlds with its terrible sound, save us, like children, from sinful
acts. 
4.  To be relieved of diseases
   रोगानशेषानपहंसि तुष्टा
      रुष्टा तु कामान् सकलानभीष्टान्।
   त्वामाश्रितानां न विपन्नराणां
      त्वामाश्रिताह्याश्रयतां  प्रयान्ति॥११.२९॥
(O Mother!)  When you are pleased you drive away all
diseases.  When you are angry you drive
away all that is desirable.  Those who
take refuge in you do not ever come to grief. 
Those who take refuge in you become capable of providing refuge to
others.
5.  For relief from poisonous snakes, demons, decoits, forest fires etc.
     रक्षांसि
यत्रोग्रविषाश्च नागा
        यत्रारयो
दस्युबलानि यत्र।
     दावानलो
यत्र तथाऽब्धिमध्ये
        तत्र
स्थिता त्वं परिपासि विश्वम्॥११.३२॥
Where there are demons,
poisonous snakes, enemies, dacoits or 
forest fires and in the midst of an ocean, there You are to save the
whole world.

   6. For the removal of all difficulties
and for  wiping out
      enemies
            सर्वबाधा
प्रशमनं त्रैलोक्यस्याखिलेश्वरि।
            एवमेव
त्वयाकार्यं अस्मद्वैरिविनाशनम् ॥११.३९॥
Ruler of all the three
worlds! May you, like this, destroy our enemies and remove all obstacles and
difficulties bothering us.
7. For removal of poverty etc.
      दुर्गे स्मृता हरसि भीतिमशेषजन्तोः
         स्वस्थैः स्मृता मतिमतीव शुभां ददासि।
     दारिद्र्यदुःखभयहारिणि का त्वदन्या
         सर्वोपकारकरणाय सदाऽऽर्द्रचित्ता ॥  (४.१७)
O (Mother) Durga!  You allay the
fears of all those who remember you. 
Remembered by those who are healthy, You purify their minds and fill
them with auspicious thoughts.  Who else
is there who can remove poverty, grief and fear?  Your heart melts ( You are easily moved) for
all those who seek your help.       
8. For strength (power, शक्ति)
   सृष्टि
स्थिति विनाशानां शक्तिभूते सनातनि।
   गुणाश्रये
गुणमये नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥११.११॥
O Narayani! You are the
power behind the creation, sustenance and dissolution of the worlds. You are
without beginning or end.  You are the
refuge for the three modes of prakruti
You also take on the gunas (for creation, sustenance and
destruction of the Universe).
9. For all kinds of prosperity
         ते सम्मता जनपदेषु धनानि
तेषां
            तेषां
यशांसि न च सीदति धर्मवर्गः।
         धन्यास्त एव निभृतात्मजभृत्यदाराः
             येषां
सदाऽभ्युदयदा भवती प्रसन्ना ॥४.१५)
Those with whom You are pleased are honoured in their territory;
affluence  and fame are theirs; they do
not deviate from the righteous path; they are the only fulfilled ones with
their happy and healthy sons, servants and wives.  For them it is always prosperity only. 
     
         10.  For attaining everything auspicious.
             सर्वमङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये
शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके।
          शरण्ये त्र्यंबके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥11.10||  
O Narayani! Prostrations to You who are the source of
all things auspicious, consort of Siva, who makes possible the attainment of
all purusharthas (dharma, artha, kama and moksha), who is the
refuge of all, who has three eyes and who is Gauri (of pure white complexion).
     
    11. For
acquisition of all knowledge
       विद्या समस्ताः तव देवि भेदाः
            स्त्रियः समस्ता सकला जगत्सु।
       त्वयैकया पूरितमम्बयैतत्
            का ते स्तुतिः स्तव्यपरा परोक्तिः ॥११.६॥
(O Mother!)  All
learning (knowledge) and all women in all the worlds are Your own different
manifestations.  The whole of this
Universe is filled by you. How can any one praise you who is beyond everything
praiseworthy and beyond all words.           
             
        12. For attaining Heaven
    सर्वभूता यदा देवी स्वर्गमुक्तिप्रदायिनी।
    त्वं स्तुता स्तुतये का वा भवन्तु परमोक्तयः॥11.7||
When you have manifested yourself as all beings and
bestows on every one heaven or even mukti, 
this stuti is also about this form. What other words are better
suited for your Stuti?
       13. For attaining liberation (mukti)
   त्वं वैष्णवी शक्तिरनन्तवीर्या
      विश्वस्य बीजं परमाऽसि माया।
   सम्मोहितं देवि
समस्तमेतत्
      त्वं वै प्रसन्ना
भुवि मुक्तिहेतुः ॥

(O Mother!) You are the Vaishnavi Shakti  of infinite power, the seed of the whole world
and the greatest Maya by which all this  is deluded and, when you are pleased, you bestow
mukti on your devotees. 

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