devotional composition by Muka Kavi dedicated to Kamakshi. The real name of the
poet is not known. Legend has it that he was born dumb but regained not only
his voice by the grace of Goddess Kamakshi but also became
a poet of considerable merit. Mooka Panchashati
consists of five satakams, each Satakam containing 100 verses. The
Satakams are Arya Satakam,
Padaravinda Satakam, Stuti Satakam, Kataksha Satakam and Mandasmita Satakam.
the presiding deity of Kancheepuram. Her
consort is Ekamreshwara, an aspect of Lord Shiva. Kanchi is the Central Peetham established by
Aadi Shankaracharya who installed and consecrated the idol of Kamakshi and established the system
of worship there. The other Peethams are
at Badrinath in the North, Dwarka in theWest,
Puri in the East and Sringeri (Sringa giri) in the South.
English of a hymn of this nature is a delicate task and readers may kindly
pardon the shortcomings, though every attempt has been made to make the
translation as close as possible to the intended or perceived meaning.
cool by Goddess Kamakshi who is fond of playing in Kanchi, who is the essence
of all Vedas, yantras, trantras and mantras and who is the very
life of Shiva, the enemy of Cupid.
abode, who has the Sun and the Moon as
her breasts and who has transformed herself into the atom, the space and the
primal sound delights in my heart.
(cycle of births and deaths) I apply on my mind the Siddha medicine
which grows on the banks of river Kampa and which has the same colour as a
streak of lightning (meaning that I always meditate on Goddess Kamakshi
Shiva, the enemy of Kama, by the
hardness of her breasts pressing against his chest and who imparts to Him the
knowledge of Kamasastra (eroticism)
whose story is wonderful, who is the final conclusion of all the
Vedas and who is the consort of Shiva
who holds the trident, is seen in Kanchi
with the rope and the goad in her hands.
Kanchi, who is incomparable and has created this beautiful world by the
imaginative sculpting of everything from the highest Brahma to the lowest blade
of grass and who is the embodiment of the surge of primeval knowledge.
in sorrow remembers you for a second , that person’s fame, O Kamakshi!, surpasses the fame of all the
others in the world.
whose play field is Kanchi and who is at the root of the skill of Kamadeva
(Cupid) in hoodwinking Shiva (into eroticism)
through the sushumna nadi of the
wise, transforms herself into four-fold
form and whose body is imagined as sculpted out of the fifty one letters of the
which is encompassed within the alphabets starting from ‘अ’
and ending in ‘क्ष’,
the essence of which is Goddess Kamakshi with sugar cane in her hands,
abiding in the Kamakoti Peetha, and is very near (in the cave of my heart)
cause of joy of Shiva, who has stationed herself in the city of Kanchi, who is firmly established in the Self, who
illuminates the whole world and who revived Kama, the enemy of Shambara.
hearts of sages, pervades the whole earth,
is praised by the Sama Veda,
wears the crescent moon on her head and shines as the daughter of
Kamakshi who is interested in Kampa river and who is pierced inside by the
flower arrows of Kama, may our mind (intellect) blossom into a flower
from the state of being a bud.
whose form is that of Absolute Pure Consciousness revels in the role of
a housewife, under the shade of the mango tree,
as the consort of Youthful Shiva who has fire in the centre of his forehead (third eye).
treasury of riches which is the pride of Kama (Cupid) wherein I have somehow
deposited the gem of my mind so that it will remain there concealed and
the banks of the Kampa river, who has burnt the forests of six different paths,
whose complexion is red as the kusumba flower, who is of fresh youthfulness and who is the
very embodiment of compassion and mercy.
different shades of joy every moment, who is beyond comparison and whose red complexion
ends the pride of tender leaves.
carries in her hands arrows, goad, rope and bow, who sports the crescent moon on her forehead
and whose complexion assumes different shades of red.
which are red as the bimba fruit, dispels the darkness of ignorance. When She
awakes (reveals Herself) in my heart, of
what use to me are other things?
is Sadashiva Himself. Goddess Kamakshi who is my fortune rests at the centre of the chakra (Circle) on
Himavan, who dances on the Kama Peetha,
who is the ocean of deep compassion, who is the garland of gems worn in the
tresses by the young damsels, the Vedas.
who creates the illusion of the samsara, who adorns herself with the crescent
moon, who abides in Kanchi and who removes the sufferings of those who bow to
her, O Kamakshi! I merge (take refuge) in your lotus feet which is red and soft
as the young leaf bud.
who is the embodiment of the seed of mukti (liberation), who
wears the crescent moon on her head, who gladdens the hearts of those living on
the banks of Kampa, please fill our minds again and again with joy and
Vedas, who is all sounds, who is at the centre of Sri Chakra, who is the rising
moon of the paramapada (the highest abode), who is the essence of all mantra
and tantra, who is all nature and also all distortion of nature.
good deeds of Lord Siva, destroyer of the three cities, who is the inspiration for the compositions
of poets full of beautiful rasas (sentiments, emotions) and who is full
of kindness, revel in my heart.