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.
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.
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
standing guard without rest and without armour, at the entrance of my
heart-cave and proudly displaying its main which are the bright light rays
emanating from your toe nails, quickly put an end to the elephant of darkness
(ignorance) in my heart.
drama full of fine sentiments. After
witnessing the dance your lotus feet seem to smile with the bright white
radiance from your toe nails and the tinkling sound of the anklets seem to speak
words of appreciation for the dance performance.
They are cooled by the bright white radiance from the toe-nails which resemble karpur
(camphor). They are also
the head of Shiva (who bows down at your feet). They make friends with blossoms of bright red
tender leaves (leaf buds) as a fellow-traveller ( Your lotus feet resemble a
blossom of tender leaves with their red colour)
the tinkling of the anklets of your lotus feet protect us. Those sounds from the anklets are the chants
(japa) for always attracting wealth for those who prostrate before your
lotus feet. They are chants (japa)
for stopping the onslaught of samasara which spreads and gains weight. They are also chants (japa) for captivating the heart of Shiva (who burnt Kama,
feet on my head. The impressions of those lotus feet visible around the banks
of Kampa are absorbed by the eyes of Brahma, Vishnu and others and give them supreme
as it were, is fire. The swarm of bees flitting around the mandara flowers
on the crowns of celestials bowing down before her feet give the impression of
smoke (because of their dark colour).
May that fire of the lotus feet of Kamakshi burn up the forest of my samsara.
the crescent moon wants to snatch from your toe nails the capacity to make the
lotuses close (because of the moonlight-like radiance of the toe nails). May
your lotus feet which have the power to calm the anger of Lord Shiva grant me
eloquence and effectiveness in speech.
your lotus feet destroy my sorrows; the Chintamani which dispels the
darkness, radiates its brilliance in all
directions, kills my ego and removes my dullness.
lotus feet which is brilliant (as the Sun), which is the seat of nectar (as the
Moon), which is of red colour (as Mars), which is soft and friendly to those who bow before it
(also Budha), which is Guru (
also Jupiter) and kavi (poet) ( also Venus), which moves slowly (as Saturn),
which is the destoryer of ignorance (also Rahu and Ketu).
a figure of speech]
servants. For those who are in misery
they shower riches like the wish-yielding tree. They create, sustain and
destroy worlds. Who can adequately
describe your power and pride in all these activities ?
rays of the Sun of this samsara but I am not getting an iota of the
coolness of the milk of spiritual (higher) Knowledge. I am a traveller on this path of darkness and
O consort of Paramashiva!, I urgently
seek the cool shade of your lotus feet.
accessed by the wise in the gem-house of your lotus feet which has the canopy
of the radiance from the toe-nails which resembles Chinese silk which is made
more smooth by brushing against the crowns of the celestials (who bow down at
your feet) and which has the bedspread of the red radiance of your lotus feet.
lotus feet which is the source of the radiance of the rising sun, which fulfils
the wishes of Indra, which dispels all darkness and inundates all quarters by
the radiance of red effulgence.
write the Mahabhashya or who, like Lord
Shiva, can burn Kama or who occupies the abode of the devas.
विवेकाम्भः स्रोतः स्नपनपरिपाटीशिशिरिते
Knowledge in the heart-field of sages which have been cooled by bathing in the
fountain of discrimination and which have been levelled by the plough of
contemplating the sastras.
toe nails resembles a cluster of jasmine flowers. The toes of your lotus feet with their bright
reddish tinge resemble buds of champa flower. The soles of your feet spread the joy of ashoka
flowers. O Consort of Shiva ! it
looks as if your feet are the spring season.
of your feet which is like the river Shona.
The brilliant white radiance from your nails are like swans floating on
the river and the dark green of your anklets is like moss.
lotus feet wash away sins, not easy of access for enemies, attached to
blossoming, always make (devotees) free, of white hue because of the moonlight
from the toe nail-moons. I think that
your lotus feet are very unusual,
uncommon type of lotus flowers.
lotus feet hurts (defeats) the elephant by lazy playful gait and they display
jealousy for the lotus (because they are also soft and bright red). (With such negative traits in their character)
how is it the hearts of the peaceful sages are so desirous of your lotus feet?
the bright red radiance from your
lotus feet excels the bright red colour of the evening twilight (संध्या). Since it is unable to retaliate it (twilight, संध्या ) makes
the lotus, which is as red and as soft as your lotus feet, close during the
evening twilight .
प्रति दधति कामाक्षि
advised the swan about walking smoothly with delicate steps. Therefore the swan
got interested in the lotus which made friends with it, because the soft and delicate lotus was
perfect for the swan to walk with soft and delicate steps.
is only proper because they are always in contact with honey-bees which are
naturally dirty, they close their petals when the moon rises and they are full
of rajas (dust, pollen)
skill to compose beautiful poems, which are good at protecting those who are in
distress, which are beautiful and soft as the lotus, which radiate red colour,
which abide in the hearts of sages, which have a slow graceful gait, which
captivate the heart and which destroy all sins and miseries.
the pride of lotuses in full bloom, which are higher than all those which are
capable of giving mukti (liberation from the cycle of births and
deaths), the radiance of whose nails
excel the beauty of moonlight, the soles of which are of pink colour, which are
praised by the Vedas and to which the celestials offer prostrations.
tender leaf buds and your lotus feet;
both are soft and of pink colour. But to
the wise there appears to be a difference.
The former’s desire is in the forest (वने) the latter’s desire is in protecting (अवने) the worlds always.
[In Sanskrit ‘अ’ is prefixed to a word to derive
its opposite. Thus ’अवने’
is the opposite of ‘वने’]