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.
Consciousness, the First Cause of the Universe, has taken the form (of
Kamakshi), soft and tender as a cluster of Kashmira flowers, embodiment of grace and compassion and occupies the Kamakoti Peetha in the city of Kanchi for
her playful activities.
on the forehead of a woman), who carries in her hands bow, arrows, goad and the
rope, who is slightly bent by the weight
of her breasts and who is the very essence
of Supreme Bliss.
the desires (of devotees) like the
wish-yielding Chintamani, who can be
easily reached by one who has an unbroken record of good conduct for a long
time, make my heart cool by the stream
of nectarine Consciousness (which is her real nature).
of Himavan the king of mountains, who
has curly hair, firm breasts, smile bright as jasmine flowers and complexion of
saffron has made Kanchi her playground
with her glances which, like a great teacher, teaches the science of erotic love, captivates the heart of Shiva the conqueror of
in Kanchipura, with her ample bosom and eyes beautiful and wide as lotus
petals, has enslaved us and captivated our hearts.
is of identical nature with Him, who sports the crescent moon on her head, who
is the meaning and purport of the Vedas,
shines in the middle of Kanchi.
Kamakshi who abides in the proximity of Kampa river, who has the reputation of
loosening the courage and determination of Shiva (in the matter of passionate
love), whose complexion is red and who shields all the worlds from destruction.
abides in the famed city of Kanchi, who is the very first one, who celebrates
her freshly ascending youth, who shines on the head of the Upanishads and who
is of the essence of non-dual bliss.
Goddess Kamakshi who is adorned by pretty raised breasts, who abides in Kanchi,
who has put herself in the hands of Gangadhara
(Shiva) and who is the embodiment of the science of non-dual erotic love.
that occupies the left side of the body of the most auspicious one (Shiva),
that adorns Kanchi like a diamond and whose sidelong glances arouse passionate love
(in Lord Shiva)
my mind be the play ground for the
divine play of Goddess Kamakshi who strolls on the banks of river Kampa and
from whose glances drip mercy (kindness)
on (Goddess Kamakshi) who is nectar for the eyes of Lord Shiva, the very
First purusha who dwells under the mango tree. Her flowering youth is
cause for celebration as a festival and She is the secret which the Vedas seek
herself on the ancient peetha (throne, Kamokoti Peetha) of Kanchi
to great yogis and who appears as an effulgence of red.
(teenage girl) who left marks of her budding breasts and of her bangles on the
body of Sankara (while embracing Him).
that effulgence of pure Consciousness, that holds in its hand a sweet bow (of
sugarcane), that is born of the mountain (Himavan), that has sweet-smelling
arrows (of flowers), that plays in the
city of Kanchi and steals the beauty of the hibiscus flower by its bright red
Kamakshi abiding in Kanchi, by her slow gait on account of the weight of her
heavy breasts and by her putting the seed of pride in the empire of Kama
the very First Mother who has manifested herself as the Earth, the Sun, the
Air, the Sky, the Fire and the Hota (the one who offers ghee into the sacrificial fire).
hearts of sages in a state of complete merger, who is completely still in a state of meditation,
who is doing penance on the banks of Kampa, who is bent by the weight of her ample bosom
and who is the very essence of the science of erotic love (Kamatantra).
middle, is beyond the reach of mind and speech, cools the one on whom her
glances fall and is broad in the region of her breasts.
have the vision of Her (Kamakshi) who has a tender and slender body like a
creeper, whose hairs stand on end when
she is embraced by Puravairi (Shiva), who purifies the city of
Kanchi and who is a good target for the Cupid to test the strength of his
riches of Cupid, wandering on the banks of the river Kampa makes the destroyer
of the three cities (Lord Siva) covered with hair which stand on end (overcome
by passionate love)
the very essence of youth, with a slender middle and with a bright red
complexion like the colour of the rising sun
good work of Kama (Cupid) and the fortune of Shive who wears the
half-moon on his head, in the form of Kamkshi
in her freshness of youth.
I merge myself in
Goddess Kamakshi whose nature is Absolute Pure Consciousness, who is the
divine kingdom of knowledge, who abides in Kanchi and who wears on her head the
crescent moon which is not good for the lotus