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
paste for the eyes of the enemy of Kama (Shiva) and stealer of the pride of mandara flowers
by their bright whiteness.
is whiter than a blossom of jasmine flowers.
It teaches the pearl in the nose ring, is natural enemy of the lotus
stem, fights the celestial Ganga, shares the throne with
snow, all of which are white.
Prostrations to the smile of Kamakshi which is non-dual with whiteness
कामप्रसूरस्तु मे ॥३॥
smile of Kamakshi excels the whiteness of camphor, the brightness of lamps and
the beautiful whiteness of jasmine flowers in full bloom. May that wave of soft
smiles of Kamakshi fulfil all my wishes.
हृदयं सा मे स्मितप्राचुरी ॥४॥
smile of Kamakshi becomes the camphor
paste on her high breasts. It becomes the moonlight on the dark nights of the
dark blue eyes. It becomes the swan on the river of the beauty of her face. May
that beautiful smile of Kamakshi cool my heart.
मम ते हासत्विषामङ्कुराः ॥५॥
wants to take the path of Kamakshi’s smile. The moon of Sarat season
wants to be on equal status with it and the conch wants to be its disciple. May
the sprouts of brightness of Kamaksh’s smile destroy my sense of ‘mine’.
Kamakshi ! the waves of brightness of your smile shine always, spreading moonlight to the end of all
quarters, knocking off the pride of all luminous
objects, viewed by Lord Shiva with
interest and fascination and removing
impurities and difficulties ( of devotees)
नः कामाय कामाक्षि ते ॥७॥
the three worlds has ascended the throne of his empire, your high breasts. Your smile takes on the role of chamara because of its bright white radiance. May that
blossom of a smile of yours fulfil our wishes.
embraced by Shambhu her smile brightens the blue mark on her consort’s neck
(caused by the poison during the churning of the milky ocean for nectar). It is like pure white waters of the celestial
Ganga softening the darkness of the waters of Yamuna. May that smile of Kamakshi shower on us all
that is auspicious.
मथ्नातु कामाक्षि मे ॥९॥
of Kamakshi always wants to reach out to the breasts to score a victory over
the necklace of pearls there. It bathes
in the river of compassion as if to double its purity (brightness). It makes
Shiva red (lovelorn)
wonderment. May that beautiful smile of
Kamakshi banish my fear of samsara.
bright smile makes the brightness of the moon look dirty. Though it is cool it
stokes the fires of love in Pasupati.
Though naturally dependent on adhara (lips, low level) it bestows
on those who prostrate before you the
highest state. May that brightness of
your smile shine inside us, in our hearts
flower which never sleeps ( closes) in the night (unlike the normal lotus which
closes during the night). It shines in
the waters of the beautiful face which is like a lake with waves of moving
eye-brows. The blackness produced by glances from the eye-corners resemble a
string of honey-bees orbiting the
lotus. May this smartness of the smile
of Kamakshi destroy the grief in my mind.
मे सा मन्दहासप्रभा॥१२॥
Kamakshi’s smile affects the lips which are red like tender leaves. It ( the
smile) also depends on the lips because the lips cover the white teeth. It (the smile) is always spotless and
purifies those who bow down before it.
May that bright smile of Kamakshi make my heart pure and happy.
हरतु मे संसारतापोदयम् ॥१३॥
Kamakshi’s smile hurts the darkness and helps the blue lily bloom. It swings in the courtyard of the mansion
which is the body of Shiva, her consort. It makes the waves of the ocean of knowledge
(conscience) of the sages (celetials) surging into the shores. May the moonlight of Kamakshi’s destory the
rising heat of this samsara.
भागीरथी भासते ॥१४॥
Kamakshi’s soft smile shines as the river Ganga. It is made slightly dark by
the paste of kashimaradrava dhatu. It makes friends with the swans which
are pearls in the necklace. It strolls
breasts which are like the hills of Himavan.
मूर्ताः प्रसादा इव
conch, like the blossoms of the creeper
of your compassion, like the spread of prasada, like the nectarine drops
of speech and like the synonym of Ganga.
the brightness of your smile competes
with the adornments with sandal paste on
your breasts. It imitates the action of the garland of pearls on your neck
emitting bright white rays. It shines like a flower oscillating from the tender
leaf buds of your beautiful lips. Let such brightness of your smile blossom in
धत्ते स्वयं रञ्जनं
मम शिवोल्लासाय हासाङ्कुराः ॥१७॥
of Kamakshi’s nose appears like a drop from the sprouts of Her smile. The necklace, as a supplicant, reaches out to
the smile for support by way of the neck. The redness of the lips, as a
relative, lends colour to the smile. May the sprouts of smile of Kamakshi bless
me with good fortune.
भजतां वैरायते कैरवै-
यतते कर्तुं त्रिनेत्रोत्सवम्।
या गर्वेण सा तादृशी
कथं ज्योत्स्नेत्यसौ कीर्त्यते ॥१८॥
bow to you. It (the smile) always
manifests enmity towards the white lily. It tries to create a festival for the
three-eyed Shiva. It also cheats the orb
of the moon by its pride. How is it then
that it is compared with moonlight?
consort, the enemy of Tripura, begins to
embrace you, your smile gives the
impression of the celestial Ganga. Seeing this the lips of Ganga on Lord
Shiva’s head quiver; she arches her brows and bends her head down. O darling of Ekamranatha! I salute that
brightness of your smile.
स्मितरुचिर्वल्गु स्फुरन्ती सतां
च यद्बिब्बोकमालम्बते ॥२०॥
is like the moon and your smile is the moonlight. If this is how good people see your face and
your smile then it is only proper that this will generate interest in the mind
of chakora birds. But it is a wonder
that your smile becomes brighter day by day and evinces more interest in the
redness of the lips which resembles the brightness of the rising sun.
smile bears resemblance to the milky ocean. It also carries the brightness of
your lips like red corals. But I can tell you the difference in these
similarities. The poison produced by the
milky ocean was drunk by Lord Shiva. What
is produced between your lips sweetens the very essence of sweetness.
the leaf designs created by kasturi on the hills of your raised pot-like
breasts. They are also lighted up by the
bright red of the lips as if coloured by the radiance of the setting sun. This gives your smile the semblance of a
moving pure white cloud of sarat (after-rains) season.
be compared with your beautiful smile only because of its pure white colour.
Also, there is this difference. One
comes into being only after it is milked whereas your smile automatically produces, for those who prostrate before you, whatever is requested by them.
किं देवि मन्दायते ॥२४॥
world and Queen of Kanchi! the beauty of your smile is compared with camphor,
nectar, moonlight, necklace of pearls and lotus stems which are all very cool. Such being the case how is it that you are so
slow in bringing down the heat of my sufferings.
brightness of your smile by waves of
enchanting words dripping honey. The excitement of resembles a blossom
of mandara flowers the heart of which is cooled the glances of your
consort, the enemy of Kama, does the work of spring season in the further brightening
of your smile.