for specific remedies from Durga Saptashati
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.
(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.
To guard against dangers and calamities:
those who take refuge in you, who are distressed and are suffering. You remove the sufferings of all. Our prostrations to You.
To be free from all fears:
नारायणि! नमोऽस्तु ते॥११.२४॥
these different forms, who controls everyone and who is omnipotent. Kindly save us from all fears.
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
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
स्थिता त्वं परिपासि विश्वम्॥११.३२॥
poisonous snakes, enemies, dacoits or
forest fires and in the midst of an ocean, there You are to save the
6. For the removal of all difficulties
and for wiping out
त्वयाकार्यं अस्मद्वैरिविनाशनम् ॥११.३९॥
worlds! May you, like this, destroy our enemies and remove all obstacles and
difficulties bothering us.
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.
स्थिति विनाशानां शक्तिभूते सनातनि।
गुणमये नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥११.११॥
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).
यशांसि न च सीदति धर्मवर्गः।
सदाऽभ्युदयदा भवती प्रसन्ना ॥४.१५)
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.
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).
acquisition of all knowledge
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.
bestows on every one heaven or even mukti,
this stuti is also about this form. What other words are better
suited for your Stuti?
भुवि मुक्तिहेतुः ॥
and the greatest Maya by which all this is deluded and, when you are pleased, you bestow
mukti on your devotees.