Prayers to Sri Lakshmi
Padhmaasana Sthidhe' Devi - Parabrahmma Svaroopini |
Parame'si Jaganmaadhaah: - Maha Lakshmi Namosthudhe' ||
She is adored in the yogic posture of padmaasana.
She is the symbol of Supreme Brahman, devoid of all attributes.
She is the Supreme wealth of the cosmos and the Mother of all creation.
I worship Sri Maha Lakshmi with all devotion.
Chathurbhujaam Mahalakshmeem Gajayukma Supoojithaam |
Padmapathraaba Nayanaam Varaabhaya Karojvalaam ||
Oorthva Thyagare' Saabjam Dhathadheem Sukla Vasthrakaam |
Padhmaasane' Sukaaseenaam Bhaje'-aham Sarva Mangalaam ||
Chathurbhuje' Chandrakalaavadamse' Kuchonnadhe' Kumkumaraaghaso'ne' |
Pundre'kshu Paasankusa Pushpabanahasthe' Namasthe' Jadhekamaathah: ||
-- from Syamala Dhandakam - by Kavi Kalidasa
Oh, You with four arms, wearing the digits of the moon, with raised chest,
the complexion of red kumkum, holding the bow of sugar cane, the pasa rope,
the ankusa and five flower arrows -- You are the One Mother of the Universe.