Kothamangalam Vasudevan Namboothiri



Chidambara Rahasyam

Chidambara Rahasyam

श्रीचक्रं शिवचक्रं च ध्वनिचक्रं च ताण्डवम् |
सम्मेळनं श्रीललिताचक्रं चिन्तामणेस्तथा |
गणेशस्कन्दयोश्चैव चक्रं ज्ञेयं नवात्मकम् ||

श्रीचक्रादिविशेषयन्त्रघटितं भित्तिस्वरूपं सदाऽऽ-
नन्दज्ञानमयं नटेशशिवयोः सम्मेलनं बोधयेत् |
श्रीजाम्बूनदबिल्वपत्ररचितैर्मालागणैर्लक्षितं
कस्तूरीमसृणं चिदम्बरमिदं स्थानं रहस्यं नुमः ||

वाश्चारेट् ध्वजधक् धृतोड्वधिपतिः कुध्रेड्जजानिर्गणेट्
गोराडारुरुडुरस्सरेडुरुतरग्रैवेयकभ्राडरम् |
उड्वीड्रुङ्नरकास्थिसृक्त्रिदृगिभेडार्द्राजिनाच्छच्छदः
स स्तादम्बुमदम्बुदालिगलरुड्देवो नटाधीश्वरः ||

(इति सम्मेलनमन्त्रग्राह्यो नटेशः)

śrīcakraṃ śivacakraṃ ca dhvanicakraṃ ca tāṇḍavam |
sammeḻanaṃ śrīlalitācakraṃ cintāmaṇestathā |
gaṇeśaskandayoścaiva cakraṃ jñeyaṃ navātmakam ||

śrīcakrādiviśeṣayantraghaṭitaṃ bhittisvarūpaṃ sadā.a.a-
nandajñānamayaṃ naṭeśaśivayoḥ sammelanaṃ bodhayet |
śrījāmbūnadabilvapatraracitairmālāgaṇairlakṣitaṃ
kastūrīmasṛṇaṃ cidambaramidaṃ sthānaṃ rahasyaṃ numaḥ ||

vāścāreṭ dhvajadhak dhṛtoḍvadhipatiḥ kudhreḍjajānirgaṇeṭ
gorāḍāruruḍurassareḍurutaragraiveyakabhrāḍaram |
uḍvīḍruṅnarakāsthisṛktridṛgibheḍārdrājinācchacchadaḥ
sa stādambumadambudāligalaruḍdevo naṭādhīśvaraḥ ||

The Bhagavad Gita before the Battle

This brilliant article by Shatavadhani Sri R Ganesh deserves a thoughtful reading.

http://www.sandeepweb.com/the-bhagavad-gita-before-the-battle/

Khadgavarahi

In the early part of this century, our Guru Sri Chinmudrānandanātha had resided for an extended period of time at the shrine of Lord Daṇḍāyudhapāṇi at Pazhani, practicing a certain Yoga associated with agniśuddhi. In those days, a descendant of Umānandanātha, the disciple of Bhāskararāya Makhīndra known for his work Nityotsava, approached him with a peculiar problem.

This gentleman had been an upāsaka of Mahāgaṇapati and had accomplished añjanasiddhi which enabled him to find lost articles. He had tried to gain favor with certain powerful men using his siddhi. A certain Purohita who competed with this gentleman for royal favors was further infuriated when our Gaṇeśopāsaka married his daughter without his consent. The Purohita, who hailed from a family of well-known mantravādins of Himācala, performed a certain prayoga of Dhūmāvatī. His father had been the panda at the shrine of Dhūpacaṇḍī. The effect was such that this gentleman began to exhibit feminine tendencies, slowly losing his manhood.

There are such gender-change prayogas involving the mantra of Mahāvārāhī, but this was the first time I heard of such a thing associated with Dhūmāvatī. That said, my experience with this one devatā, Dhūmāvatī, is minimal. When he failed to overcome the prayoga through his own administrations, he was advised by his Guru to seek refuge at the lotus feet of Kumāra, who is stationed on the hill of Pazhani as Navapāṣāṇamūrti. Disguised as a eunuch, he stayed at Pazhani, reciting the mantra of Brahmabhūḥ, praying for guidance. How is it possible that one seeks the help of Skanda and his miseries continue? Lord appeared in his dream one morning and sent him to our Guru who decided to reverse the prayoga of Dhūmāvatī.

Our Guru invoked the might vidyā of Bhagavatī Khaḍgavārāhī, the chief characteristic of whose mantra is the use of the bīja 'vrīṃ' which is of special significance in the upāsanā of Kumāra as well. He meditated upon the fearful image of the Mother, reciting the 141 lettered mantra 10,000 times a day:

ghananālaghanākārāṃ kharvasthūlakalevarām |
hastamātraviniṣkrāntapracatpotraraṃdhravat ||
vāmabhāgekṣivadanaṃ dhārayantīṃ dvilocanām |
aṣṭamīcandrakhaṇḍābha daṃṣṭrāyugavirājitām ||
kopādālolarasanāṃ vistārivikṛtānanām |
kalpāntaravisaṅkāśāṃ pūrayantīṃ jagatviṣā ||
bhīmadaṃṣṭrāṭṭahāsāṃ ca raktākṣīṃ raktamekhalām |
kṛpāṇākāraromāliparipūrṇakalevarām ||
bhūdārarūpadhātrīṃ ca sañcarantīṃ vihāyasi |
satādhūnanavitrastaprapalāyitakhecarām ||
sarvālaṅkārasaṃyuktāṃ ghurghurāravakāriṇīm |
abjacāpāṅkuśān pāśaṃ vāmage bibhratīṃ kare |
cakraṃ bāṇaṃ gadāṃ khaḍgaṃ dadhatīṃ dakṣiṇe kare ||
dūrvādalaśyāmalayā dharaṇyā sevitāṃ sadā |
vārāhīṃ cintayeditthaṃ śatrusaṅghavidāriṇīm ||

Within 40 days, the prayoga was reversed and his effeminate mannerisms began to disappear. However, he had forever lost his capacity to bear an offspring.

To show his gratitude to the great Kroḍamukhī, he constructed a small temple outside Pazhani which I am told still exists to the present day. With the grace of Varāhānanā, perhaps we shall visit this shrine some day and pay our respects not only to the great Goddess, but also to our ācārya.

Sri Guruguha

Sri Guruguha

नमस्ते स्कन्दाय त्रिदशपरिपालाय महते
नमः क्रौञ्चाभिख्यासुरदलनदक्षाय भवते |
नमः श्रूरक्रूरत्रिदशरिपुदण्डाध्वरकृते
नमो भूयो भूयो नतिकृदवने जागरवते ||

शिवस्त्वं शक्तिस्त्वं तदुभयतमैक्यं पृथगसि
स्तवे ध्याने पूजा जपनियममुख्येष्वभिरताः |
भुवि स्थित्वा भोगान् सुचिरमुपभुज्य प्रमुदिताः
भवन्ति स्थाने तत्तदनुपुनरावृत्तिविमुखाः ||

गुरोर्विद्यां लब्ध्वा सकलभयहन्त्रीं जपपराः
पुरश्चर्यामुख्यक्रमविधिजुषो ध्याननिपुणाः |
व्रतस्थैः कामौघैरभिलषितवाञ्छां प्रियभुजः
चिरं जीवन्मुक्ता जगति विजयते सुकृतिनः ||

समरन् घोराकारं तिमिरनिकुरुम्बस्य सदृशं
जपन् मन्त्रान् मर्त्यः सकलरिपुदर्पक्षपयिता |
स रुद्रेणौपम्यं भजति परमात्मन् गुह विभो
वरिष्ठः साधूनामपि च नितरां त्वद्भजनवान् ||

महान्तं केकीन्द्रं वरद सहसाऽऽरुह्य दिविषद्
गणानां सर्वेषामभयद मुनीनां च भजताम् |
वलारातेः कन्यारमण बहुपुण्याचलपते
गुह स्वान् दीने मयि वितनु कारुण्यमनिशम् ||

महद्बाह्यानन्दं परशिवगुरुं सन्ततलसत्
तटित्कोटिप्रख्यं सकलदुरितार्तिघ्नममलम् |
हरिब्रह्मेन्द्रामरगणनमस्कार्यचरणं
गुहं श्रीसङ्गीतप्रियमहमन्तर्हृदि भजे ||

namaste skandāya tridaśaparipālāya mahate
namaḥ krauñcābhikhyāsuradalanadakṣāya bhavate |
namaḥ śrūrakrūratridaśaripudaṇḍādhvarakṛte
namo bhūyo bhūyo natikṛdavane jāgaravate ||

śivastvaṃ śaktistvaṃ tadubhayatamaikyaṃ pṛthagasi
stave dhyāne pūjā japaniyamamukhyeṣvabhiratāḥ |
bhuvi sthitvā bhogān suciramupabhujya pramuditāḥ
bhavanti sthāne tattadanupunarāvṛttivimukhāḥ ||

gurorvidyāṃ labdhvā sakalabhayahantrīṃ japaparāḥ
puraścaryāmukhyakramavidhijuṣo dhyānanipuṇāḥ |
vratasthaiḥ kāmaughairabhilaṣitavāñchāṃ priyabhujaḥ
ciraṃ jīvanmuktā jagati vijayate sukṛtinaḥ ||

samaran ghorākāraṃ timiranikurumbasya sadṛśaṃ
japan mantrān martyaḥ sakalaripudarpakṣapayitā |
sa rudreṇaupamyaṃ bhajati paramātman guha vibho
variṣṭhaḥ sādhūnāmapi ca nitarāṃ tvadbhajanavān ||

mahāntaṃ kekīndraṃ varada sahasā.a.aruhya diviṣad
gaṇānāṃ sarveṣāmabhayada munīnāṃ ca bhajatām |
valārāteḥ kanyāramaṇa bahupuṇyācalapate
guha svān dīne mayi vitanu kāruṇyamaniśam ||

mahadbāhyānandaṃ paraśivaguruṃ santatalasat
taṭitkoṭiprakhyaṃ sakaladuritārtighnamamalam |
haribrahmendrāmaragaṇanamaskāryacaraṇaṃ
guhaṃ śrīsaṅgītapriyamahamantarhṛdi bhaje ||

Sri Muttuswami Dikshitar


Paramapavani


Vaishnavi Kavacha of Madhumati Krama

Mahamaya Vaishnavi

Vaishnavi Kavacham has been uploaded to our Stotra page.

Link

Padmavati of Jaina Tantra

Padmavati

After we published the previous article on Tirupati Venkaṭeśvara, several folks wrote to us expressing surprise especially regarding Padmāvatī. It’s unfortunate that followers of Mantra śāstra today are 'kūpa maṇḍūkas' who have the attitude, “there is nothing worth knowing in other systems be it Bauddha, Jaina or other Indic systems”. So it’s no wonder that these folks have never heard of Padmāvatī outside of the mythic tale of Venkaṭeśvara popularized through movies and popular media.

Jaina Tantra is a reasonably well-developed school where śakti upāsanā is chiefly centered around the śāsana devīs of Tīrthaṅkaras, such as Cakreśvarī, Ajitā, Duritāri, Kālikā, Vairoṭī and others. There is also a tradition of sixteen goddesses grouped as ṣoḍaśa vidyā vyūha that invokes Rohiṇī, Prajñā, śṛṅkhalā etc. In the same manner as the central position held by Srīvidyā for followers of āstika tantra, and Tārā to Bauddhas, the worship of Pamāvatī is important to Jaina Tāntrikas.

Various forms of Padmāvatī are worshiped such as Rakta-padmāvatī, Haṃsa-padmāvatī, Sarasvatī Padmāvatī, śabarī padmāvatī, Kāmeśvarī Padmāvatī, Bhairavī Padmāvatī, Tripurā Padmāvatī, Nityā Padmāvatī, Mahāmohinī Padmāvatī, Putrakarī Padmāvatī, Kajjalāvatārā Padmāvatī, Ghaṭāvatārā Padmāvatī, Dīpāvatārā Padmāvatī etc. It is clear from some of these names that these mantras are influenced by śākta tantra. In fact, a form of the goddess is called śaivāgamoktā Padmāvatī, hinting at her śaiva origin.

In the context of upāsanā of Padmāvatī, one can even find the statement: 'antaḥ śaktā bahirjainā', clearly copied from the older 'antaḥ śāktā bahiḥ śaivāḥ'. The only aspect missing in Jaina Tantra seems to be that similar to Kaula/Vāma practices, and those similar to Vajrayāna - as much of Jaina Tantra echoes Dakṣiṇācāra.

The popular tale of Jinadutta narrates the miraculous help by Padmāvatī which helped him establish a Jaina kingdom in Karnataka, making her a popular goddess in Southern India.

Sri Svarnakarshana Ganapati

Svarnakarshana Ganapati

स्वर्णाभं वरदाभये गजमुखं पाशाङ्कुशौ बिभ्रतं
गेहे स्वर्णमये स्थितं शशिधरं पीताम्बरं सुन्दरम् |
नित्यं ऋद्धिसमृद्धियुक्तमनिशं शङ्खादिभिः सेवितं
स्वर्णाकर्षणनामकं च वसुमत्याद्यावृतं चिन्तये ||

svarṇābhaṃ varadābhaye gajamukhaṃ pāśāṅkuśau bibhrataṃ
gehe svarṇamaye sthitaṃ śaśidharaṃ pītāmbaraṃ sundaram |
nityaṃ ṛddhisamṛddhiyuktamaniśaṃ śaṅkhādibhiḥ sevitaṃ
svarṇākarṣaṇanāmakaṃ ca vasumatyādyāvṛtaṃ cintaye ||