Sri Lalithashtakam by Sri Adi Shankaracharya

Mother Goddess Sri Lalitha Devi

Aum Hiam Hreem Shreem Shree Mathre Namah

The following is Shree Lalithashtakam composed by Shri Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya. Guidelines for pronunciation are in the footnotes


shree lalithaashtakam

sharanaagatha paripaalini karunaayithadhishane
karuna rasa paripuuritha nayanaambuja chalane
arunaambuja sadvasheekrutha maninuupura charane
amba lalithe shva dayithe mayi krupane kurukarunaam

kamalaa yathathativaasini kamalaavathi sahaje
kamalaa shatha paribhaavitha nayanaambuja chalane
kamalaasana murashaasana bhavashaasana vinuthe
amba lalithe shiva dhayithe mayi krupane kurukarunaam

bhavakaanana gathamaanusha padaveekrutha charane
bhavanaashana parikalpitha shayanaarchitha nayane
avaneedhara varakaarmuka madavallana lathike
amba lalithe shiva dhayithe mayi krupane kurukarunaam

madiraalana gatha maanusha mada vaarana gamane
vilasacchuka navashaabaka vilasathkara kamale
radanacchavi parinirnitha nava maukthika nikare
amba lalithe shiva dhayithe mayi krupane kurukarunaam

balasuudana maniranjitha pada pankaja kamale
balabhojana vara vaahana bahu kheditha sukhade
alisankula nibhakunthala vilasaschashi shakale
amba lalithe shiva dhayithe mayi krupane kurukarunaam

adhareekururipu samhruthi mathikokila vachane
madhuraadhara parishobhitha madanaanthara hrudaye
adhunaasura vanithaasatha paribhaavitha charane
amba lalithe shiva dhayithe mayi krupane kurukarunaam

shakaleekrutha durithekhala jagathaamasi shivade
shiva maanasa parimohana maninuupura ninade
sakalaagama shirasaapicha bahuthoshitha mahime
amba lalithe shiva dhayithe mayi krupane kurukarunaam

shamanaanthaka hrudayaambuja tharunaaruna kirane
shamayaakhila durithaanapi bahumaanaya puurne
amaveekuru dhivanaamapi bahusamsaya bahu samshaya dalane
amba lalithe shiva dhayithe mayi krupane kurukarunaam

jagadguru shankaraacharyena virachitham lalithashtakam sampurnam


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Guidelines to pronunciation: Sanskrit is essentially a language of sounds and sound vibrations. The efficacy of Sanskrit prayers depends upon the vibrations that are produced during chanting. It is difficult to transliterate Sanskrit words into English with full justification to the original sounds. In the above stated transliteration we followed a simple approach to make it easier even for those who are not familiar with English or Sanskrit. Wherever you find repeat vowels (aa, uu, ee) please stretch the vowel sound (for ex., aa as in vast or path, uu as in cool or root, ee as in eel or feel). Similarly, "ai" should be pronounced as in gait, fight, or tight. Th should be pronounced as in think or thick, but when t alone is used, it should be pronounced as in two, top or tip.