Mahishasura Mardini Sthothram

Durga Devi

Aum, Jaya Jaya hey Mahishaasura Mardini

In Hinduism Durga is the fierce form of Shakti or Mother Goddess who is known by many names. The following is an encomium to Mahishasura Mardini, an aspect of Durga who slew the demon king Mahishasura. To know more about the goddess, please check this internal link.

Guidelines for pronunciation are in the footnotes


mahishaasura mardini stotram

ayi giri nandini nandhitha medhini
vishva vinodini nandanuthe
girivara vindhya sirodhi nivasini
vishnu vilaasini jishnu nuthe
bhagavathi hey sithi kanda kutumbini
bhuuri kutumbini bhuuri kruthe
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 1

suravara varshini durdara darshini
durmukhamarshani harsha rathe
tribhuvana poshini sankara thoshini
kilbisha moshini ghosha rathe
danuja niroshini dithisutha roshini
durmatha soshini sindhu suthe
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 2

ayi jagadamba madamba kadamba
vana priya vaasini hasarathe
shikhari shiromani thunga himaachala
shrunga nijaalaya madhyagathe
madhu madure mdhu kaitabha ganjini
kaitabha bhanjini raasa rathe
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 3

ayi shatha khanda vikhanditha runda
vithunditha shunda gajaadhipathe
ripu gaja ganda vidhaarana chanda
paraakrama shunda mrugaadhipathe
nija bhuja danda nipaathitha khanda
vipaathitha munda bhataadhipathe
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 4

ayi rana durmada shathru vadhoditha
durdhara nirjjara shakthi bruthe
chathura vichaara dhureena
mahaa shiva duthatkrutha pramadaadhipathe
duritha dureeha durasaya durmathi
daanava duutha kruthaanthamathe
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 5

ayi saranaagatha vairi vadhu
vara veera varaabhaya daayakare
tribhuvana masthaka suula virodhi shirodhi
krithaamala shuulakare
dumi dumi thaamara dundubinaadha
maho mukharee krutha thigma kare
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 6

ayi nija huum kruthi mathra niraakrutha
dhuumra vilochana dhuumra shathe
samara vishoshitha shonitha bheeja
samudhbhava shonitha bheeja lathe
shiva shiva shumbha nishumbha
maha hava tharpitha bhuutha pisacha rathe
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 7

dhanu ranu sanga rana kshana sanga
pari sphuradanga natathkatake
kanaka pishanga vrushathka nishanga
rasadbhata shrunga hathaa vatuke
kritha chathuranga bala kshithi ranga
ghatad bahuranga ratadvatuke
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 8

jaya jaya hey japya jaye
jaya shabda parasthuthi tatpara vishvanute
bhana bhana bhinjimi bhinkrutha nuupura shinjitha
mohitha bhuutha pathe
natitha nataartha natee nata nayaka
naatitha naatya sugaana rathe
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 9

ayi sumana sumana sumanah
sumanohara kaanthiyuthe
sritha rajanee rajanee rajanee
rajanee rajaneekara vakthra vruthe
sunayana vibhramara bhramara
bhramara brahmara bharamaraadhipathe
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 10

mahitha maha hava mallama thallika
malli tharallaka malla rathe
virachitha vallika vallika mallika
bhillika bhillika varga vruthe
sitha krutha pulla samulla sithaaruna
thallaja pallava sallalithe
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 11

avirala ganda galanmada medhura
mattha matangaja raajapathe (nuthe)
thribhuvana bhuushana bhuutha kalaanidhi
ruupa payonidhi raaja suthe
ayi sudathee jana laalasa maanasa
mohana manmada raaja suthe
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 12

kamala dalaamala komala kaanthi
kalaa kalithaamala phaala lathe
sakala vilaasa kalaa nilaya
krama keli chalathkala hamsa kule
alikula sankula kuvalaya mandala
mauli miladbha huulaalikule
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 13

kara muralee rava veejitha kuujitha
lajjitha kokila manjumathe
militha pulinda manohara gunjitha
ranjitha shaila nikunjagathe
nija guna bhuutha maha shabari gana
sadguna sambhrutha keli thale
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 14

kati thata peetha duukuula vichithra
mayuukha thiraskrutha chandra ruche
pranatha suraasura mouli mani sphura
dansu lasannakha chandra ruche
jitha kanakaachala mauli padorjitha
nirbhara kunjara kumbha kuche
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 15

vijitha sahasra karaika sahasrakaraika
sahasrakraika nuthe
krutha sura thaaraka sangara thaaraka
sangara thaaraka suunu suthe
suradha samaadhi samaana samaadhi
samaadhi samaadhi sujaatharathe
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 16

padakamalam karunaa nilaye
varivasyathi yo anudinam sa shive
ayi kamale kamalaa nilaye
kamala nilayah sa katham na bhaveth
thava pada meva param pada
mithyaanu sheelayatho mama kim na shive
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 17

kanaka lasathkala sindhu jalai
ranu sinchainuthe guna ranga bhuvam
bhajathi sa kim na shachee kucha kumbha
thati pari rambha sukhaanubhavam
thava charanam saranam karavaani
nathaamaravaani nivaasi shivam
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 18

thava vimalendu kulam vadnendumalam
sakalam nananukuulayathe
kimu puruhuutha pureendu mukhee
sumukhee bheerasou vimukhee kriyathe
mama thu matham shiva naama dhane
bhavathi krupayaa kimu thathkriyathe
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 19

ayi mayi deena dayaalu thayaa
krupayaiva thvayaa bhavithavyamume
ayi jagatho jananee kripayaasi
yathaasi tathasnumithaasi rathe
yaduchitha matra bhavathyurari kuruthaa
duruthaapa mapaakaruthe
jaya jaya hey mahishaasura mardini
ramya kapardini shaila suthe. 20


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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.