Friday, January 13, 2012

Translations of Panchakam, Sashtam, Sapthakam, Navakam, Dasakam and Bhujangam

Stotras also exist in some rare forms , the most popular form being ashtakam. Some Stotras , call themselves as stotras, others sthuthis and yet others sthavams. In these the number of stanza rules are not followed. Here are the particulars of stotras in these rare forms, which have been translated by me:-
1.Panchakam
Panchakams are prayers with five stanzas. These are rarely used in praising a deity but often used to tell us some important message. I have translated few Panchakams to English . They are:-
1.Guha Panchakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/m1.htm
2.Maya Panchakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/b11.htm
3.Janaki Panchakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/g31.htm
4.Athma panchakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/b2.htm
5.Guru Paduka Panchakamhttp://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/o8.htm
6.Kasi Panchakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/o16.htm
7.Kaupeena Panchakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/b4.htm
8.Mathru Panchakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/o4.htm
9.Sadhana Panchakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/b3.htm
10.Vairagya Panchakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/v39.htm

2.Shatkam

Shatkams are prayers with six stanzas. This prayer form is also very unpopular with great writers for praying to God. I have translated three shatkams. They are:-

1.Nirvana Shatkam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/b1.htm
2.Skanda Shatkam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/m17.htm
3.Shriya Shatkam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/g30.htm

3.Sapthakam

SApthakams are prayers with seven stanzas. These are also stotra forms which are very rarely used. I have translated two sapthakams . They are

1.Hari sarana Sapthakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/v17.htm
2.Subrahmanya Sapthakam (Tamil) http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/m19.htm

4.Navakam

Navakams are prayers with nine stanzas . These are also rarely used. I have translated two navakams. They are:-

1.Sashakthi Shiva Navakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/s24.htm
2.Aarya Navakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/g27.htm

5.Dasakam

Daskams are prayers with ten stanzas . This form of stotra also is rare. I have translated six such stotras written in the dasaka form. They are :-

1.Nyasa Dasakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/v37.htm
2,Gauri Dasakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/g48.htm
3.Sastha Dasakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/a4.htm
4. Dharma Sathru asraya Dasakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/ay9.htm
5.Bhoothanatha Dasakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/a6.htm

6.Dwadasam

Though there are several stotras where 12 nmes are mentioned , there are very few with twelve stanzas. The most famous (I have yet to translate it) is the Dwadasa stotram written by sage Madhwachaya. I have translated only stotra with this speciality. They are:-

1.Dharma Sasthru Asraya Dwadasam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/ay8.htm

7.Bhujanga stotras /Bhujanga Prayata stotras and Dandakams
Bhujanga means snake . The Bhujanga and Bhujanga prayata stotras are written in a meter resembling the movement of a snake . Adhi Sankara Bhagawat pada has written many stotras praising various deities using this style, the most famous of these being Subramanya Bhujanam.Dandakams are Poems which have more than 26 letters per line .. Since it is extremely difficult to write , very few poets have attempted it. The most famous prayer written using this meter is Shyamala Dandakam. Here are a list of these type of prayers that I have translated:-
1.Vishnu BHujanga Prayata Stotram http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/v42.htm
2.Dasa avathara Bhujanga stotram http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/v56.htm
3.Sri Rama Bhujangam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/ra7.htm
4.Shiva Bhujanga prayatha stotram http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/s29.htm
5.Bhavani Bhujangam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/g15.htm
6.Devi Bhujanga stotram http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/g119.htm
7.Saraswathi Bhujanga Prayatha Stotram http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/g91.htm
8.Saraswathi Bhujanga prayata ashtakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/g83.htm
9.Subramanya Bhujanagam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/m3.htm
10.Sri Sastha Bhujangam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/ay15.htm
11.Hanumath BHujanga prayatha Stotram http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/h4.htm
12.Shyamala Dandakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/g16.htm
13.Garuda Dandakam http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/o15.htm

2 comments:

Raghu Vijay Raghavan said...

Dear Sir,
God bless you for your efforts!
Here is a stotra that I would like you to translate:
आधारे लिंग नाभौ हृदय सरसिजे ताल मूले ललाटे । द्वे पत्रे शोडषारे द्वि दश दशदळे द्वादशार्धे चतुष्के ।। वासान्ते भालमध्ये उ फ कठसहिते कण्ठदेशे स्वराणां। हं क्षं तत्वार्थ युक्तं सकल तनुगतं वर्णरूपं नमामि॥ आधारे प्रथमं सहस्र किरणे ताराधिपं स्वालये। माहेयं मणिपूरकं कृतिपुतं कंण्ठे च वाचस्पिम्। भ्रूमध्ये भृगुनन्दनं दिनमणे पुत्रं त्रिकूठस्थले।। नाडी मर्म सुराहुकेतु कुळिकां नित्यं नमामि आयुष्ये।।
The stotram is about the 7 chakras and kundalini.I have tried in vain to get a copy and check for mistakes.

Best wishes,
R.V.Raghavan
shreedhana@hotmail.com

Prakash Pandey said...

you may find the first part in devi bhagavatam, second part i am not sure