Friday, January 13, 2012

Translation s of Sahasranamams , Suprabathams , Sthavarajas and also books

Here are the references to the translations of Sahasranamams, Suprabathams , Sthavarajas and books that were done by me.

1.Sahasra namam
Prayers which recite 1000 names of various Gods is a very popular form in stotra literature. There are Sahasra Namam( thousand names) for almost all important Gods. Most of the Sahasra Namams are from the different Puranas. But nowadays [eople do compose Sahasranama . I have translated four Sahasra Namams. They are:-
1.Vishnu Sahasranamam
2.Lalitha Saharanamam
2.a. Phala Sruthi of Lalitha Sahasranamam
3.Lakshmi Sahasranamam
4.Shiva Sahasranam


Though there is a sloka in Valmiki Ramayana requesting Rama to wake up from sleep and do his duties, there are no references to any Suprabatha Stotras in Puranas. The oldest such works are found in Tamil and are called Thirupalliyezhuchi. The first famous Suprabatham is that of Lord Venkateswara. I have translated 7 such Suprabathams including two Thirupalliyezhuchi s from Tamil. They are

1.Venkateswara Suprabatham
2.Ayyappa Suprabatham(Malayalam)
3.Sathya Sai Suprabatham
4.Ganesa Suprabatham
5.Kamakshi Suprabatham
6.Viswanadha Suprabatham
7.Guruvayupuresaya Suprabatham
8.Thiruppalliyezhchi of Manikkavasagar
9.Thirupalliyezhuchi of THondaradipodi Azhvar


These are the king of stotras and are very rarely available . I have translated sthavarajas of various Gods. They are :-

1.Vishnu Sthavaraja
2.Krishna Sthava raja
3. Rama Sthavaraja
4.Lalitha Sthavaraja
5.Shanaischara Sthavaraja

3. Books
I have translated several books of prayers in to English verse. They are :-

1.Bhagwad Gita in verse
2.Devi Mahatmyam
3. Soundarya Lahari
4.Shivananda Lahari
6.Jnana pana
7. Sri Ramo Dantham
8.Sri Narada Bhakthi Suthram
9. Sundara Kandam
10.Krishna Karnamritham
11.Abhirami Andathi(Tamil)
12. Sri Pada Sapthathi
13.Kandhar Anubhoothi
14.Kandhar Alankaram
15.Pasurappadi Ramayanam
18.Yaksha Prasnam
19.Gayathri Ramayanam

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:-
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
2.Maya Panchakam
3.Janaki Panchakam
4.Athma panchakam
5.Guru Paduka Panchakam
6.Kasi Panchakam
7.Kaupeena Panchakam
8.Mathru Panchakam
9.Sadhana Panchakam
10.Vairagya Panchakam


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
2.Skanda Shatkam
3.Shriya Shatkam


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
2.Subrahmanya Sapthakam (Tamil)


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

1.Sashakthi Shiva Navakam
2.Aarya Navakam


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
2,Gauri Dasakam
3.Sastha Dasakam
4. Dharma Sathru asraya Dasakam
5.Bhoothanatha Dasakam


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

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
2.Dasa avathara Bhujanga stotram
3.Sri Rama Bhujangam
4.Shiva Bhujanga prayatha stotram
5.Bhavani Bhujangam
6.Devi Bhujanga stotram
7.Saraswathi Bhujanga Prayatha Stotram
8.Saraswathi Bhujanga prayata ashtakam
9.Subramanya Bhujanagam
10.Sri Sastha Bhujangam
11.Hanumath BHujanga prayatha Stotram
12.Shyamala Dandakam
13.Garuda Dandakam

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Kavachams (armours ) addressed to various Gods

Kavachams (armours ) addressed to various Gods.

I think that it is the proper time and place to look backward and see the translation work done by me in categories. Kavachams are prayers that ask God to protect us and various parts of us. I have translated Kavacham as Armour . But many of my learned friends, prefer to translate it as shield. I some how feel that armour would be a better translation. There are two types of armours prevalent in stotra literature –one used a prayer and another used by thanthrics to protect themselves from evil spirits. I have translated more than 50 Kavachams in to English. Some of them like that addressed to Lakshmana, Bharatha , SAthrugna and Balarama are very rare. Apamarjana stotram addressed to Vishnu and Maheswara Kavacham addressed to Lord Shiva are believed to cure all diseases. The Vamsa Vrudhi karam Durga Kavacham and Varaha Kavacham are supposed to help in getting children. The Mrita SAnjeevini Kavacham is supposed to help us win over fatal diseases . The Trilokya Mohana Kavacham is believed to help us attract people. The Rudra Kavacham, Maha Vidhya Kavacham, Bhuvaneswari Kavacham and Kalika Kavacham are believed to help us win over our enemies, who have tried to destroy us by black magic. Here is the list of Kavachams that I have translated:-
1.Narayana Kavacham
2.Apamarjana Kavacham
3.Nrusimha Kavacham
4.Trilokya Mohana Nrusimha Kavacham
5.Narasimha Kavacham
6.Venkatesa Vajra Kavacha stotram
7.Sri Rama Kavacham
8.Lakshmana Kavacham
9.Bharatha Kavacham
10.Shatrugna Kavacham
11.Balarama Kavacham
12.Gopala Kavacham
13.Gopala Akshaya Kavacham
14.Shiva Kavacham
15.Rudra Kavacham
16.Maha Mruthyunjaya Kavacham
17.Mrita SAnjeevana Kavacham
18.Radha Kavacham
19.Bhavani Kavacham
20.Devi Kavacham
21.Maha Vidhya Kavacham
22.Bhuvaneswari Kavacham
23.Durga Kavacham
24.Vamsa Vrudhikaram Durga Kavacham
25.Kalika Kavacham
26.Saraswathi Kavacham
27.Maha Lakshmi Kavacham
28.Ganesa Kavacham
29.Vinayaka Kavacham (Tamil)
30.Skanda Sashti Kavacham(Tamil)
31.Shanmuga Kavacham(Tamil)
32.Subramanya Kavacham
33.Kanda Guru Kavacham(Tamil)
34.Maha Sastru Anugraha Kavacham
35. Adhithya Kavacham
36.Chandra Kavacham
37.Mangala Kavacham
38. Budha Kavacham
39.Brahaspathi Kavacham
40.Shukra Kavacham
41.Sani Vajra Panjarika Kavacham
42.Rahu Kavacham
43. Kethu Kavacham
44.Tri lokya Mangala Surya Kavacham
45.Eka Mukha Hanumath Kavacham
46.Pancha MUkha Hanumath Kavacham
47. SAptha Mukha Hanumath Kavacham
48.Ekadasa Mukha Hanumath Kavacham
49.Veera Hanuman Kavacham (Tamil)
50.Thulasi Kavacham
51.Dathathreya Kavacham
52.SArva Roga Haram Maheswara Kavacham
53.Varaha Kavacham for getting children
54.Maha Lakshmi Kavacham II