Friday, July 8, 2011

Kanakadhara Stotram

Jagat Guru Sri Adi Sankaracarya composed Kanakadhara Stotra in praise of Goddess Sri Lakshmi (The Cosmic Mother) and the consort of Lord Vishnu. The story goes like this. Adi Sankaracarya used go for Bhiksha and on a particular day he visited the house of a brahmin lady living in utter poverty. The lady could not offer any food for the saint to eat and there was nothing was available with her. The poor brahmin lady earnestly searched for something to give and at last she found an Amla (gooseberry) fruit and offered the same in the bowl of Adi Sankaracarya. 

The saint was deeply moved at the kind heart filled with devotion and sincerity of the Brahmin lady experiencing utter poverty. The saint immediately in an extempore way started imploring Goddess Lakshmi to be merciful towards this poor brahmin lady to drive away her poverty. 

He recited twenty two stotrams (hymns) in praise of Goddess Lakshmi. This prayer reached the goddess Lakshmi and she was very much pleased and appeared before the saint. The saint offered his prayer and pleaded her to bless the Brahmin lady and grant riches to her.

Goddess Lakshmi tried to convey the fact that the brahmin lady did not qualify for any riches in this life as she did not to do any charities in her previous life. The saint tried to convince with the noble act of charity in this life. He argued that she gave him Amla fruit with very great reverence in spite of her extreme poverty and this act of her alone is enough to shower riches on her.

Goddess Lakshmi was convinced and greatly moved and immensely pleased with the advocacy of the argument of Sri Sankaracarya, showered her with instant rain of golden Amla fruits. Sankaracarya while reciting the Kanakadhara Stotra extolled Lakshmi in all her eight qualifying manifestations Asta Lakshmi.

ஆதிசங்கரர் சிறு வயதில் பிக்ஷைக்காக சென்றபோது ஒரு ஏழை வீட்டில் இவருக்கு பிச்சை இட எதுவும் இல்லாததால் அந்த வீட்டுப் பெண் ஒரு நெல்லிக்கனியை சங்கரருக்கு பிக்ஷையாக அளித்தார். இதனை கண்ட சங்கரர் அந்த வீட்டிலுள்ள தரித்ர நிலை நீங்கி லக்ஷ்மி கடாக்ஷமாக இருக்கவேண்டும் என மஹாலக்ஷ்மியை மனமுருகி இந்த கனகதாரா ஸ்தோத்திரத்தால் ப்ரார்தித்தார் உடனே அந்த வீட்டில் தங்க மழை பொழிந்ததாக சங்கர புராணம் கூறுகிறது.

ஸ்ரீகனகதாரா ஸ்தோத்திரம் ஆதிசங்கரர் அருளிய பொன்மழை பொழிய வைத்த இந்த ஸ்லோகத்தை தினமும்அல்லது செவ்வாய், வெள்ளிக்கிழமைகளில் படித்து மகாலட்சுமியை வழிபட்டால் சகல சவுபாக்கியங்களும் கிடைக்கும்

Kanakathara Stotram


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Kanakadhara Stotram (to alleviate suffering & grant boons)

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