Ardhanareeswara Stotram: Lyrics, Meaning, and Benefits

Ardhanareeswara stotram is a great hymn composed by Adishankaracharya on the Ardhanareeshwara form in which half the part of God Shiva is represented with the Goddess Parvati.

The Ardhanreeswara stotram lyrics are written with indepth meaning, comparing the appearance and divine acts of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati present within the same form.

The divine form of Ardhanareeswara says the importance of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati that they both are equal and inseparable. Simultaneously, the form indicates the devotees that they should not have any disparities in worshiping both.

This form also indicates the knowledge and power, and it represents the masculine and feminine energies of the cosmos. The phalastuti part explains the immense benefits of this stotram.

Ardhanareeswara stotram - God Shiva Goddess Parvati

Ardhanareeswara Stotram Lyrics and Meaning

Champeya gaurardha sharira kayai
Karpura gaurardha sharirakaya
Dhammilla-kayai cha jathadharaya
Namah Shivayai cha Namah Shivaya (1)

I bow to the form
Where half of the form of Goddess Parvati was with the complexion of the Champaka flowers and
the other half of God Shiva is present with a complexion like that of camphor
The form, where the half of the head (of Parvati) is braided beautifully with a chignon, while the other half (of God Shiva) is with the matted hair
I bow to you, Goddess Parvathi and God Shiva in the form of Ardhanareeswara

Kasturika Kumkuma charchitayai
Chitha rajah punja vicharchithaya
Kruthasmarayai vikrutasmaraya
Namah Shivayai cha Namah Shivaya (2)

I bow to the form
The side of Goddess Parvathi is smeared with Kasturi’s scents (Kasturi musk) and other Kumkumas.
While the half of God Shiva is smeared with the Chitha Bhasma (ashes from the funeral pyre)
The form that’s with splendid looks (with adorned jewels and clothes) on the side of Parvati and with the dreadful looks (due to elephant skin, tiger skin, and serpents) on the side of Shiva
I bow to you, Goddess Parvathi and God Shiva in the form of Ardhanareeswara

Jhanat-kvanat kankana nupurayai
Padabja rajat phanai nupuraya
Hemanga dayai bhujagangadaya
Namah Shivayai cha Namah Shivaya (3)

I bow to the form
In which the half of Goddess Parvati is adorned with the pleasant sound making ornaments worn on the wrists (Kankanas) and those of ankles (Nupuras)
While in the other half, the lotus feet of God Shiva adorned with the serpents as the anklets
The excellent form, where the half of Parvati is with the ornaments of Gold, while the other half (of Shiva) is adorned with serpents as ornaments
I bow to you, Goddess Parvathi and God Shiva in the form of Ardhanareeswara

Vishala neelothphala lochanayai
Vikaasi pankeruha lochanaya
Samekshanayai vishamekshanaya
Namah Shivayai cha Namah Shivaya (4)

I bow to the form
Where the eyes of Goddess Parvathi are with a great look, long, extended, and looking like the blue lotuses (neelothphala flower) and
The eyes of God Shiva are looking bright like the blossomed red lotuses
The composite form of the two-eyed Goddess and the three-eyed God
I bow to you, Goddess Parvathi and God Shiva in the form of Ardhanareeswara

Mandara mala kalitalakayai
Kapalamala-amkitha kandharaya
Divyambarayai cha digambaraya
Namah Shivayai cha Namah Shivaya (5)

I bow to the form
In which the hair of Goddess Parvati is decorated with the garland of Hibiscus flowers and
the neck of the God Shiva is adorned with the garland of skulls
O the extraordinary form in which the goddess side is with the great garments, while the other half of God Shiva is without any clothing
I bow to you, Goddess Parvathi and God Shiva in the form of Ardhanareeswara

Ambodhara shyamala kuntalayai
Thatithprabha tamra jathadharaya
Nireeshwarayai Nikhileshwaraya
Namah Shivayai cha Namah Shivaya (6)

I bow to the form
Where the hair of Goddess Parvathi is with the black colour like that of water-bearing dark clouds
While the hair locks of God Shiva are looking shining in the colour of copper
O the one who doesn’t have a superior being over him, who is the great God and the God of the entire cosmos
I bow to you, Goddess Parvathi and God Shiva in the form of Ardhanareeswara

Prapancha srustyun mukhalaasya kayai
Samasta samharaka tandavaya
Jagath Jananyai Jagadeka Pitre
Namah Shivayai cha Namah Shivaya (7)

I bow to the form
By which the creation of the cosmos begins with the gentle smile on the face of Goddess Parvati and
By which the entire cosmos will get reunited back to the Shivaa by the tandava dance
O the Mother and the Father of the Cosmos
I bow to you, Goddess Parvathi and God Shiva in the form of Ardhanareeswara

Pradeeptha ratnojwala kundalayai
Spuran maha-pannaga bhushanaya
Shivaanvithayai cha Shivaanvitaya
Namah Shivayai cha Namah Shivaya (8)

I bow to the form
Of which the Parvathi’s form is looking resplendent with the precious gem studded earrings
And the form of God Shiva is looking great wearing the great serpents as his ornaments
O the one who united with Shiva (Goddess Parvathi) and the one who united with Shivaa (God Shiva)
I bow to you, Goddess Parvathi and God Shiva in the form of Ardhanareeswara

Phalastuti

Ethatpathe asthakamishtadam yo-
Bhakthya sa maanyo bhuvi dheerghaheevi
Prapnothi saubhagya manantha kalam
Bhuyathssada tasya samastha siddhi (9)

One who recites this Ashtakam with great interest or devotion
They will become great beings, receive great honor, and long life in the bhuloka
And for those will be granted good fortune and auspiciousness the way long
And will also be granted all the siddhi’s.

Ithi Srimat Paramahamsa Parivrajakaacharyasya
Sri Govindabhagavathapujya pada shishyasya
Srimat Shankara Bhagavathaha kruthou
Ardhanareeshwara stotram sampoornam

Thus completes the Ardhanareeswara stotram composed by Sri Adi Shankara, the disciple of the honorary Sri Govinda bhagavatpada, who is titled Paramahamsa parivrajakacharya (wandering supreme teacher with pure and transcendence knowledge).

Ardhanareeswara Stotram Benefits

Ardhanareeswara Stotram is considered as one of the sacred stotras as the form says that both God Shiva and Goddess Parvati are one and the same and are inseparable.

As per the Shiva Maha Purana the Ardhanareeswara form was first appeared before Lord Brahma to enlighten him on the creation. The appearance of this form during the Sage Bhringi’s offerings also shows the importance and says Shiva and Shakthi are one and the same.

Ardhanareeswara stotram benefits are clearly explained in the phalastuti part, that this great hymn improves you and makes you a great being, gives long life, great honour.

The palastuti part also mentions that reciting the stotram with great devotion will bring auspiciousness and good fortune in life. Also, you can get the divine bliss of the both God Shiva and Goddess parvathi when you reciting the stotram by understanding the meaning and visualizing the form.

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