Chandrasekhara Ashtakam: Lyrics Meaning and Benefits

Chandrasekhara ashtakam is a divine hymn to praise God Shiva as Chandrasekhara, the lord who is adorned with moon on his head.

The lyrics and meaning of Chandrasekhara Ashtakam have an in-depth explanation of the greatness of God shiva, his appearance, the protection offered to his devotees, along with the divine qualities of the Lord.

It was the hymn sung by Markandeya rishi and is related to his legend where he offered his prayers to God Shiva, in order to get away from the clutches of the Yama, the lord of death. During which, God Shiva offered his protection to Markandeya, defeating Yama to the point of death.

God Shiva as Chandrasekhara - Chandrasekhara Ashtakam

Chandrasekhara Ashtakam Lyrics and Meaning

Chandrasekhara Chandrasekhara Chandrasekhara pahimam
Chandrasekhara Chandrasekhara Chandrasekhara rakshamam

Ratnasanu saraasanam rajatadri shrunga nikethanam
Sinjineekrutha pannageshwara Achyutanana sayakam
Kshipra dagdha puratrayam tridivalayai rabhi vanditam
Chandrasekhara masraye mama kim karishyathi vai yamah (1)

The God, who made the Mountain filled up with precious stones (Mount Meru) as his bow, who resides on the Mountain of Silver
Who made head of the serpents (Vasuki) as his bowstring, who used Lord Vishnu as an arrow
The destroyer of three cities (Tripuras), the one bowed by all in the three worlds
I seek the refuge of that God Chandrasekhara (God Shiva, who has the moon on his head), so what can Yama do to me

Pancha padapa pushpa gandha padambhuja-dwaya sobhitam
Phalalochana jatapavaka dagda manmadha vigraham
Bashma digdha kalebaram bhava nasanam bhava mavyayam
Chandrasekhara masraye mama kim karishyathi vai yamah (2)

Whose feet are shining with the flowers and scents of the five divine trees
The one who burnt Manmada, Lord of Love, by the fire of his eye present on his forehead
Whose body is smeared with holy Ash or Bhasma, the destroyer of sorrows, who lives eternally
I seek the refuge of that God Chandrasekhara (God Shiva, who has the moon on his head), so what can Yama do to me

Matta varana mukhya charma kruttotareeya manoharam
Pankajasana padma-lochana pujitanghri saroruham
Deva sindhu taranga seekara siktha subhra jathadharam
Chandrasekhara masraye mama kim karishyathi vai yamah (3)

The one who wears the skin of elephants of great vigor as a cloth on his arms (uttareeyam), that looks enchanting
Whose lotus like feet are worshipped by Lord Brahma, who is usually seated on the lotus (Pankajasana), and Lord Vishnu, who is lotuseyed (Padma lochana)
Whose matted  locks of hair are cleaned by the drops coming from the waves of Akasha Ganga
I seek the refuge of that God Chandrasekhara (God Shiva, who has the moon on his head), so what can Yama do to me

Yaksha raja sakham bhagaksha haram bhujanga vibhushanam
Sailaraja suta parishkrutha charu vama kalebaram
Sweda neela galam paraswadha dharinam mruga dharinam
Chandrasekhara masraye mama kim karishyathi vai yamah (4)

The one close to Kubera, the one who plucked the eyes of Bhaga, who wears the serpents as his ornaments
Who has the left part of his body decorated with the body of the daughter of Mountains, Devi Parvathi
One with a blue throat, whose hand is adorned with an axe as a weapon, who holds a deer in his hands
I seek the refuge of that God Chandrasekhara (God Shiva, who has the moon on his head), so what can Yama do to me

Kundalee krutha kundalaeswara kundalam vrusha vahanam
Naradadi munreeshwara stutha vaibhavam bhuvaneshwaram
Andhakandhaka maasritamara padapam samanantakam
Chandrasekhara masraye mama kim karishyathi vai yamah (5)

The one who has the coiled serpents as his earrings and having a bull as his vehicle
Whose greatness is praised by the Narada and other sages, the Lord of all the worlds
Who destroyed the pride of Andhaka, the wish fulling tree for the refugee
I seek the refuge of that God Chandrasekhara (God Shiva, who has the moon on his head), so what can Yama do to me

Beshajam bhava roginaa akhila pada mapa harinam
Daksha yagna vinashanam trigunatmakam trivi lochanam
Bhukthi mukthi phalapradam sakalagha sangha nibharhanam
Chandrasekhara masraye mama kim karishyathi vai yamah (6)

Who acts as the medicine to the one suffering from sorrowful life, the remover of all the sufferings and obstructions
The destroyer of Daksha yagna, A personified form of the three Gunas and the one with three eyes
The bestower of Devotion, Salvation, and other wishes, the destroyer of all the sins
I seek the refuge of that God Chandrasekhara (God Shiva, who has the moon on his head), so what can Yama do to me

Bhaktha vatshala marchitham nidhi makshayam haridambharam
Sarva bhutha pathim paratparam aprameya manuttamam
Soma varida bhuhutasana soma panila kakruthim
Chandrasekhara masraye mama kim karishyathi vai yamah (7)

The one who takes care of his devotees, the one worshipped by all, who is like a treasure, the one who wears green clothes
Who is the head of all the creatures, who is beyond all, who cannot be compared with anyone, who doesn’t have anyone greater than him
The one who is present as a form in the ones who drink Soma in a ritualistic way
I seek the refuge of that God Chandrasekhara (God Shiva, who has the moon on his head), so what can Yama do to me

Vishwa srushti vidhayinam punareva palana tatparam
Samharam tha mapi prapancha masesha loka nivasinam
Krida yantha maharnisham gananadha yudha samanvitham
Chandrasekhara masraye mama kim karishyathi vai yamah (8)

The one who does the creation of the universe, who is keenly involved in upkeeping it as well as in perseverance
Who destroys the universe at the appropriate time, who made the world a living place for innumerable counts of people
Who is playful all the days and nights, the head of the Ganas, and who acts as one among them
I seek the refuge of that God Chandrasekhara (God Shiva, who has the moon on his head), so what can Yama do to me

Chandrasekara Ashtakam Benefits

Reciting Chandrasekhara Ashtakam lyrics understanding its meaning has immense benefits. It makes us realizes that one who takes the refuge of God Shiva will no longer be affected by untimely death as well as from difficulties.

The devotees who recite this divine hymn will also be free from their sorrows and sufferings and they will be blessed with good fortune by the mercy of God Shiva.

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