Lalitha Pancharatnam, also known by the name Lalitha Panchakam is a devotional stotram composed by Guru Adi Sankaracharya on Goddess Lalitha, who bestows her mercy and fulfills the desires of the devotees. This Lalita Pancharatnam contains five verses, each one explaining the divine qualities and importance of the mother of universe. The lyrics of this Panchakam also describe how divinely Goddess Lalitha looks and how she is praised for her mercy on devotees.
Lyrics and Meaning of Lalitha Pancharatnam
Pratah smarami Lalitha vadanaravindam
Bimbadharam prudhula maukthika sobhinasam
Aakarna deergha nayanam Manikundaladyam
Mandasmitham mruga madojwala phaladesam (1)
I worship the glorious faced Goddess Lalitha early in the mornings
Whose lower lip resembles the Bimba fruit (coccinea) and the nose, adorned and shining with a large pearl
Whose eyes are bright and extended up to the ears and whose ear pendants are studded with gems
The one with a gentle smile and whose shining forehead has a tilaka made from Kasturi and other animal scents (mruga madojwala).
Pratarbhajami Lalitha bhuja-kalpavalleem
Ratnanguleeya lasadanguli pallavadhyam
Manikyahema valayangadha sobhamanam
Pundrekshu-chapa kusumeshu Sruneendadhanaam (2)
I worship the Goddess Lalitha whose arms are like the wish fulfilling creepers (Kalpavalleem)
For which the gem studded rings of her fingers look like the tender leaves
The one whose hands are shining with large bracelets that were studded with precious rubies and other red gems
Whose arms hold a sugarcane bow, arrows made up of flowers and goad (Ankusha).
Pratarnamami Lalitha charanaravindam
Bhakthaesthadana niratham bhava-sindhupotham
Padmasanadi suranayaka pujaneeyam
Padmangusadwaja sudarshana lanchanadyam (3)
I bow to the feet of Goddess Lalitha early in the mornings
Which always fulfills the desires of her devotees and uplifts from the ocean of life and death acting like a coracle.
Which (the lotus feet) are worshipped by Bramha – one seated on the lotus and other leaders of the celestials (Sura nayakas)
and which are shining by having the signs of lotus, ankusha (goad), flag, and the sudarshana chakra.
Pratahsthuvae parasivaam Lalitaam Bhavaneem
Triyyanta vaedhya vibhavaam karunaanavadhyam
Viswasya srusthi vilayasthithi-hethubhutam
Vidhyeshwareem nigama vangmanasaathi-duraam (4)
Early in the morning, I eulogize (sing to praise) Goddess Lalitha who is the consort of God Shiva who is also known as Bhavani
The one whose glory is mentioned in Upanishads, who is pure and faultless in her mercy
The one who is the cause for creation, maintenance and resorption of the universe
and the chief of all the vidyas and who is beyond the purview to explain rhetorically or with the speech or mind
Pratarvadami Lalithe tava punyanama
Kameshwareethi Kamalethi Maaheshwareethi
Srisambhaveethi jagatam jannani-parethi
Vagdevathethi vachasa Tripureswareethi (5)
I utter the divine names of Goddess Lalitha in the early morning (such as)
Kameshwari (bestower of desires), Kamala (a form of Goddess Lalitha), Maheshwari (Consort of Maheshwara)
Srisambhavi (The fulfiller of wishes/consort of God Shambhu), Jagath Janani (Mother of the Universe)
Vagdevi (deity of speech) and Tripureswari (The Consort of Lord Tripurari – God Shiva/Devi of three cities)
Yahsloka panchakamidam Lalitambikaayah
Saubhagyadam sulalitam patathi prabhathe
Tasmai dadaati Lalitha jhatithi Prasanna
Vidyam sriyam vimala-saukhyamanantha keerthim
By reciting these slokas of Lalitha Panchakam (five verses) in praise of the Divine Mother Lalitha
Gives them good luck and fortune and also for those reciting this generous stotram in the mornings
For them, the Goddess Lalitha bestows her mercy sooner (and)
showers upon them the knowledge, wealth, great happiness, and endless fame.
Benefits of Reciting the Lalitha Pancharatnam Stotram
Reciting the Lalitha pancharatnam meaningfully has immense benefits. It is clearly explained in the phalastuti of the stotram (Last paragraph) as the divine mother Lalitha will give good knowledge, wealth, fame, happiness, fortune, and prosperity on those who study this stotram.
Who can Read this Sotram and Which is the Best Time?
Anyone can read this stotra at any time and there is no limitation regarding this. However, reciting in early mornings is believed to be the best.