Subrahmanya Ashtakam: Lyrics, Meaning & Benefits

Subrahmanya Ashtakam also known as Karavalamba Stotram is a popular stotra on God Kartikeya who is also known as Subrahmanya, Kumara, and Murugan.

This beautiful Stotram of 8 stanzas is composed by Guru Adi Shankaracharya, who consolidated the Advaita philosophy. 

This Subrahmanya ashtakam explains the divine attributes and the nature of Lord Subrahmanya. Each of his unique qualities are beautifully represented in every stanza and they also explain how the Lord Murugan takes care of his devotees and bestows his grace.

God Subrahmanya

Lyrics and Meaning of Subrahmanya Ashtakam

Hey swaminadha karunakara dheenabhando
Sree Parvathieesa mukhapankaja padmabandho
Sreesaadhi deva gana poojitha padapadma
Vallisanadha mama dehi karavalambham (1)

The one who is the protector of the virtuous, who is merciful and the companion of the oppressed
The one who is the son of the Lord of the lotus faced goddess Parvati
The one who’s Lotus like feet is worshipped by Lord Vishnu and several deva ganas
O Lord of Goddess Valli, please provide us the handful support  

Devaadhi devasutha devaghanadhinatha
Devendra-vandhya mrudhupankaja manjupadha
Devarshi Naradha muneendra sugeethakeerthe
Vallisanadha mama dehi karavalambham (2)

The one who is the son of the god of the gods (Shiva), and the Commander of the Gods
The one’s whose soft lotus like feet is worshipped by God Devendra
The one whose greatness is sung and praised by the Devarshi Narada, and several sages
The Lord of Goddess Valli, please provide us the handful support

Nithyannadhana nirathakila roghahaarin
Bhagyapradhana paripuritha bhaktha kama
Sruthyaagama pranava vachya nijaswaroopa
Vallisanadha mama dehi karavalambham (3)

The one who always feeds the needy and who always cures the prevailing diseases
The one who bestows fortune and fulfills all the desires of his devotes
The one who is the real form of the pranava as given in the Vedas
The Lord of Goddess Valli, please provide us the handful support

Krouncha-Surendra parikandana shaktishula
Chapadishastra  parimanditha divyapanae
Sreekundaleesha dhara thunda sikhindravaha
Vallisanadha mama dehi karavalambham (4)

The Lord of Mountains, who has powerful weapons like Shakti and Shula
The one who carries several weapons in his divine hands
The one who wears the ear ornaments, and who rides swiftly on his Mayura vahana (Peacock)
The Lord of Goddess Valli, please provide us the handful support

Deevadhideva radhamandala madhya vedhya
Devendra peedanagaram dhruda chapahastham
Sooram nihatya surakoti bhireedyamana
Vallisanadha mama dehi karavalambham (5)

O God of all the Devas, the one who rides the chariot in the center of the several chariots (signifying the spirit of war)
The one who removes the suffering of the indra’s citadel and brings cheer with his protection
The one who eliminated the enemies, and was praised and admired by all the devas
The Lord of Goddess Valli, please provide us the handful support

Haaradhiratna maniyuktha kiritahaara
Keyurakunda lalasathkava chabhirama
Hey veera tharaka jayaamara brundhavandhya
Vallisanadha mama dehi karavalambham (6)

The one who wears the crown and jewels that were bedecked by precious gems
The one who wears armlets, earrings and a radiant armour
The one who was victorious on Tharaka and is worshipped by victorious devas
The Lord of Goddess Valli, please provide us the handful support

Panchaksharaadhi manumantritha gangathoyai
Panchamruthai pramudhitendra mukhairmunendryai
Pattabhishiktha hariyuktha parasanadha
Vallisanadha mama dehi karavalambham (7)

The one to whom the holy panchakshara mantra is chanted along with the offerings of Ganges water
The one who is anointed by Indra and best of holy sages with the panchamruthas 
The one whose coronation and status is revered by all
The Lord of Goddess Valli, please provide us the handful support

Sree Kartikeya karunamrutha poornadhrushtya
Kamadhiroga kalusheekrutha dushtachitham
Sithvatu maamava kaladhra kathikantya
Vallisanadha mama dehi karavalambham (8)

O Lord Kartikeya, the nectar of compassion, please reveal your merciful sight
Please remove our diseases, bad desires and wicked thoughts that set us in the wrong path
The one who takes care of his devotees, and the one who is the treasure of all the arts, shining with great radiance
The Lord of Goddess Valli, please provide us the handful support  

Subrahmanya karavalambham punyam ye patanthi dhwijothama
Tey sarve mukthi maayanti subrahmanya prasadatah
Subrahmanya karavalambamidham pratharudhaya yah patheth
Kotijanama-krutham papam tatkshanadeva nasyati

The one who recites this holy Subrahmanya Karavalambham
They will attain the liberation or the moksha and mukthi by the grace of God Subrahmanya
The one who recites this Subrahmanya Karavalambham stotram with meaning in the morning (Prath kala)
All the sins they made in their previous births will be wiped out in no time.

Significance and Benefits of Subrahmanya Ashtakam

Lord Kartikeya is known to be the one who grants good health and fortune to his devotees. He was also mentioned as the one who gives courage and spirit in hard times. Several Puranas also signify Karthikeya as a valiant god and know as the commander of the army of Devaloka.

Reciting this Subrahmanya Ashtakam with meaning brings a lot of courage and makes you understand that the Lord Kartikeya is with you giving his handful support to you in difficult situations.

Also, reciting this Ashtakam meaningfully with a pure heart brings fruitful results and removes bad desires, wicked thoughts, and wipes out the sins that were made in the previous births.

Which is the best time to read this Ashtakam?

Anyone can read this Subrahmanya Ashtakam at any time. There are no specific rules about it. However, reading it especially in the early morning (Pratha-kala) is considered to be more effective as it was clearly mentioned in the phalastuti(last paragraph) of this Ashtakam.

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