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by shrii V. Sadagopan

October 2, 1995


This year on Swami Desikan's birthday, I have translated the  sudarshana Ashtakam at the request of a devotee of shrii  Ranganatha Swami Sannadhi at Pomona, NY. This poem in melodious and lilting Sanskrit is a pleasure to recite and listen to.


Traditionally, this stotram is recited in homes, when some one has fever or illness of other kinds. Swami Desikan is said to have composed it to help the residents of Tirupputkuzhi, when they suffered from the grip of a epidemic fever. Alternatively, It is said that he composed it at Tiruvahindrapuram prior to a major debate with a leader of another sampradaya. Swami Desikan won that debate and thereby established the supremacy of shriiman Narayana and Visishtadvaita. 


Swami Desikan chose the 'dhrithas' chandas as a meter for the eight verses praising sudarshana. He chose the 'aupachandasikam' meter  for the phala-Sruti sloka. Both these meters hint at the  Vedic origin of sudarshana as indicated by Swami Desikan in  one or more verses of this Stotram. 



shrimate nigamanta mahadesikaya namah


shriman venkatanatharyah kavitarkika kesari | 

vedantacarya varyo me sannidhattam sada hrdi ||


 Verse 1: 

pratibhatasreni bhisana       varagunastoma bhusana

janibhayasthana tarana          jagadavasthana karana |

nikhiladuskarma karsana        nigamasaddharma darsana

jaya jaya shri sudarsana        jaya jaya shri sudarsana || 


 O shrii sudarshana! All the enemies of your Lord's devotees run away fearing your prowess. All auspicious attributes find their home in you. Those , Who worship you cross the 'shoreless' ocean of Samsara and free themselves from their cycles of births and deaths. The entire Universe is stabilized by your mighty power. You cut asunder all the sins of those who approach you as their refuge. You bless all of your devotees with the knowledge about the righteous conduct prescribed by the Vedas. O Lord sudarshana of these auspicious attributes! Hail to Thee! Hail to Thee! 


Verse 2: 

subhajagadrupa mandana        suraganatrasa khandana

satamakhabrahma vandita         satapathabrahma nandita   | 

prathitavidvat sapaksita       bhajadahirbudhnya laksita

jaya jaya shri sudarsana       jaya jaya shri sudarsana  || 


 O shrii sudarshana! You are resplendent as a precious decoration on the hand of shriiman Narayana, who has the universes as His body. Through your grace, Devas are freed from the fear caused by the Asuras. Indra and Brahma always worship you. The Satapatha Brahmana belonging to Sukla Yajur Veda hails your glories and pays its tributes to you. The scholars of this universe seek your help to overcome their contestants. Ahirbudhnya Samhita states that Ahirbudhnya (Siva) worships you and sought the boon to see your beautiful form with His own eyes. O Lord sudarshana of illustrious attributes! Hail To Thee! Hail to Thee! 


Verse 3: 

sphutatatijjala pinjara     prthutarajvala panjara

parigata pratnavigraha        patutaraprajna durgraha  | 

praharana grama mandita      parijana trana pandita

jaya jaya shri sudarsana jaya jaya shri sudarsana  || 


 O Lord sudarshana! You shine like the resplendent assembly of  lightnings. The bright tongues of flames surrounding you appear  like a cage (home) for you. The forms of Vasudeva, Sankarshana  and other vyuha murti-s find their positions around your geometric form (yantra). Even the scholars with sharp intellects stumble, when they try to understand the full extent of your glory. It is a beautiful sight to see the sixteen weapons of yours resting on your hands to serve you. You are dedicated to come to the rescue of those ,who seek your protection . O shrii sudarshana of such auspicious attributes! Hail to Thee! Hail to Thee! 


Verse  4: 

nijapadaprita sadgana nirupadhisphita sadguna

nigama nirvyudha vaibhava       nijapara vyuha vaibhava  | 

hari haya dvesi darana      hara pura plosa karana

jaya jaya shri sudarsana       jaya jaya shri sudarsana  ||


 O Lord sudarshana! The Righteous people have firm attachment to your holy feet. The Six Kalyana Gunaas --- Knowledge, Power, Strength, Wealth, Heroism, and effulgence-- find their natural home in You. The Vedas have firmly established Your glory in their many sections. Like your Lord, You have the forms of para and vyuha. You cut asunder the fear caused by the foes of Indra, the foremost among your devotees. You were responsible for the burning down Kashi, the city of Siva to ashes. You stood at the tip of Siva's arrow, when He was engaged in the campaign to destroy Tripuraasura. O shrii sudarshana Of such Kalyana Gunas! Hail to Thee! Hail to Thee! 


Verse 5: 

danuja vistara kartana jani tamisra vikartana

danujavidya nikartana          bhajadavidya nivartana | 

amara drsta sva vikrama       samara justa bhramikrama

jaya jaya shri sudarsana      jaya jaya shri sudarsana  || 


 O Lord sudarshana! You arrest the growth of the evil-minded Asuras and destroy them down to their roots. You are like the resplendent Sun banishing the dark night of Samsara, which bedevil your devotees. You Overcome any and every act of deception practised by the Asuras. You remove every shred of false knowledge that invade the minds of those ,who seek refuge in you. The Devas celebrate Your heroic deeds and experience joy in witnessing Your powerful actions. You revolve and rotate in many ways in your battles against the enemies of Your devotees. May Thou with such auspicious attributes prosper further! Hail to Thee! Hail To Thee!


Verse 6: 

prathimukhalidha bandhura       prthumahaheti dantura

vikatamaya bahiskrta        vividhamala  pariskrta |

sthiramahayantra tantrita        drdha daya tantra yantrita

jaya jaya shri sudarsana         jaya jaya shri sudarsana  || 


 O Lord sudarshana! You give darsana to us with Your dynamic gait of One foot placed forward in movement and the other rapidly following it. Your position in that gait is beautiful to behold. You are surrounded by Your magnificient and fearsome weapons. You are the conqueror of Powerful illusions (mAyA) caused by Asuras. You are not therefore affected by their acts of Mayaa. You are decorated with many beautiful flower garlands that add to your natural beauty. You are firmly bound in the warp of your great compassion for your devotees and bless them , when they worship You through Your Yantra and Mantra. O shrii sudarshana of such auspicious qualities! Hail to Thee! Hail to Thee! 


Verse 7:

mahita sampat sadaksara     vihitasampat sadaksara

sadaracakra pratisthita    sakala tattva pratisthita | 

vividha sankalpa kalpaka     vibudhasankalpa kalpaka

jaya jaya shri sudarsana jaya jaya shri sudarsana  || 


 O Lord sudarshana of many prime qualities! The wealth of the  righteous is their true knowledge about Your Lord. You Bless  them with the unperishable wealth of Moksham, When they seek  refuge at Your holy feet. Those who recite Your mantra made up of the six letters (aksharas) gain incomparable wealth. Your devotees (upaasakas) invoke You in Your yantra of six corners formed by two intersecting triangles and worship You at its epicenter. You pervade and reside in all the creations of Your Lord. You have the power to complete all deeds that you decide to undertake. You are thus a satya sankalpa and serve as the divine Kalpaka tree granting all the boons that your devotees request. O shrii sudarshana! Hail to Thee! Hail to Thee! 


Verse 8: 

bhuvana netra trayimaya      savana tejastrayimaya

niravadhi svadu chinmaya    nikhila sakte jaganmaya  | 

amita visvakriyamaya samita visvagbhayamaya

jaya jaya shri sudarsana      jaya jaya  shri sudarsana  || 


 O Lord sudarshana, the eye of the Universe! You are of the  form of the three Vedas. You are of the form of the three fires  -- gaarhapatyam, Ahvaneeyam and dakshinAgni -- of the Yagaas. You are of the delectable form of true knowledge! You have the power to accomplish every deed. You have taken the form of the Universe and its contents. You are woorshipped thru the sacrificial rituals of your devotees. In return, You destroy the fears and diseases of those, who worship You from all directions. O Lord sudarshana of auspicious qualities! Hail to Thee! Hail to Thee! 


Verse 9: 

phala sruti


dvicatuskamidam prabhutasaram pathatam venkatanayaka pranitam | 

visame'pi manorathah pradhavan na vihanyeta rathanga dhurya guptah  || 


 Those, who recite this Stotram consisting of eight verses in praise of sudarshana composed by Venkatanatha known as Vedanta Desikan comprehend the deep references to the glory of Lord sudarshana will have the fulfilment of all their wishes.The Boon-granting powers of Lord sudarshana will make them realize all their wishes by overcoming all obstacles that stand in the way. 


|| iti shri sudarsanastakam samaptam || 

kavitarkikasimhaya kalyanagunasaline | 

shrimate venkatesaya vedantagurave namah ||