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Vishwanathashtakam (Vishwanath Ashtakam) Ganga Taranga Ramaniya - in sanskrit with meaning - stotra on Sri Shiva

- composed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya

श्रीविश्वनाथाष्टकम् - गङ्गातरङ्गरमणीयजटाकलापं
Sri Vishwanathashtakam - Ganga Taranga Ramaniya Jata Kalapam
Shiva

Kashi
The holy city of Kashi
Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga
Kashi Vishwanth Jyotirlinga
Kashi Vishwanath

गङ्गातरङ्गरमणीयजटाकलापं
गौरीनिरन्तरविभूषितवामभागम्
नारायणप्रियमनङ्गमदापहारं
वाराणसीपुरपतिं भज विश्वनाथम् ॥१॥
Ganggaa-Tarangga-Ramanniiya-Jattaa-Kalaapam
Gaurii-Nirantara-Vibhuussita-Vaama-Bhaagam |
Naaraayanna-Priyam-Anangga-Madaa-[A]pahaaram
Vaaraannasii-Pura-Patim Bhaja Vishvanaatham ||1||

Meaning:
1.1: (Salutations to Sri Vishwanatha) Whose Matted Hair forming a Beautiful Bundle, is Beautifully decorated with the Streams of River Ganga,
1.2: Whose Left-Half is always adorned by Devi Gauri (the Universal Shakti),
1.3: Who is Dear to Sri Narayana, and Who has destroyed the Pride of Ananga (Kamadeva),
1.4: Worship that Vishwanatha, Who is the Lord of the City of Kashi,

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Shiva
वाचामगोचरमनेकगुणस्वरूपं
वागीशविष्णुसुरसेवितपादपीठम्
वामेन विग्रहवरेण कलत्रवन्तं
वाराणसीपुरपतिं भज विश्वनाथम् ॥२॥
Vaacaam-Agocaram-Aneka-Gunna-Svaruupam
Vaagiisha-Vissnnu-Sura-Sevita-Paada-Piittham |
Vaamena Vigraha-Varenna Kalatravantam
Vaaraannasii-Pura-Patim Bhaja Vishvanaatham ||2||

Meaning:
2.1: (Salutations to Sri Vishwanatha) Who is the embodiment of many Gunas (Divine Attributes) which are beyond the Speech,
2.2: The Seat of Whose Divine Feet is served by Sri Brahma, Vishnu and Suras,
2.3: Who, by the Beautiful-Form of His Left-Half is one with His Consort,
2.4: Worship that Vishwanatha, Who is the Lord of the City of Kashi,

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Shiva
भूताधिपं भुजगभूषणभूषिताङ्गं
व्याघ्राजिनाम्बरधरं जटिलं त्रिनेत्रम्
पाशाङ्कुशाभयवरप्रदशूलपाणिं
वाराणसीपुरपतिं भज विश्वनाथम् ॥३॥
Bhuuta-Adhipam Bhujaga-Bhuussanna-Bhuussita-Anggam
Vyaaghra-Ajina-Ambara-Dharam Jattilam Tri-Netram |
Paasha-Angkusha-Abhaya-Vara-Prada-Shuula-Paannim
Vaaraannasii-Pura-Patim Bhaja Vishvanaatham ||3||

Meaning:
3.1: (Salutations to Sri Vishwanatha) Who is the Lord of the Beings and Whose Body is adorned with the ornaments of Serpents,
3.2: Who wear the Skin of a Tiger as His Garment, Whose Hair is Matted and Who has Three Eyes,
3.3: Who holds Pasha (Noose), Angkusha (Hook), grants Fearlessness and Boons, and holds His Trident in His Hand,
3.4: Worship that Vishwanatha, Who is the Lord of the City of Kashi,

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Shiva
शीतांशुशोभितकिरीटविराजमानं
भालेक्षणानलविशोषितपञ्चबाणम्
नागाधिपारचितभासुरकर्णपुरं
वाराणसीपुरपतिं भज विश्वनाथम् ॥४॥
Shiitaamshu-Shobhita-Kiriitta-Viraajamaanam
Bhaale[a-Ii]kssanna-Anala-Vishossita-Pan.cabaannam |
Naaga-Adhipa-[A]aracita-Bhaasura-Karnnapuram
Vaaraannasii-Pura-Patim Bhaja Vishvanaatham ||4||

Meaning:
4.1: (Salutations to Sri Vishwanatha) The Shining Cool-Rayed Moon serves as Whose Diadem,
4.2: The Fire of Whose (Third) Eye from the Forehead consumed the Five Arrows (of Kamdeva),
4.3: The King of Serpents are Whose Shining Ear-Rings,
4.4: Worship that Vishwanatha, Who is the Lord of the City of Kashi,

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Shiva
पञ्चाननं दुरितमत्तमतङ्गजानां
नागान्तकं दनुजपुङ्गवपन्नगानाम्
दावानलं मरणशोकजराटवीनां
वाराणसीपुरपतिं भज विश्वनाथम् ॥५॥
Pan.caananam Durita-Matta-Matanggajaanaam
Naaga-Antakam Danuja-Punggava-Pannagaanaam |
Daavaanalam Maranna-Shoka-Jaraa-[A]ttaviinaam
Vaaraannasii-Pura-Patim Bhaja Vishvanaatham ||5||

Meaning:
5.1: (Salutations to Sri Vishwanatha) Who is like a Lion, subduing the Elephants of Sins and Passions (within us),
5.2: Who is like a Garuda, slaying the Serpents of Daityas (Demons) (within us),
5.3: Who is like a Forest Fire, burning the Forest of Sorrows of Death and Old Age (within us),
5.4: Worship that Vishwanatha, Who is the Lord of the City of Kashi,

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Shiva
तेजोमयं सगुणनिर्गुणमद्वितीयम्_
आनन्दकन्दमपराजितमप्रमेयम्
नागात्मकं सकलनिष्कलमात्मरूपं
वाराणसीपुरपतिं भज विश्वनाथम् ॥६॥
Tejomayam Sagunna-Nirgunnam-Advitiiyam_
Aananda-Kandam-Aparaajitam-Aprameyam
Naaga-[A]atmakam Sakala-Nisskalam-Aatmaruupam |
Vaaraannasii-Pura-Patim Bhaja Vishvanaatham ||6||

Meaning:
6.1: (Salutations to Sri Vishwanatha) Who is filled with Spiritual Splendour (Tejomaya), Who can assume a form with Gunas (Qualities or Attributes) as well as abide as the Non-dual expanse beyond all Gunas (Qualities or Attributes),
6.2: Whose essential nature overflows with Bliss which is Unsurpassed by anything and is beyond all Measures,
6.3: Whose body is adorned with Serpents, and Whose essential nature is merged in Atman, Complete and Undivided (expanse of Chidakasha),
6.4: Worship that Vishwanatha, Who is the Lord of the City of Kashi,

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Shiva
रागादिदोषरहितं स्वजनानुरागं
वैराग्यशान्तिनिलयं गिरिजासहायम्
माधुर्यधैर्यसुभगं गरलाभिरामं
वाराणसीपुरपतिं भज विश्वनाथम् ॥७॥
Raaga-[A]adi-Dossa-Rahitam Svajana-Anuraagam
Vairaagya-Shaanti-Nilayam Girijaa-Sahaayam |
Maadhurya-Dhairya-Subhagam Garala-Abhiraamam
Vaaraannasii-Pura-Patim Bhaja Vishvanaatham ||7||

Meaning:
7.1: (Salutations to Sri Vishwanatha) Who is free from all vices like Raga (Passion) and others, and Who is graceful to the Devotees,
7.2: Who is an abode of Peace born of Vairagya (freedom from Worldly Desires), and Whose Companion is Devi Girija (the Universal Shakti),
7.3: Who exhibits the Sweetness of Patience, Whose presence is Auspicious, and Whose Throat is beautifully adorned with the mark of Poison,
7.4: Worship that Vishwanatha, Who is the Lord of the City of Kashi,

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Shiva
आशां विहाय परिहृत्य परस्य निन्दां
पापे रतिं सुनिवार्य मनः समाधौ
आदाय हृत्कमलमध्यगतं परेशं
वाराणसीपुरपतिं भज विश्वनाथम् ॥८॥
Aashaam Vihaaya Parihrtya Parasya Nindaam
Paape Ratim Ca Sunivaarya Manah Samaadhau |
Aadaaya Hrt-Kamala-Madhyagatam Paresham
Vaaraannasii-Pura-Patim Bhaja Vishvanaatham ||8||

Meaning:
8.1: (Salutations to Sri Vishwanatha) Leaving behind all Desires, and keeping away from (the habit of) censuring others, ...
8.2: ... Restraining from Pleasure in Sins, merge the Mind in Meditation, ...
8.3: ... taking hold of the Supreme Being within the Lotus of the Heart,
8.4: Worship that Vishwanatha, Who is the Lord of the City of Kashi,

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Shiva
वाराणसीपुरपतेः स्तवनं शिवस्य
व्याख्यातमष्टकमिदं पठते मनुष्यः
विद्यां श्रियं विपुलसौख्यमनन्तकीर्तिं
सम्प्राप्य देहविलये लभते मोक्षम् ॥९॥
Vaaraannasii-Pura-Pateh Stavanam Shivasya
Vyaakhyaatam-Assttakam-Idam Patthate Manussyah
Vidyaam Shriyam Vipula-Saukhyam-Ananta-Kiirtim
Sampraapya Deha-Vilaye Labhate Ca Mokssam ||9||

Meaning:
9.1: (Salutations to Sri Vishwanatha) The Stava (Eulogy, Praise) of Shiva, the Lord of the City of Varanasi, ...
9.2: ... the Exposition of this Ashtakam (Hymn of Eight Verses), those Persons who recite, ...
9.3: ... Vidya (Learning, Knowledge), Sriya (Prosperity), abundant Joy and endless Fame ...
9.4: ... will be attained by them; and after their body falls (i.e. after death), they will attain Liberation.

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Translated by greenmesg

Vishwanath Jyotirlinga - from Shiva Purana:


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Kashi:

Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga Kashi Annapoorna Kashi Kalabhairava Ganga Aarti, Kashi - Mukti Puri: Kashi is one of the 7 Mukti Puris.
(Sapta Mukti Puris are: Mathura, Ayodhya, Mayapuri, Kashi, Kanchi, Avantika, Dwarka)

- Jyotirlinga: Kashi is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas known as Vishwanath Jyotirlinga.
(The Jyotirlingas are: Somnath, Mallikarjuna, Mahakaleshwar, Omkareshwar, Vaidyanath, Bhimashankar, Rameshwaram, Nageshwar, Vishwanath, Tryambakeshwar, Kedarnath and Grishneshwar - Refer to the Jyotirlinga sloka)

- Shakti Peetha: Kashi is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas known as Varanasi Shakti Peetha.
(Refer to the list of Shakti Peethas - Refer to Shakti Peetha Stotram)

- Annapoorna Temple: The Annapoorna Devi Temple is located near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in the Vishwanath lane. Devi Annapoorna is the Goddess of food. Food is served to all devotees daily as prasad in the temple. The festival of Annakut is an important festival associated with the Annapoorna Temple. The festival is performed for three days and only on these days the golden image of Mother Annapoorna is opened for darshan. The festival falls on Karthik Shukla Pratipada.

- Kalabhairava Temple: The Kalabhairava Temple is located in the Visheshwarganj in Kashi, around a km away from the Kashi Vishwanath temple. Kalabhairava is a fearsome aspect of Shiva associated with kala or death. He is considered as the kotwal (guardian angel) of Varanasi. The image of Kalabhairava is shown sitting on his dog vehicle and holding a trident. The silver face of the deity is only revealed and the rest of the body is covered with cloth. This temple was once a popular place of worship mainly by tantriks and ascetics. Now it is visited and patronized by general public as well.

- Ganga Arati: Kashi is the place where the holy river Ganga flows. The famous Ganga Arati is held in Kashi every evening in the Dashashwamedh Ghat.

- Kashi is located in the Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh.


Sri Adi Shankaracharya
Stotras by Sri Adi Shankaracharya in this site:

01. Achyutashtakam
02. Annapoorna Stotram
03. Bhavani Ashtakam
04. Devi Aparadha Kshamapana Stotram
05. Dakshinamurthy Stotram
06. Ganesha Pancharatnam
07. Ganga Stotram
08. Kalabhairava Ashtakam
09. Kalika Ashtakam
10. Kamakshi Stotram
11. Kanakadhara Stotram
12. Lakshmi Nrisimha Karavalambam
13. Lalita Panchakam
14. Meenakshi Pancharatnam
15. Narmadashtakam
16. Nirvana Shatakam
17. Pandurangashtakam
18. Pratah Smarami
19. Ranganathashtakam
20. Sharada Bhujangam
21. Shiva Manasa Puja
22. Shiva Panchakshara Stotram
23. Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram
24. Shivashtakam
25. Subramanya Bhujangam
26. Vishwanathashtakam
27. Yamunashtakam


Bharatavarsha - The Land of Gods and Sages:

1. Stotras by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha - Hanuman - Gurudeva - Gayatri
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
Final: Vedas - Brahman

2. Pilgrimages by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - Lakshmi - (Parvati - Shakambari)
Others: Murugan - Ganga

3. Sadhana: Sadhana - Hermitages - Penances

4. Saints: Ramakrishna - Vivekananda - Ramana - Saints

5. Sacred Geography: Forests - Mountains - Rivers - Lakes

6. Puranas: Puranic Events

7. Religious Life: Stotras - Puja - Pilgrimages - Festivals - Varnashramas - Samskaras - Traditions

8. Other Aspects: Sanskrit - Arts - Music - Dance - Medicine - Architecture - Astronomy

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May there be Peace in the Gods in the various Worlds,
May there be Peace in Brahman,
May there be Peace in All,
May there be Peace Indeed within Peace,
Giving Me the Peace which Grows within Me,
Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.

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