Kanakadhara Stotram lyrics:
Om Vam Shreem Vam Aim Hreem Kleem Kanakdharayei Namah
Kanakdhara mantra meaning:
This mantra is a very sacred Sanskrit mantra in Hinduism.
Goddess Kanakdhara is a well-known incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of prosperity.
People recite this mantra daily to get health, wealth, and abundance both material and spiritual.
This stotra comprised of 21 mellifluous hymns on Goddess Lakshmi, and it is chanted in order to beget the beneficial blessings of Goddess Mahalakshmi (to receive wealth, fortunes, abundance, and to be granted boons as well as to alleviate misfortunes, suffering, and poverty.
Goddess Mahalakshmi is the divine consort of Lord Vishnu (who is part of Hindu Trinity) and is believed to protect her devotees from all kinds of miseries and problems in life and money-related sorrows.
Moreover, it is believed that Adi Sankaracharya composed Sri Kanakadhara Stotram in praise of Goddess Lakshmi and prayed to the Goddess to shower wealth and prosperity to a poor lady who sincerely donated an Amla fruit to Adi Shankaracharya who was begging for food (bhiksha).
Although, at first the Goddess of prosperity refused due to the poor lady’s karma of not doing any charity in her past life but the Goddess was extremely pleased with Adi Shankaracharya’s advocacy and the hymn that he sang.
Therefore, the Goddess bestowed the poor lady with wealth and prosperity in a manner of overflowing “gold-stream”.
The Sanskrit word ”Kanaka” literally means “Gold” and the word ”Dhara” literally translates as “Stream.”
A brief summary of each Kanakadhara stotram stanzas:
- Goddess Lakshmi is attracted towards the supreme God Hari (Vishnu) like black bees being attracted to the un-opened buds of a Tamala (Cinnamomum) tree.
- The Goddess is born to the ocean of milk and her glances return to the lotus-like face of Lord Krishna like honey bees towards the not yet opened pretty blue lotus buds.
- Let her who is the wife of Him, who sleeps on the snake, shower me with wealth.
- Let her garland of glances that protect Lord Vishnu and give him great strength, fall on me also.
- She is like a streak of lightning in the black-dark cloud (the chest of Lord Krishna).
- Cupid the God of love could reach Lord Vishnu only through Her kind glances.
- She is capable of making one as King of Devas in this world. Her side glance for a moment enabled Lord Indra to regain his kingdom.
- She grant’s heaven to all her devotees just through a compassionate glance. Let her sparkling eyes which are like the fully opened lotus fall on me. Grant me all my wishes.
- O Goddess please show your mercy which is like wind, and the shower of the rain of wealth on this parched land.
- She is the Goddess of knowledge, She is the darling of Lord Vishnu, She is the power that causes death at the time of deluge and She is the wife of Him who has the crescent on his head (Lord Shiva, also known as Mahadeva) and she does the creation, upkeep, and destruction at various times.
- O Goddess You are the embodiment of the Vedas, Rathi (wife of the God of Love), Shakti (Goddess of strength) and Lakshmi, the Goddess of Prosperity.
- She is as pretty as a lotus in full bloom and she is born from the ocean of milk, sister of nectar and the moon.
- She sits on the golden lotus, and She is the ruler of the entire creation, who showers mercy on Devas and She is the wife of him who has the bow called Saranga (Lord Vishnu).
- She is the daughter of Rishi Bhrigu. She is the wife of the son of Nanda (Lord Krishna)
- She has lotus like eyes, she is the earth and also the mother of the earth, worshiped and venerated by Devas and she is the consort of the son of Nanda (Lord Krishna).
- She is the giver of wealth and prosperity, giver of pleasure to all senses and also the giver of the right to rule kingdoms.
- One who is blessed by her side glances is blessed with wealth, abundance, and prosperity. My salutations to the queen of the heart of Lord Vishnu.
- She is the one who sits on the lotus, has a lotus in her hand, who is dressed in dazzling white clothes and one who wears garlands of gold and silver and sandal paste on her body.
- Eight elephants from all the directions pour out holy water of the Ganga (which flows in heaven), for her holy, purifying bath.
- She is the lotus, consort of Lord with lotus-eyes. O goddesses please turn your glances filled with mercy towards me who is the poorest of the poor.
- One who recites these prayers daily on her who is the personification of Vedas and who is the mother of three worlds, who is also called as Rama, will be blessed with good and graceful qualities and great fortunes.
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