Durga Chalisa is a forty verse prayer consecrated to Goddess Durga, describing her strength, beauty, and courage.
Durga Chalisa lyrics and translation in English:
1.Namo Namo Durge Sukh karani,
Namo Namo ambe Dukh harani.
I bow to You O Goddess Durga, the granter of happiness!
I bow to You O Goddess Amba, who Ends all miseries.
2.Nirakar hai jyoti tumhari,
Tihun lok pheli ujayari.
The radiance of your light is limitless and all pervading and all the 3
realms (Heaven, Earth and the Nether World) are enlightened by Thee.
3.Shashi lalat mukh mahavishala,
Netra lal bhrikutee vikarala.
Your face is like the moon and mouth very huge. Your eyes sheen with a
red glow and You have a Frightening frown.
4.Roop Matu ko adhika suhave,
Daras karat jan ati sukh pave.
O Mother! Your look is enchanting, the very sight of which ensures welfare
of the devout.
5.Tum sansar shakti laya kina,
Palan hetu anna dhan dina.
All the powers of the World repose in Thee and it is You who provide wealth and
food for the World’s survival.
6.Annapurna hui jag pala,
Tumhi adi sundari Bala.
Like the feeding Mother Annapoorna, You nurture the whole universe and You are
the one Who appear like the timeless Bala Sundari.
7.Pralaya kala sab nashan hari,
Tum gauri Shiv-Shankar pyari.
At the time of dissolution, it is You, O Mother, who destroys everything. You are the
beloved Consort of Lord Shiva, Gauri (Goddess Parvati).
8.Shiv yogi tumhre guna gaven,
Brahma Vishnu tumhen nit dhyaven.
Lord Shiva and all yogis always recite your praise Brahma,
Vishnu and all other Gods ever meditate on You.
9.Roop Saraswati ko tum dhara,
De subuddhi rishi munina ubara.
You appear in the form of Goddess Saraswati too,
to grant wisdom and knowledge to the sages and thus ensure their Welfare.
10.Dharyo roop Narsimha ko amba,
Pragat bhayin phar kar khamba.
O Mother Amba! It was You who appeared in the form
of Narsimha, sundering the pillar.
11.Raksha kari Prahlaad bachayo,
Hiranakush ko swarga pathayo.
Thus You saved Prahlad and Hiranyakashyap also went to
Heaven as he was killed by your Hands.
12.Lakshmi roop dharo jag mahin,
Shree Narayan anga samihahin.
In the form of Goddess Lakshmi, O Mother, you appear in
this world and repose by the side of Shree Narayan.
13.Ksheer sindhu men karat vilasa,
Daya Sindhu, deeje man asa.
Dwelling in the ocean of milk, O Goddess, with Lord Vishnu,
please fulfill my desires.
14.Hingalaja men tumhin Bhavani,
Mahima amit na jet bakhani.
O Bhavani, the famous Goddess of Hingalaja is no one else but
You Yourself. Illimitable is your Glory, defying description.
15.Matangi Dhoomavati Mata,
Bhuvneshwari bagala sukhdata.
You are yourself Matangi and Dhoomavati Mata. It is You who appear as
Bagalamukhi Devi and Bhuvaneshwari to grant happiness and bliss to all.
16.Shree Bhairav lara jog tarani,
Chhinna Bhala bhav dukh nivarani.
It is You who redeem the wolrd, appearing in the form of Shree Bhairavi,
Taradevi and Chhinnamasta Devi, and end its sorrows.
17.Kehari Vahan soh Bhavani,
Langur Veer Chalat agavani.
Reposing gracefully upon your vehicle, O Goddess Bhavani, You are welcome
by the brave Langour (God Hanuman).
18.Kar men khappar khadag viraje,
Jako dekh kal dan bhaje.
When You appear in the form of Goddess Kali, with sword in one hand and a
cupel in the other, Even Time flees in panic.
19.Sohe astra aur trishoola,
Jase uthata shatru hiya shoola.
Beholding You, well armed, with a Trident in your hand, the enemy’s
heart aches with the sting of fear.
20.Nagarkot men tumhi virajat,
Tihun lok men danka bajat.
You also repose in the form of Devi at Nagarkot in Kangara. Hence all the
3 realms shudder in the might of your glory.
21.Shumbhu Nishumbhu Danuja tum mare,
Rakta-beeja shankhan samhare.
You slayed the demons like Nishumb and Shumbh and massacred the
thousand forms of the dreaded Demon Raktabeej.
22.Mahishasur nripa ati abhimani,
Jehi agha bhar mahi akulani.
When the earth was seriously distressed bearing the load of the sins
of the arrogant Mahishasur.
23.Roop karal Kalika dhara,
Sen Sahita tum tin samhara.
You assumed the dreadful form of Goddess Kali and
massacred him along with his army.
24.Pan garha Santan par jab jab,
Bhayi sahaya Matu tum tab tab.
Thus, whenever the noble saints were distressed,
it is You O Mother, who came to their rescue.
25.Amarpuni aru basava loka,
Tava Mahirna sab rahen asoka.
All the realms including the Amarpuri (divine realm) remain
sorrow-less and happy by Your Grace. O Goddess!
26.Jwala men hai jyoti tumhari,
Tumhen sada poojen nar nari.
It is the symbol of Your glory that is burning brightly at Shree JwalaJi.
All me and women Ever adore You, O Mother!
27.Prem bhakti se Jo yash gave,
Dukh-daridra nikat nahin ave.
He who sings Your glory with devotion, love, and sincerity remains
beyond the reach of grief And poverty.
28.Dhyave tumhen jo nar man laee,
Janam-maran tako chuti jaee.
He who meditates upon Your form with concentration goes
beyond the cycle of births and deaths.
29.Jogi sur-muni kahat pukari,
Jog na ho bin shakti tumhari.
All the yogis, gods and sages openly declare that without your
favor one can’t establish communion with God.
30.Shankar Aacharaj tap keenhon,
Kam, krodha jeet sab leenhon.
Shankaracharya had performed once a special penance called
Aacharaj and by virtue of which he had subdued his desire and anger.
31.Nisidin dhyan dharo Shankar ko,
Kahu kal nahini sumiro tum ko.
He ever worshipped Lord Shankar and never for a moment
focused his mind on You.
32.Shakti roop ko maran na payo,
Shakti gayi tab man pachitayo.
Since He did not realize your immense glory, all His powers
waned and then He repented hitherto.
33.Sharnagat hui keerti bakhani,
Jai jai jai Jagdamb Bhavani.
Then He sought refuge in You, recited Your glory and
‘Victory, victory, victory to Thee, O Jagadamba Bhavani’.
34.Bhayi prasanna Aadi Jagdamba,
Dayi shakti nahin keen vilamba.
Then, O Primal Goddess Jagadamba Ji, You were propitiated and
in no time You granted Him with his lost powers.
35.Mokon Matu kashta ati ghero,
Tum bin kaun hare dukh mero.
O, Mother! Severe afflictions distress me and no one except Your
Honored Self can provide relief please end my afflictions.
36.Aasha trishna nipat sataven,
Moh madadik sab binsaven.
Hopes and longings ever torture me. All sorts of passions and
lust ever torment my heart.
37.Shatru nash keeje Maharani,
Sumiron ekachita tumhen Bhavani.
O Goddess Bhavani! I meditate only upon you Please
kill my enemies O Queen!
38.Karo kripa Hey Matu dayala,
Riddhi-Siddhi de karahu nihala.
O, Merciful Mother! Show me your favor and make me feel
happy by granting me with all sorts of riches and powers (siddhis).
39.Jab lagi jiyoon daya phal paoon,
Tumhro yash men sada sunaoon.
O, Mother! May I be receptable of Your grace as long as I live,
ever recounting the feats of Your Glory to all.
40.Durga Chalisa jo gave,
Sab sukh bhog parampad pave.
This way, whoever recites this Durga Chalisa shall ever enjoy all
sorts of pleasures and shall attain the highest state in the end.