The Name, Lalita, is the Armenian Name of Lilith, the Great Goddess of Death and Love ; the Divine Feminine Principle of the Universe.
There is, however, another Goddess by the same Name and beloved of Shakti worshippers in India and around the world :
The Goddess is often depicted wearing red, and Her sacred flower is the Lotus. Lalita has four arms, and each of the arms holds different objects for protection and benefits(blessings).
Lalitha holds five arrows or flowers, a noose, a goad and a sugarcane or bow. The noose represents the attachment which is the most important ~ the power of Love, the goad repels any demons or obstacles which stand in our way to spiritual progress, the sugar cane bow represents the mind and the potential for experiencing superconciousness and the flower arrows are the five subtle elements.
The meaning of the Name, Lalita, is “ She who plays”; and the cult of Lalita is intimately associated with the Sakti cult or the worship of the Divine as Energy in feminine form.
Lalita is also known as Sri-Lalita Tripura Sundari, the Goddess of Three cities. Lalita is the Goddess of Bliss and spontaneous joy, with which the Goddess blesses Her devotees with abundance.
Lalita is the Mother of Ganesh, and embodies the energies of Goddess Durga and Goddess Kali in Her nature.
The Lalita sahasranama is a sacred text of Shakti worshippers and is also used in the veneration of the Goddess Durga, Kali, Lakshmi, Saraswati and all other manifestations of the Divine Feminine.
Goddess Lalitha is the Divine Mother of infinite grace and love
‘One can worship Lalitha only if She wishes us to do so”
Sinduraruna vigraham trinayanam manikyamauli sphurat
Tara nayaka shekharam smitamukhi mapina vakshoruham
Panibhyamalipoorna ratna chashakam raktotpalam bibhratim
Saumyam ratna ghatastha raktacharanam dhyayet paramambikam
The Divine mother is to be meditated upon as shining in a vermilion-red body, with three eyes, sporting a crown of rubies studded with the crescent moon, a face all smiles, a splendid bust, one hand holding a jewel-cup brimming with mead, and the other twirling a red lotus.
Dhyayet padmasanastham vikasitavadanam padmapatrayatakshim
Hemabham pitavastram karakalitalasad hemapadmam varangim
Sarvalankara yuktam satata mabhayadam bhaktanamram bhavanim
Shrividyam shanta murttim sakala suranutam sarva sampatpradatrim
The Divine Goddess is to be meditated upon as seated on the lotus with petal eyes. She is golden hued, and has lotus flowers in Her hand. She dispels fear of the devotees who bow before Her. She is the embodiment of peace, knowledge (vidyaa), is praised by gods and grants every kind of wealth wished for
Lalita Sahasranama stotram
1.Om shrimata shrimaharagyi shrimatsimha saneshvari
Chidagni kundasambhuta devakarya samudyata ..
Shrimata: Salutations to the Divine Mother, who is the Mother of all.
Shri-mahararagni: Great Empress of the whole Universe.
Shrimat-simhasaneshvari: Great Sovereign, enthroned on the lion’s back.
Chidagni kundasambhuta: Who came out of the fire of Pure Consciousness.
Devakarya samudyata: Who promotes the cause of Divine forces.
2.Udyadbhanu sahasrabha chaturbahu samanvita
Raagasvarupa pashadhya krodha karankushojjvala.
Udyadbhanu sahasrabha: Who is radiant as a thousand suns rising together.
Chaturbahu samanvita: Four-armed Divinity.
Ragasvarupa pashadhya: Who holds in her lower left hand a noose representing the power of love.
Krodha karankushojjvala: Who holding the flashing Ankusa (goad) of anger in Her lower right hand for restraining the forces of evil.
3.Manorupekshu kodanda pancha tanmatra sayaka
Nijaruna prabhapura majjadbrahmanda mandala.
4.Manorupekshu kodanda: Who wields in her upper left hand a Sugarcane bow that stands for mind.
Panchatanmatra sayaka: Who holds five arrows representing the five Tanmatras (Subtle elements).
Nijaruna prabhapura majjadbrahmanda mandala: In the rosy splendour of whose form the whole universe is bathed.
Champakashoka punnaga saugandhika lasatkacha
Kuruvinda manishreni kanatkotira mandita.
Champakashoka punnaga saugandhika lasat kacha: Whose shining locks of hair impart their fragrance to flowers like Chamka, Ashoka and Punnaga adorning them.
Kurvinda manishreni kanatkotira mandita: Whose crown is shining with rows of Kuruvinda gems.
5.Ashtami chandra vibhraja dalikasthala shobhita
Mukhachandra kalankabha mruganabhi visheshaka.
Ashtami chandra vibhraja dalikasthala shobhita: Whose forehead shines, arching like the crescent moon of the eighth lunar digit (Ashtami)
Mukhachandra kalankabha mruganabhi visheshaka: The Kasturi Tilaka adorns her moonlike face, like the spot in the moon.
6.Vadanasmara mangalya gruhatorana chillika
Vaktra lakshmi parivaha chalan minabha lochana.
Vadanasmara mangalya gruhatorana chillika: Whose face, the auspicious home of Karma (Cupid), has eyebrows that resemble archways leading to that abode of beauty.
Vaktra lakshmi parivaha chalan minabha lochana: Whose eyes move like fish in the streams of beauty flowing from Her face.
7.Navachampaka pushpabha nasadanda virajita
Tarakanti tiraskari nasabharana bhasura.
Navachampaka pushpabha nasadanda virajita: Whose shapely nose is like a freshly blown Champaka bud.
Tarakanti tiraskari nasabharana bhasura: With a nasal ornament set with a jewel that excels the brilliance of the planet Venus.
8.Kadamba manjari klupta karnapura manohara
Tatanka yugalibhuta tapanodupa mandala.
Kadamba manjari klupta karnapura manohara: Who is radiant and charming with a bunch of Kadamba flowers over her ears.
Tatanka yugalibhuta tapanodupa mandala: Who has the orbs of the Sun and Moon as Her pair of ear pendants.
9.Padmaraga shiladarsha paribhavi kapolabhuh
Navavidruma bimbashri nyakkari radanachhada .
Padmaraga shiladarsha paribhavi kapolabhuh: Whose cheeks are far fairer than mirrors of ruby (Padmaraga)
Navavidruma bimbashri nyakkari radanachhada: Whose lips outshine the redness of fresh coral and bimba fruit.
10.Shuddha vidyankurakara dvijapankti dvayojjvala
Karpura vitikamoda samakarshi digantara.
Shuddha vidyankurakara dvijapankti dvayojjvala: Whose beauty is enhanced by her rows of teeth that resemble the sprouting of pure Knowledge (Suddha Vidya or Sri – Vidya).
Karpura vatikamoda samakarshi digantara: The fragrance of the campho limbedded betel roll in whose mouth is spreading in all directions.
11.Nijasallapa madhurya vinirbhartsita kachhapi
Mandasmita prabhapura majjatkamesha manasa.
Nijasallapa madhurya vinirbhartsita kachhapi: Whose speech is more melodious than the Veena of Sarasvati known as Kachhapi.
Mandasmita prabhapura majjatkamesha manasa: The radiance of whose smile inundates the mind of Kamesvara, Her consort.
12.Anakalita sadrushya chubukashri virajita
Kamesha baddhamangalya sutra shobhita kandhara.
Anakalita sadrushya chubukashri virajita: Her chin is peerless in beauty.
Kamesha baddhamangalya sutra shobhita kandhara: Whose neck is adorned with the Mangalasutra fastened thereon by Her consort Kamesvara.
13.Kanakangada keyura kamaniya bhujanvita
Ratnagraiveya chintaka lolamukta phalanvita.
Kankangada keyura kamaniya bhujanvita: Whose beautiful arms are decked with armlets and bracelets of gold.
Ratnagraiveya chintaka lolamukta phalanvita: Who wears a gem – set necklace having a big pearl as a pendant.
14.Kameshvara premaratna manipratipana stani
Nabhyalavala romali lataphala kuchadvayi.
Kamesvara premaratna manipratipana stani: Whose breasts form the price she pays to Her Consort (Mahesvara) in return for the gem of love He bestows on Her.
Nabhayalavala romali lataphala kuchadvayi: Whose breasts look like fruits on the creeper of the hair – line spreading upwards from the navel.
15.Lakshyaroma latadharata samunneya madhyama
Stanabhara dalanmadhya pattabandha valitraya .
Lakshyaroma latadharata samunneya madhyama: Who has a waist so slender that it can only be inferred as a base for the creeper of fine hair springing from her navel upwards.
Stanabhara dalanmadhya pattabandha valitraya: Whose waist, breaking under the weight of the breasts, gets three lines like a supporting belt.
Jai Lalita~ Maa! The graceful, infinitely understanding and gracious Goddess of us all.
Many thanks for the Sri DeviYantra, Zereida.
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