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Sri Sankara Vijayam - 50
« on: August 09, 2009, 12:09:45 PM »
Sankara then came to Kumbakonam, a bigger town, where
there are many temples for Siva and Vishnu.  Siva here is called
Sri Kumbeswara, the Linga in the form of Kumba, pot.  Kumbakonam
is famous for its Mahamakam tank, where Ganga is said to
swell on the day of Maka asterism, in the month of Kumba, once
in twelve years when the Jupiter comes to the zodiac of Kumba,
Aquarius.  Vishnu is here called Chakrapani, the one with disc
as his armour.

Sankara composed the famous Kumbeswara Stotram here.
It starts as Namo, nama karana kaaranaaya....

I pray to the Primal Cause, the cause of all causes, the One in
the form of a pot, with nectar, the One who confers all welfare,
and is in the form of Welfare itself. To that Kumbeswara, I pray.

I pray to the one who gives fear to his enemies, the one who
cures the fears of diseases, the one who is ever conferring bliss,
the one who is wearing serpents as his ornaments, the one who
is ever peaceful and is Peace itself.  You wear matted locks and
enchant the devotees, with your form.  You wear holy ashes,
and Holy Ashes itself.  I pray to that Parameswara, Kumbalinga

I pray to the one whose attire is Vedas, who has got moon, sun
and fire as the three eyes. I pray to the One who is the deity of
all sacrifices, Yagneswara, the god of Mahavishnu.  I pray to
that Kumbalinga, Mahalingeswara.

I pray to the one who is concorporate with Katyayani, Uma.
I pray to the consort of Durga devi, the one who is the purport
of all Agamas, the one who is the Time and the god of sun, who
was prayed by Sun himself, I pray to that Kumbeswara, Mahalinga.

I pray to the One who confers all wealth to the world, who has got
many forms, who causes the great dissolution with the power of his
Maya, who is in the form of world also, who has got the fire as his
third eye, to that Kumbeswara, Mahalinga, I pray.

I pray to the One who is in the form of all water-bodies (like tanks,
rivers, streams and oceans), the One who confers benefits for one
who bathes in the tank here, the consort of Mangalambika*, to that
Kumbeswara, Mahalinga, I pray.

There are some more verses.  The last verse indicates the bathing
in the town's tank, where Ganga is said to swell on a particular
day once in twelve years.  * is the name of the goddess, Uma.

Sankara left Kumbakonam and proceeded to south again, to
Madurai.  He visits the temple of Sundareswara-Meenkashi
there in Madurai.

Arunachala Siva.   


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Re: Sri Sankara Vijayam - 50
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2017, 01:26:37 PM »
Thanks.  But the book I have states that Sri Kumbeshwara stotram was composed by Lord Brahma.  It is also stated that it is found in Bhavishyottara Purana.  Please will you clarify.  If you want me to send the version that I have, I will be happy to send it to you.