Ardhanareeswara Stotram The Ardhanareeswara Stotram of Adi Sankara describes the form of Shiva that encompasses the feminine and masculine aspects of the divine. This strotram has been rendered by Anahata, the muscial offerings from Anaadi Foundation.

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It is difficult to describe Ardhanareeswara as any amount of description would be limited. If there is one word to describe all that is seen and not seen, experienced and not experienced, it would be Ardhanareeswara. Its a unique and quintessential form of Shiva that encompasses the masculine and feminine and yet goes beyond genders. Meditating on Ardhanareeswara gives the ability to develop inner qualities that are well balanced, that are masculine and feminine. The masculine and feminine are not contradictory principles but complementary aspects that aid the harmonious functioning of the Universe. There is no One without the Other and there is no Him without Her.

This is a musical offering by Anahata to Him and Her- Shiva and Parvathi.  The Ardhanareeswara Stotra was composed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya.

Lyrics and Meaning:

Champeya Gaurardha Sharirakayai

Karpura Gaurardha Sharirakaya |

Dhammillakayai Cha Jatadharaya

Namah Shivaayai Cha Namah Shivaaya |1|

My salutations to both Parvathi and Shiva

To Her whose body shines similar to molten gold,

To Him whose body shines like the burning camphor,

To Her who has a well made up hair,

And to Him who has the matted lock.

Kasturika Kumkuma Charchitayai

Chitaarajahpunja Vicharchitaya |

Krutasmarayai Vikrutasmaraya

Namah Shivaayai Cha Namah Shivaaya |2|

My salutations to both Parvathi and Shiva,

To Her whose body is smeared with musk and saffron,

To Him whose body is smeared with ashes of a burning ghat,

To Her whose prettiness radiates love,

And to Him who destroyed the God of love.

Jhanat Kvanat Kangana Nupurayai

Padabja Rajat Phani Nupuraya |

Hemaamgadayai Bhujagangadaaya

Namah Shivaayai Cha Namah Shivaaya |3|

My salutations to both Prvathi and Shiva,

To Her who has tinkling pretty anklets,

To Him who has the king of snakes as anklet,

To Her who shines with golden anklets,

And to Him who has snakes as anklets.

Vishalanilot Palalochanayai

Vikasipankeru Halochanaya |

Samekshanayai Vishamekshanaya

Namah Shivaayai Cha Namah Shivaaya |4|

My salutations to both Parvathi and Shiva,

To Her who has eyes as wide as the blue lotus,

To Him who has eyes as wide as a fully opened lotus,

To Her who has even number of eyes,

And to Him who has odd number of eyes.

Mandara Maala Kalitaalakayai

Kapaalamalan Kitakandharaya |

Divyambarayai Cha Digambaraaya

Namah Shivaayai Cha Namah Shivaaya |5|

My salutations to both Parvathi and Shiva,

To Her whose hair is decorated with divine flowers,

To Him who wears a garland of skulls,

To Her who dresses in great silks,

And to Him wearing the eight directions.

Ambhodhara Syamala Kuntalayai

Tatit Prabha Taamra Jatadharaya |

Nirishvarayai Nikhileshwaraya

Namah Shivaayai Cha Namah Shivaaya |6|

My salutations to both Parvathi and Shiva,

To Her who has black hair like the swollen cloud,

To Him who has copper matted locks like lightning,

To Her who is the goddess of the mountains,

And to Him who is the Lord of the universe.

Prapancha Srishtyun Mukhalaasyakayai

Samasta Samhaaraka Tandavaya |

Jagat Jananyai Jagadekapitre

Namah ShivaayaiCha Namah Shivaaya |7|

My salutations to both Parvathi and Shiva,

To Her whose dance marks the creation of the world,

To Him whose dance destroys everything,

To Her who is the mother of the universe,

To Him who is the father of the universe.

Pradipta Ratnojjvala Kundalayai

Sphuran Mahapannaga Bhushanaya |

Sivanvitayai Cha Sivanvitaya

Namah Shivaayai Namah Shivaaya |8|

My salutations to both Parvathi and Shiva,

To Her with glittering earrings of gems,

To Him who wears a great serpent as an ornament,

To Her who is divinely merged with Shiva,

And to Him who is divinely merged with Parvathi.

Etatpathed Ashtakam Ishtadam Yo

Bhaktya Sa Manyo Bhuvi Dirghajivi

Prapnoti Saubhagya Manantakalam

Bhuyat Sada Tasya Samasta Siddih

Those who chant this Ardhanarishwara Stotram with bhakthi will be blessed long respectful life and will be blessed with all they wish to to have in their lifetime.

 

 

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