Prayer for Friday (Maha Shivaratri)

Today is the Hindu festival of Maha Shivaratri. It is also the Shinto festival day of Setsubun-sai.

Oh the divine couple Shiva Parvati!
O Thee, the protectors of this universe,
Along with Lords Brahma and Vishnu
We pray to You for our well-being,
prosperity and the enlightenment of our souls.

Margabandhu Stotram

Prostrations to He who blesses us with prosperity,
Prostrations to the greatest God,
Prostrations to the abode of peace,
Prostrations to Him, who blesses us with riches,
And Prostrations to him who is the God of Gods.
(This is repeated after each of the following stanzas.)

I pray to that friend of the path,
Who wears a crown on his head,
Who kills his enemies by his trident,
Who wears a crescent which showers nectar,
And who burnt by the fire of his eyes,
Which are on his forehead,
Him who has the five arrows like an insect.
(Prostrations to he who blesses….)

I pray to that friend of the path,
Whose limbs are adorned by a snake,
Who is a deer in the park of holy pranava,
Whose feet is worshipped by great sages,
And who looks charming with his head,
Adorned by the Ganga of the sky,
(Prostrations to he who blesses….)

I pray to that friend of the good divine path,
Who is perennial and of the form of,
Truth, intelligence and bliss,
Who destroyed without reminder,
The glory of the fame of the enemy of Indra,
Who used the golden Mount Meru,
As his bow in the war against three asuras[3],
And who dresses himself in hides of trees.
(Prostrations to he who blesses….)

I pray to that friend of the path,
Who put an end to the pride of God of love,
Who is the great Lord who has a deep blue throat,
Who has the great sky as his matted lock,
Whose teeth resemble the white jasmine flowers,
And who has the shine of billions of Suns.
(Prostrations to he who blesses….)

I pray to that friend of the path,
Who is more generous than the wish giving tree,
Who is the strength behind the great Mandara Mountain[4],
Who is very close to the great Goddess Gauri,
Who has a red colour far intense than red lead,
And who is more resolute than the God of the ocean.
(Prostrations to he who blesses….)

(Source: Hindupedia)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am dependable, honest, and dedicated.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Starting this week we will post a new affirmation on Sunday for the week
instead of every day.

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