Shri Durga Chalisa
Namo namo Durge sukh karani,
Namo namo Ambe dukh harani.
Chant the name of Durga, the giver of happiness,
Chant the name of Ambe, the destroyer of sadness
Nirankar hai jyoti tumhari
Tihun lok pheli ujayari.
Your light is infinite,
And it spreads in all the three realms
Shashi lalat mukh maha vishala,
Netra lal brikuti vikrala.
You have the beauty of the moon and your mouth s wonderful,
Your eyes have a red glow and a stern frown
Roop matu ko adhika suhave,
Daras karat jan ati sukh pave.
This image of your is very beautiful,
Which gives the devotee ultimate happiness to see
Tum sansar shakti laya kina,
Palan hetu anna dhan dina.
All the powers of the world are in you,
And you look after the world by giving grain (food) and money (wealth)
Annapurna hui jag pala,
Tumhi adi sundari bala.
As Annapurna, the feeding mother, you nurture the universe,
And you are also the timeless young girl of extreme beauty
Pralaya kal sab nashan hari,
Tum Gauri Shiv Shankar pyari.
You are the destroyer of everything at the end of time,
As Gauri, you are the beloved wife of Lord Shiva
Shiv yogi tumhare gun gave,
Brahma Vishnu tumhe nit dhyaven.
The God Shiv and all the yogis chant your praise,
Brahma and Vishnu meditate on you
Roop Saraswati ko tum dhara,
De subudhi rishi munin ubara
You take the form of Goddess Saraswati,
To grant wisdom to the rishis (sages) thus look after them
Dharyo roop Narsimha ko Amba,
Pragat bhayin phar kar kamba.
Goddess Amba, you took the form of Narsimha,
And you broke the pillar
Raksha kari Prahalad bachayo,
Hiranakush ko swarg pathayo.
You protected Prahalad and saved him,
And Hiranakush (the demon) was granted access to heaven
Lakshmii roop dharo jag mahi,
Shree Narayan ang samahi
You appear in this world in the form of Goddess Lakshmi,
And you are by the side of Lord Narayan
Ksheree Sindhu karat vilasa,
Daya Sindhu deejay man aasa
Residing on the Sea of Milk
With Lord Vishnu, O Goddess, please fulfill my wishes
Hingalaj mein tumhi Bhavani,
Mahima amit na jaat bakhani
You are Goddess Bhavani in Hingalaj,
Your glory is brilliant, beyond description
Matangi Dhoomavati Mata,
Bhuvneshwari Bagala Sukhdata
You are the Goddess Matangi and Dhoomavati,
You are the giver of happiness in the form of Bhuvneshwari and Bagala
Shree Bairav Tara jog tarani,
Chin-na Bhala bhav dukh nivarani.
You end the sorrows of this world,
By appearing in the forms of Bhairavi, Tara and Chinamasta Devi
Kehari Vahan soh Bhavani,
Langur veer chalat agavani
Oh Goddess Bhavani, ever graceful on your steed, the lion,
The brave monkey always welcomes you
Kar men khappar khadag viraje,
Jako dekh kal dar bhaje.
When you appear in anger with your sword and cupel drawn,
Looking at you, even Time flees in fear
Sohe astra aur trishoola,
Jase uthata shatru hiya shoola
Seeing you with your trident and your magics,
Withen your enemy arises the pangs of fear
Nagarkot mein tumhi virajat,
Tihun lok mein danka bajat
You are there in Nagarkot,
Thus your presence is there in all the three realms.
Shumbhu Nishumbhu Danuja tum mare,
Rakta-beeja shankhan samhare.
You slayed the demons Shumbhu and Nishumbhu,
And killed the thousand forms of the demon Rakta-beeja
Mahishasur nripa ati abhimani,
Jehi agha bhar mahi akulani
When Mother Earth was burdened with the sins
Roop kaaral Kalika dhara,
Sen sahita tum tin samhara
You assumed the dreaded form of Goddess Kali
And killed him and his army.
Pari garha santan par jab jab,
Bhayi sahaya Matu tum tab tab
Whenever the saints were troubled,
You, O Mother, always came to their rescue
Amarpuri aru basava loka,
Tava mahima sab rahen asoka
Amarpuri (divine realm) and all the other worlds,
Under your grace remain forever happy
Jwala mein hai jyoti tumhari,
Tumhen sada pujan nar nari
In Jwala it is your light that burns,
Men and women always pray to you.
Prem bhakti se jo yash gaye,
Dukh-daridra nikat nahin ave
Whoever sings your praise with love and devotion,
Sadness and poverty cannot come near them
Dhyave tumhen jo nar man laee,
Janam-maran tako chuti jaee.
Whoever meditates upon you with his heart and concentration,
Is able to escape this cycle of birth and death.
Jogi sur-muni kahat pukari,
Jog na ho bin shakti tumhari
All the yogis and saints openly say,
That without your power, one cannot merge with the Lord
Shankar Aacharaj tap keenhon,
Kam, krodh jeet sab leenhon
Acharya Shankar performed a penance,
And was able to conquer his desires and anger
Nisidhin dhyan dharo Shanker ko,
Kahu kal nahin sumiron tum ko
Perpetually in meditation of Lord Shiva,
He did not even pray to you for a moment
Shakti roop ko maram na payo,
Shakti gayi tab man pachitayo
He did not understand the power that you are,
And only when his powers vanished, did he severely regret not praying to you
Sharnagat hui keerti bakhani,
Jai jai jai Jagdamb Bhavani
He too refuge in your fold singing your praises, saying,
Always Victorious, victorious, victorious, Universal Goddess Bhavani
Bhayi prasanna Aadi Jagdamba,
Dayi shakti nahin keen vilamba
Then you were happy with him, O Supreme Goddess,
And you gave him back his powers without any hesitation
Mokun Matu kashta ati ghero,
Tum bin kaun hare dukh mero
O Mother, I am surrounded by lots of problems,
Apart from you, there is no one else who can destroy my sorrows
Asha trishna nipat sataven,
Moh madadik sab binsaven
Hopes and wants keeps on troubling me,
Desires and passions also make me sad
Shatru nash keeje Maharani,
Sumiron ekachita tumhen Bhavani
Oh, Queen of Queens, please destroy my enemies (referring to desires and passions)
I meditate on you with a fixed mind, O Bhavani
Karo kripa hey Matu dayala
Riddhi-Siddhi de karahu nihala
Please forgive us, O Forgiving Mother,
And shower us with riches and powers which keep us happy
Jab lagi jiyoon daya phal paoon,
Tumro yash mein sada sunaoon,
Whilst I live, may I always be in your grace,
And may I always praise you to all
Durga chalisa jo gaye,
Sab sukh bhog parampad pave
Whoever sings the Durga Chalisa,
Will enjoy all happiness and will attain the highest state upon death
Devidas sharan nij jani,
Karahu kripa Jagdamb Bhavani
I, your slave, ask you for shelter,
Oh Universal Goddess, have mercy on me!
One can invoke the blessing of Durga Matha by reading shri Durga Chalisa aloud everyday.