Explanation (in Hindi) of the Tantroktam Devi Sooktam.
Namo devyai mahadevyai shivayei satatam namah
Namah prakrityai bhadraya niyatah pranatah sma tam ||1||
Raudraye namo nityayai gauryei dhatrayei namo
namah, Jyotsnaye chenduroopinyei sukhayei satatam namah. ||2||
Kalyanei pranatam vriddhayei siddhai kurmo namo namah,
Naitrityei bhoobhritam lakshmye sharvanyei te namo namah. ||3||
Durgayei durgparayei sarayei sarvakarinye,
Khyatyei tathaiva krishnayei dhoomrayei satatam namah ||4||
Atisaumyatiraudraye natastasyei namo namah
Namo jagatpratishthaye devyei krityei namo namah ||5||
Track: Mantra Meanings (Shlokas 1-5)
Artist: Babla Kochar
Album: Chants of Shakti
The crux of Indian theology rests on the worship of Shiv and Shakti. These constitute the Yin and the Yang of Indian theology or, in other words, the negative and the positive energies. As all matter will have the negative and the positive charges to exist in equilibrium, similarly, one must pray to both Shiv and Durga to remain in equilibrium. Lord Shiv represents the male form and Shakti represents the female form. Life cannot be created without both these being present together and at the same time.
Shakti is represented by the Goddess Durga in her various incarnations such as Paarvati, Kaali, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Vaishno Devi, Chandi Devi, Jwala Devi, Meenakshi Devi, Lalita Devi, Shakambhari Devi and numerous others. The most authentic text for worship of Goddess Durga is the Durga Saptashati. This text incorporates various hymns and prayers to Goddess Durga and is used during the navaraatri festival which is celebrated twice a year.
A major prayer in Durga Saptashati is the Devi Sookta. This stotra celebrates, and is an offering to, Shakti in all her manifestations. This stotra is the concept around which this album has been created. The album also includes the meaning of this prayer so that the lay person can understand the exact import of the words that our sages have composed in Her praise
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