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Hymn to Kottai Ishvara Lyrics in English

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goṣṭheśvarāṣṭakam Lyrics in English:

satyajnanamanantamadvayasukhakaram guhantahsthita-
sricidvyomni cidarkarupamamalam yad brahma tattvam param ।
nirbijasthalamadhyabhagavilasadgosthotthavalmika-
sambhutam sat purato vibhatyahaha tadgosthesalingatmana ॥ 1 ॥

sarvajnatvanidanabhutakarunamurtisvarupamala
cicchaktirjaḍasaktikaitavavasat kancinaditvam gata ।
valmikasrayagosthanayakaparabrahmaikyakartri muhuh
nṛnam snanakṛtam vibhati satatam sripippilaranyaga ॥ 2 ॥

srimadrajatasailasṛngavilasacchrimadguhayam mahi-
varvahnyasugakhatmiki vijayate ya pancalingakṛtih ।
saivasaktajanesu bhurikṛpaya sripippilaranyage
valmike kila gosthanayakamahalingatmana bhasate ॥ 3 ॥

yatradyapyanimadisiddhinipunah siddhesvaranam ganah
tattaddivyaguhasu santi yamidṛgdṛsya mahavaibhavah ।
yatraiva dhvanirardharatrasamaye punyatmabhih sruyate
pujavadyasamutthitah sumanasam tam rajatadrim bhaje ॥ 4 ॥

srimadrajataparvatakṛtidharasyardhenducuḍamane-
rlomaikam kila vamakarnajanitam kancitarutvam gatam ।
tasmaduttaravahini bhuvi bhavanyakhya tatah purvaga
kancinadyabhidha ca pascimagata nilanadi pavani ॥ 5 ॥

srimadbhargavahastalagnaparasuvyaghattanad darite
ksonidhre sati vamadaksinagiridvandvatmana bhedite ।
tanmadhyaprathite vidaradharanibhagetinadyasraye
sa nilatatini punati hi sada kalpadigan praninah ॥ 6 ॥

kalpadisthalamadhyabhaganilaye srivisvanathabhidhe
linge pippilakananantaragatasrigosthanathabhidhah ।
srisambhuh karunanidhih prakurute samnidhyamanyadṛsam
tatpatni ca virajate’tra tu visalaksiti namankita ॥ 7 ॥

srikancitarumulapavanatalam bhrajattrivenyudbhavam
tyaktvanyatra vidhatumicchati muhuryastirthayatradikam ।
so’yam hastagatam vihaya kudhiya sakhagralinam vṛtha
yastya taḍitumihate jaḍamatirnihsaratuccham phalam ॥ 8 ॥

srimadrajatasailotthatrivenimahimankitam ।
gosthesvarastakamidam sarajnairavalokyatam ॥ 9 ॥

iti gosthesvarastakam sampurnam

Goshtheshvarashtakan is from a group of short poems of modern times from Coimbatore. GoShtheshvara figuring in this hymn is kottai Ishvara, in the temple behind the municipal office in the town of Coimbatore. The Rajatashaila in verse 3 (and the last verse) is Valliangiri near Erode; guha in verse 3 refers to a neighbouring place near Bhavani; triveni in verse 8 is the sangam at BhavAni, of the Kaveri, Bhavani and Noyyal; pippilaranya in verse 3 is the old name of the place where the shrine of Perur, on the outskirts of Coimbatore, stands. kanchitaru in verse 5 is the kshetravriksha at the Perur shrine and kanchinadi is the river Noyyal running nearby. nilanadi is the river starting near Valliangiri. vishvanatha and vishalakshi (verse 7) are the deities in the Avanashi temple, 20 miles from Coimbatore. vidaradharani (in verse 6) is the landmark forming the TamilNadu Kerala border in this area.

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