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Jambunathashtakam Lyrics in Telugu with Meaning | జమ్బునాథాష్టకం

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jambunāthāṣṭakaṃ By Shri Sridharavenkatesa
This hymn is about Jambunatha as Shiva is known at Jambukeshwaram (known as Tiruvanaikkaval in Tamil), a place of pilgrimage in Tamilnadu. It is on the northern bank of the river Cauvery and 5 K.M. north of Trichy. The temple is one of the largest (having a spread of nearly 18 acres) and historic temples in the country. It dates back to the 13th century and has been visited by the great saivaite saints who had sung hymns on the presiding deity – Lord Shiva in the temple. It seems that the temple was once a forest of jambu trees and there was a Shiva linga under one of the trees. So Shiva came to be known as Jambunatha or Jambukeshwara. This is a Shiva temple associated with one of the five great elements (viz.) water and so called pancha bhoota sthalam (pamca bhuta sthalam). The Shiva lingam in the sanctum is always surrounded by water and so is known as appu lingam (ap for water). The other places where Shiva is worshipped in the form of the great elements are Chidambaram (space), Kalahasthi (air), Tiruvannamalai (fire) and Tiruvarur (earth). The temple is known for the historical inscriptions and magnificent architecture. It suffered damages during the moghul invasion in the 14th century and worship in the temple was disrupted. The temple was restored during the Vijayanagar rule and the worship also revived. The goddess Parvathi in the temple has the name Akilandeshwari. She is said to have meditated on lord Shiva here. Her shrine is very famous and attracts large number of visitors. Adi Shankaracharya is said to have visited the temple and worshipped the Lord and goddess here. Legend. As said earlier the Shiva lingam was under a jambu tree. Two devotees of Shiva were born as a spider and an elephant in the forest due to a curse. Both were regularly worshipping the lord in their own way. The spider would weave a web over the lingam to protect it from the falling leaves.

The elephant brought flowers and water in its trunk for bathing the lingam before offering the flowers. But it would clear off the web the spider has built first. This act angered the spider very much. Soon a fierce fight broke out between the two resulting in the death of both. Pleased with their devotion Lord Shiva appeared before them and blessed them. Since Shiva was worshipped by an elephant (Anai in Tamil) here the place is called Anaikka.

జమ్బునాథాష్టకం Lyrics in Telugu:

కశ్చన జగతాం హేతుః కపర్దకన్దలితకుముదజీవాతుః ।
జయతి జ్ఞానమహీన్దుర్జన్మమృతిక్లాంతిహరదయాబిన్దుః ॥ ౧॥

శ్రితభృతిభద్ధపతాకః కలితోత్పలవననవమదోద్రేకః ।
అఖిలాణ్డమాతురేకః సుఖయత్వస్మాంస్తపఃపరీపాకః ॥ ౨॥

కశ్చన కారుణ్యఝరః కమలాకుచకలశకషణనిశితశరః ।
శ్రీమాన్ దమితత్రిపురః శ్రితజంభూపరిసరశ్చకాస్తు పురః ॥ ౩॥

శమితస్మరదవవిసరశ్శక్రాద్యాశాస్యసేవనావసరః ।
కరివనఘనభాగ్యభరో గిరతు మలం మమ మనస్సరశ్శఫరః ॥ ౪॥

గృహిణీకృతవైకుణ్ఠం గేహితజంభూమహీరుడుపకణ్ఠమ్ ।
దివ్యం కిమప్యకుణ్ఠం తేజః స్తాదస్మదవనసోత్కణ్ఠమ్ ॥ ౫॥

కృతశమనదర్పహరణం కృతకేతరఫణితిచారిరథచరణమ్ ।
శక్రాదిశ్రితచరణం శరణం జంభూద్రుమాంతికాభరణమ్ ॥ ౬॥

కరుణారసవారిధయే కరవాణి నమః ప్రణమ్రసురవిధయే ।
జగదానన్దధునిధయే జంభూతరుమూలనిలయసన్నిధయే ॥ ౭॥

కశ్చన శశిచూడాలం కణ్ఠేకాలం దయౌఘముత్కూలమ్ ।
శ్రితజంభూతరుమూలం శిక్షితకాలం భజే జగన్మూలమ్ ॥ ౮॥

॥ జమ్బునాథాష్టకం సంపూర్ణమ్ ॥

Jambunathashtakam Meaning:

Let there be victory to that God,
Who by just a drop of his rain of mercy,
Removes the sorrows of birth and death,
And is the cause of this universe,
And carries the moon god on his head. || 1 ||

Let us be kept in a pleasant state by him,
Who has taken the oath to help others,
Who gives immense power to the forest of blue lotus,
And who is the result of great prayer of the mother of the universe. || 2 ||

Let him appear as a shower in my front,
Who used Lord Vishnu who was enthralled,
By the embrace of the Goddess Mahalakshmi,
And controlled the three cities,
And appears as a shower of mercy,
Below the great rose apple tree. || 3 ||

Let him remove all the dirt from my mind,
Who controlled the great fire of the God of love,
Who is worshipped by Indra and other Gods,
Who is the great luck of the town of Jambukeswara,*
And is a fish in the holy lake of my mind. || 4 ||

Let that god who is the flame of affection protect me,
Who made Lord Vishnu in the form of Mohini as his,
Who has a temple near the great rose apple tree,
And who is desirous of protecting all of us. || 5 ||

My salutations are to the God who shines,
As an ornament below the rose apple tree,
Who put an end to the pride of God of death,
Who has the Vedas as wheels of his charriot,
And who is depended upon by Idrea and other devas. || 6 ||

I am saluting to that ocean of mercy,
Who stays underneath the rose apple tree,
Who grants us universal happiness,
And who is worshipped by Brahma and other devas. || 7 ||

I worship that root of the entire universe,
Who wears the golden crescent on his head,
Who has a neck of the colour of blue,
Who is death to God of death himself,
And who stays in the root of the rose apple tree. || 8 ||

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