Panchayudha Stotram was translated by P.R.Ramachander and this is a prayer which addresses the five weapons of Sri Maha Vishnu.
The 5 Holy weapons are Sudarshana, Pancha Janya, Gomodhakee, Sword and bow. They are considered as great sages in the service of Lord Vishnu.
The Sudarshana, the sacred wheel, was believed o be made by Viswakarma from the dust of Lord Sun sawed, to reduce its harshness. This became necessary because Viswakarma’s daughter was married to Sri maha Vishnu.
There was an Asura called Panchaja who was hiding in a conch shell. This asura kidnapped the son of Lord Krishna’s teacher. Lord Krishna waged a war against Panchaja and killed him. He kept the shell for use. Another story is that Panchajanya was one of the products that stirred the milky ocean.
His mace was made out of the bone of one Rakshasa called Gadha who was the son of sage Kashyapa by Viswakarma and presented to Lord Vishnu.
His bow Sarnga was supposed to be made by God Brahma and presented to Lord Vishnu.
Sri Maha Vishnu Panchayudha Mantram Lyrics Meaning:
Sphurad sahasrara Shikhadhi theevram,
Sudarshanam Bhaskara koti thulyam,
Suradvisham prana vinasi vishno,
Chakram Sadaham saranam prapadhye. || 1 ||
I surrender always to the Vishnu’s wheel,
Which is sharper than thousands of flames,
Which is equal to billion suns,
And which takes out the life of Rakshasas.
Vishnor mkhothonila poorithasya,
Yasya dwanir Dhanava dharpa hantha,
Tham Pancha janyam, sasi koto shubhram,
SAnkham sadaham saranam Prapadhye. || 2 ||
I surrender always to Lord Vishnu’s conch,
Which makes sound due to the air from mouth of the Lord,
Whose sound humbles the pride of Rakshasas,
And which shines like billions of moons.
Hiranmayim Meru samana saram,
Koumodhakeem daithya kulaika hanthrim,
Vaikunta vamagra karabhimrushtam,
Gadham sadaham saranam prapadhye. || 3 ||
I surrender always to Lord Vishnu’s mace,
Which is golden and shines like mount Meru,
Which is Koumodhaki, the destroyer of Rakshasa clans,
And which is lucky to be touched by the left hand of Vishnu.
Raksho uraanaam katinogra kanadach-,
Chethakshara sonitha digdha dhaaraam,
Tam Nandakam nama Hare pradeeptham,
Gadgam sadaham saranam prapadhye. || 4 ||
I surrender always to the sword of Lord Vishnu,
Which is hard, powerful and shines red due to the blood,
Which flows when it cuts the heads of Rakshasas,
And which is called Nandaka and shines in the hand of the Lord.
Ya jjayani nadha sravanath suraanam,
Chethamsi nirmuktha bhayani sadhya,
Bhavanthi daithyasani bana varsha,
SArngam sadaham, saranam prapadhye, || 5 ||
I surrender always to the Sarnga bow of Vishnu,
Whose sound heralds victory in the mind of devas,
And whose presence removes the fear from their minds,
By reminding of the arrow down pour against Asuras.
Phala Sruthi / Herald of Benefits
Imam hare Panchayudha nama,
Sthavam padeth yo anudhinam Prabathe,
SAmastha dukhani bhayani sadhya,
Papani nasyanthi, sukhani santhi. || 6 ||
Those who read daily morning,
This prayer to the five weapons of Lord Vishnu,
Would get rid of all their sorrows and fears,
Destroy their sins and establish their pleasures.
Vane, rane, Shathru jalagni madhye,
Yadruchaya Apadsu maha bayesu,
Idham patan stotram anakulathma,
Sukhi bhaved thath krutha sarva raksha. || 7 ||
In the middle of forest or war or among enemies,
Or when surrounded by water or fire,
Or unexpected dangers or during great fears,
If the worried man reads this prayer,
He would be happy as this provides all round protection.