Sri Adi Shankaracharya’s Vaidyanatha Ashtakam / Siva Mantra to Cure Disease.
Sri Vaidyanatha Ashtakam is a magnificent hymn composed by Sri Adi Shankara, dedicated to Lord Maha Shiva, also known as Vaidyanatha. Lord Shiva is considered the king of physicians (Lord Vaidyanatha) and many people pray to treat serious diseases or illnesses when they or their family members are affected by it. Devotees wishing to heal themselves should recite Shri Vaidyanatha Ashtakam three times a day. Shri Vaidyanatha Ashtakam was translated into English by Sri R.R.Ramachander.
Sri Vaidyanatha Ashtakam – English Lyrics and Meaning:
Sree Rama Soumithri Jatayu Veda,
Shadana Adithya Kujar Chithya,
Sree Neelakanthaya Daya Mayaya,
Sree Vaidyanathaya Namah Sivaya. || 1 ||
Meaning: I salute that God Shiva, Who is the king among physicians, Who is worshipped by Rama and Lakshmana, Who is woshipped by Jatayu, Who is worshipped by the Vedas, Who is worshipped by Lord Subrahmanya, Who is worshipped by the Sun God, Who is worshipped by the Mars God, Who is having a blue neck, and who is the personification of mercy.
Ganga pravahendu jada dharaya,
Trilochanaya smara kala hanthre,
Samstha devairapi poojithaya,
Sree vaidyanathata namasivaya. ॥ 2 ॥
Meaning: I salute that God Shiva, Who is the king among physicians, Who wears the flow of the Ganges and the moon on his head, Who has three eyes, Who had killed the God of love and death, And who is worshipped by all devas.
Bhaktha priyaya, tripuranthakaya,
Pinakine dushta haraya nithyam,
Prathyaksha leelaya manushya loke,
Sree vaidyanathaya namasivaya ॥ 3 ॥
Meaning: I salute that God Shiva, Who is the king among physicians, Who is the lover of his devotees, Who has destroyed the three cities, Who holds the bow called Pinaka, Who destroys bad people daily, and who plays in the world of humans.
Prabhootha vadadhi samastha roga,
Pranasa karthre muni vandhthithaya,
Prabhakarennd wagni vilochanaya,
Sri vaidyanathaya nama sivaya ॥ 4 ॥
Meaning: I salute that God Shiva, Who is the king among physicians, Who cures all great diseases like rheumatism and arthritis, Who is saluted by great sages, and to whom, the Sun god, Moon and God of fire are eyes.
Vakchrothra nethrangiri viheena jantho,
Vakchrothra nethrangiri sukha pradaya,
Kushtadhi sarvonnatha roga hanthre,
Sri Vaidyanathaya nama sivaya ॥ 5 ॥
Meaning: I salute that God Shiva, Who is the king among physicians, Who blesses those beings who have lost their speech, hearing, sight and ability to walk, With these abilities and who provides cure for devastating diseases like leprosy.
Vedantha vedhyaya jagan mayaya,
Yogiswara dhyeya Padambujaya,
Trimurthy roopaya sahasra namne,
Sri vaidyanathaya nama sivaya॥ 6 ॥
Meaning: I salute that God Shiva, Who is the king among physicians, Who can be known through Vedanta, Who is spread throughout the universe, Who has a lotus foot that is meditated upon by great sages, Who is of the form of the holy trinity and who has a thousand names.
Swatheertha mrudbasma brudanga bajam,
Pisacha dukha arthi bhayapahaya,
Athma swaroopaya sareera bajaam,
Sri Vaidyanaathaya namasivaya ॥ 7 ॥
Meaning: I salute that God Shiva, Who is the king among physicians, Who removes all sufferings Caused by bad spirits, sorrows and fears by a dip in his holy tank, by the holy ash in the temple, and by the mud below the Neem tree of the temple, and who is the personification of soul, Occupying human body.
Sree neelakandaya vrushaba dwajaya,
Sarakkanda basmadhya abhi shobithaya,
Sri vaidyanathaya nama sivaya ॥ 8 ॥
Meaning: I salute that God Shiva, Who is the king among physicians, Who has a blue neck, Who has the bull on his flag, Who shines by flowers, sacred ash and sandal, Who grants good children and a good wife and who blesses us with all good luck.
Balambikesa vaidyesa bava roga haredisa,
Japen nama thrayam nithyam maha roga nivaranam ॥ 9 ॥
Meaning: Those who recite this prayer thrice a day with devotion and pray the Lord Vaidyanatha, Who is with his consort Balambika, and who removes the fear of birth and death would get cured of all great diseases.
Iti Shri Vaidyanatha Ashtakam
Thus completes Shri Vaidyanatha Ashtakam.