Shloka, meaning “song” in Sanskrit, is the poetic verse written in couplets of sixteen syllables that form the basis of classic Indian epics such as the Ramayana. The shloka, therefore, refers to the specific metric convention of the verse. Mantras, which can be a monosyllabic sound or an incantation of a specific verse, can fall under the design of the shloka as it does with the Suktams. While mantras themselves are very powerful meditation tools, Sukthams provide an even deeper spiritual connection as they allow you to connect not only with the cosmos but the Gods. The Suktams have beautifully crafted Vedic praises and hymns, each one different for different deities, that contains not only praise, but thoughts of contemplation, of observance, and of wisdom. It is said that the great sages who had penned these verses were able to do so under divine inspiration which imbued these hymns with great knowledge of the universe.
Calling upon these deities through the god of fire, Agni, who is the medium between men and gods, is to evoke their blessings upon you and yours. The Pancha Suktam (“five Suktams”) is devoted to five of the most important Hindu deities;
- Purusha Suktam for the cosmic being, Purusha, through whose sacrifice has created all gods and thus the universe
- Vishnu Suktam for the preserver, Vishnu, one of the principal gods who acts as the preserver of good and the protector from chaos and destruction.
- Bhu Suktam for Mother Earth, Bhumi Devi, a consort to Vishnu’s boar avatar
- Nila Suktam for Nila Devi, consort to Krishna, another avatar of Vishnu
- Sri Suktam for Sri Devi, like Sita, the consort to Rama, another avatar of Vishnu around whom the Ramayana centered.
Importance Of Sri Suktam
Sri Devi is known as the goddess Lakshmi, eternal consort to Vishnu after her birth and his Shakti (energy). As her name suggests (the Sanskrit word ‘Laksya’ meaning “aim” or “goal”), she is the goddess of wealth and prosperity in all its forms, and for this is also referred to by her worshippers as a ‘goddess of luck’. The union between her and Vishnu provides a paradigm for all unions between man and woman and is an example of balance and harmony in a relationship where no one can be without the other. If there is no goodness and prosperity on Earth, there is nothing for the preserver to protect, and without his protection, this abundance of wealth would not be able to thrive. They each stand for being and becoming.
It is only through the visible that we can reach out to the invisible, in this sense, the invisible is the absolute power of the Creator. To reach the protector Vishnu, and thus the Creator by extension would be impossible if not through Lakshmi, for she is the mother of the wealth on this earth. To attain eternal abundance would be to first prosper in life as these are worldly reflections of the gods’ own prosperity.
Her role as provider, and as a goddess of fertility has dubbed her as the ‘Mother goddess’ and has made her a constant desired presence in households. To have the Mother goddess present in your house would bring health and good will to you and your family.
Worshippers of the goddess Lakshmi chant the Sri Suktam as a supplication to her in hopes for her blessings, and to invite and allow the goddess permission to enter their lives and homes. The hymn describes her golden complexion and her beautiful appearance, decked with garlands of silver and gold as a soft glow emanates from her as a sign of her divinity. The lotus is referred to throughout the hymn as well as the lotus is symbolic for the gods and spirituality.
Just as the lotus springs from murky waters to rise to the surface on its long stalks, so does the spiritual being ascend from worldly desires and temptations to a higher sense of purpose and purity. It is symbolic of how we can be born in the dirtied waters but still use it to grow until the petals are fully bloomed on which the water will drip off its surface. The white and pink petals of the lotus flower are reflective of the immaculate state of the enlightened being, and as Lakshmi is of the purest of beings, the lotus has become symbolic of her particularly.
Sri Suktam Lyrics In Sanskrit
हिरण्यवर्णां हरिणीं सुवर्णरजतस्रजाम् ।
चन्द्रां हिरण्मयीं लक्ष्मीं जातवेदो म आवह ॥१॥
तां म आवह जातवेदो लक्ष्मीमनपगामिनीम् ।
यस्यां हिरण्यं विन्देयं गामश्वं पुरुषानहम् ॥२॥
अश्वपूर्वां रथमध्यां हस्तिनादप्रबोधिनीम् ।
श्रियं देवीमुपह्वये श्रीर्मा देवी जुषताम् ॥३॥
कां सोस्मितां हिरण्यप्राकारामार्द्रां ज्वलन्तीं तृप्तां तर्पयन्तीम् ।
पद्मे स्थितां पद्मवर्णां तामिहोपह्वये श्रियम् ॥४॥
चन्द्रां प्रभासां यशसा ज्वलन्तीं श्रियं लोके देवजुष्टामुदाराम् ।
तां पद्मिनीमीं शरणमहं प्रपद्येऽलक्ष्मीर्मे नश्यतां त्वां वृणे ॥५॥
आदित्यवर्णे तपसोऽधिजातो वनस्पतिस्तव वृक्षोऽथ बिल्वः ।
तस्य फलानि तपसानुदन्तु मायान्तरायाश्च बाह्या अलक्ष्मीः ॥६॥
उपैतु मां देवसखः कीर्तिश्च मणिना सह ।
प्रादुर्भूतोऽस्मि राष्ट्रेऽस्मिन् कीर्तिमृद्धिं ददातु मे ॥७॥
क्षुत्पिपासामलां ज्येष्ठामलक्ष्मीं नाशयाम्यहम् ।
अभूतिमसमृद्धिं च सर्वां निर्णुद मे गृहात् ॥८॥
गन्धद्वारां दुराधर्षां नित्यपुष्टां करीषिणीम् ।
ईश्वरींग् सर्वभूतानां तामिहोपह्वये श्रियम् ॥९॥
मनसः काममाकूतिं वाचः सत्यमशीमहि ।
पशूनां रूपमन्नस्य मयि श्रीः श्रयतां यशः ॥१०॥
कर्दमेन प्रजाभूता मयि सम्भव कर्दम ।
श्रियं वासय मे कुले मातरं पद्ममालिनीम् ॥११॥
आपः सृजन्तु स्निग्धानि चिक्लीत वस मे गृहे ।
नि च देवीं मातरं श्रियं वासय मे कुले ॥१२॥
आर्द्रां पुष्करिणीं पुष्टिं पिङ्गलां पद्ममालिनीम् ।
चन्द्रां हिरण्मयीं लक्ष्मीं जातवेदो म आवह ॥१३॥
आर्द्रां यः करिणीं यष्टिं सुवर्णां हेममालिनीम् ।
सूर्यां हिरण्मयीं लक्ष्मीं जातवेदो म आवह ॥१४॥
तां म आवह जातवेदो लक्ष्मीमनपगामिनीम् ।
यस्यां हिरण्यं प्रभूतं गावो दास्योऽश्वान् विन्देयं पूरुषानहम् ॥१५॥
यः शुचिः प्रयतो भूत्वा जुहुयादाज्यमन्वहम् ।
सूक्तं पञ्चदशर्चं च श्रीकामः सततं जपेत् ॥१६॥
पद्मानने पद्म ऊरु पद्माक्षी पद्मासम्भवे ।
त्वं मां भजस्व पद्माक्षी येन सौख्यं लभाम्यहम् ॥१७॥
अश्वदायि गोदायि धनदायि महाधने ।
धनं मे जुषतां देवि सर्वकामांश्च देहि मे ॥१८॥
पुत्रपौत्र धनं धान्यं हस्त्यश्वादिगवे रथम् ।
प्रजानां भवसि माता आयुष्मन्तं करोतु माम् ॥१९॥
धनमग्निर्धनं वायुर्धनं सूर्यो धनं वसुः ।
धनमिन्द्रो बृहस्पतिर्वरुणं धनमश्नुते ॥२०॥
वैनतेय सोमं पिब सोमं पिबतु वृत्रहा ।
सोमं धनस्य सोमिनो मह्यं ददातु सोमिनः ॥२१॥
न क्रोधो न च मात्सर्य न लोभो नाशुभा मतिः ।
भवन्ति कृतपुण्यानां भक्तानां श्रीसूक्तं जपेत्सदा ॥२२॥
वर्षन्तु ते विभावरि दिवो अभ्रस्य विद्युतः ।
रोहन्तु सर्वबीजान्यव ब्रह्म द्विषो जहि ॥२३॥
पद्मप्रिये पद्मिनि पद्महस्ते पद्मालये पद्मदलायताक्षि ।
विश्वप्रिये विष्णु मनोऽनुकूले त्वत्पादपद्मं मयि सन्निधत्स्व ॥२४॥
या सा पद्मासनस्था विपुलकटितटी पद्मपत्रायताक्षी ।
गम्भीरा वर्तनाभिः स्तनभर नमिता शुभ्र वस्त्रोत्तरीया ॥२५॥
लक्ष्मीर्दिव्यैर्गजेन्द्रैर्मणिगणखचितैस्स्नापिता हेमकुम्भैः ।
नित्यं सा पद्महस्ता मम वसतु गृहे सर्वमाङ्गल्ययुक्ता ॥२६॥
लक्ष्मीं क्षीरसमुद्र राजतनयां श्रीरङ्गधामेश्वरीम् ।
दासीभूतसमस्त देव वनितां लोकैक दीपांकुराम् ॥२७॥
श्रीमन्मन्दकटाक्षलब्ध विभव ब्रह्मेन्द्रगङ्गाधराम् ।
त्वां त्रैलोक्य कुटुम्बिनीं सरसिजां वन्दे मुकुन्दप्रियाम् ॥२८॥
श्रीलक्ष्मीर्वरलक्ष्मीश्च प्रसन्ना मम सर्वदा ॥२९॥
वरांकुशौ पाशमभीतिमुद्रां करैर्वहन्तीं कमलासनस्थाम् ।
बालार्क कोटि प्रतिभां त्रिणेत्रां भजेहमाद्यां जगदीस्वरीं त्वाम् ॥३०॥
सर्वमङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थ साधिके ।
शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके देवि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥
नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥ नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥३१॥
सरसिजनिलये सरोजहस्ते धवलतरांशुक गन्धमाल्यशोभे ।
भगवति हरिवल्लभे मनोज्ञे त्रिभुवनभूतिकरि प्रसीद मह्यम् ॥३२॥
विष्णुपत्नीं क्षमां देवीं माधवीं माधवप्रियाम् ।
विष्णोः प्रियसखीं देवीं नमाम्यच्युतवल्लभाम् ॥३३॥
महालक्ष्मी च विद्महे विष्णुपत्नी च धीमहि ।
तन्नो लक्ष्मीः प्रचोदयात् ॥३४॥
श्रीवर्चस्यमायुष्यमारोग्यमाविधात् पवमानं महियते ।
धनं धान्यं पशुं बहुपुत्रलाभं शतसंवत्सरं दीर्घमायुः ॥३५॥
भयशोकमनस्तापा नश्यन्तु मम सर्वदा ॥३६॥
य एवं वेद ।
ॐ महादेव्यै च विद्महे विष्णुपत्नी च धीमहि ।
तन्नो लक्ष्मीः प्रचोदयात्
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥३७॥
Meaning Of Sri Suktam
Hirannya-Varnnaam Harinniim Suvarnna-Rajata-Srajaam |
Candraam Hirannmayiim Lakssmiim Jaatavedo Ma Aavaha ||1||
O Jatavedo, Invoke for me that Lakshmi Who is of Golden Complexion, Beautiful and Adorned with Gold and Silver Garlands. (Gold represents Sun or the Fire of Tapas; Silver represents Moon or the Bliss and Beauty of Pure Sattva.)
Who is like the Moon with a Golden Aura, Who is Lakshmi, the Embodiment of Sri; O Jatavedo, please Invoke for Me that Lakshmi. (Moon represents the Bliss and Beauty of Pure Sattva and the Golden Aura represents the Fire of Tapas.)
Taam Ma Aavaha Jaatavedo Lakssmiim-Anapagaaminiim |
Yasyaam Hirannyam Vindeyam Gaam-Ashvam Purussaan-Aham ||2||
O Jatavedo, Invoke for Me that Lakshmi, Who does not Go Away,
(Sri is Non-Moving, All-Pervasive and the Underlying Essence of All Beauty. Devi Lakshmi as the Embodiment of Sri is thus Non-Moving in Her essential nature.) By Whose Golden Touch, I will Obtain Cattle, Horses, Progeny, and Servants. (Golden Touch represents the Fire of Tapas which manifests in us as the Energy of Effort by the Grace of the Devi. Cattle, Horses etc are external manifestations of Sri following the effort.)
Ashva-Puurvaam Ratha-Madhyaam Hastinaada-Prabodhiniim |
Shriyam Deviim-Upahvaye Shriirmaa Devii Jussataam ||3||
O Jatavedo, Invoke for me that Lakshmi Who is Abiding in the Chariot of Sri ( in the Middle ) which is driven by Horses in Front and Whose Appearance is Heralded by the Trumpet of Elephants, (Chariot represents the Abode of Sri and Horses represents the Energy of Effort. The Trumpet of Elephants represents the Awakening of Wisdom.)
Invoke the Devi who is the Embodiment of Sri Nearer so that the Devi of Prosperity becomes Pleased with Me. (Prosperity is the external manifestation of Sri and is therefore pleased when Sri is Invoked.)
Kaam So-Smitaam Hirannya-Praakaaraam-Aardraam Jvalantiim Trptaam Tarpayantiim |
Padme Sthitaam Padma-Varnnaam Taam-Iho[a-u]pahvaye Shriyam ||4||
O Jatavedo, Invoke for me that Lakshmi Who is Having a Beautiful Smile and Who is Enclosed by a Soft Golden Glow; Who is eternally Satisfied and Satisfies all those to whom She Reveals Herself, (Beautiful Smile represents the Transcendental Beauty of Sri Who is Enclosed by the Golden Glow of the Fire of Tapas.)
Who Abides in the Lotus and has the Colour of the Lotus; (O Jatavedo) Invoke that Lakshmi Here, Who is the Embodiment of Sri. (Lotus represents the Lotus of Kundalini.)
Candraam Prabhaasaam Yashasaa Jvalantiim Shriyam Loke Deva-Jussttaam-Udaaraam |
Taam Padminiim-Iim Sharannam-Aham Prapadye-[A]lakssmiir-Me Nashyataam Tvaam Vrnne ||5||
O Jatavedo, Invoke for me that Lakshmi) Who is the Embodiment of Sri and Whose Glory Shines like the Splendour of the Moon in all the Worlds; Who is Noble and Who is Worshipped by the Devas.
I take Refuge at Her Feet, Who Abides in the Lotus; By Her Grace, let the Alakshmi (in the form of Evil, Distress, and Poverty) within and without be Destroyed.
(Lotus represents the Lotus of Kundalini.)
Aaditya-Varnne Tapaso[a-A]dhi-Jaato Vanaspatis-Tava Vrksso[ah-A]tha Bilvah |
Tasya Phalaani Tapasaa-Nudantu Maaya-Antaraayaashca Baahyaa Alakssmiih ||6||
O Jatavedo, Invoke for me that Lakshmi Who is of the Colour of the Sun and Born of Tapas; the Tapas which is like a Huge Sacred Bilva Tree,
(The Golden Colour of the Sun represents the Fire of Tapas.)
Let the Fruit of That Tree of Tapas Drive Away the Delusion and Ignorance Within and the Alakshmi (in the form of Evil, Distress, and Poverty) Outside.
Upaitu Maam Deva-Sakhah Kiirtish-Ca Manninaa Saha |
Praadurbhuuto[ah-A]smi Raassttre-[A]smin Kiirtim-Rddhim Dadaatu Me ||7||
O Jatavedo, Invoke for me that Lakshmi By Whose Presence will Come Near me the Companions of the Devas along with Glory (Inner Prosperity) and various Jewels (Outer Prosperity),
And I will be Reborn in the Realm of Sri (signifying Inner Transformation towards Purity) which will Grant me Inner Glory and Outer Prosperity.
Kssut-Pipaasaa-Malaam Jyesstthaam-Alakssmiim Naashayaamy-Aham |
Abhuutim-Asamrddhim Ca Sarvaam Nirnnuda Me Grhaat ||8||
O Jatavedo, Invoke for me that Lakshmi Whose Presence will Destroy Hunger, Thirst, and Impurity associated with Her Elder Sister Alakshmi, And Drive Away the Wretchedness and Ill-Fortune from My House.
Gandha-Dvaaraam Duraadharssaam Nitya-Pussttaam Kariissinniim |
Iishvariing Sarva-Bhuutaanaam Taam-Iho[a-u]pahvaye Shriyam ||9||
O Jatavedo, Invoke for me that Lakshmi Who is the Source of All Fragrances, Who is Difficult to Approach, Who is Always Filled with Abundance and leaves a Residue of Abundance wherever She Reveals Herself.
Who is the Ruling Power in All Beings; (O Jatavedo) Please Invoke Her Here, Who is the Embodiment of Sri.
Manasah Kaamam-Aakuutim Vaacah Satyam-Ashiimahi |
Pashuunaam Ruupam-Annasya Mayi Shriih Shrayataam Yashah ||10||
O Jatavedo, Invoke for me that Lakshmi) For Whom my Heart Truly Yearns and to Whom my Speech Truly tries to Reach,
By Whose Presence will come Cattle, Beauty, and Food in my Life as (External) Prosperity and Who will Reside (i.e. Reveal) in me as (Inner) Glory of Sri.
Kardamena Prajaa-Bhuutaa Mayi Sambhava Kardama |
Shriyam Vaasaya Me Kule Maataram Padma-Maaliniim ||11||
O Kardama, Invoke for me your Mother As Kardama ( referring to Earth represented by Mud ) acts as the substratum for the Existence of Mankind, Similarly O Kardama (now referring to sage Kardama, the son of Devi Lakshmi) you Stay with me,
And be the cause to bring your Mother to Dwell in My Family; Your Mother who is the Embodiment of Sri and Encircled by Lotuses.
Aapah Srjantu Snigdhaani Cikliita Vasa Me Grhe |
Ni Ca Deviim Maataram Shriyam Vaasaya Me Kule ||12||
O Chiklita, Invoke for me your Mother As Chiklita ( referring to Moisture represented by Water ) Creates Loveliness in all things by its presence, similarly O Chiklita (now referring to Chiklita, the son of Devi Lakshmi) you Stay with me, And by your presence bring your Mother, the Devi who is the Embodiment of Sri (and essence of all Loveliness) to Dwell in my Family.
Aardraam Pusskarinniim Pussttim Pinggalaam Padma-Maaliniim |
Candraam Hirannmayiim Lakssmiim Jaatavedo Ma Aavaha ||13||
O Jatavedo, Invoke for me that Lakshmi Who is like the Moisture of a Lotus Pond which Nourishes a Soul (with Her Soothing Loveliness); and Who is Encircled by Light Yellow Lotuses,
Who is like a Moon with a Golden Aura; O Jatavedo, please Invoke that Lakshmi for me.
(Devi Lakshmi in the form of a Moon represents the Transcendental Bliss and Beauty of Sri. This Soothing Loveliness is compared with the Moisture of a Lotus Pond which Nourishes a Soul. )
Aardraam Yah Karinniim Yassttim Suvarnnaam Hema-Maaliniim |
Suuryaam Hirannmayiim Lakssmiim Jaatavedo Ma Aavaha ||14||
O Jatavedo, Invoke for me that Lakshmi Who is like the Moisture (figuratively representing Energy) which Supports the Performance of Activities; and Who is Encircled by Gold (Glow of the Fire of Tapas),
Who is like a Sun with a Golden Aura; O Jatavedo, please Invoke that Lakshmi for me.
(Devi Lakshmi in the form of a Sun represents the Fire of Tapas. This Fire is compared with the moisture within activities, the moisture figuratively signifying energy. The Fire of Tapas manifests as the Energy of Activities.)
Taam Ma Aavaha Jaatavedo Lakssmiim-Anapagaaminiim |
Yasyaam Hirannyam Prabhuutam Gaavo Daasyo-[A]shvaan Vindeyam Puurussaan-Aham ||15||
O Jatavedo, Invoke for me that Lakshmi, Who does not Go Away,
(Sri is Non-Moving, All-Pervasive and the Underlying Essence of All Beauty. Devi Lakshmi as the Embodiment of Sri is thus Non-Moving in Her essential nature.) By Whose Golden Touch I will obtain (i.e. Sri will be manifested as) Abundant Cattle, Servants, Horses and Progeny.
(Golden Touch represents the Fire of Tapas which manifests in us as the Energy of Effort by the grace of the Devi. Cattle, Horses etc are external manifestations of Sri following the effort.)
Yah Shucih Prayato Bhuutvaa Juhu-Yaad-Aajyam-Anvaham |
Suuktam Pan.cadasharcam Ca Shriikaamah Satatam Japet ||16||
Those who after Becoming Bodily Clean and Devotionally Disposed of performing Sacrificial Offering with Butter Day after Day, by Constantly Reciting the Fifteen Verses of Sri Suktam will have their Longing for Sri Fulfilled by the Grace of Devi Lakshmi.
Padma-[A]anane Padma Uuru Padma-Akssii Padmaa-Sambhave |
Tvam Maam Bhajasva Padma-Akssii Yena Saukhyam Labhaamy[i]-Aham ||17||
O Mother Lakshmi Whose Face is of Lotus, Who is supported (indicated by Thigh ) by Lotus, Whose Eyes are of Lotus and Who is Born of Lotus.
(Lotus indicates Kundalini. Face indicates the nature of a person, thighs indicate support and eyes indicate the spiritual vision. This verse describes the transcendental nature of Mother Lakshmi. She is born of Yoga, united with Yoga and revealed to a devotee in his spiritual vision.)
O Mother, You manifest in Me in the Spiritual Vision (indicated by Lotus Eyes ) born of intense Devotion by Which I am filled with (i.e. Obtain ) Divine Bliss.
Ashva-Daayi Go-Daayi Dhana-Daayi Mahaa-Dhane |
Dhanam Me Jussataam Devi Sarva-Kaamaamsh-Ca Dehi Me ||18||
O Mother Lakshmi Who is the Giver of Horses, Cows and Wealth to all; and Who is the Source of the Great Abundance in this World.
O Devi, Please be Gracious to grant Wealth (both inner and outer) to Me and Fulfil All my Aspirations.
Putra-Pautra Dhanam Dhaanyam Hasty-Ashva-[A]adi-Gave Ratham |
Prajaanaam Bhavasi Maataa Aayussmantam Karotu Maam ||19||
O Mother, bestow us with Children and Grandchildren to continue our lineage; and Wealth, Grains, Elephants, Horses, Cows and Carriages for our daily use.
We Are Your Children, O Mother; Please make our lives Long and full of Vigour.
Dhanam-Agnir-Dhanam Vaayur-Dhanam Suuryo Dhanam Vasuh |
Dhanam-Indro Brhaspatir-Varunnam Dhanam-Ashnute ||20||
O Mother, You (indicated by Dhanam) are the Power behind Agni (the God of Fire), You are the Power behind Vayu (the God of Wind), You are the Power behind Surya (the God of Sun), You are the Power behind the Vasus (celestial beings).
You are the Power behind Indra, Brihaspati, and Varuna (the God of Water); You are the All-Pervading Essence behind Everything.
Vainateya Somam Piba Somam Pibatu Vrtrahaa |
Somam Dhanasya Somino Mahyam Dadaatu Sominah ||21||
Those who carry Sri Vishnu in their Heart (like Garuda, the son of Vinata carries Him on his back) always drink Soma (the Divine Bliss within); Let all Drink that Soma by Destroying their inner Enemies of desires (thus gaining nearness to Sri Vishnu).
That Soma originates from Sri Who is the embodiment of Soma (the Divine Bliss); O Mother, please Give that Soma to Me too, You Who are the possessor of that Soma.
Na Krodho Na Ca Maatsarya Na Lobho Na-Ashubhaa Matih |
Bhavanti Krtapunnyaanaam Bhaktaanaam Shriisuuktam Japet-Sadaa ||22||
Neither Anger Nor Jealousy, Neither Greed Nor Evil Intentions can Exist in the Devotees who have acquired Merit by Always Reciting with Devotion the great Sri Suktam.
Varssantu Te Vibhaavari Divo Abhrasya Vidyutah |
Rohantu Sarva-Biija-Anyava Brahma Dvisso Jahi ||23||
O Mother, Please Shower Your Light of Grace like Lightning in a Sky filled with Thunder-Cloud And Ascend All the Seeds of Differentiation to a higher spiritual plane; O Mother, You are of the nature of Brahman and Destroyer of all Hatred.
Padma-Priye Padmini Padma-Haste Padma-[A]alaye Padma-Dalaayata-Akssi |
Vishva-Priye Vissnnu Mano-[A]nukuule Tvat-Paada-Padmam Mayi Sannidhatsva ||24||
Who is Fond of Lotuses, Who is the Possessor of Lotuses, Who Holds Lotuses in Her Hands, Who Dwells in the Abode of Lotuses and Whose Eyes are like Lotus Petals – Lotus indicates Kundalini.
Who is Fond of the Worldly Manifestations which are Directed towards (i.e. Agreeable to) Sri Vishnu (i.e. follows the path of Dharma); O Mother, bless me so that I Gain Nearness to Your Lotus Feet Within Me.
Yaa Saa Padma-[A]asana-Sthaa Vipula-Kattitattii Padma-Patraayata-Akssii |
Gambhiiraa Varta-Naabhih Stanabhara Namitaa Shubhra Vastro[a-u]ttariiyaa ||25||
O Mother Lakshmi Who Stands on Lotus with Her Beautiful Form, with Wide Hip and Eyes like the Lotus Leaf.
Her Deep Navel (indicating Depth of Character) is Bent Inwards, and with Her Full Bosom (indicating Abundance and Compassion) She is slightly Bent Down (towards the Devotees), and She is Dressed in Pure White Garments.
Lakssmiir-Divyair-Gajendrair-Manni-Ganna-Khacitais-Snaapitaa Hema-Kumbhaih |
Nityam Saa Padma-Hastaa Mama Vasatu Grhe Sarva-Maanggalya-Yuktaa ||26||
O Mother Lakshmi Who is Bathed with Water from Golden Pitcher by the Best of Celestial Elephants who are Studded with Various Gems,
Who is Eternal with Lotus in Her Hands; Who is United with All the Auspicious Attributes; O Mother, Please Reside in My House and make it Auspicious by Your Presence.
Lakssmiim Kssiira-Samudra Raaja-Tanayaam Shriirangga-Dhaame[a-Ii]shvariim |
Daasii-Bhuuta-Samasta Deva Vanitaam Loka-i[e]ka Diipa-Amkuraam ||27||
Who is the Daughter of the King of Ocean; Who is the Great Goddess Residing in Kseera Samudra (literally Milky Ocean), the Abode of Sri Vishnu.
Who is Served by the Devas along with their Servants, and Who is the One Light in all the Worlds which Sprouts behind every Manifestation.
Shriiman[t]-Manda-Kattaakssa-Labdha Vibhava Brahme(a-I)ndra-Ganggaadharaam |
Tvaam Trai-Lokya Kuttumbiniim Sarasijaam Vande Mukunda-Priyaam ||28||
By Obtaining Whose Grace through Her Beautiful Soft Glance, Lord Brahma, Indra, and Gangadhara (Shiva) become Great, O Mother, You blossom in the Three Worlds like a Lotus as the Mother of the Vast Family; You are Praised by All and You are the Beloved of Mukunda.
Shrii-Lakssmiir-Vara-Lakssmiishca Prasannaa Mama Sarvadaa ||29||
O Mother, May Your different Forms – Siddha Lakshmi, Moksha Lakshmi, Jaya Lakshmi, Saraswati, Sri Lakshmi and Vara Lakshmi … Always be Gracious to Me.
Vara-Angkushau Paasham-Abhiiti-Mudraam Karair-Vahantiim Kamala-[A]asana-Sthaam |
Baala-[A]arka Kotti Pratibhaam Tri-Netraam Bhaje-[A]ham-Aadyaam Jagad-Iisvariim Tvaam ||30||
From Your Four Hands – first in Vara Mudra ( Gesture of Boon-Giving ), second Holding Angkusha ( Hook ), third Holding a Pasha ( Noose ) and fourth in Abhiti Mudra ( Gesture of Fearlessness ) – Flows Boons, Assurance of Help during Obstacles, Assurance of Breaking our Bondage and Fearlessness; As You Stand on the Lotus (to shower grace on the devotees).
I Worship You, O Primordial Goddess of the Universe, from Whose Three Eyes Appear Millions of Newly Risen Suns (i.e. different worlds).
Sarva-Manggala-Maanggalye Shive Sarva-Artha Saadhike |
Sharannye Try-Ambake Devi Naaraayanni Namostu Te ||
Naaraayanni Namostu Te || Naaraayanni Namostu Te ||31||
O Mother Lakshmi Who is the Auspiciousness in All the Auspicious, Auspiciousness Herself, Complete with All the Auspicious Attributes, and Who fulfills All the Objectives of the Devotees (Purusharthas – Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha),
I Salute You O Narayani, the Devi Who is the Giver of Refuge and with Three Eyes,
I Salute You O Narayani; I Salute You O Narayani.
Sarasija-Nilaye Saroja-Haste Dhavalatara-Amshuka Gandha-Maalya-Shobhe |
Bhagavati Hari-Vallabhe Manojnye Tri-Bhuvana-Bhuuti-Kari Prasiida Mahyam ||32||
O Mother Lakshmi, Who Abides in Lotus and Holds Lotus in Her Hands; Dressed in Dazzling White Garments and Decorated with the most Fragrant Garlands, She Radiates a Divine Aura,
O Goddess, You are Dearer than the Dearest of Hari and the most Captivating; You are the Source of Wellbeing and Prosperity of all the Three Worlds; O Mother, Please be Gracious to Me.
Vissnnu-Patniim Kssamaam Deviim Maadhaviim Maadhava-Priyaam |
Vissnnoh Priya-Sakhiim Deviim Namaamy-Acyuta-Vallabhaam ||33||
O Devi, You are the Consort of Sri Vishnu and the embodiment of Forbearance; You are One with Madhava and extremely Dear to Him.
I Salute You O Devi Who is the Dear Companion of Sri Vishnu and extremely Beloved of Achyuta (another name of Sri Vishnu literally meaning Infallible).
Mahaalakssmii Ca Vidmahe Vissnnu-Patnii Ca Dhiimahi |
Tan[t]-No Lakssmiih Pracodayaat ||34||
May we Know the Divine Essence of Mahalakshmi by Meditating on Her, who is the Consort of Sri Vishnu. Let That Divine Essence of Lakshmi Awaken our Spiritual Consciousness.
Shrii-Varcasyam-Aayussyam-Aarogyamaa-Vidhaat Pavamaanam Mahiyate |
Dhanam Dhaanyam Pashum Bahu-Putra-Laabham Shatasamvatsaram Diirgham-Aayuh ||35||
O Mother, Let Your Auspiciousness Flow in our lives as the Vital Power, making our lives Long and Healthy, and filled with Joy. And let Your Auspiciousness manifest around as Wealth, Grains, Cattle and Many Offsprings who live Happily for Hundred Years; who live Happily throughout their Long Lives.
Bhaya-Shoka-Manastaapaa Nashyantu Mama Sarvadaa ||36||
O Mother, please remove my Debts, Illness, Poverty, Sins, Hunger and the possibility of Accidental Death and also remove my Fear, Sorrow, and Mental Anguish.
O Mother, Please Remove them Always.
Ya Evam Veda |
Om Mahaa-Devyai Ca Vidmahe Vissnnu-Patnii Ca Dhiimahi |
Tanno Lakssmiih Pracodayaat
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||37||
This (the Essence of Mahalakshmi) Indeed is Veda the ultimate Knowledge.
May we Know the Divine Essence of the Devi by Meditating on Her, who is the Consort of Sri Vishnu. Let That Divine Essence of Lakshmi Awaken our Spiritual Consciousness.
Om Peace Peace Peace.
Benefits Of Sri Suktam
The lotus design is also imitated in the yogic arts, where the practitioner sits with their legs crossed and open to depict the bloom of the flower’s petals, which elevates the spiritual effects of meditation and allows energies to more freely pass through the body. Letting the Mother goddess into your body and life works in a similar manner and opens the pathways to receiving her divine energy.
Reciting the Sri Suktam pleases the Mother goddess, and incites her to shower her devout worshippers with numerous blessings. It is believed that those who regularly recite the Sri Suktam are blessed with strong character and discipline. Sri Devi provides her followers with many blessings. Women are blessed with fine husbands, grace and elegance and happy life. Men are blessed with stable jobs, and strength. The house is freed from debt and prosper in wealth with healthy cattle, horses, grandchildren and more. All forms of prosperity are attributed to the goddess, and just as her consort preserves the goodness of the world, she too protects her followers from the vices mortal beings are so prone to, such as avarice, misery, envy, and protects them from poverty and misfortune.
Hence, the daily and genuine worship of the goddess provides one with all the joys and pleasures life has to offer if they are pure in mind and devout in praise.