Phala Shruti of Markandeya Purana

MarkandeyaChatuh Prashna samopetam Puraanam shrutvapunascha they paapam kalpakoti shathai krutam/ Brahmahatyaadi paapaani yaanyaayaanya shubhaanicha, taani sarvaani nashyantitrunaam vaatahatam yathaa/ pushkarey daanamjo punyam shravanaasya jaayatey, Sarva Vedaadhika phalam samaapthyaachadh gacchati /

(Listening to this highly virtuous Markandeya Purana with Four Questions of Maha Bharata, would abrogate sins committed through hundred crore ‘Kalpas’! Even Brahmahatya and such other serious ‘Pancha Patakas’ or the worst listed Five Major Sins would fly away as mere straws with the forceful velocity of winds. Substantial ‘Punya’or fruits of high meritorious deeds would be earned in the same manner as of ‘Daan’ or charity at Pushkara Tirtha and of reciting all the Four Vedas with sincerity and devotion.)

 

Puranashravanaa devaparam yogamavaapnuyaat,naastikaaya na daatavyam vrushaley Vedanindakey/

Gurudwijaati nindaaya tatha bhagna vrataayacha, Maataapitro nindakaaya Vedashastradinindaney/

bhinnamaryaadiney chaiva tatha vai jnaati kopiney, yetheshaam naiva daatavyam Praanaih

kanthagatairapi/

 

(Listening to Markandeya Purana even once would bestow high merits, but do not be instrumental to give the Purana to ‘Nastikas’ (Non-believers), Shudras, Critics of Vedas and Gurus, those who failed to complete performing Vratas and abandon half way, those who discard their parents, close relatives and normal courtesies etc. Do avoid giving this Sacred Purana, even if such persons demand and try to read it by hook or crook).

Markandeya Vuvaacha/

Yetatsarvamupaakhyaanam Dharmai Swargaapavargadam,

Yah Shrunoti pathedvaapi sidhham tasya sameehitam/

Aaadhivyaadhija duhkhena kadaa chhinnaabhiyujyatey,

Brahmahatyaabhi paapebhyomuchyatey naathra samshayah/

Samtah swajana mitraani bhavanti hita buddhayah,

Naarayah sambhavishyanti dasyavo vaa kadaachana/

sadartho mishtabhogi chadhurbhikshairnaarvaseedati,

paradara para- dravya parahimsaadikilbishaih/

muchyateyneka duhkebhyo nityam chaiva Dwijottama,

Ruddhivruddhih smritih shantihi Shreeh Pushtistrushtirevacha/

Nithyam tasya bhavodvipra yah shrunoti kathaamimam/

 

(Mahatma Markandeya said: This complete exposition in the Purana bestows Dharma, Swarga and Apavarga or Fulfillment; whoever reads or hears shall achieve their inner desires; such persons shall never be victims of physical ailments, worldly difficultes and complexities, or of any kind of mental troubles or natural calamities; their failings and indulgences including the worst kind of sins are washed out; their relatives, friends and well-wishers get more intimate and helpful; they shall have no enemies; they shall never be troubled by robbers; they attain prosperity; they enjoy excellent food; they shall never be bothered or involved by other women, other’s money, and other’s actions of violence and their fears; they shall get rid of sorrows of any description; and they enjoy Ruddhi or prosperity, Buddhi or intellect, Smriti or memory, Shanti or Peace, Lakshmi or Wealth / propitiousness, Pushti or physical well-being, and Tushti or contentment.)

 

 

 

 

Shri Durga Sapta Shloki

 

Om Jnaaninaamapi chetaamsi Devi Bhagavati hi sa,

Baladaakrushya mohaaya Maha Maya prayacchati/

(Bhagavati Maha Maya! You pull the minds of even

‘ Gyaanis’ with force towards obsession!)

Om Durgey smritaa harasi bheeti masesha jantoh,

Swasthaih smritaa mati mateeva shubhaam dadaasi/

(Devi Durga! A mere thought of Yours demolishes fright

among ‘Praanis’ or Beings, while You provide auspiciousness

in response to the meditation by sensible humans)

Daaridra duhkha bhaya haarini ka twadanya,

Sarvopakaara karanaaya sadaardra Chitta/

(Who else is there but You that is readily prepared with

extreme benevolence to ward off our sorrows, fears and adversities?)

Om Sarva Mangala Maangalyey Shivey sarvaartha saadhakey,

Sharanyey Thriabikey Devi! Narayani Namostuthey/

(Devi! Narayani! You are the embodiment and Provider of

Auspiciousness to one and all; You are Shiva Swarupa or the

Form of Propitiousness fulfilling all our wishes; You are Traimbika

or the composite personification of Lakshmi, Saraswati and Parvati;

We seek shelter from You, as we bend down and greet! )

Om Sharanaagata deenaarta paritraana parayaney,

Sarvasyaarti harey Devi! Narayani Namostutey/

(Our greetings to You Narayani! Devi! We seek refuge and safety

from You as we are helpless and harassed).

Om Sarva Swarupey Sarvesey Sarva Shakti samanvitey,

Bhayebhyastraahino Devi! Durga Devi Namostutey/

(Devi! You are the all-comprehensive Form, the Supreme Sovereign,

and the all- Powerful; kindly shield us from diverse types of fears and

apprehensions; our earnest salutations to You, Durga Devi!

Om rogaanaseshaa napahamsi Tushtaa,

Rushtaa tu kaamaan sakasaa nabhishtaan/

(As You assume compassion, all our diseases disappear; but if indignant,

all our wishes get to nought)

Twam ashritaanaam na vipannaraanaam,

Twam ashritaa hyashrayataam prayaanti /

(Those who have already taken asylum from You would never face

difficulties any way; on the other hand, such persons saved by You

could as well provide protection to others too in their turn!)

Om Sarva baadhaa prashamanam Thrailokya syaakhileswari,

Evameva twayaa kaarya masadvairi vinaashanam/

(Sarveswari! Do continue to alleviate the tribulations of one and all

among the Three Lokas and destroy the enemy elements everywhere)

Ya yetatsaramam guhyam Sarva Rakshaa vishaaradam,

Devya sambhaashitam Stotram sadaa Saamraajya daayakam/

(This Sapta Shloki is at once striking yet classified but bestowing

protection; this is a Sacred Hymn related to the Supreme Mother

yielding immense benefits including ‘Samraajya’ or Empires!

Shrunuyaadwaa pathedyaapi paathayeydwaapi yatnatah,

Parivaara yutho Bhuutwaa Trailokya Vijayeebhavet!

(Hearing, reading or narrating the Sapta Shloki with sincere

efforts along with family and friends would secure accomplishments in

all the Three Lokas!)

Sri V.D.N.Rao and Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham

Kamakoti.org presents the Essence of Puranas in English, condensed by Sri. V.D.N.Rao, devotee of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam.

Compiled, Composed and Interpreted by
V.D.N.Rao, Former General Manager,
India Trade Promotion Organisation, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India
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