Murta Maheshvara Stotram
by Sharat Chandra Chakrabarty

This thrilling Sanskrit hymn to Swami Vivekananda, also known as Sri Vivekananda Giti Stotram, was composed by his disciple Sharat Chandra Chakrabarty. The author refers to himself in the hymn as “Indu”. Note how the words break: mūrta-maheśvaram ujjvala-bhāskaram iṣṭam amara-nara-vandyam.

मूर्त-महेश्वरमुज्ज्वल-भास्करमिष्टममर-नर-वन्द्यम्‌।
वन्दे वेद-तनुमुज्झित-गर्हित-काञ्चन-कामिनी-बन्धम्‌॥१
कोटि-भानुकर-दीप्त-सिंहमहो कटि-तट-कौपिनवन्तम्‌।
अभीरभीर्हुङ्कार-नादित-दिङ्मुख-प्रचण्ड-ताण्डव-नृत्यम्‌॥२
भुक्ति-मुक्ति-कृपा-कटाक्ष-प्रेक्षणमघ-दल-विदलन-दक्षम्‌।
बाल-चन्द्र-धरमिन्दु-वन्द्यमिह नौमि गुरु-विवेकानन्दम्‌॥३

mūrta-maheśvaram ujjvala-bhāskaram
     iṣṭam amara-nara-vandyam |
vande veda-tanum ujjhita-garhita-
     kāñcana-kāminī-bandham || 1 ||
koṭi-bhānukara-dīpta-siṁham aho
     kaṭi-taṭa-kaupina-vantam |
abhīr-abhīr-huṅkāra-nādita-diṅmukha-
     pracaṇḍa-tāṇḍava-nṛtyam || 2 ||
bhukti-mukti-kṛpā-kaṭākṣa-prekṣaṇam
     agha-dala-vidalana-dakṣam |
bāla-candra-dharam indu-vandyam iha
     naumi guru-vivekānandam || 3 ||

Translation

Lord Siva incarnate, resplendent like the sun, adored by gods and men as their Chosen Ideal. The embodiment of the Vedas who has overcome the bondage of the much censured lust and gold.

Brilliant with the rays of a million suns, the lion among men, who has nothing but a loin cloth to wear. Who is dancing the violent dance of Siva, the quarters reverberate with the cry of “fear not, fear not”.

A mere compassionate glance of whose eyes is enough to impart both enjoyment and liberation, who tramples with ease the hordes of vice. Who is the veritable Siva with the crescent moon on the forehead, and who is worshipped by Indu. I bow to the guru, Vivekananda.