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.