Durga Keelakam

Devi Sanatan Amrit

Rishi Markandeya tells his disciples in sixteen shlokas the ways and means of removing obstacles faced by devotees while reading Devi Mahatmya. Reading of Keelakam brings blessings of Devi, spiritual harmony, peace of mind and success in all pursuits.

DEVI KEELAGAM (The nail of the goddess)

(Since the chanting of Devi Mahatmya leads to all the luck and good things in the

world and at the end salvation Lord Prameshwara, decided to impose certain conditions to get

that full benefit. This is the nail that he has put.)


DEVI KEELAGAM (The nail of the goddess)


Sanskrit Verse 1 Transliteration


Rishir Uvacha:-

Vishudha gnana dehaya trivedi divya chakshushe |

Sreya prapthi nimithaya nama somardha dharine. | | 1| |



English Translation

The sage told:-

My salutations to that Parameshwara(The greatest lord) who is in the form of doing

extreme penance, who has three holy eyes, who is the prime cause leading to salvation and who wears the crescent.


Sanskrit Verse 2 to 3 Transliteration


Sarvamethad vijaniyath manthranam abhi keelagam |

Sopi kshemavapnodhi sathatham japa thathpara | | 2| |

Sidhyunthyuchadanadheeni vasthuni sakalanyapi |

Ethena sthuvadham devi sthothramathrena sidhyathi | | 3| |



English Translation

For getting victory in reading the Devi Mahatmyam, reading this would remove all the spokes in the way of getting result.. He who reads this also gets good times and gets all those which are not attainable. Even to one who praises Goddess with only Devi Mahatmya, she becomes pleased.


Sanskrit Verse 4 to 5 Transliteration


Na manthroushadham thathra na kinchid api vidhyathe |

Vina japyena sidhyatha sarvamuchadanadhikam | | 4 | |

Samagranyapi sidhyathi, loka sanka mimam hara |

Kruthwa nimanthrayamasa sarvamedhamidham shubham | | 5| |



English Translation


That man needs no other chant(Devi mahatmyam) or medicine,Without any other he would realise all his needs. He gets realised fully all his wishes, for The great god(Shiva), taking in to account the normal doubts among people, after composing this Keelaga also made it not necessary for him to read others.


Sanskrit Verse 6 Transliteration


Sthothram vai Chandikayasthu thacha guhyam chakara sa |

Samapthirna cha punyasya tham yadavaniyanthranam | | 6 | |



English Translation

The Lord Parameshwara made the “Devi Mahatmya” as secret and since there is no end to the blessings that can be received by it, made the method of reading it very secret.


Sanskrit Verse 7,8,9 Transliteration


Sopi kshemamapnothi sarvameva na samsaya |

Krushnayam vaa chaturdasyam ashtamyam va samahitha  | | 7 | |

Dadthi prathi gruhnathi nanyaidaisha praseedathi |

Itham ropena keelena Mahadevena keelitham | | 8 | |

Yo nishkeelam vidayainam nithyam japathi samsphutam |

Sa sidha sagana sopi gandharvo jayathe avana  | | 9| |



English Translation


There is no doubt that he gets all comforts. He has to observe with complete concentration all the necessary charities and rules laid down for the chanting on the fourth or fourteenth day after the NEW moon. Unless he does that the goddess will not be pleased with him.. This has been fixed like a driving nail by Lord Parameshwara. He who reads it without this would become one of the assistants of the Goddess.

(Because God thought just by chanting this every body would become equal to gods, whether they are good or bad, he has put this condition. (nail). He has told that this japa has to be done on Krishna ashtami or Krishna Chathurdasi. Before the Japa he should give away all his wealth to the goddess and receive back from her as prasada that which is just sufficient for him. He should then do the chanting with full concentration and according to the method prescribed. If he does like that, then only he will get the full effect of chanting the manthra. )



Sanskrit Verse 10 Transliteration


Na chaivapyata thasthasya bhayam kwapeeha jayathe |

na apamruthyu vasam yathi mrutho mokshamapnuyath | | 10 | |



English Translation


He will have no fear any where in the world, he will never be subject to untimely death and after death he will attain salvation.

Sanskrit Verse 11 Transliteration


Jnathwa prabhya kurveetha hyakurvano vinasyathi |

Thatho jnathtwaiva sambannamidham prabhyadhe budha | | 11 | |


English Translation

This method should be understood well and then only the chanting should be started. If it is not done this way it will not be effective. So learned people do this way.

Sanskrit Verse 12 Transliteration


Soubhagyadhi cha yath kinchid drusyathe lalanajane |

That sarvam that prasadena thena japyamidham shubham | | 12 | |


English Translation

 Even ladies who do not know the method by chanting it will get some small benefits like beauty. So this has necessarily be chanted.


Sanskrit Verse 13 Transliteration


Sanaisthu japyamane asmin sthothre samathi ruchagai |

Bhavathyeva samagrapi thatha prabhyameva thath | | 13 | |


English Translation

If this is chanted without sound you will get riches and if chanted loudly complete wealth could be got and so this should be chanted loudly.


Sanskrit Verse 14 Transliteration


Iswaryam yath prasadena soubhagya maraogya sampada |

Sathruhani paro moksha sthuyathe saa na kim janai | | 14 | |




English Translation

How is it that with this knowledge that this chanting would lead to wealth, luck, heath and destruction of ones enemies, some people are still not chanting it?


Devi Keelagam Samaptham

The nail of the Goddess ends.




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