Saraswati Shloka is addressed to the Goddess, who symbolizes all forms of knowledge, including the knowledge of the performing arts. Knowledge is a fundamental pursuit of human life, and a life of study and learning provides nourishment and discipline to the human intellect.
सरस्वति नमस्तुभ्यं वरदे कामरूपिणि ।
विद्यारम्भं करिष्यामि सिद्धिर्भवतु मे सदा ॥
Sarasvati Namastubhyam Varade Kaama-Ruupinni |
Vidya[a-A]arambham Karissyaami Siddhir-Bhavatu Me Sadaa ||
1: Salutations to Devi Saraswati, Who is the giver of Boons and fulfiller of Wishes,
2: O Devi, when I begin my Studies, Please bestow on me the capacity of Right Understanding, always.
प्रसादावलम्बां प्रपुण्यावलम्बाम् ।
भजे शारदाम्बामजस्रं मदम्बाम् ॥१॥
Prasaada-Avalambaam Prapunnya-Avalambaam |
Bhaje Shaaradaa-[Aa]mbaam-Ajasram Mad-Ambaam ||1||
1.1: (Salutations to Mother Sharada) Whose beautiful Bosom is filled with the Pitcher of Nectar, …
1.2: … inside which rests abundant Grace (Prasada) and Auspiciousness (Prapunya),
1.3: Whose Face always reflect the Beauty of Moon, over which Her Lips always shine like (reddish) Bimba Fruits,
1.4: I worship Mother Sharada, Who is my Eternal Mother.
कटाक्षे दयार्द्रां करे ज्ञानमुद्रां
कलाभिर्विनिद्रां कलापैः सुभद्राम् ।
पुरस्त्रीं विनिद्रां पुरस्तुङ्गभद्रां
भजे शारदाम्बामजस्रं मदम्बाम् ॥२॥
Kattaaksse Daya-[A]ardraam Kare Jnyaana-Mudraam
Kalaabhir-Vinidraam Kalaapaih Subhadraam |
Pura-Striim Vinidraam Puras-Tungga-Bhadraam
Bhaje Shaaradaa-[Aa]mbaam-Ajasram Mad-Ambaam ||2||
2.1: (Salutations to Mother Sharada) Whose Glance is moist with Compassion, and Whose Hand shows the Gyana Mudra(Gesture of Knowledge),
2.2: Who is (ever) Wakeful by Her Arts (which She showers), and Who looks (ever) Auspicious by Her Ornaments (which She is adorned with),
2.3: Who is the ever Awake Mother Goddess of the Town (of Sringeri), the Blessed Town (by the bank of) river Tunga which is ever Auspicious (by Her presence),
2.4: I worship Mother Sharada, Who is my Eternal Mother.
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