Durga Chalisa

 

Durga Chalisa is a 40 verse prayer, which is sung by the Hindu devotees for the fulfilment of their wishes.

The verses with the meanings are as follows:

Durga Chalisa

या देवी सर्वभुतेषु मातृरूपेण संस्थिता ।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः ॥


Yaa Devii Sarvabhutessu Maatrruupenna Samsthitaa |
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah ||


Meaning:
Salutations to that Devi who abides in all beings in the Form of a Mother.
Salutations to Her, time and again.

नमो नमो दुर्गे सुख करनी ।
नमो नमो अम्बे दुःख हरनी ॥


Namo Namo Durge Sukha Karanii |
Namo Namo Ambe Duhkha Haranii ||


Meaning:
I Salute You, O Mother Durga, You Bestow Happiness to all.
I Salute You, O Mother Amba, You End all Miseries.

निराकार है ज्योति तुम्हारी ।
तिहूं लोक फैली उजियारी ॥


Niraakaara Hai Jyoti Tumhaarii |
Tihuu Lok Phailii Ujiyaarii ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga), Your Radiance is Limitless.
And You Illumine all the Three Worlds (Earth, Heaven And the Nether World).

शशि ललाट मुख महाविशाला ।
नेत्र लाल भृकुटी विकराला ॥


Shashi Lalaatta Mukha Mahaavishaalaa |
Netra Laala Bhrkuttii Vikaraalaa ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) Your Forehead is Shining like the Moon and your Face is Very Big.
And Your Eyes are Red with a Frightening Frown.

रूप मातु को अधिक सुहावे ।
दरश करत जन अति सुख पावे ॥


Ruupa Maatu Ko Adhik Suhaave |
Darasha Karata Jana Ati Sukh Paave ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) Your Look is Enchanting,
The very Sight of Which gives Joy to All.

तुम संसार शक्ति लै कीना ।
पालन हेतु अन्न धन दीना ॥


Tum Samsaar Shakti Lai Kiinaa |
Paalan Hetu Anna Dhana Diinaa ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) In You lie all the Powers of the World.
And You Nurture the World with Food and Wealth.

अन्नपूर्णा हुई जग पाला ।
तुम ही आदि सुन्दरी बाला ॥


Annapuurnnaa Huii Jag Paalaa |
Tum Hii Aadi Sundarii Baalaa ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) You as Mother Annapoorna Nurture the whole World.
And You are the Primordial Sundari Bala (form of a young girl of extreme beauty).

प्रलयकाल सब नाशन हारी ।
तुम गौरी शिव शंकर प्यारी ॥


Pralayakaal Sab Naashana Haarii |
Tum Gaurii Shiv Shamkara Pyaarii ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga), You Destroy Everything at the time of Pralaya (the great Dissolution).
You are Mother Gouri, the Beloved Consort of Lord Shankara.

शिव योगी तुम्हरे गुण गावें ।
ब्रह्मा विष्णु तुम्हें नित ध्यावें ॥


Shiv Yogii Tumhare Gunn Gaave |
Brahmaa Vissnnu Tumhe Nit Dhyaave ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) Your Praises are Sung by Lord Shiva and the Yogis.
And on You Brahma and Vishnu always Meditate.

रुप सरस्वती को तुम धारा ।
दे सुबुद्धि ॠषि मुनिन उबारा ॥


Rup Sarasvatii Ko Tum Dhaaraa |
De Subuddhi Rrssi Munina Ubaaraa ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) You Assume the Form of Mother Saraswati,
And Grant Wisdom to the Sages and thus ensure their Welfare.

धरा रूप नरसिंह को अम्बा ।
प्रकट भई फाडकर खम्बा ॥


Dharaa Ruup Narasimha Ko Ambaa |
Prakatt Bhii Phaaddakar Khambaa ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) You Assumed the Form of Lord Narasimha,
And Appeared Breaking the Pillar (to save Prahlada).

रक्षा करि प्रह्लाद बचायो ।
हिरण्याक्ष को स्वर्ग पठायो ॥


Rakssaa Kari Prahlaad Bacaayo |
Hirannyaakssa Ko Svarga Patthaayo ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) You Saved Prahlada,
And Sent Hiranyakashyap to Heaven (as he was killed by You)

लक्ष्मी रूप धरो जग माहीं ।
श्री नारायण अंग समाहीं ॥


Lakssmii Ruup Dharo Jag Maahii |
Shrii Naaraayann Anga Samaahii ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) You Assumed the Form of Mother Lakshmi,
And Repose by the Side of Shree Narayana.

क्षीरसिन्धु में करत विलासा ।
दयासिन्धु दीजै मन आसा ॥


Kssiirasindhu Mei Karata Vilaasaa |
Dayaasindhu Diijai Mana Aasaa ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) You Dwell in the Ocean of Milk (with Lord Vishnu),
And You are the Ocean of Compassion; Please Fulfill my Wishes.

हिंगलाज में तुम्हीं भवानी ।
महिमा अमित न जात बखानी ॥


Himgalaaja Mei Tumhii Bhavaanii |
Mahimaa Amit Na Jaata Bakhaanii ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) You are Mother Bhavani in Hingalaja,
Your Glories are Limitless and cannot be Described.

मातंगी धूमावति माता ।
भुवनेश्वरि बगला सुखदाता ॥


Maatamgii Dhuumaavati Maataa |
Bhuvaneshvari Bagalaa Sukhadaataa ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) You are Matangi and Dhoomavati Mata.
And You as Mother Bhuvaneshwari and Mother Bagalamukhi Bestow Happiness to all.

श्री भैरव तारा जग तारिणि ।
छिन्न भाल भव दुःख निवारिणि ॥


Shrii Bhairava Taaraa Jag Taarinni |
Chinna Bhaala Bhava Duhkha Nivaarinni ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) You are Mother Bhairavi and Tara Devi, the Redeemer of the World.
And You as Mother Chhinnamasta, Remove the Sorrows of the World.

केहरि वाहन सोह भवानी ।
लांगुर वीर चलत अगवानी ॥


Kehari Vaahana Soha Bhavaanii |
Laangur Viira Calata Agavaanii ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) You Reposing Gracefully upon the Lion as Mother Bhavani,
is welcome by the Brave Hanuman Moving Forward.

कर में खप्पर खड्ग विराजे ।
जाको देख काल डर भागे ॥


Kara Mei Khappar Khaddga Viraaje |
Jaako Dekh Kaala Ddar Bhaage ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) You Appear with Skull and Sword in Hands,
Seeing Which even Time Flees in Panic.

सोहे अस्त्र और त्रिशूला ।
जाते उठत शत्रु हिय शुला ॥


Sohe Astra Aur Trishuulaa |
Jaate Utthata Shatru Hiya Shulaa ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) Seeing You, Well-Armed and with Trident in Hand, The Heart of the Enemies Tremble with Fear.

नगरकोट में तुम्हीं विराजत ।
तिहूं लोक में डंका बाजत ॥


Nagarakott Mei Tumhii Viraajat |
Tihuu Lok Mei Ddankaa Baajat ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) You Repose in Nagarkot (Kangra).
And make the Three Worlds Shudder with the Might of Your Glory.

शुंभ निशुंभ दानव तुम मारे ।
रक्तबीज शंखन संहारे ॥


Shumbha Nishumbha Daanava Tum Maare |
Raktabiija Shamkhana Samhaare ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) You Killed the Demons Shumbha and Nishumbha, And also the Many Rakta Bija Demons.

महिषासुर नृप अति अभिमानी ।
जेहि अघ भार मही अकुलानी ॥


Mahissaasura Nrpa Ati Abhimaanii |
Jehi Agha Bhaar Mahii Akulaanii ||


Meaning:
Mahishasura the King was very Proud,
And Filled the Earth with the Weight of his Many Sins.

रूप कराल कालिका धारा ।
सैन्य सहित तुम तिहि संहारा ॥


Ruup Karaala Kaalikaa Dhaaraa |
Sainya Sahit Tum Tihi Samhaaraa ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) You Assumed the Ferocious Form of Mother Kali,
And Killed Him (Mahishasura) Along With his Army.

परी गाढं संतन पर जब जब ।
भई सहाय मातु तुम तब तब ॥


Parii Gaaddh Santana Par Jab Jab |
Bhaii Sahaaya Maatu Tum Tab Tab ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) Whenever the Saints were in Trouble, Mother, You came to their Rescue.

अमरपूरी अरू बासव लोका ।
तब महिमा रहें अशोका ॥


Amarapuurii Aruu Baasava Lokaa |
Taba Mahimaa Rahei Ashokaa ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) Amarpuri and other Lokas,
Remain Sorrowless because of Your Grace.

ज्वाला में है ज्योति तुम्हारी ।
तुम्हें सदा पूजें नर नारी ॥


Jvaalaa Mei Hai Jyoti Tumhaarii |
Tumhei Sadaa Puuje Nara Naarii ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) Your Light resides in Jwalamukhi.
All Men and Women Always Worship You.

प्रेम भक्ति से जो यश गावे ।
दुःख दारिद्र निकट नहिं आवे ॥


Prem Bhakti Se Jo Yash Gaave |
Duhkha Daaridra Nikatta Nahi Aave ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) Whoever Sing your Praises with Love and Devotion, Sorrow and Poverty will Not Come Near him..

ध्यावे तुम्हें जो नर मन लाई ।
जन्म मरण ताको छुटि जाई ॥


Dhyaave Tumhe Jo Nara Mana Laaii |
Janma Marann Taako Chutti Jaaii |
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Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) Those who Meditate on You Deeply, Will be Freed from the cycles of Birth and Death.

जोगी सुर मुनि कहत पुकारी ।
योग न हो बिन शक्ति तुम्हरी ॥


Jogii Sura Muni Kahata Pukaarii |
Yog Na Ho Bina Shakti Tumharii ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) Yogis, Devas and Sages say that, Without your Power there cannot be Yoga (union with the Divine).

शंकर आचारज तप कीनो ।
काम अरु क्रोध जीति सब लीनो ॥


Shankara Aacaaraj Tapa Kiino |
Kaama Aru Krodha Jiit Sab Liino ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) Shankar Acharya did Penance, And Won over Desire and Anger.

निशिदिन ध्यान धरो शंकर को ।
काहु काल नहीं सुमिरो तुमको ॥


Nishidin Dhyaana Dharo Shankara Ko |
Kaahu Kaala Nahii Sumiro Tumko ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) He Always Meditated on Lord Shiva, And Never Thought of You.

शक्ति रूप को मरम न पायो ।
शक्ति गई तब मन पछतायो ॥


Shakti Ruupa Ko Marama Na Paayo |
Shakti Gaii Tab Mana Pachataayo ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) He Did Not Realize the Glory of Shakti, When his Powers Waned, he started Repenting.

शरणागत हुई कीर्ति बखानी ।
जय जय जय जगदंब भवानी ॥


Sharannaagata Huii Kiirti Bakhaanii |
Jaya Jaya Jaya Jagadamba Bhavaanii ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) Then he sought Your Refuge and Sung Your Praises, Victory, Victory, Victory to Mother Bhavani, the Mother of the Universe.

भई प्रसन्न आदि जगदम्बा ।
दई शक्ति नहिं कीन विलंबा ॥


Bhaii Prasanna Aadi Jagadambaa |
Daii Shakti Nahi Kiina Vilambaa ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) This Pleased the Adi Jagadamba (Primeval Mother of the World), And She Gave back his Powers Without Delay.

मोको मातु कष्ट अति घेरो ।
तुम बिन कौन हरै दुःख मेरो ॥


Moko Maatu Kasstta Ati Ghero |
Tum Bin Kaun Harai Duhkha Mero ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) I am Surrounded by Grave Distress, O Mother, Apart from You, Who can Remove my Sorrows?

आशा तृष्णा निपट सतावें ।
मोह मदादिक सब विनशावें ॥


Aashaa Trssnnaa Nipatta Sataave |
Moha Madaadik Sab Vinashaavem ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) Desires and Longings always Torture me, And Passions and Lust Torment me.

शत्रु नाश कीजै महारानी ।
सुमिरौं इकचित तुम्हें भवानी ॥


Shatru Naasha Kiijai Mahaaraanii |
Sumirau Ikacita Tumhem Bhavaanii ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) O Great Queen, please Destroy my Enemies, I Meditate on You with One-Pointed Devotion.

करो कृपा हे मातु दयाला ।
ॠद्धि सिद्धि दे करहु निहाला ॥


Karo Krpaa He Maatu Dayaalaa |
Rrddhi Siddhi De Karahu Nihaalaa ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) Bestow Your Grace on me, O Kind Mother. And Give me (Spiritual) Wealth and Power.

जब लगि जिऊं दया फल पाऊं ।
तुम्हरो यश मैं सदा सुनाऊं ॥


Jab Lagi Jiuum Dayaa Phala Paauum |
Tumharo Yasha Maim Sadaa Sunaauu ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) As Long as I Live, may I be a Recipient of Your Mercy, And let me Always Sing Your Glories to Others.

दुर्गा चालीसा जो नित गावै ।
सब सुख भोग परम पद पावै ॥


Durgaa Caaliisaa Jo Nit Gaavai |
Sab Sukh Bhoga Parama Pada Paavai ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) Those who Sing the Durga Chalisa Everyday,
Will get Worldly Prosperity and finally Attain the Supreme Feet of the Mother.

देवीदास शरण निज जानी ।
करहु कृपा जगदम्ब भवानी ॥


Deviidaasa Sharanna Nija Jaanii |
Karahu Krpaa Jagadamba Bhavaanii ||


Meaning:
(I Salute You, O Mother Durga) Knowing that Devidas has taken your Refuge,
Please Bestow your Grace, O Mother Jagadamba Bhavani.