Harivarasanam Viswamohanam
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Sri Hariharathmajashtakam

                                                               Kambangudi Kulathu Iyer

                                                                    Translated  by

                                                                   P.R.Ramachander

“'Harivarasanam' was written by  Kumbakudi Kulathur Iyer. In 1955, Swami Vimochananad recited this Ashtakam for the first time at Sabarimala.

Sannidhanam, in early 1940s, 50s and 60s , was just wild jungle which few pilgrims visited. It is understood that a VR Gopala Menon of Alapuzha used to stay on at Sannidhanam even when the temple was closed. He built a shack and stayed there even when no human being was anywhere nearwhere nearby during those days when the temple was closed. It was said that the wild animals never troubled him and that he used to feed the wildest of animals. Some years later, when Devaswom Board was formed, it seems ,he was asked to move out. He died as an orphan of the world at a tea estate at Vandiperiyar. He was the only companion to Thirumeni Eashwaran Nampoothiri (an old Mel Santhi of Sannidhanam) in those wild old days of solitude and dedication.

Revered Menon used to recite `Harivarasanam' with all devotion. It was with immense grief that Thirumeni Eashwaran Nampoothiri heard about the demise of Revered Menon. At that end of the pooja that day, when he was about to close the doors of the Sanctum Sanctorum, he remembered Revered Menon and recited 'Harivarasanam' starting a nostalgic tradition that remains unbroken to this day.

Harivarasanam is recited just prior to closing of the temple doors at night.

As the final verses are being sung, all the assistant Santhis leave the Sanctum Sanctorum one by one. As the song ends, only the Mel Santhi is inside the Sreekoil. He extinguishes the lamps one by one and closes the doors for the night after the last lamp is extinguished.”

                                        (  Above write up is quoted from                  http://www.saranamayyappa.org/Religious_Links.htm)

 

Harivarasanam Viswamohanam
Haridadhiswaram Aaradhyapadhukam
Arivimardhanam Nithyanarthanam
Hariharathmajam Devamashraye
Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa
Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa

 

Repository of Hari’s boons,

Enchanter of universe,

Essence of Hari’s grace,

He whose holy feet  is worshipped,

He who kills enemies of  good thought,

He who daily dances the cosmic dance,

Son of Hari and Hara,

I take refuge in thee God.

My refuge is  in you Ayyappa,

My refuge is in  you  Ayyappa.

 


Saranakirtanam Bakhtamanasam
Bharanalolupam Narthanalasam
Arunabhasuram Bhoothanayakam
Hariharathmajam Devamashraye
Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa
Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa

 

He who likes song of refuge,

He who is in the mind of devotees,

He who is the great ruler,

He who loves to dance,

He who shines like the rising sun,

He who is king of all beings,

Son of Hari and Hara,

I take refuge in thee God.

My refuge is  in you Ayyappa,

My refuge is in  you  Ayyappa.

 


Pranayasathyakam Praananayakam
Pranathakalpakam Suprabhanjitham
Pranavamanidram Keerthanapriyam
Hariharathmajam Devamashraye
Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa
Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa

 

He whose soul is truth,

He who is the darling of all souls,

He who created universe,

He who shines with a glittering Halo,

He who is the temple of “OM”,

He who loves songs,

Son of Hari and Hara,

I take refuge in thee God.

My refuge is  in you Ayyappa,

My refuge is in  you  Ayyappa.

 

Thuragavahanam Sundarananam
Varagadhayudham Vedavavarnitham
Gurukrupakaram Keerthanapriyam
Hariharathmajam Devamashraye
Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa
Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa

 

He who rides a horse,

He who has a pretty face,

He who has the blessed mace as weapon,

He who bestows grace like a teacher,

He who loves songs,

Son of Hari and Hara,

I take refuge in thee God.

My refuge is  in you Ayyappa,

My refuge is in  you  Ayyappa.

 

Tribuvanarchitam Devathathmakam
Trinayanam Prabhum Divyadeshikam
Tridashapoojitham Chinthithapradam
Hariharathmajam Devamashraye
Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa
Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa

 

He who is worshiped by the three worlds,

He who is the soul of all gods,

He who is the lord of Shiva,

He who is worshipped by devas,

He who is who is worshipped three times a day,

He whose thought  is fulfilling,

Son of Hari and Hara,

I take refuge in thee God.

My refuge is  in you Ayyappa,

My refuge is in  you  Ayyappa.


Bhavabhayapaham Bhavukavaham
Bhuvanamohanam Bhoothibhooshanam
Dhavalavahanam Divyavaranam
Hariharathmajam Devamashraye
Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa
Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa

 

He who destroys fear,

He who brings prosperity,

He who is enchanter of universe,

He who wears holy  ash as ornament,

He who rides a white elephant,

Son of Hari and Hara,

I take refuge in thee God.

My refuge is  in you Ayyappa,

My refuge is in  you  Ayyappa.

 


Kalamrudusmitham Sundarananam
Kalabhakomalam Gathramohanam
Kalabhakesari Vajivahanam
Hariharathmajam Devamashraye
Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa
Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa

 

 

He who blesses with enchanting smile,

He who has is very pretty,

He who is adorned by sandal paste,

He who has a pretty mien,

He who is a like a lion to the elephants,

He who rides on a tiger,

Son of Hari and Hara,

I take refuge in thee God.

My refuge is  in you Ayyappa,

My refuge is in  you  Ayyappa.



Srithajanapriyam Chinthithapradam
Sruthivibhushanam Sadhujeevanam
Sruthimanoharam Geethalalasam
Hariharathmajam Devamashraye
Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa
Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa

 

 

He who is dear to his devotees,

He who fulfills wishes,

He who is praised by Vedas,

He who blesses life of ascetics,

He who is the essence of Vedas,

He who enjoys divine music,

Son of Hari and Hara,

I take refuge in thee God.

My refuge is  in you Ayyappa,

My refuge is in  you  Ayyappa.