Sri Balambika Ashtakam:
Sri Balambika Ashtakam is a Stotra or hymn that praises Goddess Balambika. It appears in the Skanda Purana. Goddess Balambika is the consort of Lord Shiva as Vaitheeswaran, who is the presiding deity of Vaitheeswarankoil Temple.
Vaitheeswarankoil is an important pilgrimage center in Tamil Nadu, India. It is near Chidambaram, which is famous for its Nataraja temple. The presiding deity at Vaitheeswarankoil Temple is Lord Shiva, who has the name of Vaitheeshwaran here. His consort is Goddess Balambika.
Lord Shiva was supposedly worshipped by Jatayu, the eagle which features in the Ramayana, and the Sun, Mars, and the Vedas as well, at this temple. So this place has many other names like Jatayupuri, Suryapuri, Angarakapuri and Vedapuri. Lord Shiva removes the sins and other problems of those who worship him here.
It was also here that Lord Muruga obtained the Vel or spear (from his mother, Goddess Parvati), with which he fought and killed the demon, Soorapadma. So the Muruga shrine here is very popular and attracts many devotees.
Many sages and Siddhas worshipped Lord Siva at this temple. The Nayanmars or Shaivaite saints also visited it and sang songs in praise of him. People believe that the deity here can cure even serious diseases. Hence the name, Vaitheeswara, the God of medicine or the healer god.
Sri Balambika Ashtakam in English:
॥ śrībālāmbikāṣṭakam ॥ velatilanghyakarune vibudhendravandye lilavinirmitacaracarahrnnivase । malakiritamanikundala manditange balambike mayi nidhehi krpakataksam ॥ 1 ॥
kamjasanadi-manimanju-kiritakoti- pratyuptaratna-ruciranjita-padapadme । manjiramanjulavinirjitahamsanade balambike mayi nidhehi krpakataksam ॥ 2 ॥
praleyabhanukalikakalitatiramye padagrajavalivinirjitamauktikabhe । pranesvari pramathalokapateh pragalbhe balambike mayi nidhehi krpakataksam ॥ 3 ॥
janghadibhirvijitacittajatunibhage rambhadimardavakarindrakaroruyugme । sampasatadhikasamujvalacelalile balambike mayi nidhehi krpakataksam ॥ 4 ॥
manikyamauktikavinirmitamekhaladhye mayavilagnavilasanmani pattabandhe । lolambarajivilasannavaromajale balambike mayi nidhehi krpakataksam ॥ 5 ॥
nyagrodhapallavatalodaranimnanabhe nirdhutaharavilasatkucacakravake । niskadimanjumanibhusanabhusitange balambike mayi nidhehi krpakataksam ॥ 6 ॥
kandarpacapamadabhangakrtatiramye bhruvallarivividhacestita ramyamane । kandarpasodarasamakrtiphaladese balambike mayi nidhehi krpakataksam ॥ 7 ॥
muktavalivilasadurjitakambukanthe mandasmitananavinirjitacandrabimbe । bhaktestadananiratamrtapurnadrste balambike mayi nidhehi krpakataksam ॥ 8 ॥
karnavalambimanikundalagandabhage karnantadirghanavanirajapatranetre । svarnayakadimanimauktikasobhinase balambike mayi nidhehi krpakataksam ॥ 9 ॥
lolambarajilalitalakajalasobhe mallinavinakalikanavakundajale । balendumanjulakiritavirajamane balambike mayi nidhehi krpakataksam ॥ 10 ॥
balambike maharajni vaidyanathapriyesvari । pahi mamamba krpaya tvatpadam saranam gatah ॥ 11 ॥
॥ iti skande vaidyanathamahatmye sribalambikastakastotram sampurnam ॥
Sri Balambika Ashtakam Meaning
I shall prostrate before Goddess Sri Balambika, who is the beloved Empress of Vaidhyanatha, Oh! Amba, I shall take refuge at your lotus feet, and I have no shelter other than you, kindly protect me. She is worshipped by Vibudhendhra, she has boundless mercy towards her worshipper, she has performed numerous miracles, and she resides in the heart of living beings, and she resides in non- living things too, she is adorned in precious ornaments, crown, and earrings, Oh! Balambike, kindly shower your merciful glances on us. She is gracefully seated on a lotus flower, her lotus feet have the supreme radiance of a precious gem decorated crowns of crores of deities while they prostrate before her, she is adorned in marvelous anklets that produce the most attractive jingling noises, she has the most beautiful voice, Oh! Balambike, kindly shower your merciful glances on us. She resembles the bud of lotus flower blooms in the early hours of sunlight, her toenails resemble the luster of precious pearls, she is Praneshvari of Pramathadhinatha/Lord Shiva, she is eminent/skillful, Oh! Balambike, kindly shower your merciful glances on us. She has attractive bodily features, excels the loveliness of a celestial apsara, her two arms are powerful like the trunk of an elephant, she symbolizes fortune, she is attired in majestic clothes, Oh! Balambike, kindly shower your merciful glances on us. She is adorned in ornaments decorated in ruby and pearls, she is Maya/great illusionist with a slender physical appearance, she is adorned with a magnificent crown, thin hair lines from the navel resemble a pack of honey bees, Oh! Balambike, kindly shower your merciful glances on us. She has a slender waist and bud-like deep navel, her attractive eyebrows move beautifully; her forehead excels the beauty of Kandharpa, Oh! Balambike, kindly shower your merciful glances on us. Her conch-shaped neck is adorned in pearl necklaces, she has a pleasing smile, and it has the luster of the full moon, and she fulfills all the desires of her passionate worshipper with a nectar-like fleeting look, Oh! Balambike, kindly shower your merciful glances on us. She is adorned in magnificent earrings, and they keep dangling on the neck area, she has long, beautiful eyes resembling lotus flower petals, she is adorned with a marvelous nose pin decorated in gold and pearl, Oh! Balambike, kindly shower your merciful glances on us. She has beautiful, curly hair locks decked in fresh flowers of Malli, various flower buds, and flower of Kundha, she is adorned with a magnificent crown which has the brilliance of Surya in the early hours of dawn, Oh! Balambike, kindly shower your merciful glances on us. Oh! Balambike, who is the beloved Empress of Lord Vaidhyanatha, Oh! Amba, I shall take refuge at your lotus feet, and I have no shelter other than you, kindly protect me.