Shri Meenakshi Pancharatnam (five jewels of Goddess Meenakshi) is a hymn praising the Goddess Meenakshi. Shri Meenakshi Pancharatnam was composed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya and it beautifully describes the attributes of the Goddess. . ‘Meenakshi’ is a combination of two root words; ‘mina’ meaning fish and ‘aksi’ meaning eyes. Thus it implies ‘the one who has eyes like that of a fish.’ Goddess Meenakshi glances and looks after her devotees as fishes look after and protect their younger ones with their eyes. This grace also earns Her the name ‘Angayarkanni’. Ancient stone inscriptions refer to Her as ‘Thirukamakottathu Aludya Nachiyar.’ Sundareshwara, Her consort is the embodiment of super consciousness, expressing in human body, playing with all His glory. Goddess Meenakshi is an Avatar of the Hindu Goddess Parvati - and consort of Shiva. She is considered as a form of Goddess Lalitha Tripurasundari, one of the Dasa Maha Vidhyas. Amma is the grandeur of the super consciousness, the masculine principle and the beauty of feminine consciousness expresses in the saguna form of Meenakshi. Their chief abode is the Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple. Mother Meenakshi radiates Her compassion to everyone and captures everyone’s heart with Her miraculous healing powers. Beside Shri Meenakshi Pancharatnam, there are several other great hymns on the goddess, composed in the later centuries by many saints and scholars including the famous Neelakanta Dikshitar.
बिम्बोष्ठीं स्मितदन्तपङ्क्तिरुचिरां पीताम्बरालङ्कृताम् ।
मीनाक्षीं प्रणतोऽस्मि सन्ततमहं कारुण्यवारांनिधिम् ॥ १ ॥
सर्वाभीष्टफलप्रदां गिरिसुतां वाणीरमासेवितां
मीनाक्षीं प्रणतोऽस्मि सन्ततमहं कारुण्यवारांनिधिम् ॥ २ ॥
श्रीविद्यां शिववामभागनिलयां ह्रीङ्कारमन्त्रोज्ज्वलां
मीनाक्षीं प्रणतोऽस्मि सन्ततमहं कारुण्यवारांनिधिम्॥ ३ ॥
श्रीमत्सुन्दरनायिकां भयहरां ज्ञानप्रदां निर्मलां
श्यामाभां कमलासनार्चितपदां नारायणस्यानुजाम् ।
मीनाक्षीं प्रणतोऽस्मि सन्ततमहं कारुण्यवारांनिधिम् ॥ ४ ॥
नादब्रह्ममयीं परात्परतरां नानार्थतत्वात्मिकां
मीनाक्षीं प्रणतोऽस्मि सन्ततमहं कारुण्यवारांनिधिम् ॥ ५ ॥
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