rAga: nATakuraHnji / tAla: mishra jhampa (12 beats)
budham AshrayAmi satataM suravinutaM candratArAsutam
budhajanaiveditaM bhUsurair moditam madhurakavitApradaM mahanIyasampadam
kuHNkumasamadyutiM guruguhamudAkRtiM kujavairiNaM maNimukuTahArakeyUrakaHNkaNAdidhraNaM kamanIyataramithunakanyAdhipaM
pustakakaraM napuMsakam kiHNkara janamahitaM kilbiSAdirahitaM shaHNkarabhaktahitaM sadAnandasahitam
I always seek shelter in Budha who is worhipped by the Gods, who is the son of Chandra and Tara.
Who is revered by the learned, and who brings joy to Brahmins. Who is the bestower of the sweet art of poetry, the one
of splendorous wealth.
Who is brightly colored like saffron, whose form gives delight to Guruguha, who is the enemy of Kuja, the wearer of gem-studded
crown, necklace, armlets and bracelets, Lord of the houses of Mithuna and Kanya, with book in hand and who is neuter. Who
is honored by his attendants, is devoid of all evil, benefits the devotees of Shiva, and is always joyous.
Madurai Mani Iyer, T.N.Krishnan, Vellore Ramabhadran & Alangudi Ramachandran
Year of Recording : 1966Lyrics and Translation
Courtesy : Todd M. McComb