rAga: yadukulakAmbhoji / tAla: cAturashra eka
divAkaratanujaM shanaishcaraM dhIrataraM santataM cintayEham
bhavAmbunidhau niMagnajanAnAM bhayaHNkaram atikrUraphaladam bhavAnIshakaTAkSapAtrabhUtabhaktimatAmatishayashubhaphaladam
kAlAHnjanakAntiyuktadehaM kAlasahodaraM kAkavAhaM nIlAMshukapuSpamAlavRtaM nIlaratnabhUSaNAlaNkRtaM mAlinIvinutaguruguhamuditaM
makarabumbharAshinAthaM tilatailamishritAnnadIpapriyam dayAsudhAsAgaraM nirbhayam kAladaNDaparipIditajAnuM kAmitArthaphaladakAmaDhenuM
I always meditate upon the slow-moving Shani, the son of Surya and the courageous one.
Who causes fear in people plunged in the ocean of worldly existence, and is the harbinger of calamitous events. Who grants
uniquely auspicious rewards for devotees favored by Shiva's benign glances.
Who with a body of dark lustre like collyrium, brother of Yama, riding on his vehicle the Crow, decorated with blue dress
and a blue flower wreath, with ornaments embedded with blue stones, who is worshipped by Malini and delights Guruguha. Lord
of the two houses of Makara and Kumbha, with special liking for the lamp lit with sesame oil and for rice with sesame seeds,
an ocean of nectar of compassion and fearless. Whose knee was disfigured by the staff of the Lord of Death, like Kamadhenu
yielding all desires, the fire capable of splitting the time-wheel, and one conceived of as the son of the Goddess Chaya.
Madurai Mani Iyer, Mysore Chowdia, Palani Subramanya Pillai
Year of Recording : 1960Lyrics and Translation
Courtesy : Todd M. McComb