Sri Sukta is a Sanskrit devotional hymn revering Sri as Lakxmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity and fertility. The hymns are found in the Rig Vedic khilanis. Sri Sukta is recited, with a strict adherence to the Chandas, to invoke the goddess' blessings. One must recite this stotra to get wealth, riches and abundance in life in a shorter period of time. For the adoration of Lakshmi, there is no hymn equal to the Sri Sukta.The letters, syllables and words in the fifteen verses of Sri Sukta, collectively form the sound body of Lakshmi, the presiding deity of this Hymn.
ॐ ॥ हिर॑ण्यवर्णां॒ हरि॑णीं सु॒वर्ण॑रज॒तस्र॑जाम् ।
च॒न्द्रां हि॒रण्म॑यीं ल॒क्ष्मीं जात॑वेदो म॒ आव॑ह ॥
तां म॒ आव॑ह॒ जात॑वेदो ल॒क्ष्मीमन॑पगा॒मिनी॓म् ।
यस्यां॒ हिर॑ण्यं वि॒न्देयं॒ गामश्वं॒ पुरु॑षान॒हम् ॥
Invoke for me, O Agni, the Goddess Lakshmi, who shines like gold, yellow in hue, wearing gold and silver garlands, blooming like the moon, the embodiment of wealth. O Agni! Invoke for me that unfailing Lakshmi, being blessed by whom I shall win wealth, cattle, horses and men.
अ॒श्व॒पू॒र्वां र॑थम॒ध्यां ह॒स्तिना॓द-प्र॒बोधि॑नीम् ।
श्रियं॑ दे॒वीमुप॑ह्वये॒ श्रीर्मा दे॒वीर्जु॑षताम् ॥
कां॒ सो॓स्मि॒तां हिर॑ण्यप्रा॒कारा॑मा॒र्द्रां ज्वलं॑तीं तृ॒प्तां त॒र्पयं॑तीम् ।
प॒द्मे॒ स्थि॒तां प॒द्मव॑र्णां॒ तामि॒होप॑ह्वये॒ श्रियम् ॥
I invoke Shri (Lakshmi), who has a line of horses in front of her, a series of chariots in the middle, who is being awakened by the trumpeting of elephants, who is divinely resplendent. May that divine Lakshmi grace me. I hereby invoke that Shri (Lakshmi) who is an embodiment of Absolute Bliss; who is of pleasant smile on her face; whose lustre is like that of burnished gold; who is wet, as it were, (just from the milky ocean), who is blazing with splendour, and is the embodiment of the fulfilment of all wishes; who satisfies the desires of her votaries; who is seated on the lotus and is beautiful like the lotus.
च॒न्द्रां प्र॑भा॒सां य॒शसा॒ ज्वलं॑तीं॒ श्रियं॑ लो॒के दे॒वजु॑ष्टामुदा॒राम् ।
तां प॒द्मिनी॑मीं॒ शर॑णम॒हं प्रप॑द्येஉल॒क्ष्मीर्मे॑ नश्यतां॒ त्वां वृ॑णे ॥
आ॒दि॒त्यव॑र्णे तप॒सोஉधि॑जा॒तो वन॒स्पति॒स्तव॑ वृ॒क्षोஉथ बि॒ल्वः ।
तस्य॒ फला॑नि॒ तप॒सानु॑दन्तु मा॒यान्त॑रा॒याश्च॑ बा॒ह्या अ॑ल॒क्ष्मीः ॥
For shelter in this world, I resort to that Lakshmi who is beautiful like the moon, who shines bright, who is blazing with renown, who is adored (even) by the gods, who is highly magnanimous, and grand like the lotus. May my misfortunes perish. I surrender myself to Thee. O Thou, resplendent like the Sun! By Thy power and glory have the plants, (like) the bael tree, grown up. May the fruits thereof destroy through Thy Grace all inauspiciousness rising from the inner organs and ignorance as well as from the outer senses.
उपैतु॒ मां दे॒वस॒खः की॒र्तिश्च॒ मणि॑ना स॒ह ।
प्रा॒दु॒र्भू॒तोஉस्मि॑ राष्ट्रे॒உस्मिन् की॒र्तिमृ॑द्धिं द॒दादु॑ मे ॥
क्षुत्पि॑पा॒साम॑लां ज्ये॒ष्ठाम॑ल॒क्षीं ना॑शया॒म्यहम् ।
अभू॑ति॒मस॑मृद्धिं॒ च सर्वां॒ निर्णु॑द मे॒ गृहात् ॥
O Lakshmi! I am born in this country with the heritage of wealth. May the friend of the Lord Siva (Kubera) and Kirti (fame) come to me. May these (having taken their abode with me) bestow on me fame and prosperity. I shall destroy the elder sister of Lakshmi, the embodiment of inauspiciousness and such evil as hunger, thirst, and the like. O Lakshmi! Drive out from my abode all misfortune and poverty.
ग॒न्ध॒द्वा॒रां दु॑राध॒र्षां॒ नि॒त्यपु॑ष्टां करी॒षिणी॓म् ।
ई॒श्वरीग्ं॑ सर्व॑भूता॒नां॒ तामि॒होप॑ह्वये॒ श्रियम् ॥
मन॑सः॒ काम॒माकूतिं वा॒चः स॒त्यम॑शीमहि ।
प॒शू॒नां रू॒पमन्य॑स्य मयि॒ श्रीः श्र॑यतां॒ यशः॑ ॥
I invoke hereby that Lakshmi (Shri), whose (main) avenue of perception is the odoriferous sense (i.e., who abides mainly in cows); who is incapable of defeat or threat from anyone; who is ever healthy (with such virtuous qualities as truth); whose grace is seen abundantly in the refuse of cows (the cows being sacred); and who is supreme over all created beings. O Lakshmi! May we obtain and enjoy the fulfilment of our desires and our volitions, the veracity of our speech, the wealth of cattle, the abundance of varieties of food to eat! May prosperity and fame reside in me (thy devotee)!
क॒र्दमे॑न प्र॑जाभू॒ता॒ म॒यि॒ सम्भ॑व क॒र्दम ।
श्रियं॑ वा॒सय॑ मे कु॒ले मा॒तरं॑ पद्म॒मालि॑नीम् ॥
आपः॑ सृ॒जन्तु॑ स्नि॒ग्दा॒नि॒ चि॒क्ली॒त व॑स मे॒ गृहे ।
नि च॑ दे॒वीं मा॒तरं॒ श्रियं॑ वा॒सय॑ मे कु॒ले ॥
Lakshmi! You have progeny in Kardama. (Hence) O Kardama, may you reside in me. Make Mother Shri with garlands of lotuses, to have Her abode in my (ancestral) line. May the (holy) waters create friendship (they being of an adhesive nature). O Chiklita (Progeny of Shri), reside in my home; and arrange to make Divine Mother Shri to stay in my lineage!
आ॒र्द्रां पु॒ष्करि॑णीं पु॒ष्टिं॒ सु॒व॒र्णाम् हे॑ममा॒लिनीम् ।
सू॒र्यां हि॒रण्म॑यीं ल॒क्ष्मीं जात॑वेदो म॒ आव॑ह ॥
आ॒र्द्रां यः॒ करि॑णीं य॒ष्टिं पि॒ङ्ग॒लाम् प॑द्ममा॒लिनीम् ।
च॒न्द्रां हि॒रण्म॑यीं ल॒क्ष्मीं॒ जात॑वेदो म॒ आव॑ह ॥
Invoke for me, O Agni, Lakshmi who shines like gold, is brilliant like the sun, who is powerfully fragrant, who wields the rod of suzerainty, who is of the form of supreme rulership, who is radiant with ornaments and is the goddess of wealth. Invoke for me, O Agni, the Goddess Lakshmi who shines like gold, blooms like the moon, who is fresh with anointment (of fragrant scent), who is adorned with the lotuses (lifted up by celestial elephants in the act of worship), who is the presiding deity of nourishment, who is yellow in colour, and who wears garlands of lotuses.
तां म॒ आव॑ह॒ जात॑वेदो ल॒क्षीमन॑पगा॒मिनी॓म् ।
यस्यां॒ हिर॑ण्यं॒ प्रभू॑तं॒ गावो॑ दा॒स्योஉश्वा॓न्, वि॒न्देयं॒ पुरु॑षान॒हम् ॥
Invoke for me, O Agni, that Goddess Lakshmi who is ever unfailing, being blessed by whom I shall win wealth in plenty, cattle, servants, horses, and men.
ॐ म॒हा॒दे॒व्यै च॑ वि॒द्महे॑ विष्णुप॒त्नी च॑ धीमहि ।
तन्नो॑ लक्ष्मीः प्रचो॒दया॓त् ॥
श्री-र्वर्च॑स्व॒-मायु॑ष्य॒-मारो॓ग्य॒मावी॑धा॒त् पव॑मानं मही॒यते॓ ।
धा॒न्यं ध॒नं प॒शुं ब॒हुपु॑त्रला॒भं श॒तसं॓वत्स॒रं दी॒र्घमायुः॑ ॥
We commune ourselves with the Great Goddess, and meditate on the Consort of Vishnu. May that Lakshmi direct us (to the Great Goal).
ॐ शान्तिः॒ शान्तिः॒ शान्तिः॑ ॥
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