Emerging as a community festival,
people offer Arti.
Jai ambe gaurii maiyaa, Jai shyaamaa gaurii Nishadina tumako
dhyaavata, Hari brahma shivajii
"Glory to you, O divine Mother Gauri, glory to you, O Parvati, who are
so rich in maiden grace (virgin beauty), the object of daily meditation by
Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva!"
Maanga sinduura viraajata, Tiko mriga madako Ujjvalase dauu nainaa,
"O Ambe! On your forehead is a resplendent mark of vermilion along
with a mark of musk (signifying good luck). Your twin eyes are bright and
your face beautiful as the moon."
Kanaka samaana kalevara, Raktaambara raaje Raktapushpa galamaalaa,
"Your body with a tinge of gold is splendidly dressed in red attire;
on your throat lies a wreath of red blossoms like a beautiful necklace."
Kehari vaahana raajata, Khadaga khappara dhaari Sura nara munijana sevata,
Tinake dukha haari
"Your vehicle, the lion, is, O Mother in keeping with your splendid
form; you bear a sword and a skull in your hands, and on you attend the
gods, men, hermits and your votaries whose grief you drive away."
Kaanana kunadala shobhita, Naasaagre motii Kotika chandra divaakara, Sam
"You are adorned with rings on your ears and with pearl on the tip of
your nose, your radiance looks as splendid as that of myriad of suns and
Shumbha nishumbha bidaare, Mahishaasura ghaatii Dhuumra vilochana nainaa,
"O slayer of the demon Mahisha, you tore apart the bodies of Shumbha,
Nishumbha and Dhuumravilochana. (In the battle waged against them) your eyes
reflected a frenzy of fury everyday and night."
Brahmaanii rudraanii, Tuma kamalaa raanii Aagama-nigama bakhaanii, Tuma
"You are the beloved consort of Brahma, Rudra and Vishnu. The Vedas
and the Shastras describe you as the queen consort of Shiva,"
Chausatha yoginii gaavata, Nritya karata bhairon Baajata taala mridanga,
Aura baajata damaruu
"Sixty-four Yoginis chorus your praise and glorify you, while Bhairava
(Shiva) dances in tune to the accompaniment of the sound of tambour
(mridanga) and drum (damaru)."
Tuma ho jaga kii maataa, Tuma hii ho bhartaa Bhaktana kii dukha hartaa,
Sukha sampati kartaa
"You are mother of the universe, its sustainer, reliever of your
devotees' affliction and bestower of happiness and prosperity."
Bhujaa chaara ati shobhita, Vara mudraa dhaarii Manavaanchita phala
paavata, Sevata nara naarii
"The four arms you have adorned your person, while the hand raised in
benediction reveals your benign aspect. Those among men and women who wait
on you and worship you have all their cherished wishes ever fulfilled."
Kanchana thaala viraajata, Agaru kapuura baatii Bhaalaketu mein raajata,
"In a golden platter are beautifully laid aloe and camphor, both of
which have lighted (to be waved before you); in he radiance of your forehead
is reflected the splendour of a myriad gems."