SRI DHARMA SASTHA BHUJANGAM
Sri Dharma Sastha Bhujangam is believed to have been written by the great saint and the Advaita philosopher, Sri Adisankara, and in this Stotra, he has praised about the wonderful features of Sastha. Lord Dharma Sastha is an incarnation of Vishnu and Shiva, and he contains both of their divine features.
He is also praised in the holy texts as “TATVAMASI”, which means the one who is the controller of the universe, and the one who contains excessive powers, and he can be considered equivalent to Lord Shiva. There are some temples dedicated for Dharma Sastha in Tamil Nadu, and also in some parts of South India. Mostly he can be seen along with his beautiful consorts who are the worshipful mother goddesses, Ma Poorana and Ma Pushkala, in the temples meant for him, and he is mainly worshipped to get rid from our sins, from mental related diseases and from enemy related problems like black magic etc.
Lord Dharma Sastha was mentioned in the Ramayana. While Rama visited Ma Sabhari at her Hut, and when he was offered fruits by her, Lord Rama saw Lord Dharma Sastha nearby the place, and at that time, Sastha was performing deep penance on Lord Shiva. After the completion of penance, both of them were hugged each other, and Lord Dharma Sastha enquired about the well-being of Lord Rama.
Lord Ayyappan who is a favourite god, especially for the Tamil Nadu and Kerala people, is a form of Lord Dharma Sastha. In order to remove the sufferings, troubles and turmoil of the people, Lord Dharma Sastha took the holy avatar of Lord Ayyappa and resides in the Sabari Mala.
The marvellous contents present in Sri Dharma Sastha Bhujangam are as follows:-
I sing about the Lord of Bhootha Ganas, who is the form of Vishnu and Shiva,
who gives light to the entire universe, who creates happiness in the minds of his devotees,by removing their sorrows.
I sing about Lord Dharma Sastha, who is superior among Devas, who looks very beautiful and who is wonderfully seated along with his consorts, Ma Poorana and Ma Pushkala.
I sing about Lord Dharma Sastha, who is mentioned in the Puranas and in the Vedas, who contains knowledge equivalent to Lord Brahma, and who shines brightly equivalent to millions and millions of suns.
I sing about Lord Dharma Sastha, who protects his devotees with great interest, and he is the one who is served by Lord Indra and by other Devas.
I sing about Lord Dharma Sastha, who has attained great name and fame due to his significance, and he is the one who removes the illusions, and gives great spiritual bliss to his devotees.
I sing about Lord Dharma Sastha, who relieves our sins and problems and he would help us to get rid from our diseases, and he is the one, who removes our various Doshams.
I sing about Lord Dharma Sastha who has got elephant as his vehicle, and he is the one who had killed various demons and restored peace and prosperity in the entire universe.
I sing about Lord Dharma Sastha, who wears various precious ornaments, neatly dressed with wonderful garments, and he is the one who removes the stress and strain from us and would pacify our mind.
I sing about Lord Dharma Sastha, who is worshipped by the great sages and saints, and who contains a divine smile on his face.
I sing about Lord Dharma Sastha, who is the guardian of his devotees, who would follow them like their shadow, who would bless them by giving peace and prosperity in their life.
I sing about Lord Dharma Sastha, who always appears in a cheerful manner, and he is the one who destroy the bad things from our souls.
I sing about Lord Dharma Sastha, who contain very good qualities, and whose powers are unlimited.
I sing about Lord Dharma Sastha, who would add more sweetness in our lives.
I sing about Lord Dharma Sastha, who would make us to get relieved from worldly pleasures, and he would give spiritual enlightenment to us.
I sing about Lord Dharma Sastha, who knows about our past, present and future, and he is the one, who would correct our mistakes, and make us into pure and pious.
I sing about the wonderful Lord Dharma Sastha, who had incarnated in this earth as “SWAMY AYYAPPA”, and who had killed the fierce demoness Mahishi, and gave salvation to her.
I sing about Lord Dharma Sastha, who meditates like a Yogi, though he contains lot of spiritual powers.
I sing about Lord Dharma Sastha, who is a righteous god, and he is the one who follows the path of Dharma.
I sing about Lord Dharma Sastha, who is our best worshipful god, and he is the one who acts like our father and mother.
“OM SRI DHARMA SASTHAVE NAMAHA”