Hey chandrchood madanaantak shoolpaaney
Posted March 9, 2013on:
This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.
In olden times there was a saying that one must visit Kashi(Benaras/Varanashi) before one dies.(There is an old saying in Western India ” Surat nu Jaman ane Kashi nu Maran”,which means,in your life you must eat food in Surat and Die in Kashi-both the best options).
Not everyone was able to undertake this journey,so Gangajal used to be kept in houses and it was put in the mouth of the dying person, before his death.
Those who visited Kashi(Benaras/Varanashi),brought hugh containers of Gangajal while returning. The same was distributed amongst relatives and friends to be used in various Pujas and …you know what.
Some enterprising shops even sell sealed bottles of Gangajal even today ! (What an enterprising mind !)
When we were small kids, we were told that there are 33 crore Gods residing in the Cow’s stomach and we wondered how small they must be in size ! It was only later we realised that since the Cow is an useful animal, this must have been coocked up to offer extra protection to them.
Nevertheless,with so many major, Minor and local Gods ,In India one has a fair chance to select his own favourite God.
Our Saints and the Sanskrit poets of old times have composed several Geets, Poems,and Stotras in praise of every God. In almost every language of India this must be the case, I am sure.
However, old time Sanskrit scholars have written STOTRAs(poems of praise and rverence) and these are very commonly used throughout India.
For Shiv also there are various stotras like, Shiv stotra, Rudrashtak, Shiv Tandav storta, Shiv Panchakshara stotra etc etc. The list is too long to be detailed here.
One of the Stotras is ‘SHIV NAMAVALI ASHTAKAM” (Eight stanzas of shiv stuti).
This Stotra has been very melodiously sung by Pankaj Mullik and chorus in the film YATRIK-1952.
This was one film in which many Holy places (Dhaams),in India were shown as a part of the story. The film had wonderful Bhajans and stotras in it.
The first Bhajan from film YATRIK-52,was posted by by our own KHYAT JI BHATT, on this Blog, about an year ago (Dilwaaley dilgeer huaa (Yatrik)). I reproduce here my comments made then-
I can not express in words my joy to see a song from Yatrik-52, being posted here.
Yatrik film is very close to my heart and I shall never-never forget this film in my life. I not only loved this film but also I have some songs of this film in my possession, sung by Pankaj Mullick.
This was one film which showed important places of worship, sacred to Hindus and I remember my parents taking my grandparents and many other aged, old members of the family to this film to make a filmi ‘Yatra’ of sacred places which they were wanting but could not visit.
As you have mentioned,this was based on the travelogue of PKSanyal when he went on a search for Truth in the Himalayas. The screenlpay, story and dialogues were done by he himself. Two versions,one Bengali and one Hindi were made. The Bengali version had Arundhati devi, making her film debut as Rani-a widow on a pilgrimage, whereas in the Hindi version it was Abhi Bhattacharya, as Bramhachari ji from Haridwar, making the pilgrimage.
He sees Setubandh, Dwarka,Ajanta and Konark. Now he is on a tour of Himalayas, Badrinatn, Kedarnath,Amarnath,Manasarovar,Dev Prayag and Hrishikesh.
In his travel,he meets several characters,like a band of Terrorists from Midanapore, Aghornath, Radha Rani and her mother etc. He has an argument with Aghornath, because being a prostitute, Radha Rani is denied entry to temples by him.
Later, Bhatta is lost in the Himalayas and a mysterious Bheel girl Rani appears and guides him to safety and disappears.
The scenes of Himalayas and and the background singing of Punkaj Mullick are etched in my mind.
In this film, Pankaj babu sings “Astyutarasyam dishi devtatma…..” in a chorus. This is written by Kalidas in the praise of Himalayas, and appears in the begining part of his drama “Kumarsambhavam’. It is simply divine. With the background of Kedarnath,Pankaj babu again sings a stuti or a stotra of lord Shankar,”Hey chandrachud madanantak shoolpani…” another gem. Then there are some more Shiv stotras, aaratis and other devotional songs.
Thanks once again for giving me the sweet memories.
Today we will enjoy one of the most enchanting rendition in the voice of Pankaj Mullik, reciting a part of SHIV NAMAVAI ASHTAKAM. There are eight stanzas in it. The song contains only three of them. The song is in Sanskrit.
Lyrics and translation are courtesy this link.
Song-Hey chandrachood madanaantaka shoolpaaney (Yatrik)(1952) Singer-Pankaj Mullick, Lyrics-Part of Shiv Namavali Ashtakam, MD-Pankaj Mullick
hey Chandrchood madanaantak shoolpaaney
sthaano gireesh girijesh mahesh shambho |
bhootesh bheetbhaysoodan maamnaatham
sansaardukhgahanaajagadeesh raksha ||
hey paarvateehridayvallabh Chandramouley
bhootaadhip pramathnaath gireeshchaap |
hey vaamdev bhav rudr pinaakpaaney
sansaardukhgahanaajagadeesh raksha ||
vishvesh vishvbhavnaashak vishvaroop
hey vishvabandhya karunaamay deenbandho
O Shambhu, the one, Who has the moon on crest, Who is the destroyer of Madan (Kamdev), Who holds a trident in His hand, Who is static, Who is revered by the mountain king Himalaya, Who is the Lord of Girija (Parvati), Who is the supreme Lord, Who is the Lord of everything living, and Who destroys the fears of the bereaved! O Lord of the universe! Save me, the orphan out in this world, from the dense miseries of this world.
O Rudra, the one, Who is dear to Parvati, Who has moon on the forehead, Who is the leader of ghosts, Who is the Lord of tormentors, Who is consistently chanted by Himalaya, Who is Vamdev (a form of Shiv), Who is destroyer of the universe (during dooms time), and Who holds the Pinaka! O Lord of the universe! Save me from the dense miseries of this world.
O Lord of the world! O destroyer of the cycle of birth and death! O all pervading One! O Soul of everyone! O the one Who is the storehouse of all qualities! O Lord of the world! O the one Who is filled with compassion! O Helper of the weak! O Lord of the universe! Save me from the dense miseries of this world.