Guru Paduka Stotram glorifies the “sandals of the Guru” and the presence of Guru in one’s life. This hymn talks about how a seeker’s life transforms within the presence of the Guru. Guru Paduka Stotram was composed by Adi Shankaracharya during his first meeting with his Guru, Govinda Bhagavatpada.

Adi Shankara was traveling across ancient Indians Kingdoms in search of his Guru. When he was walking around the banks of River Narmada, he saw the Padukas in front of the cave of his Guru, Govind Bhagavatpada. Many saints say that when the disciple is ready, Guru will appear and one will instantly feel the divine presence.  When Adi Shankaracharya saw the Paduka, he instantly recognized them as his Guru’s. He was filled with abundant joy.

Having found the master that he had been searching for, he was thrilled, tears welled out of his eye and his heart jumped with joy. He composed Guru Paduka Stotram honoring the Paduka of His Guru, Sri Govind Bhagavatpada.

Guru Paduka Stotram Lyrics in English

Anantha samsara samudhra thara naukayithabhyam guru bhakthithabhyam,
Vairagya samrajyadha poojanabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukabhyam.

The crossing of this Endless ocean of samsara (this mundane world) is enabled
by the boat that is sincere devotion to Guru
Showing me the way to the valuable dominion of renunciation,
O dear Guru, I bow to thy holy sandals.

Kavithva varahsini sagarabhyam, dourbhagya davambudha malikabhyam,
Dhoorikrutha namra vipathithabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukabhyam.

Like a full moon for the ocean of the Knowledge,
Like downpour of water to put out the fire of misfortunes,
Removing the various distresses of those who surrender to them,
O dear Guru, I bow to thy holy sandals.

Natha yayo sripatitam samiyu kadachidapyashu daridra varya,
Mookascha vachaspathitham hi thabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukabhyam.

Those who prostrate to the blessed sandals of their Guru
become possessors of great wealth
and overcome the curse of their poverty very quickly.
To such sandals my infinite prostrations.

Naleeka neekasa pada hrithabhyam, nana vimohadhi nivarikabyam,
Nama janabheeshtathathi pradhabhyam namo nama sri guru padukabhyam.

Attracting us to the Lotus-like feet of our Guru,
removing all kinds of desires borne out of ignorance,
fulfilling all the desires of the disciple who bows humbly
To such sandals, I humbly offer my obeisance.

Nrupali mouleebraja rathna kanthi saridvi raja jjashakanyakabhyam,
Nrupadvadhabhyam nathaloka pankhthe, namo nama sri guru padukabhyam.

Shining like a precious stone adorning the crown of a king
They stand out like a beautiful damsel in a river infested with crocodiles
They raise the devotees to the state of sovereign emperors,
To such sandals, I humbly offer my obeisance.

Papandhakara arka paramparabhyam, thapathryaheendra khageswarabhyam,
Jadyabdhi samsoshana vadawabhyam namo nama sri guru padukabhyam.

Shining radiantly like the Sun, effacing the endless darkness of the disciples sins,
Like an eagle for the snake-like three-fold pains of samsara (this mundane world)
like a conflagration of fire whose heat dries away the ocean of ignorance
To such supreme sandals of my Guru, I humbly surrender.

Shamadhi shatka pradha vaibhavabhyam, Samadhi dhana vratha deeksithabhyam,
Ramadhavangri sthira bhakthidabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukabhyam.

They endow us with the glorious six qualities like Shama (tranquility)
They vow to bless the initiated ones with the ability to go into Samadhi (state of meditative consciousness).
Blessing the devotees with permanent devotion for the feet of Lord Vishnu
To such divine sandals, I offer my prayers.

Swarchaparana makhileshtathabhyam, swaha sahayaksha durndarabhyam,
Swanthacha bhava pradha poojanabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukabhyam.

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Fulfilling all the wishes of the disciples,
Who are ever-available and dedicated for service,
Awakening the sincere aspirants to the divine state of self-realization,
Again and again, prostrate to those sandals of my venerable Guru

Kaamadhi sarpa vraja garudabhyam, viveka vairagya nidhi pradhabhyam,
Bhodha pradhabhyam drutha mokshathabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukabhyam.

They are like an eagle for all the serpents of desires,
Blessing us with the valuable treasure of discrimination and renunciation,
Granting us the knowledge to get instant liberation from the shackles of life,
My prostrations to those holy sandals of my Guru.

Guru Paduka Stotram Lyrics in Sanskrit

अनंत संसार समुद्र तार नौकायिताभ्यां गुरुभक्तिदाभ्यां।
वैराग्य साम्राज्यद पूजनाभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥१॥

कवित्व वाराशि निशाकराभ्यां दौर्भाग्यदावांबुदमालिक्याभ्यां।
दूरीकृतानम्र विपत्तिताभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥२॥

नता ययोः श्रीपतितां समीयुः कदाचिदप्याशु दरिद्रवर्याः।
मूकाश्च वाचसपतितां हि ताभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥३॥

नाली कनी काशपदाहृताभ्यां नानाविमोहादिनिवारिकाभ्यां।
नमज्जनाभीष्टततिब्रदाभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥४॥

नृपालिमौलि ब्रज रत्न कांति सरिद्विराज्झषकन्यकाभ्यां।
नृपत्वदाभ्यां नतलोकपंक्ते: नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥५॥

पापांधकारार्क परंपराभ्यां तापत्रयाहीन्द्र खगेश्वराभ्यां।
जाड्याब्धि संशोषण वाड्वाभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥६॥

शमादिषट्क प्रदवैभवाभ्यां समाधि दान व्रत दीक्षिताभ्यां।
रमाधवांघ्रि स्थिरभक्तिदाभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥७॥

स्वार्चा पराणामखिलेष्टदाभ्यां स्वाहासहायाक्ष धुरंधराभ्यां।
स्वान्ताच्छ भावप्रदपूजनाभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥८॥

कामादिसर्प व्रजगारुडाभ्यां विवेक वैराग्य निधि प्रदाभ्यां।
बोध प्रदाभ्यां दृत मोक्ष दाभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥९॥

(Last Updated On: October 7, 2020)
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