Adi Shankara and Kamakshi Ambaal

Adi Shankara and Kamakshi Ambaal

The Mooka Panchashathi is a five-hundred-versed ode to the Goddess Kamakshi of Kanchipuram, as was composed by Mooka Kavi (later Mooka Shankarendra Saraswathi, the 20th Shankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham). Born a deaf-mute, Mooka (which itself means mute) spent hours at the sanctum of the Devi Kamakshi asking her to shower her grace on him. When the Goddess finally did so, not only could Mooka speak and hear, but was filled with enough Gnana to spontaneously sing the Mooka Panchashathi, which burst forth in poetry.  

Mooka was later requested by Jagadguru Shri Marthanda Vidhyaghanendra Saraswathi, the 19th pontiff of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, to ascend the Matham after him. Even to this day, the Mooka Panchashathi is a powerful hymn recommended for not only those with speech problems but for those who wish to master all the Vidya's (branches of knowledge). 

The Mooka Panchashathi, divided into five Shathakam's or "hundreds" is provided below for download. All are provided in Sanskrit-Tamil format and with Tamil commentary. 

  1.  Arya Shathakam
  2. Sthuthi Shathakam
  3. Paadaaravinda Shathakam
  4. Kataaksha Shathakam
  5. Mandasmitha Shathakam