Durga Sooktam: - (Hymn to Goddess Durga)

Verse I:

We shall press out the Soma Juice to Jatavedas (Deva Agni). May the all-knowing annihilate our enemies. May Agni protect us against all obstacles and evils and take us across them like a boatman who takes people across the river in a boat.

Verse II:

I take refuge in that Goddess Durga who is of the color of Fire, who blazes with her tapas (spiritual fire), who is the consort of Virochana (the Supreme Being) and who is the bestower of the fruit of actions. Obeisance to Thee who art skilled in ferrying people across the river of the World. Be pleased to ferry us across.

Verse III:

O Agni, who art worth of Praise, take us across all obstacles by ways that are safe. May our town and our lands expand. Make our children happy.

Verse IV:

Thou Jatavedas, who art the remover of obstacles, take us beyond all evil like the boatman who ferries the people across the river. O Agni, may you be a careful protector of our bodies like Atri who is always concerned with the welfare of all beings.

Verse V:

Let us invoke, from the highest places, Agni the vanquisher of enemy hosts, who is powerful and invincible. May that Agni protect us against all obstacles and evils.

Verse VI:

O Agni, praised in sacrifices, thou increasest bliss. Thou art the ancient and the new invoker at sacrifices. O Agni, make Thyself happy and grant us prosperity.

Verse VII:

O Indra, all-pervading! We shall follow thee blessed with cattle and unbroken happiness. May those who live on the heights of heaven bring here the world of Vishnu.

Verse VIII:

We shall try to know Katyayani, we shall engage in contemplation on Kanyakumari may Durga be pleased to guide us.

OM! Shanti: Shanti: Shanti:

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