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Author of Mahishasura Mardhini slokam

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Can anyone tell me who is the author of the famous & popular 'Mahishasura Mardhini' slokam. I only know that Brahmasri Sengalipuram Dikshithar tuned the slokam as asked by Maha Periyava. Now-a-days I hear too many variants of this rendition.
 
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Thank you madam for the reply. Generally many compositions of Aadhi Shankara Bhagavad padal end with this: "Ithi Sri Shankara Bagavathah krithow" Devi Pancharathnam; Kanakadhara Stotram,etc., or end with "Ithi Shankaraacharya virachitam" Sri Dakshinamurthy Slokam; Sri Kala Bhairavashtakam; Siva Manasa Pooja etc., But Mahishasura Mardini Slokam does not end with any such thing. Even Jayamangala Stotram book doesn't mention any composer's name. Hence the doubt. Shall be happy to get source/authentic citation.
 
#5
dear Sir,
Originally we learned from our yoga guru that this sthothram was composed by Sri. Aadhi Sankara.
I verified it two days ago. Thanks to your question! :)
Composing a work like this requires the mastery over the language and knowledge of 1000s of words!
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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#7
Well! When the signature is NOT there
anything and everything can be doubted!

Does it matter who wrote this remarkable sthothram-
since the author himself did not bother about it?

Let us make good use of it and not dispute over it!

Moral:

It is advisable to sign your VERY ORIGINAL work with a
personal 'mudra' for the benefit of the future generations!

The carnatic music composers are really great.
They always manage to include their mudra
in the lyric of whatever they happen to write!

Some of those who I can remember spontaneously...
Purandara Dasa, ThyAgarAja, Guruguha (MuththuswAmi dheekshidhar), SyAma krishna (SyAmA sasthri), RamdAsa of BhadrAchalam, Soordasa, Tulasi dasa, HaridAsa, Muralee ( BAla murali KrishNa) .....:bump2:

Nothing works as well as a controversy
(any controversy works equally well )
for a rude awakening from soothing slumber!
:yawn:........:sleep:............:horn:
 
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Raji Ram

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Sri. P.R.Ramachander has given this introduction in his translation:

(
http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/g1.htm)

''This very popular stotra of Goddess Durga is supposed to have been written by Ramakrishna Kavi.

Nothing is known about the author. The great Tenali Rama was known as Ramakrishna Kavi and

he was a great Bhaktha of Durga. But there are no references to say that he wrote this great work.''

P. S: There is NO mention of Ramakrishna Kavi on the web! :ranger:
 
#9
There may be different claims....

1) Mahishasura Mardini Stotram : Aigiri Nandini Nandita Medini - in sanskrit with meaning - Stotra on Devi Durga


- composition attributed to Sri Ramakrishna Kavi as well as Sri Adi Shankaracharya

महिषासुरमर्दिनि स्तोत्रम् : अयि गिरिनन्दिनि नन्दितमेदिनि

Mahishasura Mardini Stotram: Ayi Girinandini Nanditamedini

Source: http://www.greenmesg.org/mantras_slokas/devi_durga-mahishasura_mardini_stotra.php

2) In Quora, answer given by one was that the original traditional hymns were written by Sri Adi Sankaracharya… it is also stated therein that since it was published by various printers under supervision of eminent scholars, it is not easy to tell how and whom…… but there appears to be few variation in the texts

Quora link : https://www.quora.com/Who-is-the-writer-of-the-Aigiri-Nandini-hym

3) Mahishasura Mardini Stotram Lyrics Prayer to Goddess Durga


Mahishasura Mardini Stotram or Mahishasur Maridhini Sloka is a very popular devotional stotra of Goddess Durga written by Guru Adi Sankaracharya (Sri Sri Sri Shankara Bhagavatpadacharya). This devotional verse is addressed to Goddess Mahisasura Mardini, the Goddess who killed Demon Mahishasura. Mahisasura Mardini is the fierce form of Goddess Durga Maa (an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi), where Durga Maa is depicted with 10 arms who rides in a lion or tiger and carrying weapons and assumes symbolic hand gestures or mudras.

Source: http://www.hindudevotionalblog.com/2008/09/mahishasura-mardini-stotram-lyrics.html


Authenticated information may be available somewhere .... but for that one may require to go for a deep study and search of old hymns, slokas, vedic texts, etc
 
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renuka

Well-known member
#10
Well! When the signature is NOT there
anything and everything can be doubted!

Does it matter who wrote this remarkable sthothram-
since the author himself did not bother about it?

Let us make good use of it and not dispute over it!

Moral:

It is advisable to sign your VERY ORIGINAL work with a
personal 'mudra' for the benefit of the future generations!

The carnatic music composers are really great.
They always manage to include their mudra
in the lyric of whatever they happen to write!

Some of those who I can remember spontaneously...
Purandara Dasa, ThyAgarAja, Guruguha (MuththuswAmi dheekshidhar), SyAma krishna (SyAmA sasthri), RamdAsa of BhadrAchalam, Soordasa, Tulasi dasa, HaridAsa, Muralee ( BAla murali KrishNa) .....:bump2:

Nothing works as well as a controversy
(any controversy works equally well )
for a rude awakening from soothing slumber!
:yawn:........:sleep:............:horn:
Anamacharya was a carnatic composer who never included his name in any of his composition...thats what I heard before.
 
#11
Annamacharya ‘s compositions contain mudras like “Venkatesha’, ’Venkatadri, ’Venkatachala’, ‘Tiruvenkata’ etc.

http://www.carnaticcorner.com/articles/mistaken-identity.htm

 
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