The Victory Hymn
The war-weary Rama stood
With his slackened bow and hushed quiver
Worried in the battlefield of Lanka
In his battle against demon Ravana.
Just then came sage Agastya to him
Chanting the sacred and divine hymn –
Aditya Hriday, the holiest of hymns,
Capable of vanquishing
Even the most powerful of enemies….
Dispeller of darkness,
Glowing with the gold-like lamp of light,
Painting the eastern sky
With your myriad coloured rays,
Riding seven green-hued horses
With radiance adorned.
We bow to your majesty.
Ever-radiant Lord of the creation,
Seed of the universe,
Begetter of the world,
Fount of radiance, your rays animating
And sustaining the world’s existence,
And preserving the entire universe,
Appareled in shining beams;
Penetrator of darkness,
Remover of human sorrow.
We bow to you again.
Lord of the skies!
Life-giver to the universe,
Creator of water,
Causer of heavy rains,
Maker of sunshine,
Most refulgent of all refulgent things.
Source of all death,
Seer of past, present and future,
O Lord of the east!
We bow to you again and again.
O lord of planets and stars!
Creator, preserver and destroyer,
You, who exist within the souls of all spirits,
And keep awake even while they sleep,
You are capable of bestowing the fruits
Of all actions in the entire creation.
O king of the day!
Attired in a thousand rays,
You are victory personified,
And the source of all benediction,
O awesome dazzle of the universe,
Who make the lotus-buds bloom,
Overflowing with radiance, you are
Dispeller of darkness and ignorance,
Remover of inertia and cold,
Destroyer of the enemy,
When you assume your terrible anger,
Your aura of brilliance is like melted gold,
O bright-bodied, killer of darkness,
We bow to you yet again.
Having chanted the holy hymn
Thus spoke Agastya -
O heroic, gallant Rama
The very embodiment of Truth and Valour,
Shed this false shadow of inaction.
Here I give you this holy hymn of the Sun-god.
Whoever chants this hymn
In adversity, suffering and in fear,
Is at once rid of all suffering and dread.
The reverent chanting of this holy hymn
Always brings forth victory.
It is an eternal hymn
Bringing the highest blessings,
Destroying all sins, worries and sorrows,
And bestowing longevity and invincibility.
O Raghav, descendent of Raghu,
By chanting this holy hymn thrice,
You will easily kill Ravana
And all the demons of his vast army.
Victory will bow and kiss your divine feet.
In this great war against Injustice and Evil.
Having given this holy message
And his divine blessing to Rama,
The sage Agastya then quietly went back
To where he had come from.