Suprabhatam

Theme of Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatam

There are several themes and sub themes in the text of Suprabhtam. It is reflective of the individual as well as the collective beliefs of the devotees.

First Section

The first section is named Suprabhatam. But the entire prayer is known as Suprabhatam too. It considers the Lord King-emperor with all the royal prerogatives and privileges of the Ruler.

It equates Sri Venkatesa with the incarnation of Rama. The very first verse is from Valmiki's Ramayana wherein Sage Viswamitra awakens the young Rama, urges him to be worthy of his parentage. announces the day-break and instructs him to perform his daily spiritual routine.

Second Section

Second section is in praise of the lord and prays for His Success. He is seen as a great romantic with Lakshmi for his permanent bosom companion.

Third Section

The 3rd section is supplication. It is surrender, total and irreversible. The devotee is engulfed by his worldly pre-occupations. There are several factors, internal and external, that are inimical to his spiritual development. He need to be rescued. He falls a the feet of the Lord and His spouse. The lorrd's soles have distinctive features to confirm He is Vishnu.

Fourth Section

The 4th Section is benediction, a ceremonial prayer seeking divine protection to the divine. The fear that something can go wrong the author invoke divine intervention.

The evil eye of someone may do damage even to the Lord because He is embodied. Again the devotee feels that by seeking the help of the heavenly forces, he can ward off the possible ill effects of such eyes.

Furthermore, there is the belied that there are the 'tathaa astu' celestial who keep saying 'may it be so' to every uttered wish.

Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatam

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Early Morning Prayer - Suprabhatam

kausalyā suprajā rāma pūrvāsandhyā pravartate |
uttiṣṭha naraśārdūla kartavyaṃ daivamāhnikam || 1 ||

Arise Rama !

Precious child of the noble Kausalya | It's twilight in the east

Wake up, Rama, The best among men ! You should perform your morning ritual !

Get up, Govinda

uttiṣṭhottiṣṭha govinda uttiṣṭha garuḍadhvaja |
uttiṣṭha kamalākānta trailokyaṃ maṅgaḷaṃ kuru || 2 ||

Get up, Govinda, get up, Lord of the eagle banner !

Get up, the spouse of Lakshmi Bestow the auspicious on all the 3 worlds

Arise, Lakshmi

mātassamasta jagatāṃ madhukaiṭabhāreḥ
vakṣovihāriṇi manohara divyamūrte |
śrīsvāmini śritajanapriya dānaśīle
śrī veṅkaṭeśa dayite tava suprabhātam || 3 ||

Mother of all the worlds, Resident of Vishnu's Bosom

Enchanting Celestial form bright chief, Benefactor of those seeking your protection !

Spouse of Lord venkateswara , Good Morning !

Worshipped by

tava suprabhātamaravinda locane
bhavatu prasannamukha candramaṇḍale |
vidhi śaṅkarendra vanitābhirarcite
vṛśa śailanātha dayite dayānidhe || 4 ||

O Devi, good morning to you whose eyes are like the lotus and the bright face of the full moon; the consorts of Brahma, Sankara and Indra pay their respects to you the ocean of mercy dear to the Lord of the Vrishabadri.

The Seven Sages

atryādi sapta ṛṣayassamupāsya sandhyāṃ
ākāśa sindhu kamalāni manoharāṇi |
ādāya pādayuga marcayituṃ prapannāḥ
śeṣādri śekhara vibho tava suprabhātam || 5 ||

Atri and the rest of the 7 sages who sought your refuge completed their twilight prayers, brought the lovely lotuses from the celestial cascade to worship at your feet !

Lord of the summit of Seshadri, Good Morning to you!

Recitations

pañcānanābja bhava ṣaṇmukha vāsavādyāḥ
traivikramādi caritaṃ vibudhāḥ stuvanti |
bhāṣāpatiḥ paṭhati vāsara śuddhi mārāt
śeṣādri śekhara vibho tava suprabhātam || 6 ||

All the Gods from Brahma, Shiva, Shanmukha and others are praising your TriVikrama avathara, Bruhaspathi, the Purohita of Devas is reading out the Panchangam (almanac), O Lord may this morning be glorious.

The Breeze

īśat-praphulla sarasīruha nārikeḷa
pūgadrumādi sumanohara pālikānām |
āvāti mandamanilaḥ sahadivya gandhaiḥ
śeṣādri śekhara vibho tava suprabhātam || 7 ||

The breeze carries gently with it the heavenly aroma of the just blooming lotuses, the coconuts and the other flowers.

Lord of the summit of Seshadri, Good Morning to you !

The Parrots Sing

unmīlyanetra yugamuttama pañjarasthāḥ
pātrāvasiṣṭa kadalī phala pāyasāni |
bhuktvāḥ salīla mathakeḷi śukāḥ paṭhanti
śeṣādri śekhara vibho tava suprabhātam || 8 ||

The playful parrots open their eyes wide, eat the banana splits and the sweetened milk-dish in the bowls.

They greet you musically , Lord of the summit of Seshadri, Good morning to you !

Sage Narada

tantrī prakarṣa madhura svanayā vipañcyā
gāyatyananta caritaṃ tava nārado‌'pi |
bhāṣā samagra masat-kṛtacāru ramyaṃ
śeṣādri śekhara vibho tava suprabhātam || 9 ||

And the sage Narada is here too, playing on his veena melodiously and reciting your endless legends, dramatically waving his hands again and yet again.

Lord of the summit of Seshadri, Good morning to you !

The bees hum

bhṛṅgāvaḷī ca makaranda rasānu viddha
jhuṅkāragīta ninadaiḥ sahasevanāya |
niryātyupānta sarasī kamalodarebhyaḥ
śeṣādri śekhara vibho tava suprabhātam || 10 ||

The bees, honey fed, hum their music and come out of the lotuses in the lake close by to worship you.

Lord of the summit of Seshadri, Good morning to you !

Pots compete with the quarters

yoṣāgaṇena varadadhni vimathyamāne
ghoṣālayeṣu dadhimanthana tīvraghoṣāḥ |
roṣātkaliṃ vidadhate kakubhaśca kumbhāḥ
śeṣādri śekhara vibho tava suprabhātam || 11 ||

The milkmaids churn the curd-pots in their homes . The echo and the re-echo sound like an altercation between the quarters and the pots.

Lord of the summit of Seshadri, Good morning to you !

Pots compete with the drums

padmeśamitra śatapatra gatāḷivargāḥ
hartuṃ śriyaṃ kuvalayasya nijāṅgalakṣmyāḥ |
bherī ninādamiva bhibhrati tīvranādam
śeṣādri śekhara vibho tava suprabhātam || 12 ||

The cluster of bees resting in the sun friendly lotuses with a hundred petals as if to drive out the gleam ensuing from the dark flowers with their own light, hum furiously like they beating the wardrums

Lord of the summit of Seshadri, Good morning to you !

Rich, friendly, kind Lord

śrīmannabhīṣṭa varadākhila loka bandho 
śrī śrīnivāsa jagadeka dayaika sindho |
śrī devatā gṛha bhujāntara divyamūrte
śrī veṅkaṭācalapate tava suprabhātam || 13 ||

Lord, You grant our wishes | You are everybody's kinsman | you are the home of the goddess of wealth |

You are the one and only ocean of compassion | You look splendid with Lakshmi, ever on your bosom

Lord of sri venkatachala, Good morning to you !

Important Gods awaiting

śrī svāmi puṣkariṇikāplava nirmalāṅgāḥ
śreyārthino haraviriñci sanandanādyāḥ |
dvāre vasanti varanetra hatotta māṅgāḥ
śrī veṅkaṭācalapate tava suprabhātam || 14 ||

Having taken their holy dip in the Swami pushkarini, Gods like Brahma and Siva and sages such as Sanandana are waiting at the door for your Dharsan with their hands raised holding the rattan cane (for controlling the crowds).

Lord of sri venkatachala, Good morning to you !

Mountain Range

śrī śeṣaśaila garuḍācala veṅkaṭādri
nārāyaṇādri vṛṣabhādri vṛṣādri mukhyām |
ākhyāṃ tvadīya vasate raniśaṃ vadanti
śrī veṅkaṭācalapate tava suprabhātam || 15 ||

People call your mountain home by several names variously as Seshachala, Garudachala, Venkatadri, Narayanadri, Vrishabahadri and Vrishadri.

Lord of sri venkatachala, Good morning to you !

The chiefs of the quarters awaits

sevāparāḥ śiva sureśa kṛśānudharma
rakṣombunātha pavamāna dhanādhi nāthāḥ |
baddhāñjali pravilasannija śīrṣadeśāḥ
śrī veṅkaṭācalapate tava suprabhātam || 16 ||

Siva, Indra, Agni, Yama, Nirruti Varuna, Vayu, and Kubera, the eight chiefs of the quarters, their hands respectively folded and held on their heads, are ready to serve you

Lord of sri venkatachala, Good morning to you !

Your staff begs for privilege

dhāṭīṣu te vihagarāja mṛgādhirāja
nāgādhirāja gajarāja hayādhirājāḥ |
svasvādhikāra mahimādhika marthayante
śrī veṅkaṭācalapate tava suprabhātam || 17 ||

When you go out,

  • Garuda, the kind of birds
  • Simha, the king of beasts
  • Adisesha, the king of snakes
  • Airavata, the king of elephants and 
  • Uccaisrava, the king of horses

Beg of you the privilege, power and authority to carry you in parade 

Lord of sri venkatachala, Good morning to you !

Planet god rank below

sūryendu bhauma budhavākpati kāvyaśauri
svarbhānuketu diviśat-pariśat-pradhānāḥ |
tvaddāsadāsa caramāvadhi dāsadāsāḥ
śrī veṅkaṭācalapate tava suprabhātam || 18 ||

O Lord, the over lords of the nine planets,(Sun, Moon, Mangala, Budha, Guru,Shukra, Sani, Rahu,Kethu) are ready waiting to offer you their service.

Their Worry

tat-pādadhūḷi bharita sphuritottamāṅgāḥ
svargāpavarga nirapekṣa nijāntaraṅgāḥ |
kalpāgamā kalanayā‌kulatāṃ labhante
śrī veṅkaṭācalapate tava suprabhātam || 19 ||

Your devotees have been purified by the dust of your feet, are serving you with intense devotion forgetting their real interest in Moksha and doubting whether they could get this opportunity in their next birth or not.

Your place preferred

tvadgopurāgra śikharāṇi nirīkṣamāṇāḥ
svargāpavarga padavīṃ paramāṃ śrayantaḥ |
martyā manuṣya bhuvane matimāśrayante
śrī veṅkaṭācalapate tava suprabhātam || 20 ||

People eligible to go to heaven and for salvation, on their way notice the peaks of your temple tower, change their mind and prefer to live on the earth

Lord of Sri Venkatachala, Good Morning to you !

Celebrity family and staff

śrī bhūmināyaka dayādi guṇāmṛtābde
devādideva jagadeka śaraṇyamūrte |
śrīmannananta garuḍādibhi rarcitāṅghre
śrī veṅkaṭācalapate tava suprabhātam || 21 ||

Spouse of Sri Devi and Bhu Devi ! Nectarine ocean of compassion and such other immortal qualities

Chief of the celestial s ! the only savior of the entire world ! most Affluent ! Ananta, the divine snake, Garuda, the divine bird, and many more fall on your feet

Lord of Sri Venkatachala, Good Morning to you !

Wish Fulfiller

śrī padmanābha puruṣottama vāsudeva
vaikuṇṭha mādhava janārdhana cakrapāṇe |
śrī vatsa cihna śaraṇāgata pārijāta
śrī veṅkaṭācalapate tava suprabhātam || 22 ||

You are the Padmanabha , Purushottama, Vasudeva, Vaikunta, Madhava, Janardhan, Chakrapani ! You have the mole Srivasta on your chest

You fulfill every wish of those who seek your refuge like the parijata tree !

Lord of Sri Venkatachala, Good Morning to you !

Your Form Concern and reputation

kandarpa darpa hara sundara divya mūrte
kāntā kucāmburuha kuṭmala loladṛṣṭe |
kalyāṇa nirmala guṇākara divyakīrte
śrī veṅkaṭācalapate tava suprabhātam || 23 ||

Your form is more beautiful than that of Manmatha, the God of Love

Your Divine distinction is that you are that home for all those qualities, auspicious and unblemished !

Lord of Vekatachala! Good Morning to you.

Ten Avatars

mīnākṛte kamaṭhakola nṛsiṃha varṇin
svāmin paraśvatha tapodhana rāmacandra |
śeṣāṃśarāma yadunandana kalkirūpa
śrī veṅkaṭācalapate tava suprabhātam || 24 ||

You assumed the form of the fish, the tortoise, the boar, the man-lion, the Vamana, the axe-wielding ascetic, Rama, Balrama, Kirshna and Kalki !

Lord of Vekatachala! Good Morning to you.

Priests awaits

elālavaṅga ghanasāra sugandhi tīrthaṃ
divyaṃ viyatsaritu hemaghaṭeṣu pūrṇam |
dhṛtvādya vaidika śikhāmaṇayaḥ prahṛṣṭāḥ
tiṣṭhanti veṅkaṭapate tava suprabhātam || 25 ||

The learned priests collected in gold pitchers the holy water from the ganga, cascading from the sky, and added fragrant spices. Cheerfully they wait to worship you

Lord of Vekatachala! Good Morning to you.

The Scene

bhāsvānudeti vikacāni saroruhāṇi
sampūrayanti ninadaiḥ kakubho vihaṅgāḥ |
śrīvaiṣṇavāḥ satata marthita maṅgaḷāste
dhāmāśrayanti tava veṅkaṭa suprabhātam || 26 ||

The sun is up, the lotuses are in full bloom, the birds are filling the sky with their chirping. You ardent devotees, seek the auspicious, always, pray for your presence.

Lord of Vekatachala! Good Morning to you.

God, Saint and yogis awaits

brahmādayā ssuravarā ssamaharṣayaste
santassanandana mukhāstvatha yogivaryāḥ |
dhāmāntike tava hi maṅgaḷa vastu hastāḥ
śrī veṅkaṭācalapate tava suprabhātam || 27 ||

The creator Brahma and the others, the best of the celestial s, along with the great rishis, holy men, Sanandana, and other great yogis,  are waiting at your door step carrying in their hands auspicious materials to  worship you

Lord of Vekatachala! Good Morning to you.

Attributes in a tribute

lakśmīnivāsa niravadya guṇaika sindho
saṃsārasāgara samuttaraṇaika seto |
vedānta vedya nijavaibhava bhakta bhogya
śrī veṅkaṭācalapate tava suprabhātam || 28 ||

Home of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, the only bridge enabling the people cross the ocean of Samsara.

Your glory can be realized only through the Upanishads

You give your devotees all that they enjoy. Lord of Venkatachala ! Good morning to you

Fruits of prayer recitation

itthaṃ vṛṣācalapateriha suprabhātaṃ
ye mānavāḥ pratidinaṃ paṭhituṃ pravṛttāḥ | 
teṣāṃ prabhāta samaye smṛtiraṅgabhājāṃ
praṅñāṃ parārtha sulabhāṃ paramāṃ prasūte || 29 ||

People reciting this prayer to the Lord of Venkatachala everyday, early in the morning are surely blessed by remembering the Lord.

The remembrance helps them again The Supreme understanding easily.