[Prayer to Shukra]
Translated by P. R. Ramachander
[Shukra is the planet Venus of modern times. He is the Guru of Asuras. The time when he stays in sixth, seventh and Tenth house from the moon is slightly troublesome. People are requested to chant this stotra during that time.]
Shukra, kavya. Shukraretha, shuklambara dara, sudhee,
Himabha kundha dawala, shubramsu, Shukla bhooshana. 1
Shukra, He who is poetic, He who is virile like fire,
He who wears white silks, He who does good acts,
He who is like ice, he who is as white as Jasmine flowers,
He who is very neat and he who decorates himself in white.
Neethigno neethi krun meethi marga agami grahadhipa,
Usana Veda vedanga paraga, kavirathmavidh. 2
He who is just, he who dispenses justice, he who goes by just path,
He who is the Lord of all planets, He who sings Vedas,
He who is an expert in Vedas and he who has a poetic soul.
Bharghava, karuna Sindhu jnana gamya sutha pradha,
Shukrasyethani namani shukram smruthwa thu ya padeth. 3
He who is son of Bhrugu, he who is the sea of mercy,
He who ravels towards wisdom, he who blesses us with sons.
If these names of Shukra are read with him in our mind,
Ayur dhanam sukham puthran lakshmim vasathimuthamam,
Vidhyam chaiva swayam thasmai shukrasthushto dadathi hi. 4
Life, money, pleasure, son and wealth would be with him,
He would be learned and Shukra would be pleased him and give him all he wants.