Panduranga or Vitthal, is a Hindu deity predominantly worshipped in the state of Maharashtra. He is considered as a manifestation of the god Vishnu.
Panduranga is the focus of an essentially bhakti-driven Varkari faith of Maharashtra. The main temple of the diety is in Pandharpur.
This Pandurangashtakam (पांडुरंगाष्टकम्) stotram was composed by Adi Sankaracharya.
महायोगपीठे तटे भीमरथ्या
वरं पुण्डरीकाय दातुं मुनीन्द्रैः ।
परब्रह्मलिङ्गं भजे पाण्डुरङ्गम् ॥ 1॥
I worship that Panduranga, who has the characteristics of the Supreme Brahman and who is the source of happiness. He has come to his spot on the bank of the river Bhimarathi which is a great seat of yogic prowess, and is standing here along with great seers in order to confer boon on Pundarika.
रमामंदिरं सुंदरं चित्प्रकाशम् ।
वरं त्विष्टकायां समन्यस्तपादं
परब्रह्मलिङ्गं भजे पाण्डुरङ्गम् ॥ 2॥
I bow to that Paanduranga, who has the characteristics of the Supreme Brahman. He has dress brilliant like the lightning, and has the colour of the blue clouds. He is the abode of Goddess Ramaa (Lakshmi). He is handsome and is (verily) the effulgence of consciousness. He is the Highest who has firmly placed His feet on the brick.
प्रमाणं भवाब्धेरिदं मामकानां
नितम्बः कराभ्यां धृतो येन तस्मात् ।
विधातुर्वसत्यै धृतो नाभिकोशः
परब्रह्मलिङ्गं भजे पाण्डुरङ्गम् ॥ 3॥
I salute that Paanduranga, who has the characteristics of the Supreme Brahman. Since He has held His waist with His two, hands, He seems to declare, `For my devotees, the ocean of worldly life is this measure (depth) alone’. In order to provide an abode for (lord) Brahmaa He has produced the flower in his navel.
Often people suffering in the worldly life feel that they are completely lost. But God seems to assure that the worldly life is only waist deep by standing in that pose placing his hands on the waist
श्रिया जुष्टकेयूरकं श्रीनिवासम् ।
शिवं शांतमीड्यं वरं लोकपालं
परब्रह्मलिङ्गं भजे पाण्डुरङ्गम् ॥ 4॥
I adore that Paanduranga, who has the characteristics of the Supreme Brahman. He is adorned by the sparkling gem kaustubha around the neck and by the armlets of rare charm. He is the abode of the Goddess Sri. He is benevolent, calm and worthy of adoration. He is the excellent protector of the world.
Kaustubha is the name of a clebrated gem obtained with thirteen other jewels at the churning of the ocean and worn by lord Vishnu.
परब्रह्मलिङ्गं भजे पाण्डुरङ्गम्॥ 5॥
I worship that Paanduranga, who possesses the characteristics of the Supreme Brahman. His face resembles the autumnal moon and His is a captivating smile. His cheeks are covered by shining ear-rings. His lips are red like the bimba (fruit) and hibiscus flower. His eyes are like lotuses.
The autumnal moon shines bright without any impediment. The lord with His captivating smile is compared to the autumnal moon. The bimba fruit on account of its red colour is often used as a simile for the lips.
सुरैरर्चितं दिव्यरत्नैरनर्घैः ।
परब्रह्मलिङ्गं भजे पाण्डुरङ्गम्॥ 6॥
I salute that Paanduranga, who has the characteristics of the Supreme Brahman. His crown illumines all quarters and He is worshipped by the celestials with invaluable divine gems. He stands in the three-bend posture and He wears peacock feathers and garlands.
विभुं वेणुनादं चरंतं दुरंतं
स्वयं लीलया गोपवेषं दधानम् ।
गवां बृन्दकानन्ददं चारुहासं
परब्रह्मलिङ्गं भजे पाण्डुरङ्गम् ॥ 7॥
I adore that paanduranga, who has the characteristics of the Supreme Brahman. He is the all pervasive one, sporting in the sound of lute. He spells the end to the wicked. He wears the dress of a cowherd and brings great delight to herds of cows. He has an attractive smile.
अजं रुक्मिणीप्राणसञ्जीवनं तं
परं धाम कैवल्यमेकं तुरीयम् ।
प्रसन्नं प्रपन्नार्तिहं देवदेवं
परब्रह्मलिङ्गं भजे पाण्डुरङ्गम् ॥ 8॥
I praise that paanduranga, who has the characteristics of the Supreme Brahman. He is unborn one who has revived as it were, the life of Rukmini. He is the supreme effulgence and He is the one ultimate and fourth state and beatitude. He is gracious, removing the distress of those seeking refuge under Him. He is the lord of lords.
स्तवं पाण्डुरंगस्य वै पुण्यदं ये
पठन्त्येकचित्तेन भक्त्या च नित्यम् ।
भवांभोनिधिं ते वितीर्त्वान्तकाले
हरेरालयं शाश्वतं प्राप्नुवन्ति ॥
Those who steadfastly and with devotion always read (this hymn) on Paanduranga which merits, cross the vast ocean of mundane existence and at the end reach the eternal abode of lord Hari.