Sri Devi Khadgamala Stotram / Meditation

Sri-Chakram Few years back, I happened to listen to Sri Sengalipuram Anantharama Dikshithar’s Devi Mahatmiyam lectures…One should listen to them – Dikshitar’s narration is out of the world and so inspiring for us to follow what he says. I, for some strange reason, picked up 1-liner from that lecture where he says that “தேவி கட்க மாலா ஸ்தோத்ரம் சொன்னா தேவீ நேர்ல வந்து நிக்க மாட்டாளோ?” (Devi will become pratyaksham for one who chants Sri Devi Khadgamala Stotram). Without proper initiation I started to chant from a book. Later I was told by my friend that it needs to be initiated.

Few months later, I was at Sri Kanchi Matam and wanted to confirm this with HH Pudhu Periyava. First He corrected the way how I said “khadgamala” – I said “katkamala”  – that shows my Sanskrit illiteracy 🙂  Unfortunately Periyava had to deal with folks like me!! Later He confirmed that it should be initiated by a guru as it has beeja mantras. He suggested me to chant in front of the adishtanam and get it initiated.As my luck would have it, neither I nor the small bookstore in the matam had the book at that time. Disappointed! I came back to US and after pestering our veda teacher for a long time, I along with others were initiated on this last year or so..It takes additional 2-3 mts to chant this.

I am sure most of you know that the power of this stotra….Someone recently shared a video that depicts how each mantra relates to the Chakra..Well-done video for newbie like me..Keep focusing on the center dot and you will be surprised at the end. I see devi with many hands as dots – do you?!

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  1. Khadgamala if you recite as a Sthothra initiation is not required I think. Please clarify. I am doing since 20 years. Once i went to take delivery of a Sree Chakram at Rajahmundry. The Guru delivering me Sree Chakram asked me whether you have taken initiation. I said no. Then he asked me to read a few lines from Khadgamala and made some corrections. Then he advised me to recite 11 times daily during Navarahtri and offer the Goddess Dry Draksha dipped in Honey. I dont know whether it comes under initiation. But I am reciting Khadgamala since then. However there are some gaps due to my employment transfers. Even if i am wrong I am not in a position to stop the Sthothra as it has become a part of my life.

  2. Dear Gentleman,

    I almost listen daily Devi Khadgamala Stotram recorded in my mobile. As per rules I should not chant without a Guru. In fact after listening this Stotram I become composed. If I am blessed by Devi Lalitha I too can chant this poweful Stotram. Kindly afviceme. Sundararajan

  3. Hi Mahesh,
    I am in LV and would like to contact you. Please send me your mobile no to

  4. Sir can you please help me , is it ok to play this stotra at home daily ? Or does it need proper up acharya pooja to be done ? I am very attracted a o this stotra but don’t want to do it wrong .

  5. who said that indians are moulding as foreigners. no still the mother culture pervades in one and all. it may take time but we can t leave our mother as we each and one drunk her milk and we are our sons. brother you made a good cause to show our culture to each and one. may be my english as not as u understand my thought. foreigners are running towards us for getting themselves firedup. jai hind

  6. Sir ,
    I am in Moline, Illinois and I want to learn this sloga. Can you please tell me how I will get initiated?


  7. Sri Mahesh Ji, Om Shree Mathre Namah..Can you please give how kum kum arachana needs to be done? I have received a Meru from Devipuram. I did have the chance of meeting Sri aMRITANANAND GURuji AND AMMA last year in Hyderabad. I have started doing Kum Kum archana wiht Sree Devi Khadganamavali and see a real pleasant and active alert experience. Ijust want to know what is the correct way of doingkum kum archana..What should be done with the kum kum offered ? Can this be reused later for doing kum kum archana ?

  8. Dear Mangeshji,
    I am Rakhi from Mumbai…..wht u hve uploaded is a mesmerising experience..
    Many thanks for the above stotram & giving us such a beautiful darshan of the Devi…may her blessings always b wth only question is why do everyone stresses on the fact tht one needs to b initiated…..also what can possibly go wrong if one does this stotram without initiation….I believe tht the goddess is our mother & no mother will punish her child if we make a mistake..

    This is purely my thinking but pls correct me if I am wrong…
    Once again many thanks……

  9. Pl send a copy of detailed meaning of khadgamala

  10. I am in Mason Ohio now. I am returning to Coimbatore after Deepavali. Can anybody suggest who can initiate me with the Moola Mantra of the Sri Khadgamala Stotram in either Coimbatore, Chennai or Bombay or even in US.
    R Gopalakrishnan

  11. Very nice

  12. Sri devi khadgamalastotram

  13. First time I had about Kadgamala from Amma Karunamayi — she says not to just chant it — one has suppose to offer the KUmkum to the Srichakra. I chanted only a few times and forgot about it. I haven’t taken initiation and Karunamayi does not give SriVidya initiation I believe. Last year I just heard on the you Tube and next day Durga Devi appeared two days in a row. I have been lucky — but she said I had done also Jaap for one lacs — Mantra and that’s why too.
    I can only find one person of Devipuram who initiates — who in USA gives initiation?

    • where do you live? >

      • I live near Los Angeles.

      • Sri Devi upasana is not about chanting a specific sloka etc. It is rather a way of life. It has several steps to follow for anyone to progress incrementally. Having a guru near where you live is important, while others may argue otherwise….I will check with someone who is known to me and get back to you….


      • Hello,
        I see you are on Kanch Peetham website. Are you from Kanchi? I was there early this feb.
        I had been and passed via Kanchi 3 times but never visited Kanchi Ashram. This time I did, and also went to Kalady and Jyotir Muth. Adi Shankara had appeared before — gave me Darshan in 2008 — I guess I was lucky because I made some comment in my mind in the Temple on the Pandit when he was celebrating his Jayanti. Anyways, later I was very Lucky also to hear his Voice, he took me in sleep and sang me Kanakdhara Stotram and I woke upa t 4 am remembering the last sentences and his strong Voices is still in my ears. Definitely my past life connections with him. I want to know who is the current Adi Shankara at Kanchi now??

  14. hey genuine srivisya upasaka is dr.amrutananda of devipuram – . met him last week -luckily ohe is our family member got intiated

  15. I have been listening to Amma Karunamayi’s CD. She very clearly states that we can learn the sthothram from her. She repeats the words at least twice and the difficult ones more than that. I guess we could call this initiation. It works for me.

  16. sir, where can i find a true upasaka in india who give initiation in India ?

  17. May I chant stotram

  18. i forgot chating devi by now onward i starts chant matha

    • Please do not start chanting this on your own…Pl approach a Sri Vidya Upasakar and get it initiated. In fact I am talking to one such person and doing lot of research and this mantra is so powerful and not doing it right might have some consequence too…Pl approach some upasaka before you start this…


  19. First time I couldn’t see Devi, but I did not give up and second time I was able to. Now I relate what I heard in my child hood about Sri Chakra. It is the graphical representation of the cosmos that came into existence from Shakthi. Lo! here is the visible proof!

    • sivaramakrishnan…second time you see devi on the video which is given above?
      or you mean you saw her on the sri chakra at your place?
      because on the video you follow the red dot you can see clearly devi darshan on the middle..
      please specify bit confused

  20. Very nice Dharshan of Ambal. Thanks for uploading. Om Dhevyai Namaha1 Jaya Jaya Shankara, Hara Hara Shankara!

  21. Mahesh, a coincidence. I also started chanting it 10 years ago until I was advised by a srividya upasaka to chant it as a stothra (and not a mala mantra). BTW, Giri Trading Agency had published a book on this way back a decade.

  22. Very nice Divine Dharshan of Ambal. Thank you very much.

  23. Excellent as always!!!

  24. yes exactly me too the demonstration stage by stage with a red identity is excellent to follow sahasradhala padmastha of the shree chakram as bindhu, triangle , eight angles 2 ten angles 14 angles , eight lotus petals and the sixteen lotus petals , three circles and the outer foursided flowered open triangles which i repeatedly read with the book of shri ramakrishnamatam by shri anna could not be understand just with the drawing . thank you for this amba darshan as bindhu madhye but the slokas which you have recited is named as sahasrakshara vidhya in the same book which i have been chanting since fewyears back . however shree matha is kind enough to bless me Her darshan today being the special vidyarambam day thank u jee

  25. Dear Sri.Magesh Namasthe. My name is Sreedhar I live in India. Now I have come to OHIO to be with my son . I understand that you live in U.S. If time permits you can call me in my sons residence number 937 353 7652. It will be my pleasure talking to you.

    Regards Yours in the cause of Service S.Sreedhar 9840744400


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