Bhaktamar stotra is gem of devotional literature.
This incessant stream of devotion for the first Tirthankar Adinath can make a devotee immortal.
The author of Bhaktamar stotra, Acharya Shri Mantunga was a missionary monk as well as eminent scholar.
It is said that king of Avanti, Vriddha Bhoj, had chained and imprisoned the Acharya out of curosity to witness some miracle.He was kept in a dark cell.It was possible to come out of cell only after crossinng 48 doors.Each door was chained and locked. He was told by the king if he had enough faith in Lord Adinath then he should use his power of faith to come out of it.
The Acharya remained in meditation for three days and on the fourth morning composed this panegyric in honour of Lord Adinath.The moment he chanted the first couplet the chains and shackles of first door were gone.Likewise he chanted 48 couplets and all the 48 doors opened one by one.After chanting 48 couplets he walked out of the prison as a free man.The incident astounded the king.He became a staunch devotee of the Acharya and Lord Adinath.Indeed,miracle has tremendous influence.
In these web pages of Bhaktamar, we have given the original stanza in Sanskrit and then the transliteration in Roman. Those readers who are not conversant with the devnagari script can enjoy reciting the original Sanskrit text.
After this the meaning of stanza is given in English and Hindi.
Then visual presentation of the sentiments expressed in the stanza is given and has been explained in English.
The Bhaktamar Stotra has 48 stanzas. Every stanza has four parts. Every part has 14 letters. Thus the complete panegyric is formed by 2888 letters.
It is said that some specific stanzas are miraculously effective for fulfillment of different purposes
- For wealth - 2nd, 36th, and 48th
- For improving knowledge - 6th
- For improving oratory to be true - 10th
- For relief from disturbances - 7th
- For relief from diseases and pain - 17th and 45th
- For release from prison and state opression - 46th
- For removal of fears - 47th
- For cure of snakebite and poisoning - 41st
- For protection of bewitching spells - 9th
- For fulfillment of needs - 19th