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I'm very fond of reading stotrams.So,what i do is download the stotram of my choice in devanagari sanskrit and then write it down in personal copybooks in transliterated english.This method suits me.In this way i have accumulated,over the years, many copybooks comprised of my handwritten stotrams.

Now , on this page ,we find many rules ,regarding what constitutes a proper recitation of Devi Mahatyam .Few are given below.One among them says that one is not supposed to read it from a text that is in his own hand writing.

Geethi, seegri, sirakhambhi, hyakurvano vinasyathi, Thatho jnathwaiva sampannamidham prabhyathe budhai,

Those who sing it, those who read it fast, those who read with shaking of their head, those who read from the text in their own handwriting, those who read without understanding the import and those who read in a very feeble tone, do not get the benefit of reading a work. It has also been told that any book, which has less than one thousand slokas should be recited from memory to get full benefit. Those who cannot should keep the book on a stand so that it does not rest on the ground.

I can guess that the above sloka is from the Markandeya Purana itself but my question is whether the above prohibition regarding reading stotrams from hand written manuscripts is generally applicable or applicable only in the case of Chandi Patha?

  • Do you know where that verse is in Markandeya Purana?... – Tejaswee Oct 26 '16 at 17:53
  • @Tezz No i don't know.My guess is that the verse and other given instructions are from the Markandeya Purana which contains the Devi Mahatyam.But i'm not sure. – Rickross Oct 27 '16 at 5:48

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