Who composed the Mahishasura Mardini stotram?

Was it Adi Sankaracharya ?

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    There are various theories on who composed it. Tenali Ramakrishna is also attributed with this stotram. Commented May 2, 2017 at 16:52
  • @SreeCharan is right. See this: greenmesg.org/mantras_slokas/…
    – Rickross
    Commented May 2, 2017 at 16:54
  • There's no correct answer for this. It is attributed to both Ramakrishna kavi and Adi Shankaracharya.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented May 2, 2017 at 16:56

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As commented, some says it is attributed to both Ramakrishna Kavi and Adi Shankaracharya. I'm here talking about what I've found:

Mahishasuramardini Stotra is a part of Bhagavatipadyapushpanjalistotra (भगवतीपद्यपुष्पांजलिस्तोत्र) which is written by Ramakrishna Kavi.You can read the full Bhagavati Padya Pushpanjali Stotra here in Sanskrit or transliteration.

It can be seen that After 6th verse of Bhagavati Padya Pushpanjali Stotra, Mahishasur Mardini Stotra starts which have 27 verses and then remains another three verses of Bhagavati Padya Pushpanjali Stotra. Verse 29 mention the author of Stotra who is Ramakrishna Kavi

रमयति किल कर्षस्तेषु चित्तं नराणामवरजवरयस्माद्रामकृष्णः कवीनाम्
अकृत सुकृतिगम्यं रम्यपद्यैकहर्म्यं स्तवनमवनहेतुं प्रीतये विश्वमातुः ॥ २९॥

ramayati kila karShasteShu chittaM narANAmavarajavarayasmAdrAmakR^iShNaH kavInAm |
akR^ita sukR^itigamyaM ramyapadyaikaharmyaM stavanamavanahetuM prItaye vishvamAtuH || 29||

Sanskrit documents page on Mahishasura Mardini Stotra also mentions that at the end:

The stotra is part of bhagavatIpadyapuShpA.njalIstotra written by Shri Ramakrishna Kavi.

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    Very Nice. So, people should know more about Tenali Ramakrishna Kavi. He is a lot more than a jester. He authored Panduranga Mahatmyam also. Commented Jun 12, 2018 at 7:39
  • Very useful thanks for sharing 👍🏻 Commented Aug 11, 2022 at 6:07

Well nice question btw !! Many people don't know about this. Some say it's created by Adī Śaṅkarācārya or some say Tenali Rama . But none of them created it . Actually Real Mahiṣāsura Mardini Stotram is from " Śiva Rahasya Mahētihāsa Amsha-1 Ch-53 "

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This stōtram isn't independent . Rather It's totally authenticated by Shastra itself and that to from Śiva Rahasya Mahētihāsa. Not from Purāṇas rather a Mahētihāsa itself. And the stōtram available now in the internet is totally fake and has no Shastra pramanam as it's interpolated from the real Mahiṣāsura Mardini Stotram that is present in Śiva Rahasya Mahētihāsa!!

Let me show the real Mahiṣāsura Mardini Stotram.: Devas chanted this stotram alone for Maata Parvati just after reciting "Upanishad Nirupanam Stuti" for Lord Śiva in Śiva Rahasya Mahētihāsa!!

This is the real Mahiṣāsura Mardini Stotram from ~ Śiva Rahasya Mahētihāsa Amsha-1 Ch-53 recited by Dēvas for Maata Parvati!!

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Actually there's no such word called "Viṣṇu Vilasini" rather it's "Śambhu Vilasini" . Literally the next verse says Sitikantha Kutumbini The present of Viṣṇu Vilasini here does not make any sense!!

The people who changed it even tried to show hari hara vaada here putting Viṣṇu Vilasini at the place of Saṃbhū Vilasini and Jiṣṇunutē at the place of Viṣṇunutē.

Viṣṇunutē here means viṣṇu bows down to Maata Parvati but it seems they changed the word with "Jiṣṇunutē" (Indra) - Indra bows down !!

Some people even use "viṣṇu vilasini" here Literally just to show durga related to viṣṇu as her consort Lakshmi or the one who satisfies viṣṇu by giving his bhakti to everyone. Even in the internet they translated it she gives pleasure to viṣṇu. Literally the very next verse says Sitikantha kutumbini (Śiva’s enternal consort) so that verse is a clear Interpolation or it just means She as a sister plays with viṣṇu. But anyways that line is totally a later added line!

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    you shouldn't use words like fools, hypocrisy, or target any religious sects by name calling them. Edit your answer accordingly, or it will be deleted under rude category.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Nov 25, 2023 at 16:35
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    should and shouldn't ... edited
    – user31702
    Commented Nov 26, 2023 at 8:33
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    "E-Smarthas and E-Vaiṣṇavas always have habit of stealing real stōtrams from shastras and claim it for someone else(their acharyas) without giving the credit to the real Shastra ." if you have any proof for this, share here or don't make rude allegations on any sect and name calling them without proof.. Edit answer with sources or remove all name calling statements, like "evaishnavas or e-smarthas". Just write answer quoting Shiva Rahasya purana without targeting Smarthas and Vaishnavas..
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Nov 28, 2023 at 10:00

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