This is about Mahisasura mardini stotram.

Some words are used more than once for example, in 11th sloka it is

अयि सुमनःसुमनःसुमनः सुमनःसुमनोहरकान्तियुते

Ayi Sumanah-Sumanah-Sumanah Sumanah-Sumanohara-Kaanti-Yute

Internet search only says what is Sumanah-s. I am aware of what is it but I do not understand the usage of it four times. There are more such instances here. It is not just about the meaning of particular word but I want to understand the intention of using one word more than ones in a row.

  • @Sarvabhouma I have seen that page and that does not say word by word meaning. So, asking here. Dec 31, 2018 at 18:11
  • I do not think that is a good one to follow.. For example, for shiva shiva shumbha begining of 7th sloka it gives meaning for only shiva.. that word shiva is used twice there.. It does not say anything about that... In 11th sloka the word sumanah is used 4 times but it does not say anything about that... Dec 31, 2018 at 18:16
  • Does asking meaning for one specific slokam considered on topic or off topic? I will forget about full stotram.. @Sarvabhouma Dec 31, 2018 at 18:26
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    AFAIK, the use of same word occurs more times due to use of Alankara such Yamaka Alankara, Shlesh Alnkara and Latanuprasha Alankara..each word might have different or same meaning..in this context meanings seem to be beautiful, good minded etc...
    – YDS
    Jan 1, 2019 at 4:00
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is pure Sanskrit grammar Q related to Alankara...user is already aware of the meaning of verse but want to know grammar behind this...
    – YDS
    Jan 1, 2019 at 4:05

2 Answers 2


According to the translation given here, Sumanah means "beautiful mind" throughout i.e in all the applications the word is having the same meaning.

But I have a small book published by the Ramakrishna Mutt called "Sri Mahishasura Mardini Stotram" (consisting of three Stotras - the one discussed here, Bhavani Ashtakam by Adi Shankara and the Amba Stotram by Swami Vivekananda) according which the various Sumanahs found in the line have different meanings.

Following are the meanings of the various words in the line:

Ayi - O Mother, 1st Sumanah (of superior qualities), 2nd Sumanah - of the residents of Divyadhama or of heavens, 3rd Sumanah - grown in their gardens, Sumanohara Sumanah - beautiful Parijata flower.

So, the overall meaning of this half verse is rendered thus:

O Mother! You are endowed with exquisite beauty of the flowers, that are grown in the gardens of the good-souled residents of the heavens ..

However, the meaning as per the already linked website is simply this:

Ayi Sumanah-Sumanah-Sumanah Sumanah-Sumanohara-Kaanti-Yute

11.1: Salutations to You O Divine Mother; I Invoke You; Whose Beautiful Mind is United with a Charming Appearance

  • This is what I was expecting... Can you tell me name of the book Jan 2, 2019 at 12:42
  • It is a very small book named "Sri Mahishasura Mardini Sotram". It has two more Stotras besides this one the names of which are already mentioned in the answer. @PraphullaKoushik I hv the book in Bengali.
    – Rickross
    Jan 2, 2019 at 12:44
  • Is it shop.advaitaashrama.org/product/sri-mahishasuramardini-stotram book? Is there an English version? Jan 2, 2019 at 12:46
  • Yes that is the one. I am not sure if an English version of the same is there or not.. You can do a search @PraphullaKoushik
    – Rickross
    Jan 2, 2019 at 12:47
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    @Rickross - fantastic answer.Bravo. Jan 3, 2019 at 4:35

Repeated words are using for emphasizing something, i.e. If someone helps us then we used to say thank you, and we trapped somewhere and someone takes out from that, then we used to say very very thank you.

Other examples are : good, very good, very very good, very very special, very very beautiful.. In short, if we want to emphasize on something we use such kinds of repeated keywords. Same thing here in sloka सुमनःसुमनःसुमनः सुमनः tends for very very beautiful, gracious, wise, pleasant, good-minded etc.

  • I do not think repetition here means emphasizing.. Jan 2, 2019 at 12:43
  • In havan, you might often listen the keywords which spoken by the pandit, शांति: शांति: शांति: शांति:, 3 or 4 times repeated by bramhin. Jan 2, 2019 at 12:47
  • I have said that already. I know some times repeating a word is emphasizing but here I think it is something else.. Jan 2, 2019 at 12:48

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