It was written in the 5th century BC It is a powerful Sanskrit hymn dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of prosperity of wealth, fertility, courage good and fortune. The Goddess the divine consort of Lord Vishnu and is considered to defend her followers from all kinds of miseries in life and money-related sorrows. Chanting Kanakadhara Stotram benefits: Listening or regular chanting of this sacred hymn pleases the Goddess Mahalakshmi and she grants upon her loving devotees all opulence, wealth and prosperity and both spiritual and material, and puts an end to all poverty and impediments. To the Hari who wears supreme happiness as Ornament, The Goddess Lakshmi is attracted, Like the black bees getting attracted, To the unopened buds of black Tamala tree, Let her who is the Goddess of all good things, Grant me a glance that will bring prosperity.
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Once Adi Sankaracharya was going to few houses to take bhiksha. He came across a hut and asked for bhiksha. The women inside the house was embarrassed as a saint has come to her house for food but she is so poor that nothing was available in her house. She searched all the places and finally found a old Amla fruit Emblic myrobalan nelli kani in tamil. The poor women was feeling shy to give only this little amla fruit to Sankaya but she has immense devotion and dont want to send the saint who came to her house empty handed.
She offered the amla fruit in the bowl of Lord Sankaracharya. Birth of Kanakadhara stotram : Sankaracharya realized the womens devotion irrespective of being poor.
He immediately started singing twenty one slokas praising Goddess Mahalakshmi , praying her to bless the poor women by driving her poverty and grant her riches. As you sow, So you reap : Mahalakshmi replied that the lady has not done any good deeds helping others in charity in her previous birth. Friends, here comes the greatness of this Goddess. She really is for devotion and purity of heart. If we always involve in good deeds , always chanting Gods name, we will surely be blessed by Mahalakshmi.
As Sanakaracharya was singing Kanagadhara stotram, Mahalakshmi showered Golden amla fruit like rain infront of the poor womens hut. Imagine, rain of golden fruit showering from sky.
Kanakadhara Stotram - In sanskrit with meaning