SANSKRIT PRAYERS IN ENGLISH (2023)

Prathnas

Ganesh

vakratunda mahaakaaya

suuryakoti samaprabha
nirvighnam kuru me deva

sarvakaaryeshhu sarvadaa

O elephant headed and large bodied Lord,

radiant as a thousand Suns,

I ask for your grace so that this task that I am starting

may complete without any hindrances.

Saraswati Prarthana

yaa kundendu tushhaar haara dhavalaa

yaa shubhrava straavritaa
yaa vii naa varadanda manditakaraa

yaa shveta padma asanaa
yaa brahmaa chyuta

shaankara prabhrutibhir

devai sadaa vanditaa
saa maam paatu sarasvatii bhagavatii

nihsheshha jaadyaa pahaa

Fair as a jasmine flower, the moon or a flake of snow,
Dressed in white, her hands adorned by the graceful veena staff,
Adorned by Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and the other deities,
Protect me, Oh Goddess Saraswati, remover of ignorance inert.

Before Starting Your Studies (Sarasvati Namastubhyam)

sarasvatii namastubhyam varade kaamaruupini
vidyaarambham karishhyaami siddhirbhavatu me sadaa

O Goddess Saraswati, salutations to you, the giver of boons, the one who fulfills all desires. I begin my studies. May there always be accomplishments for me.

Guru Mantra (Guru Brahma)

gurur brahmaa gurur vishnu

gurur devo maheshvarah
guruh saakshaat parabrahma

tasmai shrii guravenamah

I prostrate to that Shree Guru,

who is himself Brahma, Vishnu, and God Maheshwara,

and who is verily the Supreme Absolute itself.

Guru Mantra (Tvameva Maataa)

tvameva maataa cha pitaa tvameva
tvameva bandhush chasakhaa tvameva
tvameva vidyaa dravinam tvameva
tvameva sarvam mama deva deva

O Lord! Thou art my mother and Thou art my father also;
Thou art my relative and my friend Thou art;
Thou art knowledge and wealth unto me;
Thou art my all-in-all, O Lord of Lords.

Valedictory Address (diksha)

Satyam vad.

Dharmam char.

Swadhyayanmaa Pramadh.
Satyaan Pramaditavyam.

Dharmaan Pramaditavyam.
Kushalaan Pramidtavyam.

Bhutyae na Pramaditavayam.
Swadhyayapravachanaabhyam na Pramaditavyam.

Speak what is true.

Do your duties.

Continue without neglect the study of the Veda.

Do not swerve from Truth and Dharma.

Do something useful in the social economy.

Achieve greatness.

Do not fail to refresh your memory in respect of what you have learnt.

Early Morning Prayers (Karaagre Vasate)

karaagre vasate lakshmiih

karamadhye sarasvatii
karamuule tu govindah

prabhaate karadarshanam

samudravasane devi

parvatastanamandale
vishnupatni namastubhyam

paadasparsham kshamasva me

The front part of the hands (the finger tips) are ascribed to Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, the middle part (the palm proper) to Goddess Saraswati - the Goddess of Learning

and the root (the part of hand near the wrist) to Govinda (God).

Therefore, every morning, one should have a respectful look at one's hand, which symbolizes honest labor.

O! Mother Earth,

who has the ocean as clothes and mountains and forests on her body,

who is the wife of Lord Vishnu, I bow to you.

Please forgive me for touching you with my feet.

While Taking a bath (Gange cha Yamune)

Gange cha Yamune chaiva Godavari Saraswati,
Narmade Sindhu Kaveri jalesmin sannidhim kuru

In this water, I invoke the presence of holy waters from the rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Saraswati, Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri.

While Lighting a Lamp

shubham karoti kalyaanam aarogyam dhanasampadaa
shatrubudhdivinaashaaya diipajyoti namostute

I salute the One who is the lamplight, that brings auspiciousness, prosperity, good health, abundance of wealth, and the destruction of the intellect's enemy.

Bedtime Prayer (Karacharana)

karacharana kritam vaa

kaayajam karmajam vaa
shravana nayanajam vaa

maan asam vaaparaadham.
vihita mavihitam vaa

sarvame tatkshamasva
jaya jaya karunaabdhe

shriimahaadeva shambho

Oh Lord

Kindly forgive my wrong actions done knowingly or unknowingly,

either through my organs of action (hand, feet, speech)

or through my organs of perception (eyes, ears)

or by my mind.

Glory unto Thee O Lord,

who is the ocean of kindness.

While Eating (Bhojan Mantra - brahamaarpanam.)

brahmaarpanam brahma havih brahmaagnau brahmanaa hutamh.
brahmaiva tena gantavyam brahmakarmasamaadhinaa

A process of offering is Brahman, the oblation is Brahman, the instrument of offering is Brahman, the fire to which the offering is made is also Brahman. For such a one who abides in Brahman, by him alone Brahman is reached.

New Year Greeting (Surya Samvednapushpayeh)

Surya Samvedna pushpayeh

Deeptih Karunya gandhane,

Labdhva Sham Navvarshesmin

Kuryatsarvasya mangalam

As the sun gives light,

sensibility brings compassion,

flowers give pleasant fragrance,

may the new year be auspicious.

Prayer to Devi (yaa devii)

yaa devii sarva bhuute shhu

maatri rupe na san sthitah
yaa devii sarva bhuute shhu

shakti rupe na san sthitah.
yaa devii sarva bhuute shhu

shaanti rupe na san sthitah
namas tasyaih namas tasyaih

namas tasyaih namo namah

O mother, who is present everywhere,

who is embodiment of Universal Mother,
O mother, who is present everywhere,

who is embodiment of Power and Energy,
O mother, who is present everywhere,

who is embodiment of Peace,
I bow to thee, I bow to thee, I bow to thee.

Prayer to Saraswati (Ya Devi Stuyate)

Ya Devi Stuyate Nityam Vibhuhairvedaparagaih
SaMe Vasatu Jihvagre Brahmarupa Saraswati

Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge,

who is praised by the wise who have mastered the Shastra,

who is the wife of the Creator,

may she live on the tip of my tongue.

Prayer to Mother Gauri (Sarva mangala)

sarva mangala maangalye

shive sarvaartha saadhike
sharanye tryamba ke gaurii

naaraayanii namostute

Adorations to Goddess

who is the auspiciousness of all that is auspicious,

who is the consort of Lord Shiva,

who is the bestower of every desire of one's heart.

Adorations to You, O Devi, I have taken refuge in you.

Prayer to Lord Ganesha (shuklaambaradharam)

shuklaambaradharam devam shashivarnam chaturbhujamh
prasannavadanam dhyaayeth sarvavighnopashaantaye

Lord Ganesha,

who wears a white garment,

who is all-pervading,

who has a bright complexion,

who has four arms,

who has an ever smiling face,

upon that God, I meditate for removal of all obstacles.

Prayer to Lord Krishna

vasudeva sutam devam

kansa chaanuura mardanam.
devakii paramaa nandam

krishhnam vande jagadh gurum

I bow to you O Krishna,

the Supreme Guru,

Son of Devaki and Vasudeva,

the remover of Kamsa and Chanur.

Prayer to Lord Krishna (aakaashaat)

aakaashaath patitam toyam yathaa gachchhati saagaramh
sarva deva namaskaaraanh keshavam pratigachchhati

Just as every rain drop that falls from the sky flows into the Ocean,

in the same way every prayer offered to any Deity flows to Lord Krishna

Prayer to Lord Shiva (karpuuragauram)

karpuuragauram karunaa vataaram
sansaara saaram bhujagendra haaram
sadaa vasantam hridayaaravinde
bhavam bhavaanii sahitam namaami

Prayer to Lord Vishnu (kaayena vaachaa)

kaayena vaachaa manasendriyairvaa
buddhyaatmanaa vaa prakriteh svabhaavaath

karomi yadhyadh sakalam parasmai
naaraaya naayeti samar payaami

I dedicate everything to that Lord Narayana:

whatever I perform with my body, speech, mind, limbs, intellect or my inner self either intentionally or unintentionally.

Prayer to Lord Vishnu (shaantaa kaaram)

shaantaa kaaram bhujaga shayanam

padmanaa bham suresham
vishvaa dhaaram gagana sadrisham

meghavar nam shubhaamgam


lakshmii kaantam kamala nayanam

yogibhidhyaar nagamyam
vande vishnum bhava bhayaharam

sarva lokai kanaatham

I adore Lord Vishnu,

who is the embodiment of peace,

who lies on the Shesha serpent,

whose navel is the source of the Lotus,

whose complexion is swarthy like the clouds,

whose body shines with heavenly beauty,

who is the beloved of Goddess Lakshmi,

whose eyes are like Lotus,

who is meditated upon by the yogis,

who is the remover of the fear of the world-process.

Prayer to Lord Rama (raama raama raameti )

raama raama raameti rame raame manorame
sahasranaama tattulyam raamanaama varaanane

Peace (AUM Sarveshaam)

AUM

Sarveshaam Swastir Bhavatu
Sarveshaam Shantir Bhavatu;
Sarveshaam Purnam Bhavatu;
Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu.
AUM Shantih, Shantih, Shantih

May all be auspecious;
May all attain peace;
Let there be fullness and contentment all over;
May all be blessed.
AUM peace, peace, peace.

Peace (AUM Dhyaoh Shaantih)

AUM

Dhyaoh Shaantih, Antariksha Shaantih,
Prithavi Shaantih, Aapah Shaantih, Oshadhyah Shaantih,
Vanaspatyah Shaantih, Vishvedevah Shaantih, Brahma Shaantih,
Sarvam Shaantih, Shaantih Eva Shaantih,
Saa Maa Shaantir-edhi
AUM Shaantih, Shaantih, Shaantih

AUM

May there be peace in the sky and in the space.
May there be peace on land and in the waters.
May herbs and food bring us peace.
May God bring us peace.
May there be peace throughout the world.
May the peace be peaceful.
May God give me such peace.
AUM Peace, Peace, Peace

Peace Invocation (also Bhojan Mantra)

AUM sahanaa vavatu

sahanau bhunaktu
sahaviiryan karavaa vahai
tejas vinaa vadhii tamastu

maa vid vishhaa vahai

Ohm Shanti Shanti Shanti.

Om, May Lord protect us,

May He bring us to joy,
May we work together,
May our studies be thorough and faithful,
May we never quarrel with each other.
Om Peace Peace Peace!

Peace Prayer (AUM asato maa)

AUM

Asato maa sadgamaya

Tamaso maa jyotirgamaya
Mrityomaar amritam gamaya
Ohm Shanti Shanti Shanti.

Lead me from the unreal to Real;
Lead me from darkness (ignorance) to Light (knowledge)
Lead me from death to Immortality.
Om Peace! Peace!! Peace!!

Peace Prayer (AUM puurnamadah)

AUM puurnamadah puurnamidam

Puurnaath puurnamam udachyate
Puurna sya puurnamaa daaya puurnamevaa vashishhyate

That is whole. This is whole.

Out of whole only whole comes.
Even after taking whole out of whole, that is whole which remains.

Peace Prayer (sarve api)

sarve api sukhinah santu

sarve santu niraamayaah
sarve bhadraani pashyantu

maa kashchit duhkhabhaagh bhavet

May everybody be happy.

May everybody be free from disease.
May everybody have good luck.

May none fall on evil days.

Navakar Mantra

AUM Namo arihantaanam
AUM Namo siddhaanam
AUM Namo aayariyaanam
AUM Namo uvajjhaayaanam
AUM Namo loe savvasaahunam
eso pancha namokaaro
savva paavapa naasano
mangalaanam cha savvesim
padhamam havaii mangala m

Bharat (Himalayam Samaarabhya)

Himalayam Samaarabhya Yaavadindusarovaram
Tam Devanirmitam Desam Hindusthaanam Prachakshatey

From the Himalayas all the way to Indian ocean,
the Devas created the sacred land called Hindustan

Bharat (Uttaram yat samudrasya)

Uttaram yat samudrasya Himaadreshchaiva Dakshenam
Varsham tada Bharatam Naam Bharati Yatra Santatih

North of the ocean and south of the Himalayas is the land of Bharat

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