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Contents
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Gayatri Mantra
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1.5

Who is Gayatri?
What the Gayatri Mantra is and does? Origin, benefits and Chanting
When to recite the mantra?
Meaning
References to the Gayatri Mantra in Scriptures

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Hanuman Gayatri Mantra

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Murugan Gayatri Mantra

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Saraswati Moola Mantra

5.

Vishnu Gayatri Mantra

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Devi Stotra

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1. Gayatri Mantra
(Referenced from various Internet Sources)

Aum Bhur Bhuva Svah


Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat

1.1 Who is Gayatri?


Gayatri, the five-faced Goddess, is said to have domain over the five senses or pranas,
and protects these five life-forces of those who chant the Gayatri Mantra. In her role as
the protector, Gayatri is referred to as Savitri.

1.2 What the Gayatri Mantra is and does? Origin, benefits and Chanting
The Vedas are widely considered to be the source of all true knowledge, the word
"Veda" itself meaning "Knowledge". Gayatri Devi also gave to mankind the "Gayatri
Mantra", also known as the "Guru Mantra" or the "Savitri Mantra".
It is one of the oldest mantras, and generally thought of as being amongst the highest
and most powerful of all (ancient Sanskrit) mantras in Hinduism, inspiring wisdom.
This mantra is considered as Vedasara "the essence of the Vedas, and is therefore
often referred to as "the Mother of the Vedas". In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna had
proclaimed to Arjuna - "Among all the mantras, I am the Gayatri".
Its meaning is that "May the Almighty God illuminate our intellect to lead us along the
righteous path". The mantra is also a prayer to the "giver of light and life" - the sun
(savitur).
This prayer fosters and sharpens the knowledge-yielding faculty. As a matter of fact,
the four mahavakyas or core-declarations enshrined in the four Vedas are implied in
this Gayathri mantra. So the Gayatri mantra has been given to you as a third eye to
reveal to you that inner vision by which you may realise Brahman (spiritual
awakening). Chanting it helps sanctify our lives, and give meaning to it.
The words of the Gayatri Mantra are arranged so that they not only convey meaning
but also create specific power of righteous wisdom through their utterance. The
syllables of the mantra are said to positively affect all the chakras or energy centres in
the human body - hence, proper pronunciation and enunciation are very important.
It has been found that the vibrations produced by this mantra when recited with the
correct accent as contained in the Vedas, illuminates the atmosphere around.
So Brahmaprakasha, the effulgence of the Divine, will descend on you and light up
your intellect and your path when this mantra is chanted. The Gayatri promotes the
acquisition of Daivasakthi (God-power). The attitude of surrender will grow in us as we
recite regularly the Gayatri mantra.

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Gayatri is a mantra of physical, emotional, and mental healing. Chanting of Gayatri


Mantra removes all obstacles in our path to increased wisdom, spiritual growth and
development. Gayatri will protect your body, grow your intellect and power of speech,
and like sunrise after the night, it will dispel the darkness of ignorance (Dhiyoyonah
prachodayaath)". For this it is considered to be very important. It will protect you from
harm wherever you are traveling, working, or at home. This Gayatri has the subtle
power of removing evil tendencies and implanting virtuous habits. In the practice of
the Gayatri mantra, one should realise that everything is within one and thereby
develop confidence in the Self.
It is considered that the:

Gayatri is the reliever of all diseases (Sarvaroga nivaarini Gayatri).

Gayatri wards off all misery (Sarva dhukha parivarini Gayatri).

Gayatri is the fulfiller of all desires (Sarva vancha phalashri Gayatri).

Gayatri bestows all that is beneficial.

Chanting serves to reduce the effects of the wrong acts one does every day. It is like
buying goods for cash, instead of getting them on credit. There is no accumulation
of karmic (result of action) debt, since each days karma (action) is atoned for that day
itself by reciting the Gayatri mantra.
To those receiving Upanayam, Gayatri is like the milk from the four teats called
four Vedas of the udder of the Cow that is Godhead; it has in it the sustenance that will
make you shine with spiritual health. You must now carefully use it for your good; do
not spill it or spoil it; instead, boil it, make curds out of it, churn it and get the butter
that is immanent in it. It will become curds by means of your contemplation on the
Lord; with the churning rod of discipline, collect the butter of ananda (bliss).

1.3 When to recite the mantra?


Gayatri is a treasure you must guard throughout your lives.
Never give up the Gayatri; it is essential to recite the Gayatri mantra at least three
times during the morning at sunrise, at noon, and at sunset. These are called
"sandhya kalam" the time of coming together of night and day, of morning and
evening, and of day and night. The maximum benefit of chanting the mantra is said to
be obtained by chanting it 108 times. However, one may chant it for 3, 9, or 18 times
when pressed for time.
You do so many things. Why dont you chant this Gayatri?
Time, like man, has 3 qualities: sathwa, rajas, and thamas (poised or pure or
serenity, passion, and inertia). The day is divided into three parts:

4am to 8am and 4pm to 8pm have the sathwic (equanimous) quality;

8am to 4pm have the rajasic (passionate) quality;

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8pm and 4am have the tamasic (inaction) quality.

The hours from 8pm to 4am are used mainly for sleep, while from 8am to 4pm are
employed by all beings, including animals and birds, in the discharge of their day to
day duties and are regarded as rajasic (active pursuit). It is during the sathwic period
(4am to 8am and 4pm to 8pm) that the Gayatri mantra should be recited. When the
sathwic hours of the morning are used for engaging oneself in good actions like
worship, virtuous deeds, and keeping good company, one is sure to raise oneself from
the human to the Divine level.
Besides these times, it makes sense to recite the Gayatri at least a few times a day.
Recite when you bathe, the body is being cleansed; let your mind and intellect also be
cleansed, and it is then also like offering ablutions to the Goddess. Recite it as well
before every meal (to sanctify the food and as an offering to the deity), when you
wake from sleep, and when you go to bed. The repetition of shanthi (peace), three
times, at the end of the mantra is considered to give peace to the three entities in you
body, mind, and soul.
Supplying the calories for the spirit is as necessary a process for happy living as
supplying calories for the body. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, morning worship, noon
worship, and evening worship all six are equally essential. You miss any one of the six
at your peril.
1.4 Meaning
Aum Bhur Bhuva Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat

Oh God! Thou art the Giver of Life,


Remover of pain and sorrow,
The Bestower of happiness,
Oh! Creator of the Universe,
May we receive thy supreme sin-destroying light,
May Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.
AUM/OM: Absolute reality. That which encompasses the three states
of waking, dreaming, deep sleep, represented by AUM, the three
levels of gross, subtle, causal, the three levels of conscious,
unconscious, subconscious, and the three universal processes of
coming, being, and going. Absolute silence beyond the three
levels is the silence after AUM.
Bhur:

Physical realm or plane; earth.


Embodiment of vital spiritual energy (prana)

Bhuva:

The subtle or astral plane.


Destroyer of sufferings

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Svah:

The higher, celestial plane.

Embodiment of happiness

Tat:

That, the essential essence.

Savitur:

Bright, luminous, sun-like, inner power of spiritual light, which


brings one to Self-realization.

Varenyam: Finest, best, choicest, fit to be sought.


Bhargo:

Destroyer of obstacles/sins. Effulgence

Devasya: Divine, resplendent, shining


Dhimahi: We meditate.
Dhiyo:

Being of intelligence, intellect, understanding, mind/heart

Yo:

Who, which

Naha:

Our

Prachodayat:

May enlighten, direct, inspire, guide, impel.

The first nine words describe the glory of God, thereafter meditation dheemahi
on God, and then prayer to God Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat. Hence the Gayatri is
unique in that it embodies the three concepts of stotra (singing the praise and glory of
God), dhyaana (meditation) and praarthana (prayer).
The prayer form of the Gayatri be used to pray to Lord Shiva is called Rudra Gayatri.
Similarly, one may sing Ganesha Gayatri for Lord Ganesha, Hanuman Gayatri for Lord
Hanuman, and Saraswati Gayatri for Goddess Saraswati.
1.5 References to the Gayatri Mantra in Scriptures
The Upanisads (secret texts) of Hinduism contain several references to the Gayatri
Mantra.
Chandogya Upanisad 3.12.1, 2, 5 (Qualities of Gayatri)

1. This entire creation is Gayatri. And the Gayatri is speech - for speech sings
(gayati) and protects (trayati) this entire creation. Gayatri indeed is all this,
whatever being exists. Speech indeed is Gayatri; for speech indeed sings and
removes fear of all this that exists.

2. That which is this Gayatri, even that is this earth; for on this earth are all the
beings established and they do not transcend it.

5. This well-known Gayatri is four-footed and sixfold.

Chandogya Upanisad 4.17.1-6 (Origin of Bhur Bhuvah Svah)

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1. Prajapati (the progenitor of the worlds) brooded on the three worlds. From
them he extracted their essences; fire from the earth, air from the sky and the
sun from heaven.

2. He further brooded on these three deities. From them he extracted their


essences: the Riks (Rg-veda) from fire, the Yajus-mantras (Yajur-veda) from air,
and the Saman (Sama-veda) from the sun.

3. He brooded on the three Vedas. From them he extracted their existences;


Bhuh from the Riks, Bhuvah from the Yajus-mantras and Svah from the Samans.

4-6. Therefore if the sacrifice is rendered defective on account of the Riks (or
Yajus or Samans), then with the Mantra Bhuh Svaha (or 'Bhuvah Svaha' or
'Svah Svaha'), the Brahman priest should offer an oblation in the fire. Thus
verily, through the essence of the Riks (or Yajus or Samans), through the virility
of the Riks (or Yajus or Samans), he makes good the injury of the sacrifice in
respect of the Riks (or Yajus or Samans).

Brahadaranyaka Upanisad 5.14.4 (Gayatri as the Protector)


The Gayatri Mantra is based on truth. For truth is based on strength. Strength is
breath, and is based on breath. So, Gayatri protects (tra) the wealth (gaya) (the
breath!) of those who speak it with earnestness and devotion. When one recites
Gayatri on behalf of someone, it protects that person's breath too!
Brahadaranyaka Upanisad 5.14.5 (Four 'foots' of the Gayatri)
This verse talks about the unbounded wealth contained within the four 'foots' of the
Gayatri Mantra.

The first foot (aum bhur bhuvah svaha) is said to be equivalent to the wealth
contained in the three worlds put together.

The second foot (tat savitur varenyam) is said to be equivalent to the wealth
contained in the three main vedas.

If one were to receive a gift extending as far as there are living beings, that
would equal the third foot (bhargo devasaya dheemahi).

The fourth foot (dheeyo yo nah prachodyaat) is based on the glory of the sun,
whose power and wealth remains unequaled and unrivaled. Hence, there is no
amount of wealth that can equal the fourth foot of the Gayatri!

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2.

Hanuman Gayatri Mantra


Aum Aanjaneyaaya vid-mahe vaayu-putraayaya dheemahi
tanno Hanumatah prachodayaat

We pray to the son of Goddess Anjani and the son of the Wind God.
May Lord Hanuman lead our intellect towards intelligence and "knowing".

3. Murugan Gayatri Mantra


Om Thatpurushaya Vidhmahe
Maha Senaya Dhimahi
Thanno Skanda Prachodhayath

Om, let us meditate on that Supreme lord


who is the Supreme General of the great Deva Army, Lord Shanmukha or Muruga.
May He enlighten us and lead us to be one with him.

4. Saraswati Moola Mantra


Saraswati namastubhyaM varade kaamaruupiNi
vidyaarambhaM karishhyaami siddhir bhavatu me sadaa

Oh Goddess Saraswati, my humble prostrations unto you,


who are the fulfiller of all my wishes. I am beginning
my study, let me attain perfection in that, always.

kAmaroopiNi :

giver of form/shape to desire

namastubhyaM:

bowing (namaH) for you (tubhyaM)

kariShyAmi: I will do
vidhyArambhaM:

start of (ArambhaM) studies (vidyA)

siddhirbhavatu:

accomplishments (siddhiH) may happen (bhavatu)

me sadA:

always (sadA) mine (me)

5. Vishnu Gayatri Mantra

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Om Narayanaya Vidhmahe
Vasudevaya Dheemahe
Thanno Vishnu Prachodayath

Om, Let me meditate on Lord Narayana,


Oh, Lord Vasudeva, give me higher intellect,
And let Lord Vishnu illuminate my mind.

6. Devi Stotra
Sarva Mangala Maangalye,
Shive Sarvaartha Saadhike.
Sharanye Tryambake Gowri,
Naaraayani 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 ones heart.
Adorations to You!
O Devi, I have taken refuge in You.
.

Om Ekadantaya Vidmahe
Vakratundaya Dhimahi
Thanno Dhandit Prachodayat
May we realise Lord Ganesha. Let us meditate on that elephant-headed God who removes the hurdles. May the
one-tusked God enlighten us.

Om Kathyayanaya Vidhmahe
Kanya Kumari cha Dheemahe
Thanno Durgaya Prachodayath.
Om, Let me meditate on the goddess who is daughter of Kathyayana,
Oh, maiden Goddess, give me higher intellect,
Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavtu
Om Sarvesham Swasti Bhavatu,
Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu
Sarvesham Purnam Bhavatu,
Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu
Meaning May auspiciousness be unto all;
May peace be unto all;
May fullness be unto all;
May prosperity be unto all.
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The full mantra is as under Uddhared Atmanatmanam,


Natmanam Avasadayet
Atmaiva Hy Atmano Bandhur,
Atmaiva Ripur Atmanah
Let a man raise himself by his own self;
let him not debase himself.
For he is himself his friend,
as himself his foe.
Om Sarvesham Swasti Bhavatu,
Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu
Sarvesham Purnam Bhavatu,
Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu
May auspiciousness be unto all;
May peace be unto all;
May fullness be unto all;
May prosperity be unto all.
Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah,
Sarve Santu Niramayah
Sarve Bhadrani Pashyantu,
Ma Kaschid-Duhkha-Bhagvate
May all be happy;
May all be free from disabilities;
May all behold what is auspicious;
May none suffer from sorrow.
Om Asato Ma Sadgamaya,
Tamaso Ma Jyotir-Gamaya
Mrityor-Ma Amritam Gamaya,
Om Shantih Shantih Shantih.
Lead me from the unreal to the Real;
Lead me from darkness to the Light;
Lead me from mortality to Immortality.
Sacred peace (from within - the self),
peace (from around the self - environment),
peace( from beyond the self - the universe)

The "sarveshaam mantra" is one of the peace or shanti mantras which may be used to invoke harmony
and tranquility in the environment in which puja or prayers are performed. This shanti mantra may be
repeated three or eleven times, as time permits. The mantra may perhaps be used as a closing prayer for
the puja, to bless all those in attendance.
AUM sarveshaam svastir bhavatu, sarveshaam shaantir bhavatu
sarveshaam poornam bhavatu, sarveshaam mangalam bhavatu
sarve bhavantu sukhinah, sarve santu niraamayaah
sarve bhadraani pashyantu, maa kashchidh dukh bhaag-bhavet.

Meaning of the Sarveshaam Shanti Mantra


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Let it be so ordained (-bhavatu), that all the people (-sarveshaam), experience well-being (-svastir) ; let
all the people experience peace or tranquility (-shaantir). Let all the people experience wholeness and
completeness (-poornam) ; let them experience prosperity and auspiciousness (-mangalam).
May it so happen (-bhavantu) that everyone (-sarve) receives happiness (-sukhinah) ; let them all be
saint-like (-santu) and be without disease and in good health (-niraamayaah). Let them see with their
own eyes (-pashyantu) the goodness of life (-bhadaraani) ; And let them not (maa) contemplate in their
conscious mind (-kashchidh) any sorrow inducing (dukh) thoughts while they remain beneficiaries (bhavet) of good fortune (-bhaag).

gajaananaM bhuutagaNaadisevitaM
kapitthajaMbuuphalasaarabhaxitam.h |
umaasutaM shokavinaashakaaraNaM
namaami vighneshvarapaadapaN^kajam.h ||
[Salutations to Lord Ganesha who has an elephant head, who is attended by the band of
his followers, who eats his favorite wood-apple and rose-apple fruits, who is the son of
Goddess Uma, who is the cause of destruction of all sorrow. And I salute his feet which are
like lotus.]
ekada.ntaM mahaakaaya.n
taptakaaJNchanasannibham.h |
laMbodaraM vishaalaaxaM
vande.ahaM gaNanaayakam.h ||
[I bow down to one tusked, huge-bodied, big-bellied, large-eyed Lord Ganesha whose
complexion is like that of molten gold.]
Srikantho Mathulo Yasya Jananee Sarva Mangalaa | Janakaha Sankaro Devaha Tam
Vande' Kunjaraananam ||
He for whom Lord Vishnu is the Uncle, Whose mother is the Universal auspicious one,
Parvathi, Whose father is Lord Mahaa Deva, to Him the Omkaara Faced One, Sri
Ganesha, I am doing the salutations.
Vakrathunda Mahaakaaya Sooryakoti Samaprabha,
Avighnam Kuru Me' Deva, Sarva Kaaryesu Sarvadhaa.
You, of the twisted trunk and the massive body, With the dazzle and light of millions of
suns; Lead me on a path that has no obstacles nor hindrances Clearing the way in all that
I do, ever, and always!
Prasanna Vinaayakam De'vam; Pe'rivana Pura Samsthitham |
Sarva Vigna Haram Nithyam; Vandhe' Sri Kunjaraananam ||
O' Lord Sri Prasanna Vinaayaga, who lives in His Temple in Pearland; The one who will
remove all obstacles for all His devotees at all times; One who has the Omkara face of the
elephant, I pray to Him.

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Sri Ganesha Sthuthi


Srikantho Mathulo Yasya Jananee Sarva Mangalaa |
Janakaha Sankaro Devaha Tam Vande' Kunjaraananam ||
He for whom Lord Vishnu is the Uncle, Whose mother is the Universal auspicious one,
Parvathi, Whose father is Lord Mahaa Deva, to Him the Omkaara Faced One, Sri
Ganesha, I am doing the salutations.
Suklaambaratharam Vishnum Sasivarnam Chaturbujam,
Prasanna Vadhanam Dhayaye't Sarva Vighnopa Santhaye'.
Mooshiga Vaahana Modhaka Hastha Saamara Karna Vilambitha Soothra
Vaamana Roopa Maheswara Puthra Vighna Vinayaka Paadha Namaste'.
Agajaanana Padmaarkam Gajaananam Adharnisam,
Ane'kadantam Bhakthaanam Ekadandham Upaasmahe'.
Gajaananam Bhuta Ganadhi Sevitam,
Kapiththa Jambu Phala Saara Bhaksitham
Umasutham Soka Vinaasa Kaaranam
Namaami Vighneswara Paadapankajam.
Manthras for Daily Prayers to Sri Ganesha
1. Om Sumukhaya Namaha ;
2. Om Ekadanthaaya Namaha ;
3. Om Kapilaaya Namaha ;
4. Om Gajakarnaaya Namaha ;
5. Om Lambodharaaya Namaha ;
6. Om Vikataaya Namaha ;
7. Om Vighnaraajaaya Namaha ;
8. Om Ganaadhipaaya Namaha ;
9. Om Dhoomaketave' Namaha ;
10. Om Ganaadhyakshaaya Namaha ;
11. Om Bhaalachandraaya Namaha ;
12. Om Gajaananaaya Namaha ;
13. Om Vakrathundaaya Namaha ;
14. Om Soorpakarnaaya Namaha ;
15. Om He'rambaaya Namaha ;
16. Om Skandapoorvajaaya Namaha
A Prayer for Sri Ganesha - using all His Names.
Sumukhascha E'kadhanthascha Kapilo Gajakarnakah:
Lambodharascha Vikata: Vignaraajo Vinayaka:
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Dhoomake'thur Ganaathyaksho Baalachandro Gajaanana:


Vakrathunda: Soorppa Karna: He'ramba: Skandha Poorvajah:
Thvame'va Maathaa Cha Pithaa Thvame'va
Thvame'va Bandhuscha Sakha Thvame'va |
Thvame'va Vidhyaa Cha Thraveenam Thvame'va
Thvame'va Sarvam Mama Dheva Dheva ||
Om Saanthi ! Saanthi !! Saanthi !!!
You are my Mother; You are my Father;
You are my closest Kin; You are my dearest Friend;
You are my Wisdom; You are the Treasure;
You are my Everything; O' my Lord, My loving Lord ||
Om Peace ! Peace !! Peace !!!

Dhyana Moolam Guru Murti, Puja Moolam Gurur Padam, Mantra Moolam Gurur Vakyam,
Moksha Moolam Guru Kripa" Know meditation by observing the Master's form. Learn the
true art of prayer by surrendering at the lotus feet of the Guru. Every word spoken by the
Master is a mantra for prayer. Enlightenment is but the ultimate grace of the Guru

OM triyambakam yajmahe sugandhim pushTivardhanam,


urvrukamiva bandhann mrrityormokshiya mmrritt.

Summary of the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra


We worship Shiva - The Three-Eyed (tryambakam) Lord (yajamahe);
Who is fragrant (sugandhim) and nourishes (pushti) and grows (vardhanam) all beings.
As the ripened cucumber (urvarukamiva) is automatically liberated (bandhanaan) (by the intervention of the "farmer")
from its bondage to the creeper when it fully ripens;
May He liberate us (mokshiya) from death (mrityor), for the sake of immortality (maamritaat).
We pray to Lord Shiva whose eyes are the Sun, Moon and Fire
May He protect us from all disease, poverty and fear
And bless us with prosperity, longevity and good health.

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Nama ivya is the most holy name of God iva, recorded at the very center of the Vedas and elaborated
in the aiva Agamas.
Na is the Lord's concealing grace, Ma is the world, i stands for iva, Va is His revealing grace, Ya is the
soul. The five elements, too, are embodied in this ancient formula for invocation. Na is earth, Ma is water, i
is fire, V is air, and Ya is ether, or ka. Many are its meanings.
Nama ivaya has such power, the mere intonation of these syllables reaps its own reward in salvaging the
soul from bondage of the treacherous instinctive mind and the steel bands of a perfected externalized
intellect. Nama ivya quells the instinct, cuts through the steel bands and turns this intellect within and on
itself, to face itself and see its ignorance. Sages declare that mantra is life, that mantra is action, that mantra
is love and that the repetition of mantra, japa, bursts forth wisdom from within.
The holy Natchintanai proclaims, "Nama ivya is in truth both gama and Veda. Namah ivya
represents all mantras and tantras. Nama ivaya is our souls, our bodies and possessions. Nama ivya
has become our sure protection."
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami[citation needed]
The book The Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony, Volume I defines Om Namah Shivaya as:
"This mantra has no approximate translation. The sounds related directly to the principles which govern each
of the first six chakras on the spine...Earth, water, fire, air, earth. Notice that this does not refer to the chakras
themselves which have a different set of seed sounds, but rather the principles which govern those chakras
in their place. A very rough, non-literal translation could be something like, 'Om and salutations to that which I
am capable of becoming.' This mantra will start one out on the path of subtle development of spiritual
attainments. It is the beginning on the path of Siddha Yoga, or the Yoga of Perfection of the Divine Vehicle."
"Na" refers to the Gross Body (annamayakosa), "Ma" refers to the Pranic Body (pranamayakosa), "Shi" or
"Chi" refers to the Mental Body (manonmayakosa), "Va" refers to the Intellectual Body (vignanamayakosa)
and "Ya" refers to the Blissful Body (anandamayakosa) and "OM" or the "silence" beyond these syllables
refers to the Soul or Life within.

Goddess Parvati is the consort of Lord Shiva and is worshipped as Shakti. Puranic literature describes her as
having many forms, including Durga, Chandi, Kali and Uma. While Shiva symbolizes the efficient cause of
the creation, Shakti symbolizes the material cause.

This famous mantra, known as the Namaskara Mantra, comes from the Devi Mahatmyam, the epic tale of
Mahadevi, the Great Goddess. She has many names in the story - most famously Durga, but also Chandi,
Kali, Chamunda and others. This mantra is one of seven said to encapsulate the power of the entire 700
verses of this text, which is also known as the Durga Saptashati, or Seven Hundred Verses of Durga. It can
also be heard echoing through Kali temples and other temples of the Great Goddess throughout India. If you
repeat just one mantra in honor of Mahadevi, this is definitely a powerful choice.

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Performing japa (repetition of divine mantras) with this mantra is particularly powerful at Navaratri, the
festival of the nine nights of Durga, celebrated twice a year in the Spring and Fall. A daily practice might
include chanting this mantra 21 times or 108 times each day as part of your meditation practice. Try it, and
see how it opens and strengthens your heart.

Source of All Blessings, Auspicious One, She Who Is Refuge, She Who Has Three Eyes,
Golden One, Bestower of All Wishes, Blessed of All Blessed Ones, I honor you!

Ganesha
Ganesha Stotras
1. Mooshika Vaahana
Mooshika Vaahana Modhaka Hastha Shaamara Karna Vilambitha Suthra
Vaamana Roopa Maheshwara Puthra Vigna Vinaayaka Paadha Namasthey
Meaning
He who has the mouse as the vahana, He who always keeps Modhak (a traditional sweet made
from coconut and rice that is rolled into a ball). He who has ears that resemble a hand held fan, He
who wears a chain-like ornament around his waist, He who is short in stature, He who is the son of
Lord Maheshwara, O! Lord Vinayaka who is all the above and he who removes all impediments
(vignas), we worship your Divine Feet.
2. Opening Prayer
Vakrathunda Mahaakaaya Sooryakoti Samaprabha,
Nirvighnam Kurume Deva, Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvadhaa.
Meaning
You, of the twisted trunk and the massive body, With the dazzle and light of millions of suns; Lead
me on a path that has no obstacles nor hindrances Clearing the way in all that I do, ever, and
always!
3. Mudakaratha Stotra
Mudakaratha Mothakam Sadaa vimukthi Sadhakam; Kaladhara vadhamshakam Vilasi Loka
Rakshakam; Anaayakaika Naayakam Vinasi Dhebha Dhaithyakam; Nadashu Bhasu Nasakam
Namamitham Vinaayakam
Meaning
With joy he holds modaka in His hand. He readily bestows salvation. He wears the moon as an
ornament. He protects the destitute. He is the leaderless supreme leader. He destroyed the
elephant demon. That 'Vinakaya' Lord Ganesha I worship.
4. Shuklam Stotra
Shuklam-bharadharam Vishnum shashivarnam chaturbhujam |
Prasanna vadanam dhyayet sarva vighnopa-shantaye ||

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Meaning
We meditate on Lord Ganesha - who is clad in white (representing purity), who is all pervading
(present everywhere), whose complexion is gray like that of ash (glowing with spiritual splendor),
who has four arms, who has bright countenance (depicting inner calm and happiness, smiling face)
and who can destroy all obstacles (in our spiritual and worldly path).
Sanskrit-to-English Meaning
Suklambaradaram - one who wears a white garment; Visnum - all pervading; Sasi - white (moon);
varnam - complexion (colour); chatur - four ; bhujam - hands; prasanna - smiling ; vadanam- face;
dhyayet- I meditate upon; sarva all ; vighna - obstacles ; upashantaye- removal

5. Gajananam Sloka
Gajaananam bhoodha ghanaathi sevitham
kabhitha jamboo palasara pakshitham
umaasutham sokha vinaasakaranam
namaami vigneswara paadha pankajam
Meaning
He who has the face of an elephant, one who is worshipped by the Bhooda ganam, He who
eats the essence of kabitha and Jumbu fruits, He who is the son of Uma Devi and He who
alliuiates the ill fellings in us. O! Lord Vigneshwara who is an embodiment of all the above, we
offer our Namaskarams at your Divine feet.
6. Agajaanana Sloka
Agajaanana Padmaarkam, Gajaananam Aharnisham
Anekadantham Bhaktaanaam Ekadantam Upaasmahey

Meaning
I worship day and night that elephant faced Lord Ganesha who is like sun to the lotus face of
Mother Parvati. Giver of many boons, the single tusked Ganesh, I salute Thee to give e a boon.

Amma Mariamman's Mantra:


Aum Seethalayai Cha Vidmahe,
Supha Hastayai Dheemahi,
Tanno Mari Prachodayat.

And let Goddess Durga illuminate my mind.


ADHILAKSHMI NAMASTHESTHU PARABRAHMA SWAROOPINE YESHODHEHI DHANAMDEHI
SARVAKAMAMCHA DEHIMEY MANGALEY MANGALADHARE MANGALYA
MANGGALAPRADHEY MANGALARTHAM MANGALESI MANGALYAM DEHIME SADAAAA

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Meaning
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Salutations to Goddess Adi Lakshmi, who is essentially the supreme Brahman. Please grant us
wealth and prosperity and fulfill our wishes. O! Auspicious Goddess, you are the seat of
auspiciousness, you grant auspiciousness, you are auspiciousness personified. Grant us eternal
happiness and prosperity.

VINAYAGAR OM GAM GANAPATHYEH NAMAHA. Om Tatpurshaaya Withmahe Vakrathundayaa Thimahi Tanno


Thantip Prasothayaath
MURUGAN OM KUMARAYA NAMAHA. Om Tatpurshaaya Withmahe Maha Senaya Thimahi Tanno Shanmuga
Prasothayaath
SHIVAN OM NAMAH SHIVAYA. Om Tatpurshaaya Withmahe Maha Thevaaya Thimahi Tanno Ruttra Prasothayaath
SHAKTI OM SHAKTI. Om Kaarthiyaaya Naaya Withmahe Kanya Kumarisa Thimahi Tanno Thurka Prasothayaath
VISHNU OM NAMO NAARAAYANAAYA. Om Naaraayanaaya Withmahe Vaasu Thevaaya Thimahi Tanno Vishnu
Prasothayaath
MUNEESWARAN OM MUNEESWARAAYA NAMAHA. Om Bulandavayaa Withmahe Sula Hastayaa Thimahi Tanno
Muneeswaran Prasothayaath
HANUMAN OM ANJENEAYAR NAMAHA Om Anjeneayar Withmahe Vaayu Puttraaya Thimahi Tanno Hanumanth
Prasothayaath
SURIYA BAGHAVAN OM SURIYAA NAMAHA. Om Buur BuvaaSuva ThatSavithurvarenyam Barkkoh Thevasya
Thimahi Thiyoh Yoh Naah Prasothayaath
MAHALAKSHMI OM LAKSHMINARAAYAANA MOORTHI NAMO NAMAHA. Om Maha Lakshmi Withmahe Vishnu
Patthinyai Thimahi Tanno Lakshmi Prasothayaath
SARASWATHY OM AIM SARASWATHYEH NAMAHA. Om Saraswateye Withmahe Brahmaputriye Thimahi Tanno
Saraswati Prasothayaath
DEVI KARUMARIAMMAN OM PARASHAKTIYEH NAMAHA Seethalayai Cha Withmahe Surpa Hastaaya Thimahi
Tanno Maree Prasothayaath
AYYAPPAN OM SRI AYYAPPAN SWAMIYEH NAMAHA Boodha Naathaya Withmahe Bavothraaya Thimahi Tanno
Sastha Prasothayaath
BALAJI OM NAMO VENKATESAYAA NAMAHA Niranjanaaya Withmahe Niraadharaaya Thimahi Tanno Srinivasa
Prasothayaath
RAMA OM SRI RAMACHANDRA PARABRAMHANE NAMAHA Dhasaradhaaya Withmahe Setha Vallabaaya Thimahi
Tanno Raama Prasothayaath
KRISHNA OM KRISHNAAYAA NAMAHA Govindaaya Withmahe GopiJana Vallabaaya Thimahi Tanno Krishna
Prasothayaath
KALIAMMAN OM HREEM SREEM MAHA DURGA MAHA KALIYEH NAMAHA Om Maha Kali Vidmahe Smashna
Vasinyeh Theemahi Tanno Kali Prajothayaathi
GURU OM SATGURUVE NAMAHA Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Thevo Maheswarahaa Guru Sashaath
Parabrahma Tasmai Sri Guruveh Namaha

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SURYA BAGHAVAN OM SURYAAYA NAMAHA Om Aswath Wajaaya Withmahe Paasa Hastaaya Thimahi Tanno
Suuriya Prasothayaath
BUTHA BHAGAVAN OM BUTHAYAAYA NAMAHA Om Kajath Wajaaya Withmahe Suha Hastaaya Thimahi Tanno
Butha Prasothayaath
CHANDIRAN BAGHAVAN OM SOMAYA NAMAH Om Patmath Wajaaya Withmahe Hema Rubaaya Thimahi Tanno
Soma Prasothayaath
CHEVAI BAGHAVAN OM ANGGAARAKAAYA NAMAHA Om Veerath Wajaaya Withmahe Vikna Hastaaya Thimahi
Tanno Aaggaaraga Prasothayaath
GURU BAGHAVAN OM GURUVE NAMAHA Om Virushbath Wajaaya Withmahe Ikruni Hastaaya Thimahi Tanno
Guru Prasothayaath
KETHU BAGHAVAN OM KETHAVE NAMAHA Om Aswath Wajaaya Withmahe Suha Hastaaya Thimahi Tanno Kethu
Prasothayaath
RAHU BAGHAVAN OM RAAGAVE NAMAHA Om Naagath Wajaaya Withmahe Patma Hastaaya Thimahi Tanno
Raagu Prasothayaath
SANISWARAN BAGHAVAN OM SHANAISHCHARAAYA NAMAHA Om Kaagath Wajaaya Withmahe Katka Hastaaya
Thimahi Tanno Mantha Prasothayaath
SUKRAN BAGHAVAN OM SUKRAAYA NAMAHA Om Aswath Wajaaya Withmahe thannur Hastaaya Thimahi Tanno
Sukkara Prasothayaath from

http://www.ammas.com/topics/Spirituality/a60880.html
Gayathri Mantras
Originally Posted by RAMAN MALLI

1.VINAYAGAR
Om Thath purushaya vidhmahey vakra thundaya dheemahi thanni thandhi prachodayath.
2.sivan
Om thath purushaya vidhmahey Maha devaya dheemahi thanno rudra prachodayath
3.vishnu
Om narayanaya vidhmahey vasudevaya dheemahi thanno vishnu prachodayath
4.Sri Ramar
Om Dasaradaya vidhmahey Sitha vallabaya dheemahi Thanno Rama prachodayath
5.Anjaneyar
Om anjaneyaaya vidmahey Vayauputhraya dheemahi Thanno hanuman prachodayath
6.Madurai veeran
Om veera roobaya vidmahey Raja veeraya dheemahe Thanno madura veeraaya prachodayath
7.Sri Balambigai
Om kleem Tripuradevi Vidmahey Kameshwari cha dheemahi Thanno Bala prachodayath
8.Sri Tripurasundari
Om hym Tripuradevi Vidmahey Sowh Saktheeswari cha dheemahi Thannah Sakthi
prachodayath
9.Sri Sarada
Kalamayyai cha Vidmahe Budhidayai cha dheemahi Thanno Sarada prachodayath
10.Chamundi
Om Mahamayai cha Vidmahey Chandigayai cha dheemahi Thanno Devi prachadoyath
11.Saraswathi
Vaheesvaryai cha Vidmahey Sarasthwai cha dheemahi Thanno Saraswathi prachodayath
12.Indrani
Om Gajathvajayai Vidmahey Vajrahasthayai dheemahi Thanno Indrani prachodayath
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13.Sri Meenakshi
Om Unnithriyai Vidmahey Sundapa priyayai dheemahi Thanno Meenadevi prachodayath
14.Kali
Dasavathanayai cha Vidmahey Jwalamalayai cha dheemahi Thannah Parasakthi prachodayath
15.Venkatachalapathy Srinivasa Perumal
Niranjanaya Vidmahey Nirapasaya dheemahi Thanno Srinivasa prachoyadh
16.Mahalakshmi
Om Mahalakshmi cha Vidmahey Vishnupathni cha dheemahi Thanno Lakshmi prachodayath
17.Sri Krishna
Om Devaki Nandanaya Vidmahey Vasudevaya dheemahi Thanno Krishna prachodayath
18.Sri Dakshinamurthy
Dyanaroopaya Vidmahey Gnanathathre cha dheemahi Thanno Guru prachodayath
19,Maheswari
Maheswarabudayai Vidmahey Soolahasthayai dheemahi Thanno Rowdri prachodayath
20.Vaishnavi
Vishnubudayai Vidmahey Chakrahasthayai dheemahi Thanno Vaishnavi prachodayath
21.Sastha (Ayyappa)
Gajaroodaya Vidmahey Pathnithvayaya dheemahi Thanno Sastha prachodayath
22.Sri Dharmaraja
Sahasrapanaya Vidmahe Nagarajaya dheemahi Thanno Anantha prachodayath
23.Mariamman (Seethaladevi)
Om Seethalayai cha Vidmahey Soorpahasthayai dheemahi Thanno Mari prachodayath
24.Mahaganesa
Om Lambodaraya Vidmahe Mahadaraya dheemahi Thanno danthi prachodayath
25.Subramanyam (Murugan)
Thathvisakaya Vidmahe Banahasthaya dheemahi Thannas Skantha prachodayath
26.Parvathi
26.Jaganmathaiya cha Vidmahe Chaila Sudayai cha dheemahi Thanno Parvathi prachodayath
27.Mahalakshmi
Om Mahalakshmiyai cha Vidmahe Sarva Siddhyai cha dheemahi Thanno Devi prachodayath
28.Sri Mathurakali
Om Sri Mathurakalikambigai cha Vidmahe Sarva Sakthiyai cha dheemahi Thanno Sakthi
prachodayath
29.Sri Durga
Om Kadhyayanaya Vidmahe Kanyakumari cha dheemahi Thanno Durgi prachodayath
30.Sapthamatha
Nithyaglinna Nithyaglinnayai Vidmahe Nithya Madathravayai dheemahi Thanno Nithya
prachodayath

1. Devi/Luxmi
Sarva Mangala Maangalye,
Shive Sarvaartha Saadhike.
Sharanye Tryambake Gowri,
Naaraayani 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 ones heart.
Adorations to You!
O Devi, I have taken refuge in You.

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2. Saraswati
Saraswati namastubhyaM varade kaamaruupiNi
vidyaarambhaM karishhyaami siddhir bhavatu me sadaa

Oh Goddess Saraswati, my humble prostrations unto you,


who are the fulfiller of all my wishes. I am beginning
my study, let me attain perfection in that, always.

3. Durga
Om Kathyayanaya Vidhmahe
Kanya Kumari cha Dheemahe
Thanno Durgaya Prachodayath.

Om, Let me meditate on the goddess who is daughter of Kathyayana,


Oh, maiden Goddess, give me higher intellect,
and let Goddess Durga illuminate my mind.

4. Mariamman
Aum Seethalayai Cha Vidmahe,
Supha Hastayai Dheemahi,
Tanno Mari Prachodayat.

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