Hindu Morning Prayers sthothra Parayanam

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Sanathana Dharma better known as Hinduism  is one of the greatest  and finest of ancient religions. It preaches that every individual’s aim should be Moksha which in simple words means merger with the Ultimate truth called Brahman and reaching a state of no re birth.

Savants and sages of the religion suggest  several methods to attain this enviable state. Of these the simplest is Bhakthi Yoga or devotion n to God,  which ultimately merges you with God. To make this easily possible a pan theistic concept of God is enunciated by the religion.  Also the Godhead is viewed in myriad forms so that the devotion to him can be done in a manner closest to our heart.He is viewed by some as a child or friend or mother or father or a cruel one who punishes or a kind one who is merciful or even as our sweet heart. This has resulted in varied type of prayers addressed to his or her  favourite

Form of God.

Given below are prayers in Sanskrit with translation in English verse of prayers which a Hindu is supposed to do on various occasions and also prayers to several Gods:-

 

Stotras as soon as one  wakes up:-

   A Hindu is supposed to wake uo very early in the morning much earlier to sun rise. It is believed that the first thing you see in the morning determines one’s day.

As soon as one wakes  up see  he is  supposed to see his palm  and recite the following sloka:-

 

Karagre  vasathu  Lakshmi, Karamadhye Saraswathi,

Karamoole sthitha Gowri, Prabhate Kaa Darshanam.

 

Lakshmi lives in the tip of my palm,

Saraswathi lives in its middle,

And Gowri lives at its base,

So I see my palm in the early morn.

 

Earth is a Goddess to Hindus. She is one of the wives of Maha Vishnu one of the trinity of Hinduism. So it is necessary to ask her pardon before one sets ones foot on her.This is done by the following prayer:-

 

Samudhra vasane  devi, parvatha sthana mandithe,

Vishnu pathni namasthubhyam pada sparsam  kshamasva mae.

 

Salutations to you consort of Lord Vishnu,

Who is clothed by oceans,

And is adorned prettily by the mountains,

Pardon me mother, for setting my foot on you.

 

Cleanliness is a sin qua non-to every Hindu.He does purification of the body as well as the mind during his bath. Purificatory bath is ultimate if it is done in the sacred waters of some great rivers of India.The following prayers are recited  while taking bath:-

 

 

 

Govindethi sada snanam  Govindethi sada japam,

Govindethi sada  dhyanam , sada Govinda keerthanam.

 

Meditate on Govinda while taking bath,

Meditate on him in your prayers,

Meditate on him while thinking of God,

And always sing his name.

 

Gange cha Yamune chaiva  Godavari Saraswathi,

Narmada Sindhu Kaveri  Jale asmin sannidhim kuru.

 

I pray you to enter,

This water meant for my bath,

Oh , holy river Ganga,

Oh, Holy river Yamuna,

Oh , Holy river Godavari,

Oh, Holy river Saraswathi,

Oh , Holy river Narmada,

Oh holy river Sindhu,

And holy river Kaveri.

 

Fire is one of the greatest Gods of Hinduism. He according to them acts as a bridge between this ordinary world and the Gods of heaven.Symbolically the lamp is lit and kept in the house.Here is a  prayer addressed to the lamp:-

 

 

Shubham karothi kalyanam, aarogyam, dhana sampadam,

Shathru budhi vruddhi vinasaya deepa jyothi namo nama.

 

 

Salutations and salutations,

To the holy flame of the lamp,

Which bestows on me all that is good,

Health as well as wealth,

And destroys all my enemies.

 

Thulasi or ocimum plant is venerated by every Hindu and is invariably grown in the courtyard of every house.After lighting up the lamp he is supposed to clean up the thulasi plant and water it while reciting the following prayer:-

 

 

Thulasi shree sakhi shubhe , papa haarini punyade,

Namasthe Naradanuthe , Namo Narayana priye.

 

Oh , Holy Thulasi,

Bosom friend of Lakshmi,

Destroyer of sins,

Bestower of blessings,

Salutations to thee,

Who is praised by sage Narada,

And is the darling of Lord Narayana

 

Then he prays to the banyan tree which is the holy tree providing him with shade , happiness and prosperity,

 

Aswatha vruksha sthuthi(Prayer to the banyan tree)

 

Moolatho brahma roopaya  madhyatho visnu roopine,

Agratha  Shiva roopaya , vruksha rajaya the nama.

 

Salutations to the king of trees,

Whose roots are Lord Brahma,

Whose stem is Lord Vishnu,

And whose crown is Lord Shiva.

 

 

Then He prays to Gods and nature to make the day very great for him by reciting the following prayers:-

 

Brhama murari tripurandhakari,

Bhanu sasi  Bhoomi sutho budascha,

Gurusca Shukra . sani rahu Kethava,

Kurvanthu  sarve mama suprabatham.

 

Let God Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva,

Planets Sun, mercury, Jupiter,

Venus , Saturn, Rahu and Kethu,

Make this morning great for me.

 

Santhkumara, sanaka, Sananthana,

Sanathano apyasoori pingalow cha,

Saptha swara, saptha rasa thaani,

Kurvanthu sarve mama suprabatham.

 

May the sages, Sanathkumara, Sanaka, SanathaNA,

Aasuri and Pingala,

Let the seven musical notes

And let those seven nether worlds,.

Make this morning great for me.

 

Satharnva Saptha kulachalascha,

Saptharshayo  dweepa pavanani saptha,

Bhooradhi kruthwa, bhuvanai saptha,

Kurvanthu mama suprabhatham.

 

Let the seven oceans,

Seven mountains,

Seven sages, seven forests,

Seven Islands and Seven Lokas,

Make this morning great to me.

 

He then turn east faces the Sun God and recites the following prayer:-.

 

Bhano, bhaskara Marthanda, Chanda rasmai, divakara,

Ayur, arogyam, budhim, sree yamscha dehi mae.

 

He who breaks the morn,

He who berings light to the world,

He who brings heat tio the world,

He who has scorching rays,

And he who is the maker of the day,

Give me long life,

Health, intelligence and wealth.

 

He then prays to the God to make his day peaceful by promotong harmony of the mind, body and spirit by reciting one of the most ancient prayers of the world:-

 

Saha veerya karava vahai,

Sahana navathu.Sahanou bunakthu. Saha veerya karavavahai.

Tejaswinaa  vadheedamasthu maa  vidwishavahaii.

Om shanthi, shanthi, shanthi.

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