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StOtrAs as soon as one wakes up


As soon as one wakes up one is supposed to see one's palm and recite the following shlOkA
KarAgrE vaSatE lakshmI, Kara madhyE SaraSwatI |
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lakshmI lives in the tip of the palm, SaraSwatI lives in its middle and GowrI lives at its base so the palm is
seen in the early morning.
Before one sets one's foot on the earth after getting up from bed the following prayer is to be recited
Samudra vaSanE dEvi, parvata Stana maNDalE |
VishNu patni namaStubhyam pAdaSparsham kshamaSva mE ||
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Salutations to you Oh consort of Lord VishNu, you live not only in the oceans but also in the middle of
the mountains, pardon me, for setting my foot on you.
The following prayers are recited while taking bath
GOvindEti SadA SnAnam GOvindEti SadA japam|
GOvindEti SadA dhyAnam, SadA GovindA kIrtanam||
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Meditate on GovindA while taking bath, on Him in your prayers, on Him while thinking of God and
always sing His name.
GangEca YamunEcaiva GodAvarI SaraSwatI|
narmadE Sindhu KAvEri jalESmin Sannidhim kuru||
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I pray you to enter, this water meant for my bath, Oh , the Holy river GangA, the Holy river Yamuna, the
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river KAvEri.
Here is a prayer addressed to the lamp which should be recited after it is lit or before it when burning
Shubham karOtu kalyANam, ArOgyam, Sukha SampadAm|
Mama buddhi prakAsham ca dIpa jyOti namOStutE ||
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Salutations to you the holy flame of the lamp - bestow on me benevolence, health, comfort as well as
wealth and brighten my intellect too.
After lighting up a lamp before tulaSI (Basil) plant the plant is cleaned by watering it and the following
prayer is recited
tulaSI shrI SakhI ShubhE, pApa hAriNI puNyadE|
namaStE nAradanutE, namO nArAyaNapriyE||
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Oh, Holy tulaSI, bosom friend of lakshmI, destroyer of sins, bestower of virtues, salutations to thee,
who is praised by sage nAradA and is the darling of Lord nArAyaNA.
Then he prays to the PIpul tree which is the holy tree providing him with shade, happiness and
prosperity (ashwatta vrusham PIpul tree)
MUlE brahmA tvaci VishNu: shAkAyAm Shankara Eva ca|
PatrE patrE Sarva dEvA vruksha rAja namOStu tE||
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Salutations to the king of trees, whose roots are Lord Brahma, whose stem is Lord VishNu, whose crown
is Lord Shiva, in whose leaves live all the deities.
After the above, one should pray as follows for the day to pass happily
BrahmA murAri: tripurAntakArI bhAnu: SashI bhUmi SutO budhashca|
Gurushca Shukra: Shani rAhu kEtava: kurvantu SarvE mama SuprabhAtam||

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May BrahmA, VishNu and Shiva, the Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus , Saturn, rahu and Ketu
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SanatkumAra: Sanaka: Sanandana: SanAtana: api Asuri Pingalau ca|
Sapta SwarA: Sapta raSAtalAni kurvantu SarvE mama SuprabhAtam||
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May the sages, Sanathkumara, Sanaka, SanandanA, Asuri and Pingala, the seven musical notes and those
seven nether worlds, make this morning good one for me.
SaptArNava: Sapta kulAcalasca SaptarshayO dwIpa vanAni Sapta|
BhUrAdi krutvA, bhuvanAni Sapta Kurvantu SarvE mama SuprabhAtam||
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May the seven oceans, the seven mountains, the seven sages, the seven Islands, the seven forests and
the seven worlds make this morning good one for me.
Then one should turn to east, face the Sun God and recite the following prayer
BhAnu:, BhAskara: mArtANDa:, Chanda rashmai:, divAkara:|
Ayu:, ArOgyam, buddhim, SriyamSca dEhi mE||
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He who breaks the morn, brings light to the world, brings heat to the world, who has scorching rays, and
is the maker of the day, may give me long life, health, intelligence and wealth.
One also prays to the God to make the day peaceful by promoting harmony of the mind, body and spirit
by reciting one of the most ancient prayers of the world
Om Saha nAvavatu, Saha nau bhunaktu, Saha vIryam karavAvahai|
tEjaSvi nAvadhItamaStu mA vidvishAvahai, Om ShAnti ShAnti ShAnti:||

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Om! May He protect us (the teacher and the student) both together may He nourish us both together
may we work conjointly with great energy, may our study be vigorous and effective, may we not
mutually dispute (or may we not hate any). Om! Let there be Peace in me! Let there be Peace in my
environment! Let there be Peace in the forces that act on me.
Thereafter, one reminds oneself of the two great epics of India by reciting the following Eka shlOki
rAmAyaNam (ramAyaNAm in one shlOka or stanza)
PUrvam rAmatapOvanAdi gamanam hatvA mrugam kAncanam
vaidEhi haraNam JaTAyu maraNam SugrIva SambhAshaNam|
vAli nigrahaNam SamudrataraNam lankApurI dahanam
PashcAt rAvaNa KumbhakarNa hananam Etad hi rAmAyaNam||
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Long ago rAmA went to forest, Killed a golden deer, SItA was kidnapped, JaTayu was killed, conversation
with SugrIva, VAli was killed, ocean was crossed, LankA was burnt; then rAvaNa and Kumbha karNa were
killed; this is rAmAyNam in a nutshell.
Eka shlOki BhAgavatam (BhAgavatam in one shlOka or stanza)
Adau dEvaki dEvi garbha jananam, GOpI gruhE vardhanam,
MAyA PUtanA jIvita apaharaNam, GOvardhanOddhAraNam|
KamsacchEdana, kauravAdi hananam, kuntI sutA pAlanam,
Ethad BhAgawatam purANa kathitam Sri KrushNa lIlAmrutam||
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Born to queen dEvaki, brought up by GOpIs, took out the life of Ogress PUtanA, lifted the GOvardhana
mountain, beheaded his uncle KamSA, helped in killing the KauravAs, and looked after the children of
KuntI; this is in short the ancient story of BhAgawatha, which describes the nectar like adventures of
Lord KrushNA.
Eka shlOki MahAbhAratam (MahAbhAratam in one shlOka or stanza)
Adau PANDava dhArtarAshTrajananam lAkshAgruhE dAhanam
dyUtE SrIharaNam vanE vicaraNam matsyAlayE vartanam|
lIlA gO grahaNam raNE viharaNam SandhikriyAjrumbhaNam
PashcAd BhIshma SuyOdhanAdi hananam caitan mahAbhAratam||
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(With) the birth of sons of PANDu and dhrutrashTrA and (failed attempt) of burning alive (PANDavAs) in
a wax house, wealth grabbed illegally through gambling, exile in forests (of PANDavAs), retreat in the
house of MatSya (Kingdom), cows stolen and rescued, in battle, attempts for compromise (between
PANDavAs and KauravAs by Lord KrishNA) failed, BhIshmA, drONa duryOdhanA and others killed, is
MahAbhAratA in a nutshell.
One should also pray to some great individuals of the Hindu lore as follows Prayer to the five mothers
GAyatri tulaSI GangAm kAmadhEnum arundatIm|
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GAyatri, tulaSI , GangA, KAmadhEnu and arundatI great sins will be nullified if these five women are
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Pancha kanyA stuti (Prayer to the five maidens)
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ahalyA, draupadI, tArA, KuntI and MandOdarI - great sins will be nullified if these five maidens are
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Pancha devi sththi (Prayer to the five goddesses)
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uma (Paqrvati), usha (Goddess of dawn), VaidEhi (rAmA's wife), rama (lakshmI) and GangA great sins will be nullified if these five goddesses are remembered daily.
No prayer is complete without offering prayers to ones own teacher. Recite this prayer
Guru: brahmA guru: VishNu: guru: dEvO mahEshwara:|
Guru: SAkshAt param brahma tasmai SrI guravE nama: ||
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Salutations to that Teacher, who himself is the Ultimate Truth and who is the Trinity - BrahmA, VishNu
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One always has one's God/Goddess as ishTa dEvatA, who one believes/ adores strongly. You may recite
the following StOtrAs, whenever you get time
GaNapati (GaNEsh, VinAyakar, PiLLaiyAr,VignEshwara), elder son of Lord Shiva, removes all obstacles
when you a venture an undertaking
vakra tuNDa mahA KAya KOTi SUrya Sama prabhA|
nirvighnam kuru mE dEva Sarva kAryEshu SarvadA||
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One who has a broken tusk, a very huge body, radiates like trillion suns May that VignEshwarA
remove hindrances in all my undertakings always.
ShivA, one of the Trinities, who destroys all evils
Shivam shivakaram shAntam shivAtmAnam ShivOttamam|
ShivamArga praNEtAram praNamami SadA shivam||

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Salutations to the ever peaceful Lord SadA ShivA, who is the abode of peace, makes peace, is peaceful,
is the soul of peace, is the acme of peace and who shows the path of final emancipation.

Mrutyunjaya mahA mantram enables one to conquer death. Recite it daily once
Om tryambakam yajAmahE Sugandhim pushTivardhanam|
urvArukamiva bandhanAn mrutyO: mukshIya mA.mrutAt||

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Om we worship Shiva, the three-eyed Lord who is fragrant and who nourishes and nurtures all beings. As
the ripened cucumber (with the intervention of the gardener) is freed from its bondage (to the creeper)
May He liberate us from death for the sake of immortality.

NaTtarAjA, the Lord of Cidambaram


KrupA Samudram, Sumukham trinEtram, JaTAdharam, PArvatI vAma bhAgam|
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I meditate on that Lord of Chidambaram, Who is the ocean of mercy, Who has a pleasant mien, has
three eyes, has matted locks, keeps PArvatI on his left side, is ever peaceful and who is limitless and
angry over evils.
VaidyanAthA, a form of Lord ShivA cures diseases if prayed always. Recite the following
SrI rAma Saumitri JaTAyu vEda shaDAnana Aditya KujArcitAya|
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I bow to VaidhyanAthA, the greatest physician for all cures, who is compassionate by taking the worst
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SubramaNyA, the Sun and Mars worship.

VishwanAthA, the Lord of KAshi grants all wishes and recite the following StOtram
GangAtaranga ramaNIya JaTAkalApam Gauri nirantara vibhUshita vAmabhAgam|
nArAyaNapriyam anangamadApahAram vAraNASIpurapatim bhaja vishwanAtham||
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Salutations to the lord of universe, who is the chief of the city of BenAras, whose matted locks is
adorned by waves of river GangA, who always keeps his consort GowrI on the left side of his body, is
dear to Lord nArAyaNA and who destroyed the pride of ManmatA, the god of love.
Ardha nArIshwarA (the fusion of Lord Shiva and Parvathy) is to be prayed as follows
ambhOdhara shyAmala kuntalAyai taDitprabhA tAmra jaTAdharAya|
nirIshvarAyai nikhilEshvarAya nama: shivAyai ca nama: shivAya||
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My salutations to both PArvatI and ShivA, to Her who has black hairs resembling the swollen cloud, to
Him who has copper matted locks which are like lightning, to Her who is the goddess of the mountains,
and to Him who is the Lord of the universe.
dakshiNAmUrty, the holy form of Lord ShivA, Teacher of the Universe, needs to be prayed as
GuravE Sarva lOkAnAm, bhishajE bhava rOginAm|
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Salutations to that dakshiNAmUrty, who is the Teacher of the entire world, is the repository of all
knowledge and learning and is the greatest physician and cures those afflicted by the disease of birth and
death.

Medidate on Shiva lingam to visualize that formless Supreme Being and the StOtram for this is
dEva muni pravarArcita lingam, KAma daham karuNAkara lingam|
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Salutations to the lingA, which is ever kind, worshipped by gods and sages, burnt the god of love into ash
but later became merciful as He is always and the one who destroyed the arrogance of rAvaNA.
SubramaNya, the younger son of Lord ShivA, is always worshipped for success as follows
ShaDAnanam Kumkuma-rakta-varNam MahAmatim divya-mayUra-vAhanam |
rudraSya SUnam Sura-Sainya-nAtham Guham SadA SharaNam-aham PrapadyE||

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I seek refuge in GuhA (one who resides in the cave of the heart; another name for SubramaNya), who
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knowledge of everything, whose vehicle (vahana) is the divine peacock, is rudrAs (ShivAs) son and one
who is the leader of the army of gods (devAs).
HEy SwAminAtha karuNAkara dIna bandhO, SrI PArvatIsha mukha pankaja padma bandhO|
SrIshAdhi dEva gaNa pUjita pAda padma, VallIsha-nAtha mama dEhi karAvalambham ||

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Extend a hand of support, Oh Lord of Valli, the chief of gods, ever merciful, always a friend of the
oppressed, the son of the lotus faced goddess PArvatI and whose lotus feet is worshipped by all gods as
well as by goddess LakshmI.
Nandi, the vehicle (vAhanam) of Lord ShivA. It is better to recite His name also as follows
nandikEsha MahA BhAga, Shiva dhyAna parAyaNa|
GowrI Shankara SEvArtham anugnAm dAtum arhaSi||
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Oh Lord nandi, the Lord of all bulls and ever immersed in the prayer of Lord ShivA - Please permit me to
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VishNu, one of the Trinities and Protector needs to be prayed as follows
ShAantAkAram Bhujaga Shayanam PadmanAbham SurEsham,
VishwAdharam Gagana Sadrusham mEgha varNam ShubAngam|
lakshmIkAntam kamala nayanam yOgi hrud dhyAna gamyam
VandE VishNum bhava bhaya haram Sarva lOkaika nAtham||

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I bow before Lord VishNu, who is personification of peace, sleeps on a thousand headed snake
AdiSEshA, has a lotus on his navel, is the God of gods, is the pivot of the universe, is as vast as the sky, is
cloud coloured, has beautiful limbs, is the consort of goddess lakshmI, has lotus eyed, resides in the
hearts of meditating saints, kills all worries and fears of worldly existence and is the lord of all the
worlds.
rAmA, son of King dasharatha, is an incarnation of Lord VishNu. Pray Him as follows to save you from
dangers
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One who removes all dangers in life,bestows all riches to His devotees and is the darling of all the world
my repeated prostrations to that Lord rAmA.
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He who annihilates the pain of the distressed, He who destroys fear in the minds of the fearful, He who
is like the Weapon of Death to his enemies, that rAmacandrA do I worship.
KrushNA, another incarnation of Lord VishNu, was the son of dEvaki and VaSudEva and killed His
notorious and wicked uncle KamSA, to save the people. Let us pray Him as
VaSu dEva Sutam dEvam KamSa CANUra mardanam|
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I offer my obeisance to the son of VaSudEvA, Lord KrushNA, who killed the wicked KamSA and CANUra,
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Oh Hari, the killer of the demons Mura, Madhu and KaiTaba, the protector of cows, the bestower of
immortal bliss, the hero of heroes, the lord of sacrifices in fire, in whom all the souls reside, who is black,
the incarnation of VishNu, the controller of the universe kindly save me, the helpless.
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I salute Lord Madhava by whose grace the dumb can become eloquent and the lame can cross over
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O Lord KrushNA, at this moment let the royal swan of my mind enter the tangled stems of the lotus of
Your feet. How will it be possible for me to remember You at the time of death, when my throat will be
choked up with phelgm, bile, and air? [panjara -- the network; antam -- the edge; adya -- now, at this
moment; eva -- certainly; visatu -- may enter; manasa -- mind; raja -- royal; hamsa -- swan; pranaprayana -- of death; samaye -- at the time; kapha -- phlegm; vAta -- air; pittaih -- and with bile; kantha -throat; avarodhana-vidhau -- when it is choked; smaraNam -- remembrance; kuta: -- how is it possible;
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VenkaTEshA, the Lord of Seven Hills, Tirupadi saves us from distress. Pray to Him as
SrIman krupA jalanidhE kruta Sarva lOka,
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of both the animate and inanimate world, easily approachable by people of good conduct and is the
divine tree (ParijAta) in granting anything to those seeking refuge.
HayagrIvA, the horse faced form of VishNu is worshipped as the god of learning by the VaishNavas
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The one who is embodiment of wisdom, is as clear as a crystal and is the foundation of all knowledge I
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naraSimhA, one of the main ten incarnations of Lord VishNu, who killed HiraNyakashipu to protect his
son PrahlAdA, a VishNu bhaktA. Pray to him as follows
GOvindA, KEshavA, JanArdhanA, VaSudEvA,
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Repeated salutations to you - Lord GOvindA (the chief herdsman), KEshavA (the one who has handsome
hair and killer of demon KEsi), is ever exciting (JanArdhanA), son of VaSudEva, lord of the universe
(VishwEsha), lord of lords (VishwA), destroyer of demon Madhu, in whom the entire universe resides
(VishwarUpa), who has a lotus coming out of His navel (PadmanAbhA), the greatest soul (PurushA), lotus
eyed (PushkarAkshA), god of all riches (nArAyaNA), the imperishable (achyutA) and one took the form of
a lion faced deity (narasimhA) to kill HiraNyakashipu as per the boon granted to him.
ranganAtha, another form of VishNu, in SrI rangam. Pray Him as
lakshmInivASE jagatam nivASE, hrud padma vASE ravi bimbha vASE|
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Let my mind revel in rangA, as the one who lives in Sri rangA, in whom goddess lakshmI lives, who is the
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and who lives where good conduct lives.
PANDu rangA is another form of Lord VishNu worshipped in PaNDaripur, Maharashtra. Pray Him as
MahA yOga pIThE, taTE BhIma rathyA, varam puNDarIkAya dAtum munIndrai :|
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One who is sitting in the greatest yoga pose on the bank of river BhImA and residing among the sages as
the greatest one to grant boon to His devotee PuNDarIkA as well as the root of joy being the Supreme
Soul I pray that PANDurangA.
acyutA is another name for Lord VishNu meaning that He is imperishable. Praying him cures all ailments
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I promise to take care of all my devotees and ensure that all their diseases are destroyed when they
utter my names only once as acyutA, anantA and GOvindA thus, says the Lord.
BAla KrUshNA is the form of Lord KrushNA when he was a child. Uttering His name once relieves us from
the recycles of birth and death

KarAra vindEna padAravindam, MukhAravindE vinivEshayantam|


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My mind remembers that beautiful BAla Mukundam - the baby KrushNA - who with His lotus like hands
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MukundA is another name for Lord VishNu and pray Him as
SrI VallabhEti VaradEti dayA ParEti,
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O MukundA, my Lord! Please let me recite constantly (AlApinam pratidinam), addressing You as Srivallabha ("He who is very dear to LakshmI"), Varada ("the bestower of benedictions"), dayApara ("He
who is causelessly merciful"), Bhakta-priya ("He who is very dear to His devotees"), Bhava-luNThanakOvida ("He who is expert at plundering the status quo of repeated birth and death"), nAtha ("the
Supreme Lord"), Jagan-nivaSa ("the resort of the cosmos,") and nAga-Shayana ("the Lord who lies down
on the serpent bed")
HanumAn, a staunch devotee of Lord rAmA is a bachelor and ciranjIvi (immortal). Pray him
yatra yatra raghunAtha-kIrtanam tatra tatra kruta-mastakAnjalIm|
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We bow to MAruti, Sri HanumAn, who is the slayer of demons and who stands with his palms folded
above his forehead, with a torrent of tears flowing down his eyes wherever the glories of Lord rAmA.
ManOjavam mAruta-tulya vEgam jitEndriyam buddhimatAm varishTham|
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Let me pray to the one who is swift as thought (manOjavam), more powerful than the wind (mAruta
tulya vEgam), has conquered his senses (jitEndriyam), is supreme among all intelligent beings, the son of
the wind-god (vAtAtmajam), the commander of the army of forest creatures (vAnara yUtha mukhyam),
let me bow and seek refuge in Lord rAmA's Messenger, the incomparable Lord HanumAn. Please accept
me and my prayers at your feet.
dattAtrEya is the combined form of Trinity and is popular in Karnataka and Maharashtra. Let us pray Him
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My salutations to dattAtrEya, who is with matted locks, PANDurangA, holds ShUla in His hand,
repository of mercy and who is the panacea for all illness.
Dharma ShAStA (IyappA) is the son of Lords ShivA & MOhini (Lord VishNu) protects one. Pray Him as
lOka VIram , MahA pUjyam , Sarvam raksha karam vibhum|
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I prostrate to ShAstA, who is the hero of the world, the highly noble, protects everything, omnipotent
and gives pleasure to the heart of PArvatI.
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Kshipra prasAda niratam, ShAStAram praNamAmyaham||
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I salute that ShaStA, who is being worshipped by learned and wise, prostrated by the entire universe,
darling son of VishNu and ShivA and becomes pleased very quickly.
Sun god gives not only light but keeps everything alive. Let us be grateful and pray as
AdidEva namaStubhyam praSIda mama bhASkara|
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Oh primeval God, the creator of the morning, the day (and night) and the creator of light - salutations to
you, please be kind to me.
lalitA is the most popular mother goddess and is the consort of Lord ShivA. For granting super human
powers, pray to Her
SindhUrAruNa vigrahAm trinayanAm mANikya mauli Spurat
tArA nAyaka ShEkaram Smita mukhIm apina vakshOruhAm|
PANibhyAm alipUrNa ratna cashakam raktOtpalam bibhratIm,
SaumyAm ratna ghaTaStha rakta caraNAm, dhyAyEt parAmambikAm||
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May we meditate on the divine lalitA, whose body has the red hue of vermilion, three eyes, who wears
a beautiful crown studded with rubies and with the crescent moon, sports beautiful smile indicating
compassion, has a beautiful bust, whose hand holds a jewel studded golden vessel filled with nectar,
and in the other a red lotus flower, forever the ocean of peace and keeping (one of) her red holy feet on
a jeweled pot (as foot-rest).
AnnapUrNEshwari, a form of PArvatI, and the presiding deity in VAraNASi, is the goddess who feeds the
entire universe. Let us pray as
nityAnandakarI,VarAbhayakarI,Saundarya ratnAkarI,
nirdhUtAkhila ghOra pAvanakarI, Pratyaksha MAhEshwarI|
PrAlEyAcala vamsha pAvanakarI, KAShI purAdhIShwarI,
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Oh! ever delighting, bestower of boons and motherly care assuring fearlessness, repository of dazzling
beauty, jewel mine, destroyer of all sufferings and purifier, visibly the greatest goddess, sanctifier of the
lineage of HimavAn, the King of Mountain HimAlayA, the presiding deity of KAshI Mother goddess
annapUrNA, please grant us the alms of your grace, that supports the entire universe!
ShIthalA dEvi, a form of goddess PArvatI, cures fever, especially due to poxes. Let us pray Her as
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I praise goddess ShItalA, who rides on a donkey wearing nothing but the directions, holding a pot to
drive away fever due to small pox, a broom stick as well as a winnower!
MInAkshI, another form of goddess PArvatI and presiding deity in Madurai is to be prayed as
Jagadamba kadambamUlavASE kamalAmOda mukhEndu mandahASE|
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O MInAkshi, who is the Mother of the world, resides in the root of Kadamba tree, whose face cheers the
lotuses and smile is like moonlit rays and whose beautiful glance win over the temple of Madurai! Cast
(Your) benevolence on me, who is your servant. (MInAkshi means that her eyes resemble the shape of a
fish)
MUkAmbikA, the presiding deity of KollUr is another form of PArvatI. Praying Her enables one to get
greater wisdom, intelligence and knowledge.
nAnAkAnci vicitra vaStra SahitAm nAnA vidhyai: bhUshitAm
nAnA puShpa Sugandha mAlya SahitAm nAnA janA SEvitAm|
nAnA vEda purANa ShAStra vinutAm nAnA kaliha prathAm
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Who dresses herself in various dresses and silks,
Who is adorned in multifarious ways.
Who wears garlands made of various flowers,
Who is worshipped by different type of people,
Who is recognized by different puranas, Vedas and science,
Who bestows various blessings,
Who takes up various roles ,
And who is the consort of Mahesha.
durgA, the fearsome form of Goddess PArvatI, destroys all evils. Pray Her as
namaStE SharaNyE ShivE SAnukampE namaStE jagat vyApikE vishwarUpE|
namaStE jagat vandhya pAdAravindE namaStE jagat dhAriNi trAhi durgE||
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Salutations to durgA and her lotus feet, in whom I seek refuge and for help, who is peaceful and
merciful, pervades everywhere, embodiment of the universe, is worshipped by the universe and the
protector.
ShyAmalA, is another form of PArvatI, the sister of Lord VishNu who is also black like HIM. Pray to Her as
MANikya vINAm upalAlayantIm, MadAlaSAm manjula vAg vilASAm|
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I meditate on the daughter of Matanga Maharushi, who plays gently a VINA made of rubies, who is
relaxed, whose speech is charming and pleasing and whose tender body is dazzling like the blue gem
belonging to indrA.
lakshmI, goddess of wealth is the consort of Lord VishNu. Let us pray her as
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Salutations to MahAlakshmI who is the greatest illusionist, seated on SrI cakrA, worshipped by all deities
and holds a conch, disc as well as mace.
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May the sidelong glance of Sri lakshmI, the one who has in Her all affluence, attracted to Srihari like a
honeybee to a tamAla tree (Acacia Catecu tree) in full bloom, give me auspiciousness.
SaraSwatI, the goddess of learning and consort of BrahmA bestows wisdom and knowledge. Let us pray
Her as
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Salutations to SaraSwatI who shines like the full moon in a clear sky; She is as pure as morning dew on a
green leaf. She wears a white sari (free from contamination), She holds VINA in her two hands (a symbol
of music), and Veda (original Hindu scriptures) in other hand (A symbol of knowledge). She sits on a
white lotus and is worshiped by Brahma (her husband), Vishnu, Mahesh, and all other gods of the
universe. She is full of knowledge and we pray to her for all these things.

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Salutations to SaraSwatI who has four hands (two on each side); She holds a rosary of beads which
shines like a crystal with one hand and a pure white lotus (with the other hand); with the other two
hands She holds a parrot and a book; with pure white lustre like the combination of jasmine, moon,
conch and crystal, her shining is incomparable; may She, the goddess of speech always reside on my
tongue and shower Her grace.

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