Chanting class – Prayers

Prayers for this period

Ganesha Stotram – Shuklaambara Dharam

Shuklaambara Dharam Vishnum Shashi Varnam Chatur Bhujam

Prasanna Vadanam Dhyaayet Sarva Vighnopashaantaye (Vighna Upashaantaye)

Meaning in English:

O Lord, he whose dress is the wide white sky, who is all pervading, whose arms are spread to all four sides

One with the blissful face, We meditate on you, nullify all troubles

Alternate Meaning: 

O Lord, who is wearing White colored clothes, Who is all pervading, who has four hands

Who has a peaceful, joyous face we meditate on you, remove all the obstacles.


Shanti Mantra – Taitirya Upanishad – Saha Nau-Avatu

Om Saha Nau-Avatu |

Saha Nau Bhunaktu |

Saha Viiryam Karavaavahai |

Tejasvi Nau-Adhiitam-Astu Maa Vidvissaavahai |

Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||


Aum! May He protect us 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).

Aum! Let there be peace in me!

Let there be peace in my environment!

Let there be peace in the forces that act on me!


Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

Om Try-Ambakam Yajaamahe 

Sugandhim Pusstti-Vardhanam

Urvaarukam-Iva Bandhanaan 

Mrtyor-Mukssiiya Maa-[A]mrtaat ||


1: Om, We Worship the Tryambaka (the Three-Eyed One), 

2: Who is Fragrant (as the Spiritual Essence), Increasing the  Nourishment (of our Spiritual Core);

3: From these many Bondages (of Samsara) similar to Cucumbers (tied to their Creepers),

4: May I be Liberted from Death (Attachment to Perishable Things), So that I am not separated from the perception of Immortality (Immortal Essence pervading everywhere). 


Gayatri Mantra

Om Bhuur-Bhuvah Svah


Bhargo Devasya Dhiimahi

Dhiyo Yo Nah Pracodayaat ||


1: Om, Pervading the Bhu Loka (Earth, Consciousness of the Physical Plane), Bhuvar Loka (Antariksha, The Intermediate Space, Consciousness of Prana) and Swar Loka (Sky, Heaven, Consciousness of the Divine Mind),

2: That Savitur (Savitri, Divine Essence of the Sun) which is the most Adorable,

3: I Meditate on that Divine Effulgence,

4: May that Awaken our Intelligence (Spiritual Consciousness).


Shanti Mantra – Rig veda – Bhadram Karnnebhih

Om Bhadram Karnnebhih Shrnnuyaama Devaah |

Bhadram Pashyema-Akssabhir-Yajatraah |

Sthirair-Anggais-Tussttuvaamsas-Tanuubhih |

Vyashema Deva-Hitam Yad-Aayuh |

Svasti Na Indro Vrddha-Shravaah |

Svasti Nah Puussaa Vishva-Vedaah |

Svasti Nas-Taarkssyo Arisstta-Nemih |

Svasti No Vrhaspatir-Dadhaatu ||

Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||


1: O Devas, May we Hear with our Ears what is Auspicious,

2: O (Devas who are) Worthy of Worship, May we See with our Eyes what is Auspicious,

3: With (Sense) Organs Steady and Body Praying (due to Hearing and Seeing the Auspicious) …

4: … May we Attain (i.e. Spend) the Lifespan allotted by the Devas (thus finding fulfillment in our lives).

5: May Indra whose Glory is Great, bestow Well-Being on Us,

6: May Pushan who is All-Knowing, bestow Well-Being on Us,

7: May Tarkshaya who is a Circle of Protection, bestow Well-Being on Us,

8: May Brihaspati (also) bestow Well-Being on Us,

9: Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.


Shanti mantra – Brihadaranyaka Upanishads – Asato Maa

Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya |

Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya |

Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya |

Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||


1: Om, (O Lord) Keep me not in (the Phenomenal World of) Unreality, but make me go towards the Reality (of Eternal Self),

2: Keep me not in (the Ignorant State of) Darkness, but make me go towards the Light (of Spiritual Knowledge),

3: Keep me not in (the World of) Mortality, but make me go towards the World of Immortality (of Self-Realization),

4: Om,  Peace, Peace, Peace.


Shanti mantra – Taittiriya Upanishad – Sham No Mitrah

Om Sham No Mitrah Sham Varunnah |

Sham No Bhavatv[u]-Aryamaa |

Sham No Indro Brhaspatih |

Sham No Vissnnur-Urukramah |

Namo Brahmanne |

Namaste Vaayo |

Tvam-Eva Pratyakssam Brahmaasi |

Tvaam-Eva Pratyakssam Brahma Vadissyaami |

Rrtam Vadissyaami |

Satyam Vadissyaami |

Tan[t]-Maam-Avatu |

Tad-Vaktaaram-Avatu |

Avatu Maam |

Avatu Vaktaaram ||

Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||


1: Om, May Mitra be Propitious towards Us; May Varuna be Propitious (towards Us),

2: May Aryaman be Propitious towards Us,

3: May Indra and Brihaspati be Propitious towards Us,

4: May Vishnu who makes Wide Strides be Propitious towards Us,

5: Salutations to Brahman (the Universal Soul),

6: Salutations to You, O Vayu (the Breath or Life-Force),

7: You Indeed are the Perceptible Brahman (i.e. the Breath or Life-Force is indeed the Perceptible Brahman or the Shakti of Brahman),

8: I Proclaim that You Indeed are the Perceptible Brahman,

9: I Proclaim the Divine Order,

10: I Proclaim the Truth,

11: May That (Truth) Move Me (i.e. May I be established in that Truth),

12: May That (Truth) Move the Proclaimer (i.e. May the Proclaimer be established in that Truth),

13: May that (Truth) Protect Me (i.e. May that Truth take me in its Fold) (i.e. May I Surrender to that Truth),

14: May that (Truth) Protect the Proclaimer (i.e. May that Truth take the Proclaimer in its Fold) (i.e. May the Proclaimer Surrender to that Truth),

15: Om Peace, Peace, Peace.


Ganesh mantra – Rig Veda – Gannaanaam Tvaa Ganna-Patim

Gannaanaam Tvaa Ganna-Patim Havaamahe

Kavim Kaviinaam-Upama-Shravastamam |

Jyessttha-Raajam Brahmannaam Brahmannaspata

Aa Nah Shrnnvan-Uutibhih Siida Saadanam ||


(This Mantra of Rig Veda 2.23.1 is addressed to Brihaspati / Brahmanaspati)

1: Among the Ganas (Group of Prayers), to You Who are the Ganapati (Lord of Prayers), we Offer our Sacrificial Oblations,

2: You are the Wisdom of the Wise and Uppermost in Glory,

3: You are the foremost King of the Prayers, presiding as the Lord of the Prayers (Brahmanaspati),

4: Please come to us by Listening to our Invocation and be Present in the Seat of this Sacred Sacrificial Altar (to charge our Prayers with Your Power and Wisdom).


Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

Let’s break down what each part of this mantra represents:

Om: Om, or aum, is the sound that represents the birth of the universe and the connection between all living beings.

Gam: Gam is the sound of the root chakra and it’s thought to awaken energy at the base of the spine. According to ancient yogic wisdom, Ganesh resides in the first chakra, the root chakra, or Muladhara. Mula means “original,” and adhara means “foundation,” so the Muladhara chakra forms the root that supports our energy and action.

Ganapataye: Another name for Ganesh, the deity who removes obstacles.

Namaha: A salutation, similar to namaste.