Popular Mantras, Hymns & Quotes for Lord Krishna

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Shri Krishna as the name means He is the one who is capable of attracting everyone. The name Krishna also means absolute truth. He is the eight and most famous avatar of Lord Vishnu who is symbolized as the best example of truth, love, dharma and courage.

Here, are some of the most popular mantras of Shri Krishna used by devotees all over the world.

1. Moola Mantra

Om Krishnaya Namaha

Meaning: Salutations to the Lord Krishna

2. Krishna Gayatri Mantra: This mantra brings in high energy for activities and success in job.

Aum

Devkinandanaye Vidmahe

Vasudevaye Dhi-Mahi

Tan No Krishna Prachodayat

Aum

3. Sri Krishna Ashtakam

Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chaanoora Mardhanam |

Devaki Paramaanandham Krishnam Vande’ Jagathgurum ||

 

Adhasee Pushpa Sankaasam Haara Noopura Sobhitham |

Rathna Kangana keyooram Krishnam Vandhe’ Jagathgurum ||

 

Kutilaalaka Samyuktham Poorna Chandra Nibhaananam |

Vilasath Kundala tharam Krishnam Vandhe’ Jagathgurum ||

 

Mandhara Gandha Samyuktham Chaaru-haasam Chathur-bhujam; |

Parhipinjaa Vasoodaangam Krishnam Vandhe’ Jagathgurum ||

 

Uthpulla Padma Patraksham Nilajimutha Sannibham. |

Yaadhavaanaam Sirorathnam Krishnam Vandhe’ Jagathgurum ||

 

Rukmini Ke’li Samyuktham, Peethambara Su Sobitham; |

Avaaptha Thulasi Gaandharam, Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum. ||

 

Gopikaanaam Kusathvanthva Kunkumaangitha Vakshasam |

Srinike’tham Maheshvaasam Krishnam Vandhe’ Jagathgurum ||

 

Srivatsaankam, Mahoraskam, Vana Maala Virayitham; |

Sanka Chakra Dharam, Devam, Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum. ||

 

Krishnaashtakam itham Punyam Praatha Ruththaaya Ya:pade’th|

Ko’ti Janma Krutham Papam Smaranaath Thasya Nachyathi. ||

4. 24 name Mantra of Lord Krishna

Shri Keshvay namah, Naraynay namah, Madhvay namah,

Govinday namah, Vishnve namah, Madhusudnay namah,

Trivikramay namah, Vamnay namah, Shridhray namah,

Hrshikeshay namah, Padhanabhay namah, Damodaray namah,

Sankrshnay namah, Vasudevay namah, Prdyumnay namah,

Aniruddhay namah, Purushottmay namah, Adhoxjay namah,

Narsinhay namah, Achyutay namah, Janardnay namah,

Upendray namah, Haraye namah, Shri Krishnay namah.

5. Shri Krishna Aarti

Aarti Yugal Kishor ki Kijai,

Radhe Tan Man dhan nyochhavar kijai.

Ravi shashi koti badan ki shobha,

Tahi nirakh mera man lobha.

Gaur Shyam mukh nirkhat rijhai,

Prabhu ko rup nayan bhar pijai.

Kanchan thar kapur ki bati,

Hari aye nirmal bhai chhati.

Phulan ki sej phulan ki mala,

Ratna sinhasan baithe Nandlala.

Mor mukut kar murli sohai,

Natwar vesh dekh manmohe.

Oddhe peet neel pat sari,

Kunj Bihari Girvardhari.

Shri Purshottam Girvar dhari,

arti karat sakal Brajanari.

Nandnandan Vnishabhanu Kishori,

Parmanand svami avichal jori.

6. Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra: It is a 16-word Vaishnava mantra, the most famous mantra of Lord Krishna, which first appeared in the Kali-Santarana Upanishad.

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,

Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare

Hare Rama, Hare Rama,

Rama Rama, Hare Hare

7. Shree Radha Krishna Stuti

Kararavinde Na Padaravindam

Mukharavinde Viniveshayantam

Vatasya Patrasya Pute Shayanam

Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami

Meaning: I memorize the Lord in his infant form (Mukunda), who sleeps in a Banyan leaf. He is the one who puts his lotus life feet to His mouth, with the help of His hands.

Achyutam Keshavam Rama Narayanam

Krishna Daamodaram Vasudevam Harim

Shridharam Maadhavam Raamachandram Bhaje

Jaanki Naayakam Raamachandram Bhaje

Meaning: I sing praise of Ramachandra, Who is known as Achyuta (infallible), Keshav, Raam, Narayan, Krishna, Damodara, Vasudeva, Hari, Shridhara (possessing Lakshmi), Madhava, Gopikavallabha (Dearest of Gopika), and Janakinayaka (Lord of Janaki or Sita).

 

Achyutam Keshavam Satyabhaa Maadhavam

Maadhavam Shridaram Radhika Radhikam

Indira Mandriram Chetasaa Sundaram

Devaki Nandanam Nandanam Sandadhe

Meaning: I offer a salute with my hands together to Achyuta, Who is known as Keshav, Who is the consort of Satyabhama. He is also known as Madhav and Shridhar, Who is longed-for by Radhika, Who is like a temple of Lakshmi (Indira), who is beautiful at heart. He is the son of Devaki, and Who is the Dear-One of all.

Tapta-Kanchana-Gaurangi Radhe

Vrindavaneshvari  Vrishabhanu-Sute Devi

Pranamami Hari-Priye

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Meaning: I offer my respect to Shri Radha rani, who has molten gold complexion. O Goddess, You are the queen of Vrindavana, the daughter of King Vrishabhanu, and are very dear to Lord Krishna.

Goloka-Vasini Gopi

Gopisha Gopa-Matrika

Sananda Paramananda

Nanda-Nandana-Kamini

Meaning: Radha rani is a resident of Goloka, known as Vrindavan, and is a cowherd damsel. She is the queen of the gopis and the divine mother of the cowherd boys. She is joyful and always experiencing the highest bliss. She incites strong desires in the heart of the son of Nanda (Lord Krishna).

 

8. Sree Krishna Stuthi – Sandhyanaamam: This stuti is written by the famous devotee Poothanam, praising lord Krishna.

Anjana Sreedhara Charumoorthe Krishna

 Anjali Koopi Vanangidunnen

 Aananda Alangara Vaasudeva Krishna

 Aathangam Ellam Akattidene

 Indiranadha Jagannivasa Krishna,

Innende Munnil Vilangidene

Erezhulaginum Ekanaadha Krishna,

Eeranju Dikkum Niranja Roopa

Unni Gopala Kamalanethra Krishna,

 Ullil Nee Vannu Vilangidene

 Oozhiyil Vannu Piranna Naadha Krishna,

Oonam Koodathe Thunachidene

Ennulilulloru Taapamellam Krishna,

Ennunikanna Shamipickene

 Edalalar Banannu Thulyamurthe Krishna,

Ereeyamodhena Kaithozhunnen

Aithikamaakum Sukhathilaho Krishna

 Ayyo Enikkoru Mohamille

Ottalla Kauthugamantharange Krishna

Omalthirumeni Bhangikaanaan

 Odakkuzhalvili Melamode Krishna,

Odivarigende Gopabaala

Oudharyakomala Kelisheela Krishna,

Oupamyamilla Gunangalkethum 

Ambujalochana Ninpaada Pankajam,

Ambodu Njaanidaa Koombidunnen

Athyanda Sundara Nandasuno Krishna,

Atthal Kalanjenne Paalikkene 

Krishna Mukilvarna, Vrushnee Kuleshwara,

Krishnambujekshana Kaithozhunnen

Krishna Hare Jaya, Krishna Hare Jaya, Krishna Hare Jaya, Krishna Hare…

 

Meaning: I salute you, pretty Krishna, who is black and who carries Lakshmi

With folded hands,

Hey happy Krishna, who is decorated. He is also known as Vasudeva,

Be pleased to take away all my sorrows.

 

Hey Krishna who presides all over the universe and who is consort of Lakshmi,

Please appear before me,

Hey Krishna who is the only lord of fourteen worlds,

You are the one, who fills all the ten directions fully,

 

Oh lotus eyed Krishna, who is the baby cowherd,

Be pleased to come and live inside me,

Oh Krishna, who has taken birth on this earth,

Please help me to live without any problems.

 

Oh Krishna, you should put out the raging,

Problems of my heart, oh my baby Krishna,

Oh Krishna who is equal to the formidable Banasura,

I salute you with greatest happiness.

 

Oh Krishna I do not have any desire,

And alas I do not have any desire,

And Oh Krishna the curiosity within me is great,

To see the beauty of your body, Oh Krishna

 

Oh Krishna, along with the music of your flute with drum beats,

Oh Lad of the cowherds, please come running to me,

Oh pretty and charitable Krishna, who is playful,

There is no comparison at all for your qualities.

 

I salute your lotus like feet with love for you,

Oh Lord with lotus like eyes,

Oh most pretty one, Ok Krishna, oh son of Nanda,

Please drive away my problems and take care of me.

 

Oh cloud colored Krishna, Oh star of the clan of Vrushnees,

Oh Krishna with lotus like eyes, I salute you,

Victory to Krishna who is hari, Victory to Krishna who is Hari,

Victory to Krishna, who is Hari

Hindu Goddess Lakshmi Mantras, Quotes & Hymns

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According to Hindu beliefs the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth, fortune, luxury, power, prosperity, generosity and embodiment of beauty.  She is also the consort of Lord Vishnu and is believed to give strength to the Lord himself. Goddess Lakshmi is believed to relieve all her devotees from all sorrows related to money. Padma, Padma Priya, Padmamaladhara devi, Kamala, Padmamukhi, Padmakshi, Jalaja, Madhavi, Padmahasta, Padmasundari, Kalyani, Vishnupriya, Ulkavahini and Vaishnavi are some of the names in which She is worshiped. She is also known as Jaganmaatha (“Mother of the Universe”).

You can find innumerable number of slokas in praise of Goddess Lakshmi. Here, are some of them:

1. Beeja Mantra:

Shreem

It is believed that the continuous chanting of this mantra will bring gain and prosperity in life.

2. The manthra that inclucdes 9 names of Mahalakshmi:

Om Mahalakshmi Namahae

Om Gaja Lakshmi Namahae

Om Jaya Lakshmi Namahae

Om Thana Lakshmi Namahae

Om Santana Lakshmi Namahae

Om Seetha Lakshmi Namahae

Om Thaireya Lakshmi Namahae

Om Thannya Lakshmi Namahae

Om Vidya Lakshmi Namahae

Om Maha Vishu Mahalakshmi Namahae

Chanting this mantra will bring youth, beauty, happiness and riches to you, which will make a great difference in life.

3. Shri Dakshina Lakshmi Stotram

Trilokya Poojithe Dhevee Kamala Vishnu vallabhe

Yaya Thawam Achalaa Krishne Thathaa-bhava Mayee Sthiraa

Kamala Chanchala Lakshmi Chalaa Bhoothir Hari Priya

Padma Padmalayaa Samyak Uchai Shri Padma-dharini

Dwada-saithani Naamani Lakshmi Sampoojya Ya Padeth

Sthiraa Lakshmir Bhaved Thasya Puthra-dhara Abhi-saha

Ithi Shri Dakshina Lakshmi Stotram Sampoornam

 

Meaning: Oh Goddess you are the one who is worshiped in all the three worlds,

Oh Kamala, Oh Consort of Lord Vishnu,

Oh Consort of Krishna, If only you are stable,

And abide by me forever.

Oh Kamala, Oh unstable one, Oh Lakshmi,

Oh Goddess who moves everything, Oh Goddess of prosperity,

Oh Darling of Hari, Oh Padma, Oh goddess who lives in lotus,

Oh Goddess who is pleasant, Oh Goddess who is exalted,

Oh Goddess of wealth, Oh Goddess who holds a lotus.

If these twelve names of Lakshmi are read and worshipped,

Lakshmi would be stable and he (who chants) would be with wife and son.

Thus ends the Dakshina Lakshmi Stotram.

The following mantras are believed to bring good fortune, posperity and harmony to the life of the devotees who recite them.

A. Mahalakshmi mantra

Aum

Shring Hring Kleeng Mahalakshmi Namah

Aum

 

B. Maha Lakshmi Mantra

Om Sri Maha Lakshmyai Namah

 

C. Goddess Laxmi Mantra Siddhi Japa

Om Shreem Heem Shreem Kamle Kamalalaye

Praseed Praseed,

Shreem Heem Shreem Om Mahalaxmi

Namaha

 

D. Goddess Mahalakshmi Gayatri:

Om MahaDevyaicha Vidhmahe

Vishnu Patnyaicha Dheemahi

Thanno Lakshmi Prachotayaath

 

E: Lakshmi Mantra to bring fortune and prosperity to enterprises

Om Shring Hring Kling

Tribhuvan Mahalakshmyai Asmaakam

Daaridray Naashay Prachur Dhan

Dehi Dehi Kling Hring Shring Om

Om Shring Hring Kling

Aing Saung Om Hring

Ka A Ee La Hring Ha Sa Ka Ha La

Hring Sakal Hring Saung Aing Kling Hring Shring Om

Om Hring Shring Kreeng

Shring Kreeng Kling Shring Mahaalakshmi

Mam Grihe Dhanam Pooray Pooray

Chintaayai Dooray Dooray Swaha

Om Sarvabaadhaa Vinirmukto,

 Dhan Dhaanyah Sutaanvitah

 Manushyo Matprasaaden Bhavishyati

 Na Sanshayah Om

 

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F. Shri Lakshmi Astothra : Sadha Naamavali

Aum Prakruthyai Namah

Aum Vikruthyai Namah

Aum Vidyaayai Namah

Aum Sarvabhoothahithapradayai Namah

Aum Shraddhayai Namah

Aum Vibhuthyai Namah

Aum Surabhyai Namah

Aum Paramatmikaayai Namah

Aum Vache Namah

Aum Padmalayaayai Namah

Aum Padmaayai Namah

Aum Shuchaye Namah

Aum Swahaayai Namah

Aum Swadhaayai Namah

Aum Sudhaayai Namah

Aum Dhanyaayai Namah

Aum Hiranmaiyai Namah

Aum Lakshmaiyai Namah

Aum Nityapushtayai Namah

Aum Vibhavaryai Namah

Aum Adhithyai Namah

 

Aum Dheethyai Namah

Aum Deepthaayai Namah

Aum Vasudhaayai Namah

Aum Vasudhaarinyai Namah

Aum Kamalaayai Namah

Aum Kaanthayai Namah

Aum Kaamakshyai Namah

Aum Kamala sambhavaayai Namah

Aum Anugrahapradhaayai Namah

Aum Buddhaiyai Namah

Aum Anaghaayai Namah

Aum Harivallabhaayai Namah

Aum Ashokaayai Namah

Aum Amruthaayai Namah

Aum Deepaayai Namah

Aum Lokashoka vinashinyai Namah

Aum Dharmanilayaayai Namah

Aum Karunaayai Namah

Aum Lokamatre Namah

Aum Padmapriyaayai Namah

Aum Padmahasthaayai Namah

Aum Padmakshyai Namah

Aum Padmasundariyai Namah

Aum Padmodbhavaayai Namah

Aum Padmamukhyai Namah

Aum Padmanabha priyaayai Namah

 

Aum Ramaayai Namah

Aum Padmamalaadharaayai Namah

Aum Deviyai Namah

Aum Padminiyai Namah

Aum Padmagandhinyai Namah

Aum Punyagandhaayai Namah

Aum Suprasannaayai Namah

Aum Prasadabhi mukhyai Namah

Aum Prabhaayai Namah

Aum Chandravadhanaayai Namah

Aum Chandraayai Namah

Aum Chandrasahodharyai Namah

Aum Chaturbhujaayai Namah

Aum Chandrarupaayai Namah

Aum Indiraayai Namah

Aum Indhu sheethalaayai Namah

Aum Ahlaadha jananvaya Namah

Aum Pushtyai Namah

Aum Shivaayai Namah

Aum Shivakariyai Namah

Aum Satyaayai Namah

Aum Vimalaayai Namah

Aum Vishwajananyai Namah

Aum Dhustyai Namah

Aum Dharidriya naashinyai Namah

Aum Preethi Pushkarinyai Namah

 

Aum Shanathayai Namah

Aum Shuklamaalyaambharaayai Namah

Aum Bhaskaryai Namah

Aum Bilva nilayaayai Namah

Aum Vararohaayai Namah

Aum Yashaswinyai Namah

Aum Vasundharaayai Namah

Aum Udhaarangaayai Namah

Aum Harinyai Namah

Aum Hemamalinyai Namah

Aum Dhana dhanyakaryai Namah

Aum Siddhayai Namah

Aum Sthraina Soumyaayai Namah

Aum Shubhapradaayai Namah

Aum Nrubavema gathanandhayai Namah

Aum Varalakshmaiyai Namah

Aum Vasupradhaayai Namah

Aum Shubhaayai Namah

Aum Hiranya praakaaraayai Namah

Aum Samudhra dhanaayayai Namah

Aum Jayaayai Namah

Aum Mangalaayai Namah

Aum Vishnuvakshah Sthalasdhithaayai Namah

Aum Vishnupathnyai Namah

Aum Prasannaakshyai Namah

Aum Narayana Samashrithayai Namah

 

Aum Dharidriya Dhwamsinyai Namah

Aum Devlakshmi Namah

Aum Sarva padhrava nivaarinyai Namah

Aum Navadurgaayai Namah

Aum Mahakaalyai Namah

Aum Brahma-Vishnu-Shivathmikaayai Namah

Aum Thrikaalagyanasampannaayai Namah

Aum Bhuvaneshwaryai Namah

Aum MahaaLakshmi Astothra sadha Namah

Lord Hanuman Mantras

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Hindu God Lord Hanuman (The Monkey God) or Hanuman Ji is the greatest devotee of Lord Rama and plays a vital role in the Hindu epic Ramayana. He is the son of Vayu or Marut (The Wind God) and Anjani. Anjaneya, Anjani Putra, Hanumat, Bajarangabali, Hanuman, Mahaveer (the great hero), Maruti, Pavanputra (son of air) are some of His names used by devotees. Hanuman, worshiped for his strength, knowledge, valor, divinity, agility, and considered as the symbol of devotion and dedication.

His devotees will fast on Saturdays and Thursdays, give offerings to him and chant the mantras to please Him so that He will do miracles in the life of the devotees.

Here, are some of the popular Mantras of Hanuman:

1. Hanuman Beeja Mantra

Aum Aeem

Bhreem Hanumate,

Shree Ram Dootaaya Namaha

Meaning: We plead to the Lord Hanuman, who is the greatest server and messenger of the Lord Shree Rama.

 

2. Hanuman Mantra – For Jobs, Promotions & Examinations
Thursday is considered to be the auspicious day to chant this mantra and it is widely used by students to pass the examinations as well as employees to get promotions.

Om

Shree Vajradehaya

Ramabhakthaya Vayuputhraya

 

3. Hanuman Gayathri Mantra
It is believed that the energy that fills up your life by chanting this mantra will guard you against all dangers and strengthen you with courage and knowledge.

Om Anjaneyaya Vidmahe

Vayuputraya Dheemahi,

Tanno Hanuman Prachodayat

Meaning: We pray to the son of Goddess Anjani and the son of the “Wind”. May Lord Hanuman lead our intellect towards intelligence and “knowing”

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4. Hanuman Mantra
This mantra praises Hanuman as the messenger of the Lord Rama, who is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Hanuman can travel swiftly and is very intelligent. He is also described as the chief of the monkey army and the son of Vayu (Wind God).

Manojavam
Maarutatulyavegam

Jitendriyam Buddhimataam
Varistham,

Vaataatmajam
Vaanarayoothmukhyam

Sriramdootam Saranam
Prapadhye.

5. Mantra of Bhakta Hanuman

Amjanii-Garbha Sambhuuta

Kapii-[I]ndra Sacivo[a-U]ttama

Raama-Priya Namas-Tubhyam

Hanuman Rakssa Sarvadaa

Meaning: I bow to you, mighty Hanuman, Who was born from the Womb of Mother Anjani, and who is the most Excellent Minister of the King of Monkeys. He is extremely dear to Sri Rama; I Bow to You, O Hanuman, Please Protect me always.

6. Jai Hanuman Gnan Gun Sagar – Hanuman Chalisa

Shrii-Guru Carann Saroja-Raja,

Nija-Mana-Mukura Sudhaara

Barannau Raghu-Bara Bimala Yasha,

Jo Daayaka Phala-Caara 

Meaning: I clean my mind with the help of the dust of the lotus like feet of Sri Gurudeva. I describe the Sacred Glory of Sri Rama Chandra, who bestows the Four Fruits of Life (Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha).

Buddhi-Hiina Tanu Jaanike,

Sumirau Pavan Kumaar

Bala Buddhi-Vidyaa Dehu Mohi,

Harahu Kalesha Vikaar 

Meaning: O Pavan Puthra, I meditate on you, please consider me as I am ignorant. Bestow on me Strength, Wisdom and Knowledge, and Remove my Afflictions and Blemishes.

Jay Hanumaan

Jnaan Gunn Saagar

Jai Kapiis

Tihu-Lok Ujaagar

Meaning: Victory to You, O Hanuman. You are the Ocean of Wisdom and Virtue. Victory to the king of the monkeys and the enlightener of the three Worlds.

Raama-Duut Atulit Bala-Dhaamaa

Anjani-Putra Pavan-Sut Naamaa

Meaning: O Lord, you are the Messenger of Sri Rama possessing incalculable Strength. You are known as Anjani-Putra (son of Anjani) and Pavana-Suta (son of Pavana, the wind-god).

Mahaa-biir Bikrama Bajarangii

Kumati Nivaar Sumati Ke Sangii

Meaning: O Lord, you are a great hero whose is extremely valiant and have a strong body as that of thunderbolt. You are the dispeller of evil thoughts and companion of Good Sense and Wisdom.

Kancan Barann Biraaj Subeshaa

Kaanan Kunddala Kuncita Keshaa

Meaning: You possess a Golden Hue, and you are Neatly Dressed, You wear Ear-Rings and have beautiful Curly Hair.

Haath Bajra Au Dhvajaa Biraajai

Kaandhe Muuj Janeuu Saajai

Meaning: You are the one who holds both the Thunderbolt and the Flag in your Hands. You also wear the Sacred Thread across your Shoulder.

Shankar-Suvan Kesharii-Nandan

Teja Prataap Mahaa Jag-Vandan

Meaning: O Lord, you are the incarnation of Lord Shiva and son of Kesari, who has been adored by the whole world because of your power and bravery.

Vidyaavaan Gunnii Ati Caatur

Raam Kaaj Karibe Ko Aatur

Meaning: You are the one who is extremely intelligent, virtuous and scholar. You are always ready to serve Sri Ram

Prabhu Caritra Sunibe Ko Rasiyaa

Raamalassann Siitaa Man Basiyaa

Meaning: You are delighted when the glories of Sri Ram are played. You have Sri Rama, Sri Lakshmana and Devi Sita Dwelling in your Heart.

Suukssma Ruupadhari Siyahi Dikhaavaa

Vikatt Ruup Dhari Lamka Jaraavaa

Meaning: In the Diminutive Form, you appeared before Sita Devi and you also assumed the awesome form to burn Lanka.

Bhiim Ruup Dhari Asur Samhaare

Raamacandra Ke Kaaj Samvaare

Meaning: Assuming the gigantic form, you destroyed the Demons of Lanka, thereby accomplishing the task bestowed on Him by Sri Ram.

 

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Laal Deha Laaleel-Se,

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Vajra Deha Daanava Dalan,

Jai Jai Jai Kapi-Soor

Meaning: We pray to the red-colored one, whose entire body is red, and is decorated with red colored sindoor. We pray to the one draped with a red colored loin-cloth. We pray to the one whose body is firm and strong like the vajra. We pray to the destroyer of demons. We bow in praise again and again to the supreme among Gods, Lord Hanuman.

 

 

8. Prayer for Hanuman

Manojavam Maruta Tulya Vegam,

Jitendriyam Buddhi Mataam Varishtham

Vaataatmajam Vaanara Yooth Mukhyam,

Shree Raama Dootam Sharnam Prapadye

Meaning:

Manojavam- Let I pray to the one who is swift as thought

Marut.tulya.vegam- the one who is more powerful than the wind

jitendriyam- the one who has conquered his senses

vaataatmajam- the one who is supreme among all intelligent beings, the son of the wind-god

vaanar.yooth.mukhyam- the commander of the army of forest creatures

 Give me refuse, the messenger of Lord Rama, the incomparable Lord Hanuman. Please accept me and my prayers at your feet.

The End of Diwali & Its Significance

We at Lotus Sculpture hope you all had a wonderful Hindu Festival of Lights!  Many non-Hindus around the world have come to know of the religious holiday, but fail to truly understand what it entails or symbolizes for the greater Hindu community.  Diwali is not just a religious holiday, but a spiritual and social holiday as well.  According to the Hindu calendar, Diwali marks the beginning of a new year.  It is a time to be re-acquainted with one’s inner spirituality and set goals and ambitions for the year ahead.  The festival itself honors the Hindu Gods in many ways with both rituals and prayers.

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The most revered of the deities during are Hindu Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity, and God Ganesh, Remover of Obstacles.  It is not hard to see why these are the most important Hindu deities during the festival, as believers wish for prosperity in their lives both financially and spiritually in the coming year as well as help from Lord Ganesh in guiding their path to defeat those obstacles that may have hindered them in the previous year.

It is also a time to honor the return of Lord Ram.  The legend behind the return of Lord Ram from Sri Lanka is one of the most beloved within Hindu mythology.  Legend has it that the evil King of Sri Lanka, Ravana, kidnapped Lord Ram’s wife, Sita.  Ram and his followers proceeded to spend years building a bridge between Sri Lanka and India in order to defeat Ravana and save his beloved wife.  Once the bridge lay complete, Lord Ram was successful in his plans of defeat and rescue.  When Ram returned to India, people welcomed them back by lighting small clay pots and decorating their homes in homage.  These lamps are said to symbolize the triumph of good over evil, just as Lord Ram did over Ravana.  The themes behind this story now define the celebration behind the Diwali Festival to date.

Today, the festival is marked by vast displays of fireworks, devote worship, social gatherings, prayer, and cleaning up one’s life both physically and spiritually.  It is a time of joyous celebration of life itself.  The holiday itself should not be considered only an exclusive holiday for Hindus, as they invite people of all faiths to embrace the meaning behind the festival, shedding stresses, worries, and make goals for the coming year.  If you were not able to participate this last week, join Hindus around the world in celebrating the Festival of Lights next year!

Day 2 of Diwali Festival of Lights: Choti Diwali

Today, November 14th, marks the second day of the 2012 Diwali Festival of Lights known as Choti Diwali, Naraka Chaturdashi, or Kali Chaudas.  It is the 14th day of the Hindu month of Ashwin and the most important day of the festival for South Indians.  Legend has it that on this day God Krishna defeated the evil demon Narakasura and is therefore celebrated by Hindus as a triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.  It is not surprising then that Kali, which translates as dark, the Goddess of death, time, and change, is celebrated.

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On this day of Diwali many perform Poojas, or religious offerings, for Lakshmi and Rama with delicious foods.  It is also tradition to bathe in fragrant oils before the sun comes up early in the morning and wear fresh new clothing as part of the day’s ritual.  Bathing under the cloak of darkness and stars is regarded as honoring the holy river of Ganges.  Families and friends gather together for shared meals and celebrate the richness of the day with song and collective activities.

The morning after Choti Diwali women often make beautiful Rangoli around their houses and yards.  Rangoli are artistic designs made on the floors of Hindu households and yards during religious festivals.  They are thought to be welcoming areas for the Gods and are traditionally made from colored rice, colored flour, sand, and flower petals.

To celebrate, gather materials around the house such as rice, grains, flower petals, beads, or anything small and vibrant in color.  Use dyes or food coloring to add color to less than vibrant pieces.   Once you have gathered up enough supplies, make the entrance way to your home or business colorful using what you have collected.  This is a joyful way to welcome the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity Lakshmi to your home so that she may bless you in the coming year. Examples of Rangoli designs can be found across the internet for inspiration!