Hindu God Days
Sunday is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun God) And Lord Vishnu.
Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Tuesday is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Durga, Goddess Kali and Lord Hanuman.
Wednesday is dedicated to Krishna.
Thursday is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his incarnations.
Friday is dedicated to Mother Goddess – Mahalakshmi and Durga.
Saturday is dedicated to Lord Shani & Lord Hanuman.
Hindu Mantra #1
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayath
Gayatri Mantra English Translation
Hindu Mantra #2
Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam
Mrytyor Muksheeya Mamritat
Mahamritunjay Mantra English Translation
Hindu Mantra #3
Svitarduritani Para Suva
Tanna a Suva
Vishnavi Deva Mantra English Translation
Hindu Mantra #4
Surya Koti Samaprabha
Shubha Karyeshu Sarvada
Lord Ganesha Mantra English Translation
Hindu Mantra #5
AUM Mantra Meaning
Suklam Baradharam Vishnum
Sasi varnam chathurbhujam
Prasanna vadanam dhyayeth
Sarva vignopa shanthaye
(Shri Ganesh Vandana Mantra)
Om Suklam Baradharam Vishnum
Shashi Varanam Chatur Bhujam
Prasanna Vadanam Dhyaye
Sarva Vighnopa Shantaye
Salutations to Ganesh who is omnipresent, who wears white robes
Whose face is as bright and cool as the moon and who has 4 arms
Who has a contented face (capable of blessing)
Meditating on him, all obstacles in my life are neutralized.
Suklam (white) Bara (dress) Dharam (wearer) Vishnum (all-pervasive) Shashi (moonbeam, light of the moon) Varanam (color) Chatur (four) Bhujam (arms) Prasanna (smiling/contented) Vadanam (face) Dhyaye (I meditate) Sarva (all) Vighnopa (obstacles) Shantaye (neturalized, peaceful)
(Guru Mantra for Sri Chakra Puja, calling in the Masters of Light)
Om Swarupa Nirupana Hetave
Shree Parama Gurave Namaha
I bow to the light, the highest gurus, those in form (living Masters) and those who have moved beyond form (transcended Masters).
Om Swarupa (with form, appearance) Nirupana (without form, searching) Hetave (for the purpose of and with the motivation of offering you the fullness of my soul) Shree (great) Parama (highest) Gurave (to the guru) Namaha (I bow)
Om Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu
Gurur Devo Maheshvara
Guru Saakshat Parambrahma
Tasmai Shree Gurave Namaha
Guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. He creates, sustains knowledge and destroys the weeds of ignorance. I salute such a Guru.
Gurur Brahma (Brahma is Guru) Gurur Vishnu (Vishnu is Guru) Gurur (Guru) Devo (Lord) Maheshvara (Maha Ishvara = Great Lord, often referring to Shiva) Guru (guru) Saakshat (openly, in sight of, obviously, in the presence of) Parambrahma (great being) Tasmai (give) Shree (radiance, auspiciousness, great) Gurave (to the Guru) Namaha (I bow, offer obeisance, prostrations)
(Hamsa Gayatri – for increasing power of discrimination)
Om Hamsa Hamsaya Vidmahe
Parama Hamsaya Dhimahi
Thannoh Hamsa Prachodayath
Om. Let us meditate on Sri Hamsa Deva, the glorious, pure white divine swan of supreme discrimination. May that great Lord in the form of a swan, who exemplifies paramahamsas, blissful self-realized souls, inspire and illumine our mind and understanding.
Om Hamsa (swan, compassion, peace) Hamsaya Vidmahe (to know, to understand, to discriminate) Parama (great) Hamsaya (peace) Dhimahi (we meditate) Thannoh Hamsa (peace) Prachodayath (enlighten, direct, inspire, guide)
(In the Sri Vidya tradition, Hamsa is released when the sun mandala ‘melts’ the moon mandala. It is like sun and moon coming together in an eclipse, sexual union, or a fertilized seed. In the Sri Yantra, the five downward pointing triangles (5 shaktis of moon energy, the phases of the moon) and four upward pointing triangles (4 fires of sun and constellations) form the shape in the centre of Shri Cakra. Pure consciousness is the union of the two, sealed by the bindu.)
Om Bhur Bhuva Suvaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyoyo Nah Prachodayat
On the absolute reality and all its planes of existence, On that finest spiritual light, We meditate. As remover of obstacles May it inspire and enlighten us.
Om Bhur (earth, physical plane) Bhuva (subtle, astral plane) Suvaha (sky, heaven, celestial plane) Tat (essential elements) Savitur (bright, luminous, sun-like, inner light) Varenyam (finest, best) Bhargo (destroyer of obstacles) Devasya (divine, resplendent, shining) Dhimahi (we meditate) Dhiyo (our being of intelligence, intellect, understanding, mind/heart) yo (which) Nah (our) Prachodayat (enlighten, direct, inspire, guide)
Here are my 5 favorite Sanskrit mantras, with their ancient meanings and how we can adopt them into our modern lives:
1) Mantra: OM
Translation: The sound of the universe. It’s the first, original vibration, representing the birth, death and re-birth process.
Modern adaptation: Chanting the sound OM brings us into harmonic resonance with the universe – this is a scientific fact! OM is said to vibrate at 432 Hertz, which is the natural musical pitch of the Universe, as opposed to 440 Hertz, which is the frequency of most modern music.
Decreasing your frequency to coincide with that of the Universe stills the fluctuations of the mind, allowing you to practice yoga through sound. OM is an idyllic way to begin and end a yoga or mediation practice, and also comes in handy when you just need to chill out.
2) Mantra: Om Namah Shivaya
Translation: I bow to Shiva, the supreme deity of transformation who represents the truest, highest self.
Modern adaptation: In the book Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert is given this mantra by her Guru, which she lovingly refers to as the “Amazing Grace of Sanskrit.” Her interpretation is, “I honor the divinity within myself.” This is a great mantra to help build self-confidence, reminding us that we are all made up of divine energy and should treat ourselves accordingly.
3) Mantra: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Translation: May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all
Modern adaptation: Most commonly associated with the Jivamukti Yoga School, this mantra is a powerful way to dedicate yourself to living a life of non-harming and being of service to the greater good. This mantra encourages cooperation, compassion and living in harmony with the environment, animals and our fellow human beings.
4) Mantra: Shanti Mantra
Om Saha Naavavatu
Saha Nau Bhunaktu
Saha Veeryam Karavaavahai
Tejasvi Aavadheetamastu Maa Vidvishaavahai Om
Translation: May the Lord protect and bless us. May he nourish us, giving us strength to work together for the good of humanity. May our learning be brilliant and purposeful. May we never turn against one another.
Modern adaptation: A perfect mantra to start a yoga class, a new day, or even a new business with. It unites the participants and sets a tone of non-competitiveness, unity, and working together towards a common goal.
5) Mantra: Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah
Translation: I bow to the elephant-faced deity [Ganesh] who is capable of removing all obstacles. I pray for blessings and protection.”
Modern adaptation: In Hindu teachings, Ganesh is known as the god of wisdom and success and the destroyer of obstacles. This is my favorite mantra, which I always draw on when I’m facing a big challenge in life and especially when I’m traveling.