Twameva Maataa

The Prayer

Twameva Maataa Cha Pitaa Twameva,
Twameva Bandhush Cha Sakhaa Twameva,
Twameva Vidyaa Dravinam Twameva,
Twameva Sarvam Mama Deva Deva.

The Meaning

Oh Lord! You are our mother and our father.
You are our friend and our companion.
You give us wisdom and make us prosperous.
You are our eternal Divine Guide.

Gurur Brahma

The Prayer

Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu,
Gurur Devo Mahesh Varah.
Guru Shakshat Para Brahma,
Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah.

The Meaning

The Guru is Brahma (The God of Creation)
The Guru is Vishnu (The God of Sustenance)
The Guru is Shiva (The God of Annihilation)
My Salutation to such a Guru, who is verily the Supreme God

Karagre Vasate

The Prayer

Karaagre Vasate Lakshmi
Karamadhye Saraswati
Karamule Sitaa Gauri
Prabhaate Karadarshanam

The Meaning

At the top of your fingers resides Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth; in the centre of the palm resides Saraswati, the goddess of learning; and at the base of the palm resides Gowri, the goddess of pure thought & intuition. As soon as we wake up, we see in the palm, the three Supreme forces of the divine and pray to them. This synchronises thought, word & deed.

Vakratunda Mahakaya (Lord Ganesh Prayer)

Lord Ganesha is one of the most prominent deities in Hinduism. Ganesha has the unique distinction that his name is always invoked before any other God’s name in any prayer service. Legend has it that Lord Ganesha received this distinction as a blessing from his parents, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. We begin with an invocation to Lord Ganesha – he of the single tusk, whose vehicle is the mouse and he who penned the Mahabharata with his own hands.

The Prayer

Vakratunda Mahakaya
Surya Koti Sama Prabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva
Sarva Karyesu Sarvada

The Meaning

Salutations to the supreme Lord Ganesha, whose curved trunk (vakra-tunda) and massive body (maha-kaayaa) shines like a million suns (surya-koti) and showers his blessings on everyone (sama-prabhaa). Oh my lord of lords Ganesha (kurume-deva), kindly remove all obstacles (nir-vighnam), always (sarva-) and forever (sarvadaa-) from all my activities and endeavors (sarva-kaaryeshu).