Initial Prayer – Gajananam Sloka

Initial Prayer – Gajananam Sloka

Gajananam Bhutagaanadi Sevitam
Kapittha Jambu Phala Saara Bhakshakam
Uma Sutam Shokavinaasha Kaaranam
Namaami Vigneshvara Paada Pankajam

I prostrate myself before the lotus feet of Vigneshvara (Ganesha), the son of Uma, who destroys sorrow, who is served by the host of angels, who has the face of an elephant, who partakes of the essence of kapittha and jambu fruits.

Shadananam Kumkuma Raktavarnam
Mahaamatim Divya Mayura Vaahanam
Rudrasya Sunam Surasainya Natham
Guhaam Sadaaham Sharanam Prapadye

I always take refuge in Guha of six faces (Subramanya), who is of deep red color like kumkuma, who possesses great knowledge, who has the divine peacock to ride on, who is the son of Rudra (Siva), and who is the leader of the army of the devas (gods and angels).

Yaa Kundendu Tushaara Haara Dhavalaa
Yaa Shubhra Vastraavritaa
Yaa Vina Varadanda Mantita Karaa
Yaa Shvetaa Padmaasanaa
Yaa Brahmaachyuta Shankara Prabhritibhi
Devaihi Sadaa Pujitaa
Saa Maam Paatu Saraswati Bhagavati
Nishesha Jaadyaapahaa

May the Goddess Saraswati, who wears a garland white like the kunda-flower, the moon and the snow, who is adorned with pure white clothes, whose hands are ornamented with the vina and the gesture of blessings, who is seated on a white Lotus, who is always worshiped by Brahma, Vishnu, Siva and other gods, who is the remover of all inertness and laziness, protect me.

Om Namah Shivaaya Gurave
Sat-chit-ananda Murtaye
Nishprapanchaaya Shaantaaya
Sri Sivanandaya Te Namaha
Sri Vishnudevanandaya Te Namaha

Salutations to Guru Shiva, who is the embodiment of Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute, in whom worldliness does not exist, who is ever peaceful. Salutations to Sri Sivananda, Salutations to Swami Vishnudevananda.

Om Sarve Mangala Mangalye
Shive Sarvartha Sadhike
Sharanye Trayambake Gauri
Naaraayani Namostute
Naaraayani Namostute

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

I salute the three-eyed Divine Mother Narayani, who brings auspiciousness and who fulfills all the desires of the devotee (both spiritual and material).

Om Peace, peace, peace

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