Hindu Mommy

October 16, 2006

Lakshmi Aarti

Filed under: Festivals,Hinduism,Slokas — hindumommy @ 10:15 pm

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Jai lakshmi maataa, Maiyaa jaya lakshmi maataa
Tumako nishadina dhyaavata, Hara vishnu vidhaataa

Glory to you, O Mother, glory to you, mother Lakshmi. Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma meditate on you everyday and night.

Brahmaanii, rudraanii, kamalaa, Tuuhii hai jaga maataa
Suurya chandramaa dhyaavata, Naarada rishi gaataa

You are the wife of Brahma, Rudra and Vishnu and the mother of the world. The sage Narada sings your praises and the Sun and the Moon meditate on you.

Durgaa ruupa nirantara, sukha sampati daataa
Jo koi tumako dhyaavata, riddhi siddhi dhana paataa

As Durga, you grant both happiness and prosperity; he who worships you recieves prosperity and accomplishment

Tuuhii hai paataala basantii, Tuuhii shubha daataa
Karma prabhaava prakaashaka, Jaganidhi ke traataa

Only you live in the nether regions of the earth and you alone ensure good luck, bring to light the effect of Karma (action) and protect all worldly treasures.

Jisa ghara mein tuma rahatii, saba sadaguna aataa
Kara sake koii kara le, mana nahin ghabaraataa

All the virtues collect themselves where you have your house; with your grace and favour even the impossible becomes possible without causing any nervous agitation.

Tuma bina yagya na hove, Vastra na koii paataa
Khaana paana kaa vaibhava, Saba tumase hii aataa

No sacrifice can be performed without your blessing, no one can obtain any clothes without you; it is from you that one obtains one’s food and drink.

Shubha guna mandira sundara, Kshirodadhi jaataa
Ratana chaturdasha tuma hii, Koii nahiin paataa

O daughter of the Ocean of Milk and the temple of all virtues, you are endowed with all the fourteen gems which no one else has.

Aartii lakshmii jii kii, Jo koii nara gaataa
Ura aananda umanga ati, Paapa utara jaataa

Whosoever sings this prayer to Lakshmi is purged of his sins and experiences the ecstasy of joy.

September 22, 2006

Durga Bhajan

Filed under: Hinduism,Slokas — hindumommy @ 12:48 pm

During Navratri, Durga Maa is worshipped mainly in Bengal and other parts of the country.

Here is a easy Durga bhajan –

 

Maa teri mamta kitni pyaree, Kitna pyar jagaate hai

 

Swaas swaas ke raksha karti, Pag pag praan bachati hai

 

Tu maato say bhaag jagaaday, Bhaagi Bhaagi aati hai

 

Tu Kali Maha Kali Durga, Tu hai baal Bhavani hai

 

Tu puran kaa saar Saradaa, Tu Vedo ki baani hai

 

Tu baalak goad may lay Kar, Jeewan geet sunaati hai

 

Tu Rishiyo ke Riddhi Siddhi, Tu Brahma ke bhaktu Maa

 

Tu Vishnu ke mayaa devi, Tu Shankar ke Shakti Maa

 

 

 

September 16, 2006

Durga Slokas

Filed under: Hinduism,Slokas — hindumommy @ 11:31 pm

Durga Puja is traditionally performed in Bengal and other parts of Eastern India during Dussehra or VijayaDasami.

She is Mother Goddess, Shakti (or the divine force) and an incarnation of Parvati, Shiva’s wife. She was manifested to kill Mahishasura, a powerful demon who could not be defeated by man or God. Only a woman could kill him. The victory of Durga over Mahishasura (good over evil) is celebrated on VijayaDasami.

Here is a easy Durga slokam to teach our kids:

Sarva-mangala-mangalye Shive Sarvaartha-sadhake

Sharanye Trayambake Gauri Narayani Namostute 

Explanation:

Goddess Parvati is the consort of Lord Siva and is worshipped as Sakti. The Puranic literature describes her as having many forms, including Durga, Candi, Kali and Uma.While Siva symbolizes the efficient cause of the creation, Sakti symbolizes the material cause. 

Translation:

The one who is the auspiciousness of all that is auspicious (sarvamangalamangalye), the consort of Siva (Sive), who is the means of accomplishing all desires sarvarthasadhake), who is the refuge of all (saranye), the three eyed one(tryambake),the fair complexioned one(Gouri), Salutations to you, Narayani(narayani namostute). Salutations to the consort of Sri Narayana (Sri Lakshmi Devi), who is all auspicisous, who is the Mastress of all, who blesses devotees succeed in their efforts and who is the refuge of all.

August 25, 2006

Ganesha hymn

Filed under: Hinduism,Slokas — hindumommy @ 2:13 pm

This is the Ganesha bhajan that we learnt to chant as kids (English meaning in brackets).

Jai Ganesh, jai Ganesh, jai Ganesh deva
Mata jaki Parvati, pita Mahadeva.

(Glory to you, O Lord Ganesha!
Born of Parvati, daughter of the Himalayas, and the great Shiva.)

Ek dant dayavant, char bhuja dhari
Mathe par tilak sohe, muse ki savari

(O Lord of compassion, you have a single tusk, four arms,
A vermilion mark of on your forehead, and ride on a mouse)

Pan chadhe, phul chadhe, aur chadhe meva
Ladduan ka bhog lage, sant kare seva.

(People offer you betel leaves, blossoms, fruits
And sweets, while saints and seers worship you.)

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August 4, 2006

Varalakshmi Vratham Puja

Filed under: Hinduism,Slokas — hindumommy @ 8:35 am

untitled.JPGToday is Varalakshmi Vratham. a popular festival of married ladies in the Southern States of India – Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and also Maharashtra. Lakshmi, the wife of Lord Vishnu and the goddess of power, wealth and prosperity is worshipped today. Also, traditionally prayers are offered to the Goddess first as because of her kind heart, she will intercede with Lord Vishnu for granting any boon.

varalakshmi1.jpgThe name Varalakshmi itself can be interpreted in two ways. In one sense, Varalakshmi is one who grants boons. In another, she is the Goddess who is invited into the home and honoured. The different types of benefits that will accrue thanks to performing the Varalakshmi puja are “dhan” (money), “dhanyam” (grains or food), “arogyam” (health), “sampath” (property), “sathsanthanam” (virtuous offspring) and “dheerga saumangalyam” (longevity of the husband).

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July 27, 2006

Saraswati Slokas

Filed under: Hinduism,Kids,Slokas — hindumommy @ 10:56 pm

Saraswati is the Hindu Goddess of knowledge and learning

Saraswati

Human beings attain the highest level of wisdom by worshipping Saraswati and obtaining true knowledge.Before kids are taught to read and write, their parents obtain blessings from Goddess Saraswati by performing the ‘akshara abhyasam’.

Saraswathi Namasthubyam,
Varadey Kaamarupinee!
Vidhyarambham Karishyami,
Sidhir bhavathu mey sada

Oh  Goddess, Saraswathi, my humble salutations to you, who are the fulfiller of all my wishes. I start my studies with the request that thou will bestow Thy blessings on me

This prayer is chanted before beginning a class or at the beginning of one’s studies so that all learning may resolve in knowledge alone.  It is addresses to Goddess Saraswathi, who symbolizes all forms of knowledge, including the knowledge of the performing arts.  

Another sloka for kids is

Gnanananda Mayam Devam
Nirmala Spatika Kruthim
Aadharam Sarva Vidyanam
Hayagrivam Upasmahe

I promise myself before the Goddess who is the personification of knowledge and Happiness, who is very pure, and who is the basis of all learning

July 19, 2006

Shanti Mantra

Filed under: Hinduism,Slokas — hindumommy @ 1:23 pm

Om Sahana Vavatu Sahanau Bhunaktu

Sahaveeryam Karavavahai

Tejas Vinavati Tamastuma vidhwishavahai

Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi

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July 11, 2006

Guru Purnima

Filed under: Hinduism,Kids,Slokas — hindumommy @ 4:36 pm

 Gurubrahma Guruvishnu Gururdevo Maheshwaraha |
Guruhu sakshaat Parambrahman tasmai Shrigurave namaha ||

The guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva), veneration to the Guru who is Parabrahman manifest.

Today is Guru Purnima – the day in Hindu calendar where “gurus” or teachers are worshipped and venerated. Guru Purnima is traditionally celebrated on the day of the full moon (Purnima) in the Hindu month of Aashad. It is also known as Vyaas Purnima in veneration of sage Ved Vyas. 

Vyas and VinayakIt was the great sage Vyasa, son of a fisherwoman, who classified the accumulated spiritual knowledge of the Vedas under four heads – Rig, Yajur, Saama and Atharva. To him goes the credit of composing the authentic treatise of Brahma-sootras to explain the background of Vedas. He carried the stories of our great saints and the spiritual and moral lessons to the common masses thru the eighteen Puranas and the Mahabharata. The Mahabharata includes the Bhagvad Geeta – the immortal song of God, another priceless contribution by Vyaasa Muni. Vyasa was the original guru so it is fitting that Guru Purnima honors him and all the gurus following him

So it got me thinking of what a Guru means to us in our lives….

The word “Guru” is derived from the Sanskrit root “Gu” means darkness or ignorance and “Ru” meaning the remover of that darkness. Therefore one who removes darkness of our ignorance is a Guru. All our teachers are our Gurus

According to the Bhagvad Geeta, however clever a student is he can never attain complete knowledge on his own, and a Guru is essential to the student’s ability to learn.

So on this day of Guru Purnima, I surrender myself at the feet of all my Gurus hoping I gain atleast a small percentage of their knowledge

June 14, 2006

Ganesha prayers (slokas) for Hindu children

Filed under: Hinduism,Kids,Parenting,Preschool,Slokas — hindumommy @ 10:49 pm

Some easy to learn and say Ganesha slokas (Hindu religious prayers) for mothers to teach their kids

Ganesha – Elephant God

Ganesha (Ganapati, Vinayakadu) is the Lord of Good Fortune. Most Hindus pray to Ganesha before a major task. He is also always invoked before most bhajans or at the beginning of prayer sessions (more…)

June 8, 2006

Hindu Rituals and Prayers – Part IV

Filed under: Hinduism,Kids,Slokas — hindumommy @ 11:49 pm

Why do we worship the kalasha?

Why do we consider the lotus as special?

Why do we worship tulasi

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