Opening Prayers Guide
Hare Krishna Everyone!
One of our Dharma Youths, Deon Camadoo alongside the support of Guruji Vyas Sharma, has created an informative guide on the meaning and structure behind the opening prayers we conduct at the Mandir. Read below to find out more!
Invocation to Lord Ganesh
ॐ श्री गणेशाय नमः
Om Sri Gaṇeshāye Namaha
Our salutations to Lord Ganesh.
ॐ वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ
Om Vakra-Tuṇda Maha-Kāya Surya-Koti Samaprabha.
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा
Nirvindham Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kāryeṣu Sarvadā
O Lord Ganesh, the one with the curved trunk, great body, and the splendour of millions of suns. You are the one who can liberate us from all our obstacles in life to allow us to accomplish all our tasks without any hindrance.
Invocations to Lord Krishna
ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
Our salutations to Lord Krishna (Son of Vasudev and Devaki), who has got all the five qualities of life (5 Bhags – Beauty, Strength, Knowledge, Name, Wealth)
Invocations to Lord Shiva
ॐ सत्यं शिवं सुन्दरं
Om Satyam Shivam Sundaram
O all-pervading Lord, who is Truth, Knowledge and Bliss, our supplication to you.
Gayatri Mantra Invocations
ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं
Om Bhūr-Bhuvah Svah Tat-Savitur-Vareṇyam
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात्
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayāt
O all-pervading Lord, your presence is in all the Lokas - Bhu Loka (Earth, Consciousness of the Physical Plane), Bhuvah Loka (Antariksha, The Intermediate Space, Consciousness of Prana) and Svah Loka (Sky, Heaven, Consciousness of the Divine Mind),
O God you are the giver of life, remover of pains and sorrows and bestower of happiness. We meditate on you, Savitri (the sun) being most luminous, pure and adorable. May you inspire our mind and intellect towards the right path.
Invocations to Mother Saraswati
ॐ सरस्वति नमस्तुभ्यं वरदे कामरूपिणि
Om Saraswati Namastubhyam, Varade Kāma-Rūpiṇi
विद्यारम्भं करिष्यामि सिद्धिर्भवतु मे सदा
Vidyā-Rambham Kariṣyāmi, Siddhir-Bhavatu Me Sadā
I offer my humblest salutations to Saraswati Mata, Goddess of Knowledge. You are the one who is continuously granting us precious gifts and boons, giving form to all desires. Before I commence my education, always bless me with the success in accomplishment and understanding.
Invocations to the Guru
ॐ गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः
Om Gurur-Brahmā Gurur-Vishnur Gururdevo Maheshvarah
गुरु साक्षात परब्रह्मा तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः
Guru Sākshāt Par-Brahmā Tasmai Sri Gurave Namah
The Guru is Lord Brahma (the Creator), the Guru is Lord Vishnu (the Protector and Sustainer), the Guru is Lord Shiva (the Regenerator). The Guru is verily the supreme Brahman (the Almighty, Highest and Single Form of God). Oh Gurudev, I sincerely salute you.
Prem Se Bolo Guru Vyas Sharma Ki … JAI!
With a loving heart we salute Guru Vyas Sharma.
Prem Se Bolo Ganesh Bhagawana Ki … JAI!
With a loving heart we salute Lord Ganesh.
Prem Se Bolo Krishna Chandra Bhagawana Ki … JAI!
With a loving heart we salute Lord Krishna, who is as beautiful as the Moon.