Morning Mantras – Slokas to Recite Early Morning

  1. Lord Sri Ganesha Sloka 

वक्रतुंड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ ।

निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा ।।

వక్రతుండ మహాకాయ కోటి సూర్య సమప్రభా |

అవిఘ్నం కురుమే దేవా _ సర్వ కార్యేషు సర్వదా ||

Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Suurya-Kotti Samaprabha |
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa ||

வக்ரதும்ட மஹாகாய
கோடி ஸூர்ய ஸமப்ரபா
நிர்விக்நம் குருமே தேவ
ஸர்வகார்யேஷு ஸர்வதா

ವಕ್ರತುಂಡ ಮಹಾಕಾಯ ಕೋಟಿಸೂರ್ಯ ಸಮಪ್ರಭ
ನಿರ್ವಿಘ್ನಂ ಕುರು ಮೇ ದೇವ ಸರ್ವಕಾರ್ಯೇಷು ಸರ್ವದಾ ||

Meaning: O Sri Ganesh, the destroyer of evildoers, the powerful one, who has the radiance of a thousand suns. Let all my actions be accomplished without any obstacles.

  1. Recite the following sloka by cupping the palms and concentrating on them.

This is a Morning Prayer called “karadarshana”. One begins the day with this prayer. ‘kara” means the palm of the hand and it stands for the five karmendriyas, or the organs of action. While looking at the palm, one invokes the Lord in the form of various deities, thus sanctifying all the actions that will be done during the day. By acknowledging the Lord as the giver of the capacity to perform actions and as the giver of the fruits of those actions, one sanctifies the actions. Thus, one prays in the morning to reinforce the attitude that all actions are performed as a service to the Lord.

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Hold both palms before your eyes, and chant the following mantra:

कराग्रे वसते लक्ष्मी: करमध्ये सरस्वती ।

करमूले तु गोविंद: प्रभाते करदर्शनम् ।।

ಕರಾಗ್ರೇ ವಸತೇ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ ಕರಮಧ್ಯೆ ಸರಸ್ವತಿ
ಕರಮೂಲೇ ತು ಗೋವಿಂದಃ ಪ್ರಭಾತೇ ಕರದರ್ಶನಂ

Meaning: The fingertips of the palm is the dwelling of (Goddess) Shri Lakshmi Devi, the central portion of the palm is of (Goddess) Shri Saraswathi Devi and the base of the palm of Deity Shri Govind; hence, one should look at the palms immediately after waking up in the morning.

  1. Sloka to Pray Trinity of Deities & Navagraha

ब्रह्मा मुरारिस्त्रिपुरांतकारी भानुः शशी भूमिसुतो बुधश्च ।
गुरुश्च शुक्रः शनिराहुकेतवः कुर्वन्तु सर्वे मम सुप्रभातम् ।।

Brahmaa Muraaris-Tripuraantakaarii
Bhaanuh Shashii Bhuumisuto Budhash-Ca |
Gurush-Ca Shukrah Shani-Raahu-Ketavah
Kurvantu Sarve Mama Suprabhaatam ||1||

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Meaning: May the trinity of Deities – Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Nurturer and the slayer of the demon Moor, Shiva the Destroyer and slayer of the demon TrTripuraand the nine Cosmic bodies Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Mangal (Mars), Buddh (Mercury), Guru (Jupiter), Shukra (Venus), Shani (Saturn), Rahu (Neptune) and Ketu (Pluto) make my morning auspicious.

  1. Sloka to Remember virtuous souls

पुण्यश्लोको नलो राजा पुण्यश्लोको युधिष्ठिरः ।
पुण्यश्लोको विदेहश्च पुण्यश्लोको जनार्दनः ।।

Meaning: I remember the virtuous Nal, Yudhishthir, Videh (King Janak) and Shri Janardan.

  1. Sloka to Remember Seven eternal souls

अश्वत्थामा बलिर्व्यासो हनुमांश्च बिभीषण: ।
कृप:परशुरामश्च सप्तैते चिरजीविन: ।।

Meaning: Ashwatthama, the son of Dronacharya, the generous King Bali, Ved Vyas, Hanuman, Bibhishan, Krupacharya, and Parshuram who eliminated Kshatriyas (One who belongs to the second of the four varnas (Classes), namely the warrior class) from the earth twenty-one times, are the seven chiranjivs (immortals). Hence, revere them. 

  1. Sloka to Remember the Pancha Maha Sathis (Five great chaste women)
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अहिल्या द्रौपदी सीता तारा मंदोदरी तथा ।
पञ्चकं ना स्मरेन्नित्यं महापातकनाशनम् ।।

Meaning : The severest of sins of an individual who recounts the greatness of Panchamahasatis (that are, Ahilya [Wife of Sage Gautam], Droupadi [Wife of the Pandavs], Sita [Wife of Shriram], Tara [Wife of King Vali] and Mandodari [Wife of Ravan]) are wiped off.

  1. Sloka to Remember the seven Mokshapuris (Places that bestow Moksha (Final Liberation))

अयोध्या मथुरा माया काशी कांची ह्यवंतिका ।
पुरीरावती चैव सप्तैता मोक्षदायिका: ।।

Meaning : Ayodhya, Mathura, Mayavati (Haridwar), Kashi, Kanchi, Avantika (Ujjaini) and Dwarka are the seven places that bestow Moksha. I recount their greatness.

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