Saturday, September 19, 2015

Lakshmi stuti lyrics in worship of Goddess Lakshmi with meanings in English


After chanting of Vishnu stuti lyrics, you may have to chant the slokas of Goddess Lakshmi also for worshipping her. It is sometimes believed that it is easier to get the grace of Goddess than God, just like the love of mother than father. So, Lakshmi's worship can be doubly beneficial. First thing is, she gets pleased more easily and grants your wishes. Second one is, that if Lakshmi gets pleased, then Vishnu also is made to please and grant you his blessings also.


I am giving the lakshmi stuti lyrics in all three languages of Sanskrit (Hindi), Telugu and English languages and then the full meanings of it in English text.


Hindi / Sanskrit

वन्दे पद्मकराम प्रसन्न वदनाम सौभाग्यदाम भाग्यदाम
हस्ताभ्याम् अभय प्रदाम् मणि गणैः नाना विधै: भूषिताम्
भक्ताभीश्ट फल प्रदाम् हरिहर ब्रह्मादिभि: सेविताम्
पार्श्वे पंकज शंख पद्म निधिर्भ्युक्ताम् सदा शक्तिभिः ॥

लक्ष्मीम् क्षीर समुद्रराज तनयाम् श्रीरंग धामेश्वरीम्
दासीभूत समस्त देव वनिताम् लोकैक दीपांकुरॉम
श्रीमन मन्द कटाक्ष लभ्द विभव ब्रह्मेन्द्र गंगाधराम्
त्वाम त्रैलोक्य कुटुम्बिनीम् सरसिजाम् वन्दे मुकुन्द प्रियाम्  ॥

मातर्नमामि  कमले कमलायताक्षि
श्री विष्णु हृत्कमल वासिनि विश्वमात
क्षीरोदजे कमल कोमल गर्भ गौरि
लक्ष्मी प्रसीद सततम् नमताम् शरण्ये  ॥

Telugu Language

వందే పద్మకరాం ప్రసన్న వదనాం సౌభాగ్యదాం భాగ్యదాం 
హస్తాభ్యాం అభయ ప్రదాం మణి గణై ర్నానా విధైర్భూషితాం 
భక్తా భిష్ట ఫల ప్రదాం హరిహర బ్రహ్మాదిభి స్సేవితాం 
పార్శ్వే పంకజ శంఖ పద్మ నిధిభి ర్యుక్తాం  సదా శక్తిభి: ॥ 

లక్ష్మీం క్షీర సముద్రరాజ తనయాం శ్రీరంగ ధామేశ్వరీం 
దాసీ భూత సమస్త దేవ వనితాం లోకైక దీపాంకురాం 
శ్రీమన్మంద కటాక్ష లభ్ద విభవ బ్రహ్మేంద్ర గంగా ధరాం 
త్వాం త్రైలోక్య కుటుంబినీం సరసిజాం వందే ముకుంద ప్రియాం  ॥ 

మాతర్నమామి కమలే కమలాయతాక్షి 
శ్రీ విష్ణు హృత్కమల వాసిని విశ్వ మాత 
క్షీరోదజే కమల కోమల గర్భ గౌరి 
లక్ష్మీ ప్రసీద సతతం నమతాం శరణ్యే  ॥ 

English Text

Vande padmakaraam, prasanna vadanaam, soubhaagyadaam, bhaagyadaam,
Hastaabhyaam abhaya pradaam, maniganair naanaa vidhair bhooshitaam,
bhaktaabhista phala pradaam, Harihara, Brahmaadibhi sevitaam,
paarshve pankaj, shankh, padma, nidhibhir yuktaam, sadaa shakhti bhih ||  (1)

Lakshmeem, ksheera samudraraaja tanayaam, shreeranga dhaameshwareem,
Daaseebhoota samast deva vanitaam, lokaik deepaamkuraam,
Shriman manda kataaksh labdh vibhava brahmendra gangaa dharaam,
tvaam trilokya kutumbineem, sarasijaam, vande mukund priyaam          || (2)

Maatar: namaami, kamale, kamalaayataakshi,
Shri Vishnu hritkamal vaasini, vishva maata,
ksheerodaje, kamal komal garbh Gouri,
Lakshmi praseed satatam namataam sharanye  ||   (3)


Meanings and essence
Sloka (1)
Meanings of words:
vande = bowing head or folding hands in respect, padma = lotus, karaam = having hands (like lotus) or holding a lotus in hand, prasanna = smiling, vadanaam = faced, soubhaagya = fortune or wellness of spouse, bhaagya = prosperity, daam = giver, hastha = hands, aabhyam = medium, abhaya = protection, pradaam = granting, mani = glowing jewel, ganair = others, naanaa = many, vidha = varieties, bhooshitaam= decorated, bhakta = devotee, abheest = desires, phala = results, pradaam = giver or granting, Hari = Vishnu, Hara = Shiva, Brahma = the creator Brahma, aadibhi = and others, sevitaam = worshipped by, paarshve = on the sides, pankaj = lotus, shankh = the conch, padma = lotus, nidhibhir = treasures, yuktaam = possession, sadaa = always, shakti bhih = powered.

So full essence of this first sloka is as follows:
I fold my hands or bow with my head to Goddess Lakshmi whose hands are like lotus (holds lotus in her hands), having a cheerful face, who bestows fortunes and prosperity, by blessings with hands, who is adored with various kinds of glowing jewels, who grants the wishes of devotees with fruitful results, who is attended by Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma and all others, who has on Her sides the Lotus, Conch and all treasures, and who is the abode of all Powers.

Sloka (2)
Meanings of words:
Lakshmim = to Goddess Lakshmi, ksheer = milk, samudra = ocean, raja = king, tanayaam = daughter, sriranga = name of a place named Sri Rangam in Tamil Nadu, dhaameshwari = Goddess of that place, daasi bhoota = having as servants or getting the services, samasta = all, deva = divine, vanitha = women, loka = world, eka = one or only one, deepankuri = emerging light, Sriman = God Vishnu on whose chest Lakshmi resides, manda = serene, kataaksh = glance, labdh = possess, vibhav = prosperity, Brahmendra = Lord Brahma, Gangaa dharaam = one who wears Ganga (Lord Shiva),
tvaam = you, trilokya = three worlds, kutumbineem = having as abode, sarasija = born from lotus, vande = praying with folded hands, mukund = Vishnu's another name, priyaam = beloved.

The full meaning of this second sloka is as follows:
I offer my prayers to Goddess Lakshmi, who is daughter to the king of the ocean of milk, whose abode is Srirangam, who is attended to by all the divine ladies, who is the glowing light for this entire world, who resides in the chest of Vishnu and possesses the prosperity of blessing glances from Brahma and Shiva, who resides in all the three worlds or lokas and who is born from the lotus flower.

Sloka (3)
Meanings of words:
maata = mother, namaami = to offer reverence, kamale = lotus bodied, kamalaayata = wide like petals of lotus, akshi = having eyes, Vishnu = God, hrit kamal = lotus like chest, vaasini = resident, vishwa maata = world's mother, ksheera = milk, udaja = sprouted or offspring, kamal komal = delicate like lotus, garbh = womb, Gouri = shining, glowing bodied, Lakshmi = Goddess, praseeda = to be pleased, satatam = always for ever, namataam = paying respect, sharanye = surrendering.

So, the meaning of this third sloka is as follows: 
O Mother, I pray with respect to you, who are Lotus bodied, lotus eyed, and residing in the lotus-like chest of Vishnu, O Mother of worlds and offspring of the milky ocean, having glowing lotus-delicate womb, O Goddess Lakshmi, I surrender before you, please be gracious always upon me.

So, the above are the slokas in worship of Goddess Lakshmi, which can be recited in a melodious form also as goddess lakshmi songs

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Vishnu puja performance chanting 24 names of lord Vishnu after starting of the puja


In the previous post, I have mentioned about performing achamana or purification by sipping water 3 times into your mouth with the bowl shaped palm while chanting the primary three names of God.


After that ritual has been performed, you will start worshipping God Vishnu reciting the below mentioned 24 names which are also known as  "keshava namas" with flowers and / or akshata or akshintalu (raw rice mixed with turmeric powder that is mostly used for performing puja and / or for blessing your youngsters at all ceremonies).

This worship is done chanting twenty four names of God Vishnu which are a part of the vishnu sahasra namam and are treated as most important by all vaishnavites, each name signifying some quality and attribute of God. You will be reciting each name and offering the flower or akshata to God at each name. You can offer both the flower and akshata interchangeably or even by mixing both in one plate. Offer a flower each for each name or one or two grains of akshat as per your convenience.

The 24 keshava namas that are recited are as follows.

First of all, let me clear that "Om" refers to the sound which vibrates all through the universe in the form of waves reaching God.
"namaha" or "namah" refers to the fact that "I am saluting" or bowing my head or folding my hands before God. So these both words are used in almost all prayers.

Now, starting the names:-

1) Om Keshavaaya namaha  ( one who possesses dense, black curled hair. It is also interpreted as one who Himself is Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. K is for Brahma, A in 'e' is for Vishnu and 'ish' in esh is for Shiva)

2) Om Naaraayanaaya namaha ( one who has his abode as water or  who is the abode for all living beings. "aayanam" means resting place and "naara" means either water or all living things)

3) Om Maadhavaaya namaha ( one who is the husband of Lakshmi or one who took birth in madhuv creed or family which is a sub-sect of yaadav vamsha. Here maa means mother' (lakshmi) and 'dhava' means husband.)

4) Om Govindaaya namaha (Govinda means "cowherd' or as "the one who regained earth again from nether world" or as "who can be realised through vedic chantings alone".)

5) Om Vishnave namaha (One who is present in all the creatures and things of the universe. "vishnu' means who is present all through the elements of universe. It may also mean as 'giver' and 'protector')

6) Om Madhusoodhanaaya namaha (One who has conquered a demon named 'madhu'. Or whose form is like honey. It may also refer to as the stealer of butter / ghee as a child, Lord Krishna. Because 'madhu' refers to 'honey' and ghee or butter also).

7) Om Trivikramaaya namaha ( One who measured all three worlds with his step, one who covered entire universe with 3 long steps or who is spread and shines through all 3 vedas of Rig, Yajur and Saama. 'tri' means three and 'vik' means states and 'ramaaya' makes shine)

8) Om Vaamanaaya namaha ( One who is beautiful in a dwarf form and spreads the glowing light bestowing pleasures. 'vaaman' means handsome dwarf)

9) Om Sriidharaaya namaha ( One who is wearing Lakshmi in his heart. 'Sri' refers to Lakshmi and 'dhar' means one bearing her and giving support)

10) Om Hrusheekeshaaya namaha (One who is controller of senses. It also refers to one having rays of sun and moon in his hair that give joy to all beings.)

11) Om Padmanaabhaaya namaha (One who has Lotus in his navel, which is abode of Brahma. It may also refer to his navel being beautiful as lotus. 'padma' means lotus and 'naabhi' means navel.)

12) Om Daamodaraaya namaha (One who was tied with a rope around his stomach by Yashoda. 'udara' means stomach and 'daama' means rope or cord. "daama" can also refer to the whole universe and so denotes 'one who has entire universe in his stomach'.)

13) Om Sankarshnaaya namaha (One who awards the fruits of karma or fate to both living and lifeless beings. Or one who has the dual powers of attraction and repulsion. 'Sankarshana' is also considered as a name of the great serpent, Adishesha who is a part of God. He is also the Lord of 'Ahamkaara' or ego.)

14) Om Vaasudevaaya namaha (Vaasudeva means son of "Vasudeva". He is Sri Krishna, the first of the four manifestations of Vishnu, others being Sankarshana, Pradyumna and Aniruddha. These four manifestations are Lords of 4 states of soul - chitta (sub-conscious mind), ahamkaara (ego), buddhi (intellect or knowledge), manas (mind)). Vaasudeva is Lord of 'chitta' or subconsciousness.

15) Om Pradyumnaaya namaha (Pradyumna means one who is self glowing. He is enriched with beauty, wealth and lovable appearance. He is the 3rd of the four manifestations of Vishnu and is the Lord of 'Buddhi' or intellect.)

16) Om Aniruddhaaya namaha (Aniruddh means unstoppable. He possesses mighty valor and an uncontrollable form that protect his devotees. He is the 4th manifestation and is the Lord of 'manas' or mind)

17)Om Purushottamaaya namaha (One who is supreme being or God. 'purusha' means person and 'uttama' means supreme. One who is beyond death and life.)

18) Om Adhokshajaaya namaha (One who does not decrease or diminish even after continuously gets enjoyed and consumed by all beings. It also means one having eternal knowledge not reachable through our senses.)

19) Om Naarasimhaaya namaha (One who took the form of half lion and half man to protect Prahlad and to kill his demon father "Hiranyakashipu" 'nara' means man and 'simha' means lion.)

20) Om Achyutaaya namaha (One who does not fall or lose his powers even after entering this material world. An infallible being. 'achyuta' means one who does not fall or beget of something. It also means one who keeps Brahma and others infallible.)

21) Om Janaardhanaaya namaha (One who protects his devotees from enemies and miseries. 'jana' means people, 'aardhan' means miseries or enemies creating miseries)

22) Om Upendraaya namaha (One who appeared as Indra's brother.'upendra' means Indra's part or youngster. It is believed that 'Vamana' also resembled Indra's brother when seeking three steps from Mahabali, the demon)

23) Om Haraye namaha (One who removes or evaporates the miseries of his devotees and gives them eternal bliss or moksha)

24) Om Srikrishnaaya namaha (One who is the most beautiful and enchanting with his hue resembling dark clouds. One who is in an eternal bliss with his own creations in the form of Sri Krishna)

So, above are the 24 names of Lord Vishnu or Sri Krishna, which are popular as Keshava namas also.
After performing puja with these names, one may recite some more hymns or slokas of Vishnu, Sri Krishna, Goddess Lakshmi and Panchaayudha slokas, etc. if he likes to enjoy more time spent with God or may end the worship offering dhoopa, deepa, naivedya and mangala haarati in a simple form.
I will be dealing with all these things in my next topics, one by one.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Vishnu stuti lyrics and meaning - Prayers in praise of Lord Vishnu in Hindi, English and Telugu languages

Vishnu stuti or vishnu stotram is the recitation or chanting of verses in praise of Lord Vishnu or Srimannarayana God.


There are basically three most popular verses that are recited daily at homes in praise of vishnu stuti. These slokas are recited after doing worship with the 24 names of Keshava namas.



Hindi / Sanskrit Language

शान्ताकारम् , भुजगशयनम् ,पद्मनाभम् , सुरेशम् ,
विश्वाकारम् , गगनसदृशम् , मेघवर्णम् , शुभाङ्गम् ,
लक्ष्मीकान्तम् , कमल नयनम् , योगि हृद्यानगम्यम् ,
वन्दे विष्णुम् भव भयहरम् , सर्व लोकैकनाथम  ॥

मेघश्यामम् , पीत कौशेय वासम् ,
श्रीवत्साङ्कम, कौस्तुभोद् भासिताङ्गम् ,
पुण्योपेतम् , पुण्डरीकायताक्षम,
विष्णुम् वन्दे सर्व लोकैकनाथम्   ॥

स शंख चक्रम् , स किरीट कुण्डलम् ,
स पीत वस्त्रम् , सरसी रुहेक्षणम् ,
सहार वक्ष स्थल शोभि कौस्तुभम् ,
नमामि विष्णुम् शिरसा चतुर्भुजम्  ॥


Telugu Language

శాన్తాకారం, భుజగ శయనం, పద్మ నాభం, సురేశం,
విశ్వాకారం, గగన సదృశం, మేఘ వర్ణం, శుభాంగం,
లక్ష్మీ కాంతం, కమల నయనం, యోగి హృద్యాన గమ్యం,
వందే విష్ణుం, భవ భయ హరం, సర్వ లోకైక నాథం  ॥

మేఘ శ్యామం, పీత కౌసేయ వాసం,
శ్రీ వత్సాంకం, కౌస్తుభోద్భాసితాంగం  ,
పుణ్యోపేతం, పుండరీకాయతాక్షం,
విష్ణుం వందే సర్వ లోకైక నాథం ॥

స శంఖ చక్రం, స కిరీట కుండలం,
స పీత వస్త్రం, సరసీ రుహేక్షణం,
సహార వక్ష స్థల శోభి కౌస్తుభం,
నమామి విష్ణుం, శిరసా చతుర్భుజం ॥   


English Text  

shaantaakaaram, bhujaga shayanam, padma naabham, suresham,
vishwaakaaram, gagan sadrusham, megh varnam, subhaamgam,
laxmikaantam, kamala nayanam, yogi hrudyaan gamyam,
vande vishnum, bhav bhay haram, sarv lokaikanaatham   || (1)

megh shyaamam, peeta kauseya vaasam,
srivatsaangkam, koustubhodbhaasitaangam,
punyopetam, pundarikaayataksham,
vishnum vande, sarv lokaikanaatham    || (2)

sa shankh chakram, sa kireet kundalam,
sa peet vastram, sarasee ruhekshanam,
sahaar vaksha sthal shobhi kaustubham,
namaami vishnum, sirasaa chaturbhujam   || (3)


Meanings in English (shantakaram bhujagashayanam lyrics meaning and others)

Sloka 1) 
shantakaram = One who is peaceful in form; bhujaga shayanam = one who sleeps on a serpent;
padma naabham = lotus naveled; suresham = chief or head of angels; vishwakaram = universe shaped;
gagan sadrusham = sky resembled; megh varnam = cloud coloured; subhaamgam = auspicious bodied;
laxmikaantham = one having Goddess Laxmi as his consort; kamal nayanam = lotus eyed;
yogi hridyaangamyam= one who is not reachable or understandable even to yogis or ascetics;
vande = to pay respect; vishnum = to God Vishnu; bhava bhaya haram = who drives away fear;
sarva lokaikanaatham = the only lord of all world (sarva means 'all', loka means 'world'
eka means'one or only' and naatham means' lord').

So, the full meaning of this verse is as follows:
I offer my salutations to that Vishnu, who is of peaceful or serene appearance, one who sleeps on a serpent, one who has lotus as his navel and is the lord of Devas or angels, who is embodiment of the universe and sky shaped, whose colour is like that of clouds, whose body is auspicious, who is having Goddess Laxmi as his consort, whose eyes are like lotus and who is not understable even to sages, one who removes the fears of worldly beings and who is the only lord of all lokas or universes.

Sloka 2)
megha = cloud, shyaamam= dark colour, pita kauseyam = yellow dress, vaasam = abode or one who resides in, srivatsa = srivatsa mark or sign, aangkam = having on the chest, kaustubha = the jewel of kaustubha, udbhaasita = shining, angam = bodied, punya = holi or pure, oupetam = encircled with, pundarika = lotus petal, aayata = extension, aksham = eyed, vande = to respect or salute, sarva loka = all lokas, ekanaatham = one Lord.

So, the full meaning of second sloka is as follows:
I offer my salutations to Vishnu, the Lord of all lords, who is cloud hued, and who is dressed in yellow silk garments, whose chest bears the mark of srivatsa emblem, whose body glows with kaustubha main jewel, who is embodied with holiness, whose eyes are wide like lotus petals.

Sloka 3)
sa = with or one who is having, sankha = the conch, chakram = round ring or wheel, kireeta = crown,
kundalam = earrings, peeta vastram = yellow golden dress, sarasi = born from lake (Lotus), ruhekshanam = resembling eyes ( ruha = resemblance, akshanam = possessed eyes), sa haara = with garland, vaksha sthal = chest, shobhi= adorned, kaustubham = kaustubh mani (jewel),
namaami = saluting, Vishnum = to Vishnu, sirasaa = with my head, chaturbhujam = four shouldered.

The full meaning of this third sloka is as follows:
I salute by bowing down my head to that four shouldered Vishnu, who holds conch (named as panchajanya) in one hand and the holy wheel (known as sudarshan chakra) in another hand, one who is adored with a beautiful crown and earrings, and dressed in yellow golden-silk dhoti, one who has lotus like eyes and is wearing garland with kaustubh mani (jewel) on his chest.

So, these are the three popular slokas recited daily during prayers for Vishnu. In the next post, I will tell you about the Lakshmi stuthi or slokas recited addressing Goddess Lakshmi.