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Chants To Begin Your Year On An Auspicious Note

Chants To Begin Your Year On An Auspicious Note

In India, there is a mantra for every occasion and purpose, be it for festivals or funerals, to bring home wealth and prosperity or to cleanse it negative energies and invite peace. The Vedas are filled with references and descriptions of mantras and their uses, which are in practice in Indian homes and temples even today. According to the Hindu Calendar, today is the first day of the New Year. We bring to you chants which are commonly recited when beginning anything new.

Ganesh mantra:

Shree Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha, Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvada

Meaning: O’ Lord with a twisted trunk and a mighty body, the one whose brilliance is equivalent to the brightness of 10 million suns, my Lord, always make all my endeavours free of obstacles.

Since Lord Ganesh is considered the most auspicious god in Hindu mythology, every Hindu function, prayer or occasion is initiated by praying to him first. Ganesh is also known as Vignaharta in Sanskrit, meaning the remover of obstacles. Chanting the Ganesh mantra is a way to invoke his blessings when starting something new and inviting good luck, prosperity and joy while praying that he eliminates obstruction and hurdles.

Ashtalakshmi Stotra:

The Ashtalakshmi Stotra was a tenet published in the 1970s by a Sri Vaishnava follower named Sri U. Ve. Vidvan Mukkur Srinivasavaradacariyar Svamikal, in praise of the eight forms of the Goddess Lakshmi, who is the consort of Lord Vishnu and the Hindu goddess of wealth. It comprises 8 verses, each one invoking the goddess’ eight forms –  Adi Lakshmi, Dhana Lakshmi, Gaja Lakshmi, Dhairya Lakshmi, Dhanya Lakshmi, Santana Lakshmi, Vijaya Lakshmi and Vidya Lakshmi. Each goddess stands for a different quality which the worshipper appeals to by reciting this stotra, such as wealth and prosperity, success, strength, offspring, agricultural wealth, animal wealth and knowledge. Reciting the 8 verses in succession is invokes complete well-being in every sphere of life.

Devi Durga mantra:

Sarva mangala mangalye shive sarvaartha saadhike, Sharanye trayambake Gauri, Narayani namosthute

Meaning: We bow to you O Devi Narayani. You are auspicious for everyone, you bring happiness. You are the one who ensures the fulfilment of every task which anyone may undertake. You are the protector of everyone. You are the one with 3 eyes and a beautiful face; We bow to you, O Narayani.

An incarnation of the Mother Goddess, Durga is the goddess of strength and power. The Devi Durga mantra not only symbolises her power and divinity, but also heralds prosperity, wealth, happiness and boosts your personal, professional and financial health.

Deepa Jyoti Sloka:

Shubham Karoti Kalyaannam-Aarogyam Dhana-Sampadaa |

Shatru-Buddhi-Vinaashaaya Diipa-Jyotir-Namostute ||

Meaning: Salutations to the Light of the Lamp which brings auspiciousness, health and prosperity, which ddestroys iinimical feelings; Salutations to the Light of the Lamp.

The lamp (diya) or a candle is western countries, holds a lot of significance in many cultures around the world. The light of the flame symbolises the light of knowledge which dispels ignorance and heightens our intellect. Chanting this mantra while lighting a lamp can help you surround yourself with positive vibes and happy feelings, which will ensure a cheerful and auspicious beginning and flood your home with inner self with positive energy.

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