OM (Sound symbol for the Lord ) Salutation to the altar deities: Om Sri Maha -gana- patha- ye Namah Om Sri Narayana -ya Namah Om Sri Maha Laxmyai Namah Om Sri Maha Devaya Namah Om Sri Rama Chandraya Namah Om Sri Anjaneya Swamine Namah Om Sri Krishna-ya Namah Om Sri Gurave Namah LORD GANESHA PRAYER Shuk-lam-bara-daram vish-num shashi-varnam catur-bhujam Prasanna vada-nam dhya-yet sarva-vigh-nopa shanta-ye May one meditate upon Lord Vighneshwara, who wears a white garment, who is all pervading, who has a bright complexion ( like the moon), who has four hands ( representing all power), who has an ever smiling face, for the removal of all obstacles. LORD NARAYANA PRAYER Shanta-karam bhuja-ga-shaya-nam Padma-nabham suresham Vishwa-dharam gaga-na-sadhru-sham Megha-varnam shubhan-gam Laxmi-kantam kamala-naya-nam Yogi-hrd-dhyana-gamyam Vande Vish-num bhava-bhaya-haram Sarva lokai-ka natham Salutations to Lord Vishnu, who has a peaceful form , Adisesha ( the coiled serpent) as his bed, a lotus from his navel, the Lord of the devas, the supporter of the world, dark as the clouds, beautiful limbed, the husband of Laxmi, who has lotus like eyes, who can be realized by the yogis in meditation, who drives away fear, who is the Lord of the whole world. SRI LAXMI PRAYER Namaste-stu maha-maye sri-pithe sura-poojite Sankha-cakra-gada-haste Maha-laxmi namo’stu te Salutation to you , O Mahalaxmi, who is all power, who is the seat of wealth, who is worshipped by the gods, and who has a conch, a disc and a mace in her hands. LORD SHIVA PRAYER OM NAMASTE ASTU BHAGAVAN VIS-WE-SWA-RAYA MAHA- DEVAYA TRE-YAMBA-KAYA TRI-PURANTA-KAYA TRI-KALA-GNI KALAYA KALA-GNI RUDRA-YA NEELA-KANTHA-YA MRIT-YUN-JAYA-YA SAR-VESH-WARA-YA SADA- SHIVAYA SREE-MAN MAHA-DEVAYA NAMAHA Salutation to you ,Oh Lord, the master of the universe, the great Lord, the three-eyed one, the destroyer of Tripura, the extinguisher of the Trishala fire and the fire of death, the blue necked one, the victor over death, the Lord of all, the ever auspicious one, the glorious Lord of all deities. LORD RAMA PRAYER Ramaya Rama-bhadraya Rama-chandraya vedhase Raghu-nathaya nathaya sitayah , pataye namah Salutations unto Lord Rama , who is auspiciousness , who is in the form of the shining light, who is the creator, who is the Lord of the Raghu clan, the Lord of all beings, and the husband of Sita. LORD HANUMAN PRAYER Manoja-vam maruta-tulya-vegam jiten-driyam buddhi-matam varis- tham Va-tat-majam vanara-yutha-mukhyam sri- rama-dhutam sirasa namami Bowing my head, I salute Hanuman, who travels as fast as the mind and the wind, who has mastered his sense organs, who is the best among the intelligent, who is the son of the deity of the wind, who is the commander-in-chief of the vanara tribe, and who is the envoy of Rama . LORD KRISHNA PRAYER Vasu deva sutam devam kamsa ca-nura marda-nam Devaki parama-nandam Krishnam vande jagad-guram I salute Krishna, the Lord, the teacher of the world, son of Vasudeva, destroyer of Kamsa and Canura, and the greatest joy of Devaki. GURU PRAYER Gurur brahma gurur vishnuh guru devo Mahesh-varah Gurus saksat param brahma tasmai sri gurave namah The guru is Brahma, the guru is Vishnu, the guru is Maheshvara. The guru is the ultimate truth.Unto that guru My prostration. VEDIC AARTI MANTRA Na tatra suryo bhati na Chandra tarakam Nema vidyuto bhanti kutoyam agnih Tam eva bhantam anubhati sarvam Tasya bhasa sarvam idam vibhati There the sun does not shine nor do the moon nor stars There this lightning does not shine, what to talk of this fire That ( Awareness) alone is shining, everything shines after it By the light of that awareness, all this shines in various forms Standing before the altar, you hold the light with your right hand, With a circular clockwise motion, you show the light to the altar With the left hand, you ring the bell and chant the aarti mantra Goddess Saraswati Prayer Saraswati namas-tubhyam varade kamarupini Vidya-rambham karish-yami siddhir-bhavatu me sada Salutation to you O Goddess Saraswati, who is a giver of Boons, and who has a beautiful form ! I begin my studies. Let there be success for me always. Universal Prayer Sarve bhavantu sukhinah Sarve santu nira-mayah Sarve bhadrani pash-yantu Ma kaschit dukha-bhag bhavet May all be happy . May all be free from disease. May all enjoy prosperity. May none experience sorrow. VEDIC PRAYER Asato ma sad-gamaya Tamaso ma jyotir-gamaya Mrtyor-ma amrtam gamaya Om shantih shantih shantih Lead me ( by giving knowledge) from the unreal to the real ; from darkness ( of ignorance) to light ( of knowledge); from death ( sense of limitation) to immortality ( liberation) ; Om. Peace, peace,peace.