Thursday, 23 June 2011

The prayer to Ganga that removes ten types of sins

Shiva Ganga Stuti

Nama shivayai gangayai shivadhayai namo nama,
Namasthe Rudra roopinyai sankaryai they namo nama. 1

Namosthu viswa roopinyai brahma moorthyai namo nama,
Sarva veda swaroopinyai namo bheshaja moorthaye. 2

Sarvasya sarva vyadheenam bhishak sreshtyai namosthuthe,
Sthanu jangama sambhootha visha hanthryai namo nama. 3

Bhogopa bhoga dhayinyai Bhogavathyai namo nama,
Mandakinyai namosthesthu swargadhayai namo nama. 4

Namasthrailokhya bhooshayai jagad dhathryai namo nama,
Namasthrishukla samsthayai thejovathyai namo nama. 5

Nandayai linga dharinyai narayanyai namo nama,
Namasthe viswa mukhyai revathyai they namo nama. 6

Bruhathyai they namosthesthu loka dhatrayai namo nama,
Namasthe viswa mithrayai nandinyai they namo nama. 7

Pruthvyai Shivamruthayai cha suvrukshayai namo nama,
Santhayai cha varishtayai varadhayai namo nama. 8

Usrayai sukhadhogdhaithrayai cha sanjeevanyai namo nama,
Bramishtayai brahmadhayai duruthaghainyai namo nama. 9

Pranatharthi prabanjinyai jaganmathre namosthuthe,
Sarvapath prathi pakshayai mangalayai namo nama. 10

Saranagatha dheenartha parithrana parayane,
Sarvasyarthihare devi, Narayani namosthuthe. 11

Nirlepayai dukha hanthryai dakshayai they namo nama,
Parath para thare thubhyam namasthe mokshadhe sada. 12

Gange mamagratho bhooya, gange may devi prushtadha,
Gange may parswayorehi, thwayi gangesthu may sthithi. 13

Adhou thwamanthe madhye cha sarvam thwam gaam gathe shive,
Thwameva moola prakruthisthwa hi Narayana para. 14

Gange thwam paramathma cha shivasthubhyam, nama shive,
Ya idham padathi stotram bhakthya nithyam naropi ya,
Srunath sradhaya yuktha kaya vak chitha sambhavai,
Dasadha samsthidhair doshai sarvaireva pramuchyathe.15

Ganga The Goddess Ganga, representing the river Ganga (Ganges) is shown white in color, wearing a white crown, sitting on the sea animal crocodile, holding in her right hand a water lily and in her left hand a lute.

Rig Veda mentions the name Ganga only twice but in the later Puranic period, Ganga assumes great importance as a Goddess. She is called Mandakenee in the heaven and Bhagirathi in patal. Purans declare that the sight, the name and the touch of Ganga takes away all sins and that bathing in Ganga bestows blessings of the highest order. The cremation of a dead body at the banks of Ganga and the immersion of the remains of a dead in its water after cremation elsewhere is considered propitious. Gangajal, the water of Ganga, is very sacred, and is used for many pujas (religious ceremonies). Those who die within specified limits of Ganga, called Gangakshetra (the land of Ganga), are believed to go to the heavenly world and all their sins washed away.

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