Morning prayers for Hindus are the way to show gratitude to the Almighty for waking us up on a new day with endless possibilities. Even if you are going through a tough time, being grateful for new prospects and feeling God’s blessings can make any day better. There are tons of benefits of having a morning prayer ritual. Let’s look at some of them before learning the prayers.
Benefits Of Morning Prayers
A morning prayer ritual can benefit a human being physically, mentally, and psychologically. We have compiled some of the significant advantages of reciting daily morning prayers:
- Being grateful first thing in the morning can start your day positively.
- The profound love of God can stay in your heart throughout the day to turn a rough path into a smooth one.
- Reflecting on your blessings every morning can bring magic to your life. Even Paulo Coelho acknowledged this in his book “Magic.”
- Praying every day can reinforce your faith in God and strengthens your beliefs.
Which Are The Morning Prayers For Hindus?
Hinduism is a honey pot of chants and mantras that can be recited during different times of day to show your love for the Almighty. Here is a list of some of the powerful mantras for you to start your morning routine.
Gayatri mantra is one of the most powerful mantras that a common man can remember and recite at any time of day or night. Also known as the Savitri mantra, this mantra is from Rig Veda, written as an ode to Vedmata Gayatri. The mantra is as follows:
ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥
– Rigveda 3.62.10
This ancient mantra consisting of 24 syllables is beneficial not only to the person who recites it but also to the listener. It improves concentration, learning capacity, breathing, and functioning of the mind and body. You can reduce stress, anxiety, fear, and all kinds of negative emotions from your mind by reciting the Gayatri mantra every morning. This mantra is the highest form of spiritual dedication for worshiping the Almighty.
Mantra For Wealth, Knowledge, and Power
A small mantra to ask for the blessings of Lakshmiji (the goddess of wealth), Saraswatiji (the goddess of knowledge), and Govind (or Vishnu) is a very effective morning prayer:
कराग्रे वसते लक्ष्मीः करमध्ये सरस्वती ।
करमूले तु गोविन्दः प्रभाते करदर्शनम् ॥
This mantra can be recited by looking at both the palms of your hands in the morning. It basically says that Lakshmiji resides on the front of your hands, Saraswatiji on the middle part of your hand, and Vishnu resides on the base of your hand. When you open your eyes for the first time in the day, open your hands to see the deities on your palms to have a blessed day.
Mantra To Ask Forgiveness Of Nature
Hinduism considers this earth as a Devi or goddess. It gives us food, water, and shelter to sustain our bodies. As Vishnu’s wife, she is the source of wealth in our lives. She is the land, the ocean, and the mountains. Therefore, before touching the ground with your foot and putting all your weight on it, you should always ask for Devi’s forgiveness.
समुद्रवसने देवि पर्वतस्तनमण्डले ।
विष्णुपत्नि नमस्तुभ्यं पादस्पर्शं क्षमस्वमे ॥
This mantra reminds us how much we are dependent on nature. The ground we stand on, the food and water we consume, and even the oxygen we breathe are due to the immense blessings of God.
Surya puja coupled with Surya namaskar is also a well-known Hindu morning ritual. Some people also recite Hanuman Chalisa, Vishnu Sahastra nam, or other mantras to start their day with the name of the deity they revere. Some prefer to do jap mala and aarti while some recite the names of rivers of India while bathing.
However, if you don’t know these prayers, don’t stop praying. Pray with whatever words you know, pray with any language you speak, but pray with all your heart. Hinduism has a vast heart. If you cannot remember the mantras, recite “Aum.” Aum is a single syllable mantra that has the power to win this universe. Also, Raam nam has immense power. Form a habit to recite any of them for making your spiritual journey easier.