Shloka , Hindu Culture & Prayers

Shlokas are part of Stotras which are offered as prayers to deities in India. The Shlokas below are easy for the kids to recite.

gurubra.rhmaa gururvishhNuH gururdevo maheshvaraH |
guruH saakshaatparabrahma tasmai shrii guravenamaH ||

MEANING :  I bow to that Shri Guru, who embodies the presence of Brahma, Vishnu the supreme, and Shiva.  ( The Guru is the ‘Master’ or the Lord )

The Morning Shloka :

karaagre vaste lakshmii karmadhye saraswati

karmule tu govindaH prabhate kar darshanaM

MEANING :  Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, resides (vasate) in the fore-most(agre) part of the hands(kara), Saraswati, the Goddess of learning, resides in the palm (kara madhye=middle part of hand) Govinda, the Lord Narayana resides at the root (moola=root) i.e (near wrist). Therefore, every morning, one should have a respectful look at one’s hand. This shloka signifies that one should seek the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi and earn honest wealth to meet the necessities of our life, seek the blessings of Goddess Saraswati and make sincere efforts to gain knowledge in the day and seek the blessings of Lord Narayana & dedicate our day’s activities to Him.