In Hindu culture, chanting shlokas have been prevalent since many centuries. With gurus, grandparents and parents passing down the shlokas to the next generation, every Indian house has imbibed the values and teachings from these shlokas.
Benefits of Teaching Shlokas to Kids:
- Improves Pronunciation and Language Development
- Improves Concentration and Listening Ability
- Helps to reduce stress
- Aids in having a good respiratory system
- Helps to align the Chakras in our body
- Detoxifies body and mind
- Improves Immunity
- Develops healthy habits
- Aids in teaching life lessons
- Develops the child to be a spiritual person in the later years.
List of Shlokas for Kids:
- Ganesh Mantra: The sloka is about seeking Lord Ganesha’s blessings for removing any obstacles on your path to success.
Vakratunda Mahakaya Surya Koti Samaprabha
Nirvhignam Kurumedeya Sarva Karyashu Sarvada
O Lord with a curved trunk and huge body, and the brilliance of a million suns, I seek your blessings to grace my new beginning and remove all the obstacles as I begin to work.
- Guru Mantra: The sloka is a salutation to the teacher, equating them to the Hindu Trinity.
Gurur brahmah gurur vishnu
Gurur devo maheshwaraha
Gurur saakshaat param brahmah
Tasmai shree guravey namaha
The teacher is equal to Brahma and Vishnu. The teacher is Maheshwara. The guru is equivalent to the Almighty.
- Saraswati Mantra:
Pray to the Goddess of Knowledge and seek her blessings for attaining wisdom.
Saraswati namastubhyam varade kaamaruupini
Vidyaarambham karishhyaami siddhirbhavatu me sadaa
Meaning: My salutations to Goddess Saraswati. You bless and fulfill all our aspirations. As I am beginning my path to wisdom, I seek your blessings. May I accomplish my goals.
- Hyagreeva Stuthi:
Hayagreeva is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Children may recite this sloka before beginning their day at school or even before studies
Aadaram sarva vidyanaam
Meaning: Salutations to Sri Hayagreeva, the Lord with a Horse face. You are the presiding God for all the knowledge in the world. We offer our prayers to you; please bless us with knowledge and wisdom.
5. Shanti Mantra 1:
This mantra is from Upanishads which is a prayer for peace.
Asatoma sad gamaya
Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya
Mrityor ma amritam gamaya
Om shanti, shanti, shanti hi!
Meaning: Lead me to truth from ignorance, lead me to light from the darkness, lead me to immortality from death. Let there be peace.
6. Shanti Mantra 2:
Om sahana vavatu sahanau bhunaktu
Tejas vinavati tamastu ma vidhwishavahai
Om shanti shanti shanti hi
Meaning: May God protect us both, the teacher and the student, on our journey towards attaining knowledge. May He nourish us. May we work together with great energy. May our studies be enlightening and brilliant. May there be no hate or hostility among us. Let there be peace in me, in nature, and in the divine force.
7. Shanti Mantra 3:
Om sarveshaam swastir bhavatu
Sarveshaam shantir bhavatu
Sarveshaam poornam bhavatu
Sarveshaam mangalam bhavatu
Sarve bhavantu sukhinah
Sarve santu niraamayaah
Sarve bhadraani pashyantu
Maakaschit duhkha bhaag bhavet
Meaning: May auspiciousness, peace, fullness and prosperity be unto all, may all be happy and free from disabilities, may all look to the good of others, and may none suffer from sorrow.
8. Krishna Mantra
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
Meaning: The mantra simply refers to Rama and Krishna, who are regarded as the incarnations of Vishnu. The word ‘Hare’ probably refers to another name for Krishna, but also means the ‘energy of God’.
9. Gayatri Mantra
Aum Bhur Bhuva Svaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodaya
Meaning 1: O God, you are the giver of life, remover of pain and sorrow, the bestower of happiness, may your light destroy our sins, and may you illumine our intellect to lead us along the righteous path.
Meaning 2: Aum, we meditate on the splendour of the supreme reality, the source of the three worlds: the gross or physical, the subtle or the mental, and the celestial or the spiritual.
10. Deepam Sloka
Shubham karoti kalyaanam
Aarogyam dhana sampadaa
Meaning: The one who is our light, which brings auspiciousness, prosperity, sound health, abundant wealth, and destroys the intellect’s enemy, our salutations to you
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