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 1. Achamanam
Sipping water sanctified by mantras

Sit in a squatting position, facing east or north. The hands should be between the knees. Bend all the fingers other than the thumb and the small finger slightly so that a hollow is produced in the palm. Take a very small quantity of water in the palm and sip, uttering the following three mantras (one sip for each mantra):-

       Achyutaya namah
       Anantaya namah
       Govindaya namah

Then
Utter Kesava and Narayana touching the right cheek and the left cheek respectively with the thumb of the right hand.
Utter Madhava and Govinda, touching the right eye and the left eye respectively with the ring finger.
Utter Vishno and Madhusudana, touching the right nostril and the left nostril respectively with the index finger.
Utter Trivikrama and Vamana, touching the right ear and the left ear respectively with the small finger.
Utter Sridhara and Hrsikesa, touching the right shoulder and the left shoulder respectively with the middle finger.
Utter Padmanabha and Damodara touching the naval and the head respectively with all the fingers.

Meaning 1
By these actions the various parts of the body are sanctified and the person is made fit to proceed with the worship.

 2. Vighnesvara Dhyanam
Meditation on Lord Vighnesvara

vighnesvara.jpg (19661 bytes)While reciting the following mantra, gently tap the two sides of the forehead with the fists five times with the thought that thereby the nectar (amrta) in the head flows down through all the nerves and invigorates them.

        Shuklambaradharam Vishnum
        Sasivarnam Chaturbhujam,
        Prasannavadanam dhyayeh,
        Sarva-vighnopasantaye

Meaning 2
For the removal of all obstacles I meditate on Lord Vighnesvara who is clad in white, is all-pervading, is white like the moon, sports four arms and is always of serene aspect.

 3. Pranayamah
Regulation of breath

pranayamah.jpg (18337 bytes)Bend the index finger and the middle finger and press the right nostril with the thumb and left nostril with the ring finger and the small finger. First draw in the breath through the left nostril while mentally chanting the following mantra. Then hold the breath within, mentally chanting the same mantra again. Thereafter, let the breath out through the right nostril, again mentally chanting the same mantra. These three actions of inhaling, holding the breath and exhaling, during which the mantra is chanted three times, together make up one Pranayamah.

        Om Bhuh, Om Bhuvah, Om Suvah, Om Mahah
        Om Janah, Om Tapah, Om Satyam
        Om Tat Saviturvarenyam

        Bhargo devasya dhimahi,
        Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat
        Om apo jyoti raso amritam Brahma
        Bhur Bhuvas suvar om

Meaning 3
Om is all the lokas - bhuh, bhuvah, suvah, mahah, janah, tapah, satyam. We meditate on the adorable effulgence of the Lord who creates everything, so that it may energize our consciousness.
Om is water, light, the earth that yields tasty food, the air that sustains life, the all-pervading either and the mind, intellect and the 'I' sense marked by the terms bhuh, bhuvah and suvah.

sankalpah.jpg (15761 bytes) 4. Sankalpah
Resolution

Place the left palm, turned upward, on the right thigh and place the right palm, turned downward on the left palm. Recite the following mantra :

        Mamopatta samasta durita ksaya dvara sri paramesvara prityartham -
                 -        In the morning                    Pratah sandhyam upasisye
                 -        At noon                             Madhyahnikam karisye
                 -        In the evening                    Sayam sandhyam upasisye

Meaning 4
I begin to worship the goddess of sandhya in the morning (at noon/in the evening) in order to merit God's grace which destroys all the sins acquired by me.

 5. Marjanam
Purification of the body and mind

marjanam.jpg (15379 bytes)Uttering Om keshavaya namah, write Om on water with the finger and touch the spot between the two eyebrows with that finger.

Then, while reciting the first seven of the following nine mantras, sprinkle water on the head with the ring finger. While reciting the eighth mantra, sprinkle water on the feet. Again sprinkle water on the head while reciting the ninth mantra.

        Aapo hi stha mayo bhuvah
        Ta na urje dadhaatana
        Mahe ranaya chaksase
        Yo vah sivatamo rasah
        Tasya bhajaya teha naha
        Usatiriva matarah
        Tasma aram gamama vah
        Yasya ksayaya jinvatha
        Aapo janayatha cha naha

Now take a little water in the palm and rotate the palm around the head with the following mantra:

          Om Bhur bhuvah suvah

Meaning 5
It is well-known that you, the deities of water, are the cause of great happiness. Please nourish us with the divine vision which brings glory and loveliness. Please make us worthy of imbibing the auspicious bliss even as a mother feeds her children. We approach you with eagerness for that bliss to distribute which you have taken a form and are shining. Bestow on us the boon of a next life sanctified by knowledge.

 6. Prasanam
Sipping water with mantra

Take a little water in the palm and sip, after reciting the following mantra :

        (Pratah) Suryascha ma manyuscha manyupatayascha, manyukritebhyah.
        Papebhyo raksantam. Yadratrya papamakarsam. Manasa vacha hastabhyam.
        Padbhyam udarena sisna. Ratris-tadavalumpatu.
        Yatkincha duritam mayi. Idam aham mamamarita yonau.
        Surye jyotisi juhomi svaha

Meaning 6
(In the morning) May the sun who stimulates everything, anger which enslaves all and the gods who preside over anger, protect me from the sins committed through anger. May the deity of the night absolve me of the sins committed by me at night with the mind, lips, hands, legs, stomach as also of whatever other sins may linger in me. This "me" devoid of all sins, I offer as sacrifice in the effulgence of the sun who is the source of immortality. May this sacrifice be well done.

        (Madhyahne) Apah punantu prithivim prithvi puta panatu mam.
        Punantu brahmanas patirbrahma-puta punatu mam.
        Yaducchistam abhojyam yadva duscaritam mama.
        Sarvam punantu mamapo asatam ca pratigraham svaha

Meaning 6
(At noon) May the deity of water sanctify the earth which is its base. May the sanctified earth purify me. May it sanctify the teacher who is the channel for the Veda. May the ever pure Veda purify me. May the deity of water absolve me from sins incurred through consuming food left by others or food unfit to be eaten, through bad contact and through receiving gifts from the wicked. Thus purified I offer myself as sacrifice in the Supreme effulgence.

        (Sayankale) Agnischa ma manyuscha manyupatayascha manyukritebhyah.
        Papebhyo raksantam. Yadahna papamakarsam. Manasa vacha hastabhyam.
        Padbhyam udarena sisna.
        Ahastadavalumpatu. Yatkincha duritam mayi.
        Idam Aham mamamrita yonau. Satye jyotisi juhomi svaha

Meaning 6
(In the evening) May the Fire who stimulates everything, anger which enslaves all and the gods who preside over anger, protect me from the sins committed through anger. May the deity of the day absolve me of the sins committed by me at day-time with the mind, lips, hands, legs, stomach as also of whatever sins lingering in me. This "me" devoid of sins, I offer as sacrifice in the effulgence of Truth who is the source of immortality. May this sacrifice be well done.

 7. Punarmarjanam
Sprinkling water again

Sprinkle water on the head with the following mantra:

        Dadhikravnno akarisam. Jisnorasvasya vajinah.
        Surabhi no mukhakarat. Prana ayumsi tarisat.
        Aapo hista mayo bhuvah……

End with Om Bhurbhuvah suvah

Meaning 7
I make obeisance to the Supreme Person who supports, rules and sustains all the worlds, who is ever victorious and who has taken the form of Hayagriva the repository of all knowledge. May He make our faces and other organs fragrant. May He protect our lives continuously. It is well-known.…knowledge (as in No.5 above)

 8. Arghya-pradanam
Offering water

Morning :
Stand facing east. Take plenty of water in both palms and raising the heels a little, pour the water down through the tips of the fingers other than the thumb uttering the following mantra. This is to be done three times.

        Om bhurbhuvas suvah. Tat saviturvarenyam
        Bhargo devasya dhimahi. Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat.

[Meaning - see no. 3 We meditate .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. consciousness]

Noon :
Stand facing north and do the same twice

Evening :
Squat facing west and do the same three times

 9. Prayaschittarghyam
Offering of water in atonement for failure to perform the worship at the proper time

Do Pranayamah once, as in No.3. Thereafter offer arghya once, as in No.8. Then uttering Om Bhurbhuvas suvah turn round once and sprinkle a little water around you.

10. Aikyanusandhanam
Meditation on the identity of the individual self and the Supreme Self

Sit down, close the eyes and mentally chant

        Asavadityo brahma. Brahmai vaham asmi

Meaning 10
This sun is Brahman. I too am Brahman.
Do achamanam once, as in No.1.

11. Deva-Tarpanam
Offering of water to the devas

prasanam.jpg (17047 bytes)Morning: Squat, facing east.
Noon: Squat, facing north.
Evening: Squat, facing north

Pour water through the finger tips of both hands reciting the following mantras :

        Adityam tarpayami
        Somam tarpayami
        Angarakam tarpayami
        Budham tarpayami
        Brhaspatim tarpayami
        Sukram tarpayami
        Sanaischaram tarpayami
        Rahum tarpayami
        Ketum tarpayami
        Keshavam tarpayami
        Narayanam tarpayami
        Madhavam tarpayami
        Govindam tarpayami
        Vishnum tarpayami
        Madhusudanam tarpayami
        Trivikramam tarpayami
        Vamanam tarpayami
        Sridharam tarpayami
        Hrsikesam tarpayami
        Padmanabham tarpayami
        Damodaram tarpayami

Meaning 11
I make my offering to the presiding deities of the nine planets - Aditya, Soma, Angaraka, Budha, Brhaspati, Sukra, Sani (who moves slowly), Rahu, and Ketu; and Narayana with twelve names - Kesava, Narayana, Madhava, Govinda, Vishnu, Madhusudana, Trivikrama, Vamana, Sridhara, Hrsikesa, Padmanabha, Damodara.
Do achamanam once, as in No.1.

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