Simple Hindu Prayers and Mantras – Japas in Hinduism

Prayers or Mantras are used by spiritual aspirants to achieve god realization, to invoke the blessing of the deity and for meditation. Mantras aid in the conceptualization process and constant recitation of it gives rise to the actual form of the particular deity in the mind of the devotee.

All prayers and mantras in Hinduism are the many paths to realize the ONE – Brahman.

The continuous recitation of a particular mantra is Japa.

A simple prayer dedicated to Lord Ganesh

OM Sri Maha Ganapataye Namah

Prostrations to the Great Lord Ganesha.

A Prayer to Lord Shiva

OM Namah Shivaya

Prostrations to Lord Shiva

Prayer to Lord Vishnu

OM Namo Narayanaya

Prostrations to Shri Vishnu

Prayer to Lord Krishna

OM Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya

Prayers to the Lord Krishna. ‘Vasudeva’ means he who abides in all things and in whom all things abide.

Prayer to Lord Ram

OM Sri Ramaya Namah

Prostrations to Lord Ram

Prayer to Durga – Mother Goddess

OM Sri Durgayai Namah

Prostrations to Mother Durga

Prayer to Goddess Lakshmi

OM Sri Maha Lakshmayai Namah

Prostrations to great Mother Lakshmi

Prayer to Goddess Saraswathi

OM Aim Saraswatyai Namah

Prostrations to Mother Sarasvati

Prayer to Goddess Kali

OM Sri Maha Kalikayai Namah

Prostrations to Mother Kali

Prayer to Lord Hanuman

OM Sri Hanumate Namah

Prostrations to Blessed Hanuman

Prayer to Lord Vishnu

Hari OM

OM Vishnu

Prayer to Rama and Krishna

Hare Rama Hare Rama,
Rama Rama Hare Hare;
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna,
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

My Lord Rama! My Lord Krishna

Prayer to Lord Ram

OM Sri Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Rama

Victory to Rama

Prayer to Lord Shiva – Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

OM Trayambakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanam
Mrityor Mukshiya Mamritat

We worship the three-eyed Lord Shiva who is full of sweet fragrance and nourishes human beings. May he liberate me from bondage.

A Prayer to Rama

Sri Ram Rameti Rameti,
Rame Rame Monorame;
Sahsrenama tattulyam,
Rama Nama Varnane