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How to Take Bath as Per Hindu Tradition and the Mantra to Be Chanted



As per Hindu tradition, one should take bath early in the morning. All activities like puja, taking food, doing work etc should be performed after early morning purification. Certain mantras are to be chanted while taking bath. Here is how to take bath as per Hindu tradition.

The best time to take bath is just before sunrise.

First, one has to fill the bucket with water. Then one has to make a triangle in the water using the index finger. Then one has to write the beej mantra ‘Hreem’ (ह्रीं) in the water. You can also write om (ॐ ). After this, one has to offer prayers to the personal deity or to Ganesha.

Then one should take bath. While taking bath, a person can chant any mantra that he/she knows. A person will be blessed with peace and prosperity because of this chanting.

This mantra should be included while chanting -

गंगे च यमुने चैव गोदावरी सरस्वति।
नर्मदे सिन्धु कावेरी जलस्मिन्सन्निधिं कुरु।।

The transliteration of the mantra

Ganga Cha Yamuna Chaiva Godavari Saraswati,
Narmada Sindhu Kaveri Jalesmin Sannidhim Kuru.

Meaning is

In this water, I invoke the presence of divine waters from the rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Saraswati, Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri.

The mantra invokes all the holy rivers.

After taking bath, one should take water in the cup, then face towards the east (rising sun), and chant the Gayatri Mantra.

ॐ भूर्भुवः स्व तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात॥

Om Bhur Bhuva Svaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo yonah Prachodayat

After taking bath, it is highly meritorious to offer water to few plants or animals.

In the evening, before performing puja, or going to bed, one should take bath again. This time prayers should be offered only to rivers. The above mantra invoking the rivers should be chanted.