Slokas have a positive effect on us. They help relieve stress, restlessness and anxiety. You may make your children recite some relevant slokas during exams time, competition or even on a normal day to help them focus on their activities and feel refreshed.
If you make them learn the slokas and recite them everyday right from their childhood, it becomes a healthy habit and is beneficial even after they grow up.
In this post, MomJunction shares 17 of the most relevant Sanskrit slokas for kids to learn and benefit from them.
17 Easy Slokas With Meaning For Children
These slokas are not only easy to chant and learn but also have a profound meaning to them. They teach us an essential life lesson.
1. Gayatri Mantra
Also called the Maha Mantra or the Savitri Mantra, this is the most revered mantra, and is dedicated to the Sun. Make the child recite this out under the sun in the morning to refresh their mind and also get some vitamin D.
Om bhur bhuva swaha
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat
Meaning: O God, the Savior, you are the basis of all life, self-existent, and whose touch sets every soul free from the sufferings, who penetrates into the universe and sustains every being, the creator of the whole universe, and who blesses with happiness.
Lord, the purest form and the purifier of this universe, may he enlighten our minds and inspire our intelligence.
2. Shanti Mantra
Here are the four Santhi mantras.
Om Sahana Vavatu Sahanau Bhunaktu
Tejas Vinavati Tamastu ma vidhwishavahai
Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi
Meaning: May the Almighty protect student and teacher and nourish the both of us together.
May the student and teacher work in sync with intensity and our learning be efficient and impressive. And may there be no enmity between us. May there be peace for all.
3. Shanti Mantra
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.
4. Shanti Mantra
Asatoma sad gamaya
Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya
Mrityor ma amritam gamaya
Om shanti, shanti, shanti hi
Meaning: Oh Lord, lead us from the unreal to real, darkness to the light and from death to immortality. May peace be with all.
5. Shanti Mantra
Om poornamadah poornamidam
Om shanti, shanti, shanti hi
Meaning: That is the ultimate truth, the God. This is the absolute. Absolute rises above the absolute. Even when the absolute is taken out of the absolute, it still remains.
6. 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
Meaning: The teacher is equal to Brahma and Vishnu. The teacher is Maheshwara. The guru is equivalent to the Almighty.
7. Guravey Sarva
This is for saluting Dakshinaamoorthy (Lord Shiva is also called so as he did penance facing the South).
Guravey sarva lokaanaam
Bishajey bhava rohinaam
Nidhaye sarva vidyanaam
Shree dakshinaa moorthaye namaha
Meaning: We bow down to the God of South (the universal guru) who is the teacher to the entire world and curer of all the diseases in the world.
8. Vidyaarthee Sloka
Bow to Lord Ganesha with this sloka.
Vidyaarthee lapathey vidyaam
Dhanaarthee lapathey dhanam
Puthraarthee lapathey puthraan
Mokshaarthee lapathey gathim
Meaning: Aspire for knowledge, you’ll get it; yearn for wealth, you’ll get it; ask for a child, you’ll get it; and strive for salvation, and you’ll reach it.
9. Vakrathunda Sloka
The sloka is about seeking Lord Ganesha’s blessings for removing any obstacles on your path to success.
Nirvignam kurumey deva
Meaning: 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.
10. Yaa Kundendu
Pray to the Goddess of Knowledge, Saraswati, before you begin your lessons every day.
Yaa kundendu tushaarahaara dhavalaa
Yaa shubhra vastraavritaa
Yaa veenaa varadanda manditakaraa
Yaa shveta padmaasanaa
Yaa brahmaachyuta shankara
Prabhritibihi devaih sadaa pujitaa
Saa maam pattu saravatee
Bhagavatee nihshesha jaadyaapahaa
Meaning: Goddess Saraswati is white like the moonlight, snow, and the pearl and is adorned in pure ivory white. Whilst she plays the veena with her two hands, she gives blessings with the other two hands or punishments when required. She is sitting on a beautiful white lotus. Goddess Saraswati is worshipped by all the divine lords Brahma, the creator, Vishnu, the preserver and Maheshwara, the destroyer. May Goddess Saraswati remove any obstacles from my life and shelter me.
11. Sarva Kalyaani Mantra
A prayer to the Goddess for success and prosperity.
Sarva mangala mangalye shive sarvaartha saadhike
Sharanye trayambake Gauri Narayani namosthute
Meaning: O Goddess of all auspiciousness, who is so harmonious, the fulfiller of our objectives, the giver of refuge, who has three eyes and is in golden color, our salutations to you, Gauri Narayani.
12. Saraswati namastubhyam
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.
13. Hyagreevam Stuthi
Hayagreeva is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Children may recite this sloka before beginning their day at school.
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.
14. Deepam Sloka
This sloka is a prayer to the lamp.
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.
15. Lakshmi Sloka
This prayer is to seek the blessings of the Goddess of wealth Lakshmi.
Sripithe sura pujite,
Sankha chakra gada haste
Meaning: Salute to Mahalakshmi, who is the Cause of Creation, and who is worshipped by the Suras. Salute to the goddess who is adorned with the conch, disc and mace in her hands. I respectfully bow in front you.
16. Sastha Dasakam
Here is a prayer to Ayyappa, the lord of Sabarimala.
Mattha mathanga gamanam
Sarva vigna haram devam
Meaning: Salutations to Lord Ayyappa, who gallops like an elephant, is filled with immense compassion, and is the destroyer of hurdles.
17. Bhoothanatha Sloka
Sarva bhootha daya para
Raksha raksha maha baho
Sasthre thubham namo nama
Meaning: Salutations to Lord Sastha, robust like an elephant and who is ever happy and is filled with mercy for all beings in this universe, the God who removes all obstacles.
If you have just begun teaching slokas to your child, do not overwhelm them with several slokas at a time. Begin with the simplest ones, and gradually teach the more complex ones. Also, explain them the meaning of each sloka so that they understand and value what they are saying.
Which slokas does your child chant? Let us know in the comments section below.
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