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<small>By Swai Harshananda</small>
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Stotra literally means ‘chant of praise’.
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==Meaning of Stotra==
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The word stotra is used in two senses:
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# The Vedic
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# The paurāṇic
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==Significance oof Stotras==
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The Vedic stotra is composed of verses taken mainly from the Rgveda. These verses are chanted as per the rules of intonation, especially those of the Sāmaveda. A stotra always precedes a śastra.<ref>Śastra means which is a laud that is just recited.</ref> It may be in any one of the innumerable melodies,<ref>Melodies means sāman.</ref> and stobhas are added at appropriate places.
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==Chanting of Stotra==
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All stotras are chanted or sung by the udgātṛ and his assistants, prastotṛ and pratihartṛ. In Somayāgas,  the stotras are spread over all the three savanas. According to the purāṇas and devotional literature, a stotra is a hymn of the outpourings of the heart of a devotee of God. Stava, stuti and nati are the equivalents for the word stotra. Though they may be in any language, either in prose or in poetry, only the Sanskrit hymnal literature will be considered here. They are legion.
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==Content of Strotra==
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The subject matter of these stotras ranges from the sublime heights of philosophy or mystical experiences, to the petitioning for the small comforts of life here and now. A few of these are mentioned here:
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# Description of the form of God or a deity seen in a vision
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# Request for pardon of sins committed knowingly or unknowingly
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# Prayer for the removal of problems and difficulties and request for the grant of the good things of life
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# Desire for obtaining devotion, knowledge and detachment that help one in spiritual life
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# Spontaneous outburst of emotion after deep spiritual experience and so on.
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==Types of Strotras==
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Stotras containing 108 names, 300 names or 1008 names of a deity are also commonly met with. They are used mostly in ritual chanting or ceremonial worship. Another type called as Suprabhāta-stotras<ref>Suprabhāta-stotras means ‘good-morning hymns’.</ref> are also quite common and popular. Tradition prescribes that these stotras can be chanted after meditation or worship.
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==Prayers to [[Vishnu]]==
 
==Prayers to [[Vishnu]]==
<collist class="cleantable" cols="2" sort="true">* [[Vishnu Sahasranamam]]
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<sort2>
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* [[Vishnu Sahasranamam]]
 
* [[Achyuthashtakam]]
 
* [[Achyuthashtakam]]
 
* [[Sri Ranganathashtakam of Adi Shankara]]
 
* [[Sri Ranganathashtakam of Adi Shankara]]
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* [[Narayana suktham]]
 
* [[Narayana suktham]]
 
* [[Sree Vishnu Shodasa Nama Stotram]]
 
* [[Sree Vishnu Shodasa Nama Stotram]]
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* [[Vishnu Mamashtakam]]
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* [[Venkatesa  Dwadasa Nama Stotram]]
 
* [[Thiruppavai]]
 
* [[Thiruppavai]]
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* [[Balarama Sthava Raja]]
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* [[Vasudeva Sthuthi]]
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* [[Vishnavashtakam]]
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* [[Amrutha SAnjeevana Dhanvanthari sthuthi]]
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* [[Ashtakshara Sthuthi]]
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* [[Bhagawad Gita Dhyanam]]
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* [[Bhagawad Gita Mahathmyam]]
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* [[Dhainyashtakam]]
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* [[Dasavathara Keerthanam of Poonthanam]]
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* [[Dwadasa nama Keerthanam]]
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* [[Gopi Jana Vallabhashtakam]]
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* [[Guruvayurappa Sthavam]]
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* [[Neeyathre Govinda]]
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* [[SAnkara's Gita Mahathmyam]]
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* [[Vandhe Bhagwatham]]
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* [[Vasudeva Sthuthi]]
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* [[Vishnavashtakam]]
 
* [[Guruvayupuresaya Mangalam]]
 
* [[Guruvayupuresaya Mangalam]]
 
* [[Varadaraja Panchakam]]
 
* [[Varadaraja Panchakam]]
 
* [[Yoga Lakshmi Narasimha Suprabatham]]
 
* [[Yoga Lakshmi Narasimha Suprabatham]]
 
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* [[Dadhi Vamana Stotram]]
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* [[Mukthaka Mangalam]]
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* [[Dwadasakshara stotram]]
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* [[Lakshmi Narayana Ka vacham]]
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* [[Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha Hrudayam]]
 
* [[Dasavathara Stotram]]
 
* [[Dasavathara Stotram]]
 
* [[Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Karavalambam]]
 
* [[Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Karavalambam]]
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* [[Narasimha Sthuthi by sages and devas]]
 
* [[Narasimha Sthuthi by sages and devas]]
 
* [[Dasavathara stotram II]]
 
* [[Dasavathara stotram II]]
* [[Venkatesa Vajra Kavacham]]</collist>
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* [[Vishnavashtakam]]
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* [[Vandhe Bhagawatham]]
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* [[Vasudeva Sthuthi(Malayalam)]]
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* [[Amritha SAnjeevani Dhanvanthari stotram]]
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* [[Ashtakshara Sthuthi]]
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* [[Poonthanam's Dasa avatara Storam(Malayalam)]]
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* [[Dwadasa Nama Keerthanam(Malayalam)]]
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* [[Narayaneeya Mangalam(Malayalam)]]
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* [[Neeyathre Govinda(Malayalam)]]
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* [[Venkatesa Vajra Kavacham]]
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</sort2>
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==Prayers addressed to [[Rama]]==
 
==Prayers addressed to [[Rama]]==
<collist class="cleantable" cols="2" sort="true">* [[Raghothamashtakam]]
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<sort2>
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* [[Raghothamashtakam]]
 
* [[Ahalya Krutha Rama Stotram]]
 
* [[Ahalya Krutha Rama Stotram]]
 
* [[Nama Ramayanam]]
 
* [[Nama Ramayanam]]
 
* [[Sri Rama Stotram]]
 
* [[Sri Rama Stotram]]
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* [[Raghu Veera  Gadyam  of Vedantha Desika]]
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* [[Saptha rishi Ramayanam]]
 
* [[Sri Rama Bhujangam]]
 
* [[Sri Rama Bhujangam]]
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* [[Punya Kadhai-Ramanin Kadhai(Tamil)]]
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* [[Ramayana Agaval (Tamil)]]
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* [[Rama Jayam Sthuthi (Tamil)]]
 
* [[Ramashtakam]]
 
* [[Ramashtakam]]
 
* [[Sri Rama Kavacham]]
 
* [[Sri Rama Kavacham]]
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* [[Raghupathi Raghava]]
 
* [[Raghupathi Raghava]]
 
* [[Sri Rama Keerthanam(Malayalam)]]
 
* [[Sri Rama Keerthanam(Malayalam)]]
* [[Ramachandra Mangalam]]</collist>
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* [[Ramachandra Mangalam]]
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</sort2>
  
 
==Prayers to [[Lord Krishna]]==
 
==Prayers to [[Lord Krishna]]==
<collist class="cleantable" cols="2" addbullet="true" sort="true">* [[Bhaja Govindam]]
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<sort2>
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* [[Bhaja Govindam]]
 
* [[Madhurashtakam]]
 
* [[Madhurashtakam]]
 
* [[SAntana Gopala stotram]]
 
* [[SAntana Gopala stotram]]
 
* [[Mukunda Mala]]
 
* [[Mukunda Mala]]
 
* [[Krishna Padambuja Stotram(Malayalam)]]
 
* [[Krishna Padambuja Stotram(Malayalam)]]
 
 
* [[Mukunda Mukthavali]]
 
* [[Mukunda Mukthavali]]
 
* [[Mohini Rachitha Krishna Stuthi]]
 
* [[Mohini Rachitha Krishna Stuthi]]
 
* [[Gopika Geetham]]
 
* [[Gopika Geetham]]
 
* [[Sri Krishnashtakam]]  
 
* [[Sri Krishnashtakam]]  
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* [[Advaya Krishna Stotram]]
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* [[Ashtakshara Sthuthi]]
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* [[Gopi jana vallabhashtakam]]
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* [[Jagannatha Sahasra namam]]
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* [[Krishna Sthuthi by Sage ashta Vakra]]
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* [[Sri Krishna Kavacham from Garga Samhitha]]
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* [[Sri Krishna Sthuthi from Garga Samhitha]]
 
* [[Guru Maruth Puradheesam]]
 
* [[Guru Maruth Puradheesam]]
 
* [[Bala Mukundashtakam]]
 
* [[Bala Mukundashtakam]]
 
* [[Radhakrishnashtakam]]
 
* [[Radhakrishnashtakam]]
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* [[BHasha Karnamrutham of Poonthanam]]
 
* [[Sri Krishna Mangalam]]
 
* [[Sri Krishna Mangalam]]
 
* [[Gopala Vimsathi]] of [[Vedanta Desika]]
 
* [[Gopala Vimsathi]] of [[Vedanta Desika]]
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* [[Guruvayupuresa mangalam]]
 
* [[Guruvayupuresa mangalam]]
 
* [[Mangalam Krishna Padambujam(Malayalam)]]
 
* [[Mangalam Krishna Padambujam(Malayalam)]]
* [[Prathama Kunja Vihari Ashtakam]] By Rupa Goswami</collist>
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* [[Prathama Kunja Vihari Ashtakam]] By Rupa Goswami
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</sort2>
  
 
==Prayers addressed to [[Shiva]]==
 
==Prayers addressed to [[Shiva]]==
<collist class="cleantable" cols="2" addbullet="true" sort="true">* [[Shiva Sahasranamam]]
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<sort2>
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* [[Shiva Sahasranamam]]
 
* [[Shiva panchakshara stotram]]
 
* [[Shiva panchakshara stotram]]
 
* [[Shivaparadha kshamapana stotram]]
 
* [[Shivaparadha kshamapana stotram]]
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* [[Shivanada lahari]]
 
* [[Shivanada lahari]]
 
* [[Shiva Manasa Pooja]]
 
* [[Shiva Manasa Pooja]]
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* [[Shiva Akshara Mala Stotram]]
 
* [[Linga Ashtakam]]
 
* [[Linga Ashtakam]]
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* [[Nataraja Dasakam]]
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* [[Mahalinga Ashtakam]]
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* [[Pancha Nadheeswara  Ashtakam]]
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* [[Bhairava stotram]]
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* [[Shiva Sankara  stotram]]
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* [[Shiva Puranam (Tamil) ]]
 
* [[Aparadhashtakam]]
 
* [[Aparadhashtakam]]
 
* [[Pothri thiru agaval(Tamil)]]
 
* [[Pothri thiru agaval(Tamil)]]
 
* [[Kolaru Thirupadigam(Tamil)]]
 
* [[Kolaru Thirupadigam(Tamil)]]
 
* [[Nataraja Pathu(Tamil)]]
 
* [[Nataraja Pathu(Tamil)]]
* [[Agasthya Krutha Shiva Stotram]]
 
 
* [[Shiva Stotram]]
 
* [[Shiva Stotram]]
 
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* [[Shiva Stotram by Agasthya]]
 
* [[Asitha Krutha  Shiva Stotram]]
 
* [[Asitha Krutha  Shiva Stotram]]
 
* [[Sri Thyagaraja ashtakam]]
 
* [[Sri Thyagaraja ashtakam]]
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* [[Shiva Shivaa Sthuthi]]
 
* [[Shiva Shivaa Sthuthi]]
 
* [[Shiva Mangalam]]
 
* [[Shiva Mangalam]]
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* [[Akshara Mala Sthuthi]]
 
* [[Pratha Smarana Shiva Stotram]]
 
* [[Pratha Smarana Shiva Stotram]]
 
* [[Akshara Mana Malai(Tamil)]]
 
* [[Akshara Mana Malai(Tamil)]]
* [[Shiva Shadakshara Stotram-II]]</collist>
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* [[Shiva Shadakshara Stotram-II]]
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</sort2>
  
 
==Prayers addressed to mother Goddess==
 
==Prayers addressed to mother Goddess==
<collist class="cleantable" cols="2" addbullet="true" sort="true">* [[Sri Durga Stuti]]
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<sort2>
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* [[Sri Durga Stuti]]
 
* [[Mahishasura Mardini Stotram]]
 
* [[Mahishasura Mardini Stotram]]
 
* [[Mangala Chandika Stotram]]
 
* [[Mangala Chandika Stotram]]
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* [[Devi Mahathmya Stotra Ashtakam]]
 
* [[Devi Mahathmya Stotra Ashtakam]]
 
* [[Indrakshi Sthothram]]
 
* [[Indrakshi Sthothram]]
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* [[Abhirami Sthuthi(Tamil)]]
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* [[Pushpanjali(Tamil)]]
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* [[Rajarajeswari Sthuthi]]
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* [[Ashta dasa Shakthi peeta stotram]]
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* [[Gayatri Chalisa (Hindi)]]
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* [[Kamakshi ashtakam (Tamil)]]
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* [[Rahu kala Durga Ashtakam]]
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* [[Lakshmi Sthuthi  from Skanda Purana]]
 
* [[Tripura Sundari Pratha Smarana Stotram]]
 
* [[Tripura Sundari Pratha Smarana Stotram]]
 
* [[Agasthya Krutha Saraswathi Stotram]]
 
* [[Agasthya Krutha Saraswathi Stotram]]
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* [[Phala sruthi of Lalitha Sahasranamam]]
 
* [[Phala sruthi of Lalitha Sahasranamam]]
 
* [[Lalitha Trishathi]]
 
* [[Lalitha Trishathi]]
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* [[Janma Mukthi Prarthana(Malayalam)]]
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* [[Vyasa's Bhagwathi ashtakam]]
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* [[Amba sthuthi]]
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* [[Bana Shankari Pratha smarana stotram]]
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* [[Bhuvaneswari stotram]]
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* [[Lalitha Moola Manthra  Kavacham]]
 
* [[Durga Saptha Sloki]]
 
* [[Durga Saptha Sloki]]
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* [[Bhuvaneswari Stotra]]
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* [[Dasa Maha Vidhya Stotra]]
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* [[Ghana Sangham (Malayalam)]]
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* [[Khamakhya Dasa Maha Vidhya Sthuthi]]
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* [[Phala Sruthi of Devi Gadgamala Stotram]]
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* [[Vasya Varahi Stotram]]
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* [[Ghana Sangam]]
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* [[Dasa Maha Vidhya stotram]]
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* [[Kamakhya Dasa maha vidhya Manthra]]
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* [[Mandatha Saileswari sthavam]]
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* [[Nama Giri Thayar  Stotram]]
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* [[Rama Krutha Parvatha Vardhinyashtakam]]
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* [[DEvi ashtakam]]
 
* [[Kalikashtakam]]
 
* [[Kalikashtakam]]
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* [[Agasthya krutha Saraswathi sthuthi]]
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* [[Balambika Dasakam]]
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* [[Bala Tripurasundari Pancharathnam]]
 
* [[Kamalamba ashtakam]]
 
* [[Kamalamba ashtakam]]
 
* [[Lalitha Sthava Raja]]
 
* [[Lalitha Sthava Raja]]
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* [[Sri AmbaPancha Rathnam]]
 
* [[Sri AmbaPancha Rathnam]]
 
* [[Vageesi sthavam]]
 
* [[Vageesi sthavam]]
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* [[Kamakshi stotram]]
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* [[Meenakshi Mani Mala Stotram]]
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* [[Mookambika Stotram(Malayalam)]]
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* [[Tripura Sundari Suprabatham]]
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* [[Sashti devi stotram]]
 
* [[Arya Navakam]]
 
* [[Arya Navakam]]
 
* [[Sri Maha Lakshmi Sthuthi]]
 
* [[Sri Maha Lakshmi Sthuthi]]
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* [[Kalika Kavacham]]
 
* [[Kalika Kavacham]]
  
* [[Nava Durga Raksha Manthra(Hindi)]]</collist>
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* [[Aiswarya Lakshmi Stotram]]
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* [[Kamakshya annapurna Girija Dasakam]]
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* [[Kamala Kavacham]]
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* [[Kamala Stotram]]
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* [[Sarada Mahimna Stotram]]
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* [[Saraswathyashtakam IV]]
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* [[Abhirami Sthuthi]]
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* [[Ashta Lakshmi stotram III]]
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* [[Dasa Maha Vidhya Sthuthi]]
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* [[Devi Gadgamala stotram]]
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* [[Matangi saptha swara  Keerthanam]]
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* [[Nava Durga Raksha Manthra(Hindi)]]
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</sort2>
  
 
==Prayers addressed to Lord Ganesa==
 
==Prayers addressed to Lord Ganesa==
<collist class="cleantable" cols="2" addbullet="true" sort="true">* [[Ganesa Dwadasa Nama Stotram]]
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<sort2>
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* [[Ganesa Dwadasa Nama Stotram]]
 
* [[Ganesa Shodasa Nama stotram]]
 
* [[Ganesa Shodasa Nama stotram]]
 
* [[Ganesa Pancha ratnam]]
 
* [[Ganesa Pancha ratnam]]
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* [[Maha Ganapathi Trilokya Mohana Kavacham]]
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* [[Pillayar Mahimai (Tamil)]]
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* [[Dwatrimshath Ganapathi dhyanam]]
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* [[Ganesa swapa  geetham]]
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* [[Pillayar Pillayar]]
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* [[Dwatrimshath Ganesa Dhyana Slokas]]
 
* [[Mayuresha Stotram]]
 
* [[Mayuresha Stotram]]
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* [[Kalpaga Vinayagar  Suprabatham]]
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* [[Vallabhesa  Karavalamba dasakam]]
 
* [[Karya Sidhi Malai (Tamil)]]
 
* [[Karya Sidhi Malai (Tamil)]]
 
* [[Ganesa Saranam (Malayalam)]]
 
* [[Ganesa Saranam (Malayalam)]]
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* [[Ganapathi Sthavam]]
 
* [[Ganapathi Sthavam]]
 
* [[Ganesashtakam]]
 
* [[Ganesashtakam]]
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* [[Runa Hara Ganesa Stotram]]
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* [[Ganesa sthavam]]
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* [[Narada Krutha Ganapathi Sthuthi]]
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* [[Ganesa Namaskara  stotram]]
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* [[Ganesa Veda Pada Sthavam]]
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* [[Mayureswara Stotram-ii]]
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* [[Vinayagar Sapthakam(Tamil)]]
 
* [[Ganesa Manasa Pooja]]
 
* [[Ganesa Manasa Pooja]]
 
* [[Vinayagar Agaval(Tamil)]]
 
* [[Vinayagar Agaval(Tamil)]]
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* [[Pratha Smarana Ganesa stotram]]
 
* [[Pratha Smarana Ganesa stotram]]
 
* [[Ganesa Saranam (Malayalam)]]
 
* [[Ganesa Saranam (Malayalam)]]
* [[Ganashtakam]]</collist>
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* [[Ganashtakam]]
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</sort2>
  
 
==Prayers addressed to Lord Subrhamanya==
 
==Prayers addressed to Lord Subrhamanya==
<collist class="cleantable" cols="2" addbullet="true" sort="true">* [[Guha panchakam]]
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<sort2>
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* [[Guha panchakam]]
 
* [[Skanda Sashti Kavacham]] (Tamil)
 
* [[Skanda Sashti Kavacham]] (Tamil)
 
* [[Subrhamanya Bhujangam]]
 
* [[Subrhamanya Bhujangam]]
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* [[Skanda Sthavam]]
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* [[Sri Skanda Sthuthi]]
 
* [[Sri Subramanya Pancharathnam]]
 
* [[Sri Subramanya Pancharathnam]]
 
* [[Shadanana ashtakam]]
 
* [[Shadanana ashtakam]]
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* [[Subrahmanya Gadyam]]
 
* [[Subrahmanya Gadyam]]
 
* [[Skanda Shatkam]]
 
* [[Skanda Shatkam]]
 
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* [[Thiruchendhur Chendiladipan Thirupalliyezhuchi]]
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* [[Kumarashtakam]]
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* [[Subrahmanya Dandakam]]
 
* [[Shanmuga Shodasam]]
 
* [[Shanmuga Shodasam]]
 
* [[Kanda Guru Kavacham of Santhananda Swamigal (Tamil)]]
 
* [[Kanda Guru Kavacham of Santhananda Swamigal (Tamil)]]
* [[Pragya Vivardhana Karthikeya Stotram]]</collist>
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* [[Pragya Vivardhana Karthikeya Stotram]]
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</sort2>
  
 
==Prayers addressed to Lord Ayyappa==
 
==Prayers addressed to Lord Ayyappa==
<collist class="cleantable" cols="2" sort="true">* [[Ayyappa Suprabatham]]
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<sort2>
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* [[Ayyappa Suprabatham]]
 
* [[Harivarasanam]]
 
* [[Harivarasanam]]
 
* [[Sastha Pancha rathnam]]
 
* [[Sastha Pancha rathnam]]
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* [[Sri Shastha Bhujangam]]
 
* [[Sri Shastha Bhujangam]]
 
* [[Sastha Dasakam]]
 
* [[Sastha Dasakam]]
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* [[Ayyappa Ganangal(Malayalam)]]
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* [[Nurani sastha Preethi Pattukal]]
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* [[Mani Kanda Sthuthi]]
 
* [[Mani Kanda Sthuthi]]
 
* [[Bhootha natha dasakam]]
 
* [[Bhootha natha dasakam]]
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* [[Bhootha natha sthuthi vimsathi]]
 
* [[Bhootha natha sthuthi vimsathi]]
 
* [[Sri Bhootha natha Dasakam]]
 
* [[Sri Bhootha natha Dasakam]]
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* [[Bhoothanathane Kanumarakanam]]
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* [[Ayyappa Darsana Stotram]]
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* [[Ayyappa Kavacham (Tamil)]]
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* [[Ayyappa Pancharathnam(Tamil)]]
 
* [[Dharma Shasthru Karavalamba Stotram]]
 
* [[Dharma Shasthru Karavalamba Stotram]]
* [[Sri Ayyappa Sahasra Namam]]</collist>
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* [[Sri Ayyappa Sahasra Namam]]
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</sort2>
  
 
==Prayers addressed to Planet Devatas==
 
==Prayers addressed to Planet Devatas==
<collist class="cleantable" cols="2" addbullet="true" sort="true">* [[Surya mandalashtakam]]
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<sort2>
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* [[Surya mandalashtakam]]
 
* [[Nava Graha Sthothram]]
 
* [[Nava Graha Sthothram]]
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* [[Nava Graha Stotram II]]
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* [[Surya Sthava Raja]]
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* [[Sanaischara Dwadasa Namam]]
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* [[Nava Graha Sthothram]]
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* [[Surya Kavacha  Sthothram]]
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* [[Nava Graha Prarthana]]
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* [[Sanaischara Stotram by Dasaratha]]
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* [[Sanaischara Kavacham]]
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* [[Adithya hrudayam]]
 
* [[Adithya hrudayam]]
 
* [[Suryarya Stotram]]
 
* [[Suryarya Stotram]]
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* [[Kethu Kavacham]]
 
* [[Kethu Kavacham]]
 
* [[Budha Pancha Vimsathi Nama Stotram]]
 
* [[Budha Pancha Vimsathi Nama Stotram]]
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* [[Bhaskara Stotram]]
 
* [[Sri Chandra Stotram]]
 
* [[Sri Chandra Stotram]]
 
* [[Sri Brihaspathi Stotram]]
 
* [[Sri Brihaspathi Stotram]]
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* [[SAnaischara Sthava Raja]]
 
* [[SAnaischara Sthava Raja]]
 
* [[Pratha Smarana Surya Stotram]]
 
* [[Pratha Smarana Surya Stotram]]
* [[Sri Kethu  Stotram]]</collist>
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* [[Sri Kethu  Stotram]]
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</sort2>
  
 
==Prayers addressed to holy rivers==
 
==Prayers addressed to holy rivers==
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==Prayers addressed to Lord Anjaneya==
 
==Prayers addressed to Lord Anjaneya==
<collist class="cleantable" cols="2" sort="true">* [[Anjaneya stotram]]
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* [[Anjaneya stotram]]
 
* [[Hanumath stotram]]
 
* [[Hanumath stotram]]
 
* [[Hanumath Pancha Rathnam]]
 
* [[Hanumath Pancha Rathnam]]
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* [[Ekadasa  MUkha Hanumath Kavacham]]
 
* [[Ekadasa  MUkha Hanumath Kavacham]]
 
* [[Viswa Roopa Anjaneya Nava Rathna Mala Kavacham]]
 
* [[Viswa Roopa Anjaneya Nava Rathna Mala Kavacham]]
* [[Shatru Vasya Maruthi Manthra]]</collist>
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* [[Shatru Vasya Maruthi Manthra]]
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</sort2>
  
 
==Philosophical prayers==
 
==Philosophical prayers==
<collist class="cleantable" cols="2" addbullet="true" sort="true">* [[Nirvana shatakam]]
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* [[Nirvana shatakam]]
 
* [[Athma Panchakam]]
 
* [[Athma Panchakam]]
 
* [[Sadhana Panchakam]]
 
* [[Sadhana Panchakam]]
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* [[Dhanya Ashtakam]]
 
* [[Dhanya Ashtakam]]
 
* [[Saptha Sloki Gita]]
 
* [[Saptha Sloki Gita]]
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* [[Poonthanam's Maya Varnana(Tamil)]]
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* [[Poonthanam's Moola Thathwam(Malayalam)]]
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* [[Manisha Panchakam]]
 
* [[Bharata Savithri]]
 
* [[Bharata Savithri]]
 
* [[Chathusloki Bhagawatham]]
 
* [[Chathusloki Bhagawatham]]
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* [[Tri sloki Gita]]
 
* [[Tri sloki Gita]]
 
* [[Vijnana Nauka]] of Adi Shankara
 
* [[Vijnana Nauka]] of Adi Shankara
* [[Anathma Sri Vigarhanam]]</collist>
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* [[Anathma Sri Vigarhanam]]
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</sort2>
  
 
==Daily Prayers==
 
==Daily Prayers==
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==Vedic Hyms==
 
==Vedic Hyms==
<collist class="cleantable" cols="2" addbullet="true" sort="true">* [[Laghu nyasa]]
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* [[Laghu nyasa]]
 
* [[Rudram]]
 
* [[Rudram]]
 
* [[Chamakam]]
 
* [[Chamakam]]
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* [[Bhoo Suktham]]
 
* [[Bhoo Suktham]]
 
* [[Medha Suktham]]
 
* [[Medha Suktham]]
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* [[Aikamathya Suktham]]
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* [[Bhagya  Suktham]]
 
* [[Shaala Suktham]]
 
* [[Shaala Suktham]]
 
* [[Vaasthu Manthras]]
 
* [[Vaasthu Manthras]]
* [[Pavamana Suktham]]</collist>
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* [[Pavamana Suktham]]
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</sort2>
  
 
==Prayers to other Gods and General prayers==
 
==Prayers to other Gods and General prayers==
<collist class="cleantable" cols="2" addbullet="true" sort="true">* [[Garbha Raksha stotram]]
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* [[Garbha Raksha stotram]]
 
* [[Dattatreya stotram]]
 
* [[Dattatreya stotram]]
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* [[Aathma Suprabatham]]
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* [[Pathi stotra]]
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* [[Pithru sthuthi]]
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* [[Devanam Sthuthi  Ashtakam]]
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* [[Guru  sthuthi]]
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* [[Sarva mangala ashtakam]]
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* [[Muneeswarar stotram(tamil)]]
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* [[Sai Bababa SAran ashtakam]]
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* [[Slokas for solving various problems]]
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* [[Yamashtakam]]
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* [[Guru  stotram (Malayalam)]]
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* [[Madhava Sthuthi]]
 
* [[Madhava Sthuthi]]
 
* [[Jnanappana]] (Malayalam)
 
* [[Jnanappana]] (Malayalam)
 
* [[Pancha devatha Sthuthi]]
 
* [[Pancha devatha Sthuthi]]
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* [[Dattha mala Stotram]]
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* [[Shirdi Sai Baba Chalisa]]
 
* [[Narada Bhakti Stotra]]
 
* [[Narada Bhakti Stotra]]
 
* [[Ghora Kashtodhara Stotram]]
 
* [[Ghora Kashtodhara Stotram]]
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* [[Deivame Kathu Kolga(Malayalam)]]
 
* [[Deivame Kathu Kolga(Malayalam)]]
 
* [[Totakashtakam]]
 
* [[Totakashtakam]]
* [[Mangalya Prarthana]]</collist>
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* [[Mangalya Prarthana]]
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</sort2>
  
 
==Translation Of Complete Narayaneeyam==
 
==Translation Of Complete Narayaneeyam==
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* [[Sampoorna Narayaneeya Parayanam]]
 
* [[Sampoorna Narayaneeya Parayanam]]
 
* [[Narayaneeya Haarathi]]
 
* [[Narayaneeya Haarathi]]
<collist class="cleantable" cols="2" addbullet="true" sort="true"> [[Dasakam 1-10]]
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* [[Dasakam 1-10]]
[[Dasakam 11-20]]
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* [[Dasakam 11-20]]
[[Dasakam 21-30]]
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* [[Dasakam 21-30]]
[[Dasakam 31-40]]
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* [[Dasakam 31-40]]
[[Dasakam 41-50]]
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* [[Dasakam 41-50]]
[[Dasakam 51-60]]
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* [[Dasakam 51-60]]
[[Dasakam 61-70]]
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* [[Dasakam 61-70]]
[[Dasakam 71-80]]
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* [[Dasakam 71-80]]
[[Dasakam 81-90]]
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* [[Dasakam 81-90]]
[[Dasakam 91-100]]</collist>
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* [[Dasakam 91-100]]
  
  
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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 22:26, 12 July 2017

By Swai Harshananda

Stotra literally means ‘chant of praise’.

Meaning of Stotra

The word stotra is used in two senses:

  1. The Vedic
  2. The paurāṇic

Significance oof Stotras

The Vedic stotra is composed of verses taken mainly from the Rgveda. These verses are chanted as per the rules of intonation, especially those of the Sāmaveda. A stotra always precedes a śastra.[1] It may be in any one of the innumerable melodies,[2] and stobhas are added at appropriate places.

Chanting of Stotra

All stotras are chanted or sung by the udgātṛ and his assistants, prastotṛ and pratihartṛ. In Somayāgas, the stotras are spread over all the three savanas. According to the purāṇas and devotional literature, a stotra is a hymn of the outpourings of the heart of a devotee of God. Stava, stuti and nati are the equivalents for the word stotra. Though they may be in any language, either in prose or in poetry, only the Sanskrit hymnal literature will be considered here. They are legion.

Content of Strotra

The subject matter of these stotras ranges from the sublime heights of philosophy or mystical experiences, to the petitioning for the small comforts of life here and now. A few of these are mentioned here:

  1. Description of the form of God or a deity seen in a vision
  2. Request for pardon of sins committed knowingly or unknowingly
  3. Prayer for the removal of problems and difficulties and request for the grant of the good things of life
  4. Desire for obtaining devotion, knowledge and detachment that help one in spiritual life
  5. Spontaneous outburst of emotion after deep spiritual experience and so on.

Types of Strotras

Stotras containing 108 names, 300 names or 1008 names of a deity are also commonly met with. They are used mostly in ritual chanting or ceremonial worship. Another type called as Suprabhāta-stotras[3] are also quite common and popular. Tradition prescribes that these stotras can be chanted after meditation or worship.

Prayers to Vishnu

  1. Śastra means which is a laud that is just recited.
  2. Melodies means sāman.
  3. Suprabhāta-stotras means ‘good-morning hymns’.


Prayers addressed to Rama


Prayers to Lord Krishna


Prayers addressed to Shiva


Prayers addressed to mother Goddess


Prayers addressed to Lord Ganesa


Prayers addressed to Lord Subrhamanya


Prayers addressed to Lord Ayyappa


Prayers addressed to Planet Devatas


Prayers addressed to holy rivers

Prayers addressed to Lord Anjaneya


Philosophical prayers


Daily Prayers

Vedic Hyms


Prayers to other Gods and General prayers


Translation Of Complete Narayaneeyam


Related Articles


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore