Surya Namaskar Mantra - Lyrics, Meaning, Benefits, Download

Learn everything about this Sun mantra that is known to grant you impeccable physical health.

The Surya Namaskar Mantra is a salutation prayer to the Sun God, Surya. The mantra is recited or listened to by yoga practitioners worldwide.

The prayer is made of 12 chants. It is usually chanted in the morning facing the sun while practicing its 12 poses of Surya Namaskar or the Sun Salutation.

Adept yoga practitioners recommend reciting or listening to each verse of the mantra while performing the respective yoga postures.

This natural way of exercise benefits the mind and body immensely.

Each chant can also be used to start a new repetition of the Surya Namaskara.

The beauty of this mantra is that each individual chant focuses on replenishing the energy of a specific part of the body.

Each mantra is associated with the 12 poses of a Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation:

  1. Pranamasana (Prayer pose)

  2. Hasta Uttanasana (Raised arms pose)

  3. Pada Hastasana (Hand to foot pose)

  4. Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian/Lunge pose)

  5. Dandasana (Plank Pose)

  6. Ashtanga Namaskara (Eight Limbs pose)

  7. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

  8. Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Dog Pose)

  9. Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian/Lunge pose)

  10. Pada Hastasana (Hand to foot pose)

  11. Hasta Uttanasana (Raised arms pose)

  12. Tadasasana(Mountain pose)

The Surya Namaskar mantra is part of the Ancient Chants from India - Volume 1 album.

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History of the mantra

There is a mythological story behind the practice of Surya Namaskara asanas and mantras:

Hanuman’s mother, Anjana, wished that her son should get an education under Lord Surya (the Sun). She asked Hanuman to request Surya to teach him.

Hanuman approached Lord Surya and requested him to accept him as his student. But Surya refused to teach Hanuman.

However, after much persuasion, Surya agreed to teach Hanuman. To Surya’s amazement, the great Hanuman had mastered all the Vedas within a week!

At the end of the class, Hanuman asked as to what can be given back as a reward to his guru.

Surya declined to accept a fee from Hanuman. He said that having Hanuman as a student itself was a reward for him.

Further, Hanuman said, well, I can only offer you my gratitude and namaskars (respectful greetings) as “Guru Dakshina” (teacher's fee).

Lord Hanuman bowed down in front of his guru.

Lord Surya was much pleased with this and he blessed Hanuman.

And since then, Hanuman started propagating the Surya Namaskar as an homage to his guru. He practiced it daily.

The Surya Namaskar is also considered to be the reason for Lord Hanuman's impeccable health. It made Lord Hanuman an epitome of strength.

The incident is also believed to be the beginning of practicing Surya Namaskara. It is the foundation of asanas in hatha yoga.

Lyrics of the Mantra

Om Mitraya Namaha
Om Ravaye Namaha

Om Surya Namaha
Om Bhaanave Namaha

Om Khagaya Namaha
Om Pooshne Namaha

Om Hiranya Garbhaya Namaha
Om Mariechaye Namaha

Om Adityaaya Namaha
Om Savitre Namaha

Om Arkaaya Namaha
Om Bhaskaraya Namaha

Meaning of the Mantra

Verse 1 :
Om Mitraya Namaha
Om Ravaye Namaha

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Meaning :
I bow to the One who is a friend to all
I bow to the One who always shines radiantly


Verse 2 :
Om Surya Namaha
Om Bhaanave Namaha

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Meaning :
I bow to the One who dispels ignorance
I bow to the One who illuminates the entire Universe


Verse 3 :
Om Khagaya Namaha
Om Pooshne Namaha

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Meaning :
I bow to the One who illuminates the entire Universe
I bow to the One who is all-pervading


Verse 4 :
Om Hiranya Garbhaya Namaha
Om Mariechaye Namaha

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Meaning :
I bow to the One who is golden colored
I bow to the One who gives light with infinite rays


Verse 5 :
Om Adityaaya Namaha
Om Savitre Namaha

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Meaning :
I bow to the son of Aditi, the cosmic divine mother
I bow to the One who is responsible for life


Verse 6 :
Om Arkaaya Namaha
Om Bhaskaraya Namaha

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Meaning :
I bow to the One who is worthy of praise and glory
I bow to the Giver of wisdom and cosmic illumination


Benefits of listening to Surya Namaskar mantra

The Surya Namaskar mantra invokes the Sun God and asks for its blessings for a healthy life.

The Surya Namaskar asanas or the Sun Salutation poses improves the functions of the heart, liver, intestine, stomach, chest, throat, and legs and thus keeps the body and mind healthy.

Listening to or reciting this mantra while performing yoga will give you the best results. Here are the benefits of each individual mantra of the Surya Namaskar mantra.

Benefit 1 - Balance mind
Chanting the Om Mitraaya Namaha mantra along with the Pranasana pose is beneficial to the balancing of the body and mind.

Benefit 2 - Heal lungs
Chanting the Om Ravaye Namaha mantra along with the Hasta Uttasana pose is beneficial to have healthy lungs and breathing.

Benefit 3 - Strengthens hips
Chanting the Om Suryana Namaha mantra along with the Pada Hastana pose is beneficial to have the flexibility and strengthen hips, shoulders, and arms.

Benefit 4 - Better digestion
Chanting the Om Bhaanave Namaha along with the Ashwa Sanchalanasana pose is beneficial for indigestion and bowel movement.

Benefit 5 - Calms mind
Chanting the Om Khagaya Namaha along with the Dandasana pose is beneficial for strengthening the upper body and calming the mind.

Benefit 6 - Reduce anxiety
Chanting the Om Pooshne Namaha along with the Ashtanga Namaskara pose is beneficial for reducing tension and anxiety in addition to strengthening the back and spine.

Benefit 7 - Flexible body
Chanting the Om Hiranya Garbhaya Namaha along with the Bhujangasana pose is beneficial for body strength and flexibility.

Benefit 8 - Better blood flow
Chanting the Om Mareechaya Namaha along with the Adho Mukha Shvanasana pose increases blood flow to the spine and strengthens muscles to lead tooverall rejuvenation.

Benefit 9 - Strengthens core
Chanting the Om Adityaaya Namaha along with the Ashwa Sanchalanasana tones up the abdominal organs.

Benefit 10 - Strengthens shoulders
Chanting the Om Savitre Namaha along with the Hatapadasana pose opens the hips, shoulders, and arms.

Benefit 11 - Better breathing
Chanting the Om Arkaaya Namaha mantra along with the Hasta Uttanasana improves breathing and boosts energy.

Benefit 12 - Reduces body-aches
Chanting the Om Bhaskaraya Namaha mantra along with the Tadasana pose lessens body aches and pains.

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