Saraswathi Dvadasa Nama Sthothram

Goddess Sarasvathi

Sarasvathee namasthubhyam veena pusthaka dharinee

Guidelines for pronunciation are in the footnotes


saraswathee dvaadasha nama sthothram

sarasvatheemayam drushtvaa veenaa pusthaka dhaarineem
hamsavaahana samaayukthaa vidyaa daanakaree mama

pradhamam bhaaratheenaama dvitheeyam cha sarasvathee
thritheeyam shaaradaa devi chathurtham hamsavaahinee

panchamam jagathee khyaathaa shashtam vaageesvaree thadhaa
kaumaaree sapthamam prokthaa ashtamam brahmachaarinee

navamam buddhi dhaathree cha dashamam varadaayanee
ekaadashe kshudraghantaa dvaadasham bhuvanesvaree

braahmeei dvaadasha naamaani thrisandhyam yah pattennara
sarva siddhikaree thasya prasannaa parameshvaree

saame vasathu jihvaagre brahma ruupaa saraswathee
ithi shree saraswathee dvaadasha naamaani sampuurnani


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Guidelines to pronunciation: Sanskrit is essentially a language of sounds and sound vibrations. The efficacy of Sanskrit prayers depends upon the vibrations that are produced during chanting. It is difficult to transliterate Sanskrit words into English with full justification to the original sounds. In the above stated transliteration we followed a simple approach to make it easier even for those who are not familiar with English or Sanskrit. Wherever you find repeat vowels (aa, uu, ee) please stretch the vowel sound (for ex., aa as in vast or path, uu as in cool or root, ee as in eel or feel). Similarly, "ai" should be pronounced as in gait, fight, or tight. Th should be pronounced as in think or thick, but when t alone is used, it should be pronounced as in two, top or tip.