Sri Saraswathi Sthothram

Goddess Sarasvathi

Sarasvathee namasthubhyam veena pusthaka dharinee

Guidelines for pronunciation are in the footnotes


shree saraswathee sthothram

neehaara haara ghana saara sudhaakaraabhaam
kalyaanadaam kanaka champaka daama bhuushaam

utthunga peena kucha kumbha manoharangeem
vaanim namaami manasaa vachasaa vibhuthyai

yaa vedaanthaartha thathvaika svaruupaa paramaardhathah
naama ruupaathma naa vyakthaa saamaampaathu sarasvathee

yaa saango paanga veneshu chathurshve kaiva geeyathe
advaithaa brahmana shakthi ssaamaampaathu sarasvathee

yaa varna pada vaakyaardha svaruupenaiva varthathe
anaadi vidhi naananthaa saamaampathu sarasvathee

adhyaathma madhi dvaivancha devaanaam samyageeshvaree
prathyagaasthe vadanthee yaa saamaapaathu sarasvathee

rudraadithyaadi ruupasthaa yasyaa maa veshyathaam punah
dhyaanthi sarvaruupai kaa saamaampathu sarasvathee

yaa prathyag dhrushtibhir jeevairvyajyamaa naama bhuuyathe
vyaapinee jnapthi ruupaikaa saamaampathu sarasvathee

naamajaa thyaabhirbhe dairashtadhaa yaa vikalpithaa
nirvikalpaathmanaavyakthaa saamaampathu sarasvathee

vyakthaavyaktha gira ssarve vedaadyaa vyaaharanthi yaam
sarvakaamadughuu dhenu ssaamaampathu sarasvathee

yaam vidithvaakhilam bandham nirvirhyaakhila varrhmanaa
yoogee yaathi varam sthaanam saamaampathu sarasvathee

naama rupaathmakam sarvam yasthyaa maaveshathaam punah
dhyaayanthi brahmaruupai kaa saamaampathu sarasvathee


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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.