Invoking Mother Ganga
DEVI SURESHWARI BHAGAVATI GANGE
TRIBHUVANA TAARINI TARAL TARANGE;
SHANKARA MAULI NIVAASINI VIMALE
MAMA MATI ASTAAM TAVA PADA KAMALE
O Divine Mother Ganga, Lordess among the Deities, your pure water purifies and helps to release the souls from the bondage of the three worlds. You reside in the matted locks of Lord Shiva. Please accept my devotions I bow down my mind at your Lotus Feet.
Svasti na indro vriddhashravah
Svasti nah pusha vishwavedah;
Svasti nastarkshyo arishtanemih
Svasti no brihaspatirdadhatu;
(Yajur Veda )
This mantra is used while applying Tilaka or giving blessings. The mantra means, may the Lord of Heaven, Indra be auspicious to us. The all knowing deity Pusha be auspicious to us. May the vehicle of Lord Vishnu, the great bird Garuda be auspicious to us. May the Guru of the deities Brihaspati be auspicious to us.