According to some, the time from
2.30 a.m. to the sunrise and
according to some, the period of
two hours before the sunrise
As the name suggests this time is
the best time for conceiving,
understanding, experiencing or
merging with BRAHMA, the
eternal truth, the eternal purity
and the eternal bliss. This is the
time of liberation from the
shackles of every kind.
This is not a matter of belief; for
those who have experienced the
joy of getting up fresh from the
bed at this time!
There is a Sanskrit shloka [verse],
which depicts the sub-
classification of this enchanting
55 GHATIKA after the sunrise of
previous day the USHAH
KAALA the time of USHAA
After 57 GHATIKA, the time of
After 58 GHATIKA the time of
The remaining time till sunrise is
called the time of SURYODAYA.
[The day is constituted of 60
GHATIKA. GHATIKA is
approximately equivalent to 24
With the grace of mother earth
this fortune is granted to us to
walk on her body through out the
day. So there is a tradition to be
grateful to her before we start our
day by praying the mother earth.
This wisdom helps us unite with
the forces of which we are
extension and get empowered by
these forces. It makes us humble
and environment-friendly as well!
The prayer is as follows:
The meaning is:
Oh goddess earth, who is clad in
the beautiful attire of oceans and
the mountains are whose bosoms
and who is the wife of Lord
Vishnu, I offer my grateful
salutations to you and ask for
forgiveness as I put my feet on
you [touch you with my feet].
This prayer orients us
appropriately in such a way that it
opens up our hearts to the
glorious bounties of earth and her
love towards us. It starts
nourishing us as well as gives us
the perspective of loving our
mother earth, which is so much
essential for awakening our
responsibilities towards her.
Then we pray
KARAGRE VASATE LAXMI
KARAMULE TU GOVINDAM
The meaning is:
At the tips of the hand there stays
Laxmi the goddess of prosperity
At the middle stays the goddess
of knowledge Sarasvati
At the root of the hands stays
Lord Govinda i.e. Lord Vishnu
Hence we watch our hands with
This is such a wonderful prayer!
It helps us to reveal and establish
the connections between the
deities, which are the sources of
our power. It helps us explore the
potentials of prosperity,
profundity and fulfillment in our
life and thereby helps us develop
respect for ourselves. Such
respect as you know is essential
for taking due care of our body
while simultaneously directing it
to do things in life which would
help us in gaining holistic health.
There is one more and simple
prayer in SHUKLA
YAJURVEDA. It is as follows.
BAHU ME BALAMINDRIYAM
HASTAU KARMA VEERYAM
I pray that my arms and my all
organs be strong and my soul and
my heart be the healers.
SHUKLA YAJURVEDA 20.7.