Diwali Aarti

On the very day of Diwali (Deepawali) a Diwali puja (religious rituals) takes place in the households to invoke the gods and goddesses. The devotional prayers sung by the devotees to please the gods are known as Aartis in Hindi.

These prayers prove to be a medium by which devotees express their admiration, respect and love to the gods. They invoke the almighty through these prayers to seek their blessings. These prayers are sung in melodious tunes by the Hindus during a Puja, Jagran or Keertan (all events to invoke gods).

Diwali Aartis

Aarti and Bhajans are two different things. Aartis are prayers, mostly written in Hindi and Sanskrit whereas Bhajans are devotional songs. But the purpose of the aartis and bhajans remain the same.

On Diwali, Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity), Lord Ganesha (God of good luck and new beginning) and Goddess Durga are worshipped and invoked. Aartis for all these gods and goddesses are sung with utmost devotion and dedication to invoke them and seek their blessings for a better, happy future ahead.

Diwali Lakshmi Puja

On the main day of the festival of lights, prayers to please Goddess Lakshmi are sung. Goddess Lakshmi is believed to be the Goddess of Wealth. It is believed that if one is blessed by Goddess Lakshmi, wealth and prosperity will always be in a good position. People clean their house premises, light oil lamps, clean up themselves, get ready and pray to the almighty with their families. Maa Lakshmi Aarti is one of the major Diwali Aartis.

Maa Lakshmi Aarti

Jai lakshmi maataa, Maiyaa jaya lakshmi maataa
Tumako nishadina dhyaavata, Hara vishnu vidhaataa

Brahmaanii, rudraanii, kamalaa, Tuuhii hai jaga maataa
Suurya chandramaa dhyaavata, Naarada rishi gaataa

Durgaa ruupa nirantara, sukha sampati daataa
Jo koi tumako dhyaavata, riddhi siddhi dhana paataa

Tuuhii hai paataala basantii, Tuuhii shubha daataa
Karma prabhaava prakaashaka, Jaganidhi ke traataa

Jisa ghara mein tuma rahatii, saba sadaguna aataa
Kara sake koii kara le, mana nahin ghabaraataa

Tuma bina yagya na hove, Vastra na koii paataa
Khaana paana kaa vaibhava, Saba tumase hii aataa

Shubha guna mandira sundara, Kshirodadhi jaataa
Ratana chaturdasha tuma hii, Koii nahiin paataa

Aartii lakshmii jii kii, Jo koii nara gaataa
Ura aananda umanga ati, Paapa utara jaataa


Glory to you, O Mother, glory to you, mother Lakshmi. Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma meditate on you everyday and night.

You are yourself the consort of Brahma, Rudra and Vishnu and the mother of the world. The sage Narada sings your praises and the Sun and the Moon meditate on you.

As Durga, you grant both happiness and prosperity; and he who centres his attention on you becomes a recipient of all riddhis and siddhis-Prosperity and Accomplishment.

None but you dwell in the nether regions of the earth and you alone ensure good luck, bring to light the effect of Karma (action) and protect all worldly treasures.

All the virtues collect themselves where you have your dwelling; with your grace and favour even the impossible becomes possible without causing any nervous agitation.

No sacrifice can be performed without you (your grace), no one can obtain any garment (to cover his body); it is from you that one obtains one's sustenance (food and drink).

O daughter of the Ocean of Milk and the beauteous temple of all propitious virtues, you are a living mass of all the fourteen gems with which none else is endowed.

Whosoever hymns this prayer to Lakshmi is purged of his sins and experiences the ecstasy of joy.

Ganesha Aarti

The elephant headed god, Lord Ganesha is supposed to banish all the obstacles in one’s life, which is why he is famously called ‘Vighnaharta’. He is worshiped with utmost devotion and admiration. Ganesha Aarti is sung before all the other aartis, since it is believed by the Hindus that Lord Ganesha banishes all obstacles and everything goes on smoothly once he is invoked. Lord Ganesha is known by 108 names and has a number of temples devoted to him.

Shree Ganesha Aarti

Jai Ganesha Jai Ganesha Jai Ganesha Deva
Maata Jaaki Parvati Pitaa Mahadeva
Ladoowan Ka Bhog Lage Sant Karen Sevaa
Jai Ganesh Deva

Eka Dant Dayavant Chaar Bhujadhari
Maathe Par Tilak Sohe Muse Ki Sawaari
Paan Chadhe Phool Chadhe Aur Chadhe Mevaa
Jai Ganesh Deva

Andhe Ko Aankh Det Kohin Ko Kaaya
Banjhan Ko Putra Det Nirdhan Ko Maaya
Surya Shama Sharan Aaye Safal Kijye Sevaa
Jai Ganesh Deva 


Greetings to you O great Lord Ganesha, son of Parvati and Mahadeva Shiv Shankar. O great lord, you are the one-tusked, four-armed deity, whose forehead is marked by vermilion and rides a mouse. You are the one who gives vision to the blind and form to the paralytic, son to the childless, fortune to the poor, greetings to you O Ganesha. Glory to you,O Ganesha. We devotees offer you betel leaves, flowers, dry fruits and sweets which you delightedly accept as offerings. All the sages attend to you O glorious lord. Glory to you O lord Ganesha. 

Om Jai Jagdish Hare

It seems as the Hindu prayers and rituals are incomplete without this aarti. It is one of the most famous aartis of all times and almost all the Hindus are well-aware of the tune of this aarti. Though other aartis and devotional songs with somewhat similar lyrics are sung on the same tune, this remains the original. ‘Om Jai Jagdish Hare’ is inspired by the Dashavtara segment of the Gita Govinda.

Om Jai Jagdish Hare, Swami Jaya Jagadheesha Hare
Bhakta janonke sankat, Bhakta janonke sankat, Kshan me door kare
Om Jai Jagdish Hare

Jo dhyave phal pave, Dhukh bin se mann ka
Swami dhukh bin se man ka
Sukha sampati Ghar ave, Sukha sampati Ghar ave
Kasht mite tan ka, Om Jai Jagdish Hare 

Mata pita tum mere, Sharan padum main kis ki
Swami sharan padum mi kis ki
Tum bina aur na dooja, Tum bina aur na dooja
Asha karum mi kis ki, Om Jai Jagdish Hare

Tum pooran Paramatma, Tum Antaryami
Swami tum antaryami
Parabrahma Parameshwara, Parabrahma Parameshwara
Tum sab ke Swami, Om Jai Jagdish Hare

Tum karuna ke sagar, Tum palan karta
Swami Tum palan karta
Main sevak tum swami, Main sevak tum swami
Kripa karo bharta, Om Jai Jagdish Hare

Tum ho ek agochar, Sab ke pranapati
Swami sab ke pranapati
Kis vidhi miloom dayamaya, Kisi vidhi miloom dayamaya
Tum ko main kumati, Om Jai Jagdish Hare

Deena bandhu dukh harta, Tum rakshak mere
Swami tum rakshak mere
Apane hast uthavo, Apane hast uthavo
Dwar khada mi tere, Om Jai Jagdish Hare
Vishaya vikar mithavo, Pap haro deva
Swami pap haro deva
Shraddha bhakti badhavo, Shraddha bhakti badhavo
Santan ki seva, Om Jai Jagdish Hare

Tan man dhan sab kuch hi tera, Swami sab kuch hi tera
Tera tujh ko arpan, Tera tujh ko arpan
Kya lage mera, Om Jai Jagdish Hare

Om Jai Jagdish Hare, Swami Jaya Jagadheesha Hare
Bhakta janonke sankat, Bhakta janonke sankat
Kshan me door kare, Om Jai Jagdish Hare


Om! Victory to You, Hari, Ruler of the Universe, You make the troubles of your devotees vanish in a second.
Whoever thinks of You, gets results without any mental grief, Happiness and wealth come to his home, And his bodily woes vanish.

You are my mother and my father, Who else can I seek refuge from? There is no one else other than You for me, Who shall I yearn for?
You are whole and You are the Supreme Self, You are the Indweller in every being. O Supreme God, O Supreme Ruler, You are the Master of everybody.

You are the Ocean of Mercy, You are the Ruler, I am Your servant and You are the Master, Please show mercy my Lord.
You are the Unseen, You are the Master of everyone's life, How can I meet You, O Abode of Kindness.

O friend of the downtrodden, O remover of grief, You are my protector, I am standing at your door, Please raise Your hand to assure me.
Please eradicate all material desires in me, And remove my sins, Increase my love for You and let me serve You.

My body, my mind, my wealth, And my everything belongs to You, I offer what is Yours to You, What is there that is mine?
Om! Victory to You, Hari, Ruler of the Universe, You make the troubles of your devotees vanish in a second.

Shree Rama Aarti

Lord Rama is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Since being most admired of all the Hindu deities, it seems impossible for any Hindu puja to end without praying to Lord Rama. Known as ‘Purshottam Rama’, he is an ideal man; an ideal son, an ideal husband and a loving father. He is considered the epitome of the humankind.

Shri Ramachandra kripalu bhaju man, 
haran bhav bhai darunam.

Nav kanj lochan, kanj mukh, 
kar kanj pad kanjarunam 
Kandarp aganit amit chhavi,
Navvnil jiraj sundaram,
pat pit manahun tadit ruchi,
Suchi naumi Janakasutavaram. 

Bhuj din bandu dinesh danav, 
dusht dalan nikandanam, 
Raghunand anand kand Kaushal, 
chandra Dashrath nandanam.

  Sir krit kundaltilak charu, 
udar ang vibhushanam, 
Ajanubhuj san-chap dhar,
sangramajit kharadushanam. 

iti badit Tulasidas Shankar,
shesh muni man ranjanam, 
Mam hridai kanj nivas kar, 
kamadi khal dal bhanjanam. 

Manujahi racheu milahi so bar sahaj sundarsanvaro, 
Karuna nidhan sujan silu sanehu janat ravaro. 

Ehi bhanti Gauri asis suni, 
Siya sahit hiya harshin ali, 
TuIsi bhavanihin puji-puni mudit man mandir chali. 

Jani Gauri anukal,
Siya hiya harshu na jai kahi, 
Manjul mangal mul, 
bam ang pharkan lage.

Meaning: O mind, remember Rama, the Lord of compassion who will eradicate even the most terrible dread of life; his eyes are like newly-blown lotuses set in his lotus-face; lotus-like are his hands and like ruddy lotuses his feet.

With utmost humility I do obeisance to Sita’s consort, Ramachandra, whose boundless beauty excels that of myriad of cupids (taken together). He is as winsome as the rain-laden blue clouds. The yellow attire on his body, beautiful spotless and sanctified, looks as charming as the flashes of lightening.

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