pranidhana- the mantra project

pranidhana is a merging of Pranidhi’s musical and yogic worlds. Working with an array of musicians, including Sheela Bringi and Clinton Patterson of PremaSoul , she’s breathing new life into ancient Sanskrit chants while honoring their deep and soulful nature. The word “pranidhana” translates as devotion or surrender. This album is an offering of devotion to the path of yoga, the path of union. Through her chanting, Pranidhi hopes to touch the hearts of practitioners on all paths. A portion of proceeds will benefit Yoga Gives Back, an organization that mobilizes the yoga community in order to provide microfinancing and support to women and children in India.

Chant Translations

Ashtanga Yoga Mantram

I bow to the lotus feet of the Guru, who uncovers our true self and awakens happiness,

Like the jungle physician, pacifying the delusion caused by the poison of Samsara.

Taking the form of a man to the shoulders, holding a conch, a discus, and a sword,

Having 1,000 bright heads,

I salute Patanjali.

Sahana Vavatu

May we both be protected (the teacher and the student)

May we both be nourished

May we work together with energy and vigor

May our study be enlightening, not giving rise to hostility

Shivapanchakshara Stotram

Salutations to Shiva, who wears the king of snakes as a garland, the three-eyed god, whose body is smeared with ashes, the great lord, the eternal and pure one, who wears the directions as his garment, and who is represented by the syllable “na.”

I bow to Shiva, who has been worshipped with water from the Ganga (Mandakini) and anointed with sandalwood paste, the lord of Nandi, the lord of the host of goblins and ghosts, the great lord, who is worshiped with Mandara and many other kinds of flowers, and who is represented by the syllable “ma.”

Salutations to Shiva, who is all-auspiciousness, who is the sun that causes the lotus face of Gauri (Parvati) to blossom, who is the destroyer of the yajna of Daksha, whose throat is blue (Nilakantha), whose flag bears the emblem of the bull, and who is represented by the syllable “shi.”

Vasishtha, Agastya, Gautama, and other venerable sages, and Indra and other gods have worshipped the head of (Shiva’s linga). I bow to that Shiva whose three eyes are the moon, sun and fire, and who is represented by the syllable “va.”

Salutations to Shiva, who is the embodiment of Yajna (sacrifice), who has matted hair on his head, who bears the Pinaka bow in his hand, the primeval lord, the brilliant god, who is digambara (naked), and who is represented by the syllable “ya.”


The act of offering is Brahman

The offering itself is Brahman

The offering is done by Brahman, into the sacred fire which is Brahman

He alone attains Brahman who, in all actions, is fully absorbed in Brahman


Which is adored by Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and the Gods, which is pure, shining, and well-adorned, and which destroys the sorrows associated with birth (and human life), I salute that eternal Shiva Lingam.

Which is worshipped by the Gods and the best of sages, which burns the desires, which is compassionate, and which destroyed the pride of demon Ravana, I Salute that eternal Shiva Lingam.

Which is beautifully smeared with various fragrant pastes, which is the cause behind the elevation of a person’s (spiritual) intelligence and discernment, and which is praised by the Siddhas, Devas and the Asuras, I salute that eternal Shiva Lingam.

Which is decorated with gold and other precious gems, which is adorned with the best of the serpents wrapped around it, and which destroyed the grand sacrifice (Yajna) of Daksha, I salute that eternal Shiva Lingam.

Which is anointed with kumkuma (saffron) and chandana (sandal paste), which is beautifully decorated with garlands of lotuses, and which destroys the accumulated sins (of several lives), I salute that eternal Shiva Lingam.

Which is worshipped and served by the group of Devas (Gods) with true bhava (emotion, contemplation) and bhakti (devotion), and which has the splendor of a million suns, I salute that eternal Shiva Lingam.

Which is surrounded by eight-petaled flowers, which is the cause behind all creation, and which destroys the eight poverties, I salute that eternal Shiva Lingam.

Which is worshipped by the preceptor of Gods (Lord Brihaspati) and the best of the Gods, which is always worshipped by the flowers from the celestial garden, which is superior than the best and which is the greatest, I salute that eternal Shiva Lingam.


All this is full (whole), all that is full (whole)

From fullness, fullness comes

When fullness is taken from fullness,

Fullness still remains

Asatoma Sadgamaya

Lead us from the unreal to the real

Lead us from darkness to light

Lead us from death to immortality


You are my mother and you are my father

You are my family and you are my friend

You are my knowledge and you are my wealth

You are my everything

Whatever I do with my body, speech, mind, or limbs,

With my intellect, soul, or with my innate natural tendencies, either intentionally or unintentionally,

I offer everything to Lord Narayana.

Mangala Mantram

May it be well with the progeny of the earth

May it be well with our leaders

May it be well with the connection between us and the universal

May it be well with all beings everywhere

In all births let there be happiness

May auspiciousness be everywhere

May the goodness of union be everywhere

May there be peace everywhere


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