Prayers during bathing

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Translated by P. R. Ramachander

Cleanliness is a sin qua non. A day is begun with the purification of the body as well as the mind. Purificatory bath is ultimate if it is done in the sacred waters of some holy rivers. The following prayers are recited while taking bath:

Govindethi sada snanam Govindethi sada japam,
Govindethi sada dhyanam, sada Govinda keerthanam.

Meditate on Govinda while taking bath, Meditate on him in your prayers, Meditate on him while thinking of God, And always sing his name.

Gange cha Yamune chaiva Godavari Saraswathi,
Narmada Sindhu Kaveri Jale asmin sannidhim kuru.

I pray you to enter,
This water meant for my bath,
Oh, holy river Ganga,
Oh, Holy river Yamuna,
Oh, Holy river Godavari,
Oh, Holy river Saraswathi,
Oh, Holy river Narmada,
Oh holy river Sindhu,
And holy river Kaveri.

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