Stuti-Manjari is a collection of some famous Sanskrit slokas that from an intrinsic part of the daily worship and prayer of the Hindus. The fifty-four slokas compiled make obeisance to Siva, Visnu and his avataras (incarnations), the Sun God, the Earth Goddess, Mahalaksmi (Goddess of wealth), Sarasvati (Goddess of wisdom) and Hanuman among other gods and goddesses as well as the guru (preceptor) and the Highest Reality - the Indivisible Brahman. The slokas praising the physical attributes of the deities and glorifying their powers are given in the original Sanskrit verse form followed by their transcription in Roman script and a translation of their meanings in both Hindi and English. Accompanying this breviary is a tape-recorded version of the slokas rendered by experts well-versed in the technical aspects involved in sloka-recitation.
The slokas thus recited to a melodious tune not only acquaint the listener with the correct pronunciation of the words but also have the great effect of refreshing the mind when listened to in the early morning hours. The clarity of the voices, their practised intonation and the free-flowing diction add richness to the piety evoked by the slokas and the lofty thoughts contained in them.
The slokas are an offering of the Jnana-Pravaha Centre for Cultural Studies in Varanasi which aims at promoting the meaning and message of diverse aspects of Indian culture - such as, the varied art forms and classic masterpieces of literature.
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