Importance of Snanam & Nithyakarma Anushtanams


Many Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara to our sathsang volunteer for sharing this important article on Nithyakarma Anushtanams & Snanam, a subject that Sri Periyava has emphasized. Rama Rama

Sri Rama Jayam – Snana Sankalpam

Sri Vedavyaasaaya Namah
Namah Paravati Pataye Hara Hara Mahadeva

We have heard in Puranas that only Muruga could wipe out Tarakasuran,  Surapadman and other Asuras.

The Shat karmas (six karmas – sandhyavandanam, snanam etc.) are very important and only these can wipe out our sins completely, Devas could only manage these Asuras but only Muruga (Shanmuga) could kill them. (Shat = six in sanskrit, it becomes Shan by Sanskrit grammar.) Similarly, other solutions may only manage our problems for a while. Permanent solution is doing the Nithya karma.

Rishis have mentioned those doing karma anusthanams need not worry about anything, problems won’t near that person and existing problems will be solved.

By doing only snanam and sandhyavandanam a person will live for a hundred years.

We are aware about Sandhyavandanam,  one more simpler and easier anushtanam is Snanam.

Many will be benefitted by snanam and sins done in numerous births is destroyed by snanam alone.

More details will be shared soon but the important things in Snanam are sankalpam before snanam and wearing a towel during snanam.

This sankalpam won’t take more than a minute. The day will become favorable when one takes sankalpam for snanam. Avoid doing sankalpam during “teethu”.

In Mahabharatam, Bhishmar mentions that a Brahmama doing snanam, sandhyavandanam and chanting Veda mantras at both twilights becomes the favourite of all Devas, Rishis and Pithrus.

Snanam done with bhagwan namas or veda mantras give excellent results but only when Sankalpam is done beforehand. Men must definitely do sankalpam before snanam. For women, sankalpam is required mainly for snanam in rivers. (for nithya snanam, it is optional.)

Sankalpam for 3rd October, 2017 – (change the tithi, day according to panchanga)

ममोपात्तसमस्तदुरितक्षयद्वारा श्रीपरमेश्वरप्रीत्यर्तम् शुभेशोभनेमुहुर्ते आद्यब्रह्मणः द्वितीयपरार्धे श्वेतवराहकल्पे वैवस्वतमन्वन्तरे अष्टाविंषशतितमे कलियुगे प्रथमे पादे जम्बूद्वीपे भारतवर्षे भरतखण्डे मेरोः दक्षिणेपाश्र्वे शकाब्दे अस्मिन् वर्तमाने व्यावहारिके प्रभवादीनां षष्ट्याः संवत्सराणां मध्ये हेमलम्ब​ नाम संवत्सरे दक्षिणायने भाद्रपद​ मासे शुक्ल पक्षे त्रयोदश्यां शुभतिथौ भौमवासर​ युक्तायां शतभिषा नक्षत्र  युक्तायां शुभयोग शुभकरण​ एवं गुणविशेषणविशिष्टायां त्रयोदश्यां शुभतिथौ मम सर्वेषां पापानां सद्यः अपनोदनार्थं भास्करक्षेत्रे महात्रिपुरसुन्दरी समेत चन्द्रमौलीश्वर स्वामी सन्निधौ प्रातः स्नानमहं करिष्ये ।

mamopAtha-samastha duritha kSyadvara ShrI parameshwara prithyartham shube- shobhane-muhurte Adhya-brahmaNaH dvitIya-parAdhe shvetavarA-kalpe vaivasvata-manvantare aSTA-vimSashati-tame kaliyuge prathame pAde jambUdvIpe bhAratavarSe bharata-kande meroHo dakSiNe-pArshve shakAbde asmin vartamAne vyAvahArike prabhavA-dinAm SaSTyAH samvatsarANAm madhye hemalamba nAma samvatsare dakSiNAyane Asvina mAse shukla pakse trayodashyAm shubhatithau bhaumavAsara yukthAyAm shatabhiSA-nakshatra-yuktAyAm shubha-yoga sbhubha-karana evam guna-visheSaNa-vishiSTAyAm trayodashyAm shubha-thithau mama sarveSAm pApAnAm sadyaH apnodanArtham bhaskara-kshetre mahAtripurasundarI sameta candramaulIshvara svami or devata sannidhau prAtaH snanam-aham kariSye .

माध्याह्निक ​ / सायं स्नान (mAdhyAhnika or sAyam snanam aham…,)

Devata or swami can be used, both are correct.

Use the name of the main deity in the temple near your home, eg : unnamulai amman sametha  arunAchaleswara swami . Living near a temple itself is maha punniyam, always use the name of the important temple in your place. You can also add (samasta) समस्त​ between two swamis like the names of Shiva and Vishnu temples’ main deities.

For people in the U.S., instead of जम्बूद्वीपे भारतवर्षे भरतखण्डे मेरोः दक्षिणे पार्श्वे”, say अस्मत् भारतस्य पश्चिमस्ते क्रौञ्च द्वीपे उत्तर खण्डे । (asmat bhAratasya pashcimaste kraunca dvipe uttara khande)

Slokas for snanam  (all are important slokas, any bhagwan nama or namas of punniya kshetras are to be recited during bath, doing mental recitation is better)

गङ्गेच यमुने चैव गोदावरी सरस्वति ।

नर्मदे सिन्धु कावेरी जलेऽस्मिन् सन्निधिं कुरु ॥

gangeca yamune caiva godAvarI sarasvati

narmade sindhu kAverI jalesmin sannidhim kuru

अतिक्रूर महाकाय कल्पान्त दहनोपम ।

भैरवाय नमस्तुभ्यं अनुज्ञां दातुमर्हसि ॥

atikrura mahAkAya kalpAnta dahanopama

bairavAya namastubhyam anunyAm dAtum arhasi

दुर्भोजन- दुरालाप- दुष्प्रतिग्रह- सम्भवम् ।

पापं हर मम क्षिप्रं सह्यकन्ये नमोऽस्तु ते ॥

durbhojana durAlApa duSpratigraha sambhavam

pApam hara mama kSipram sahyakanye namostu te

त्रिरात्रं जान्हवीतीरे पञ्चरात्रं तु यामुने ।

सद्यः पुनाति कावेरी पापम् आमरणान्तिकम् ॥

trirAtram jAnhavitIre pancarAtram tu yAmune

sadyaH punAti kAveri pApam AmaraNantikam

Write the sankalpam or take a screenshot for convenience, read this at the beginning, soon you will easily memorize it.

The importance of pancha angas and Sanskrit names for tithi, month, day etc. is given in the pdf file. Click Sanskrit Terms for Sankalpam to download the same.

Jaya Jaya Shankara Hara Hara Shankara

Sri Rama Jayam



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6 replies

  1. Hope ANUSHAM IS A CREAM OF ANUSHTANAM

  2. Feeling thankfully for S nana sankalpa and also inform the mantra for SIKAI SANAM

    • Dear sir, please get the additional snana mantra for shikhai snanam, squeezing the vastram and others in person from a vaideeka who is conversant with these mantras. Only then, the potency of the mantra is truly unlocked.

      • I remember father told to shaflle vastram SEVEN Times after squeezing in water before putting for drying

  3. Made a mistake in the sankalpam, the month mentioned is not bhAdrapada, it is Ashvina.

  4. Very great to know the importance of SNANAM & ANUSHTANUM. We have to follow these two as if we protect our two eyes.

    JAYA JAYA SANKARA!
    HARA HARA SANKARA!!

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