Prayer to Lord Shiva

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Divine dancers sing / chant this prayer at the start of every Odissi dance practice. It is felt within the heart and meditated upon. Please enjoy.


Angikam bhuvanam yasya

Vachikam sarva vangmayam

Aharyam chandra taradi tam

Namah satvikam sivam

Lord Shiva, Whose limbs are the world, Whose song and poetry are the essence of all language, Whose costume is the moon and the stars… we bow to Him the benevolent One.

The world is same as Shiva’s body. He understands every word and language, His language is Universal. He is adorned by the moon and stars, they are His ornaments. I pray to Lord Shiva and recognize Him as myself with hope for attaining Truth, Consciousness and Bliss.

My body is the world, and it is my temple. I use my pure body, speech and mind for peace (shanti) and harmony. My words can also be like the words of the Divine; sweet, good and true. I am made of the stars and constellations, the entire universe is within me!

I AM a spark of the Divine One, the Creator resides in my heart.

An Introduction to Odissi Terminology for Dancer to Learn

Angika (Limbs) – This is movement of limbs and body postures through coded gestures. Angika acting are of three kinds i.e. of body, of facial expressions and innovative. Head, hand, waist, chest, heels and feet are the six types in Angika. Nrutya consists of rhythm in body which establishes the characteristic sentiment and the situation guides the movement of the body.

Vachika (Spoken Words) – Spoken words are used to convey the meaning of the song or dialogue, that interprets the situation and content.

Aharya (Costumes and Make-up) – Appropriate get up, ornaments, costumes, apparel and decorative high lights are known as Aharya. This makes the dance more communicative and attractive.

Sattwika – This is to express the Bhava or State of Mind, i.e. temperament. This is an essential component.

Prayer to Guru


Through the yoga of Classical Indian Dance – one comes to gradually control ones desires from within, eventually to yoke one’s individual will with that of the universal will. According to Indian tradition, it is rare that we can achieve this on our own. It is believed that the universal will therefore manifests itself first and foremost through the guru, or spiritual master.

Guru Brahma

Guru Vishnu

Guru Devo Maheshwara

Guru Saksat Paramguru

Tasmai Guruve Namah

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

Guru is Brahma, Guru is Vishnu, Guru is Lord Shiva Maheshwara, To that Guru, the Highest Manifestation of Reality, I bow

For those who are not ready to assume full responsibility for self-control, the external guru provides the role model and guide until the time is right for one to realize that the true guru exists within.

When the inner guru develops to a certain point, the student will seek counsel within her own heart. Rather than looking outside herself for guidance she will follow her quiet inner voice, The God-Goddess / The Creator within. This is all part of the spiritual growth process.