Monday, April 8, 2013

What is Sloka?

What is Sloka


Sloka is a term derived from Sanskrit. Sloka is a verse, phrase, proverb or hymn of praise dedicated to the God. Shlokas are usually composed in a specific meter. Sloka is a verse of two lines, each of sixteen syllables.

Sloka usually forms the part of Hindu prayers. Shloka can also be attributed to specific Gods and Goddesses. 

Sloka is a powerful prayer which conveys the dignity and the omnipotence of God. Sanskrit Shlokas describe God in different forms and their celestial powers. People, who sincerely recite these verses and invoke the God mentally, attain a steady and peaceful mind. 

Shloka forms the part of ''Stotras'' which are dedicated to Gods as prayers. Slokas are the primary verses from Mahabharata and Ramayana, the great epics of Indian Mythology.