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The "Sahanavavatu mantra" is one of the shaanti (peace) mantras which has its origins in the Taittiriya Upanisad.

 This mantra is often recited as a prayer to invoke God's blessings for harmony amongst teacher(s) and student(s). 

Peace Invocation 

Om Saha Na Vavathu

Saha- both; nau-us; avatu- may he protect

Saha Nau Bhunakthu

Saha- both; nau-us, bhunaktu-may he nourish

Saha Veeryam Karavavahai

Saha- both; viryam karavavahai-may we
acquire the capacity

Tejasvi Na Vadheetamastu

tejasvi-be brilliant; nau-for us; adhitam- what is studied;
astu-let it be

Maa Vidwishavahai

vidvisavahai-may we not argue with each other.


Shanti Shanti Shanti

Om Peace Peace Peace

Simple Translation

May He protect both of us. May He nourish both of us. May we both acquire the capacity (to study and
understand the scriptures). May our study be brilliant. May we not argue with each other.
Om peace,
peace, peace

Translation from our class


May He protect us both!

May He enable us to enjoy and work hard in the

pursuit of knowledge!

May we attain brilliance in our study!

May we not quarrel with each other!


Peace! Peace! Peace!

FOR 5TH GRADE AND UP ( Why is it important?)

At the beginning of a class, the teacher and students generally recite this peace invocation together. Both
seek the Lord’s blessings for study that is free of obstacles, such as poor memory, or the inability to
concentrate or poor health. They also seek blessings for a conducive relationship, without which
communication of any subject matter is difficult. Therefore, this prayer is important for both the teacher
and the student.