Common Kirtan Phrases

this is the universal vibration from which all chant starts, and from which we have the intention that all beings become happy and free. In Indian classical music certain days and times of the day correspond to certain notes, and the “drone” you hear will be the main note that all improvisation and compositions are based on for that day. It is common to start with three “Oms” at the beginning of a Kirtan
Om Shanti Om
It is common to end a Kirtan with this phrase.

is the Hindu festival that reveres god Ganesha.


is one of the principal deities of Hinduism. He is the Supreme Being within Shaivism, one of the major traditions within contemporary Hinduism.

Shiva Shambo

the chant that symbolizes the most auspicious thing that can happen to a person.

Jai Ma

It’s a lovely and simple phrase that calls to mind the creative forces in the universe – and more specifically, our acknowledgement and gratitude to them. Even more interesting, it calls to mind the feminine forces, which not only give birth to new things, but can also effect change in the old ones.


is a respectful form of greeting in Hindu custom, found on the Indian subcontinent mainly in India and Nepal and among the Indian diaspora. It is used both for salutation and valediction.


is a Hindu goddess. Kali is one of the ten Mahavidyas, a list which combines Sakta and Buddhist goddesses.


literally means “sharing”.It also refers to any song with religious theme or spiritual ideas, in a regional Indian language.

Om namah shavaya

is one of the most popular Hindu mantras and the most important mantra in Shaivism.


is a mantra of power that assists us in our spiritual evolution and acts as a blessing for the world.

Kali ma

is the Hindu goddess of creation, preservation, and destruction.

Ganesha Sharanam

it means Surrender to Lord Ganesha.

LoKah Samosta Sukino Bhavantu

a prayer each one of us can practice every day. It reminds us that our relationships with all beings and things should be mutually beneficial if we ourselves desire happiness and liberation from suffering.

Jai hanuman

monkey-god Hanuman.