Mridanga Pranama basically means ‘Mridanga Prayer’.
Because the Mridanga / Khol is a spiritual instrument (it is said to be a manifestation of Lord Balaram), it is good practice to recite one of these prayers out of respect for the instrument before playing – this focuses the players mind and helps them to cultivate an attitude of service and devotion.
Namo Jagannatha Sutayo
Namo Mridanga Namaha
Labanga Rasa Madhuri
Sahasra Guna Samyuktang
Namo Mridangaya Namo Namaha
Namo Baladevaya Namo Namaha
I offer my respectful obeisances unto the son of Jagannatha Misra (Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu). I offer my obeisances to the mridanga from which sweet and necterean sound emanates. I offer my obeisances again and again to the mridanga which has thousands of good qualities. And I offer my obeisances unto Lord Baladeva who assumes the form of a mridanga to serve Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
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