Karagre Vasate Lakshmi
Karmule Tu Govindah
Karagre-on the tip of your fingers;
Lakshmi- the Goddess of Prosperity,
Karmadhye- in the middle of your hands;
Saraswathi- the Goddess of Knowledge Saraswathi;
Karmule- on the base of your hands;
Govindah- the Lord Govindah;
Prabhate- in the morning;
Karadarshanam- look at your palm.
On the tip of your fingers is Goddess Lakshmi; in the middle of your palms is Goddess Saraswathi; on the base of your palms is Lord Govinda. In this manner, look at your palm and thereafter wipe your face with your open palms.
This is a Morning Prayer called “Karadarshana”. One begins the day with this prayer. ‘Kara” means the palm of the hand and it stands for the five Karmendriyas, or the organs of action. While looking at the palm, one invokes the Lord in the form of various deities, thus sanctifying all the actions that will be done during the day. By acknowledging the Lord as the giver of the capacity to perform actions and as the giver of the fruits of those actions, one sanctifies the actions. Thus, one prays in the morning to reinforce the attitude that all actions are performed as a service to the Lord.