Mangalacharan is a prayer to various Gods for their divine assistance in a work of writing . Before every kaand there is a Mangalaacharan in Ramcharitmanas.
||श्री गणेशाय नमः ||
||श्री जानकी वल्लभ विजयते||
Shree Ganeshaye namah Shree Janiki vallabhau vijayate
वर्णानामर्थसंघानां रसानां छन्दसामपि। मङ्गलानां च कर्त्तारौ वन्दे वाणीविनायकौ।।1।।
I pray to Goddess Saraswati and Lord Ganesh , who are the creators of varn(letters),akshar(alphabets), arthsamooh( words), sentences, Ras(poetic devices), and Chhand(metres).
भवानीशङ्करौ वन्दे श्रद्धाविश्वासरूपिणौ। याभ्यां विना न पश्यन्ति सिद्धाःस्वान्तःस्थमीश्वरम्।।2।।
I pray to Devi Parvati and Lord Shiva who are the embodiement of faith , without whom the learnt sages would not be able to realise the consciousness within themselves. I offer my salutations to such divine couple.
वन्दे बोधमयं नित्यं गुरुं शङ्कररूपिणम्। यमाश्रितो हि वक्रोऽपि चन्द्रः सर्वत्र वन्द्यते।।3।।
I pray to Lord Shankara in the form of the ultimate Guru , who is supremely knowledgeable and omnipresent . Even the moon (Chandradev) on taking shelter on his forehead is worshipped throughout the world. I pray to such divine being.
सीतारामगुणग्रामपुण्यारण्यविहारिणौ। वन्दे विशुद्धविज्ञानौ कबीश्वरकपीश्वरौ।।4।।
I pray to Lord Hanuman and Maharishi Valmiki , who dwells in the forest of divine virtues of Rama and Sita (metaphor used).
उद्भवस्थितिसंहारकारिणीं क्लेशहारिणीम्। सर्वश्रेयस्करीं सीतां नतोऽहं रामवल्लभाम्।।5।।
I pray to Devi Sita , who is the cause of generation, preservance and destruction of the creation and who is the beloved of Shri Ram .
यन्मायावशवर्तिं विश्वमखिलं ब्रह्मादिदेवासुरा यत्सत्वादमृषैव भाति सकलं रज्जौ यथाहेर्भ्रमः। यत्पादप्लवमेकमेव हि भवाम्भोधेस्तितीर्षावतां वन्देऽहं तमशेषकारणपरं रामाख्यमीशं हरिम्।।6।।
The entire world including the Gods , devtas , Brahma and Asur ( demons) are under his material illusionary energy . Because of his energy , the material world seems to be the absolute truth to the living being just like the rope sometimes appears as a snake due to illusion. His feets are the only shelter for salvation for people desiring liberation form birth and death. I pray to such divine being Bhagwan Ramchandra , who is the cause of all causes and the supreme being.
नानापुराणनिगमागमसम्मतं यद् रामायणे निगदितं क्वचिदन्यतोऽपि। स्वान्तःसुखाय तुलसी रघुनाथगाथा- भाषानिबन्धमतिमञ्जुलमातनोति।।7।।
From the resources that are available in the form of Vedas ,Upanishads, Puranas ,Tantra and Valmiki Ramayana(and other) , I (tulsidas) present the story of Rama in an extremely enchanting way of writing , in the form of ‘Shri Ramcharitmanas ‘ for the pleasure of my inner soul.
जो सुमिरत सिधि होइ गन नायक करिबर बदन। करउ अनुग्रह सोइ बुद्धि रासि सुभ गुन सदन।।1।।
I pray to the Lord Ganesh , just a little remembrance of whom would complete all tasks, who is the Lord of Ganas( various races of devotee of Shiva) , who has a beautiful tusk of elephant and who is the abode of all great virtues . I request him to bless me.
मूक होइ बाचाल पंगु चढइ गिरिबर गहन। जासु कृपाँ सो दयाल द्रवउ सकल कलि मल दहन।।2।।
I pray to God , under whose mercy a dumb person become an excellent orator, a lame person would climb a mountain .One who burns all sins of Kaliyug, I pray to him for having mercy on me.
नील सरोरुह स्याम तरुन अरुन बारिज नयन। करउ सो मम उर धाम सदा छीरसागर सयन।।3।।
One who has blue-complexioned body , one who has eyes like a full blown lotus and who always resides in Kshirasagar(ocean of milk) . I pray to him to reside in my heart.
कुंद इंदु सम देह उमा रमन करुना अयन। जाहि दीन पर नेह करउ कृपा मर्दन मयन।।4।।
One whose body is like a flower of Kund( a variety of Jasmine) , whose face glows like the moon , who is the beloved of Parvati and who is the slayer of Kaamdev, I offer my prayers to Lord Shiva to bestow his grace upon me.
बंदउ गुरु पद कंज कृपा सिंधु नररूप हरि। महामोह तम पुंज जासु बचन रबि कर निकर।।5।।
I pray to the feets of Guru Maharaj , who is the ocean of mercy , who is a form of Hari and whose words are like the rays of sunshine to clear the dense clouds of ignorance .