In Chamakam a catalogue of 347 items are prayed for, from the Lord, from food and other material requirements to the highest of spiritual goals. Like Namakam this also has eleven Anuvakas or sections.
ANUVAKA - 01
In the First Anuvaka, a comprehensive prayer is made to keep the human being fit, hale and hearty in his internal vitalities, sensory organs and mind power, and grant him a long and peaceful happy life. These powers are needed for successful performance of several types of tasks in everyday life. Thirty six items are prayed in this Anuvaka for the body, its limbs and food, which is the cornerstone for upholding Dharma.
O Gods, Agni and Vishnu! May both of you bear goodwill to me. Let these words of praise of mine magnify you. Approach me together bearing riches and food. I pray to you to grant me food and permission to give and eat food. May the food that I eat be pure? Let me have good appetite and relish the food and digest the food that I eat. May I perform the sacrifices that would procure me food?
Let me recite all the Vedic mantras with proper intonations and a compelling and captivating voice. Grant me the capacity to discriminate what to hear and what not to hear. May my mind be lit up with clarity to understand things properly? May I attain the heavens of Gods? Let the life forces and vital airs of Prana, Apana and Vyana function properly in me.
May my mind deserve the right knowledge through incisive grasping? May you grant me the gift of eloquent speech and a sane and healthy mind? Let me have well functioning sense organs with clear eye sight and keen hearing. Let my organs of action be strong and virile. Grant me the might to put down my enemies and to lead a long and vigorous life.
Let me have a respectable old age with dignity. May I have well built and well formed body. May you grant me happiness? Grant me protection for the body. May I have well formed body with well set bones and well knit joints? May I be born in high and noble bodies in future?
ANUVAKA - 02
In the Second Anuvaka, eminence and leadership, common sense, intellectual acumen, capability to face bad times, spiritual elevation, worldly splendor and enjoyments are prayed for. Thirty eight pleas are made in this Anuvaka by the devotee.
I pray that I may be granted a higher position, prominence and Lordship among men. May I have the sense of resentment which is just and anger which is righteous. Let me have the right self control for dignified manifestation of anger.
May I be provided with sweet and plentiful water? May I be granted prowess to dominate and gain victory over my foes and win wealth and glory. Let me be sought after and respected by others. May my wealth and possessions multiply?
May I be granted good progeny and unbroken lineage? May my learning, character and truthfulness grant me natural superiority over others? May I have faith in the sastras, Vedas and optimism about future? May I be granted movable and immovable property and gold and silver in plenty?
May my personality be charming and attractive? May my body be strong and glorious to derive pleasures and joy from sports and games? May the heritage which has come down to me from my forefathers be steady with me and what I acquire in my life be protected? May I master the Vedic hymns and acquire the holy merit by the performance of sacred rites and good actions?
May my past, present and future be full of abundance and prosperity? May I always dwell in pleasant, hospitable and safe places? May my passage in this world be always smooth and may I be endowed with spiritual merit in my afterlife?
May I be provided material comforts in abundance in my life’s journey to make it comfortable and pleasant and also to put them to the best use? May I be granted a brilliant and balanced intellect, to manage difficult situations cleverly and successfully?
ANUVAKA - 03
The Third Anuvaka develops innate urge for God and meditative and spiritual ecstasy, service to Divinity and humanity. Goals like, teaching, discovery, immortality, eagerness for knowledge and truth, quest for immortality, understanding the rhythms in life, understanding the available paths in life, freedom from diseases, ability to sleep well and power associated with mind and prana and choice of right path in life are prayed for Thirty six aspirations are sought to be fulfilled in this third Anuvaka.
May I be granted happiness in this world and in the other world? May I acquire good and pleasant objects in this world and also in the other world? May I have the joy and solace of good relations with one and all? May I attain welfare and prosperity in this world and spiritual welfare in the other world? May I be granted comfortable habitations, good fortunes, wealth and fame? May I have the guidance of elders and teachers who can control and lead me in the right way? Let me have parents and elders who will comfort and support me. May I be blessed with the capacity to protect and retain what I have already earned? May I be granted unshaken fortitude under the most trying and difficult circumstances?
May I win the goodwill, respect and honor in the world? May I acquire the knowledge of Vedas and sastras and ability to disseminate the knowledge to others? May I have the capacity to command obedience and work from my children out of love? May I have the executive ability and drive to extract obedience and work from my servants and others. May I be blessed with unqualified success in my agricultural and husbandry operations? May I perform sacrifices and other rites and reap the inevitable spiritual fruits of such sastric karmas? May I be granted total resistance and immunity from major and minor ailments?
May I have the possession of herbs and remedies which would grant me a long life? May I be saved from untimely death? May I be granted freedom from fear and enmity? May I possess righteous conduct which wins the approval of one and all? May I be blessed with a sound sleep, happy and auspicious dawn and a fruitful day?
ANUVAKA - 04
The Fourth Anuvaka assures the fitness of the body and the best food for the body, and its comfort. In other words, it describes the powers or qualities which nourish both our gross and subtle bodies. It includes mental clarities, pleasant and true words, recognition of delight in all our works, freedom from hunger and all pervading nature etc. This anuvaka also spells out, different names and varieties of grains, which represent energy which is necessary for our body. Thirty eight desires are prayed for to be fulfilled in this Anuvaka by the seeker.
May I be granted food, milk, sweet juices? May I encounter courteous words of welcome and hospitality? May the Lord grant me ghee and honey? May I be granted the good fortune of eating and partaking liquids in good company?
May I be blessed with successful agricultural operations, sufficient and timely rains, fertile fields and the green wealth of trees and plants in my land? May I possess children and relatives who bestow upon me a sense of security? May I acquire gold and precious stones? May I have a strong and well nourished body? May I be granted the gift of abundance of all varieties of cereals, millets and corn? May my stock of grain and food never diminish? May I never experience hunger for want of food?
May I be granted paddy, barley, black gram and sesames? May I be granted green gram, castor seeds, wheat and Bengal gram? May I be granted millets, small and superior paddy and wild forest grains in abundance?
ANUVAKA - 05
In the Fifth Anuvaka, the seeker asks for the Navaratnas, (the precious stones) and all the animals to serve his interests and also materials best in their form for his spiritual rituals. Three specific desires are prayed for here.
May I be blessed with vast lands, with precious stones and lofty hills and mountains which give birth to many rivers, forests with fruit bearing trees? May the lands be rich in minerals like gold and silver? May the lands be rich in minerals like lead, tin and steel? May the lands be rich in minerals like bronze, copper and have abundant water? May the land has thick vegetation with creepers, herbs and plants cultivated and uncultivated?
May I be granted cattle and other domestic animals in plenty which help us in performing sacred sacrificial rites? May I be granted ability to add to my ancestors’ properties with my own earnings? May I be blessed with children with competence and prowess to achieve success in the world? May I have comfortable habitations to accommodate me and my people? May I have the determination to undertake performances of sacred rites, rituals and sacrifices successfully? May I be rewarded with joy and happiness for fulfilling the scriptural injunctions? May I attain the final goal of my life?
ANUVAKA - 06
The Sixth Anuvaka emphasizes the importance of Indra as a co-sharer in the oblation (offerings) to the other Gods. The seeker prays that "May all these Gods come in and grow in us perfectly with their powers like a child that grows in a mother's womb".
Let Lord Agni and Indra shower grace on me. Let Lord Soma and Indra shower grace on me. Let Lord Savita and Indra shower grace on me. Let Goddess Saraswati and Indra shower grace on me. Let Lord Pusa and Indra shower grace on me. Let Lord Brihaspati and Indra shower grace on me. Let Lord Mitra and Indra shower grace on me. Let Lord Varuna and Indra shower grace on me. Let Lord Thvasta and Indra shower grace on me. Let Lord Dhata and Indra shower grace on me. Let Lord Vishnu and Indra shower grace on me. Let the twin Aswinis and Indra shower grace on me. Let Lord Marutha and Indra shower grace on me. Let Vishva Devas and Indra shower grace on me.
Let Earth and Indra shower grace on me. Let the interspace between the heaven and earth and Indra shower grace on me. Let Heavens and Indra shower grace on me. Let all the four quarters and Indra shower grace on me. Let quarter above and Indra shower grace on me. Let Prajapati and Indra shower grace on me. (Indra is not only the mythological King of angels in heaven; he is also the master of senses. Therefore, here Indra means the indwelling god who is the real master of the senses; this explains the importance given to Indra in this hymn).
ANUVAKA - 07
The Seventh Anuvaka lists the various vessels necessary for Soma Yagya sacrifices in the “Yagya Kunda”, the site of offerings to Agni. In this prayer each word represents an aspect of self which is offered to the respective Deity.
ANUVAKA - 08
The Eighth Anuvaka is a prayer for granting the various instruments necessary for the performance of Soma Yagya sacrifice.
Let the following Bahiranga Yagna Sadhanas necessary for the performance of sacrifices is granted unto me. May I possess the dried sacred twigs, the holy Dharbha or sacred grass, the sacrificial altar, the platforms for the priests to perform sacrificial rites? May I possess vessels made of Purasa wood used for Homams in Ishti sacrifices, wooden plates for pouring the Soma juice and drinking it, small pebbles used for pounding the soma creeper, wooden knives fixed in the sacrificial post?
May I possess four pits dug in the earth, flat wooden pieces cut from the fig tree along with the bark, vessel shaped like a mango made out of banyan tree in which squeezed soma juice is kept? May I possess the vessels of wood and mud for placing the Soma juice in the sacrificial offerings (Havirdana), mud vessel for keeping the soma juice, another mud vessel for storing the purified soma juice?
May I possess the place for lighting the sacred fire, platform for keeping the Havis (sacrificial offerings), pavilions for ladies where the wives of priests should dwell, place where the public can sit and chant Vedic hymns.
May I possess purodasa, an offering made of broken rice, pachatas (a place where offerings are cooked)? May I have the ceremonial bath after the completion of the sacrifice and burn the sacred fire by chanting mantras through which the gods are invoked?
ANUVAKA - 09
The Ninth Anuvaka, the prime prayer, consists of all the contents of four Vedas. This also mentions the powers of light and sound which are closely related.
May I light the sacrificial fire? May I perform the religious rite known as Gharma and the
Sacrifices known as Arka and Surya. May I make the offerings due to Prana? May the Gods Prithvi, Aditi be auspicious to me? May the Gods Diti, Dyaus be auspicious to me? May the heaven and the quarters outspread like the fingers and pointing finger of the Virat-Purusha, the cosmic being be amicable to me for my sacrificial rites.
May the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda, and the hymn known as Stoma be properly chanted where the sacrificial rites are performed? May austerities be practiced by me properly? May the seasons be favorable for my sacrificial rites? May I practice the physical austerities or certain vows and observances prescribed (like fasting at night)? May it rain day and night? May the hymns called Brhad and Rathantara be properly recited during the sacrificial rites?
ANUVAKA - 10
The Tenth Anuvaka invokes all the biological species to co-operate in the devotee’s daily life and also for the sacrificial rituals and specifically mentions the prayer for perfection of our principal prana energy, our senses, mind and soul.
(Let it be granted unto me). Calves in the womb of my cows, the newborn calves, a year and half old bull calves, a year and half old female calves. Two year bull calves, two year old female calves, bull calves two and half years old, female calves two and half years old. Bull calves three years old, female calves three years old, Bull calves four years old and female calves four years old. Bull calves five years old, female calves five years old. The breeding bulls and virgin cows. The lordly (fully grown) bulls and the cows that have had a miscarriage. The cows that have newly delivered.
May I live long? May my upward breath, downward breath, equalizing breath, eyes, ears, mind, speech and body function properly as a result of my sacrificial rites? May I keep performing more sacrificial rites?
ANUVAKA - 11
The Eleventh Anuvaka brings out the long list of benedictions asked for. Let all the numbers be granted to me implying that on the changeless Absolute One, many are super imposed.
May I possess food? May it be produced in plenty? May it be produced again and again? May I perform sacrificial rites? May the sun, the space that came out of it, that appeared last, that appeared in the world, the world and the king be auspicious to me?
Ida invokes the Gods, Manu performs sacrificial rites, and Brhaspati recites hymns which give joy. Visvedevas recite hymns, mother Prithvi (Earth) do not injure me. I shall entertain sweet thoughts, do sweet deeds, make sweet offerings, speak sweet words and speak honeyed words to the God-loving men. May the Gods make them faultless? May they be approved by the manes or ancestors? May there be Peace to the body and the Soul?