A Sadhaka gains full mastery over a particular Mantra after obtaining it from a Guru and doing the japa as prescribed.

This process is often called "Mantra Sadhana" or "Mantra Puruscharana".Now the Mantra can be of any Deity, depending on the nature of the Sadhana or the choice of the Sadhaka, like Kali,Tara,Shiva,Vishnu etc.

Description of the process of Purascharana is an important part of the Agama(Tantra) Texts.

After the Sadhaka obtains such Mantra siddhis he can make the Mantra to work at his command to create even miracles like curing diseases of others etc.

My Question-Is Mantra Siddhi thus obtained temporary(say it stays with the Sadhaka for only "X" number of years but not after that many years have passed) or it stays with the Sadhaka till his death?

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    You cannot forget swimming after you learn it. Commented May 3, 2019 at 20:16
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    Yes. Karna got Brahmastra mantra siddhi, but due to Parashurama's curse, forgot it during critical time.
    – ram
    Commented May 3, 2019 at 20:30
  • Yes, because all mantrasiddhis are not the same, and none can give the realisation of Brahman.Only the realisation of Brahman is the state from which there is no chance of falling.
    – user17294
    Commented May 4, 2019 at 4:37
  • It can be destroyed by misuse though, not with age.
    – user17294
    Commented May 4, 2019 at 4:38

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Yes, this is possible as already mentioned by ram in his above comment i.e., example of Karna.

Mantra Siddhi can also be lost by instructing it to a faithless person. In such a case, one should receive it again from the guru who had originally given the Mantra.   This incident is described in the Chaitanya Bhagavata (Adi Lila) written by Shrila Vrindavan dasa Thakura from the Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya:

eka-dina gadādhara-deva prabhu-sthāne kahilena pūrva-mantra-dīkṣāra kāraṇe

One day Śrī Gadādhara Paṇḍita asked the Lord about the initiation mantra he had been given.

“iṣṭa-mantra āmi ye kahiluṅ kāro prati sei haite āmāra nā sphure bhāla mati

I have given someone my initiation mantra, and now I am not getting realization from chanting it.

sei mantra tumi more kaha punar-bāra tabe mana-prasannatā haibe āmāra”

“You please give that mantra to me again, and then my mind will be joyful.”

prabhu bale,—“tomāra ye upadeṣṭā āche sāvadhāna—tathā aparādhī hao pāche

The Lord said, “You already have a spiritual master, so be careful. Don’t become an offender.

prabhu bale,—“tomāra ye guru vidyānidhi anāyāse tomāra miliyā dibe vidhi”

The Lord then said, “By the arrangement of providence your spiritual master, Puṇḍarīka Vidyānidhi, will soon come, and you will easily meet him.”

Commentary by Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati:

Mantra refers to the sound vibration by which one can give up thoughts of material enjoyment. If an instructor instructs mantras to a faithless person, his heart becomes polluted. If one loses transcendental knowledge because of bad association, then one must gather it again. Knowing this fact, Śrī Gadādhara Paṇḍita Gosvāmī requested Śrī Gaurasundara to give him reinitiation, but Mahāprabhu told him to receive mantra again from his original guru. Śrī Gadādhara Paṇḍita’s guru was Śrīla Puṇḍarīka Vidyānidhi.

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