I've read that there are multiple way of getting absolved of your sins. Yet some ways are much faster than others.

Like repeating the ohm namah shivay mantra 5 lakh times (which will take a couple of hours). Or doing puja for a tulasi plant which will take maybe 10 minutes.

What is the difference between slow methods and the fast methods? Will all of your sins of this lifetime be removed or only of that day you perform the rituals/mantra japa?

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In general, there are the following methods of removing sins:

SwApanena anutApena tapasA adhyayanena cha |
PApakrita muchyate pApAt tathA dAnena cha apadi ||

Manu Smriti 11.227. By confession, by repentance, by austerity, and by reciting (the Veda) a sinner is freed from guilt, and in case no other course is possible, by liberality.

So, we have 5 methods. And, among these the "adhyayana" method (recitation of Holy texts) is the one you're referring to (chanting mantras like Om Namaha Shivaya). Also doing regularly PujA will come under medium kind of austerity. Fasting is another kind of austerity. (But, these don't give instantaneous results. One needs to keep doing them for many days.)

And, all these methods are effective.

Manu Smriti 11.228. In proportion as a man who has done wrong, himself confesses it, even so far he is freed from guilt, as a snake from its slough.

Manu Smriti 11.229. In proportion as his heart loathes his evil deed, even so far is his body freed from that guilt.


If you want the quickest method then that probably will be one among charity, confession and chanting. But for chanting one needs to be qualified to do the chant. For charity and confession, on the other hand, everyone is qualified.

Also, this is Kali Yuga, and scriptures clearly mention that in this Yuga the charity method works better than the other ones.

Tapah param krita yuge tretAyAm jyAnamuchyate |
DwApare yajnamevAhuh dAnamevakalau yuge ||

" Self-mortification is the rule in the Krita age ; knowledge is said (to be the same) in the Treta ; in the Dvapara, (they) say sacrifice (to the gods to be) the sole (rule) ; and charity alone in the Kali age.

ParAshara Smriti 1.23

Besides all these, one other method that the PurAnas suggest, is nAmaKirtana or chanting the Holy names of Gods. That is also said to remove sins quickly and effectively.

  • In ParAshara Smriti 1.24 one can find: "For the Krita are suited the laws of Manu; for the Treta, those by Gautama (are) prescribed; for the Dvapara those by Shank and Likhita; for the Kali, those by Parasara are prescribed." So the Manu smriti is not valid for this yuga, right? Also, in 1.23 nor in 1.24 nothing is being said about sins.
    – Wikash_
    Jan 16, 2018 at 0:11
  • Yes not explicitly but it's saying that the method for Kali has to be charity. So, for expiation too, charity is the recommended method. @user3757341
    – Rickross
    Jan 16, 2018 at 7:03

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