Maha mantra is Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

  • @SwiftPushkar: Thanks I had already checked that question but I am not satisfied with the answer as they have provided references from a site. I need specific information example from which Puran, chapter no and slok no. So that I can also check it. Many people claims that in Vayu Puran, Garuda Puran, Brahmanda Puran there are references but there is none as I read word to word in Sanskrit of Vayu Puran. I have not tried other puranas due to inconsistency. – user13155 Jan 24 '18 at 3:18

Refer to this article by the Kamakotimandali :

According to it, the following texts either mention it or discuss things associated with it (like Pathoddhara of the Mantra-- getting the correct formation--whether Rama will come first or Krishna --- things like that):

  1. Sanat Kumara Samhita (which is a Pancharatra Agama), 2. Radha Hridaya (a Tantric work, not sure if this is a scripture or just a text like Nityotsava), 3. Agni Purana, 4. Ananta Samhita (which probably is another Panacharatra but not sure).

  2. Brahma Yamala (which is a Yamala Tantra) discusses it's correct rendering too, as per the article.

The pA~ncharAtra text sanatkumAra samhitA presents the mantroddhAra in the following fashion:

asyaiva kR^ishNachandrasya mantrAH santi trayo.amalAH |
siddhAH kR^iShNasya satpremabhaktisiddhikarA matAH ||
hare kR^iShNau dvirAvR^ittau kR^iShNa tAdR^ik tathA hare |
hare rAma tathA rAma tatha tAdR^ik hare manuH ||

rAdhA hR^idaya, a tAntric work, states the mantra as below:

grahaNAdyasya mantrasya dehI mantramayo bhavet |
tadahaM te.abhidAsyAmi mahAbhAgavatottama ||
hare kR^ishNa hare kR^ishNa kR^iShNa kR^iShNa hare hare |
hare rAma hare rAma rAma rAma hare hare ||

Agneya purANa states:

hare kR^ishNa hare kR^ishNa kR^iShNa kR^iShNa hare hare |
raTanti halayA vApi te kR^itArthA na samshayaH ||

ananta samhitA states the following:

hare kR^ishNa hare kR^ishNa kR^iShNa kR^iShNa hare hare |
hare rAma hare rAma rAma rAma hare hare ||
ShoDashaitAni nAmAni dvAtrimshad varNakAni hi |
kalau yuge mahAmantraH sammato jIvitAraNe ||

The following verse is found in brahma yAmaLa:

hare kR^ishNa padadvandvam kR^ishneti cha padadvayam |
tathA hare padadvadvaM hare rAma iti dvayam ||
tadante cha mahAdevi rAma rAma dvayam vadet |
hare hare tato brUyAt harinAma samuddharet |
mahAmantraM cha kR^iShNasya sarvapApapraNAshakam ||


The Mantra is also found in another Vaishnava Tantric scripture called the Radha Tantram. We find it in it's 1st chapter itself:

Sri Krishna says to Goddess Tripura Sundari:

SrinumAtar mahAmAye Viswabija Swarupini |
HarinAmno mAhAmAye kraman vada sureshwari || (verse28)

Roghly- O Mother you're the Viswabija (the seed from which universe erupts), please tell me the correct chanting for Hari NAmA.

Then Goddess says:

Hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare |
Hare rAma hare rAma rAma rAma hare hare ||
DvAtrimshadaksharAnaiva kalau nAmAni sarvadA | (29,30)

So, after giving the correct Mantra, Goddess says- This 32-lettered Hari NAma Mantra protects in the Yuga of Kali.

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    Thanks. The answer is quite informative and wide, well researched. – Suresh Ramaswamy Jan 24 '18 at 7:25
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    It is not so easy to say that "it is not found in Agni Purana"..because there are more than one manuscripts available for every scriptures.. so it may not be found in the one u have read, but it can be there in the others.. .. Regarding the other texts--- it's hard to find them online as they are all Tantra scriptures, which are not much available on internet..Brahma Yamala is not to be found for sure.. @SudevMuraleedharan Anyways, u can trust the site i am quoting from. – Rickross Jan 25 '18 at 5:53
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    That's a authentic site.. that's why.. you can go through the articles they have given, and try to figure it out urself.. @Salvation – Rickross Jan 26 '18 at 6:00
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    No, there can be several (mostly minor) changes as per manuscripts.. Some manuscript discovered in Bengal for example may have more or less content compared to the manuscripts which are discovered in Varanasi ... There are can be such examples.. So, it is not so easy to say that it is not found in Agni Purana.. If they are quoting that means it's there in the recension or version they are using.. so, we have to accept it..@Salvation – Rickross Jan 26 '18 at 6:13
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    Ok i will check ur question.. and see if i can answer it.. @Salvation – Rickross Jan 26 '18 at 6:42

The Hare Krishna maha mantra is mentioned in the Padma Purana as well, at least twice, though not in full but just in brief to give us a thought that it's a reference to the maha mantra. Padma Purana is available at archive.org website, it's translated in English and published by Motilal Banarsidass during 1950s.

Padma Purana Motilal Vol. 3 through Vol. 10, Uttarakhanda chapter 204, pages 3044-3045, says about some devotee of Lord Vishnu:

The virtuous one, free from perturbation, went at will, muttering 'Hare Rama, Hare Krishna'.

Padma Purana Motilal Vol. 3 through Vol. 10, Uttarakhanda chapter 209, pages 3067-3068:

Teach the parrot and the sārikā the series of names of Vishnu (like) 'Rama Rama; Hare Krishna'.

The sārikā is a bird species.

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