I have seen the reference of ह्रीं at multiple mantras.

What is the exact significance of this mantra and how powerful is this?

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    I think we have similar questions if you search the database Commented Jun 17, 2020 at 15:23
  • @RakeshJoshi if you can explain here will be helpful.
    – WitVault
    Commented Jun 20, 2020 at 5:55
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    Mantras themselves aren't powerful. You need to activate them. This particular mantra is to overcome maya.
    – user29449
    Commented Nov 17, 2023 at 13:12

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Taken from Siddha Kunjika strotram:

ऐंकारी सृष्टि रूपाये ह्रींकारी प्रतिपालिका क्रींकारी कामरूपिण्यै बीजरूपे नमोस्तुते

ह्रीं is a seed(बीज) mantra of goddess Para-shakti/Durga or Maya.

ह्रीं is symbolization of Maya for her act of guarding and maintaining the existence of the world.

As it is a seed mantra, one can find it's usage in many other mantras, Tantra & Yantra sects.

Reference reading: Siddha Kunjika strotra, Devi Bhagwat(Durga Saptshati) - Markandeya Purana

For more details:Hrim, Hrīṃ


Here is the Meaning of the Hrimkara extracted from Narada Purana.

Narada Purana III.90.3-4

अशेषतो जगत्कृत्स्नं हृल्लेखात्मकमुच्यते ।। तस्याश्चार्थस्तु कथितः सर्वतंत्रेषु गोपितः ।।३ ।। व्योम्ना प्रकाशमानत्वं ग्रसमानत्वमग्निना ।। तयोर्विमर्श ईकारो बिंदुना तन्निफालनम् ।।४ ।।


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...This Âtman again, united with Mâyâ, composed of desires and Karmas, wants to create, due to the want of discrimination, the twenty-four tattvas, according to the previous Samskâras (tendencies), time and Karma. O Mountain! The re-awakening after Pralaya Susupti is not done with Buddhi (for then Buddhi is not at all manifested). So this creation is said to be effected without any Buddhi (proper intelligence). O Chief of the Immovables! The Tattva (Reality) that I have spoken to you is most excellent and it is my Extraordinary Form merely. In the Vedas it is known as Avyâkrita (unmodified), Avyakta (unmanifested) Mâyâ S'abala (divided into various parts) and so forth. In all the S'âstras, it is stated to be the Cause of all causes, the Primeval Tattva and Sachchidânanda Vigraha. Where all the Karmas are solidified and where Ichchâ S'aktî (will), Jñâna S'aktî (intelligence) and Kriyâ S'aktî (action) all are melted in one, that is called the Mantra Hrîm, that is the first Tattva... - Devi Gita 2.1-50

...The letter "Ha" means gross body and the letter "Ra" means subtle body and the letter "Î" means the causal body; the (dot over the semicircle) is the fourth "Turîya" state of Mine. Thus meditating on the separate differentiated states, the intelligent man should meditate on the aforesaid three Vîjas in the Cosmic body also and he should then try to establish the identity between the two. Before enteriing into Samâdhi, after very carefully thinking the above, one should close one's eyes and meditate on Me, the Supreme Deity of the Universe, the Luminous and Self-Ellulgent Brahmâ.- Devi Gita 4.41-44

Reference - Devi Gita translated by Swami Vijnanananda, Saraswat Prakashan

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