मानो जूतिर्जुषतामाज्यस्य बृहस्पतिर्यज्ञमिमं तनोत्वरिष्टं यज्ञ गुम समिमं दधातु।
विश्वेदेवास इह मदयन्ता मोम्प्रतिष्ठ।।
अस्यै प्राणाः प्रतिष्ठन्तु अस्यै प्राणाः क्षरन्तु च।
अस्यै देवत्व मर्चायै माम् हेति च कश्चन।।

māno jūtirjuṣatāmājyasya bṛhaspatiryajñamimaṃ tanotvariṣṭaṃ yajña guma samimaṃ dadhātu।
viśvedevāsa iha madayantā mompratiṣṭha।।
asyai prāṇāḥ pratiṣṭhantu asyai prāṇāḥ kṣarantu ca।
asyai devatva marcāyai mām heti ca kaścana।।

This is the Prana Pratishtha mantra. It appears to me that it may be a Vedic mantra. Not sure. What is the source of this mantra?

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    Prana Prathistha is a tantric concept. I'm not sure if there is any evidence of idol worship in Vedanta. The pranaprathistha of rudrakshas, small stones, temporary idols/images and large idols are specified quite well in agamas. There could be vedic mantras added later on for purification rites.
    – user29449
    Commented Jan 27 at 12:49
  • This seems preparatory mantra. Prana prathistha mantras have a lot of nyasas and a lot of beeja akharas hreem, shreem, etc. There are few vedantic/upanishadic prayer chants to conclude them too.
    – user29449
    Commented Jan 27 at 13:06
  • @User29449 This is Prana Pratishtha Mantra. Nyas is a separate procedure done before Prana Pratishtha. Anybody who does puja knows it. Commented Jan 27 at 14:18
  • @User29449 Puja itself is an Agamic (or Tantric) process. Commented Jan 27 at 14:19
  • I believe prana goes inside the murti after Nyasa. But I exactly don't know it. I'll have to check for reference.
    – user29449
    Commented Jan 27 at 14:46

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This seems to be an amalgamation of mantra(s) as in Nirṇaya or Paddhati granthas, possibly of a Vedic mantra (māno...mompratiṣṭha) with a Purāṇic or Āgamic one (asyai...kaścana).

The first half (māno...mompratiṣṭha) of the verse can be traced to Mādhyandinīya Śukla Yajurveda (2.10~13) (albeit with no 'गुम').

मनो जूतिर्जुषतामाज्यस्य बृहस्पतिर्यज्ञमिमं तनोत्वरिष्टं यज्ञम् समिमं दधातु।
विश्वेदेवासऽइह मदयन्ताऽमोम्प्रतिष्ठ।।

mano jūtirjuṣatāmājyasya bṛhaspatiryajñamimaṃ tanotvariṣṭaṃ yajñam samimaṃ dadhātu।
viśvedevāsa'iha madayantā'mompratiṣṭha।।

The butter’s rapid flow delight his spirit! Brihaspati extend this act of worship. May he restore the sacrifice uninjured. Here let all Gods rejoice. OM! Step thou forward. - Shukla Yajurveda 2.13

With some variations, it can also be found in a multitude of other Āraṇyaka(s) and Śrautasūtras. I highly doubt you will find such a mantra in Purāṇa or Āgama, except maybe in Vaikhānasāgama which again are Vedic in essence. While I could trace the verse to Agastya Saṃhitā, it is in the pariśiṣṭa with questionable authenticity. Similar to this is the occurrence in Lakṣmīnārāyaṇa Saṃhitā which is again of uncertain origins.

The second half (asyai...kaścana) is a fairly common verse in Upāsanā and Arcana-chara. You can find the verse in many Nirṇaya and Paddhati granthas, from Nirṇayasindhu of Kamalākara Bhaṭṭa to Vaiṣṇava treatise like Chalārī Śeṣācārya's Nirṇayaratnam. Most of these either quote Kālikāpurāṇa or 'Devīpurāṇa' as the source. A variation of the verse can still be traced to Kālikāpurāṇa's chapter dedicated to Viṣṇupūjanavidhi (88.15). Interestingly, it states the verse to be that of यजुष.

अस्यै प्राणाः प्रतिष्ठन्तु अस्यै प्राणाः क्षरन्तु यत्।
अस्यै देवत्व संख्यायै स्वाहेति यजुरुच्चरन्।।

asyai prāṇāḥ pratiṣṭhantu asyai prāṇāḥ kṣarantu ca।
asyai devatva saṃkhyāyai svāheti yajuruccaran।।

While reciting yajurmantra he should say this: let the spirit pervade this icon, let the spirit stay within it, let svāha bestow divinity on it. - Kalika Purana 88.15

P.V. Kane in his 'History of Dharmaśāstra' states the verse as quoted in Devapratiṣṭhātattva, Nirṇayasindhu, Rājadharmakaustubha among many others is based on Śāradātilaka Tantra's chapter dedicated to Prāṇapratiṣṭha. One can also find the verse in the aforementioned Lakṣmīnārāyaṇa Saṃhitā, though not sequential to the first half.

If we look for both verses in sequential order, we can find them in Paddhati and Upāsanā texts or compilations. Gita Press' Nityakarma Pūjāprakāśa by Lālabihārī Miśra and Jīvana sudhā of Rāmajīlāla Śāstrī are example of this. With another verse, it can be found in Yajñadīpikā as compiled by Dīpacanda Śāstrī. You can also find it in multiple other Pūjā-vidhāna Rahasya(s).

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    Brilliant! I found the verses in Yajurveda 2.13 and Kalika Purana 88.15 Commented Jan 28 at 11:35
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    Thank you! Do note that the one of Kālikāpurāṇa varies a bit and as I edited, the Purāṇa interestingly mentions even the second half to be that of यजुष - maybe from different recessions or in a non-sequential order which I unfortunately am not able to trace. Commented Jan 28 at 11:41
  • Yes, I also noticed that the Purana itself says to use the Yajurveda mantra. The mantra I wrote in the question has some spelling mistakes. The Kalika Purana verse and the Yajurveda mantra are the right ones. Commented Jan 28 at 14:37
  • Interesting answer....
    – user29449
    Commented Jan 28 at 15:47

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