Does anyone know the source of the below Mantra:

Om Vaivasvadhaya Vidhmahe
Dhanda Hastaya Dheemahi
Tanno Yama Prachodayat

Recording can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCDcJYcUNaw

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This particular Gayatri mantra of Lord Yama can be found in the Linga Purana.

Quoting from the book "Essence of Linga Purana" (Chapter name - Varied Swarupas of Gayatri):

Vainateyaaya vidmahey Suvarna pakshaaya dhimahi, Tanno Garudah prachodayaat/

Padmodbhavaaya vidmahey Veda Vaktraaya dhimahi, Tannah Srashta prachodayaat/

Shivaasya jaayai vidmahey Deva rupaayai dhimahi, Tanno Vaachaa prachodayaat/

Devaraajaaya vidmahey vajrahastaaya dhimahi, Tannah Shakrahy prachodayaat/

Rudra netraaya vidmahey Shaktihastaaya dhimahi, Tanno Vahnih prachodayaat/

Vaivaswataaya vidmahey Dandahastaaya dhimahi, Tanno Yamah prachodayaat/

Nishaacharaaya vidmahey Khadga hastaaya dhimahi, Tanno Nirrutih prachodayaat/

Shuddhahastaaya vidmahey Paasha hastaaya dhimahi, Tanno Varunah prachodayaat/

Sarva Praanaaya vidmaheyYashti hastaaya dhimahi,Tanno Vaayuh prachodayaat/

Yaksheswaraaya vidmahey Gadaa hastaaya dhimahi, Tanno Yakshah prachodayaat/

Sarveshwaraaya vidmahey Shula hastaaya dhimahi,Tanno Rudrah prachodayaat/

  • It would be great if you could cite the original text instead of a paraphrased version alongside chapter & verse number.
    – অনু
    Commented Apr 20 at 7:23
  • For that I need to first find and then search through Linga Purana and find the location .. does not seem possible for me right now .. I have used Essence of Puranas books hosted by Kamakoti quite a lot before and it is an accepted source here @অনু
    – Rickross
    Commented Apr 20 at 8:19

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