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A sacred utterance in praise of a god which is believed to have spiritual power in Hinduism, especially used for divinely revealed verses of the Vedas.

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Does anyone know what the bija mantra KRAM stands for? Thank you

I received it in a dream, that was very complex, and would like to clarify it
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Are there any mantras for each of the twelve jyotirlingas

Are there any specific japa mantras for each of the twelve jyotirlingas? Are they mentioned in any sacred text?
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What are the Matrikas exactly?

Say for example,if I say that word “Narayana”,as such,there is no problem. But if I chant “Om Namo Narayana” which is a mantra,in the absence of Diksha,it may be a problem(death and permanent insanity ...
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Is there any person experienced subtle body temporarily leaving body due to vichara?

There are several stories in which I heard people experiencing their subtle body leaving physical body for sometime and coming back into it. One of them is HH Sri Siddheswarananda Bharati. He ...
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Can someone please provide the meaning and source of Durga Mantra Om Dum Durgayei Namaha?

Can someone please provide the meaning and source of Durga Mantra Om Dum Durgayei Namaha? What is the meaning of the beej akshar Dum? Why is the suffix -yei added after Durga? Can you please state the ...
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What is the difference between pronounciation of alphabets श and ष in mantras [closed]

There are many mantras with the above two alphabets. Obviously both of them cannot have the same sound. What is the exact difference in their pronounciation. Official references are welcome.
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Why is the mantra “ Hare Krishna Hare Krishna,..Rama Hare Hare” called a Mahamantra?

Why is this mantra called a “mahamantra”? Is it described so only by Karshnavs/Vaishnavs?
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Which mantras (in metres other than Gayatri) are prescribed for the Sandhya of Non-Brahmins?

It is said that one must follow the mantra in Gayatri metre of the Upasya (generally main Gayatri), granted by the Guru. There’s a whole list of them in the Taittiriya shakha. There also seems to be a ...
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Diksha with regards to devotional mantras?

I have already asked a similar question myself,and and have seen questions of this sort being answered. I do know that Agamas mandate Diksha ,to chant mantras. My doubt is this video in which Swami ...
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Guru mantras detail and translation

Someone recently asked about these mantras and no one has translated anything in their answers. Anyone willing to translate and discuss any points about the meanings? Bless all. gururbrahmā ...
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Where's this verse from?

आवाहनं न जानामि न जानामि तवार्चनम्। पूजां श्चैव न जानामि क्षम्यतां परमेश्वर॥ Whenever a pooja is completed in my home, my mother says this, I wanna know where this is from and good English ...
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How do the Vedas sing, at the beginning middle and end, of Brahman?

(At least read the main Question portion, the explanation before it and the note below it are very long) One has to understand a scripture gets its sanctity when it is attributed to wholly to Brahman. ...
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Which is the mool mantra of Purna Parabrahma Devi Maha Durga?

What is the best mantra to meditate on Parabrahma Maha Durga? Is it Hreem? Note: I am not talking about Ganeshjanani Durga/Consort of Lord Shiva. I want to know about the one who is the parabrahma. If ...
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Moksha or Salvation in Vedas and Vedanta

Are there vedic ways to get mukti other than the vedantic ways ― Karma yoga, bhakti yoga, jñāna yoga, and raj yoga?
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Why is the mantra Gananam Tva Ganapatim used to worship Lord Ganesha?

There is a popular mantra which people use to worship Lord Ganesha which is as: ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् । ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणाम् ब्रह्मणस्पत आ नः शृण्वन्नूतिभिःसीदसादनम् ॥...
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Is a Japa Mala or Prayer Beads just a mantra counting system, or does it have a bigger significance?

Is a Japa Mala or Prayer Beads just a mantra counting system, or does it have a bigger significance? Does the material matter (for example, sandalwood beads, rudraksha beads, Tulsi beads, quartz ...
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What is Tvarita Rudra? Where is it found?

Linga Purana (chapter 64) states worship of Lord Shiva done by Parashara using various Vedic Suktas which I also mention in my answer here. The verses are as: अदृश्यंति वशिष्ठं च प्रणम्यारुन्धतीं तत ।...
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Is there any mantra that cures insomnia?

I know that this is off topic,but YouTube comment sections are filled with the remarks of people about how they felt better/were transformed when they listened to the mantra in that video. Is there ...
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Who is the source of Deeksha?

As discussed in this question’s comment section It is clear that the recital of (deity specific) mantras are not ”sanctioned”(I don’t know what implications follow if someone does recite without ...
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Recital of mantra by initiated vs non initiated person

I have heard that mantras are taught in guru shishya relation,where the disciple receives mantra Diksha(initiation). If this is actually true,then what are the differences between when a Dikshit ...
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Is there any difference between Mantra-Brahmin and other kinds of Brahmin?

The following is from Shiva Purana's Vidyeśvara-saṃhitā (Chapter 17). It is about how Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras can become Brahmins. क्षत्रियः पञ्चलक्षण क्षत्रत्वमपनेष्यति । पुनश्च पञ्चलक्षण ...
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Sanskrit mantra of Sarasvati in agni purana to expand intelligence

Consider the following verses from Agni Purana regarding the goddess Sarasvati The chief mantra, that is (known as) Sarasvati (Goddess of learning) , that which has the letters that have the ...
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Why is there a gayatri mantra for every mantra?

Hello so when I look up any God or Goddess mantra there is always a Gayatri mantra for them for example I search Ganesha mantra and there is also Ganesh Gayatri mantra, Shiva mantra and Shiva Gayatri ...
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Are there any mantras similar to the Mahā-Mṛtyunjaya Mantra, but dedicated to deities other than Rudra (Śhiva)?

The Mahā-Mṛtyunjaya Mantra is one of most famous mantra, said to provide immediate protection to the devotee from death and other problems, and ultimately bestow Moksha to the chanter, if chanted ...
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Does the fever curing mantra given by Dvivida found elsewhere? Is it in a mantra group family? Are any other mantras supposed to be written?

In Chapter 27 of the Kalki Purāṇa a short mantra is written by Dvivida for curing Lakṣmaṇa of a fever: समुद्रस्योतरे तीरे द्विविदो नाम वानरः Samudrasyotare tīre Dvivido nāma Vānaraḥ This is an odd ...
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What's the difference between the Popular, Long and Short versions of the Mahā-Mṛtyunjaya Mantra in terms of usage, benefits and theology?

I have come across three variations of Mahā-Mṛtyunjaya Mantra. One is the Popular Version, then there is a Long Version and the other is called as the Short Version. Here goes, "Popular Version&...
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Navarna and Dasakshari Chamunda Mantra

What are the Rishi, Chanda, Mantra Devata, Bija, Shakti and Kilaka of the Chamunda Navarna Mantra? Although aware of the popular opinion, this site mentions a completely different set of mantra-angas,...
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What is mantra siddhi?

Is mantra siddhi same as ajapa jap? Are we not required to chant that particular mantra after attaining siddhi in it? Is it about chanting mantras as much lakh times as much there are letters in it? ...
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Do Shabar mantras have side effects?

It is said that shabar mantras are very powerful and give quick results. So, do they have any side effects also?
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Some mantras which require minimal level of efforts to make them siddha?

Please tell some Mantras which require minimal efforts to get Siddhi over them, so that one can feel their miracle and power.
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Does Visuchika mantra need any initiation

Visuchika mantra is present in Yoga Vasistha and is given below in Sanskrit along with English translation विषूचिकाभिधाना सा नाम्नाप्यन्यायबाधिका । तस्या मन्त्रः। ॐह्रींह्रांरींरां विष्णुशक्तये नमः । ...
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What are the components of the word om (ॐ)

Every word in Sanskrit can be further divided in to letters that cannot be divided further. In this context, what are the letters, that are further indivisible, used to form om ॐ in sanskrit?
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Are there any mantras or sadhanas that enable one to remember the current birth in the next birth?

How can we ensure remembrance of all knowledge gained in current birth in the next birth if moksha is not achieved?
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If Hinduism has only 33 gods made of brahman, then who are the many Graam devtas that we have?

I have understood that primarily we have 33 gods and these gods are brahman attribute forms of parabrahman But if we go to any tiny village of the country, there will be some graam devta or the ...
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Is there a tradition of using mantras in Ayurveda?

Jyotish has a tradition of prescribing mantras as remedies to target a particular situation. Does Ayurveda have a similar tradition of prescribing mantras to remedy a particular condition of the ...
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Can someone chant this mantra without initiation if close to death

I come acroess a twitter post For ones with Covid +ve chant this mantra for self or others 108 by energizing water in a kalash. "Aim Hreem Shreem Sarva Vyādhi Prasamani Sarva Mrutyu Nivarinyayi ...
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Which foods can be consumed before a session of Japa?

Are there any foods that one can consume before beginning a long session of Japa, especially if this is a daily occurrence, so as to prevent the development of gastritis? Please give references. Edit: ...
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Are there any ragas/musical instruments associated with each chakras/energy centres?

I am interested in knowing and understanding if there are any Indian classical ragas/ musical instrument associated with the chakras/energy centres? Reason am asking is coz we have seed syllables/beej ...
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What's the significance of Mṛta Sanjeevani Vidyā, when sages (like Bhṛgu Rishi) can revive dead people just by their tapas itself?

As I ask in this Question about some of my doubts in reference to the Mṛta Sanjeevani Mantra (मृत संजीवनी मंत्र), similarly, there have been several instances when sages have been able to revive the &...
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What are the Beej, Vedic and Tantric mantras of all the navagrahas?

I have heard astrologers at times, specifically advising to use the Beej Mantras of a particular graha as remedy for the respective planetary afflictions. At other times, they specifically advice to ...
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How do matras/Slokas/japa work to reap benefits?

As we know that if there is some harmful situation or in bad times, mrityunjaya mantra is to be chanted. And, for getting good performance in education, one has to chant saraswati mantra or something ...
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How to become a disciple of Devi and see her as Guru?

This question the accepted answer to which further links to this blog post details a procedure for one to became a disciple of Lord Dakshinamurthy. This discipleship is mainly for the purpose of ...
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Background of the Viśvasara Tantra

What is the origin of the Viśvasara Tantra? Does anyone know, when about it was written? It is given as the source for the Guru stotram, but I have not been able to find out more, except that all ...
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Guru mantras for people without a guru: Is there any scriptural support?

The general consensus appears to be that a living guru who is accessible and can give initiation to the seeker is absolutely essential for any form of progress in Sadhanas. However, in his book "...
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Are marriage mantras also mantras only?

How marriage mantras will work? Are they really mantras or just some meaningful sanskrit sentences? If those are just sentences then what is the significance of reading them in sanakrit? cant they be ...
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Historically, did the sanskrit varnamala contain two 'la' vyanjan varnas?

Historically, did the sanskrit varnamala contain two 'la' vyanjan varnas? It seems there was one in the 'ya' varga and another one in the 'sha' varga. Current texts on sanskrit or hindi grammar and ...
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Sacredness of vedas

What is so sacred (in a spiritual sense) about Vedic mantras? Just to be clear, I haven't read Vedas but I have read some verses from time to time. I think the verses are good and teach us something ...
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How should one do manasika mantra japa

Is there any specific procedure prescribed? I have read somewhere that manasika japa isn't just mere internal chanting of the mantra.
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Is there a mantra for the worship of kamadeva in any authentic text

Looking for a mantra to worship kamadeva
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Mṛta Sanjeevani Mantra

Despite having the knowledge of Mrit Sanjeevani Mantra (मृत संजीवनी मंत्र) - which could bring back anyone dead back to life again, Why didn't (or not able to maybe) Shukracharya revive Hiranyakasha, ...

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