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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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What is the meaning of this mantra from Chakshupanishad?

Does anyone know what is the meaning of following mantra? प्राण विखंडन मन्त्र - ।। ॐ तच्चक्षुर्देवहितं पुरस्ताच्छुक्रमुच्चरत्‌ हूं फट् ।। prāṇa vikhaṃḍana mantra - ।। oṃ taccakṣurdevahitaṃ ...
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About slokha regarding Nala from Mahabharata

In which chapter of the Mahabharata, the following slokha has been mentioned? The final benediction offered by Vedavyasa to the reader is this: Karkotakasya nagasya damayantya nalasya cha ...
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Clarification about eligibility to perform Saraswathi kavacha from devi baghavatham

Consider the following words from Chapter 4 - On the hymn, worship and Kavaca of Sarasvatī Devī of devi baghavatham regarding Saraswathi kavacha One is worship one’s spiritual Teacher (Guru Deva) ...
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Does every mantra in Hinduism have a corresponding god or goddess?

In Hinduism there are a large number of mantras. Does every mantra have its corresponding Devi or Devata?
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Why is the Sloka “Suklambaradharam Vishnum…” used as Ganapaty Dhyanam when it is clearly a Dhyana Sloka for Lord Vishnu?

As is well known, before starting any ritual Lord Ganapaty (also known as Vighneswaram,or the Lord of obstacles) is invoked first. Usually, almost everywhere, the following Sloka(in bold) is used ...
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What are the mantras recited in a Prana Pratishtha pooja?

I was reading about the opening ceremony of a temple, that mantras are recited to welcome the divine to reside in the Murti. What are the mantras recited?
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There are different mantras for worshipping Lord Vishnu for different yugas. What are the meanings of them?

There are different mantras to chant Lord Vishnu's name in different Yugas. This names are known as tārakabrahma names. The mantra for Satya Yuga is- nārāya়ṇa parābedā nārāya়ṇa parākṣarāḥ। ...
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Is there any mantra that addresses the Saptarishi?

Is there a mantra that addresses all of the Saptarishi. I used to chant "Om Jai Shri Saptarishi Namah". I found out that "Chitrasikhandin" is a word used to refer to the seven sages, so I made up ...
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Can you name any mantras to be recited before studying?

Any mantras that can increase concentration or absorption of knowledge?
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Exceptions from adherence to strict rules of mantra chanting

While reading a book "Ancient Science of Mantras" by On Swami, I have come across a chapter called exceptions. According to this book Shiva at one occasion found a devotee wrongly chanting the Maha ...
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Are there any Mantras to bring rain?

We are suffering from water problem without rain. Any suggestions about rain generating Mantras are welcomed. This question may appear as a primarily-opinion based, but actually it is not. So, please ...
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Why is Vishnu described as holding a vessel and a mirror?

When a mantra is given in the Puranas, it's usually preceded by a Dhyanam, which describes the appearance of the god whom you're supposed to meditate upon before reciting the mantra. For instance, in ...
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Context and meaning for a rig veda mantra

Consider the following mantra from Rig Veda Aano bhadra krtavo yantu vishwatah In which context it has been told and what is the exact meaning and interpretation for it?
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What is the difference between a stotra, stava, stuti, sukta and mantra?

What is the difference between a stotra, stava, stuti, sukta and mantra? Please give examples of each to explain. Would be helpful if any references can be quoted from scriptures.
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Should Stotras and Mantras be recited aloud?

Should Stotras, such as Ganpati Stotra, Durga Stotra, etc., and Mantras be recited aloud or can they be recited just in mind? Also, does the absolute correct pronunciation of words in Stotras matter?
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Which scripture talks about chakras (energy centers) in present in human?

I know that there are colors and mantra (or sound) associated with each chakras (energy centers) in subtle human body. Which scripture mentions about it? I am interested in the oldest source of that ...
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What is the mantra for Shiva and Parvati equivalent to “SITA RAM” and “RADHA KRISHNA”?

Even Vishnu has mantras like "OM LAKSHMI NARAYANA NAMAHA" but what is the famous mantra for the couple SHIVA/PARVATI?
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Identify this sanskrit mantra?

Could anyone please help me identify/translate this sanskrit mantra? I am grateful. Thank you.
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What is a Naga Bandham?

In Hindu Tantric traditions, what causes someone to use a Naga Bandham (snake binding spell) to protect sacred doors? Recently it was in popular culture because the final door at Padmanabhaswamy ...
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What is the the mantra being chanted in this video?

Could someone please tell me what mantra the person in this video is chanting? If you do know could I have the words for this chant please.
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Are there any mantra or mantras in Veda Samhitas that confirm that Vedas are apaurusheya?

We know that the Vedas are authorless or apaurusheya.. At least we believe the Vedas to be so. The mantras of Vedas are revealed directly by God to some selected Rishis in a trance like state that ...
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What is Gayatri hridayam?

Like Aditya hridayam, I came across Gayatri hridayam. What exactly are hridyam mantras? What is gyatri hridayam and why is it used to pray to Godess gyatri before doing the sandhya gyatri?.
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Prayaschitta (regret) Mantra when one breaks fasting during Shravana month?

Is there any Prashchita mantra if someone by mistake breaks fasting during Shravana month?
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Can we get Parasara Bhattar's 171 Namavalis extracted from Vishnu sahasranamam?

We know that Vishnu Sahasranamam comprises of 1000 names of Maha Vishnu. Out of these 1000 names, Parasara bhattar had picked 171 namavalis which is very useful, for example - 'Om Bhuve Namaha' can ...
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Why “Nama:” is pronounced as “Namaha” when it appears at the end of a Mantra?

And not as Namah as in, say,Namah Sivaya? Few examples: Om Gum Gurobhyo Namaha Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. Which rule regarding the pronunciation of visarga(:) is applicable in this case? Can someone ...
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What is the meaning of Gayatri Mantra?

What is the meaning of Gayatri Mantra? ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व: तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि, धीयो यो न: प्रचोदयात् ।।
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Can a Mleccha/Uninitiated person chant 'Om Namaḥ Śivāya'?

Namaskar. My question is related to the mantra 'Om Namaḥ Śivāya'. Can a Mleccha/uninitiated person chant it fully or should he/she just chant 'Namaḥ Śivā'? Even without the 'Om' in the beginning, '...
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What are the prayers of Kunti to demi-gods for begetting children?

What are the prayers (verbatim in Sanskrit) offered by Kunti before begetting Pandava children ? Are boon manthras given to her by sage Doorvasa mentioned in Mahabharata or elsewhere? Are they ...
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Can gods appear to a turiya person

Can gods appear to a turiya person, by doing tapas or mantra with pure devotion combined with bodily spiritually purity, , as well as is it possible to ask for and get boons or astras? Considering ...
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Scriptures about announcement of possessing mantra siddhi

Suppose a person attains siddhi over a particular mantra. Is it recommended by scriptures to hide about possession of such siddhi from public?
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Is nagas in temple related to Kundalini?

Does naga in temples represent kundalini? If yes how can it be used for ones spiritual enhancenent? What are the mantras one can use to worship it?
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Where to get the dhyana-Mantras of the eight Devis associated with Sri Yantra?

Sri Yantra has various Devi-s associated with it.Their names are Tripura, Tripureshi, Tripurasundari,Tripuravasini,Tripurashri,Tripuramalini,Tripurasiddha,Tripuramba and Mahatripurasundari. Where do ...
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Lakshmi mantra translation

Can anyone please help me find the English translation for: Om Lakshmi Vigan Shri Kamala Dharigan Svaha I know the overall purpose of the mantra, but cannot find the meanings of several words
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What all are the parameters needed for getting a mantra siddhi?

According to the Hindu scriptures, what are the parameters needed to get a mantra siddhi? Some of the parameters that can influence mantra siddhi (generally believed) are 1) Quantity of sins done by ...
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Are there any mantras that does not need any guru initiation but gives siddhi?

Do all mantras that gives siddhi needs guru initiation? Or are there any mantras that can give siddhi without the need of guru?
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What's exact “ShukropAsita Mrityunjaya Mantra”?

Can someone tell me the exact "ShukropAsita Mrityunjaya Mantra" which is the combination of mrutyunjay mantra and gayatri mantra?
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Who is Goddess Tvarita?

Recently I have heard about goddess named "Tvarita" and I want to know this form of goddess. So my questions are: Who is goddess Tvarita and why she is called so? How she is depicted in the ...
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What kind of effects does mantra japa have on our bodies?

What are the siddhis one gets by performing the japa of the Mantras of different deities with different sadhanas, 1008 times or more? What kind of effects will happen to our body after certain ...
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What are some mantras which are dedicated to Lord Indra?

As we know that Lord Indra is the most important Vedic deity. I want to ask if there is literature available for Lord Indra's worship. (except Vashitha Ganapati muni books) Are there mantras (vedic/...
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What is the correct procedure to chant Narasimha 32 letters maha mantra?

The correct Narasimha maha mantra with 32 letters is: उग्रं वीरं महाविष्णुं ज्वलन्तं सर्वतोमुखं । नृसिंहं भीषणं भद्रं मृत्युमृत्युं नमाम्यहं ।। Please note that a screenshot from Nrisimha Tapani ...
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Does every mantra begin with/contain ॐ(Aum)?

OP claimed in this question that: Every mantra begins with the word ॐ (Aum/Om). Is that true? Are there any mantras that don't have ॐ in them?
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sanskrit mantras and reading doubt? [closed]

i am reading a book and some sanskrit mantras in it is written as 'om namo bhagvate 2 kruna 2 avataram .' what does this 2 means.Thus that mean i have to read the word twice??
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Can mantra siddhi once gained be lost due to some reasons?

A Sadhaka gains full mastery over a particular Mantra after obtaining it from a Guru and doing the japa as prescribed. This process is often called "Mantra Sadhana" or "Mantra Puruscharana".Now the ...
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Manthra of Asthras

In ancient Indian warfare Sastras and Astras were used. Sastra is a physical weapon that cuts/injures/kills/enemy while an Astra has a mantra associated with its use (projection). What records do we ...
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A question regarding the 'pranama-mantra' of 'Prabhupada'

As the following reads, Swami Bhaktivedanta (the founder of ISKCON)  treats ISLAM and CHIRTANITY as essentially one with Vaishavism. Again and again God has sent His messengers to this material ...
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Is tantra sadhana always restricted?

I will classify mantras into two types as follows: 1) Mantras with no restrictions and with no negative effects; 2) Mantras with restrictions and hence having negative effects when recited in ...
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Why does the Gayatri Mantra NOT end with OM except in Bengal?

In Bengal, the Gayatri (Savitri) Mantra always starts with OM and ends with OM. The mantra is thus printed in the very famous book 'Ahnik-Krittya' by Shyamacharan Kaviratna Vidyavaridhi. But so far ...
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Beeja mantra meaning

I searched a lot regarding meanings of beeja mantras (esp. klim, sauhu, aim, hrim, shrim). Web gives overall meaning. e.g. 'aim' is saraswati mantra; may the goddess Saraswati bless you'; 'Hrim' is ...
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which mantra(s) should be chanted before going to sleep and awake from morning?

I heard that some of our ancestors chanted mantras (a few lines) before going to bed and when wake up in the morning. When they wake up in the morning, they first look at their palms and chant ...
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Please provide all the scripture references where Hare Krishna Maha mantra is mentioned except Kalisantarana Upanishad?

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