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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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Prayaschitta (regret) Mantra when one breaks fasting during Shravana month?

Is there any praaschitta mantra if someone by mistake breaks fasting during holy month of Shravana?
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Exceptions from adherence to strict rules of mantra chanting

While reading a book "Ancient Science of Mantras" by Om 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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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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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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Why is the rishi of the Gayatri Panjara hymn listed as “So 'ham” - “I am That”?

The Gayatri Panjara, AKA the Savitri Panjara, is a hymn to Gayatri, five-headed wife of Brahma and goddess of the Vedas. Here is the preamble to the hymn given in this excerpt from the Narada Purana: ...
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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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What scriptures describing holding breath for hours before chanting the Sahasrakshi Mantra?

The Sri Vaishnava sect is divided into two sub-sexts, Thenkalais and Vadakalais. One of the issues they disagree on is whether the chanting of the Pranavam in the Ashtakshari Mantra requires ...
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Procedure for getting mantra siddhi without Guru initiation

In general, guru is mandatory for mantra initiation. Siddhi may never happen without (physical, living, human) guru initiation. But recently I heard that, if there is no availability of physical ...
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What happens when mantra initiation is done by an ineligible guru?

Siddhi for many mantras will happen only if the person who is reciting them undergoes initiation of mantra by a guru. Does the siddhi of a mantra occur if initiation is done by a guru who is not ...
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Do piśācas' (ghosts) exist in temples or in our homes?

I was once said by an elderly man that we should not touch the backside of a temple while doing pradakshina because ghosts and rakshasas live there and touching that part will wake them. Supporting ...
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What is the source of a mantra called Mahā saṃkalpaṃ?

Many are aware about the saṃkalpaṃ which is recited during rituals like saṃdhyā vandanam, vratas etc., But there is another mantra called Mahasankalpa(pronounced Mahā saṃkalpaṃ in IAST). Sankalpa ...
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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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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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For Advaitins, what is the point of vedic chants?

Most nominal advaitins I know (and especially brahmin followers of the various Shankara maths) hold that chanting of vedic hymns is valuable. What's the point? I believe even the math gurus hold vedic ...
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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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Gayatri mantras of Sri Vishnu's weapons

The commonly known weapons of Sri Vishnu are five in number - Panchajanya, Sudarshana, Sharanga, Nandaki and Koumodaki. Among the above 5, the Gayatri mantra of the first 2 are used in Pooja vidhana. ...
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What are the characteristics of kerala mAntrikam?

It is lesser known fact that the tantra flourished in southern India in the state of Kerala. Like that of Kashmir and Bengal. Kerela tantrism is also specialised and is called as kerala mantrikam or ...
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What are the mantras using which Kak Bhushundi survived the Pralaya?

The Yog Vasishtha narrates the fascinating story of an immortal crow named Bhushunda who is met by Brahmarishi Vasisth. In the course of their conversation the rishi asks him how he has managed to ...
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Do Vedas say that devatas are mantra-baddha?

This site says that Every devata is said to be mantra-baddha, that is, the devata is obliged to fulfill the purpose for which the mantra/devata is invoked. Previously also I have come across this ...
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Significance of the bed time mantra

One of the mantras, which we usually recite before going to bed is, Ramaskandam Hanomantham Vynatheyam Vrukodharam Shayanesha Spatenithyam Dhuswapnam Thasyanashyathi which is a prayer to Hanuman,...
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Are Shabar Mantras really auto-energised?

I myself answered a question on the so-called "Shabar Mantras" here. This webpage claims that these mantras are auto energized or Siddha so to speak. A shabar mantra is quite different from a ...
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From where do priests get invocation(Avahana) and other Mantras related to Shirdi Sai Baba?

From where ( which Hindu Scripture) do Hindu priests get Mantras related to Sai Baba's worship? Like invocation(Avahana) & other Mantras? This question is relevant because Sai Baba is ...
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Why did they invent Sanskrit as Veda language not any other script?

I've a doubt since long time, I thought this is the best place to ask. How did Sanskrit has become main language in ancient times? Why did they choose Sanskrit as Veda language? Does those Veda hymns ...
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Can chanting certain mantras and reading stories rid us of mahapatak/maha papam (great sins)?

We often say that there is no remedy for Mahapapam/Panch pahapapam, but the Ramraksha Stotra and Shree Ganesh Atharvasheersha both very clearly mention that reciting them would help us get rid of the ...
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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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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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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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Prayer for Trideva along with Tridevi?

Prayer for Trideva along with Tridevi: गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुः गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः । गुरुःसाक्षात् परब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नम: ॥ This Prayer, Mantra has Trideva only, any verse which has both ...
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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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Sri Rudram Laghunyasam

What is the purpose of reciting Sri Rudram Laghunyasam and also the time and precautions to take.Can it be recited without performing any physical Pooja or offerings.
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How does Advaita interpret the devatas to the Isha Upanishad mantras?

Advaita is a non dual philosophy which says there is no distinction between Jivatma and Paramatma (Brahman). There is only one soul which is Brahman. In the Isha Upanishad or Ishavasyopanishad which ...
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Which deity should be prayed or which mantra can be recited, while flying in an aircraft?

Sometimes while a flight takes off, I become nervous. I would like to know which mantra to recite or which deity to invoke. I know to remove fear of water while travelling in water one may chant शं नो ...
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Where does Maharishi Bodhayana hails Sri Rudram 1.6 mantra as Kavacham (Armour)?

Sri Rudram hymn is a part of YajurVeda Samhita (which I discuss here) In the Krishna Yajurveda Taittariya Samhita it is present from 4.5.1 to 4.5.11, thus forming total 11 Anuvakams: The sixth mantra ...
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Who was Sri Vathsa Somadeva Sharma and how valid are the following shortcut mantras/slokas?

Several short Slokas/Mantras are found on this page and they are said to be compiled by Sri Vatsha Somadeva Sharma. The mantras are shortcut ways of solving various day to day problems and are also ...
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Why are there so many achamanams while ideally there should only be one?

So that anyone willing to do a Vedic ritual like a Puja or a Homam will have a standard and the same procedure to follow. Right now, every region, every sampradaya have their own way of doing things ...
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Sarpa Dosha Nivarana Mantra in Mahabaratha

The following is Sarpa Dosha Nivarana Mantra. Anantho Vasukee Seshaha Padmanaabhascha Kambalaha Sankhapaalo Dhaatharaastraha Takshaka Kaaliyasthatha Ethaani Navanaamaani Nagaanaam cha ...
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Who is the descendant of Bhrigu who heard the famous Vakratunda mantra to Ganesha from the gods?

As I discuss in this question, the sage who heard many Ganesha mantras from gods was Ganaka, who I speculated may have been an incarnation of Ganesha himself. Now I have found a mantra to Ganesha ...
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Does the phrase “Sri Mahavishnu Paramatma Sriman Narayana” occur outside the Vishnu Sahasranamam?

In the preamble to the Vishnu Sahasranama, the following verse occurs (see page 3): asya sri vishNOr divya sahasranAma stotra mahA mantrasya| sri vedavyAso bhagavAn RshiH| anushTup chandaH| sri ...
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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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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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How are different beeja presented to world?

We may look at various beeja like 'gam' or the 'paraprasad' beeja etc. These are presented in verses with much secrecy such that, even though we read it or say it to someone the actual form of beeja ...
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Origin of Shiva aavahan mantra?

The Shiva Aavahan mantra recites: शिव आह्वाहन मंत्र ॐ मृत्युंजय परेशान जगदाभयनाशन । तव ध्यानेन देवेश मृत्युप्राप्नोति जीवती ।। वन्दे ईशान देवाय नमस्तस्मै पिनाकिने । आदिमध्यांत रूपाय मृत्युनाशं करोतु ...
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Diksa mantra in different lives

Looking for a tantric (or puranic) reference (or quote from a well known sage) that says a jiva receives (or does not receive) the same mantra when receiving diksa mantra in different lifetimes.
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How to know if the chanting a phrase, require initiation or not?

I know that Mantras require initiation, especially those ones with Beeja Mantras. but how do I know if a phrase is Mantra or Stotra or Shloka? Is there any list of Mantra or Stotra which require ...
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God consciousness and prayers

As I've read that there are different types of gods; some having physical forms(demi gods) and some having no forms and the Supreme one being BRAHMAN. Does this mean that all these categories of ...
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How different is a mantra from a prayer?

Whenever we try to think of God, mantra, prayer etc are the things which come to our mind. I was trying to understand how is a mantra different than a normal prayer ? If we consider a mantra it is ...
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What is the eight syllable holy mantra for Krishna recommended in Shikshapatri?

What is the eight syllable holy mantra for Krishna recommended in Shikshapatri in this image here.
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Is there any sukta in Rigveda containing 16 richas and starting with the word“Indra”?

There is a chapter called Rigvidhana in Agnipurana in which it is mentioned that if the aforementioned 16 Richas are chanted daily then one is blessed with intelligence, friends and fulfillment of ...
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Nyasa for Shiv Rudra mantra “Om Namo Bhagwate Rudraya”

I have come across this mantra in a book from Shrimali ji. It contains the viniyoga but there is no mention of the nyasa for this mantra. Is it possible that this mantra does not have a nyasa or it ...