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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 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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What does it mean when it's said that an entire Vedic Sukta was revealed to the Saptarishis?

From Wiki: The earliest list of the Seven Rishis is given by Jaiminiya Brahmana 2.218-221: Agastya, Atri, Bhardwaja, Gautam, Jamadagni, Vasistha and Vishvamitra followed by Brihadaranyaka ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Who was Budha Kaushika?

One of the many popular Mantra/Stotra in Hinduism is Ram-Raksha Stotra. And as per this Wikipedia Link, it is written by Budha Kaushika Rishi. In Ram-raksha itself, it is mentioned that Lord Shiva ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Chowdeshwari Devi's mantra shakti used by the king for daily rituals?

From the wiki article: Hundreds of years ago, it is said, that there was a kingdom called Nandavara on the banks of the river Tunga in Karnataka near Raichur district, or another namesake village ...
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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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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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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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Using Om Tat Sat mantra in daily life

This mantra was explained in Bhagavad-Gita, it's used while performing yagna, dana or tapa. How to use this mantra in daily life ? For eg. Just before starting meal Can this mantra be used ? Or ...
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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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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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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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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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Why “Manasik Japa” is considered the best form of Japa?

As we know a Japa(recitation of Mantras,names of Gods etc) can be of the following 3 types: 1)Vachik-A japa where recitation is loud enough so that both the performer & others(present around him) ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Which scripture is the source of this mantra- “Achyutananda Govindaya Namaha”?

Which scripture contains the following mantra?: Achyutananda Govindaya Namah Who is the author of this particular scripture? Where can I download this scripture?
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When was the earliest that the Gaudiya Vaishnavas reversed the order of “Rama” and “Krishna” in their mantra?

I remember from childhood that you say "Hare Rama" first. If you know Hindi, you can see the following video where a Sankarachrya talks about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVe3SSfJk0g When ...
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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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Examples showing effect of pronouncing the mantra's wrongly in Vedic text?

In my local area prabachan guru said pronouncing the mantra's wrongly will not give the desired result and may have bad outcome, also giving one example of that case but I am not able to recall that ...
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What is the procedure for performing Vishnu panchayatanam?

For shiva panchayatanam, usually Rudra namaka Chamaka and purushasukta will be recited and abhishekam is performed during shiva panchayatana puja. Similarly for Vishnu panchayatana puja, what is the ...
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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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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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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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Lagna Gayatri mantra

Please let me know the Lagna Gayatri Mantra. It's not about scorpio or leo placed on lagna . I heard the mantra starts something like this Om Lagnaye ...
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Which scriptures mention Dhyana Mantras of the sixty-four Yoginis?

In different places of India, there are temples of sixty-four Yoginis. Can anyone provide names of the scriptures where the detailed dhyana-mantras of these Yoginis and their functions are found? I ...
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Are there any scriptures which talk about Mantra Diskha?

I have heard that only few people are able to initiate someone with a mantra diksha where a student is given a particular mantra with some “secret syllables” in it. My questions is - how is it ...
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Meaning of mantra chanted before tantrik puja

For Kerala style puja done by priest, the following mantra is chanted before undertaking the puja which is a mix of Vaidik and tantrik style. susharmasi supratishthano brihadukshe namah: Esha ...
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VirAja Homa Mantra of Maha Narayana Upanishad

I would be glad if anyone please post the VirAja Homa Manthra text of Maha Narayana Upanishad in English with right connotation.
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After-life transmission of spiritual power (Shakthi)

To avenge Kauravas who imprisoned his father, Shakuni used his father's after- life power to continue to transmit his will. He urged Shakuni to play a game of dice in a deceitful way with his bone ...
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Suitable Kali Mata Mantra for those facing tough times

I am looking for suitable Mata Kali Mantra for those facing tough times and surrounded by people who wish ill (and will do ill when the opportunity strikes) of my family and I. Just wish to protect ...
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What is the origin of the Sloka “Mantraanaam Pallavo Vaaso…”?

The sloka is to be found here. मंत्राणां पल्‍लवो वासो । मंत्राणां प्रणव: शिर: । शिर: पल्‍लव संयुक्तो । कामधुक्‌ भवेत्‌ ।। The meaning: The letters or words in a mantra constitute its body ...
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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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Can we learn Sri Rudram using audio?

I am aware that we need to be initiated into something like Shri Rudram or Purusha Suktam or Shri Suktam. But, would learning them using audio files amount to getting initiated into them? Or do we ...
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Chanting of mantra

Normally, a mantra is given by someone who had chanted the mantra and attained the mantra siddhi level. If a mantra "saktipanchakshari" is given, I am told that the mantra needs to be chanted with ...
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Can I postpone death i.e. increase the lifespan of a person using a mantra?

Is there any mantra, which, when recited, increases the lifespan of person? If so, can I recite it for the longevity of my family members'?
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Which is the Taraka Brahma Nama for kaliyuga as per scriptures?

'SrirAmarAmarAma' and the 'Harenkrishna' Mahamantra--both are referred to as Taraka-Brahma nAma. Which one is the TAraka-Brahma nAma for the kali yuga as per the scriptures?