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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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Is the Anukramani index of sages and deities of the Rig Veda available online?

As I discuss in this answer, how the Vedas originated is that from time immemorial, sages known as Dhristas have heard mantras (sacred verses) directly from the gods during a state of Tapasya (deep ...
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What is the power of Narayana Kavacha mantram?

What is the power of the Narayana Kavacha mantram that appears in the Bhagavatham? What is the meaning of this mantram and how do you get the benefits of the mantra?
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What is the use of chanting Aditya Hridayam?

How to chant Aditya Hrudayam? How does it help in life? What is the story behind this?
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Should we chant mantras before eating food?

Usually, we pray before having food. Are there any mantras which should be chanted before taking food? If such mantras exist, do they differ according to the meal e.g., breakfast, lunch and supper?
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What is the formula for immortality (“mrityunjaya mantra”)?

I have read somewhere that doing sadhana of mrityunjaya mantra can make a man immortal. If yes, what is the proper sadhana or practice or any other way to make a man immortal?
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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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I want to know the exact explanation of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

Can any one give the exact explanation of this mantra? What is the logic behind chanting this Mantra? How the mind of a person related to this and is it true that we can save the life of a dying ...
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Recommend me a mantra to overcome fear and nervousness

Often I get nervous and I want to overcome the same. I know for sure that some Sanskrit mantra can help me to overcome this problem. So can you recommend me a mantra to overcome fear and nervousness?
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What is the source of this (Kayena vacha…) text? or Where does it come from?

I am talking about the following shloka (posting it in Sanskrit and English): कायेन वाचा मनसेन्द्रियैर्वा बुद्ध्यात्मना वा प्रकृतेः स्वभावात् । करोमि यद्यद् सकलं परस्मै नारायणायेति समर्पयामि ॥...
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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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What scripture does the sacred thread mantra come from?

If you're a brahmin, you're probably familiar with the following mantra (see page 2): Yajnopavitam, paramam pavitram Prajapatim yatsahajam purastath | Ayushyam agriyam pratimunja subhram ...
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Can we place vedic hymns as our ringtones?

I observe many people setting vedic mantras like Gayatri mantram or Subprabhatam as their ringtone or callertune for their mobiles. To my belief, on account of its power and importance it can't be ...
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What are the permissible numbers for japa count that are less than 108?

It is well known that when you do a mantra japa 108 is the minimum number of times you should do to get the wholesome benefit of the japa.Sometimes,a higher number ,1008, is also recommended. But my ...
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What is the meaning of Swadha?

Many mantras have "swaha" Or "Namah" at the end of them. I know that, we chant Swaha at the end of some mantra while performing "havana" or "homam" (as some sort of havan ahuti) like om shrim maha ...
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What is a mantra? Do mantras really have any power?

How does one define a mantra? Does it have any specific attributes? Some mantras are purported to have some effect on the invoker. For example, the Mahamrityunjaya mantra is supposed to bring good ...
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Why do mantras usually end with Shantih Shantih Shantih (3 times)?

At the end of most of Mantras from Vedas & Upanishads, we find Om Shanti Shanti Shanti. As in the end of this Mantra, ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय । तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय । मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय । ॐ शा...
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Mantra for better memory, concentration, brain-power

Please suggest anyone to do Mantra at home daily for Memory, Concentration and Brain-Power? Since last few months I couldn't remember such a small things in my daily life.
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Is it true? chanting mantra without moving lips and tongue gives more effect?

Is it true that chanting mantra without moving lips and tongue gives more effect? Is it called Aajapa mantra?
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Any mantras that are not of Sanskrit origin?

Are there any spells (mantras) in Hinduism which are not in Sanskrit, but in other languages. I came across a mantra in Awadhi dialect of Hindi, it's something about blessings for studying and was ...
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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.
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What is the difference between Suktam, Strotam, Gayatri and Ashtakam?

What is the purpose behind each of these variations while worshiping a particular deity? Which one should be used to worship or pray to a deity? For example, for Goddess Laxmi, there are Sri Suktam, ...
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How can one achieve “siddhi” in Hinduism?

I have heard recently about Guru Siyag who chanted 3 lac Gayatri Mantra(I don't know exact number) and attained "siddhi" according to him and his followers. Check out any youtube video of Guru siyag. ...
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Any short mantra causing spontaneous visible physical change?

I am asking this question assuming that Mantras are real and they work. If Mantras really work, is there any short Mantra that shows its effect so that one can feel the visible change? What I mean ...
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Do mantras actually have any significance?

What is the significance of mantras and why do people chant them?
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What is the meaning of Om Tat Sat?

At the end of each chapter of Bhagwat gita, I found "Om Tat Sat". My questions are: What Is the meaning of Om Tat sat Or Hari Om Tat Sat? What is the significance of writting this at the end?
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What is meaning of Sarvabhuteshu (सर्वभूतेषु )

In Devi Suktam, word (sarvabhūteṣu) is repeated for different manifestations of Devi. I am quite sure with Sarva(सर्व) means all, but word Bhoota (भूत) just confused me a lot. Bhoota is quite ...
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Which scripture wrote the “Ganapathi Moola Mantra”?

For removal of Drishti the remover should wash his/her hands and legs before entering the home and we believe Mantra can prevent Dhristi Doshas. The following Mantra to prevent Dristi Doshas/ Evil ...
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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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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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Chanting Gayatri mantra

I read that gayatri mantra should be learned from a sage or yogi OR Brahman. I want to start learning gayatri mantra. What is the procedure to follow for this and whom should I contact?
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What is the earliest record of the Kali Santarana Upanishad, source of the Hare Krishna Mantra?

As I discuss in this answer, the Hare Krishna mantra, popularized by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his Gaudiya Vaishnava followers (especially the organization ISKCON), originates from the Kali Santarana ...
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What is the source of Sat Chit Ananda mantra?

|| Aum Sat Chit Ananda Parabrahma Purushothama Paramatma Sri Bhagavati Sametha Sri Bhagavate Namaha || What's the source of this Mantra?
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Does Hinduism allow chanting translated Vedic mantras?

A fella gave me an idea about translating Hindu texts to Chinese and others for preaching. Chinese chanting mantras in their native Chinese. Does Hinduism allow or recommend this practice? E.g., this ...
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Where is the Shanti Mantra for Sri Rudram mentioned in Scriptures (Vedas/Puranas)?

The Shanti Mantra for Shri Rudram is as follows: हरि: ॐ इडादेवहुर्मनुर्यग्न्यनिब्रुहस्पतिरुक्तथामदानि स(गुन०)सिशदविश्वेदेवा: सुक्तवाच: प्रुथिविमातर्मा मा हि(गुन०)सि: मघुमनिश्ये मघुजनिश्ये ...
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How can I memorize complex hindu slokas?

I recently got profound interest in learning Hindu slokas. But I am having very hard time memorizing them. How can I do this. The slokas I am trying are AdityaHridayam, Suryashtakam, BhagavadGita, ...
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What is the Adithya Hridhyam Stotra?

It is mentioned, in the Ramayana, that Maharishi Agastya gave the "all powerful and eternal" Adithya Hridhyam Strotra to Sri Rama, immediately before his final encounter with Ravana. राम राम महाबा...
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Which verse of Sri Rudram of Yajurveda has the word “Shiva”?

People generally believe that "Shiva" is not mentioned in Vedas but "Shiva" is mentioned in the Śatarudrīya in the eighth anuvaka of the Sri Rudram of Yajurveda. That text is the origin of the Pranava ...
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Why restriction on taking images and publishing 'some' mantras

Why people are not allowed to take images of god/goddesses in Garbha gudi (sanctum sanctorum) of a temple. Is it a sin according to scriptures? or any other reason behind such restriction? In ...
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Translation of the very first Mantra of the Rig Veda

This page mentions all the Sanskrit Shlokas of the Rig Veda. Here is the very first one अग्निमीळे पुरोहितं यज्ञस्य देवमृत्विजम् । होतारं रत्नधातमम् १ I tried looking for translations by an Indian ...
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In which text Om mangalam Bhagavan vishnu mantra is found?

The famous mantra is मङ्गलम् भगवान विष्णुः, मङ्गलम् गरुणध्वजः। मङ्गलम् पुण्डरी काक्षः, मङ्गलाय तनो हरिः॥ This is famous mantra Of Lord vishnu composed in weddings,so I want to know in which ...
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What is Purascharana and how is it done?

I have a few questions about Purascharana. Can Purascharana be initiated even without a guru? Should the mantra be repeated fixed number of times daily? What if there is a variation in the no. of ...
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What is the significance of Space?

I would like to know what the significance of Space is in Hinduism as stated by the Hindu scriptures. Does space store everything, the past, present and the future? Also, is space associated with any ...
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Where Padma Purana says that a parrot can learn to chant the Hare Krishna maha mantra?

There is a verse in the Padma Purana which says that a pet parrot can learn to chant Hare Krishna ... Where is that verse located in the Padma Purana?
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Which mantras should be recited to properly worship Lord Rudra?

Apart from Gayatri mantra ॐ तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे महादेवाय धीमहि तन्नो रुद्रः प्रचोदयात्॥ Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Mahadevaya Dhimahi Tanno Rudrah Prachodayat॥ and Rudram- Chamakam and Namakam. Are ...
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Sandhyavandanam before the age of Vishwamitra?

How was sandhyavandanam performed before the age of Vishwamitra? Since the two most important parts of sandhyavandanam - arghyam and Gayatri japam - involve the Gayatri (savitri) mantra, I was ...
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Is reciting Vedic Mantras without being preceded by “Om” condemned somewhere in Vedas or in other scriptures?

In many (not all mind you) "How to do sandhyavandanam" videos and PDFs, the performer starts with the achamanam: Achyutaya Namaha Anantaya Namaha Govindaya Namaha The same procedure is ...
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Details about the verse: “Tvameva Mata Ca Pita Tvameva”?

There is a famous verse as follows: त्वमेव माता च पिता त्वमेव । त्वमेव बन्धुश्च सखा त्वमेव । त्वमेव विद्या द्रविणम् त्वमेव । त्वमेव सर्वम् मम देव देव ॥ You Truly are my Mother ...
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Is there any verse to have nice wife?

Many of my friends married recently and all of them were either unhappy or divorced. I was wondering if there is any mantra or verse that ask god to provide very nice wife. Is there any verse to have ...
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What is “Agnihotra”?

This Wikipedia Link provides only one line about Agnihotra. Its said that Agnihotra is very simple and easy , We can do Agnihotra at home on daily basis .So i would like to know more about ...
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What is the source of mantra: Om Shreem Shree Dharaya Trailokya Mohanaya namaha?

What is the source and all the information of this mantra: Om Shreem Shree Dharaya Trailokya Mohanaya namaha?