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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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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 And You Truly are my ...
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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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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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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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Is it true that 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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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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What mantras are chanted when a snake bites?

Well, It seems my question is off-topic. But really it is not. As, On our side, In our village if a snake bites to someone, the first aid given to the person is that the victim is carried to the old ...
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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 Yajnopavitam ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Do Yajurveda 40.9, Yajurveda 32.3 and Bhagavadgita 7.20 reject idol worship?

First of all, I am a Hindu myself and I am saying this with no intentions of converting to any other religion but there some misconceptions that really boggle my mind. The biggest of them is that in ...
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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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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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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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What are signs of mantra siddhi?

Its said that it takes time to do siddhi of first mantra. So what are the signs n ways to know if mantra got activated ? Any pointers n personal experiences u can share welcome.
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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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Any short mantra causing spontaneous visible physical change?

Is there any short Mantra that shows its effect so that one can feel the visible change? What I mean is by chanting the mantra, some visible physical change has to happen immediately (not so much ...
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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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Do mantras actually have any significance?

What is the significance of mantras and why do people chant them?
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Where does the verse "aavaahanan na jaanaami..." come from?

Whenever a pooja is completed in my home, my mother says this. आवाहनं न जानामि न जानामि तवार्चनम्। पूजां श्चैव न जानामि क्षम्यतां परमेश्वर॥ Where does this verse come from?
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 scripture does the original Achamanam mantra come from?

If you're a Brahmin, you're probably familiar with the practice of Achamanam, the practice of sipping water while reciting mantras in order to purify oneself at the start of Sandhyavandanam and other ...
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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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