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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 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?
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In what text(s) is the Naga gayatri mantra found?

Various sites on the internet list some variation on the naga gayatri mantra, such as the following: ōṁ navakulāye vidhmahe viśadantāye dhīmahi tanno sarpa pracodayāt I've been unable to ...
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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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Which scripture is the source of the chant 'Asatoma Sadgamaya Thamaso Maa Jyothir Gamaya…?'

From this link, I found the following verse. Which Hindu scripture is the source of this verse? Asatoma Sadgamaya Thamaso Maa Jyothir Gamaya Mrithyor Maa Amrutham Gamaya Aum Shanti ...
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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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Siva sankalpa mantra meanings

I'm interested to know the meaning of Siva sankalpa mantras. In particular the following two mantras: एका च दश शतं च सहस्रं चायुतं च नियुतं च प्रयुतं चार्बुदं च नयर्बुदं च तन्मे मनः शिव संकल्पमस्तु ...
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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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Why is Rig Veda Book 2 Hymn 23 Verse 1 not used for summoning or praying to ganpati?

As mentioned in answer to this question, Rig-veda verse 1 as follows ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् । ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणां ब्रह्मणस्पत आ नः षृण्वन्नूतिभिः सीदसादनम् ॥ ...
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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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What is the difference between a sloka and a mantra?

I see these 2 terms (sloka and mantra) being used interchangeably. But they are not the same. If someone knowledgeable can elaborate on the difference for the benefit of the future users, it would be ...
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Mantras/prayers to be chanted by parent for the well being of children

Are there any mantras/stotras that a parent can chant for the well being (health/wisdom/ long life etc) of their children?
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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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How could Lakṣmaṇa's mantra to kill Indrajit really work?

Some folks consider the following śloka uttered by Lakṣmaṇa to be the mūla-mantra of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa. धर्मात्मा सत्यसन्धश्च रामो दाशरथिर्यदि || ९०-६-७१ पौरुषे चाप्रतिद्वन्द्वस्तदेनं जहि रावणिम् ...
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Looking for the Stuti (verses that praise) of Vedas and Upanishads

We know that the Vedas are considered most basic and important scripture of Hinduism. Vedas are believed to be words from Ishvara (अपौरुषेय). And the Upanishads are the part of Vedas which are full of ...
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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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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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Power of Gayatri Mantra

Can anybody please tell me about the power of Gayatri Mantra? I often listen to this and feel something.
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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 is Prahlad Chanting

I am watching video on Shri Krishna. Please tell me what Prahlad is chanting. They don't mention in subtitles, and it's hard for me to understand. (I speak English only.) Thank You.
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what are kalaas of arka, soma, bahni

In Puja mantra, we get... Am Arkamandalaaya dvadasa-kalaatmane namah ( meaning I worship Arka with twelve kalaas), Um somamandalaaya shodashakalatmane namah (I worship soma with sixteen kalaas), ...
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Is the mahamrityunjaya mantra the same mantra given by Shiva to Shukracharya to revive the dead?

Shukracharya apparently asked that the Asuras to be compensated for being cheated out of Amrita and after his austerities Shiva gave him the mrita sanjivani mantra. Is it the same as the ...
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What is the significance of Sri Suktam which is part of Rigveda?

Sri Suktam of RigVeda describes the nama, rupa, swaroopa, greatness etc. of Goddess Sri, who is Vishnu patni (wife of Lord Vishnu). Now, the question is what is the significance and how should it be ...
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Which mantra or shloka to be chanted while taking a bath?

In Hinduism, there is importance of taking bath before doing rituals, and an important part of ritual purification in Hinduism is the bathing of the entire body. It is considered auspicious to ...
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Did Swami Vivekananda regularly chant any Vedic or Tantric mantras?

Did Swami Vivekananda regularly chant any Vedic or Tantric mantras during his lifetime?
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Can anyone suggest mantras for worshipping Goddess Parvati?

Looking for mantras which are focused on Parvati like "Gaum Gaurimutrye Namah ".
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Difference between Bhuvaneswari and Lalitha devi & their location

What is the difference between Bhuvaneswari and Lalitha devi? Who is actually in Manidweepam? In Devi Bhagavat it is said that Bhuvaneswari resides in Mandidweepam but many say that it is Lalitha devi....
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Is it a sin to chant mantras without initiation?

Is chanting any mantra without initiation a sin? What do scriptures say about this?
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What is meant by chanting a mantra with faith?

It is said to chant mantra with faith and sincerity. But what does it exactly mean? Does it mean uttering the mantra by recalling the image of the corresponding god or uttering it slowly or uttering ...
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What is the real meaning of “Sri Rama Jayam”?

Each word of Sri Rama Jayam has a meaning and is associated with god. I want to know What is the real meaning of Sri Rama Jayam?
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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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What is initiation of Mantra?

What is initiation of Mantra? Why is it required for it to be actually effective for the reciter? I've read that people without initiation of the mantra would recite it for the whole lifetime and ...
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Is it mandatory to have Mantra Diksha to get moksha?

Is it mandatory to have Mantra Diskha or Mantra Daan in Hinduism to get Moksha as per Hindu scriptures? Is Mantra Diskha is mentioned in Vedas or Darshan?
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What is esoteric meaning behind eclipse timing?

It is commonly known idea that merit time is a sacred one and it is suggested that one must do good deeds like sacred bathing, charity, japa, homa, etc. during the eclipse. Activities like eating, ...
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Chanting hymns require guru?

Do we need to take Guru Updesha to chant Panchakshari, Dwadashakshari to get complete phalam of chanting?
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God Shiva's Beeja Mantra

Please let me know the correct pronunciation of God Shiva's Beeja or moola mantra- is it hauh or hraum or haum?
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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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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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Correct pronunciation of Lord Savitr

Gayatri Mantra is dedicated to Lord Savitr. In the Hindi version of both Wikipedia pages, different pronunciations are given. The former says it's "सवित्र", while the latter says it's "सवितृ". ...
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Which one is grammatically accurate krishna saranagati mantra?

||श्री कृष्णः शरणं मम|| ||श्री कृष्णं शरणं मम|| ||श्री कृष्णाय शरणं मम|| ||श्री कृष्ण शरणं मम|| I see all these various forms online. Which one is correct grammatically?
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Charm to promote hair growth Atharva veda

Please someone translate the following mantras of Atharva veda Book 6- hymn 21, hymn 30,31, hymn 136,137 to English prose from Sanskrit? As I don't know sanskrit. I read online that they promote hair ...
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Universal mantra of all mantras for attaining the highest level of God realization?

There are a lot of mantras in our scriptures. Some of these mantras are used to invoke a particular deity, activity or a life-event. Some are mantras for longevity, some for knowledge, immortality, ...
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One mantra for praising all deities of three Lokas

Each and every god/deities having corresponding mantras itself. However Lord Paramesvara said in Vishnu Saharanamam the most valuable and powerful mantra to be chanted is: ईश्वर उवाच श्रीराम राम ...
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Scriptural sources for different classification & types of mantra and their science

In which all scriptures (Vedas, Tantras, Agamas, etc.) is the science of mantra and the types of mantras mentioned? To be specific, the answer can be on the lines of following sub-questions: Where ...
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Rules for chanting Oṃ namo bhagavate Vāsudevāya

Is there any rule for chanting Mahamantra :- Oṃ namo bhagavate Vāsudevāya Or can any one chant this anywhere at anytime (while travelling, eating, sleeping, resting on bed) as we can do nama ...
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What is “Trisuparna Suktam” from Vedas?

My questions are: 1) What is "Trisuparna Suktam" (त्रिसूपर्ण सूक्त) from Vedas? 2) What are the benifits of chanting of this sukta? 3) Are there variants of this sukta according to different ...
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Origin of Naam Traya Mantra

What is the origin of Naam Traya Mantra? Or in which scripture this mantra is mentioned? The mantra is Om Achutaya namaha Anantaya namaha Govindaya Namaha. I don't know the correct form but these 3 ...
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What is the origin of twelve Surya namaskar mantra?

I know that there are 12 Surya namaskar mantra that are also described in question here Correct way of Surya namaskar?. But I want to know what is the origin of Surya namskar mantra? Which scripture ...