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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 a Naga Bandham?

In Hindu Tantric traditions, what causes someone to use a Naga Bandham (snake binding spell) to protect sacred doors? Recently it was in popular culture because the final door at Padmanabhaswamy ...
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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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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 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 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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Prayaschitta (regret) Mantra when one breaks fasting during Shravana month?

Is there any Prashchita mantra if someone by mistake breaks fasting during Shravana month?
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Can we get Parasara Bhattar's 171 Namavalis extracted from Vishnu sahasranamam?

We know that Vishnu Sahasranamam comprises of 1000 names of Maha Vishnu. Out of these 1000 names, Parasara bhattar had picked 171 namavalis which is very useful, for example - 'Om Bhuve Namaha' can ...
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Why “Nama:” is pronounced as “Namaha” when it appears at the end of a Mantra?

And not as Namah as in, say,Namah Sivaya? Few examples: Om Gum Gurobhyo Namaha Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. Which rule regarding the pronunciation of visarga(:) is applicable in this case? Can someone ...
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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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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 are the prayers of Kunti to demi-gods for begetting children?

What are the prayers (verbatim in Sanskrit) offered by Kunti before begetting Pandava children ? Are boon manthras given to her by sage Doorvasa mentioned in Mahabharata or elsewhere? Are they ...
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Can gods appear to a turiya person

Can gods appear to a turiya person, by doing tapas or mantra with pure devotion combined with bodily spiritually purity, , as well as is it possible to ask for and get boons or astras? Considering ...
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Scriptures about announcement of possessing mantra siddhi

Suppose a person attains siddhi over a particular mantra. Is it recommended by scriptures to hide about possession of such siddhi from public?
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Is nagas in temple related to Kundalini?

Does naga in temples represent kundalini? If yes how can it be used for ones spiritual enhancenent? What are the mantras one can use to worship it?
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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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Lakshmi mantra translation

Can anyone please help me find the English translation for: Om Lakshmi Vigan Shri Kamala Dharigan Svaha I know the overall purpose of the mantra, but cannot find the meanings of several words
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What all are the parameters needed for getting a mantra siddhi?

According to the Hindu scriptures, what are the parameters needed to get a mantra siddhi? Some of the parameters that can influence mantra siddhi (generally believed) are 1) Quantity of sins done by ...
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Are there any mantras that does not need any guru initiation but gives siddhi?

Do all mantras that gives siddhi needs guru initiation? Or are there any mantras that can give siddhi without the need of guru?
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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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Who is Goddess Tvarita?

Recently I have heard about goddess named "Tvarita" and I want to know this form of goddess. So my questions are: Who is goddess Tvarita and why she is called so? How she is depicted in the ...
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What kind of effects does mantra japa have on our bodies?

What are the siddhis one gets by performing the japa of the Mantras of different deities with different sadhanas, 1008 times or more? What kind of effects will happen to our body after certain ...
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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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What is the correct procedure to chant Narasimha 32 letters maha mantra?

The correct Narasimha maha mantra with 32 letters is: उग्रं वीरं महाविष्णुं ज्वलन्तं सर्वतोमुखं । नृसिंहं भीषणं भद्रं मृत्युमृत्युं नमाम्यहं ।। Please note that a screenshot from Nrisimha Tapani ...
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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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sanskrit mantras and reading doubt? [closed]

i am reading a book and some sanskrit mantras in it is written as 'om namo bhagvate 2 kruna 2 avataram .' what does this 2 means.Thus that mean i have to read the word twice??
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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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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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A question regarding the 'pranama-mantra' of 'Prabhupada'

As the following reads, Swami Bhaktivedanta (the founder of ISKCON)  treats ISLAM and CHIRTANITY as essentially one with Vaishavism. Again and again God has sent His messengers to this material ...
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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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Why does the Gayatri Mantra NOT end with OM except in Bengal?

In Bengal, the Gayatri (Savitri) Mantra always starts with OM and ends with OM. The mantra is thus printed in the very famous book 'Ahnik-Krittya' by Shyamacharan Kaviratna Vidyavaridhi. But so far ...
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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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which mantra(s) should be chanted before going to sleep and awake from morning?

I heard that some of our ancestors chanted mantras (a few lines) before going to bed and when wake up in the morning. When they wake up in the morning, they first look at their palms and chant ...
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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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Can yantra and mantra work without diksha from guru?

If I write a yantra and chant mantra for that yantra without guru diksha will it work ? Is Guru-diksha necessary for all yantras or some particular yantra's?
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Does the fruit of Mantra Japa automatically go to Indra if Japa Samarpana Mantra is not chanted?

Please let me know does all the mantra chanting energy go to Indra, if we don't chant the below Samarpanam mantra after mantra chanting: Devta: गुह्याति-गुह्य-गोप्ता-त्वं गृहाणास्मितकृतम् जपं। सिद्धि...
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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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What is the correct method to follow in chanting Hare Krishna Mahamantra?

What is actually the correct method to chant the Harekrishna Mahamantra? Like what we should follow before chanting of that mantra, and which direction we have to face while chanting the mantra, and ...
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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?
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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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What is the difference between Dhyana Mantra and Mantra?

Have come across the phrase Dhyana Mantra several times in context of Durga puja, Kali puja. But what is the difference between a Mantra and a Dhyana Mantra? Can it be different for the same deity? ...
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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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Should Stotras and Mantras be recited aloud?

Should Stotras, such as Ganpati Stotra, Durga Stotra, etc., and Mantras be recited aloud or can they be recited just in mind? Also, does the absolute correct pronunciation of words in Stotras matter?
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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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Significance and meaning of Krom bija mantra

There are some moolamantras, which involves krom . Whats the significance of this bija mantra. Does it represents any Goddess or any God. and the way, klim bija mantra represents attraction, does ...
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Who is “Umayah” and “Devi” in the following mantra?

i found this mantra on a Book (Devi Bagavatam). But I cannot find the meaning for Umayah. The total form was : OM Saraswatheyah Namaha.(1) OM SriLakshmiyayah Namaha. (2) OM Umayah Namaha. (3) ...
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What is the meaning/context of Rig Veda 10.149.1?

Rig Veda 10.149.1 reads; SAVITAR fixed the earth with bands to bind it, and made heaven stedfast where no prop supported. Savitar milked, as ’twere a restless courser, air, sea bound fast to ...
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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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Why are all mantras still in Sanskrit only even after the emergence of local languages? [duplicate]

If you see all marriage mantras or mantras to praise God are written only in Sanskrit, why can't those mantras be converted to local languages like hindi, telugu, tamil, malayalam etc so that everyone ...
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What is the difference between Mantra-Diksha and Mantra-Chaitanya?

According to the Tantrik scriptures, what is the difference between Mantra-Diksha and Mantra-Chaitanya? As per Tantra, mantra is fruitless unless Mantra-Chaitanya is obtained.
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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), ...