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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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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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Sudarshana Homam and its benefits

It is learnt that there are ten types of Mantravada doshas{ill effects of black magic } from ten directions, called Marana, Uchatana, Mohana, Vidhveshana, Manthra, Tanthra, Vishachoorna, Prayoga, ...
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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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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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Is ॐ Gam Ganapataye Namaha correct, or ॐ Gan Ganapataye Namaha correct?

According to you What is correct ॐ Gam Ganapataye Namaha or ॐ Gan Ganapataye Namaha ?
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Why did they invent Sanskrit as Veda language not any other script?

I've a doubt since long time, I thought this is the best place to ask. How did Sanskrit has become main language in ancient times? Why did they choose Sanskrit as Veda language? Does those Veda hymns ...
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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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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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Origin of Sarveshaam Shanti Mantra

What is the origin of Sarveshaam Shanti Mantra The text form of the mantra is as under:- Om sarveshaam swastir bhavatu Sarveshaam shantir bhavatu Sarveshaam poornam bhavatu Sarveshaam mangalam ...
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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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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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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 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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Triad of Mantra, Yantra, and Tantra

"Mantra", "Yantra", and "Tantra" are terms in the Sanskrit language. Can someone with expertise define their true meaning in the context of Vedic philosophy and how the three terms may be inter-...
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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 ...
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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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Is there any verse or mantra to become opulent?

Is there any verse or mantra to become opulent, rich , magnificent and wealthy?
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Can lost wealth be restored by reciting the kaarta virya arjuna mantra?

I have had a theft at home and i was told that reciting the Kaartaviryaarjuna mantra would help in restoring lost wealth (Jewels, Cash)
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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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Is there any verse to have nice husband?

Many of my friends married recently and all of them were either unhappy or divorced. Can any one tell me any verses/slokas to get married to nice husband?
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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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Why Gaudiya Sampradaya follow Kali-Upanishad?

Why Gaudiya Sampradaye followed the Kali Upanishad of Krsna Yajurveda.?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why doesn't God not give us anything without doing something?

In Hinduism there are cases where astrologers or pandits ask devotees to chant certain mantras or do fasting on specific days. Why doesn't God give what we want directly (without doing anything) as we ...
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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 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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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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Diametrically opposite views on important spiritual practices

I find some diametrically opposite views on important spiritual practices. It is said that the exact pronunciation of a mantra is very important, yet some pronounce the most famous mantra as OM, ...
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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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Recommend some books or online sites for self- learning Prana Pratishta techniques

What are some good books (in Bengali, English, Hindi or Sanskrit) for self-learning the method of Prana Pratishta (invoking life-force of Deites) on Yantras, idols etc? I am looking for books or even ...
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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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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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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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Consequence of women chanting mantras

What are the consequences of women chanting mantras? Do scriptures say anything about this?
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Which one of the following two Sankalpa Mantras is correct?

Sandhyavandanam,Puja or a Japa always generally begins with a Sankalpa. I've found the following two Sankalpa Mantras on web. Mantra 1) "Mamopatha Samastha, duritha kshaya dwara, Shri ...
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Which scripture is the source for this Achamanam?

From this link: 2 acamana Om keshavaya svaha Om narayanaya svaha Om madhavaya svaha I have noticed that this achamanam is popular mostly among Telugu speaking communities. My ...
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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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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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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 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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Is it mentioned in the Vedas about the need or process of initiation?

The process by which a Guru initiates a disciple into a mantra is called Mantra Diksha. Is it mentioned in the Vedas about this process or about other forms of Dikshas?
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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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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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Mantras to concentrate on studies [duplicate]

Which mantras will help to concentrate. Sometimes it's difficult to concentrate or focus on a particular thing. Our mind always get deviated. How to avoid this.
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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 ...