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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 Mantra? What is the criteria by which a word turns into mantra?

Saying a mantra has energy inside can't be true as every word has energy within it. Then what's the criteria of Mantra? On what basis a word should be called 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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Is chanting “OM” naam japa or mantra japa?

does one need some form of Diksha to chant OM or can it be chanted by anyone? Are there any benefits of simply chanting OM?
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Prefixing “Om” or “Jai” before mantra. What is the difference?

I want to know the significance of using Om and Jai before the mantra. E.g. When I chant: Om Vishnu Devtaya Namah and when I chant Jai Shri Vishnu Devtaya Namah am chanting 1 mantra more significant/...
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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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What are best practices in chanting a mantra?

To my knowledge, mantra if chanted by knowing the meaning gives more result than chanting it without knowing the meaning. How do we know what will happen if a particular mantra is not pronounced (...
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What is the meaning of RashmimAlA Mantras

What are RashmimAlA Mantras? What's the importance of these mantras and Only Goddesses have these mantras ?
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How does mantra japa lead to samadhi?

What is the exact process of how mantra japa leads the seeker into samadhi? I know there are many stages you go through and eventually the mantra goes on by it self but would love to read and ...
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Sources of Krishna's mantra

Please let me know all the sources of the below Krishna's Mantra. It looks like there are 2 or more sources of this mantra. One source that I know of is Gopala tapani Upanishad. So please provide all ...
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Can the mantra Om Namah Shivaya be chanted as a general prayer to Shiva?

I read online that this mantra translates into "I bow to Shiva, who represents the inner self" and helps the chanter attain realization of the inner self. Can this mantra also be used as a general ...
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Sources describing rituals for collecting herbs

I have found the following ritual for collecting herbs in the Kamaratna-tantra, which is a Hindu tantra from the 14th century (although its contents may be derived from older source). Are there more ...
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Where do the Vedas support democracy?

A Republic is a country where the ruler is democratically elected by the people of the country. Democracy is the opposite of dictatorship or monarchy. Today's India is such a democratic republic. ...
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What are the Shabar mantras?

There are many mantras dedicated to Hanuman. Some popular choki mantras are "Ekamukhi", "Panchmukhi", "Ekadhashamukhi" etc. Recently I've heard/remembered about Shabar mantras (शाबर मंत्र) which in ...
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Where is this hymn in the Rig Veda?

I was trying to learn hymns from this Rig Veda video. But I couldn't find the first few verses. Where in the book is it?
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What scripture does the Kamokarshit Mantra come from?

Alfred Lord Tennyson said "In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love." Well, in the Summer a Brahmana's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of Avani Avittam! Avani Avittam, aka ...
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Why there is restriction to cite mantras or vedas?

In hinduism, there is a restriction to cite/ read mantras or vedas to the non-brahmins. It is regarded as sin if the non-brahmins read the contents in vedas or cites mantras. For example, we can cite ...
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Can we use one god's mantra to worship others?

If I know there is only one God and all are his forms, Can I worship(at temples) one avatar of His' with mantras of His another avatar/form (among Shiva, Shakti, Ganapathi, Skanda, Surya, Vishnu and ...
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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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Dwadakshari vs. Ashtakshari mantra of Sriman Narayana

Is there any difference in applicability between the mantras "Om namo baghavate vasudevaaya" vs. "Om namo narayanaya"? Is there a superior among these 2 mantras? And which one can be recited by the un-...
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Prayer for Trideva along with Tridevi?

Prayer for Trideva along with Tridevi: गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुः गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः । गुरुःसाक्षात् परब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नम: ॥ This Prayer, Mantra has Trideva only, any verse which has both ...
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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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Gayatri mantras of Sri Vishnu's weapons

The commonly known weapons of Sri Vishnu are five in number - Panchajanya, Sudarshana, Sharanga, Nandaki and Koumodaki. Among the above 5, the Gayatri mantra of the first 2 are used in Pooja vidhana. ...
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Sri Rudram Laghunyasam

What is the purpose of reciting Sri Rudram Laghunyasam and also the time and precautions to take.Can it be recited without performing any physical Pooja or offerings.
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Using Om Tat Sat mantra in daily life

This mantra was explained in Bhagavad-Gita, it's used while performing yagna, dana or tapa. How to use this mantra in daily life ? For eg. Just before starting meal Can this mantra be used ? Or ...
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How does Advaita interpret the devatas to the Isha Upanishad mantras?

Advaita is a non dual philosophy which says there is no distinction between Jivatma and Paramatma (Brahman). There is only one soul which is Brahman. In the Isha Upanishad or Ishavasyopanishad which ...
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Which deity should be prayed or which mantra can be recited, while flying in an aircraft?

Sometimes while a flight takes off, I become nervous. I would like to know which mantra to recite or which deity to invoke. I know to remove fear of water while travelling in water one may chant शं नो ...
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Where does Maharishi Bodhayana hails Sri Rudram 1.6 mantra as Kavacham (Armour)?

Sri Rudram hymn is a part of YajurVeda Samhita (which I discuss here) In the Krishna Yajurveda Taittariya Samhita it is present from 4.5.1 to 4.5.11, thus forming total 11 Anuvakams: The sixth mantra ...
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Are Shabar Mantras really auto-energised?

I myself answered a question on the so-called "Shabar Mantras" here. This webpage claims that these mantras are auto energized or Siddha so to speak. A shabar mantra is quite different from a ...
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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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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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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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Who is the descendant of Bhrigu who heard the famous Vakratunda mantra to Ganesha from the gods?

As I discuss in this question, the sage who heard many Ganesha mantras from gods was Ganaka, who I speculated may have been an incarnation of Ganesha himself. Now I have found a mantra to Ganesha ...
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Does the phrase “Sri Mahavishnu Paramatma Sriman Narayana” occur outside the Vishnu Sahasranamam?

In the preamble to the Vishnu Sahasranama, the following verse occurs (see page 3): asya sri vishNOr divya sahasranAma stotra mahA mantrasya| sri vedavyAso bhagavAn RshiH| anushTup chandaH| sri ...
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What is the meaning of Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare …?

What is the meaning of the mantra Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
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Is this version of “Samnō miṭra” legitimate? What does it mean?

Shamno mitra sham varunaha Shamno bhavatva aryamaa Shamno indro brhspatih Shamno vishur-urukramaha. Namo brahmane Namaste Vaayuo. Tvameva prathyaksham brahmaasi! ...
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Understanding the history and construction of beeja mantra

Surely TM is not the only one to use beeja mantra, and sages probably was using them since time unknown. The philosophy behind agyamya, nigyama and mantras was that to make it available to all and ...
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What is the mantra for Shiva and Parvati equivalent to “SITA RAM” and “RADHA KRISHNA”?

Even Vishnu has mantras like "OM LAKSHMI NARAYANA NAMAHA" but what is the famous mantra for the couple SHIVA/PARVATI?
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Mantra-Can anyone recommend me a mantra of devi or the adi-para shakti or the feminine aspect of God? [closed]

I want to chant the most true and the best mantra of devi---Maa Kali ,Maa durga,Maa Saraswati? I do not know whether their is any generalized mantra for the feminine aspect of god? Can anyone ...
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Can you name any mantras to be recited before studying?

Any mantras that can increase concentration or absorption of knowledge?
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if mantra is misspell (wrong pronunciation )then it will turn into bad effect?

One of my relatives told me do not listen to unknown mantra showing on you-tube since do not know the actual meaning of the mantra and not surely correct pronunciation. How to identify the real good ...
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What are the beeja mantras and what is their significance in meditation?

What are the beeja mantras and what are petal mantras, and what is their relationship with Om/Aum? In what ways are they helpful in meditation. If anyone is going to start on meditation, from ...
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How to know level of mantra siddhi?

How to know whether I've attained mantra siddhi? How do I understand that how far I'm in attaining it?
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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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Mantras and prayers in hindi(or other) language [duplicate]

Mantras are known to be very powerful prayers to gods and goddesses. They are in sanskrit generally , I want to know that prayers spoken in other languages are less effective than the mantras, or what ...
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What are benefits of samvada sookta?

Sookta are generally for some particular purpose. What are the benefits of samvada sookta ?
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Why Guru mantra is given in right ear?

In Hinduism, there is long and very common tradition of making a saint/sage or an enlightened person, one's Guru. One of Guru's role is to be spiritual mentor to his/her disciple and ensure disciple’...
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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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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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Does Gayatri Mantra affect physical reality?

As some background I grew up in a Hindu household but Hinduism never resonated with me. As an adult I was looking to improve my Anxiety disorder and found meditation to be very powerful. I was unsure ...
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What is the difference between a stotra, stava, stuti, sukta and mantra?

What is the difference between a stotra, stava, stuti, sukta and mantra? Please give examples of each to explain. Would be helpful if any references can be quoted from scriptures.

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