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The importance and benefits of some of the most powerful Hindu Mantras

It’s in the powerful helms The definition of ‘mantra’ is “a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed by practitioners to have psychological and spiritual powers.”

It is said that Hindu mantras if chanted properly, can be the source of positive energy for individuals. Here are five of the most popular and powerful Hindu mantras you can practice, what the mantra implies in common words, along with the importance and benefits:

Shri Ganesh Mantra

We have this mantra as our first mantra since it is said that all the spiritual ceremony cannot be fulfilled without chanting this prayer in the beginning:

Bakratunda maha-kaaya Suryakoti Samaprabha
Nirvinghnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa

Translation:

Oh Lord Ganesha, of curved trunk, large body and the brilliance of a million suns
Please make all my works free of obstacles

Importance: It’s a Vedic mantra and can have following benefits:

  • Remove obstacles in the journey of one’s work and strive towards success
  • Add peace and calmness
  • Add brilliance to work
  • Remove evil influences and negative thoughts

Gayatri Mantra

It’s a mantra that’s to be chanted 108 times.

Om Bhur Bhuvah Svah 

Tat Savitur Varenyam 

Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi

Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat

Translation:

Om, the divine illumination which pervades the Bhu Loka, the physical plane, Bhuvar Loka, the intermediate space and Swar Loka, the heaven (Swarga). On that savitur (Divine illumination) which is the most delightful (varenyam) And which is of divine effulgence. May that divine illuminate/awaken our spiritual consciousness

Importance: Gayatri is the mother of all Vedas with the power of wiping off all sins. The words in the mantra are arranged such that it creates a powerful impact on the mind, soul, and the body. These are some benefits:

  • Improve breathing pattern
  • Enhance nerve and heart functioning
  • Reduce stress and improve learning capacity
  • Brings prosperity and development

Om Namah Shivaya

It’s a healing mantra

Om Namah Shivaya

Translation:

Adoration to Lord Shiva

Importance: The mantra focuses on Shiva who is understood to be the concluding part of the trinity, which includes Brahma and Vishnu. The repetition of the mantra is such that the last syllable of the mantra is the doorway to Shiva-consciousness, moving from the end to a new beginning. Chanting the mantra can have following benefits:

  • Lifts one’s spirit into previously unexplored planes of existence
  • It’s a great stress buster
  • Reignites the chi of the body and creates path for positive energy
  • Boosts peace

Mahalaxmi mantra

For virtue, wealth, desire, ascension, Mahalaxmi Mantra is a very popular mantra.

Angam Hare Pulaka-bhusanama-ashrayanti

Bhringa-anganeva mukula-abharannam tamaalam

Anngii-krta-akhila-vibhuutir-apaanga-liila

Maanggalya-daa-atsu mama manggala-devataayaah

Translation:

Salutation to Mother Laxmi, who always dwells in the body of Hari like an ornament of Ecstatic delight.Like the bees which delightfully decorate the half-open flowers of the tree
Who has contained within her body the entire opulence of universe through her divine glance may that glance bring auspiciousness in my life.

Importance: Laxmi, known for wealth, richness, beauty, youth and health, helps in finance and relationships. Other benefits are:

  • Help in job promotions
  • For those in business, for increased profits and attracting customers
  • Peace of mind
  • Produces an energy of fortune

Maa Saraswati

Known as the goddess of education and music, Saraswati is prayed to for excelling in educational and art field.

Ya Kundendu-tushar-haar-dhawala ya Shubra-bastrabrita

Ya Bina-bar-danda-mandit-kara ya Shwetpadhma-asana

Ya Brahma-achyutashankaraprabhritibhirdevaih sadaa Pujita

Saa Maam Paatu Sarasvati Bhagavatii Nihshessa-Jaaddya-Apahaa

Translation:

Salutation to Saraswati who is pure white like jasmine, with the coolness of moon, brightness of snow, and shine like the Garland of pearls, and who is pure white garments. Whose hands are adorned with veena and Boon-giving staff, and who is always adored by Brahma, Vishnu, Shankara and other Devas. Oh Goddess Saraswati, Please protect me and remove my ignorance completely.

Importance: The mantra is an essence for students and those who are trying to learn the arts. Here are some of the benefits of chanting the mantra:

  • Removes ignorance
  • Better concentration
  • Improves learning capacity and skills

(Translations are taken from quora.com)

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