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ॐ नमः शिवाय

Om Namah Shivay

Om Namah Shivay

Om Namah Shivaya (ॐ नमः शिवाय) is one of the most popular Hindu mantras and the most important mantra in Shaivism.

Its translation is "adoration (namas) to Śiva", preceded by the mystical syllable "Aum". Om Namah Shivaya mantra is sung by devotees in prayers and recited by yogis in meditation. It is associated with qualities of prayer, divine-love, grace, truth and blissfulness.

Traditionally, it is accepted to be a powerful healing mantra beneficial for all physical and mental ailments. Soulful recitation of this mantra brings peace to the heart and joy to the [Ātman] or Soul. Sages consider that the recitation of these syllables is sound therapy for the body and nectar for the soul [Ātman]. The nature of the mantra is the calling upon the higher self; it is the calling upon shiva, the destroyer deity, to aid in the death (destruction of ego) and rebirth achieved during meditation. This goes generally for mantras and chants to different gods, which are different aspects of the higher self.

It is also called Panchakshara, or Panchakshari, the "five-syllable" mantra (viz., excluding the Om). Panchakshari Mantra Namaḥ Śivāya is the most holy salutation to Śiva. The Panchakshara can be recited by Shiva devotees during pooja, Japa, Dhyana, homa and while smearing Vibhuti.

Gaytri Mantra

ओम् भूर्भुवः॒ स्वः ।


भर्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि ।

धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त् ॥

Gayatri Mantra, 108 Times, for Peace and Health

Gayatri Mantra, 108 Times, for Peace and Health.

The power of 108
Traditionally, the Gayatri mantra is recited or chanted 108 times on three occasions daily – at sunrise, at midday and at dusk, when the sun is setting.
When we repeat the Gayatri mantra three times over the day, we are basically affirming the concept of the trinity of life – birth, growth, death.

Health Benefit of Gayatri Mantra:
- Calms the Mind
- Improves immunity
- Increases concentration and learning
- Improves your breathing
- Helps keep your heart healthy
- Improves the working of your nerves
- Helps beat damage caused due to stress
- Strengthens the mind and keeps depression at bay
- Gives your skin a glow
- Helps relieve the symptoms of asthma

Gaytri Mantra

The Gāyatrī Mantra is a highly revered mantra from the Vedas. Like all Vedic mantras, the Gayatri mantra is considered not to have an author, and like all other Vedic mantras, is believed to have been revealed to Brahmarshi Vishvamitra. It is a verse from a sukta of the Rigveda (Mandala 3.62.10). Gāyatrī is the name of the Vedic meter in which the verse is composed. As the verse can be interpreted to invoke Savitr, it is also called the Sāvitrī mantra. Its recitation is traditionally preceded by oṃ and the formula bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ, known as the mahāvyāhṛti, or "great (mystical) utterance".

The Gayatri mantra is repeated and cited very widely in Vedic literature and praised in several well-known classical Hindu texts such as the Manusmṛti ("there is nothing greater than the Savitri (Gayatri) Mantra.", Manu II, 83), the Harivamsa, and the Bhagavad Gita. The mantra is an important part of the upanayana ceremony for young males in Hinduism, and has long been recited by dvija men as part of their daily rituals. Modern Hindu reform movements spread the practice of the mantra to include women and all castes and its use is now very widespread.

Shree Vamana Purana

The Vamana Purana, (Sanskrit: वामन पुराण, Vāmana Purāṇa), one of the eighteen Mahapuranas, a genre of Hindu religious texts, is devoted to the Vamana Avatar of Vishnu. It has a eulogy praising both Vishnu and Shiva.

Dated between 450 CE - 900 CE.

Shree Vaman Puran - Chapter 1: Shree Narad Ji Ka Pulastya Rishi Se VamanaShri Prashan, Shiv Ji Ka Lila Charitra Aur Jimutvahan Hona

Vamana Purana

The Vamana Purana, (Sanskrit: वामन पुराण, Vāmana Purāṇa), one of the eighteen Mahapuranas, a genre of Hindu religious texts, is devoted to the Vamana Avatar of Vishnu. It has a eulogy praising both Vishnu and Shiva.

Dated between 450 CE - 900 CE. The printed editions of this work has 96 chapters. At the beginning (chapter 1), Narada asks Pulastya about the assumption of the Vamana avatar by Vishnu. Chapters 34-42 give a detailed and exhaustive account of the tirthas, rivers and forests of Kurukshetra region.

There are ten characteristics evident in Vamana Purana (in fact, in all or most of the Puraans). The Padma Purana categorizes Vamana Purana as a Rajas Purana (Purana which represents dimness and passion).

They are:


Sarga deals with the descriptions of the origin of this universe. Visarg enlightens us as to how a living thing transforms itself from one species to another. Sthaan, Poshan, Uti and Vritti deal with the descriptions of various means which are employed by a man for his survival. Raksha describes about the various incarnations of Lord Vishnu which he takes for the protection of the humankind. Manvantara deals with the complete description of the history of the whole Manvantara period. Vansh describe about the lineage of all the kings including Lord Brahma. Upaashraya enlightens us on the real meaning of Brahma.

Shree Linga Puran

The Linga Purana is one of the major eighteen Puranas, a Hindu religious text. Its current form can be dated back to 600 C.E.

Shree Linga Puran - Adhyay 122: Pashupat Yogmarg Dwara Shiv Aaradhna Ka Varnan

Shree Linga Puran - Adhyay 20

Shree Linga Puran - Chapter 1 (Hindi)

Meaning of the term ‘Linga’

In Sanskrit, Linga means a ‘mark’ or a symbol. Thus the Shiva Linga is a symbol of Lord Shiva – a mark that, according to the Linga Purana, symbolizes the Omnipotent Lord, who is otherwise formless and Infinite.

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Shree Linga Puran

The Linga Purana is one of the major eighteen Puranas, a Hindu religious text. Its current form can be dated back to 600 C.E. The extant text is divided into two parts, comprising 108 and 55 chapters respectively. These parts contain the description regarding the origin of universe, origin of the linga, and emergence of Brahma and Vishnu, and all the Vedas from the Linga. In this Purana, Shiva directly tells sometimes the importance of worship of Linga and the correct rituals to be followed during the puja of the linga.

First part of this Purana describes the origin of the Linga, and details the process of its worship. It has also sections on the creation of the cosmos; immolation of Kama; marriage of Shiva; description of Surya and Soma; and description of Varaha and Narshimha avatars of Vishnu.

Next part describes the prominence of Lord Vishnu, and the emergence of Brahma as the creator of the cosmos. It has several other accounts, including various aspects of Shiva

Part three of the Linga Purana contains the description of the seven islands, Mount Meru and other prominent mountains. It also has an account of Brahma assigning divinities to various deities, including the radiance of the Surya.

The next part has several accounts, including the account of Dhruva as the supreme devotee; origin of different deities; details of dynasties of Aaditya and Yadu; Andhak’s ascendancy to the position the lord of Ganas; annihilation of the demon Jalandhar; and the origin of Ganesh.

The contents of the last part include the story of Upamanyu; significance of certain mantras; importance of gurus; different types of yoga; and procedure for installation of linga.

"The distinctive sign through which it is possible to recognize the nature of someone is called a linga." (Shiva Purana)

"Shiva is signless , without color, taste or smell, beyond word and touch, without quality, changeless, motionless." (Linga Purana)

"This unmanifest being can be perceived only through his creation, which is his sign or linga. The existence of the unqualified substratum is known and worshiped only through this sign. The linga, the giver of life is one of the shapes which represents the nature of the shapeless."

"Shiva as the undivided causal principle is worshiped in the linga. His more manifest aspects are represented in anthropomorphic images. All other deities are part of a multiplicity and are thus worshiped as images." (Karapatri, "Shri Shiva Tattva", Siddhanta).

"Because she is the source of development, Nature (prakriti) is compared to a womb. The womb is Nature, basis of all. He is the giver of enjoyment. There is no other giver." (Shiva Purana)

"There can be no creation without the relationship of the opposites. There could be no creation from Shiva alone, or from Nature alone. The union of a perceiver and a perceived, an enjoyer and the enjoyed, of a passive and active principle, is essential for creation to take place."

"Transcendent manhood is the immanent cause of creation; transcendent womanhood is the efficient cause. There cannot be procreation without such union and there cannot be divine manifestation without their cosmic equivalent."

Shree Durga Saptshati (Devi Mahatmaya)

The Devi Mahatmyam or Devi Mahatmya (Sanskrit: devīmāhātmyam, देवीमाहात्म्यम्), or "Glory of the Goddess") is a Hindu religious text describing the victory of the goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. As part of the Markandeya Purana, it is one of the Puranas or secondary Hindu scriptures. It was composed in Sanskrit during 400-600 CE, with authorship attributed to the sage (Rishi) Markandeya.

Durga Saptshati Complete in Hindi

Shree Durgashtottar

Saptshloki Durga

Kshama Prarthana

Benefit of reading Shree Durga Saptshati (Devi Mahatmya)

The benefit of reading Devi Mahatmya several times is given below:-

Three times-to get rid of black magic

Five times-to get rid of difficulties caused by planets

Seven times - to get rid of great fear.

Nine times - Peace,

Eleven times - to get over fear of death, attraction of the king

Twelve times - getting desires fulfilled and destruction of enemies

Fourteen times - to attract women as well as enemies

Fifteen times - Pleasant life and getting of wealth

Sixteen times - to get sons and grand sons

Seventeen times - to get rid of fear of the King

Eighteen times - to get occult powers

Twenty times - For war to end

Twenty-five times - To come out of prison

Hundred times - to get rid of great sorrow, banishment from caste, Loss of life, salvation

Hundred and eight times - Fulfilling any wanted desire

One thousand times - Goddess Mahalakshmi will visit him/her and he/she will get all wealth

Durga Manas (Head phone recommended)

Devi Kavach

Durga Saptashati Adhyay 13

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Philosophy of Shree Durga Saptshati (Devi Mahatmya)

Devi Mahatmya accepts the ancient Vedic tradition in the form of Vāk and Trayī Vidyā and the philosophical doctrine of the codified system of Samkhya (Prakriti manifesting as the three Gunas) and Vedānta as Paramavidyā, the cause of Mukti. Further it synthesizes the then prevailing local Mother goddess traditions of Aryan and non-Aryan origin.

In the first chapter it is said

"all lives are conscious, but that knowledge is connected with senses. That goddess Bhagavatī, granting all kinds of prosperity, makes even the wise attracted to worldly pleasures and things forcibly with her great power of attraction. This ever-changing world with all its animate and inanimate things, is created by her. As the cause of salvation she turns into supreme spiritual knowledge, and is thus eternal; and again as the cause of bondage to worldly things she turns into things mundane and is the mistress of all, including Gods. She is eternal (and is thus beyond our knowledge) and pervades the world which may accordingly be called her form. Yet for the assistance of the lustrous souls, she appears in different forms."

Durga saptshati Adhyay 12

Durga Saptashati Adhyay 11

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Durga Saptashati Adhyay 9

Shree Durga Saptshati (Devi Mahatmaya): Symbolism of the three episodes

Coburn says:

"The sage's three tales are allegories of outer and inner experience, symbolized by the fierce battles the all-powerful Devi wages against throngs of demonic foes. Her adversaries represent the all-too-human impulses arising from the pursuit of power, possessions and pleasure, and from illusions of self-importance. Like the battlefield of the Bhagavad Gita, the Devi Mahatmya's killing grounds represent the field of human consciousness ... The Devi, personified as one supreme Goddess and many goddesses, confronts the demons of ego and dispels our mistaken idea of who we are, for – paradoxically – it is she who creates the misunderstanding in the first place, and she alone who awakens us to our true being." Chapter 1, Chapter 4, chapter 5, chapter 11 describe the praise given to the great Goddess Yognindra, Goddess Chandi, who slayed Mahishasura, Goddess Adi-Shakti, the one who is source of all other Goddesses and power inside all gods and Goddess Durga, who was born from combined energy of all Gods & Goddesses declares that Goddess Adi-shakti is Supreme of all and source of all. In chapter 1, Lord Brahma even praises that the great Goddess has created everything including himself.

Durga Saptashati Adhyay 8

Durga Saptashati Adhyay 7

Durga Saptashati Adhyay 6

Durga Saptashati Adhyay 5

Durga Saptashati Adhyay 4

Durga Saptashati Chapter 3

Shree Durga Saptshati

The Devi Mahatmyam or Devi Mahatmya (Sanskrit: devīmāhātmyam, देवीमाहात्म्यम्), or "Glory of the Goddess") is a Hindu religious text describing the victory of the goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. As part of the Markandeya Purana, it is one of the Puranas or secondary Hindu scriptures. It was composed in Sanskrit during 400-600 CE, with authorship attributed to the sage (Rishi) Markandeya.

Devi Mahatmyam is also known as the Durgā Saptashatī (दुर्गासप्तशती) or simply Saptashatī, Caṇḍī (चण्डी) or Caṇḍī Pāṭha (चण्डीपाठः): pāṭha – "reading" – refers to the act of ritual reading. The text contains 700 (saptashata; "seven hundred") verses, arranged into 13 chapters. By far one of the most important texts of Shaktism, the text has a central place in Shakta ritual.

Devi Mahatmyam is seen as an attempt to unify the Vedic male pantheon with the pre-existing mother goddess worship possibly dating to the 9th millennium BCE, and an attempt to define divinity as a shakti, which takes form of the female gender, and that pervades all beings and non-beings and yet is transcendental. The text synthesizes a number of pre-existing mother goddess mythological puranas into a single narrative. Also, there are links to aspects of Samkhya philosophy in the narrative.

For ritual reading purposes a number of subsidiary texts are appended before and after. A ritual reading of this text is part of the Navaratri celebrations in honour of the goddess. In eastern India, the ritual reading (chandipATh) is common at several functions, particularly in death rites. On Mahalaya, the last day of the previous fortnight Pitri Paksha (Pitri Pokkho), ‘Fortnight of the Forefathers’, recitation of Devi Mahatmyam (Chandi Path), and signifies the beginning of Durga Puja festivities.

Durga Saptashati Chapter 2

Durga Saptshati Chapter 1

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Durga Saptshati Complete in Hindi: Index

- Saptshati Durga
- Shree Durgashtottarshatnam
- Durga Kavach
- Chapter 1 - Chapter 13
- Kshama Prarthana
- Durga Manas


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