Aghoramantra, Aghora-mantra: 1 definition



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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Aghoramantra in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Aghoramantra (अघोरमन्त्र) is the name of a Mantra associated with waring Rudrākṣas on the chest, according to the Śivapurāṇa 1.25, while explaining the greatness of Rudrākṣa:—“[...] one Rudrākṣa shall be worn on the tuft, forty on the forehead, thirty-two round the neck; hundred and eight over the chest; six in each of the ears; sixteen round each of the arms; [...] It shall be worn on the head repeating Īśāna-mantra; on the ears with Tripuruṣa-mantra; round the neck with Aghora-mantra and on the chest also likewise”.

Aghoramantra is also used when performing the rite of Nirodha, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.11, while explaining the mode of worshipping Śiva:—“[...] in the four quarters Avyakta etc. the unmanifest principle and in the end of Soma the three Guṇas shall be assigned. Lord Śiva shall be invoked by the formula ‘I am addressing Sadyojāta’. Then the devotee small repeat Vāmadeva-mantra and stand on his seat. The Sānnidhya rite shall be performed with Rudragāyatrīmantra and the rite of Nirodha shall be performed with Aghora-mantra”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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