Agnimantra, aka: Agni-mantra; 2 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Agnimantra (अग्निमन्त्र).—In homas to ward off calamities to the state.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 231. 11.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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Agnimantra (अग्निमन्त्र).—Before any dramatic performance (nāṭya) takes place, gods and demigods should be worshipped (pūjā) in ceremonies such as the ‘consecration of the mattavāraṇī’. According to the Nāṭyaśāstra 3.40-44 gods and demigods should be worshipped with offerings (eg. different kinds of foodstuff ) and mantras.

The mantra for Agni to be uttered at the time of making offering, goes as follows:

देववक्त्र सुरश्रेष्ठ धूमकेतो हुताशन ।
भक्त्या समुद्यतो देव बलिः सम्प्रति गृह्यताम् ॥

devavaktra suraśreṣṭha dhūmaketo hutāśana |
bhaktyā samudyato deva baliḥ samprati gṛhyatām ||

“O Agni, the mouth of the gods, the best of the gods, the smoke-bannered one, the eater of things offered in sacrifice, accept this my offering given with love.”

According to Nāṭyaśāstra 3.96-97, “Offering worship to the gods of the stage is as meritorious as a [Vedic] sacrifice. No dramatic performance should be made without first worshipping the deities presiding over the stage. When worshipped, they (these gods) will bring you worship, and honoured they will bring you honour. Hence one should by all efforts offer pūjā to the gods of the stage.”

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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