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Alternative spellings of this word include Aupacharikamantrakalpa.

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Source: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

Aupacārikamantrakalpa (औपचारिकमन्त्रकल्प) (lit. “the treatment of subsidiary mantras”) is the name of chapter 33 (Caryāpāda) of the Padmasaṃhitā: the most widely followed of Saṃhitā covering the entire range of concerns of Pāñcarātra doctrine and practice (i.e., the four-fold formulation of subject matter—jñāna, yoga, kriyā and caryā) consisting of roughly 9000 verses.

Description of the chapter [aupacārikamantrakalpa]: All the main mantras having been given in the preceding chapters, the present and concluding chapter turns to a treatment of other, subsidiary mantras needed in the worship of Viṣṇu (1-11). The following ones are the common mantras discussed and analysed: pañcopaniṣad-mantra (12-16a), puruṣa-mantra (16b-19), viśva-mantra (20-22), nivṛtta-mantra (i) (23-26а), sarva-mantra (26b-32), śānti-mantra (33-51a), pañcaviṃśatitattva-mantra (51b-57), dīpa-mantra (58-59), akṣasūtra-mantra (60-61), arghya-mantra (62-64), pādya-mantra (65-67), ācamana-mantra (68-70), bhoganivedana-mantra (71-73a), puṣpāñjali-mantra (73b-75), vastra-mantra (76-77); and mantras for mundane welfare (78-90). Then mantras which could be easily mastered (91-108a), jalastambhana-mantra (1085-114a), nadīvegastambhana-mantra (111b-114a), agnistambhana-mantra (1143-118a), gomahiṣādivaśya-mantra (118b-120), vyālādidamana-mantra (121-1228), ripunāśakapiśācavaśa-mantra (122b-1242), gandharvasādhana-mantra (124b-135), indrajāla-mantra (136-156), saptayakṣī-mantra viz. sundarī-mantra (157-158a), manoharā-mantra (158b-159a), kanakavatī-mantra (159b-160a), kāmeśvarī-mantra (160b- 162), ratipriyā-mantra (163-164), padminī-mantra (165-166а), yāminī-mantra (166b-172a) and lastly piśāca-mantras (172b-189).

The Saṃhitā draws to a close with some eulogistic remarks by Bhagavān about what is contained in the preceding chapters.

Then returning to the framework-motif found in the opening chapters, Padma says that when it was done Brahma gave the teaching to Kapila, who in turn gave it to Padma. He in turn is now giving it Saṃvarta, and with it the counsel to return to his terrestial home in the Himālayas (190-201). Не warns that, due to the holiness of the message, it should not be disclosed to the faithless or disinterested (202-203a). Five Tantras are said to be the most precious “gems” of the Pāñcarātra: Padma, Sanatkumāra, Parama, Padmodbhava (or Mahendra) and the Kaṇva Tantra (203b-204). The rewards for those who turn to the Padma Tantra are then listed (207-209).

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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