Candramantra, Candra-mantra: 1 definition
Candramantra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
Alternative spellings of this word include Chandramantra.
Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
Candramantra (चन्द्रमन्त्र).—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 (e.g. different kinds of foodstuff ) and mantras.
The mantra for Candra to be uttered at the time of making offering, goes as follows:
सर्वग्रहपते सोम द्विजराज जगत्प्रिय ।
प्रगृह्यतामेष बलिर्मन्त्रपूतो मयोद्यतः ॥
sarvagrahapate soma dvijarāja jagatpriya |
pragṛhyatāmeṣa balirmantrapūto mayodyataḥ ||
“O Soma, the lord of all the planets, the king of the twice-born ones, the favourite of the world, accept this my offering consecrated by the Mantra.”
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.”
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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