Dvadashaksharamantra, Dvādaśākṣaramantra: 4 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Dvādaśākṣaramantra can be transliterated into English as Dvadasaksaramantra or Dvadashaksharamantra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

[«previous next»] — Dvadashaksharamantra in Pancaratra glossary
Source: archive.org: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

1) Dvādaśākṣaramantra (द्वादशाक्षरमन्त्र) refers to a class of Mantras, according to the twenty-third chapter of the Īśvarasaṃhitā (printed edition), a Pāñcarātra work in 8200 verses and 24 chapters dealing with topics such as routines of temple worship, major and minor festivals, temple-building and initiation.—Description of the chapter [mantroddhāra-vidhi]: The sages ask Nārada to answer six questions. In this chapter his answers to the first two questions are recorded. [...] Second: what is the nature of mantras used in establishing an image? He replies that among mantras of Viṣṇu which are “vyāpaka”, there are three—namely, the aṣṭākṣara, dvādaśākṣara [=dvādaśākṣaramantra] and ṣaḍakṣara-mantras. All images may be worshipped with these mantras; some particular images, however, must have, in addition, their own appropriate, special mantras. But of all the mantras, the aṣṭākṣaramantra is best (51-61).

2) Dvādaśākṣaramantra (द्वादशाक्षरमन्त्र) is the name of a Mantra associated with 12 Tattvas, as discussed in the third chapter of the Nāradīyasaṃhitā: a Pāñcarātra document comprising over 3000 verses in 30 chapters presenting in a narrative framework the teachings of Nārada to Gautama, dealing primarily with modes of worship and festivals.—Description of the chapter [caturmūrtilakṣaṇa-vidhāna]: Nārada commences with instructions for the construction of the dvādaśākṣaramantra, and along with these gives an analysis of the main mantra while also telling about the twelve subsidiary Mantras (aṅgamantra) connected with it—including certain colors associated with the subsidiary mantras and the tattva-realities symbolically referred to by them (1-20). This dvādaśākṣaramantra is said to be the most efficacious, secret, divinely-empowered, blessed, etc. (21-39). He then digresses into the disciplinary techniques [sādhana] to be used when employing this dvādaśākṣaramantra in a regular program of japa etc., along with the worldly and other-worldly rewards accruing to such practices (40-64). [...]

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context information

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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Dvadashaksharamantra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dvādaśākṣaramantra (द्वादशाक्षरमन्त्र).—n.

(-ntraṃ) A prayer of twelve syllables, especially as addressed to Vishnu, or Om, Bhagavate, Vasudevaya, Ramaya. E. dvādaśa, akṣara a letter, and mantra formulæ.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dvādaśākṣaramantra (द्वादशाक्षरमन्त्र):—[=dvādaśākṣara-mantra] [from dvādaśākṣara > dvā-daśa > dvā] m. the prayer of 12 s° addressed to Viṣṇu (cf. dvādaśa-pattraka), [Padma-purāṇa]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dvādaśākṣaramantra (द्वादशाक्षरमन्त्र):—[dvādaśā+kṣara-mantra] < [dvādaśākṣara-mantra] (ntraṃ) 1. n. Prayer of twelve letters or syllables.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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