Gandharvamantra, aka: Gandharva-mantra; 1 Definition(s)

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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Gandharvamantra (गन्धर्वमन्त्र).—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 Gandharvas to be uttered at the time of making offering, goes as follows:

नारदस्तुम्बरुश्चैव विश्वावसुपुरोगमाः ।
परिगृह्णन्तु मे सर्वे गन्धर्वा बलिमुद्यतम् ॥

nāradastumbaruścaiva viśvāvasupurogamāḥ |
parigṛhṇantu me sarve gandharvā balimudyatam ||

“O Gandharvas, amongst whom Nārada, Tumburu and Viśvāvasu are the foremost, accept this my best offering.”

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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