Lakshmimantra, aka: Lakṣmīmantra, Lakshmi-mantra; 2 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit term Lakṣmīmantra can be transliterated into English as Laksmimantra or Lakshmimantra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Lakṣmīmantra (लक्ष्मीमन्त्र).—Mantras sacred to the goddess.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 38. 6.
The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)
Lakṣmīmantra (लक्ष्मीमन्त्र).—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 Lakṣmī to be uttered at the time of making offering, goes as follows:
लक्ष्मीः सिद्धिर्मतिर्मेधा सर्वलोकनमस्कृताः ।
मन्त्रपूतमिमं देव्यः प्रतिगृह्णन्तु मे बलिम् ॥
lakṣmīḥ siddhirmatirmedhā sarvalokanamaskṛtāḥ |
mantrapūtamimaṃ devyaḥ pratigṛhṇantu me balim ||
“O Lakṣmī, Siddhi, Mati and Medhā, ye who are honoured by all the worlds, 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.”Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (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 (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).
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