Natyamatrimantra, Nāṭyamātṛmantra, Natyamatri-mantra: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Nāṭyamātṛmantra can be transliterated into English as Natyamatrmantra or Natyamatrimantra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

[«previous next»] — Natyamatrimantra in Natyashastra glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Nāṭyamātṛmantra (नाट्यमातृमन्त्र).—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 Nāṭyamātṛs to be uttered at the time of making offering, goes as follows:

नमो 'स्तु नाट्यमातृभ्यो ब्राह्म्याद्याभ्यो नमोनमः ।
सुमुखीभिः प्रसन्नाभिर्बलिरद्य प्रगृह्यताम् ॥

namo 'stu nāṭyamātṛbhyo brāhmyādyābhyo namonamaḥ |
sumukhībhiḥ prasannābhirbaliradya pragṛhyatām ||

“O mothers of the Nāṭya such as Brāhmī and others, ye be happy and pleased to accept my 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.”

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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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