Rakshasamantra, aka: Rākṣasamantra, Rakshasa-mantra; 1 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit term Rākṣasamantra can be transliterated into English as Raksasamantra or Rakshasamantra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

[Rakshasamantra in Natyashastra glossaries]

Rākṣasamantra (राक्षसमन्त्र).—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 Rākṣasas to be uttered at the time of making offering, goes as follows:

नानानिमित्तसम्भूताः पौलस्त्याः सर्व एव तु ।
राक्षसेन्द्रा महासत्वाः प्रतिगृह्णीत मे बलिम् ॥

nānānimittasambhūtāḥ paulastyāḥ sarva eva tu |
rākṣasendrā mahāsatvāḥ pratigṛhṇīta me balim ||

“O the great Rākṣasas, the great-souled ones, the sons of Pulastya, born of different causes, 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
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context information

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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