Skandamantra, Skanda-mantra: 1 definition
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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
Skandamantra (स्कन्दमन्त्र).—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 Skanda, to be uttered at the time of making offering, goes as follows:
देवसेनापते स्कन्द भगवन् शङ्करप्रिय ।
बलिः प्रीतेन मनसा षण्मुख प्रतिगृह्यताम् ॥
devasenāpate skanda bhagavan śaṅkarapriya |
baliḥ prītena manasā ṣaṇmukha pratigṛhyatām ||
“O Skanda the leader of the celestial army, the blessed one, the dear son of Śiva, O the six-mouthed one, 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.”
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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