Vishnumantra, Viṣṇumantra, Vishnu-mantra: 5 definitions


Vishnumantra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Viṣṇumantra can be transliterated into English as Visnumantra or Vishnumantra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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

Viṣṇumantra (विष्णुमन्त्र).—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 Viṣṇu, to be uttered at the time of making offering, goes as follows:

नारायणामितगते पद्मनाभ सुरोत्तम ।
प्रगृह्यतां बलिर्देव मन्त्रपूतो मयार्पितः ॥

nārāyaṇāmitagate padmanābha surottama |
pragṛhyatāṃ balirdeva mantrapūto mayārpitaḥ ||

“O Nārāyaṇa, Padmanābha, the best of the gods, with unrestrained movement, 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.”

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—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), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

[«previous next»] — Vishnumantra in Vaishnavism glossary
Source: Pure Bhakti: Arcana-dipika - 3rd Edition

Viṣṇumantra (विष्णुमन्त्र) refers to:—mantras pertaining to viṣṇu-tattva, the origi nal Supreme lord, Śrī kṛṣṇa, or his plenary expansions, given when receiving dīkṣā. Also known as dīkṣāmantra. (cf. Glossary page from Arcana-dīpikā).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

[«previous next»] — Vishnumantra in Pancaratra glossary
Source: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

1) Viṣṇumantra (विष्णुमन्त्र) refers to the “Viṣṇu Mantra”, as discussed in the fifty-second chapter of the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā, a Pāñcarātra work in 60 chapters dealing with topics such as Viṣṇu’s discus-power, the processes of creation and esoteric practices related to Sudarśana (such as mantras and yantras).—Description of the chapter [viṣṇunārāyaṇavāsudeva-mantrārtha-nirūpaṇa]: Ahirbudhnya continues his discussion of mantras. [...] Turning to the viṣṇumantra, he begins to analyze the word Viṣṇu part-by-part (35-48), and then, moving to the nārāyaṇamantra, he does the same (49-58). Finally he explains the word “Vasudeva” in the vāsudevamantra (59-86a).

2) Viṣṇumantra (विष्णुमन्त्र) is the  name of a Mantra associated with Viṣṇu—one of the twenty-four Mūrtis of the Lord, as discussed in the thirteenth chapter of the Parāśarasaṃhitā: a Pañcarātra work of some 2000 verses dealing withe the composition and applications of Mantras, the characteristics of devotees (prapanna) and initiation.—Accordingly, Bhagavān declares He will now describe the mantras of the 24 mūrti-aspects of the Lord [e.g., Viṣṇumantra (41-46)]—their nyāsas, etc., inasmuch as these will be useful in pratiṣṭhā. A warning is given to Arcakas not to allow mixture [sāṃkarya] of a particular mantra with the wrong icon during worship; [...] (1-12). Then analysis of the various mantras are made for the remainder of the chapter. [...]

3) Kuberamantra (कुबेरमन्त्र) also refers to the Mantra addressed to Kubera (one of the fifteen Tithi-Devatās), as discussed in chapter 30 (Caryāpāda) of the Padmasaṃhitā: the most widely followed of Saṃhitā covering the entire range of concerns of Pāñcarātra doctrine and practice (i.e., the four-fold formulation of subject matter—jñāna, yoga, kriyā and caryā) consisting of roughly 9000 verses.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vishnumantra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Viṣṇumantra (विष्णुमन्त्र):—[=viṣṇu-mantra] [from viṣṇu] m. a hymn addressed to V°, [Catalogue(s)]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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