Mantrapuṣpa

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Mantrapuspa, MantrapuSpa, Mantrapushpa


Mantrapuṣpa is a short piece forming a part of the Taittirīya Āraṇyaka.[1] It is primarily used in the worship of Surya[2] as also in Surya-namaskāra. It is also used to offer flowers at the end of ritualistic worship. The sun, the moon and the stars[3] appear to rise from the waters of the ocean for an onlooker. Hence they have been called puṣpa or flowers of the water. One who knows them as such reaps great benefits like having children and cows.


References

  1. Taittirīya Āraṇyaka 1.22.1 to 7
  2. Surya means the Sun-god.
  3. It is surya, candra and nakṣatra.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore