Pañcadaśākṣarī-mantra

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Pancadasaksari-mantra, PaJcadaZAkSarI-mantra, Paycadashaakshari-mantra


Pañcadaśākṣarī-mantra literally means ‘mantra of fifteen letters or syllables’.

This is a fifteen-lettered[1] mantra or mystic formula closely associated with the goddess Lalitā Tripurasundarī[2] and her emblem, the Śrīcakra. Actually there are two such mantras:

  1. The one attributed to the sage Agastya which begins with the letter ‘ka’[3]
  2. Another one is attributed to his wife Lopāmudrā which begins with the letter ‘ha’.[4]

The mantra has to be received ceremonially from a competent guru. It is said to be a very powerful mantra.


References

  1. Pañcadaśa means fifteen.
  2. Lalitā Tripura-sundarī is an aspect of Pārvatī.
  3. The name is kādimata.
  4. The name is hādimata.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore