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Mānasa-snāna literally means ‘mental bath’.
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Mānasa-[[snāna]] literally means ‘mental bath’.
  
Before the performance of any ritualistic act, taking snāna or a bath is compulsory. However, sometimes due to some valid reasons like illness, decrepitude (due to old-age) or non-availability of facilities to take bath, it is not possible to fulfill this requirement. Under such circumstances, the dharmaśāstras have provided some alternatives like mantra- snāna and mānasa-snāna.  
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Before the performance of any ritualistic act, taking [[snāna]] or a bath is compulsory. However, sometimes due to some valid reasons like illness, decrepitude (due to old-age) or non-availability of facilities to take bath, it is not possible to fulfill this requirement. Under such circumstances, the dharmaśāstras have provided some alternatives like [[mantra]]- snāna and mānasa-snāna.  
  
* In mantrasnāna one has to sprinkle a little water on the head with the repetition of the mantra ‘āpo hi ṣṭhā mayo bhuvah....’<ref>Ṛgveda 10.9.1-3</ref>
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* In [[mantrasnāna]] one has to sprinkle a little water on the head with the repetition of the [[mantra]] ‘āpo hi ṣṭhā mayo bhuvah....’<ref>[[Ṛgveda]] 10.9.1-3</ref>
* In mānasa-snāna, one has simply repeat in the mind any name of Lord Viṣṇu and feel that he has been purified by that divine name.
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* In mānasa-snāna, one has simply repeat in the mind any name of Lord [[Viṣṇu]] and feel that he has been purified by that divine name.
  
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 14:04, 17 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Manasa-snana, MAnasa-snAna, Maanasa-snaana


Mānasa-snāna literally means ‘mental bath’.

Before the performance of any ritualistic act, taking snāna or a bath is compulsory. However, sometimes due to some valid reasons like illness, decrepitude (due to old-age) or non-availability of facilities to take bath, it is not possible to fulfill this requirement. Under such circumstances, the dharmaśāstras have provided some alternatives like mantra- snāna and mānasa-snāna.

  • In mantrasnāna one has to sprinkle a little water on the head with the repetition of the mantra ‘āpo hi ṣṭhā mayo bhuvah....’[1]
  • In mānasa-snāna, one has simply repeat in the mind any name of Lord Viṣṇu and feel that he has been purified by that divine name.


References

  1. Ṛgveda 10.9.1-3
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore