Hindu Mantras

The Gayatri Mantra, Om Namah Shivaya, Maha Mrityunjaya, Ganesh Mantra, Lakshmi Mantra, Durga Mantra, Hanuman Mantra, Moola Mantra, Om Mantra, Aakhan Jor & So Ham.

 There are many Hindu mantras, these are some well known ones.


The Gayatri Mantra

One of the best known of all mantras, the Gayatri is said to have the power to purify, illuminate, and heal.   Om bhur bhuvah svah tat-savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yo nah pracodayat

Simple Translations “O Divine mother, our hearts are filled with darkness. Please make this darkness distant from us and promote illumination within us.”   or   “O thou existence Absolute, Creator of the three dimensions, we contemplate upon thy divine light. May He stimulate our intellect and bestow upon us true knowledge.”

Literal Translation tat–that (God) savitur–of the sun varenyam–the best bhargo (bhargas)–light, illumination devasya–divine dhimahi–let us meditate (a verb) dhiyo (dhiyah)–thought(s) yo (yah)–which nah–of us, our pracodayat–May it push, inspire (a verb)



Shiva Mantras


Om Namah Shivaya   Shiva in this context is the supreme reality, the inner Self. It is the name given to the consciousness that dwells in all of us . Shiva is the name of your true identity, your true self.

Simple Translations “I honor the divinity within myself” or “I honor that which I am capable of becoming.”

Literal Translation “Adoration (namas) to Shiva”.

Shiva Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

Tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭi-vardhanamurvārukam iva bandhanān mṛtyor mukṣīya māmṛtāt.   The great mantra dedicated to Shiva as Mrityunjaya is found in the Rig Veda.

Simple Translation We Meditate on the three-eyed reality which permeates and nourishes all like a fragrance. May we be liberated from death for the sake of immortality.

Ganesh Mantra

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

Simple Translation   “Om Salutations and Prostrations to Lord Ganesha.”   This mantra is for the removal of obstacles, for success and for wisdom.




Lakshmi Beej Mantra

Om Hreem Sri Lakshmi Bhyo Namaha   The Goddess Laxmi is an embodiment of wealth and prosperity, and is considered the source of material wealth.

Simple Translation   “Goddess Laxmi reside in me and bestow thy abundance on all aspects of my existence”

Durga Mantra

Om Dum Durgayei Namaha   The Goddess Durga is said to have the combined powers of Lakshmi, Saraswati and Kali. This mantra can be used for protection.

Simple Translation   “Om and Salutations to that feminine energy which protects from all manner of negative influences.”

Hanuman Mantra

Om Shri Hanumate namaha   Reverence to Hanuman, invokes unbounded love, gives strength, success in devotional activities, and reveals the power of the soul that can triumph over adversities for attaining highest realizations.

Simple Translation   “Om and Salutations to Lord Hanuman.”

Moola Mantra

Om Sat Chit Ananda Parabrahma Purashothama Paramatma Sri Bhagavathi Sametha Sri Bhagavathe Namaha   The Moolamantra calls on the Divine and brings grace into your life, regardless of faith, beliefs, culture, or tradition. You can also chant the Moolamantra with a specific prayer in your heart if you wish.

Translation   Om – We are calling on the highest energy, of all there is Sat – The formless Chit – Consciousness of the universe Ananda- Pure love, bliss and joy Para brahma –The supreme creator Purushothama -Who has incarnated in human form to help guide mankind Paramatma -Who comes to me in my heart, and becomes my inner voice whenever I ask Sri Bhagavati – The divine mother, the power aspect of creation Same tha- Together within Sri Bhagavate -The Father of creation which is unchangeable and permanent Namaha- I thank you and acknowledge this presance in my life. I ask for your guidance at all times

Sarasvati Mantra

Om Shreem Hreem Sarasvati Namaha

Translation Om: Divine Reality Shreem: for material prosperity Hreem: for becoming a leader and fulfilling desires for power Sarasvati: Sarasvati Mata Namaha: we bow/ show reverence.

Aakhan Jor

A beautiful Sikh Mantra.   Aakhan jor chupai neh jor jor n ma(n)gan dhaen n jor jor n jeevan maran neh jor jor n raaj maal man sor jor n surathee giaan veechaar jor n jugathee shhuttai sa(n)saar jis hathh jor kar vaekhai soe naanak outham neech n koe (Hara hara Wahe guru, Hara hara Wahe guru…)

Simple Translation   “No power to speak, no power to keep silent. No power to beg, no power to give. No power to live, no power to die. No power to rule, with wealth and occult mental powers. No power to gain intuitive understanding, spiritual wisdom and meditation. No power to find the way to escape from the world. He alone has the Power in His Hands. He watches over all. O Nanak, no one is high or low..”

OM (Aum)

Used in Hinduism, Buddhism and other religions, Om is the primordial sound, the sound of God.   As you say the words, feel them vibrate through every cell in your body.


So Ham


Often pronounced So Hum, this mantra is said to be a universal mantra, as it is meant to be used in conjunction with the breath. If you can breathe, you can use this mantra.   Inhale with “So”, and exhale with “Ham”.

Translation   “I am That” or when repeated, it becomes “I am that I am”