Mahamantra


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Gayatri Mahamantra
Artist: Shubha Mudgal, Jitender Singh, Manuji
Gayatri mantra is a mahamantra It is also called the Gurumantra. This is the mantra given to the disciple at his initiation. Gayatri is also called Savita and Savitri in the Vedas. The puraans mention the two powers of Brahma in th form of Gayatri and Savitri. One is the giver of all material wealth and happiness and the other is the giver of spiritual wealth and upliftment. The devotee who treats both these powers as one and chants the Gayatri Mahamantra at least 108 times daily derives Her divine blessigs. According to sage Vedavyas, "Like the essence of flowers is honey, like the essence of milk is butter, similarly, the essence of the Vedas is Gayatri". The way river Ganga cleanses the body of its sins, the chanting of Gayatri mahamantra rids the spirit of all evils. In a nutshell, the meaning of the Gayatri mantra is this: "We pray to the cosmos of energy that lights up the whole universe. May that energy light my inner self and lead me from darkness to light and from evil to good. May my mind always lead me to the path of good"
Mahamrityunjaya
Artists: Shubha Mudgal, Jitender Singh, Mallika Bannerjee
According to a fable in the Purans, the Gods and the Demons churned the oceans to get the elixir which would make them all immortal. However, the first thing that came up from the ocean was halahal, a poison which would have destroyed everything.
Not knowing what to do with this poison, the Gods requested Lord Shiva to drink this, as only He was capable. Lord Shiva in his Mrityunjaya form agreed, and while drinking this poison kept it in his throat forever. It is thus that He came to be known as Neelkantha Mahadeva.
In today’s day and age it may not be possible to get a learned pundit who will do the puja, havan and jaap of Mahamrityunjaya. With this in mind, Isha Music’s Mahamrityunjaya album has been designed like a puja. The album starts with the mangalacharan, followed by the invocation of the Lord Mahamrityunjaya. Next is a hymn in His praise followed by the chanting of the Mahamrityunjaya mantra 108 times. This mantra, when chanted or heard with faith and dedication has the power to rid man of all his past sins. Thus we can rid ourselves of problems such as disease, misery, lack of progeny and ill-fortune. Even untimely death can be overcome by the chanting of this mantra. The album ends with a prayer of forgiveness and finally an aarti extolling the virtues of Lord Mahamrityunjaya.
Chants of Shakti
Artist: Jitender Singh
“Yaa devi sarvabhooteshu shakti roopane sansthitaa
Namastasyai namastasyai namastasyai namo namah.”


The crux of Indian theology rests on the worship of “Shiv” and “Shakti”. These constitute the “Yin” and the “Yang” of Indian theology or, in other words, the negative and the positive energies. As all matter will have the negative and the positive charges to exist in equilibrium, similarly, one must pray to both Shiv and Durga to remain in equilibrium. Lord Shiv represents the male form and Shakti represents the female form. Life cannot be created without both these being present together and at the same time.
Shakti is represented by the Goddess Durga in her various incarnations such as Paarvati, Kaali, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Vaishno Devi, Chandi Devi, Jwala Devi, Meenakshi Devi, Lalita Devi, Shakambhari Devi and numerous others. The most authentic text for worship of Goddess Durga is the “Durga Saptashati”. This text incorporates various hymns and prayers to Goddess Durga and is used during the navaraatri festival which is celebrated twice a year.
A major prayer in Durga Saptashati is the Devi Sookta. This stotra celebrates, and is an offering to, Shakti in all her manifestations. This stotra is the concept around which this album has been created. The album also includes the meaning of this prayer so that the lay person can understand the exact import of the words that our sages have composed in Her praise.
Gayatri Sangrah
Artist: Jitender Singh and Shubha Mudgal
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Artist: Jitender Singh
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Suryodaya - Morning Mantras
Artist: Soma Singh, Shubha Mudgal, Manuji, Ved Prakash Phondani
According to the Indian system of calculating time, the day is divided into eight prahars of three hours each. The second half of the second prahar i.e. from 4.30 A.M. to 6.00 A.M is called the 'brahma mahurat.' This is the best time for a person to engage in meditation and prayer. Those who wake up at this time are able to soak up nature's energy in order to invigorate their minds and rejuvenate their bodies.
The great sage, Manu, the law giver said, "Brahma mahurate chaanu chintayate." This means that, "Man should awaken during the brahma mahurat and reflect on his dharma and its meanings as are relevant to him." He will then understand and grasp the real meaning of the scriptures, like the Vedas and the Upanishads. Early dawn is thus the most suitable time for spiritual and intellectual growth. At this time, man through prayer and contemplation, is able to experience the vastness of the supreme consciousness. Man is able to go beyond the narrow confines of his brain, but, dwell in the limitlessness of his thoughts. Those who follow this principle of getting up early and praying are able to unlock the infinity of their minds.
With this objective, the great sage Aadi Shankaracharya had composed special morning prayers to the eight foremost gods. These are Lord Ganesh, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiv, Goddess Bhagawati, Lord Rama, Goddess Lalita and Lord Surya.
Shiva Tandava
Artist: Pt. Hari Nath
Indian mythology tells us about Ravana, the king of Lanka who was a great scholar, an unconquered warrior and a devotee of Lord Shiva. He was so well versed in the Vedic literature that he was also called a brahma-gyaani, or the one who had discovered the secrets of the universe. The Shiva Tandava Stotra is said to have been created by Ravan himself. This album has been composed using this powerful stotra as the central theme.
The first track of the album is the Shambhu Stuti. This prayer is said to be the one that was composed by Lord Rama Himself, at Rameshwaram, where He invoked the divine blessings of Lord Shiva, before He started on his quest to vanquish Ravan.
The third track in this album is the Rudraashtakam, which was composed by Tulsidas and is part of the epic Ramayan. Tusidas states that, “Lord Shiva grants his blessings to those who recite or hear this prayer.”
These mantras are followed by the “Lingaashtak Stotra” and the “Dwaadash Jyotirling Stotra” which are prayers to Lord Shiva and form part of the Indian ritual of praying to the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva called the linga.
Next is the Shiv Apraadh Kshamaapan Stotra, a prayer for forgiveness composed by the Adi Shankaracharya, who himself was a renowned devotee of Lord Shiva, and known for his revival of Hindu religion in India.
The album ends with the aarti of Lord Shiva in his kailashvaasi form (the lord who resides atop Mount Kailash).
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