Mantras used by spiritual aspirants to achieve God Realization are called deity
Mantras. They are Saguna, with qualities or form producing and aid the
conceptualisation process, just as do visual symbols.
In time, recitation gives rise to the actual form of the particular deity. As a
specialized sound body of consciousness, the Mantra is the deity itself. The
form of the deity manifests as the visible portion of the sound. The Mantra,
therefore, must be repeated in the proper way, with attention to the syllables
and rhythm. If translated, it ceases to be a Mantra because sound vibrations
newly created in translation cannot evoke it. Only the rhythmical vibrations of
the Sanskrit syllables properly recited can regulate the unsteady vibrations of
the worshipper and permit the form of the deity to arise.
Some Popular Saguna Mantras:
Om Sri Maha Ganapataye Namah||
(Mantra for worshiping the great Lord Ganesha)
Description- Om is the original, most powerful Mantra sound. It is a part of
almost every other Mantra, and serves to invoke pure supreme vibrations. Sri is
a title of reverent respect. Maha means great. Ganapati is another name of
Ganesha who is symbolized as the elephant headed God, representing strength and
fortitude. He is the remover of obstacles and bestowed of success.
Om Namah Shivaya||
(Mantra for worshiping Lord Shiva)
Description- Shiva is the lord of ascetics and recluses. He is part of the Hindu
Trinity. Shiva, the Cosmic Dancer, presides over the destructive energies, which
break up the universe at the end of each age. In a more personal sense, it is
Shiva’s energy by which one’s lower nature is destroyed, making way for positive
Om Namo Narayanaya||
(Mantra for worshiping Lord Vishnu)
Description - Narayana is the name of Vishnu, the preserver of the world. After
the Creation, it is the energy of the Vishnu, which maintains order of the
universe. People who are closely involves in the running of the world and
maintaining the harmony of life are drawn to this aspect of God.
Om Sri Maha Lakshmyai Namah||
(Mantra for Maa Lakshmi)
Description- Goddess Lakshmi is the bountiful provider. As Vishnu’s consort, she
aids in the preservation of the three worlds by bestowing wealth and abundance
of a material and spiritual nature.
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya ||
(Mantra for worshiping Lord God, Vasudeva)
Description- Vasudeva, means, “He who abides in all things and in whom all
things abide, “is a name of Krishna. Krishna is one of the most loved of all
deities. He is considered to be a world teacher for he is the sources of the
“Bhagavad Gita”, one of the most popular of all the Eastern religious texts.
This mantra can fulfil all the desires of devote.
Om Sri Durgayai Namah||
(Mantra for Maa Durga)
Description- Maa Durga represents the motherhood aspects of God. She is the
force, or ‘shakti’, through which Divinity manifests. Durga is power. She is the
protector and benefactor. According to Hindu mythology, the chaitanya, or pure
consciousnesses, of Brahma, Vishnu and Siva were untied to form the being of Maa
Om Aim Saraswatyai Namah||
(Mantra for worshipping Maa Saraswati)
Description- Aim is the beeja or seed mantra of Maa Saraswati, the source of all
learning, wisdom and knowledge of the arts and music. She is Brahma’s consort
and is involved with the creation of new ideas and things. Responsible for
bestowing wisdom and knowledge.
Om Sri Maha Kaalikayai Namah||
(Mantra for worship Maa Kaali)
Description- Maa Kaali is that divine aspect which is responsible for the
destruction and eradication of negative qualities and evils in this world. She
is the transformative power of Divinity, which dissolves the individual into
cosmic union. Maha Kaali is one of the most fearsome of all the expressions of
Om Sri Ramaya Namah||
(Mantra for worshiping Lord Rama)
Description- Bhagwaan Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu, took life on earth for the
purpose of upholding righteousness and rewarding virtue. Rama lived the life of
perfection and responsibility. Rama and Sita epitomized the devotional
relationship between husband and wife.
Om Sri Hanumate Namah||
(Mantra to be Blessed by Hanuman)
Description- Hanuman is the perfection of devotion. He is the greatest and the
most selfless devotee of Lord Rama. In the Hindu tradition, he is considered to
be semi- deity, for he is the son of the wind- God and called “Pawanputra”. He
possesses great strength and courage. He removes all types of fears from mind.
Om Hrim Hrim Srim Srim Laksmivasudevaya Namah||
For attaining Dharma, Artha. Kama and Moksa this Mantra is to be repeated at all