मन्त्र

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Sanskrit[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *men- (to think), also in मनस् (manas, mind), and the suffix -tra denoting tools, hence literally "instrument of thought".

Noun[edit]

मन्त्र (mántram, n

  1. sacred text or speech
  2. a prayer or song of praise (RV. AV. TS.), a sacred formula addressed to any individual deity; a mantra
  3. a Vedic hymn or sacrificial formula, that portion of the Veda which contains the texts called ऋच (ṛc-) or यजुस् (yajus-) or सामन (sāman) (as opposed to the Brahmana or Upanishad portions); a mantra
  4. a mystical verse or magical formula (sometimes personified), incantation, charm, spell; a mantra

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References[edit]

  • Monier-Williams (1899) [1]