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Blue Lotus
17 August 2011, 06:39 AM
I love Durga Maa and consider her my ishta devata. I want to start chanting the Navarana mantra - Aum Aim Hrim Klim Chamundaye Vicche.

Does anybody here have any experience with this mantra?

JaiMaaDurga
18 August 2011, 04:04 AM
Namaste Blue Lotus,

It is always a pleasure to encounter another who expresses love for Maa Durga :)

Please do not take offense, but before speaking of my own experiences, I would ask for more context regarding your question- what is it you wish to accomplish in the recitation of this Mantra? Again, I am not attempting to be snide or dismissive in the least, I simply wish to avoid influencing any course of action based on incomplete information.

There are a great many devotional videos (on YouTube, for instance) dedicated to Devi- if this has been a source for you, have you found yourself drawn to any other particular mantra, chalisa, sloka, etc?

Welcome to the forum, and I hope you find it as stimulating and kind as I have thus far!

JAI MATA DI JAI MAA DURGA

Blue Lotus
19 August 2011, 03:15 AM
Namaste JaiMaaDurga!

Same here, I am delighted to encounter devotees of Maa Durga here.

I have always had a great love for Maa Durga. Once I went to a psychic lady for a reading - a Western lady who was obviously not familiar with Hinduism. In the middle of the reading she looked over my shoulder and said that she could see one of my guides standing there. This was totally unexpected. She then described the "guide" as being a very, very beuatiful women, 7 feet tall, green eyes, long black hair almost down to her knees. The psychic said that She showed her the letter "D" and a temple. The message that was conveyed to me was "you will know who I am, you have known me in many life times. Leave everything in the lap of the goddess" For me it was unmistakable that this was my beloved Maa Durga talking to me.

The reason why I want to recite the Navarana mantra is becuase I simpley want to worship Her, and form a deeper connection with Maa. I have listened to this mantra on youtube and there is somethinhg really powerfull and hypnotic about it. I recite the Durga gayatri, the 32 names of Maa Durga (because I enjoy reciting them) and the siddha kunjika stotram (because I like the profound meaning of this stotram) when I pray to Maa Durga. I was thinking of doing the Navarana mantra regularly (I don't have initiation) and was wondering if anyone has any expereince with this mantra.

sunyata07
19 August 2011, 11:09 AM
Namaste BlueLotus,

Although I too love Maa Durga with all my heart, I cannot say I am an expert in the knowledge of practice with Her mantras; that is to say I haven't practised any of them regularly as part of japa discipline. I came across this Navarna mantra before early on in my exploration of Sanatana Dharma, and it was presented almost the same way, except with the inclusion of the salutatory namaḥ to give obeisance to the Divine Mother as Chamunda.

This mantra is actually found in the Devi Mahatmyam, the final segment of the Markandeya Purana. In it it describes the birth of Mother Chamunda as the shakti of Mother Durga as She faced the demonic forces. Specifically, Maa Chamunda emerged from Devi's brow to slay the demons Chanda and Munda, general demons of great power. In celebration of Her victory over these asuric forces, She was named Chamunda.

The mantra can be broken down into various beej (root) syllables used to invoke the Divine Mother, as well as the name of Goddess Chamunda Herself:

Om - Pranava; the Beginning and End of everything
Aim - beej syllable of Goddess Saraswati, Source of Sound and Speech
Hrim - beej syllable of Goddess Maheshwari, Lord Shiva's consort, closely associated with the anahata chakra
Klim - beej syllable that is regarded as kama-beeja, one that fulfills desires of the heart
Chamundayai - name invoking Mother Chamunda
vicche - believed by a few scholars to be a form of the word vijay (victory).
{namaḥ) - used to offer obeisance to God

This mantra has been long used to protect oneself against negative forces as well as to ward away evil reactions in general, by invoking the shakti of Mother Durga. I also remember reading somewhere that people who have used this mantra in the past have reported that reciting the Navarna mantra brings with it a great sense of confidence to the chanter. I learned from another source that this mantra is particularly beneficial to females on this point of raising confidence and sense of victory. I'm not sure how accurate this last statement is, but I assume it may have something to do with the beej syallbles used, considering this is Devi's mantra.

Om namah Shivaya

JaiMaaDurga
19 August 2011, 08:00 PM
Namaste Blue Lotus,
Certainly this is also my reason for any mantra, although no Western lady was involved in my case;) For me, Navarana Mantra imparts chiefly awareness of Maa's serenity of strength, but that of course is not all...
Sunyata's reply is admirable, I will not pour more water in the ocean here :)

JAI MATA DI

Blue Lotus
20 August 2011, 01:23 AM
Namaste Sunyata07,
Thank you for sharing this information. It is much appreciated.
I have wondered about the word “vicche” at the end of the mantra. I have seen some translations provide this as vich ( to know) and che (chit or consciousness). However, I can see why it could also be translated as victory (vijaya). I like that meaning too.
Would it modify the mantra in any way if “namaha” was added to the end of the mantra? Or is this just a matter of preference? Do you know why or how these two different versions have come about (two versions meaning, the Navara mantra with and without namaha)?

Blue Lotus
24 August 2011, 05:33 AM
I am still keen to find out if anyone has any experience with this mantra. Anybody?

sunyata07
27 August 2011, 02:16 PM
Would it modify the mantra in any way if “namaha” was added to the end of the mantra? Or is this just a matter of preference? Do you know why or how these two different versions have come about (two versions meaning, the Navara mantra with and without namaha)?


Namaste BlueLotus,

From my understanding, mantra modification should generally be done under the instructions of one's guru. However, I believe this guideline generally refers to the inclusion of other specialised, beej syllables. Certainly I have heard from others before that one ought not to chant mantras with the final salutation "svaha" unless they have been given proper diksha by a teacher. "Namah", on the other hand, is almost a mantra staple for any form of Deity. I cannot see the problem in using it; by including it in the Navarna mantra, you are essentially giving explicit worship to the Divine Mother.

Would it make any difference between them? Perhaps the "namah" part of the mantra would be more likely to create a false sense of separation from Mother Goddess. Perhaps not. Where I got this version of the mantra I cannot even recall anymore. I believe it is really up to you to decide if you'd like to include it in your recitation. In my opinion, the "namah" element adds a roundness to the mantra that feels very natural and rhythmic when I recite it internally. But that's my take on it, so it might not be the same for you.

Om namah Shivaya

Blue Lotus
28 August 2011, 07:25 AM
Sunyata07, thank you for clarifying that. :)