Often, Dashain is referred to as Bijaya Dashami. Among Nepal’s largest and most prestigious festivals, this one gets highly regarded. As one of Nepal’s most notable festivals, it also has the longest-running history. Dashain gets celebrated throughout the month of Ashoj (between September and October) reuniting families and getting Dashain ashirwad from elders members of the family as well as the community.
In Hinduism, Dashain is the celebration of victory over evil. According to Hindu mythology, Ram killed Ravana (King of Lanka), the incarnation of Vishnu, and Durga brutally smashed Mahisasur, the devil who was destroying the planet. There is particular reverence during this time for Durga, the Hindu goddess of triumph.
Besides flying kites and swinging on ping, eating a feast, and getting along with family and friends, Dashain is marked by flying kites, swinging on a ping (traditional swing). This festival is all about reunions and merriment. In addition, older people give old folks money and blessings (and clothes) to the kids waiting for new clothing.
Most powerful mantras of Dashain festival
Dashain is about celebrating the blessings of the older generation. Hindu devotees in Nepal especially participate in this 10-day celebration. The dedication is admirable, and we all like to celebrate it.
The underlying foundation of all of us is to return to our childhood homes, return to our fondest memories and respect the seniors and the faith and culture that are very important to our childhood.
We all know that Dashain’s tenth day is the day to meet with our elders in the family and neighborhood, so we can receive their blessings that will positively influence our lives. Dashain Tika mantra is chanted by the elderly and placed on their foreheads to bless the little ones.
The practice of some mantras, which are both powerful and subtle, has existed for hundreds of years. Using certain mantras coupled with specific affirmations can help you become more confident in yourself and inspire you to make positive changes in your life.
These facts must not get overlooked. However, statements have a profound meaning that is much more than a series of statements. The common mantra dictated throughout the Dashain period when worshipping Goddess Durga is:
सर्व मंगल मांगल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थ साधिके । शरन्ये त्रयम्बिके गौरी नारायणी नमोस्तुते ।।
शरणागत दीनार्तपरित्राण परायणे। सर्वस्यातिहरे देवि नारायण नमोस्तुते।।
सर्वस्वरूपे सर्वेशे सर्वेशक्तिसमन्विते । भयेभ्यस्त्राहि नो देवि दुर्गे देवि नमोऽस्तु ते ।।
रोगनशेषानपहंसि तुष्टा। रुष्टा तु कामान् सकलानभीष्टान्।।
त्वामाश्रितानां न विपन्नराणां। त्वमाश्रिता हृयश्रयतां प्रयान्ति।।
सर्वाबाधा प्रशमनं त्रैलोक्यस्याखिलेश्वरि। एवमेव त्वया कार्यमस्मद्दैरिविनाशनम्।।
सर्वाबाधा विर्निर्मुक्तो धनधान्यसुतान्वित:। मनुष्यो मत्प्रसादेन भविष्यति न संशय:।।
जयन्ती मङ्गला काली भद्रकाली कपालिनी । दुर्गा शिवा क्षमा धात्री स्वाहा स्वधा नमोऽस्तु ते ।।
देहि सौभाग्यमारोग्यं देहि देवि परं सुखम् ।
रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि ॥
Likewise, during the main Tika that is Bijaya Dashami, two different mantras are dedicated. The mantras for male and female individuals are not the same. Tika gets traditionally worn by the elders of the house who recite a mantra (and some still do). The mantra served as a method of blessing. The Dashain Tika mantra is essentially a tribute to the diversity of forms found in feminine power. The nine facets of Durga represent it.
The mantras for men, in contrast, rewarded the recipient with nine heroic virtues, such as victory, courage, loyalty, pride, virtue, prosperity, and luxurious life, as per Hindu culture.
Dashain Ashirwad & Mantra for female
Women are particularly expected to convey greetings to the Goddesses instead of a blessing. Upon closer examination of the mantra, one can comprehend that the mantra is a salutation to the feminine energy.
“ॐ जयन्ती मङ्गलाकाली भद्रकाली कपालिनी दुर्गा क्षमा शिवा धात्री स्वहा स्वधा नमोऽस्तुते।”
Om Jayanti Mangala Kaali Bhadra Kali Kapalini
Durga Kshyama shiva dhatri swaha swadha namostute
Dashain Ashirwad & Mantra for male
When tika gets put on a male, the following mantra gets recited.
“ आयू द्रोण सुते, श्रेयं दशरथे शत्रुक्षयं राधवे
ऐश्वर्य नहुषे, गतिश्च पवने, मानं च दूर्योधने ।।
सौर्य शान्तनवे, बलं हलधरे सत्यं च कुन्ती सुते
विज्ञानं विदुरे भवतु भवतां कीर्तिश्च नारायणे ।।”
“ Ayu Drona sute sriyem Dasarathe, Satruksheyam Raghave,
Yaishoryem Nahushe, Gatischa pawane, Manancha Duryodhane,
Suaryam Shanta nave, Balam Haldhare, Satyaschha Kuntisute,
Bigyanam Bidure, Bhawanu Bhabatam, Kirtischha Narayane “
Do you know what mantra gets recited in the Dashain festival?
Mantras are Sanskrit words that describe a formula that humans use to accomplish a goal. A mantra is a musical expression that carries deeper meaning than mere rhyme and harmony, e.g., it expresses a human’s desire for truth, reality, light, eternality, harmony, love, information, and activity.
In principle, the mantra consists of a single alphabet or word composed of single sentences, can be made up of one or more stanzas, or a combination of both. It is renowned that the practice of using, pronouncing, and timing mantras can be rather complex and differ among Hinduism, Buddhism, and even in other religions. There are multiple types of mantras with different structures, meaning, function, and significance.
Mantras are central to tantric practice. Mantras are considered sacred formulas and significantly personal practices within this school, reasonable just after an initiation.
There are typically Sanskrit mantras in most cases. As per Vedic philosophy, even the words or alphabets of mantras have their power (which may get viewed as ancient quantum physics).
Brief facts of Dashain in Nepal, 2021
- During Dashain, if anyone dies or gives birth to a child, the family does not celebrate. When there is a close family member’s death, while you are putting Tika, you must stop putting Tika since it is sinful; otherwise, you get considered to have sinned. A family member can celebrate Dashain after one year since their death.
- Putting Tika facing east is a way to make it holy. Hindus believe that the east is a sacred direction.
- The red Tika also symbolizes the blood that binds family members together and serves to strengthen the ties within communities. Dashain festival is celebrated in Australia, Nepal, India, the USA, UK, Japan, and the world.
- Although Hindus in many countries worship Goddess Durga for nine days, the Nepalese practice of putting Tika on senior citizens is unique. People exchange gifts and wear new clothes for Dashain when they go to their relatives’ homes to exchange Tika.
- Dashain gets prohibited from women in menstruation. In reality, this taboo prevents the girls from taking part in the festival during their mensuration period.
The Dashain mantra holds special significance to Nepalese people when they take blessings from elders and put tika on their foreheads. Individuals who recite this Dashain mantra experience a sense of tranquility and peace. In general, people can say that it brings them positive energy in their lives.
Try to recite the mantras mentioned above this year to bring prosperity and tranquility to your family!