Om Dum Durgayei Namaha

Definition - What does Om Dum Durgayei Namaha mean?

Om dum Durgayei namaha is a mantra that honors the powerful Hindu goddess, Durga, also known as the Divine Mother. Mantras are repeated silently or aloud for the energy of the sound vibrations, to focus and still the mind, and to enlist the help of a deity. Yogis may also use mantras during meditation to achieve a higher level of consciousness.

Durga is believed to remove suffering and protect Hindus from harm. It is that protection that they seek when chanting Om dum Durgayei namaha.

Yogapedia explains Om Dum Durgayei Namaha

There is no direct translation of the mantra, but each Sanskrit word has spiritual or symbolic significance:

  • Om is the cosmic sound vibration of creation.
  • Dum is the sound of Durga energy.
  • Durgayei is the formal name for the goddess.
  • Namaha is a salutation that means “not mine,” but typically is translated as “I bow to you."

Although not the literal meaning, the mantra is often translated as: “Salutations to the one who bestows compassion, fearlessness and patience. Bless me with your protection and love.” Another common translation is: “Salutations to the feminine energy that protects from all negative influences.”

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