Last Updated: June 12, 2018

Definition - What does Vashikaran mean?

Vashikaran is a ritual and a type of mantra used to gain control of someone, a situation, a person's soul or even an animal. Although an ancient practice in Indian religious traditions, today it is most associated with attracting love and is often used in Jyotisha (Vedic astrology), or even in the occult. Vashikaran may also be described as a love spell.

The term comes from the Sanskrit, vashikara, meaning “subjugating” or “making someone subject to one's will.” It derives from the root, vash ("control"), and karan ("doing").

Yogapedia explains Vashikaran

Most frequently, the vashikaran ritual is designed to attract the love of another person, seek someone's hand in marriage or restore a marriage. In its purest form, vashikaran is used only for good, but some attempt the ritual to gain control over a person or situation.

There is no single vashikaran mantra, but numerous mantras that fit this category, also referred to as captivation mantras. Depending on the tradition, the ritual may involve just reciting the mantra a specified number of times for a specified number of days, or it may involve bringing food and objects of worship for the deity associated with the mantra. It may also involve bringing some object belonging to the desired person, such as an article of clothing or a lock of hair.

Often, the assistance of a vashikaran specialist, guru or astrologer is sought.

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