Narayanashtakshara japa

Please find herebelow  Narayana Ashtakshara Mantra Japa Vidhana in Kannada, English, Sanskrit, Telugu and Tamil.

1. Which is the Narayana Ashtakshara Mantra?

“Om namO naaraayanaaya Om”

2. Who has to chant Narayana Ashtakshara Mantra japa ?

All gents have to chant irrespective of age, irrespective of ashrama.

3. Whether we can chant without guru upadesha?

No.  Any mantra chanted without guru upadesha will have desired value.  For Gayathri Mantra, Narayanashtakshara, Krishna Shadakshara, Sandhyavandana, Guru mantra, and all stotras, one must have guru upadesha invariably.

4. When to chant this ?

Usually after the japa of Gayatri Mantra, this has to be chanted.

5. What is the benefit of chanting Narayanashtakshara Mantra japa?

ನಾರಾಯಣಾಷ್ಟಕ್ಷರ ಮಂತ್ರಜಪ ಫಲ –
ಕಿಂ ತಸ್ಯ ಬಹುಭಿರ್ಮಂತ್ರೈ: ಕಿಂ ತಸ್ಯ ಬಹುಭಿರ್ವ್ರತೈ: |
ನಮೋ ನಾರಾಯಣಾಯೇತಿ ಮಂತ್ರ: ಸರ್ವಾರ್ಥಸಾಧಕ: |
nārāyaṇāṣṭakṣara maṁtrajapa phala –
kiṁ tasya bahubhirmaṁtrai: kiṁ tasya bahubhirvratai: |
namō nārāyaṇāyēti maṁtra: sarvārthasādhaka: |

Who ever does naaraayaNaaShtakshara mantra japa – they need not chant other mantraas, as all the phalaas (benefits), which can be derived from the other mantras can be had from this mantra only.

6. Who has quoted Narayanashtakshara mantra?
Acharya Madhwa in his “Tantrasara sangraha” has quoted the reference.

The dhyana shloka :
ನಾರಾಯಣಾಷ್ಟಾಕ್ಷರ ಧ್ಯಾನ
ಉದ್ಯದ್ ಭಾಸ್ವತ್ ಸಮಾಭಾಸ: ಚಿದಾನಂದೈಕದೇಹವಾನ್ | ಚಕ್ರಶಂಖಗದಾಪದ್ಮಧರೋ ಧ್ಯೇಯೋsಹಮೀಶ್ವರ: |
ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀಧರಾಭ್ಯಾಮಾಶ್ಲಿಷ್ಟ: ಸ್ವಮೂರ್ತಿಗಣಮಧ್ಯಗ: | ಬ್ರಹ್ಮವಾಯುಶಿವಾಹೀಶವಿಪೈ: ಶಕ್ರಾದಿಕೈರಪಿ |
ಸೇವ್ಯಮಾನೋsಧಿಕಂ ಭಕ್ತ್ಯಾ ನಿತ್ಯ ನಿ:ಶೇಷಶಕ್ತಿಮಾನ್ | ಮೂರ್ತಯೋsಷ್ಟಾವಪಿ ಧ್ಯೇಯಾಶ್ಚಕ್ರಶಂಖವರಾಭಯೈ: |
ಯುಕ್ತಾ: ಪ್ರದೀಪವರ್ಣಾಶ್ಚ ಸರ್ವಾಭರಣಭೂಷಿತಾ: | ಮೂಲರೂಪಸವರ್ಣಾನಿ ಕೃಷ್ಣವರ್ಣಾ ಶಿಖೋಚ್ಯತೇ ||

नारायणाष्टाक्षर ध्यान shloka :
उद्यद् भास्वत् समाभास: चिदानंदैकदेहवान् । चक्रशंखगदापद्मधरो ध्येयो.हमीश्वर: ।
लक्ष्मीधराभ्यामाश्लिष्ट: स्वमूर्तिगणमध्यग: । ब्रह्मवायुशिवाहीशविपै: शक्रादिकैरपि ।
सेव्यमानो.धिकं भक्त्या नित्य  नि:शेषशक्तिमान् ।। मूर्तयो.ष्टावपि ध्यॆयाश्चक्रशंखवराभयै: ।
युक्ता: प्रदीपवर्णाश्च सर्वाभरणभूषिता: । मूलरूपसवर्णानि कृष्णवर्णा शिखोच्यते ॥
Initially Srimannaaraayana himself during the initial stages of Srusti, preached about Narayanashtakshara mantra to Brahma Devaru.  I have written based on the upadesha I had from my father Sri S N Ramachandrachar and several books like Sadachara Muktavali by Rayara Mutt, Nityanushtanu sangraha by Sri Bemmatti Vijayeendrachar, etc.

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