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In truth, the names of Lord Skanda are innumerable. But for the sake of brevity, 108 of His descriptive names are enumerated in Sanskrit as below. In each instance, the sâdhaka (practitioner) recites a name visualizing that the Lord stands before him or her, and mentally bows down before the Lord with each recitation. For the verbal root nam in Sanskrit literally means 'to bend'; hence the formula has the sense of "Ôm! I bow down to the Lord who is . . . ".

The following is the raw text in Sanskrit where vowels marked as long are twice as long as normal short vowels ('o' is always long as in 'boat' and 'e' is always long as in 'bay'}. Approximate English equivalents appear under each mantra.

  1. Ôm namô Skandâya namaha
    Hail Skanda! Vanquisher of the mighty foes!

  2. Ôm namô Guhâya namaha
    Praise be to the Invisible Lord—He who abides in the hearts of devotees true!

  3. Ôm namô Shanmukhâya namaha
    Praise be to the six-faced one!

  4. Ôm namô Bâlanetrasutâya namaha
    Praise be to the Son of the Three-Eyed Siva!

  5. Ôm namô Prabhave namaha
    Praise be to the Lord Supreme!

  6. Ôm namô Pingalâya namaha
    Praise be to the golden-hued one!

  7. Ôm namô Krittikâsunave namaha
    Hail to the Son of the starry maids!

  8. Ôm namô Shikhivâhanâya namaha
    Hail to the rider on the peacock!

  9. Ôm namô Dvinadbhujâya namaha
    Hail to the Lord with the twelve hands!

  10. Ôm namô Dvinannetrâya namaha
    Hail to the Lord with the twelve eyes!

  11. Ôm namô Shaktidharâya namaha
    Hail to the wielder of the Lance!

  12. Ôm namô Pisidâsaprabhajanâya namaha
    Praise be to the destroyer of the Asuras!

  13. Ôm namô Târakâsurasamhârine namaha
    Praise be to the slâyar of Târakâsuran!

  14. Ôm namô Raksobalavimardanâya namaha
    Praise be to the Victor of the Asuric forces!

  15. Ôm namô Mattâya namaha
    Praise be to the Lord of felicity!

  16. Ôm namô Pramattâya namaha
    Praise be to the Lord of bliss!

  17. Ôm namô Unmattâya namaha
    Hail Oh passionate One!

  18. Ôm namô Surasainyasuraksakâya namaha
    (Suralangasya Rakshithre Namaha); Hail Saviour of the Devas!

  19. Ôm namô Devasenâpataye namaha
    Hail Commander of the Heavenly hosts!

  20. Ôm namô Pragnya namaha
    Hail, Lord of Wisdom!

  21. Ôm namô Kripalave namaha
    Hail Compassionate One!

  22. Ôm namô Bhaktavatsalâya namaha
    Lover of devout ones, Praise be to Thee!

  23. Ôm namô Umâsutâya namaha
    Son of Uma—Praise be to Thee!

  24. Ôm namô Shaktidharâya namaha
    Mighty Lord—Praise be to Thee!

  25. Ôm namô Kumârâya namaha
    Eternal youth—Praise be to Thee!

  26. Ôm namô Krauncadharanâya namaha
    He who reft asunder the Kraunca Mount—Praise be to Thee!

  27. Ôm namô Senânye namaha
    Praise be to the Army Chief!

  28. Ôm namô Agnijanmane namaha
    To the effulgence of Fire, all Hail!

  29. Ôm namô Viskhâya namaha
    To Him who shone on the astral Visakha—All Hail!

  30. Ôm namô Shankarâtmajâya namaha
    Thou Son of Sankara—All Hail!

  31. Ôm namô Sivasvâmine namaha
    Thou Preceptor of Siva—All Hail!

  32. Ôm namô Ganaswâmine namaha
    On Lord of the Ganas—All Hail

  33. Ôm namô Sarvasvâmine namaha
    On Lord, God Almighty, All Hail!

  34. Ôm namô Sanâtanâya namaha
    Oh Lord eternal, Praise be to Thee!

  35. Ôm namô Anantasaktaye namaha
    Thou potent Lord, Praise be to Thee!

  36. Ôm namô Aksobhyâya namaha
    Unsullied by arrows art Thou—Praise be to Thee!

  37. Ôm namô Parvatîpriyanandanâya namaha
    Thou beloved of Parvati, Praise be to Thee!

  38. Ôm namô Gangasutâya namaha
    Oh, son of Goddess Ganga—Praise be to Thee!

  39. Ôm namô Sarodbhutâya namaha
    Thou who did'st nestle in the Saravana Lake!

  40. Ôm namô Atmabhuve namaha
    Thou Unborn Lord!

  41. Ôm namô Pavakatmajâya namaha
    Thou who art born of Fire!

  42. Ôm namô Mâyâdharâya namaha
    Energy Art Thou—Praise be to Thee!

  43. Ôm namô Prajrimbhâya namaha
    Praise be to thee Auspicious One! (Blissful)!

  44. Ôm namô Ujjrimbhâya namaha
    Praise be to the Invincible One!

  45. Ôm namô Kamalâsanasamstutâya namaha
    Praise be to the Lord extolled by Brahma!

  46. Ôm namô Ekavarnâya namaha
    The one Word art Thou—All Hail!

  47. Ôm namô Dvivarnâya namaha
    In Two Art Thou—All Hail!

  48. Ôm namô Trivarnâya namaha
    Thou Art the Three—All Hail!

  49. Ôm namô Sumanoharâya namaha
    Thou Stealer of pure hearts—All Hail!

  50. Ôm namô Caturvarnâya namaha
    In four Art Thou—All Hail!

  51. Ôm namô Pancavarnâya namaha
    In five letters Art Thou—All Hail!

  52. Ôm namô Prajapataye namaha
    Father of all Creation—All Hail!

  53. Ôm namô Trumbâya namaha
    Praise be to Thee, Oh Peerless One!

  54. Ôm namô Agnigarbhâya namaha
    Thou who dost sustain the fire!

  55. Ôm namô Samigarbhâya namaha
    Hail Thou who arose out of the Vanni flame! (Fire of the Suma tree)!

  56. Ôm namô Visvaretase namaha
    Thou glory of the Absolute Paramasivam, All Hail!

  57. Ôm namô Surarighne namaha
    Oh, Subduer of the foes of the Devas, All Hail!

  58. Ôm namô Hiranyavarnâya namaha
    Thou resplendent One, All Hail!

  59. Ôm namô Subhakrite namaha
    Thou Auspicious One—All Hail!

  60. Ôm namô Vasumate namaha
    Thou Oh Splendour of the Vasus— (a class of Gods) All Hail!

  61. Ôm namô Vatuvesabhrite namaha
    Praise be to Thee, Oh lover of celibacy!

  62. Ôm namô Bhûshane namaha
    Thou Luminous Sun—All Hail!

  63. Ôm namô Kapastaye namaha
    Thou Effulgence divine, All Hail!

  64. Ôm namô Gahanâya namaha
    Thou Omniscient One—All Hail!

  65. Ôm namô Chandravarnâya namaha
    Thou Radiance of the Moon—Praise be to Thee!

  66. Ôm namô Kâladharâya namaha
    Thou who adorns the crescent—Praise be to Thee!

  67. Ôm namô Mâyâdharâya namaha
    Engergy art Thou—Praise be to Thee!

  68. Ôm namô Mahâmâyine namaha
    Great Artist of Deception too art Thou, Praise be to Thee!

  69. Ôm namô Kaivalyâya namaha
    Everlasting joy of attainment—Praise be to Thee!

  70. Ôm namô Sahatatmakâya namaha
    Art all-pervading—All Hail!

  71. Ôm namô Visvayônaye namaha
    Source of all Existence—All Hail!

  72. Ôm namô Ameyatmane namaha
    Oh, Supreme Splendour, All Hail!

  73. Ôm namô Tejonidhaye namaha
    Illumination divine—All Hail!

  74. Ôm namô Anâmâyaya namaha
    Savior of all ills—All Hail!

  75. Ôm namô Parameshtine namaha
    Thou art Immaculate Lord, Praise be to Thee

  76. Ôm namô Parabrahmane namaha
    Thou Transcendant One, Praise be to Thee!

  77. Ôm namô Vedagarbhâya namaha
    The Source of the Vedas art Thou, Praise be to Thee!

  78. Ôm namô Viratsutâya namaha
    Immanent Art Thou in the Universe, Praise be to Thee!

  79. Ôm namô Pulindakanyâbhartre namaha
    Praise be to the Lord of Valli, the Vedda belle!

  80. Ôm namô Mahâsarasvatavradâya namaha
    Praise be to the source of Gnosis

  81. Ôm namô Âsritâ Kiladhâtre namaha
    Praise be to Him who showers grace on those who seek his solace!

  82. Ôm namô Choraghnâya namaha
    Praise be to Him who annihilates those who steal!

  83. Ôm namô Roganasanâya namaha
    Praise be to the divine Healer

  84. Ôm namô Anantamûrtaye namaha
    Praise be Thine whose forms are endless!

  85. Ôm namô Ânandâya namaha
    Praise be Thine, Oh Thou infinite Bliss!

  86. Ôm namô Shikhandîkritagedanâya namaha
    Praise be Thine, Thou Lord of peacock banner!

  87. Ôm namô Dambhâya namaha
    Praise be Thine, Oh lover of gay exuberance!

  88. Ôm namô Paramadambhâya namaha
    Praise be Thine, Thou lover of supreme exuberance!

  89. Ôm namô Mahâdambhâya namaha
    Praise be Thine, Oh Lord of lofty magnificence!

  90. Ôm namô Vrishakâpaye namaha
    Thou who art the culmination of righteousness—All Hail (Dharma)!

  91. Ôm namô Karanopâtadehâya namaha
    Thou who deigned embodiment for a cause—All Hail!

  92. Ôm namô Kâranâtita Vigrahâya namaha
    Form transcending causal experience

  93. Ôm namô Anîshvarâya namaha
    Oh Eternal peerless plentitude, All Hail

  94. Ôm namô Amritâya namaha
    Thou Ambrosia of Life—All Hail!

  95. Ôm namô Pranâya namaha
    Thou life of life, Praise unto Thee!

  96. Ôm namô Pranâyamaparâyanâya namaha
    Thou support of all beings—Praise unto Thee!

  97. Ôm namô Vritakandare namaha
    Praise unto Thee who subjugates all hostile forces!

  98. Ôm namô Viraghnâya namaha
    Thou vanquisher of heroic opponents, Praise unto Thee!

  99. Ôm namô Raktashyamagalâya namaha
    Thou art Love, and of crimson beauty— Praise unto Thee!

  100. Ôm namô Mahate namaha
    Oh Consummation of glory, All Praise to Thee!

  101. Ôm namô Subrahmanyâya namaha
    We praise Thee, Oh effulgent Radiance!

  102. Ôm namô Paravarâya namaha
    Oh Supreme (Sovereign) Goodness, Praise unto Thee!

  103. Ôm namô Brahmanyâya namaha
    We praise Thee, luminous wisdom serene!

  104. Ôm namô Brahmanapriyâya namaha
    Thou who art beloved of seers—Praise unto Thee!

  105. Ôm namô Loka Gurave Namaha
    Oh universal Teacher, All Praise to Thee!

  106. Ôm namô Guhapriyâya Namaha
    We praise Thee, Indweller in the core of our hearts!

  107. Ôm namô Aksâyaphalapradâya namaha
    We praise Thee, Oh bestower of indestructible results ineffable!

  108. Ôm namô Shrî Subrahmanyâya namaha
    We praise Thee, most glorious effulgent Radiance!

Om Saravanabhava Om!



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