Every temple in East, either Buddhist or Hindu resonates beautiful sound of bells, instruments, and mantras in their Poojas (worship by priest or people). Mantras have various purpose and meaning; they are employed to invoke God, praise God, fulfilling wishes and so on. Mantras can be put to personal use as well and we can chant them for meditation, good health, fulfilling wishes, gaining wealth, staying away from fear and so forth.

10 Powerful Mantras to Overcome Fear and Anxiety

Fear and anxiety affect every soul in the universe, we have compiled a list of mantras which alleviate people from fear and mantras.

1. Ganesha Mantra

ऊँ गतत्रासाय नमः

Om gahta-traah-saaya namaha

The Literal meaning of this mantra in English is “O Lord Ganesha, Please remove the anxiety caused to us”. The mantra is inclusive of word Trahasa, which means anxiety. One can use this mantra to reduce anxiety or trahasa by chanting it and calling upon Lord Ganesha to remove it.

2. Hanuman Mantra

ॐ हनुमते नमः

Om Hanumate Namah

Fear and anxiety stem from a lack of willpower and courage as well. In periods of fear and anxiety, we can use ‘Om Hanumate Namah’ to call upon Lord Hanuman to give us courage and w. The mantra translates, Om, and salutations to Lord Hanuman.

3. Durga Mantra

ॐ सर्व स्वरूपे सर्वेशे, सर्व शक्ति समन्विते
भये भ्यस्त्राहि नो देवी, दुर्गे देवी नमोस्तुते

Om Sarva Swarupe Sarveshe, Sarva Shakti Samanvite
Bhaye Bhyastraahi No Devi, Durge Devi Namostute

Maa Durga is a highly revered goddess in Hindu Dharma. She is a form of Adi Shakti who displays great combat skills while overcoming evil. One can regularly chant Durga Mantras to get rid of our fears. The mantra states, ‘Om Sarva Swarupe Sarveshe, Sarva Shakti Samanvite Bhaye Bhyastraahi No Devi, Durge Devi Namostute’; “Goddess who lives in everything and possess infinite powers. O goddess, please protect us from all fears, we pray to you, O Durga Devi”.

4. Shiva Mantra

ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात्

Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanath Mrityormukshiya Mamritat

The greatest fear in life stems from death itself. The freedom from fear of death itself can alleviate us from many hurdles in our lives. The above mantra is known as Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, it invokes three-eyed lord, Lord Shiva who possess fragrant smell and nourishes all beings to liberate one from the bondage of life like cucumber. Furthermore, it invokes the lord shiva to remove fear from death.

5. Vishnu Mantra

ऊँ उर्जिताय नमः

Om oohrjitaaya namaha

This mantra is a prayer to Lord Vishnu; it means, “I bow to Lord Vishnu of infinite strength and vitality”. When life gives us a difficult period and fear grips us over, one can build up the courage to become fearless and gain strength to fight back through the use of current mantra. (More Vishnu Mantras)

6.  Avalokitesvara Mantra

ॐ मणिपद्मे हुम्

Om mani padme hum

Anxiety is a state of emotion where a feeling of burden, nervousness, and uneasiness covers the mind. The mantra from the Buddhist god of Compassion, Avalokitesvara can prove helpful. The mantra which means, “Praise the jewel in the lotus”; is the base mantra for spiritual enlightenment in Buddhist philosophy. Modern researchers have found mantras like this to decrease heart rate, slow breathe, and stimulate the nervous system to calm one in states of high anxiety. (Meaning and Benefits of Om Mani Padme Hum)

7. Pavamana Mantra

ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय ।
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya |
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya |
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

Fear and anxiety originate from something unreal, our mind often keeps us in the dark in such periods. This particular mantra reads, “O supreme lord, free me from unreal and lead me to reality, keep me away from darkness and lead me to light, lead me away from fear death to immortality (enlightenment), om may there be peace, peace, peace”. Thus, this mantra helps us realize things that are real, takes us away from mental fear which is unreal and brings peace to us.

8. Shanti Mantra

ॐ शान्तिः ॐ

Om Shanti Om

All our lives, we tend to make our problems larger than life. If we comfort other people in a problem, it helps us realize the scope of our problems. While Shanti mantras help us appreciate it by wishing peace for everyone, it can be used to bring peace to every being in the universe along with ourselves in a period of fear and anxiety.

9. Ganesha Mantra

ऊँ गतभिये नमः

Om gahta-bhiyæ namaha

A person can suffer from fear in either emotional or physical form; our primal instinct is to flee or challenge physical fear but emotional fear is more psychological in nature. The primary purpose of this Ganesh mantra is to make a person fearless and feel rejuvenated in a difficult situation. This mantra means, “O Lord, please remove fear from me”.

10. Uma Devi mantra

ऊँ उं उमादेविभ्यां नमः

Om um umaadevibhyaam namaha

Fear and anxiety are the main cause of sluggishness; negative attitude germinating from fear and anxiety ultimately causes people to be close-minded. In order to prevent fear and anxiety from directing one to sloth, one must recite this Uma Devi mantra. The mantra means, “I pray to Uma Devi who purified the creator”. Uma is another name of Goddess Parvati.

(Last Updated On: July 15, 2020)
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