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Re: Thiru ashtakshara japam

From: Vijayaraghavan Srinivasan (
Date: Mon Jun 18 2001 - 05:42:08 PDT

Dear Shri Ramesh:

I assume that you have had Samashreyanam.  The PanchasamskAram is a 
prerequisite before you can begin the AshtAkshara Japam.  The way you have 
spelt the mantra (in bold letters) is imcomplete.

AshtAkshara Japam is considered to be a part of Sandhyavandanam.  The 
Satvika Tyagam for Sandhya at the end is done after this japam.  It is done 
immediately following the Gayatri Japam (after separate sankalpam with 
anganyasam etc), provided the time for upasthanam has not arrived.  For eg.: 
During Pratha: Sandhya, if Sun rise occurs before you finish Gayatri Japam 
then you should do the upasthanam and then the Gayatri Japam.  If not do the 
ashtaksharam and then the upasthanam.  The number to be done is same as that 
of Gayatri Japam.

Hope this clarifies.


S. Vijayaraghavan
Buffalo, NY

>Subject: Thiru ashtakshara japam
>Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2001 12:25:28 +0530 (IST)
>Srimathe ramanujaya namaha
>Srimathe Nigamantha Mahadesikaya Namaha
>dear bhaktas,
>I have a doubt regarding recitation of Thiru ashtakshara japam, i.e, OM 
>NAMO NARAYANA. Can it be recited before concluding sandhyavandanam? it is 
>mentioned so in the srivaishnava sandhyavandana book. is it enough to chant 
>only om namo narayana or should it be with sankalpam and other formalities? 
>HOW MANY times should it be chanted? i request you to kindly reply in 
>detail reg. this matter.
>thanking you,
>adien ramanuja dasan,
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