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Why "Om Namah Sivaya" instead of "Om Sivaya Namah"?

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  • Dinesh Nambisan
    Would appreciate learned folks here dispensing the reasons behind why this mantra in particular is flipped the other way around compared to other mantras (e.g.
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 7, 2008
      Would appreciate learned folks here dispensing the reasons behind why
      this mantra in particular is flipped the other way around compared to
      other mantras (e.g. Om Gurave Namah, Om Gan Ganapathaye Namah etc),
      surely there is some spiritual/philosophical/mythological significance?
    • Ajit Krishnan
      namaste, The mantra comes from the rudra-prashna of the taittiriya samhita. The style of this prashna is such that namaH is said only once for each pair of two
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 8, 2008
        namaste,

        The mantra comes from the rudra-prashna of the taittiriya samhita. The
        style of this prashna is such that namaH is said only once for each
        pair of two names. eg. "namaH somAya ca rudrAya ca". So also, the
        relevant snippet is "namaH shivAya ca shivatarAya ca". namaH applies
        both to shiva and shivarata. In the rudra trishati (where namah is
        added to each name), the same mantra is said as "namaH shivAya ca
        namaH".

        bhavadIyaH,

        ajit


        On Jan 7, 2008 4:15 PM, Dinesh Nambisan <dinesh@...> wrote:
        >
        > Would appreciate learned folks here dispensing the reasons behind why
        > this mantra in particular is flipped the other way around compared to
        > other mantras (e.g. Om Gurave Namah, Om Gan Ganapathaye Namah etc),
        > surely there is some spiritual/philosophical/mythological significance?
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