The Karpur gauram mantra is a wonderful chant very popular especially in the Indian Hindu tradition.

Its words dedicated to Lord Shiva, are a song of devotion, found in the ancient Vedas

little known in the West where a sort of religiosity of singing is perceived, which is instead a spiritual prayer to what is considered the father of Yoga.

Chanting this mantra is believed to lead to ecstasy of the senses and mind.

Let’s see the words and what karpur gauram means:

karpūragauraṁ karuṇāvatāraṁ
sansārsāram bhujagendrahāram |
sadāvasantaṁ hṛdayāravinde
bhavaṁ bhavānīsahitaṁ namāmi ||

Lord Shiva is considered one of the Hindu triade and is perhaps the best known deity in the world precisely because the legend has it that he taught his wife the discipline of Yoga. Shiva is considered both destroyer and builder, and the word Shiva means auspice, and is a promoter of happiness, well-being and awareness.

The literal meaning of this mantra is therefore:

For the one who is pure and white as camphor,

for him who is the essence of the world

he who has a serpent as a garland

he always resides and fights in the centre of a white lotus

accompanied by his partner Bhavani

The lotus is a symbol of purity but above all of resistance, the lotus sinks its roots in the mud but goes back up bringing to light its most beautiful part, so singing this mantra recalls the strength of the lotus and the power of Shiva.


This mantra is considered among the most powerful mantras of protection, it protects us from negativity, dangers and enemies. Chanting Shiva’s mantra regularly changes our vibrations and energies both within our body and outside and brings us success and prosperity in all areas of our life.

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