Death Chant Of Hinduism Karna Mantra

This post is meant for people who believe in God , not for those who believe in Love, though not have seen it,yet deny God.

We in our normal lives, imagine we have no time to think of God,( yet we do have time for TV and Politics); it is much more difficult to think of God when we lie dying when your senses are leaving you and you are in pain.

Bhagavad Gita Sloka.

Bhagavad Gita Sloka.

Hindu Sastras declare that one becomes what one thinks of at the time of Death.

So the Sastras enjoin one to name their children in the name of God.

By calling out to them,though you do not mean it,you call out God and He remembers, for Fire will singe you whether you are aware of it or not.

What name is to call out as Death stalks.

The One who guides you at and after Death is Lord Vishnu, the protector.

He is the Ultimate Ruler of Death in His Name Govinda.

Govinda is the name which is very dear to Lord Krishna, an Avatar of Vishnu.

The name is to be called out.

When and if you can not call this Name. those around you are required to recite the Vishnu Sahasranama or Om NamaSivaya.

Yet there is an important ceremony to be performed by the eldest son at the time of Death of his parents.

He is to keep the head of the parent at the time of dying on his left thigh and chant this mantra.

sarva-dharman parityajya
mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo
moksayisyami ma sucah


sarva-dharman–all varieties of Dharma; parityajya–abandoning;mam–unto Me; ekam–only; saranam–surrender; vraja–go; aham–I;tvam–you; sarva–all; papebhyah–from sinful reactions; moksayisyami–deliver; ma–not; sucah–worry.

Abandon all varieties of Religion, Dharma and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction and grant you Salvation. Do not fear.

Here Lord Krishna uses the rarely used form of address to speak to Arjuna.

That is ‘Ma Sucha’

This is a term of endearment by a Father to his son.

Krishna does not use this term anywhere to address Arjuna , in the Mahabharata, not did he use this term to anybody in the Puranas, including His children.

What are the different Dharmas?

At one point Krishna declares in the Bhagavad Gita that it is very difficult to understand the term Dharma or its implications , under different circumstances.

Dharma may be loosely translated as  Righteousness; it is much more than this, please read The Gita.

The Different types of Dharma.

Varna Dharma. Duties prescribed  for your natural disposition.

Asrama Dharma, Duties applicable to your station in life, as a Bachelor, Married Man, semi retired from family and totally renounced.

Duties are also prescribed for special circumstances.

And there are exceptions too!

When Krishna says leave all Karmas, He means that one should mentally  renounce the fruits of actions, better still even the performance of Action

This is the Karna Mantra.

Of all the senses, at the time of Natural death, the ears give out first.

So at the early signs of death’s approach, this mantra is to recited.


8 thoughts on “Death Chant Of Hinduism Karna Mantra

  1. Bharath

    All your posts are excellent and love your initiative to educate and remove all misconceptions about your highly detailed religion .
    Keep up the good work


  2. visalakshi

    good..this mantra should recited only to father by his son or to uncle by his relative at the time of death..or to any person one who is dying.


    1. ramanan50 Post author

      Karna Mantra is to be recited for Mother as well.
      If there are are no children, this should be recited by the relatives from the paternal side, in the case of a woman , to be recited by the paternal relatives of her Husband.
      To recite karna Mantra to any one at the time of Death is also allowed.
      Thanks for pointing out the point I forgot to mention.



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