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Taraka Mantra

Taraka Mantra is associated with Shiva. It is believed that Shiva chants the Taraka mantra into the ear of a dying person in Varanasi or Kashi. In Benaras, the mantra is also referred as the ferry boat mantra.

By the power of the Taraka Mantra, the dying person is believed to be illumined with the knowledge of Brahman – the Supreme Truth without a second – the ultimate truth in Hinduism. Thus, the dying person is ferried across cycle of birth and death with the help of the mantra.