By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Mahasveta, MahAZvetA, Mahaashvetaa
Mahāśvetā literally means ‘the great white pure mantra’.
Fasting and japa or repetition of prescribed mantras are supposed to give great merit. If the mantra ‘hrāih hrīiii sah’ (called mahāśvetā) is repeated on a Sunday along with fasting, it is said to yield whatever one wants.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore