Sri Ram Janam Bhoomi Prana Pratishta competition logo.jpg

Sri Ram Janam Bhoomi Prana Pratisha Article Competition winners

Rāmāyaṇa where ideology and arts meet narrative and historical context by Prof. Nalini Rao

Rāmāyaṇa tradition in northeast Bhārat by Virag Pachpore


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Akṣayya literally means ‘imperishable’.

Performance of religious rites to appease or please the ancestors is an integral part. During such ceremonies called ‘śrāddha,’ appropriate mantras (incantations) are chanted. One of those mantras containing the wish that the offerings be imperishable, chanted by the performer of the rite, is known as ‘akṣayya’ or ‘akṣayyasthāna.’

The form of the mantra is as follows :

Om, adya amukagotrasya pituh amukaśarmaṇe datta-tadannapanādikam akṣayyamastu,’

‘May the food and drink given by (me) to so and so, of such and such gotra, on this day, become imperishable.’[1]


  1. Yājña- valkya Smrti, Srāddhaprakaranam, 243, Vīramitrodaya
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

Contributors to this article

Explore Other Articles