By Swami Harshananda
Mahānāmni literally means ‘of great fame’.
Mahānāmni is the name of a group of nine verses of the Sāmaveda beginning with the words ‘vidā maghavan’. These verses are also called Sakvarī verses. They are chanted on various occasions during Ahīna sacrifices. They are chanted as a part of Vedavratas and as an expiation for certain kinds of sins.
- Jaiminīya Samhitā 2.7
- Vedavratas are the religious rites connected with the commencing of Vedic studies.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore