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By Swami Harshananda

Mahānāmni literally means ‘of great fame’.

Mahānāmni is the name of a group of nine verses of the Sāmaveda[1] 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[2] and as an expiation for certain kinds of sins.


  1. Jaiminīya Samhitā 2.7
  2. Vedavratas are the religious rites connected with the commencing of Vedic studies.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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