From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Uccāṭana literally means ‘exorcising’.

Employment of spells for malevolent purposes is known as abhicāra and ābhicārika-karma. The six types mentioned in the related works are:

  1. Māraṇa - for causing the death of an enemy
  2. Mohana - for casting a spell
  3. Stambhana - for arresting the power of an enemy
  4. Vidveṣaṇa - for causing enmity
  5. Uccātana - for throwing out or banishing
  6. Vaśīkaraṇa - for hypnotizing any person

The rite of uccāṭana can also be used for exorcising ghosts and evil spirits.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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