When is the right time to Chant Om Namah Shivaya?
The chant – Om Namah Shivaya is a mantra in Hinduism; especially in Shaivism. This is also called as the “Panchakshara”, meaning five syllable mantra. Kids at most Hindu homes will be asked to chant the mantra before they go to bed. Is this a right practice? What is the right time to chant the mantra? Though god would shower his love irrespective of the time we pray him, there are certain set of rules and timings that are traditionally followed.
In this way, there is a specific time for chanting Om Namah Shivaya. It is to be chanted at the time of of everyday Sadhana. The usual practice followed by Hindus is to chant this mantra for 108 times during Sadhana. With this, the mind will feel comfortable and relaxed from all pressurizing issues of everyday life.
In addition, the chanting is done in sets. It could be done once, twice, thrice and so on – on a single day. Having your eyes closed with mala beads in hands will add silence and extreme divinity to the prayer we offer our god. When this practice is followed for about 40 days, it can help us to realize the importance of such chanting and mantra with which we can decide whether to continue the practice or not.
A person can realize the tremendous effect it brings and obtain stability in mind. However, these divine practices need the maximum commitment and mind’s complete focus for us to achieve the god’s attention.