The word Mantra comes from the two words: Mana & Traya which mean mind and protection respectively. So mantra’s are meant to protect the mind of living beings. Mantras exist in the form of syllables and words and can be as short as one syllable and as long as sixty-four syllables. Beyond this they are known as stotras.The mantra is a form of prayer meant to propitiate a Devata.
There are 33 Deva with about 330 million forms (Rath, Foundation of Vedic Astrology – The philosophy, 2002) in the vedic pantheon and they depict various lights and sounds of the one God which existed before the creation. Just as light gives shape and form to all objects and thus gives knowledge of them, so also the Devata gives knowledge of the universe which exists around us. This has been utilized very well by the vedic seers who have given us a means to understand the universe around us, as well as that which existed before the creation, through the help of sound.
This section is devoted to understanding the Devatas and the mantras, prayers and spiritual practices associated with them. This work can merely be an attempt as the subject is limited to the writings and words of this author. As a result any ideas, recommendations or additions are welcomed.