Nabhi Vidya -Part Two

31 Jan


Nabhi Vidya -Part Two

Continued from Part One

Shiva shakthi

Just to recapitulate,

As mentioned in the Earlier Part, Nabhi-vidya is one of the lesser-known texts of the Sri Vidya tradition. There is no definite information either about its date or its author.

Its text is in the traditional format of conversation (Samvada); and, it takes place between Sri Hayagriva and Sage Agastya. And, it is, by no means, a lucid text; and, is not easy either to understand or to follow. It calls for enormous effort, discipline and dedication, over a long period of time, to practice Nabhi-Vidya-Sadhana. Further, since the Nabhi-Vidya is associated with the Vama-achara modes of worship, it is not in common practice either.

The Nabhi-Vidya, basically, is related to Shodashi-Maha-Shodashi-Mantras; which bestow true knowledge and leads to liberation (Jnana-prada, Moksha-karaka). It is hailed as the most sacred, secretive and powerful Mantra.

In the Nabhi -Vidya, the Shodashi, Maha- Para-Shodashi Mantras of Hadi Vidya, Kadi Vidya and Hadi-Kadi Vidya are mixed and combined in various patterns; out of which, 36 Mantras are generated.

In the Purva-bagha a total of 24 Mantras are elucidated, in three sections; with eight Mantras in each section. These set of 24 Mantras are called as Purvanga-Vidya. This is followed by Raja-Vidya (8 Mantras); and, Nrupathi-Vidya (4 Mantras). These amount to 36 Mantras (24+8+4).

The Mantras from 37 to 40 are four independent Mantras (Matruka; Guru-natha-paduka; Baala; and Para). Thus, there are, in all, 40 Mantras in the Nabhi-Vidya (Matruka, Natha, Baala, Para-yuvathi sametha pathu maam Nabhi-vidyaya ).

The Nabhi-vidya is a compilation of a varied sets of Mantras, related to Srividya, arranged according to a pre-determined order. The Nabhi-Vidya, primarily and essentially, is meant for practice (Sadhana) of Srividya.  There is not much philosophical discussion or theoretical speculation here.

The Epilogue (Uttara-bhaga), which appears following the 40 Mantras, instructs the ardent Sadhaka to chant (Japa) the recommended sets of Mantras, structured as per the formats of the Kadi and Hadi Vidyas, as many times as possible (Yethah Vidyaya yatha-shakthi-japet-nityam) – at least a hundred times in a day.

And, in the Phala-sruthi, it is assured that Nabhi-Vidya is so powerful as that reciting the Nabhi-Vidya once is equivalent to repetition (Japa) of the Pancha-dashi Mantra one Lakh times.  It would also bestow prosperity both here (Iha) and in hereafter (Para); and, will also grant the unshakable (a-chanchala) Self-knowledge (Atma-jnana).




The Nabhi-Vidya-Dhyana-Sloka, which appears at the commencement of the text, provides the key to its structure; as also to the composition and the arrangement of the verses within it.

The Purvanga-Vidya, the first Part of the Nabhi-Vidya, is composed of three sets, each having eight Mantras (3×8). The clue to its structure is given in the following Dhyana-sloka.

Dhyana sloka

Here, the Katapayadi technique of hashing comes into play; where, certain alphabets carry their numerical values.

Pi (1); Ka (1); Ru (2); Ru (2); Ba (3); La (3):

 It would then read as: 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3.

This relates to the Shodashi-Mantra.

As can be seen, the numerical 1 (one) appears twice. Of these, the first one (1) is said to be associated with the Bija of the Vac (Vac-bija- Aim); and, the latter (1) with Kuta of Vac (Vac-kuta). The sequence would then read as: Aim, Ka, Ye, Ee, La, Hrim. This sequence indicates the first segment of the Shodashi Mantra.

The numeral 2 (two) appears twice. Of these, the first instance of 2 indicates the Bija of Kamaraja (kamaraja-bija- Klim); and, the second (2), the Kamaraja kuta. And, this could be read as Klim, Ha, Sa, Ka, Ha, La, Hrim

The numeral 3 (three) also appears twice. Of these, the first 3 is said be associated with the Bija of the Shakthi (Sau); and, the latter one (3) with the Shakthi Kuta. And, it would then read as: Sau, Sa, Ka, La, Hrim

At the end of these sequences, the Bijakshara Srim would appear.


The combination of the three Kutas results in the sixteen-lettered Shodashi-Mantra, as per the Kadi-Vidya. While repeating; the first Kuta will not have its Hllekha (हृल्लेख)Hrim (ह्रीं).

The following would the resultant sequence of the Bijakshara of the Shodashi Mantra as per the Kadi and Hadi Vidyas.

Kadi: Aim, Ka, Ye, Ee, La, Hrim / Klim, Ha, Sa, Ka, Ha, La, Hrim / Sau, Sa, Ka, La, Hrim

ऐं ह्रीं / क्लीं ह स क ह ल ह्रीं / सौः स क ल ह्रीं / श्रीं

Hadi: Aim- Ha-Sa-Ka-La Hrim / Klim- Ha-Sa-Ka-Ha-La- Hrim / Sauh- Sa-Ka-La/ Hrim … Srim

ऐं ह्रीं / क्लीं   ह्रीं / सौः ह्रीं / श्रीं


Then, there is the Maha-Shodashi-Mantra, which in fact is composed of 28 Aksharas. Here, the Panchadashi-Mantra of 15 syllables is preceded by 8 letters regarded as Om- kara -pranavas; and, succeeded by 5 letters regarded as Shakthi-pranavas (8+15+5 =28).

Srim, Hrim, Klim, Aim, Sauh; (2) Aum, Hrim, Srim; (3) Ka-Ye-Ee-La-Hrim; (4) Ha-Sa-Ka-Ha-La- Hrim; (5) Sa-Ka-La- Hrim; and, (6) Sauh, Aim, Klim, Hrim, Srim

श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं ऐं सौः (5 bīja-s) / ॐ ह्रीं श्रीं (3 bīja-s) / क ए ई ल ह्रीं (5 bīja-s) / ह स क ह ल ह्रीं (6 bīja-s) / स क ल ह्रीं (4 bīja-s) / सौः ऐं क्लीं ह्रीं श्रीं (5 bīja-s )


The opening Dhyana-sloka of the Nabhi-Vidya mentions the term Yugma (युग्म), meaning a pair, two or twice. That is meant to suggest that each Kuta of the Mantra has to be uttered twice. Its first utterance should not have the syllable Hrim (ह्रीं). But, when it is uttered second time it should have the Hrim-kara (ह्रीं), which term is named as Hllekha (हृल्लेख).

Such mode of recitation has to be applied to each Kuta.

The term Yugma (युग्म) is also meant to suggest that each of such pair of utterances have to be made in the Mantras of both the Kadi and the Hadi Vidyas. And, Hrim-kara (ह्रीं) should be uttered twice at the end of each of its Kuta-s. [ क ए ई ल क ए ई ल ह्रीं  ]

In this manner, every Kuta has to be repeated twice – both in their Kadi and Hadi forms.


As per the aforesaid procedures, the Maha-Shodashi-Mantra of the Kadi-Vidya would now be read as:

ऐँ ह्रीँ श्रीँ ऐँ क्लीँ सौः / ऐँ ऐँ / ह्रीँ ह्रीँ / क्लीँ क्लीँ / ह्रीँ ह्रीँ / सौः सौः / ह्रीँ ह्रीँ / श्रीँ श्रीँ / सौः क्लीँ ऐँ / श्रीँ ह्रीँ ऐँ //

Aum- Aim- Hrim- Srim-Aim- Klim-Sauh / Aim- Aim / Ka-Ye-Ee-La Ka-Ye-Ee-La Hrim -Hrim / Klim- Klim / Ha-Sa-Ka-Ha-La- Ha-Sa-Ka-Ha-La- Srim- Srim / Sauh- Sauh / Sa-Ka-La- Sa-Ka-La – Hrim – Hrim / Srim- Srim / Sauh- Klim-Aim / Srim- Hrim-Aim-Aum //

The Mantra in the Hadi-Vidya will also have to be repeated in a similar manner.


Now, the opening key sloka mentions the syllable Bha (), indicating the number 4. That is meant to say that the Maha-Shodashi-Mantra has to be repeated four times. Each time, as per both the Kadi and Hadi Vidyas. Then, one would have repeated it 8 (4×2) times. While doing so, at the end of the second rendering in each case, the Hrllekha (ह्रीँ) has to be uttered twice (Hrllekha-dvayam).

Further, these eight forms of the Mantras have to be rendered (1) in the sequential order of their letters (Anuloma); (2) in the reverse order of the letters (Viloma); and, (3) in the mixed order (Anuloma-Viloma). That means, three types of recitations for each of the eight mantras.

That would result in (4×2) = 8 x 3 = 24 Mantras.

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Arrangement of the Purvanga-vidya

According to these sets of complicated instructions, the patterns, the combinations, the arrangements and the contents of the 24 Mantras (in three sets of eight each) of the Purvanga-Vidya of the Nabhi-Vidya would be as under:

Purvanga Vidya

Purvanga Vidya 2

Purvanga Vidya 3


Combinations and Compositions of the Mantras of the Purvanga-Vidya

As per the above-mentioned patterns for arrangement of the Bijakshara-s, the following would be the actual Mantras, in each case:

Purvanga Vidya _kadi sva Anuloma

Purvanga Vidya Kadi Sva Anuloma 2

Purvanga Vidya Kadi Hadi Anuloma 3

Purvanga Vidya Kadi Hadi Anuloma 4

Purvanga Vidya Kadi Hadi Anuloma 5

Purvanga Vidya Hadi Sva Anuloma 6

Purvanga Vidya Hadi Kadi Anuloma 7

Purvanga Vidya Hadi Kadi Anuloma 8

Purvanga Vidya Kadi Sva Anuloma 9

Purvanga Vidya Kadi Sva Anuloma 10


Purvanga Vidya Kadi Anuloma 11

Purvanga Vidya Kadi Anuloma 12

Purvanga Vidya Kadi Anuloma 13

Purvanga Vidya Hadi Sva Anuloma 14

Purvanga Vidya Hadi Anuloma 15

Purvanga Vidya Hadi Anuloma 16

Purvanga Vidya Kadi Sva Anuloma 17

Purvanga Vidya Kadi Sva Viloma 18

Purvanga Vidya Kadi Hadi Viloma 19

Purvanga Vidya Kadi Hadi Viloma 20

Purvanga Vidya Hadi Sva Viloma 21

Purvanga Vidya Hadi Sva Viloma 22

Purvanga Vidya Hadi Kadi Viloma 23

Purvanga Vidya Hadi Kadi Viloma 24

[ I acknowledge with gratitude the Source : ]

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In the next part , let us take a look at the Raja-Vidya; Nrupathi -Vidya ; the four Mantras (from 37 to 40) as also at The Epilogue (Uttara-bhaga),

Navadurga 4




Part Three

Sources and References

1.The Tantra of Sri Chakra by Prof. S.K. Ramachandra Rao (Sharada Prakashana, Bangalore,1983)

2.Srividya Shodasha-Maha-Mantramulu by Dr. Krovi Parthasarathy (Vijayawada-2020)

Nabhi-Vidya (Short Works)

Nabhi-Vidya ( a discussion) by Purnananda Lahiri




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8 responses to “Nabhi Vidya -Part Two

  1. Ravi

    February 5, 2022 at 3:31 am

    Need Nama Parayanam and Mantra Parayanam in telugu version

    • sreenivasaraos

      February 5, 2022 at 9:51 am

      Thanks for the visit

      Please consider approaching Dr.Krovi Parthasarathy ; Ogirala Vieedhi; Sathyanarayana-Puram; Vijayawada-520011

      He might be able to guide you better


      • Shikha

        April 9, 2022 at 7:36 pm

        Respected sir,
        Are there any prerequisites before chanting nabhi Vidya?? or
        Are there any terms and conditions to be followed before chanting nabhi Vidya or any can chant it??

        Does chanting nabhi Vidya can harm any one in any form??
        are there any rules to be followed before chanting nabhi Vidya???
        If yes than please guide, what all is to be done.

      • sreenivasaraos

        April 10, 2022 at 3:01 am

        Dear Shikha
        Please download and go through the pdf document
        Nabhi Vidya , a discussion by Purnanandalahiri
        The Nabhi Vidya portion commences from page 62
        Thereafter , from page 68 the full text of the Nabhi Vidya is given
        It describes in great detail the Dhyana slokas, Anganyasa , Kara-nyasa etc
        And there is also the Phalusruti
        The text is in Sanskrit

        In case you are familiar with Telugu script , please do read
        Srividya Shodasha-Maha-Mantramulu by Dr. Krovi Parthasarathy (Vijayawada-2020)

        Since this vidya is said to belong to Vamachara, it is said, that it should be practiced under the guidance of a Guru


  2. Shikha

    April 10, 2022 at 10:19 am

    Respected sir, I have read discussions on nabhi Vidya by purnanandalahiri, no rules and terms & conditions are mentioned there. I don’t know Telugu language so can’t read the other option mentioned by you
    And i don’t know any guru who can guide me regarding the text of nabhi Vidya.
    But I am very keen to chant nabhi Vidya, but I am worried that is there any harm in chanting a powerful text like nabhi Vidya.
    If possible, you only guide me regarding it.

  3. Malini

    April 16, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    Namaskaram Sir,
    You are sharing an ocean of divine knowledge with all. My hearfelt thanks to you.
    Hope yourmaintaing good health.

    • sreenivasaraos

      April 17, 2023 at 1:57 am

      Good Morning Dear Malini

      Thank you Maa for the appreciation ; and, for your concern

      My health has been rather indifferent these days; and, I am also not writing much

      Hope and Pray that things might improve

      Thanks again

      Regards and cheers


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