The Sanskrit word mantra refers to a sacred verbal formula or invocation which can be used to unveil or attain to mystic potentialities. The repetition of a mantra, known as japa is frequently done during puja using a mala to count the repetitions.
- Om Gam Ganapati Namah—a mantra of Ganesha
- Om Namah Shivaya—a mantra of Shiva
- Om Mani Padma Hum—a common Buddhist mantra meaning “May the jewel be in the lotus!”