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Rama Mantra Upasana

 

vishvodbhavasthitilayAdiShu hetumekaM
mAyAshrayaM vigatamAyamachintyamUrtim |
AnandasAndramamalaM nijabodharUpaM
sitApatiM viditatattvamahaM namAmi ||

The well-known aspect of rAma mantropAsana is the accomplishment of chitta shuddhi through a constant muttering of the tAraka mantra. However, there are various other facets of shrIrAmachandra celebrated in tantra and pAncharAtra.

- rAma parivAra mantra is a comprehensive mantra that includes invocations for sItA, lakShmaNa, bharata, shatrughna and Anjaneya. The use of this mantra is in attaining puruShArtha chatuShTaya. 
- shatrunjaya mantra of rAma is said to have been worshipped by King subAhu and grants senA jaya. 
- baDabAnala rAmachandra mantra was perfected by Anjaneya to attain baDabAnala svarUpa capable of destroying the three worlds. baDabAnala rAmachandra, sporting sixteen arms and seated on vIra garuDa, is invoked to destroy various AbhichArika prayogas. 
- rAghava nrsimha mantra invokes nrsimha in the form of shrIrAma and grants one freedom from enemies and fear. 
- gAruDa rAmachandra is a peculiar combination of khagendra and rAma mantras, and is capable of destroying the greatest of sins. 
- dashAkShara rAma mantra is used for ShaTkarma. 
- vIrarAghava mantra is used to overcome enemies and unfavorable situations. 
- bAlarAma mantra is used to protect children from bAlagraha and other banes. 
- santAna rAmachandra mantra is used to obtain progeny. 
- paTTAbhirAma mantra is used to attain adhikAra, sampat and yashas. 
- prasanna rAma mantra is used to calm an opponent and destroy his anger. 
- rAma bANa prayoga used popularly in conjunction with lAngUlAstra can destroy various AbhichArika prayogas. 
- pAtALa rAma mantra is said to grant one nidhi darshana siddhi. 
- The mantra of dAsharathi is said to grant one physical strength and well-being. 
- pratApa rAmachandra mantra is used to attain victory in all spheres of life. 
- ahalyA varada mantra is used for pApakShaya. 
- kalyANarAma mantra is used for vara/vadhu prApti. 
- A combination of bAlA/bhairavI/panchadashI along with rAma mantra (sometimes referred to shrIvidyA rAma) is used for various purposes. 
- There are also flavors of rAma mantra such as sugrIvopAsita, bhallUkopAsita, lakShmaNopAsita, bharatopAsita, shatrughnopAsita etc. to attain various fruits. 
- panchamukha rAma mantra is used for sarvasiddhi. 
- chaturbhuja rAmachandra mantra is used for various purposes such as vashya, Arogya, sampat, pApakShaya, shatrunAsha etc. This form is worshipped in Yedatore Mutt in Karnataka. 
- A peculiar combination of tArA and rAma are also used (rAma is identified with tAriNI just like Lord krShNa with kAlikA) in some parts of Bengal. 
- Navaratna rAma mantra is used to attain Akasmika dhana prApti
- kodaNDa rAma mantra is used for ucChATana of graha, bhUta, pishAcha, shAkinI, DAkinI etc.

There are two mahAns I can think of who excelled in the anuShThAna of the various rAma mantras. The first was mahopadeshaka shrI kuNigal rAmasheSha shAstrigal. Born in a family of traditional scholars, shAstrigal lost his family to an epidemic and lived in Sringeri for several years. As his iShTa devatA was shrIrAmachandra, he approached the then AchArya for upadesha. He was instructed by the AchArya to approach Sri Brahma Chaitanya svAmin, also known as Gondavalekar Maharaj, who is famous to this day for the wonders he worked on the merit of rAma nAma samkIrtana. shAstrigal was initiated into rAma mantra by Gondavalekar Maharaj and completed eight crore recitations of the mahAmantra. He had a vision of his Guru Svamiji Maharaj one morning who instructed him to approach a saint named Kripashankara Sharma near Pandarapur. After finding this mahopAsaka with great difficulty, Shastrigal mastered various rAma mantra prayogas and vidhis of hanuman from him and returned to Mysore. At that time, there was an outbreak in Mysore and mahAmArI (it was bAnAmatI to be specific) was claiming the lives of hundreds. Shastrigal, by invoking baDabAnala rAma, mitigated the epidemic in many parts of Mysore. In recognition of his siddhi and service, the Maharaja of Mysore granted him various grants and a house, which is now a rAma mandira. The chief disciple of Shastrigal, shrI krishmanUrti, a well-known ayurvedic doctor received the wealth of these mantras from his Guru. Doctor Murthy, as he was popularly known, attained Siddhi in 2006.

shrI shyAmasundara mishra, a disciple of shrI rAghavAnanda sarasvatI (in turn a disciple of paramahansa shrI brahmAnanda sarasvatI of jyotirmaTha) was another great upAsaka of shrIrAmachandra in kAshI. Even Lahiri Baba is said to have been astounded by the heights achieved by this great soul. He was instrumental in renovation of the famous Sankatmochan Temple at Benares. Mishraji was one of the few from who Trailinga Swami accepted bhikShA in Benares. He also authored a work named chitAmaNi sUtra, on the lines of gauDapAdIya sUtra, dealing with various mantras of rAma, their application, yantroddhAra, AvaraNa krama etc. He was also a devout upAsaka of shrIvidyA mahAtripurasundarI parAbhaTTArikA, following the footsteps of his paramaguru who was himself one of the greatest shrIvidyA upAsakas of recent times.