A Mantrik or mantric is someone who specializes in practicing mantra. In India the word mantrik & similar names are synonymous with magician in different languages. Generally a mantrik is supposed to derive his powers from the use of charms, mantras, spells and other methods. A Hindu mantrik is known to worship Kali and is often mentioned in the same breath as tantric, though there are subtle differences.
A Mantrik is known for his use of sorcery and magic and can be called upon for the casting of spells and magic, divination, astrology and all aspects of sorcery. Mantriks are normally associated with the darker side of magic and its relevant practices.
Sarpanch, ‘mantrik’, 7 women held
By Gopu Pimplapure, Aug 22, 2010
Some villagers opposed the practice and came together under the leadership of ZP member Avinash Bramhankar. Some senior villagers tried in vain to convince the ‘mantrik’ and women to stop their superstitious activities which were disturbing the peace of the village.
Finally on Saturday, villagers gathered in front of the office of the gram panchayat to solve the vexed issue. The ‘mantrik,’ the seven women and their supporters were called for the meeting, but they did not turn up. So villagers went to the village temple and called them. [T]he mantrik attacked the villagers and the women abused them.
The villagers lodged a complaint at Sakoli police station and police immediately reached the spot and arrested the police patil and sarpanch, who were supporting the ‘mantrik’ and the women.