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Vishnu Sahasranamam

Vishnu Sahasranamam

“Vishnu Sahasranama” word comes from the Sanskrit word “विष्णु सहस्त्रनाम” which means a list of 1000 names of “Lord Vishnu” one of the main divinity in Hinduism and the premier God in Vaishnavism. Vishnu Sahasranama stotra is also known as Venkateshwara  Sahasra Namam Stothram. It is the devotional Vedic deities comprising of 1000 names of Lord Vishnu. In the Anushasanika Parvam of the Great Epic Mahabharata Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra is found in the 149th chapter. The famous great warrior of Mahabharata Bhishma Pitamaha teaches this Vishnu stotra to the eldest Pandava, Yudhishtra.

There are many versions of Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra exist as:

Padma Purana ( one of the major Purana of eighteen Puranas).

Skanda Purana

Garuda Purana

Sikh version ( Sundar Guthka)

Each of his names signifies the countless great attributes of Lord Vishnu. This stotra has been the subject of countless narrations. In the 8th century, Adi Shankara wrote a definite narration on the Sahasranama which has been particularly influential, even today for many Hinduism schools.

In the 12th century, a follower of Ramanuja, Parasara Bhattar wrote a narration which detailing the names of Vishnu from a Vishishtdvaita perspective, in the book Bhagavath Guna Dharpanam. This title of the book means reflections of the Lord's qualities.

Benefits of chanting Sahasranama Stotra

Each name in the Vishnu Sahasranama has almost one hundred meanings, according to Madhavacharya. Hence, it is a very powerful and intense chant. It stills be beneficial, if someone chants the Vishnu Sahasranama without knowing the meaning of each and all names.

“Constantly praising me and striving to reach me with firm resolve and offering salutation to me brings me closer to my devotees,” says Lord, in the Gita. It means God already knows what you want so, selflessly serving him is the purest form of worship.

According to Astrology, chanting of Vishnu Stotra can help overcome bad luck and curses attached to some people.

Chanting also enhances the mind, increases concentration, relieves stress and helps to focus on positive things.

Chanting also helps the person to cure many diseases and also prevents from fear, tension, stress, and low self- esteem.

Some of the names from the Vishnu Sahasranama are listed below:

Om Shuklam Bara dram Vishnum, Sasi Varnam Chatur Bhujam, Prasanna Vadanan Dyayet, Sarva Vignoba Sand aye,

Vyasam Vasishtanaptharam, Sakthe Poutramakalmasham, Parasarathama- jam Vande, Shukathatham Taponidhim,

Vyasa Vishnu Roopaya, Vyasa Roopaya Vishnave, Namo Vai Brahmo Vidaya, Vasishtaya Namo Nama,

Avikaraya Shuddhaya, Nityaya Paramatmane, Sadaika Roopa Roopaya, Vishnave Sarva Jishnave,

Yasya Smarana Mathrena, Janma Samsara Bandhanath, Vimuchayate Nama Tasmai, Vishnave Prabha Vishnave,

Om Namo Vishnave Prabha Vishnave, Shri Vaisampayana Uvacha, Shrutva Dharmaneshena, Pavanani Cha Sarvasha,

Yudhishtra Santhanavam Puneravubhya Bhashata, Yudhishtra Uvacha, Kimekam Daivatham Loke, Kim Vapyegam Parayanam,

Sthuvantha Kam Kamarchanda Prapnyur, Manava Shubham, Ko Dharma Sarva Dharmanam Paramo Matha, Kim Japanmuchyathe Jandur Janma Samsara Bhandanat, 

Sri Bheeshma Uvacha, Jagat Prabhum Devadevam Anantham Purushottamam, Stuvan Nama Sahasrena, Purusha Sathathothida, 

Tameva Charchayan Nityam, Bhaktya Purushamavyayam, Dhyayan Sthuvan Namasyancha Yajamanasthameva Cha, Anadi Nidhanam Vishnum Sarva Loka Maheswaram, 

Lokadyaksham Stuvan Nityam Sarva Dukkha go Bhaved, Brahman yam Sarva Dharmagnam Lokanam Keerthi Vardhanam, Lokanatham Mahadbhootham Sarva Bhootha Bhavodbhavam, Aeshame Sarva Dharmanam Dharmadhika Tamo Matha, 

Yad Bhaktyo Pundarikaksham Stuvyr-Archanayr-Nara Sada, Paramam Yo Mahatteja, Paramam Yo Mahattapa, Paramam Yo Mahad Brahma Paramam Ya Parayanam, 

Pavithranam Pavithram Yo Mangalanam Cha Mangalam, Dhaivatham Devathanam Cha Bhootanam Yo Vya Pitha, Yatha Sarvani Bhoothani Bhavandyathi Yugagame, Yasmincha Pralayam Yanthi Punareve Yuga Kshaye,……………….and so many names.

 -Anjali Chauhan

 

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