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What is Vishnu-sahasra-nama?

  • It is one of the most sacred and commonly chanted stotras in Hinduism.
    • Sanskrit meaning of Vishnu-sahasra-nama: "the thousand names of Vishnu".
    • Each name eulogizes one of His countless great attributes.
    • Vishnu sahasranama is found in the Shanti Parva (Book on Peace) of the Mahabharata.
    • The 1000 names were handed down to Yudhisthira by the great and noble warrior Bheeshma, who was on his death bed (of arrows) in the battlefield of Kurukshetra.
    • Adi Shankaracharya wrote a definitive commentary on the Vishnu sahasranama in the 8th century which is popular and is prevalent even today.
    • Vishnu sahasranama can be chanted by any one, at any time.

Benefits of Recitation

  • Though it eulogizes Lord Vishnu, it actually has the effect of penetrating the inner personality, instilling expansion, subtlety, elevation and enlightenment.
  • Vishnu sahasranama is the best and easiest of all dharmas, or the means to attain relief from all bondage.
  • Chanting of the Vishnu sahasranama gives relief from all sorrows and leads to happiness and peace of mind.
  • It brings unwavering calm of mind, complete freedom from stress and brings eternal knowledge.
  • One who chants the Vishnu sahasranama will be free from all fears and endowed with great courage and energy.
  • One who reads this hymn every day with devotion and attention attains to patience, prosperity, mental stability and memory.

Whoever desires advancement and happiness should repeat this devotional hymn on Vishnu.

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