Vishnu Sahasranama is a series of Sanskrit hymns that list out the 1,000 names of Lord Vishnu, the preserver or protector among the Trinity. The word Sahasranama is a combination of two words Sahasra and Nama. The term Sahasra means 1,000 and the term Nama means names. The Vishnu Sahasranama comprises three sections and can take around half an hour to chant fully when read/said at a normal speed.
The hymn features 108 verses and is extremely popular among those who consider Vishnu as their supreme deity. The best time to read the Vishnu Sahasranama is in the early morning hours after a bath. However, if this is not possible, it is recommended to chant the Sahasranama in the evening between 5-7 pm.
It is believed that Lord Shiva once told his consort Parvati that repeating the name of Vishnu’s incarnation Sri Ram is equivalent to reciting all the 1,000 names of the lord.
Read on to know the various benefits of chanting the Vishnu Sahasranama or at least listening to it daily if it is not possible to do the recitation.
Keeps You Happy
Chanting the Vishnu Sahasranama regularly with utmost devotion can guide a person towards leading a fruitful life. When recited, one feels surrounded by positive vibrations.
Reciting the Vishnu Sahasranama can help an individual get rid of any obstacles in the path to success. The Sahasranama is also said to have the powers to relieve a person from illnesses and keep him/her energised. It also helps in staying calm and free of stress in troubled times.
Victory and Growth
A person who chants or at least listens to the Vishnu Sahasranama wholeheartedly is believed to emerge triumphant in all his/her ventures. He/she will also have more opportunities and gain knowledge can bring all-round growth.
Alleviate Condemnation and Misfortune
The Vishnu Sahasranama helps its reciter get rid of misfortune, bad luck, and condemnation. A person is believed to be blessed with good luck and his/her finaicial difficulties are overcome. He/she will also earn a good name.
Get Rid of Sins
Chanting the Vishnu Sahasranama regularly can guide the person towards the path of moksha or salvation without going through the repeated cycle of birth and death. It directs us towards enlightenment and virtue.
Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
The Vishnu Sahasranama has the power to boost the morale of an individual. Reciting the hymn with full fervour can help a person in enhancing self-esteem and self-confidence. He/she will be able to pursue goals efficiently and confidently without any fear.
A person who listens to or chants the Vishnu Sahasranama is surrounded by a protective barrier that safeguards the soul, body, and mind by keeping away enemies and evil intentions.
An individual who recites the Vishnu Sahasranama correctly feels a positive energy getting generated within. This energy kindles all the cells in the human body that paves way for increasing concentration.
Chanting the Vishnu Sahasranama frees a person of insomnia and. It can also dispel fear from the mind or recurring bad dreams that the person sees every night.
Blessed with Progeny
It is recommended that married couples who have no children and long for one should read the Vishnu Sahasranama with full concentration. The lord is said to bless such couples with a child.
The Vishnu Sahsranama plays an important role in Mahabharata and is a part of the Anushasana Parva section of the great epic. After the Kurukshetra war, Yudhishtir, the eldest of the Pandava brothers sought the advice of Lord Krishna on how to ably rule the kingdom and for answers pertaining to dharma and karma. The lord, in turn, told him to raise his queries to Bhishma who was lying on a bed of arrows. Yudhishtir did so accordingly asked him six questions such as who is the greatest god, what is the biggest dharma and who should be worshipped to attain peace and prosperity. Bhishma recited the Vishnu Sahasranama as an answer to the questions.