Sri VishnuSahasranamam

Introduction: Devotional   prayer  are  two  forms.   A   silent   repetition   of   a   divine   name   or   of   a   verse   in  praise   of   a   deity   is   referred   to   as   Japa.   An   audible   chant   of  such   names   or   verses   is   called   the   Stotra.   Of   the   latter   the  Sahasranama   form,   especially   the   Vishnu   Sahasranama,   devoted  to   the   Lord   Vishnu  have   a   special   place   in   the   everyday devotional  routine   of   the   people.The   Vishnu   Sahasranama,   or   the   1000   names   of   the   Lord       Vishnu   appears   in   the   Shanti   Parva   of   the   Mahabharata   and   are articulated   by   Bhishma,   in   response   to   Yudhishtira’s   question   as  to   who   was   the   Supreme   Being   whose   praise   and   worship   was   sure   to   bring   salvation. The unique feature of this event is that Bhishma gave his answer in the presence of Krishna Himself.

Lord Vishnu is also called Nilameghashyamalan – possessing a complexion the colour of the dark clouds with the santha gunam, bringing light & peace to the world. He rests on the ocean on his bed of Adisesha serpent with 1,000 heads. Any time Lord Vishnu takes an avataram to rescue the people from evils. He is all merciful, ever rushing to serve his devotees. In the form of Mahavishnu he has four arms wielding the chakra, conch, lotus & the gadha in his four arms.
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