Vishnu Chaalisa

I

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

jai jai sri jagata pati, jagadadhara ananta I visvesvara akhilesa aja, sarvesvara bhagavanta II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

Glory, glory, all glory to you, O sovereign and support of the world ! You are the lord of all, most perfect, infinite, unborn, immanent, and the very God of the universe.

II

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

jai jai dharanidhara sruti sagara I javati gadadhara sadguna agara II
sri vasudeva devaki nandana I vasudeva nasana bhava phandana II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

Glory to you, O support of the earth and ocean of Vedic knowledge ! Glory to you, O wielder of the club and treasure-house of all noble virtues ! O Krsna, you are the delight of Vasudeva and Devaki and destroyer of the noose of birth and death.

III

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

namo namo sacaracara svami I parambrahma prabhu namo namo namami II
namo namo tribhuvana pati isa I kamalapati kesava yogisa II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

I reverence you again and again, O Lord of every animate and inanimate creature; I do obeisance to you, O Lord, attributeless and impersonal, and glorify youas the Lord of the three spheres, as the beloved consort of Kamala (Laksmi), as Kesava, and as supreme among the yogis.

IV

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

garuradhvaja aja, bhava bhaya hari I murlidhara hari madana murari II
narayana sripati purusottama I padmanabhi narahari sarvottama II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

Your banner, O Lord, is emblazoned with the figure of GaruRa; you are unborn, the dispeller of all worldly dread (0f birth and detah), Krsna the flute-player, the destroyer of Love and the enemy of Mura, Narayana, the beloved consort of Laksmi, the best among the humans, Vishnu when he assumed the form of half-lion and half-man, and the most exquisite of all.

V

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

jai madhava mukunda I vanamali khala dala mardana, damana kucali II
jai aganita indriya saramgadhara I visva rupa vamana ananda kara II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

Saluation to you, O Madhava, Mukunda and Vanamali ! You destroy the wicket and subdue the ill-bred. Glory to you, the possesor of an infinite number of senses and the bearer of the bow called Sarnga ! You are verily the world itself, Vamana, and the bestower of all happiness. (Madhava, Mukunda, Vanamali, Saramgadhara, Vamana, etc. are some of the countless names of Vishnu. They are also used for Krsna whom the scriptures describe as one of the incarnation of Vishnu).

VI

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

jai jai lokadhyaksa dhanamjaya I sahasrajna jagannatha jayati jai II
jai madhusudana anupama anana I jayati vayu-vahana vajra kanana II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

Glory, glory to you, O Dhanamjaya (Vishnu), the sovereign ruler of the three spheres ! Glory, glory to you, the lord of the world who have myriads of names ! Glory to you O Madhusudana, whose features are matchless, who ride the wind, and who are like thunderbolt to the trees of the forest.

VII

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

jai govinda janaradana deva I subha phala lahata gahata tava seva II
syama saroruha sama tana sohata I darsana karata sura nara muni mohe II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

Glory to you, O Supereme Lord Krsna and Vishnu ! He who attends on you is rewarded with all the propitious fruits of his service. Your touching charm matches the beauty of the dark lotus and enchants all the gods, men, ascetics, and adepts who behold you.

VIII

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

bhala visala mukuta sira sajata I ura vaijanti mala virajata II
tirachi bhrkuti capa janu dhare II
tina tara naina kamala arunare II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

Your forehead is broad and your head is bedecked with a resplendent crown; on your bosom lies the famous garland called Vaijayanti; your arched eyebrows look like a drawn bow and the eyes underneath them are ruddy like red lotuses.

IX

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

nasa cibuka kapola manohara I mrdu muskana kunja adharana para II
janu mani pamkti dasana mana bhavana I basana pita tana parama suhavana II
tina tara naina kamala arunare II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

Your nose, chin and cheeks, O Lord, are exceedingly lovely as are the corners of your lips when you smile; your teeth so alluringly set look like a row of gems, while your body dressed in yellow is supremely charming.

X

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

rupa caturbhuja bhusita bhusana I varada hasta, mocana bhava dusana II
kamjaruna sama karatala sundara I sukha samuha guna madhura samudara II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

You are four-armed, in guise most beautiful and decked with ornaments. The position of your hands looks as if you are purging the world of its impurities. Your palms, which are red as lotus, are winsome and your virtues deep and inexhaustible as the ocean of tenderness and beauty. You are verily the treasure-house of bliss.

XI

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

kara maham lasita samkha ati pyara I subhaga sabda jai dene hara II
ravi sama cakra dvitiya kara dhare I khala dala danava sainya samhare II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

There is a conch-shell in your hand all bright and beautiful, an instrument whose musical sound is auspicious to the ears and ensures victory (to the suppliant). In your second hand lies a missile, the disc, as shining as the sun, which destroyed the host of wicked demons.

XII

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

trtiya hasta maham gada prakasana I sada tapa traya papa vinasana II
padma caturtha hatha maham dhare I cari padaratha dene hare II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

In your third hand lies an evershining club which unfailingly destroys all the physical, material and supernatural sufferings and evils. Your fourth hand holds lotus which grants all the four boons of life–wealth, religious merit, virility and liberation (from the cycle of birth and death, moksa).

XIII

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

vahana garuRa manogativana I tihum tyagata jana hita bhagavana II
pahumci taham pata rakhata svami I ho hari sama bhaktana anuragi II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

Your conveyance is GaruRa who is swift as mind and whom you, Lord, forsake for the well-being of your votaries. Reaching there you protect their honour, for you are matchless, O Hari, in following your devotees.

XIV

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

dhani dhani mahima agama ananta I dhanya bhaktavatsala bhagavanta II
jaba jaba surahim asura dukha dinha I taba taba prakati kasta hari linha II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

Blessed, all blessed is your glory, O Lord, which transcends all comprehension by the senses and is infinite ! And blessed are you who love your devotees as your own children ! Whenever the demons afflicted the celestials, you made your appearance and relieved them of their distress.

XV

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

sura nara muni brahmadi mahesu I sahi na sakyo ati kathina kalesu II
taba taham dhari bahurupa nirantara I mardyo dala danavahi bhayamkara II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

When the assembly of gods like Brahma and Mahesa and all the company of hermits found their affliction beyond endurance you always appeared there in different forms and destroyed all the dreadful herd of demons.

XVI

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

sayya sesa sindhu bica sajita I samga laksmi sada virajita II
Purana sakti dhanya-dhana khani I ananda bhakti bharani sukha dani II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

The serpent Sesa is your couch, fully bedecked, in the midst of the ocean; in your company is the ever-resplendent goddess of wealth Laksmi, who is power supreme and an inexhaustible mine of riches. Blessed is she who bestows happiness, sustains devotion, and causes bliss.

XVII

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

jasu virada nigamagama gavata sarada sesa para nahim pavata II rama radhika siya sukha dhama I sohi Vishnu krsna aru rama II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

O Vishnu, though your majesty is hymned by the Vedas and the Sastras, it is so measureless that even Sarasvati, the originator of letters and their meaning, and Sesa, for all his thousand-tongues cannot fathom it. You are the abode of all bliss to Laksmi, Radhika and Sita as Vishnu, Krsna and Rama, all of whom are the same.

XVIII

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

aganita rupa anupa apara I nirguna sanguna svarupa tumhara II
nahim kachu bheda veda asa bhasata I bhaktana se nahim antara rakhata II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

Your forms are countless, incomparable and infinite; you are both personal and impersonal. To the Vedas there is no distinction between them, nor is there any difference between you and your votaries.

XIX

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

sri prayaga durvasa dhama I sundaradasa tivari grama II
jaga hita lagi tumahim jagadisa I nija mati racyo Vishnu-calisa II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

O Lord of the universe, Sundaradasa, a inhabitant of the village Tiwari, composed this hymn Vishnucalisa as well as he could for your devotees and dedicated it to you while still dwelling in the hermitage of the seer Durvasa at Allahabad.

XX

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

jo citta dai nita paRhata paRhavata I purana bhakti sakti sarasavata II
ati sukha vasata, ruja rna nasata I vaibhava vikasata sumati prakasata II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

He who chants, and induces others to chant, this hymn regularly with all attention is filled with the delight of both might and devotion; he abides in supreme happiness, recovers from disease and debt, and becomes increasingly prosperous, his wit growing sharper and sharper everyday.

XXI

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

avata sukha gavata sruti sarada I bhasata vyasa-vacana rsi narada II
milata subhaga phala soka nasavata I anta samaya jana hari pada pavata II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

The four Vedas, Sarasvati, Vyasa, and the seer Narada all recite it and declare that such a recital of the Vishnucalisa brings happiness and, besides yielding all the delicious fruits of life, it also destroys all griefs and helps attain the supreme state in the end.

Doha

Sanskrit Wording:

English Wording:

Prema sahita gahi dhyana maham hrdaya bica jagadisa I
arpita saligrama kaham kari tulasi nita sisa II
ksanabhamgura tanu jani kari ahamkara parihara I
sara rupa isvara lakhai, taji asara samsara II
satya sodha kari ura gahai, eka brahma omkara I
atmabodha hovai tabai, milai mukti ke dvara II
santi aura sadbhava kaham, jaba ura phulahim phula I
calisa phala lahahim jaham rahahim isa anukula II
eka patha jana nita karai, Vishnu deva calisa I
cara padaratha navahum nidhi, deya dvarikadhisa II

Hindi Meaning:

English Meaning:

May the devout enshrine the lord of the worlds in their hearts and with profound devotion fix their minds on him with bowed head; may they offer basil leaves to the image of Vishnu (saligrama) and, considering that the body is transient, abandon all pride. They should regard the Supreme Lord as the only reality and the world as insubstantial. Having discovered the truth may the devout hold the mystical syllable Om, which symbolizes Brahma, in their hearts, for that would lead to self-realization and salvation. When the flowers of peace and goodwill bloom in the heart, the devotees are blessed with the fruit fo these forty verses and the Lord becomes favourable to them. To him who reads Vishnucalisa once everyday the lord of Dvarika (Krsna) provides all the four rewards and the nine divine treasures.


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