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Vishnu Sahastranaam A

thousand names, a thousand blessings

The origin of this great text is an interesting thing to observe. This

great Stotra was imparted, with the welfare of future generations in

mind, by Bhishma to Yudhishthira . Six reasons are generally identified

for the greatness of the Stotram. These are :

  1. It is the essence of the legend of Mahabharata.
  2. Sages such as Narada, the Alwars, and composers including Saint

    Tyagaraja have made repeated references to the “Thousand Names of

    Vishnu” in their devotional works.

  3. The person who strung together the thousand names as part of the

    Mahabharata and preserved it for the world was none other than Sage

    Vedavyasa, the foremost teacher of the vedas, and considered an incarnation

    of Vishnu (vyasaya vishnu rupaya vyasa rupaya vishnave namo.)

  4. It is the considered opinion of Bhishma, the legendary ancestor

    of Pandavas in the famous epic of ?Mahabharata’ that it is the best

    and easiest of all dharmas, or the means to attain relief from all


  5. It is widely accepted that the chanting of this Stotram gives relief

    from all sorrows and leads to happiness and peace of mind.

  6. It is in conformity with the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Narayaneeya,


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