Sri Vishnu Sahasranam Japa (wherein ‘Sahasra’ means thousand and ‘nama’ means name). It is a part of the Anushasana Parva of the great ancient Indian epic – The Mahabharata.
There are myriad ways to worship the Supreme power that governs the entire universe. And one of the simplest yet most powerful forms can be executed by the mere recitation of the mantras, strotras and shlokas with utmost devotion. The three most important deities in the Hindu pantheon are Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva) who represent creation, sustenance and destruction respectively.
Among them, Vishnu is hailed as the one who shields one and all. It is he who helps various forms of life thrive on the planet, and hence the significance. Out of the countless sacred verses dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Vishnu Sahasranam is the most significant.
Chanting a thousand names of Shri Hari Vishnu attracts goodness, bliss and peace and above all, his blessings. Regular chanting of the Vishnu Sahasranama or even listening to it daily helps devotees in maintaining good health.
Reciting the Vishnu Sahasranam rids people of the vicious cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Devotees of Sri Hari Vishnu yearn to attain Moksha (liberation).
Benefits of Sri Vishnu Sahasranam Japa:
- Helps minimizing evil combinations/affliction of planets as indicated in one’s birth chart. One can also heal through and overcome various curses and misfortunes.
- Obtain peace and relief in difficult situations. It is a universal remedy to pacify and empower all planets in one’s birth chart.
- Overcome difficult periods indicated in a person’s birth chart including:
- Dashas and antardashas of death inflicting planets(marak periods) and functionally malefic planets.
- Difficult transits of Rahu, Ketu or Saturn especially over Luminaries, that is, natal Sun and Moon.
- When transiting Jupiter moves through one’s 8th House.
- Weak and inauspicious Sun, Moon, Lagna(Ascendant) Lord as indicated in one’s birth chart.
- Incurable diseases, health problems, fear, anxiety and low state of confidence and self-esteem.
- Financial losses, conflicts and poor economic condition.
- Problems with progeny and any problem affecting children.
- Marital problems and conflicts.
- Ensuring success in exams, business ventures and other competition.
- Natural disasters or when one’s country/state is in a state of turmoil and distress.
- Spiritual progress and grace of Lord Vishnu.
- To fulfill any other desire or overcome any difficulty.