HINDU GODS

September 17, 2009

Vishnu Shodas Nama Sthothram



Vishnu Shodasa Nama Sthothram
(The prayer of sixteen names of Vishnu)
Translated
By
P.R.Ramachander

This is one of the prayers to be addressed to Lord Vishnu as soon as you wake up. It lists the twelve names of Lord Vishnu.

Oushade Chinthaye Vishnum,
Bhojane cha Janardhanam,
Sayane Padmanabham cha,
Vivahe cha Prajapathim.
Yuddhe Chakradharam devam,
Pravase cha Trivikramam,
Narayanam Thanu thyage,
Sreedharam priya sangame,
Duswapne smara , Govindam,
Sankate Madhu soodhanam,
Kanane Narasimham cha,
Pavake Jalasayinam,
Jalamadhye Varaham cha,
Parvathe Raghu nandanam,
Gamane Vamanam Chaiva ,
Sarva Karyeshu Madhavam.

Think him as Vishnu - while taking medicine,
As Janardhana while eating food,
As Padmanabha while in bed,
As Prajapathi at time of marriage,
As Chakra dhara while engaged in war,
As Trivikrama while on travel,
As Narayana on death bed,
As Sreedhara while meeting with the beloved,
As Govinda while tossing with bad dreams,
As Madhu sudhana while in trouble,
As Narasimha while in the forest,
As Jala Sayina while fire is ravaging,
As Varaha while struggling in water,
As Raghu nandana while lost in a mountain,
As Vamana while on the move,
And as Madhava while doing everything.

Shodasaithani Naamani,
Prathar uthaaya ya padeth,
Sarva papa vinirmuktho,
Vishnu lokam samopnuyath.

As soon as one wakes up in the morn,
If these sixteen names are read,
He would be bereft of all sins,
And reach the world of Vishnu at the end.

1-Vishnu --- He who is spread everywhere
2-Janardhana – He who punishes evil people
3-Padhmanabha – He who has a lotus in his belly button
4-Prajapathi – He who is the chief of people
5-Chakradhara- He who is armed with the holy wheel
6-Trivikrama- He who measured all the worlds in three steps
7-Narayana- He who resides in all things he creates
8-Sreedhara- He who carries Goddess of Wealth in his chest
9-Govinda- He who can be attained by Vedas
10-Madhu Soodhana-He who killed the ogre called Madhu
11-Naarasimha- He who took the shape of half lion, half human
12-Jalasayina- He who sleeps on water
13-Varaha- He who took the shape of the holy boar
14-Raghu Nandana- The darling of the clan of Raghu
15-Vaamana- He who took the shape of a dwarf
16-Madhava-He who is Lord of everything

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