The list of the thousand names of Lord Vishnu is referred to as Vishnu Sahasranaam (wherein ‘Sahasra’ means thousand and ‘naam’ means name). This list of names is a part of the great ancient Hindu epic – The Mahabharata.
According to Hinduism, the Universe is governed by a trinity of three Gods. Lord Vishnu is one of the trinity deities. Brahma is the Creator, Vishnu is the Preserver and Shiva is the Destroyer. Vishnu is an aspect of Supreme Love. He sustains the Universe through His Love and Compassion and nurtures it with His Grace. His blessings on His devotees can transform their lives to that of a Divine kind. The compassionate Lord Vishnu unconditionally loves His devotees and never fails to answer their calls for help and support. He knows what are the material and spiritual needs of His devotees and grants them what they deserve. His devotees worship Him in many ways.
One of the ways to worship and obtain the Grace of Lord Vishnu is by chanting Sri Vishnu Sahasranaam i.e the thousand names of Lord Vishnu. These thousand names are in Sanskrit which is a Divine language. Chanting the thousand names of Sri Vishnu attracts goodness, bliss and peace and above all, His blessings. When you start chanting, you immediately start generating subtle Divine energy that can be felt within. This energy stimulates the tiniest cells of the body and boosts our concentration power. Even if you chant the Vishnu Sahasranaam without knowing the meaning of all the names it can still be beneficial. Listening to the Vishnu Sahasranaam can help one attain all goals and missions. Meditation is also an important step in this process. Most people believe that chanting it daily can have innumerable benefits.
Many people are victims of occult attacks done on them by their enemies. Vishnu Sahasranaam can help overcome these dark, occult attacks and dispel curses and evil energies targeted on them. Often people suffer due to karmic consequences of their past births. The bad effects of this karma can be overcome and one can alter the poor positioning of the planets in one’s birth chart. Regular chanting of the Vishnu Sahasranaam can bring good luck and fortune to the household. It helps overcome financial difficulties and poor economic conditions.
Daily chanting of Vishnu Sahasranaam works wonders for your mind. Your concentration increases and you get immense relief from stress. It also helps to focus on positive things as it fills the mind with positive things. Vishnu Sahasranaam gives you self-confidence to face the challenges of life and helps pursue goals in a focused manner. It not only removes your worries but also can help absolve you of your sins. It can help one move towards the path of righteousness.
Chanting the Vishnu Sahasranaam can help cure many diseases. It also prevents fear, tension, stress and low self-esteem. It reduces quarrels among family members and brings a peaceful atmosphere inside the house. Some believe that it can also help cure infertility and bless families with children. It also protects the children of the family.
The ultimate benefit of chanting the Vishnu Sahasranaam is that it moves a devotee closer to the possibility of gaining salvation or Moksha in the after-life. Vishnu Sahasranaam when chanted is believed to create a protective kavach (shield) around the chanter’s soul, body and mind. This protects the chanter from the evil intentions of enemies or bad wishers.
How to chant Vishnu Sahasranaam
Place a picture of Lord Vishnu on the altar. Pray to Him and offer Him flowers, sweets/fruits and light a diya (oil-lamp) along with incense. After this, you can read the Vishnu Sahasranaam from a book or play the chant in the link provided below. The whole process should not take more than 40 minutes. After you are done with the chanting, eat the consecrated sweets/fruits and also give it to your near and dear ones. This is a very simple way to worship Lord Vishnu. May His Grace descend upon you and your family!