Vishnu Sahasranama (Sanskrit: विष्णुसहस्रनाम, Viṣṇusahasranama), is a record of 1,000 names (sahasranama) of Vishnu, one of the most important deities in Hinduism and also the ultimate God at Vaishnavism. It is also perhaps one of the most sacred and favorite stotras in Hinduism. The Vishnu-Sahasranama as found from the Anushasana Parva[1 ) ] of the Mahabharata is the most popular version of these 1000 names of Vishnu. Other variations exists at the Padma Purana, Skanda Purana and Garuda Purana. There is also a Sikh version of the Vishnu Sahasranama, found from the text Sundar Gutka. Each name eulogizes one of his true innumerable fantastic attributes.
The Vishnu-Sahasranama has become the topic of numerous commentaries. Adi Shankara composed a definitive commentary on the sahasranāma from the 8th century that was particularly influential for many schools of Hinduism even now. Parasara Bhattar, a follower of Ramanuja, composed a comment at the 12th century, also detailing the names of vishnu sahasranamam stotram lyrics pdf download from a Vishishtadvaita view, at the book titled Bhagavath Guna Dharpanam (or Bhagavad Guna Dharpana, meaning agreeing of their Lord’s qualities). Madhvacharya asserted that every name at the sahasranama features a minimum of 100 significance.
According to the 135 th chapter of Anushasanaparva in the epic Mahabharata, the titles were passed down to Yudhishthira by the famed warrior Bhishma that had been on his deathbed (of arrows) in the battle of Kurukshetra.
Bhishma replies by stating that mankind will be free of all sorrows by rapping the”Vishnusahasranāma”, which would be the thousand names of the all-pervading Supreme Being Vishnu, who is the master of all the worlds, the ultimate light, the essence of the universe and who is Brahman. All matter animate and inanimate reside in himand he turn resides within each of matter.