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414. Vishnu Sahasranama

In Mahabharatha, Bheeshma Pitamaha was defeated and grievously wounded by Arjuna. But since he could choose the time of his death as per the boons received by him, he chose to die in Uttarayana and was waiting for the auspicious time. Meanwhile the war was over leading to death of all those male members in his family except the Pancha Pandavas and the unborn child of Abhimanyu.  Yudishtra the eldest of the Pandavas became the King of Hasthinapura and whom else would he go for advise other than Bheeshma the great. Anushasanika Parva is in the form of questions and answers between Yudishtra and Bheeshma Pitamaha.To a question as to what is the best possible sthothra, Bheeshma answers that it is the Vishnu Sahasra Nama and teaches it to Yudishtra.

Vishnu Sahasranama is the list of one thousand names of Lord Vishnu. This is a very popular chant in Hinduism dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the protector of the Hindu trinity. It helps in overcoming the negative astrological effects including doshas that ensue from the poor positioning of the planets in one’s birth chart. Vishnu Sahasranamam can also overcome different kinds of bad luck and curses. Chanting Vishnu Sahasranamam regularly can help invite fortune and good luck inside the household. You can attain your personal and professional goals realized leading to a happy and contented life. It also helps overcome financial losses and poor economic condition.

Chanting Vishnu Sahasranamam on a daily basis can significantly relax the mind and free it from unwanted worries and distracting thoughts. Thus, the mind in capacitated to focus on the positive aspects and learn efficiently. The 1000 different names of Lord Vishnu have great power if chanted with a pure heart. The ultimate benefit of chanting the Vishnu Sahasranama is that it moves a devotee closer to the possibility of gaining salvation or Moksha in the afterlife.



254. Anantha vratha


Anantha Vratha is observed on the Chadurthasi day, Shukla Paksha, Badrapada masa.  This pooja is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Anantha sayana form on the serpent bed of Aadisesha. He reclines  relaxedly and creates Brahma from his navel and srushti began in the world through Brahma.

Anantha means endless. To get endless happiness and peace this pooja is performed by married couple. Normally this vrata is observed for 14 consecutive years.   According to Purana, Krishna advised Yudhishtra to perform pooja for 14 years during their vanavasa to get back their lost kingdom. A legend says that King Harichandra performed this pooja to get relief from sorrows. As per another legend, Nala-Dhamayanthi performed this pooja to get back everything they lost.

Some people keep kalasa and do pooja. Others can keep a photo of Anantha Padmanabha swamy and perform pooja. We have to keep Anantha Dhara in front of God and do pooja to that also. This dhara contains 14 strands. In pooja shops, Anantha dhara for men and women(red colour sacred thread) is available.  While doing pooja 14 dharbas are offered to God. The neivedhyam normally prepared are wheat payasa and wheat dosa. Vishnu Sahasranama, Purusha Sooktham and Vishnu Sooktham are to be recited.

An important point is tying the red sacred thread after pooja. For men, the dhara is tied on the right arm and for women, on the right wrist.

Happy Anantha vratha.