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.