It is a sacred text for the Hindu worshippers of the Goddess Lalita Devi , who considered to be a manifestation of the Divine Mother Shakti , and the text is therefore used in the worship of Durga , Parvati , Kali , Lakshmi , Saraswati , Bhagavati , etc. A principal text of Shakti worshipers , it names the goddess's various attributes in the form of names organized in a hymn. This sahasranama is used in various modes for the worship of the Divine Mother like parayana recitations , archana , and homa. The names are organized as hymns, or stotras , but are often broken into mantras to represent all names. Therefore the Sahasranama can be chanted in stotra form, or namavali form.
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Lalitopakhyana: The story of the Goddess Lalita. Introduction This stotra hymn which praises occurs in Brahmanda purana Old epic of the universe in the Chapter on discussion between Hayagreeva and Agasthya. Hayagreeva is an incarnation of Vishnu with the horse head and is believed to be the storehouse of knowledge. Agasthya is one of the great sages of yore who is one of the stars of the constellation great bear.
At his request Hayagreeva taught him the most holy names of Lalitha. Parama shiva is one of the trinity of Hindu pantheons who is in charge of destruction. He married Sathi, the daughter of Daksha. Daksha and Paramashiva were not getting on well and consequently he did not invite Paramashiva for one of the great fire sacrifices that he conducted. Daksha insulted her husband and she jumped in to the fire and ended her life. However this incident of his most loveing wife Sati upset Paramashiva and he entered into deep meditation.
Sathi took rebirth as the daughter of the mountain Parvathy Himalayas and started doing penance on Shiva for getting him as her husband. The devas faced a very great enemy in Sura Padma who had a boon that he could be killed only by a son of Shiva and Parvathy. So to wake Shiva from his deep meditation the devas deputed Manmatha, the God of love who shot his flower arrows at Paramashiva.
Paramashiva woke up and opened his third eye and burnt the God of love into ashes. Heeding for their request Paramashiva stared at the ashes of Manmatha.
From the ashes came Bhandasura Who made all the world as impotent and ruled from the city called Shonitha pura. He started troubling the devas. The devas then sought the advice of Sage Narada who advised them to conduct a fire sacrifice. From the fire rose Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari. She was extremely beautiful, having dark thick long hair with scent of Champaka, Asoka and Punnaga flowers, having the musk thilaka on her forehead, Having eyelids which appeared as if it is the gate of the house of God of love ,having eyes which were like fish playing in the beauteous lake of her face, Having nose with studs which shined more than the stars, Having ears with sun and moon as studs, having cheeks which were like mirror of Padmaraga, Having beautiful rows of white teeth, Chewing Thamboola with camphor, having voice sweeter than the sound emanating from Veena of Sarswathi, Having such a beautiful smile that Lord Shiva himself could not take his eyes off, Wearing Mangala soothra and necklaces with beautiful shining dollars, Having breasts which were capable of buying the invaluable love of Kameswara Lord Shiva , having row of faint beautiful hair raising from her belly, having stomach with three pretty folds, wearing red silk tied with a string with red bells.
Having thighs which steal the heart of Shiva Kameshwara, Having knees which looked like crowns made of precious gems, having voluptuous legs, having upper part of the feet resembling the back of tortoise, Having feet which resembled the lamps made of gems which could dispel worries from the mind of devotees and a body with the golden red colour.
Sree nagara had 25 streets circling it. They are made of iron, steel, copper, lead, alloy made of five metals, silver, gold, the white Pushpa raga stone, the red Padmaraga stone. Onyx, diamond, Vaidoorya, Indra neela topaz , pearl, Marakatha, coral, nine gems and mixture of gems and precious stones. In the eighth street was the forest of Kadambas. This is presided by Syamala. In the fifteenth street live the Ashta Digh palakas.
In the sixteenth lives Varahi alias Dandini who is her commander in chief. Here Syamala also has a house. In the seventeenth street live the different Yoginis. In the eighteenth street lives Maha Vishnu. In the nineteenth street lives Esana, in the twentieth Thara Devi, twenty first Varuni , the twenty second Kurukulla who presides over the fort of pride, twenty third Marthanda Bhairawa, twenty fourth the moon and twenty fifth Manmatha presiding over the forest of love.
In the center of Srinagara is the Maha Padma Vana The great lotus forest and within it the Chintamani Griha The house of holy thought ,In its north east is the Chid agni kunda and on both sides of its eastern gate are the houses of Manthrini and Dhandini. On its four gates stand the Chaduramnaya gods for watch and ward. And within it is the Sri chakra. In the Sri Chakra are the following decorations viz. The devas prayed her to kill Bhandasura. While Sampatkari devi was the captain of the elephant regiment, Aswarooda devi was the captain of the cavalry.
The army was commanded by Dhandini riding on the Charriot called Giri Chakra assisted by Manthrini riding on the chariot called Geya Chakra. Jwala malini protected the army by creating a fire ring around it. ParaShakthi rode in the center on the chariot of Sri Chakra.
When the Asuras created blockade for the marching army, Sri Lalitha Tripura sundari created Ganesha with the help of Kameshwara to remove the blockade. The Devi created the ten avatars of Vishnu and destroyed them. She killed all his army using Pasupathastra and killed him with Kameshwarasthra. The gods then praised her. She then recreated Manmatha for the good of the world. This story is contained in the first 84 names of the first 34 slokas of Lalitha Sahasra nama.
This is also called the Rahasya Nama Sahasra the thousand secret names. Reading it , meditating on the meaning of the names would lead to the fulfillment of all the wishes of the devotees.
Sindhuraruna vigraham trinayanam manikya mouli spurath Thara Nayaga sekaram smitha mukhi mapina vakshoruham, Panibhayam alipoorna ratna chashakam rakthothpalam vibhrathim, Soumyam ratna gatastha raktha charanam, dhyayeth paramambikam. Meditate on that Ambika, Who has a body of the colour of saffron, Who has the three graceful eyes, Who has a jeweled crown , Adorned by the moon, Who always has a captivating smile, Who has high and firm breasts, Who has wine filled cup made of precious stones, And reddish flowers in her hands, Who forever is the ocean of peace, And who keeps her red holy feet.
On a jeweled platform. Arunam Karuna thrangitakshim dhrutha —pasangusa-pushpabana-chapam, Animadhibhi-ravrutham mayukai —raha mityeva vibhavaye Bhavanim.
I imagine of my goddess Bhavani, Who has a colour of the rising sun. Dyayeth padmasanastham vikasitha vadanam padma pathrayathakshim, Hemabham peethavasthram karakalitha-lasadhema padmam varangim, Sarvalangara yuktham sathatham abhayadam bhaktha namram bhavanim.
Srividyam santhamuthim sakala suranutham sarva sampat pradhatrim. Meditate I do, On her who sits on a lotus, On her who has a smiling face, On her who has long eyes like the lotus leaf, On her who glitters like gold, On her who wears red cloths, On her who has a golden lotus in her hand, On her who grants all desires, On her who is dressed with perfection, On her who gives protection, On her who has soft heart to her devotees, On her who is Sri vidya , On her who is forever peaceful, On her who is worshipped by gods, And on her who gives all wealth.
Sakumkumalepana —malikachumbi-Kasthurikam, Samanda hasithekshanam sashra chapa pasangusam, Asesha jana mohinim —maruna malya bhoosham bara, Japa-kusuma-basuram japa vidhou smarathembikam. Meditate on her, Who applies saffron on her body, Who applies musk attracted by bees on her, Who has a beautiful smile, Who has with her bows, arrows and Pasangusa, Who attracts all the souls, Who wears red garland, Who wears ornaments great, And who is of the colour of the red hibiscus.
Kanditha, Gayathri, …. So it is not recited along with the thousand names of Lalitha. It is as per the desire of a devotee that I am translating this great work, which occurs in Markandeya Purana, it is taught by Sage Markandeya to sage Agasthya. Nama sahasram khaditham they ghatothbhava, Rahasyaanam rahasyam cha Lalitha preethi dayakam, Aanena sadrusam stotram na bhootham na bhavishyathi.
These names which were told, Oh Agasthya, Are secret of the secrets and are very dear to Lalitha. This type of prayer has never existed in the past or will exist in future. Sarva roga prasamanam sarva sampath pravardhanam, Sarvaapath mruthyu shamanam akala mruthyu nivaranam. This cures all diseases and gives rise to all types of wealth, It cures all accidental deaths and is an antidote to untimely death. Sarva jwararthi hananam deergayushya pradhayakam, Puthra pradhama puthraanaam purushartha pradhayakam.
It is a cure for all types of fever, and gives rise to long life, It gives son that too first son and gives three types of wealth. Yidham visesharidevya sthothram preethi vidhatakam, Japen nityam prayathnena lalithopasthi thath para.
This special prayer of goddess to with an aim to please her, Should be chanted daily after worshipping of Lalitha. Pratha snathwa vidhathena sandhya karma samapya cha, Pooja gruhe thatho gathwa chakra rajam samarchayeth 5.
Take bath in the morning, finish the oblations of the dawn, Go to the prayer room and first worship the Sree Chakra. Vidhyam japeth sahasram vaa trishtatha shathameva cha, Rahasya naama saahasra midham paschad paden nara. Chant the Sri Vidya mantra either times or times, And then these secret thousand names should be read. Janama madhye sakruchapi ya yevam padathe sudhee, Thasya punya phalam vakshye srunu thwam Kumbha Sambhava. Oh, Sage born out of the pot, please hear the results, Of reading these in the middle of life by devotees.
Gangadhi sarva theertheshu ya snayath koti janmasu, Koti linga prathishtam thu ya kuryadh vimukthake. Ya kotim hayamedhanaa maharedh gaangarodhasee, Achareth koopa kotiyom nirjare maru bhoothale.
Durbhikshe ya prathi dhinam koti brahmana bhojanam, Sradhaya parayaa kuryath sahasra parivathsaraan. The devotee would get the effect of taking bath in sacred rivers like Ganga, Or One crore times and also the same effect as consecrating one crore lingas. Or One crore times giving in Kurukshetra on Sundays giving, One crore gold ornaments to the twice born who has learned Vedas, Or doing one crore Aswa medha yagas in the shores of the Ganges Or digging one crore wells with water in the deserts, Or feeding one crore Brahmins daily during the famine, Or doing with great attention train one thousand children.
Thath punyam koti gunitham labhyeth punyamanuthamam, Rahasya nama saahasre namno apyekasya keerthanaath, One crore times the good effect of doing all these matchless blessings, Would be got even by chanting one name out of the one thousand secret names. Rahasya nama saahasre namaikaapi ya padeth, Thasya paapani nasyanthi mahanthyaapi na samsaya.
Even if one name among the thousand secret names is read, All the sins committed by him would be destroyed without doubt. Nithya karmanushtaana nishidhakaranadhapi, Yath paapam jayathe pumsam thath sarva nasyathi drutham. Even the sin caused by very bad act of not doing the daily sacred routines, Would go away and all the sins would be destroyed speedily. Bahunathra kimukthena srunu thwam kalasi sutha, Aathraika namne yaa shakthi pathakaanaam nivarthathe, Thannivarthya magham karthum naalam loka schadurdasa.
Oh sage Agasthya, please hear from me how most people would get free, By chanting according to their capability for getting rid of sins, For these, without any doubt would remove sins committed in the fourteen lokas,.
Yasthyakthwa nama sahasaram papa hani mabhhepsathi, Sa hi seethe nivrthyartha hima shailam nishevathe.
Those who are desirous of getting rid of their sins, If they hate to chant the thousand names, It is like going too Himalayas to get rid of cold. Bhaktho ya keerthyen nithya midham nama sahasrakam, Thasmai sri lalitha devi preethabheeshtam prayachathi. Devotees who daily sing these thousand names, Would be blessed by Lalitha Devi by fulfilling their wishes.
Nithyam keerthanashaktha keerthayeth punya vasare, Samkrathou vishuve chaiva swajanma thrithayeyane. People who cannot sing it daily should chant it on special occasions, Viz first of every month, first of the new year and the three birthdays. Navamyaam vaa chathurdasyam sithaayaam shukravasare, Keerthyen nama sahasram pournamasyaam viseshatha. On Navami or on Chathurdasi or Fridays of the waxing moon, And on the full moon day singing this is very special. Pournamasyam chandra Bhimbhe dhyathwa sri lalithaambikaam, Panchopacharai sampoojya paden nama sahasrakam.
Benefits of chanting Lalitha Sahasranam (1000 powerful names of goddess)
Translated by P. The phala sruti of the Lalitha Sahasranama is considered to be a seperate stotra from the Sahasranama unlike in the Vishnu Sahasranama where the phala sruti is a part of the stotra. These names which were told, Oh Agasthya, Are secret of the secrets and are very dear to Lalitha. This type of prayer has never existed in the past or will exist in future. This cures all diseases and gives rise to all types of wealth, It cures all accidental deaths and is an antidote to untimely death. It is a cure for all types of fever, and gives rise to long life, It gives son that too first son and gives three types of wealth.
Lalitha Sahasranamam Phala Sruthi Lyrics
Lalitha Sahasranamam names of devi is a secret and very sacred text or mantra in Hindu religion. This mantra has been revealed to mankind through the discussion between lord Hayagriva and the great saga Agasthya. It is very popular and many of us recite it on a daily basis or at least on Friday. Unlike Vishnu sahasranama, where phala sruthi is the part of the stotra, in the case of Laitha Sahasranama, phala sruthi is the next chapter and separate from it. So it is not recited along with the thousand names of Lalitha.