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                               Vishnu Shodasa Nama Sthothram

                                     (The prayer of sixteen names of Vishnu)

                                                     Translated

                                                             By

                                                P.R.Ramachander

 

      This is one of the prayers to be addressed to Lord Vishnu as soon as you wake up. It lists the twelve names of Lord Vishnu.

 

Oushade Chinthaye Vishnum,

Bhojane cha Janardhanam,

Sayane Padmanabham cha,

Vivahe cha Prajapathim.

Yuddhe Chakradharam devam,

Pravase cha Trivikramam,

Narayanam Thanu thyage,

Sreedharam  priya sangame,

Duswapne smara , Govindam,

Sankate Madhu soodhanam,

Kanane Narasimham cha,

Pavake Jalasayinam,

Jalamadhye Varaham cha,

Parvathe Raghu nandanam,

Gamane Vamanam Chaiva ,

Sarva Karyeshu Madhavam.

 

Think him as Vishnu* while taking medicine,

As Janardhana while eating  food,

As Padmanabha while in bed,

As Prajapathi at time of  marriage,

As Chakra dhara while engaged in war,

As Trivikrama while on travel,

As Narayana on death bed,

As Sreedhara while meeting with the beloved,

As Govinda while tossing with bad dreams,

As Madhu sudhana while in trouble,

As Narasimha while in the forest,

As Jala Sayina while fire is ravaging,

As Varaha while struggling in water,

As Raghu nandana while lost in a mountain,

As Vamana while on the move,

And as Madhava while doing everything.

 

Shodasaithani Naamani,

Prathar uthaaya ya padeth,

Sarva papa vinirmuktho,

Vishnu lokam samopnuyath.

 

As soon as one wakes up in the morn,

If these sixteen names are read,

He would be bereft of all sins,

And reach the world of Vishnu at the end.

 

Vishnu  --- He who is spread everywhere

Janardhana – He who punishes evil people

Padhmanabha – He who has a lotus in his belly button

Prajapathi – He who is the chief of people

Chakradhara- He who is armed with the holy wheel

Trivikrama- He who measured all the worlds in three steps

Narayana-   He who resides in all things he creates

Sreedhara- He who carries Goddess of Wealth in his chest

Govinda- He who can be attained by Vedas

Madhu Soodhana-He who killed the ogre called Madhu

Naarasimha- He who took the shape of half lion, half human

Jalasayina- He who sleeps on water

Varaha- He who took the shape of the holy boar

Raghu Nandana- The darling of the clan of Raghu

Vaamana- He who took the shape of a dwarf

Madhava-He who is Lord of everything

 

 



* The meanings in English of the names mentioned in this verse are given at the end