Names of Lord Vishnu in Vishnu Sahasranama
Vishnu Sahasranama is a list of 1000 names of Lord Vishnu. The names are written in the form of 108 shlokas. Vishnu Sahasranama is also considered to be the most popular and sacred stotras in Hindu mythology. In Sanskrit language, ‘sahasra’ means thousand and ‘nama’ means name. Sahasranama is a kind of songs for praising; it is also considered to be a devotional literature. Vishnu Sahasranama in the Anushasana Parva of Mahabharata is the most popular version of names of Lord Vishnu. There are some other versions of the names of Lord Vishnu and they are Padma Purana, Skanda Purana and Garuda Purana etc. Vishnu Sahasranama deals with two attributes of Lord Vishnu and they are work and jnana-yajna (offering of knowledge).
Popular Names of Lord Vishnu
Among 1000 names some of the most popular names of Lord Vishnu are Anish, Tharun, Vishant, Vishvam, Vishnuh, Vashatkaarah, Narayan, Narada, Bhoota-Bhavya-Bhavat-Prabhu, Bhoota-Krit, Bhoota-Bhrit, Bhaavo, Rangrajan, Bhootaatmaa, Bhoota-Bhaavanah, Krishno, Maadhavah, Anuttamah, Achyutah, Amritah, Vedah, Govindah, Amrityuh, Satyah, Shreemaan etc.
Chronology of Vishnu Sahasranama
Vishnu Sahasranama is not found in early Samhita manuscripts, rather it is found in medieval and later versions of various Samhitas. One of the significant works of Vishnu Sahasranama was done by the sub-school of Ramanuja; Vishnu Sahasra-namam Bhasya was done by Parasara Bhattar during 12th century.
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