The story behind the Vishnu Mantra

In this post, let us understand the meaning of this powerful mantra and recite it.



shaanta-kaaram bhujaga-shayanam

padma-naabham suresham

vishwa-dhaaram gagana-sadrisham

megha-varanam shubhaangam.

lakshmi-kaantam kamala-nayanam


vande vishnum bhava-bhaya-haram


I sing acclaim to Lord Vishnu.

He who has the serene (shaanta-)

attitude and look (-kaaram).

He who dozes and rests (-shayanam)

on the serpents (bhujaga-).

He who has a lotus molded (padma-) navel (-naabham).

He who is the expert and master

of every last one of divine beings (suresham).

I go to the Lord Vishnu.

He who holds (-dhaaram) the

universe (vishwaa-) in his grasp.

He whose vision (-sadrasham) surpasses

past all the skies (gagana-).

He whose shade and appearance (-varanam) is

alterable as the mists (megha-).

What’s more he who is loaded with goodness (shubh-)

in each part (-aangam) of his physique.

I sing acclaim to the Lord Vishnu.

He who is the spouse (-kaantam)

of the goddess of riches (-lakshmi).

He whose eyes (-nayanam) are surreal

as a lotus blossom (kamala-).

What’s more he who yogis long to arrive at (-agamyam)

through contemplation (-dhyaana).

I sing acclaims (vande-) to the Lord Vishnu (-vishnum).

He who uproots (-haram) all our reasons for alarm (-bhaya)

because of our natural nature (-bhava).

What’s more he who is the expert (-naatham) of the

whole (-sarva) universe and creation (-lokaika).

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Let us all invoke the blessings of God Vishnu by chanting this mantra


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