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Vishnu Shodasa Nama Stotram
[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 Sixteen 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,
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.
Prathar uthaaya ya padeth,
Sarva papa vinirmuktho,
Vishnu lokam samopnuyath.
As soon as one wakes up in the morning,
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.