Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam - SLOKA 108 - VanamAlI


SrI vishNu sahasra nAmam: `vanamAlI gadI SAr'ngI'

vanamAlI gadI SAr'ngI Sa'nkhI cakrI ca nandakI |
SrImAn nArAyaNo vishNuh vAsudevo'bhirakshatu ||

This Slokam is not found in the Critical Edition we referred to in the posting on `sarva praharaNAyudhaH'. However, many people chant this as a result of their traditional training. SrI BhaTTar has not included it in his vishNu sahasra nAma bhAshyam. However, Prof. Srinivasa Raghavan has added the meaning in English, after noting that it is not found in the mahAbhArata and is not commented by SrI BhaTTar. SrI rAdhAkRshNa SAstri also makes the same comment, and has given the meaning in tamizh. The meaning in English is given below:

"SrIman nArAyaNa is adorned by the garland by name vanamAlA, and is armed with the Mace, SAr'nga � the bow, the Conch, the Discus and the sword by name nandaka. He is vishNu (all-pervasive), and vAsudeva (Who resides in all and in Whom all reside). May that vAsudeva protect us all".

After I posted the above brief write-up for the above Sloka, I received the comment that this Slokam is considered to contain the essence of SrI vishNu gAyatrI, by an author by name Nallan Chakravarti Raghunathacharyulu in his telugu translation of SrI BhaTTar's bhAshyam published by Mudra Offset Printers, Vijayawada (2002 edition). The comment was also made that this interpretation is consistent with the traditional way of concluding invocations on many deities with the gAyatrI mantra for the deity, and so this Sloka can be interpreted to be a fitting conclusion for the vishNu sahasra nAma stotram. However, it is to be noted that the Sloka is not part of SrI vishNU sahasranAma as found in the Critical Edition referred to earlier. It is also to be noted that SrI Sankara, SrI BhaTTar, SrI raghunAtha tIrtha, and the other vyAkhyAna kartA-s whose works have been used as referenced through this write-up, have not commented on this Sloka, which is consistent with the view that this Slokam is not part of the SrI vishNu sahasra nAma stotram as found in the mahAbhArata. On the other hand, there is nothing wrong in chanting any Sloka on SrIman nArAyaNa with faith, including chanting the Sloka with the faith that it is the essence of the gAyatrI chanting His nAma-s with devotion and faith will confer all the benefits to be described in the rest of this phala Sruti write-up.

-dAsan kRshNamAcAryan