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O Viṣṇu, Who purifies the three worlds, Whose feet is revered by the universe, Who is the Lord of the world, Who nourises the world, Who is Supreme among best of men, Who is known as Nārāyaṇa, Who is infallible, Who is Hari, Who is the slayer of Madhu and Kaiṭabha, and Who is the supreme Lord! Accept my salutations and shower blessings on me.
O Viṣṇu, Who is the only reason in this world, Who is indefinitely old, Who is the support of this world, Who has the mark of Śrīvatsa 1 on His chest, Who is Vibhu, Who is Madhusūdana, Who is Govinda, Vāmana and Janārdana, Who is all pervading, and Who is the supreme Lord! Accept my salutations and shower blessings on me.
O Viṣṇu, Who is immeasurably strong, Who is all pervading, Who is known as Vāsudeva, Who destroys the destroyer of demons (that is, Kāla), Who destroys fear, Who is shiny and complete, Who lives in Vaikuṇṭha, Who is known as Mādhava, Who holds the earth in her place, Who is enticing in appearance, and Who is the supreme Lord! Accept my salutations and shower blessings on me.
O Viṣṇu, Who is the consort of Lakṣmī, Who is the Lord of immortals, Who is the Lord of this universe, Who is the resting place of Māyā, Who is filled with benevolence, Who is known as Keśava, Who is the Lord, Who agglutinates happiness in our life, Who has eyes like lotus, Who is pure wisdom, and Who is the ruler of tongue and everything! I continuously bow to You.
Salutations to the all pervading Viṣṇu, Who is abode of infinite resplendance, Who is endless happiness for our soul and heart, and Who is representative of pure knowledge.
Now my birth has been successful, now my penance has been successful, when I am seeing You [in front of me], Who is difficult to be visualized even by demi-gods.
1 Once Bhṛgu, the mānasaputra (mind-born son) of Brahmā decided to examine who is greatest among Śiva, Viṣṇu, and Brahmā. Bhṛgu stormed into the residence of Brahmā to evoke anger in Him. Then Bhṛgu moved to the residence of Śiva and Śiva tried to embrace him. Bhṛgu turned down the offer saying that, ‘‘You should not touch me because Your whole body is smeared with dirty ash.’’ On the insult, Śiva decided to slay Bhṛgu but Pārvatī pacified Him. Bhṛgu further went to Vaikuṇṭha and slammed his foot on the chest of Viṣṇu. Viṣṇu immediately stood up and said, ‘‘Oh, when did you arrive? I did not even notice you! And when you slammed your foot on my tough chest, it must have gotten injured. Please have a seat so that I can comfort your feet.’’ Hearing these words, Bhṛgu was pleased by the quality-less infallible nature of Viṣṇu. Since then, the mark of Brahman-feet on the chest of Viṣṇu is called as Śrīvatsa mark. This story appears in Śrīmadbhāgavatapurāṇa.
Book: Kalyāṇa Janavarī 2005
Translator: Animesh Kumar
Submitter: Animesh Kumar
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