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12 names of Vishnu (Visnu) from Mahabharata


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Śrīkṛṣṇa spoke: O Arjuna! Are you aware of those names from sahasranāma stotra (1000 names panegyric) on knowing which a man liberates various sins.[1] One should know and remember (them as follows): First is Hari and second is Keśava. Third is Padmanābha and fourth is Vāmana.[2]

Fifth is Vedagarbha and sixth is Madhusūdana. Seventh is Vāsudeva and eighth is Varāha.[3] Ninth is Puṇḍarīkākṣa and tenth is indeed Janārdana. One should know eleventh is Kṛṣṇa and twelfth is Śrīdhara.[4]

Understand that these twelve names are spoken by Viṣṇu. He who reads these twelve names every morning and evening, listen the puṇyaphala (fruits of virtue) that becomes of him.[5] He attains the puṇya of a thousand Cāndrāyaṇa, a hundred kanyādāna, and a thousand aśvamedha without any doubt.[6]

Especially on Amāyā Pūrṇimā and on Dvādaśī, he who reads these names at morning liberates all the conglomerate of sins.[7]


Poet: Kṛṣṇa

Book: Mahābhārataḥ

Translator: Animesh Kumar

Submitter: Animesh Kumar


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