Friday, April 14, 2017

Narmada Sahasranamam Audio

At the request of Minal Mehta, a visitor to this blog, here is the audio of Sri Narmada Sahasranama Stotram. One cannot simply perceive Narmada as a body of water and nothing else; that is akin to perceiving ourselves as a conglomerate of body parts. She IS a vibrant, active Goddess and can be invoked wherever one resides. The same applies to all the sacred rivers and mountains. A river or mountain becomes sacred by the performance of penance there by sages and rishis. And Sri Adi Shankara Himself has meditated on the banks of the Narmada.
There’s a detailed story in Vishnu Puranam, involving a battle between Naagaas and Daanavaas wherein Sri Narmada Devi comes to the rescue of the Naagaas. The story ends with the statement that one who recites every day the couplet “Narmadaayai Nama Praathar Narmadaayai Namo Nishi: Namosthu Narmade Thubhyam Thraahi Maam Visha Sarpathaha”, will not be subject to poison from snakes OR poison from foods; and one needs no reminder of the unhealthy ingredients in the foods we consume nowadays. By the way, this couplet is part of everyday SandhyaaVandanam.
There’s a video somewhere in YouTube, wherein the guruji states that while one needs to take a bath in Ganga to get sins washed away, one needs only to see Narmada for the same. Adiyen, the humble servant here, has not been blessed with the opportunity to have Darshan of Sri Narmada. If you live in India, it is humbly suggested to consider this.
The Narmada Sahasranama Stotram presented here is somewhat difficult to pronounce in comparison to others; this is being stated so one is mentally prepared to be patient and slows down speed. The lyrics used is given in the link at the end, but as of this writing, there have been many typesetting errors there. The audio has corrected many of them. Audio quality though is NOT the greatest; hope it is excused. This is a long hymn. May Sri Narmada Devi bless us all !
And now the audio.  36 minutes 19 seconds long.
(Mobile Devices: Click Download then Play)

 NOTE: BECAUSE THIS IS A VERY LARGE FILE ABOUT 37 MEGABYTES, YOU WILL HAVE TO DOWNLOAD AND THEN LISTEN. On mobile devices and some computers, you may get the message -- This file is too large for Google to scan, download anyway? -- You will have to answer "YES" and then listen after download. On some computers, when you hit the play button, if nothing seems to happen, click the Download arrow at the top, click download anyway and then listen. Sorry for the inconvenience -- but this is a big file and praise to Sri Narmada Devi -- Her Grace is magnificent !

There are 3 errors in the audio:
Verse 38/Line 1: Audio should be "Aushadhi" not "Aushadha"
Verse 54/Line 2: Audio should be "Raakesha" not "Rokesha"
Verse 118/Line 2 should be "Shukha" not "Shooka".

Lyrics can be found at:

Om Sri Narmada Devi Namo Namaha !!

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