Friday, November 10, 2017

Purushottama Sahasranamam Audio

At the request of Shree Siddharth Achyuthan, a visitor to this blog, here is the audio for Purushottama Sahasranamam. This thousand name / qualities hymn was composed by Shree Vallabhacharya. The story goes that Shri Gopinathji, the elder son of Shri Vallabhacharya was so much attached to Bhagawatha Puranam that he would eat food only after reciting the entire Puranam every time; this resulted in his taking food only every so many days. Note that this happened when Shri Gopinathji was less than twenty five years old ! Concerned about this, the father composed this very hymn that extracts the thousand names and qualities from Srimad Bhagawatham and advised the son that simply reciting this would be tantamount to reciting the entire Puranam !!
Now, Srimad Bhagawatham is very very beautiful, but is comprised of 18,000 verses; Adiyen has recited but once. Imagine getting the same benefit by simply listening to or reciting the Purushottama Sahasranama Stotram in about 50 minutes !! That is how powerful this hymn is. It gets better. In the recitation here, there are 12 sections (Skandas). The proper procedure is to either listen (Shravana Vratam) or recite all the 12 sections at once – that will take 50 minutes; but if one does not have time or cannot do in one sitting, one can listen or recite at least one section (Skanda) in one sitting; the timings and start/stop times in the audio for each section (Skanda) are given below; some are less than 3 minutes long !! It is felt that everyone can afford to commit such short times for the glory of Sri Vishnu; and if one listens to 3 Skandas per day, in 4 days the whole vratam is completed !! If this is not possible, even listening to a couple of lines is better than nothing at all.

Thanks to Shree Siddharth Achyuthan for exposing this treatise. If anyone would like to add to the general knowledge of this stotram, please do so in the comments for the common good of all.
Points in the Audio for each section.

Section 1: 0 min. point to 5:12 min. point : 5.12 minutes
Section 2: 5:12 min. point to 6:19 min. point : 1:12 minutes

Section 3: 6:19 min. point to 9:58 min. point : 3.65 minutes
Section 4: 9:58 min. point to 13:22 min. point : 3.4 minutes

Section 5: 13:22 min. point to 17:14 min. point : 3.87 minutes

Section 6: 17:14 min. point to 19:45 min. point : 2.52 minutes

Section 7: 19:45 min. point to 22:05 min. point : 2.33 minutes
Section 8: 22:05 min. point to 25:53 min. point : 3.8 minutes

Section 9: 25:53 min. point to 29:25 min. point : 3.53 minutes
The following Section 10 ONLY has two parts 10A and 10B and should be listened together.

Section 10A: 29:25 min. point to 39:13 min. point : 9.8 minutes
Section 10B: 39:13 min. point to 45:19 min. point : 6.1 minutes

Section 11: 45:19 min. point to 46:42 min. point : 1.38 minutes
Section 12: 46:42 min. point to 50:01 min. point : 3.32 minutes

This is a long hymn: 46 MB
And now the audio: About 50 minutes long.

( Mobile devices: click download; then play.)

NOTE: BECAUSE THIS IS A VERY LARGE FILE ABOUT 46 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 Lord Vishnu -- His Grace is magnificent !

The Sanskrit lyrics can be found at :

Om Namo Bhagawathe Vaasudevaaya !