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SREE LALITHA SAHASRANAMA (Sanskrit)
- Lalitha Sahasranama Sthothram
The Lalitha Sahasranama, a Sanskrit hymn imparted by Hayagriva in the Brahmanda Purana, was
composed in praise of the Goddess Lalitha Ambika (The Playful One) worshipped as the Universal
Spiritual Energy (Sakti). It consists of three chapters - an introduction, the thousand names
(Sahasranama) and the panegyric of accruing benefits.
Ambika manifested herself as a beautiful lovely figure in the centre of a great Cakra which arose
from a sacrificial fire. She embodied the spirit of The Trinity - Brahma, Visnu, Siva. She married Siva
in the lovely form of Kamesvara and thus become Kamesvari. She killed the demon Bhanda and
settled in Srinagara, the city built by Vishvakarma and Maya on the peaks of Mount Meru. The
Sricakra is, besides other things, a diagram of the Goddess and her capital Sripura.
The Puranas and Tantras through their narratives tried to create an experience of an Adorable
Being and man’s intimate relationship with that Being. Lalithambika is one of the finest products of
this line of thinking.
She is the quintessence of spiritual sublimity and power. She is the Universal Spiritual energy, one
with the Supreme Being and can be contemplated upon and worshipped in Herself.
The Lalitha Sahasranama is a work of great poetry. Greater still is its religious content. It stresses
both the transcendent and immanent nature of Lalitha and is pervaded by Vedantic thought. The
predominant influence is of Tantric philosophy and Sadhana. The three pillars of Tantric teaching -
the Pancadasi mantra, the Kundalini Yoga and the Sricakra are prominent.
It is said that one who recites the Sahasranama out of pure devotion to the Divine Mother will attain
the knowledge of the Brahman and release from Samsara.
Sanskrit chants & hymns - Lalitha Sahasranama