Bheeshma Ekadasi is the birthday of Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam
During the Mahabharata War, the great Sri Bheeshmacharya, revealed the sacred Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Sthothram. The sthothram contains one thousand names of Lord Srimannarayana, with each name being very powerful and highly beneficial in obtaining the grace of the Lord. The names in this sthothram originated as a result of severe penances performed by sages in ancient times. The benefits of chanting this sthothram gets multiplied manifold when chanted collectively.
His Holiness Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji initiated “Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Virat Parayanam”, the mass chanting of Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Sthothram, on the auspicious occasion of Bheeshma Ekadasi. Since early 1990s, several hundred thousand devotees gather at various locations, to chant Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Sthothram and seek blessings of Lord Srimannarayana.
With mangalasasanams of His Holiness Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji JET California has been conducting virat parayanam of Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam for several years now.
Scientific analysis of benefits of chanting sri vishnu sahasranama
SIGNIFICANCE OF SRI VISHNU SAHASRANAMA VIRAT PARAYANAM
Chanting generates positive vibrational energy. The synchrony of mass chanting amplifies that energy multi fold, benefiting everyone involved. Thus, you can imagine what kind of massive positive energy is unleashed when you mass chant (Virat Parayanam) the most powerful names of Lord Vishnu.
Why do we do Virat Parayanam on Bheeshma Ekadasi day?
It is believed that on the Ekadasi day (11th Lunar day) after the Mahabharata War, the great scholar Bheeshma, revealed the sacred Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Sthothram to the Pandavas in the presence of Lord Krishna. Thus Bheeshma Ekadasi is celebrated as the birthday of Sri Vishnu Sahasranama sthothram. The sthothram consists of one thousand names of Lord Vishnu. Each name in this sthothram is a divine revelation of supreme qualities of the Lord as experienced by sages in their state of intense enlightenment. Therefore each name packs an enormous amount of divine energy. The benefits of chanting this sthothram gets multiplied manifold when chanted collectively.
Mass chanting since the 1990s
His Holiness Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji initiated mass chanting of the 1000 names of Lord Vishnu on the auspicious occasion of Bheeshma Ekadasi. Since then hundreds of thousands of devotees have been gathering at a single location to chant Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Sthothram collectively and to eliminate their sins and attain the grace of Lord Vishnu. On that note, with the mangalasasanams of His Holiness Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji, JET California is conducting “Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Virat Parayanam”, in the Bay Area for the second time. In 2018 JET California conducted Sri Vishnu Sahasranam Virat Parayanam with a gathering of about 1000 devotees across Bay Area and we hope to achieve similar gathering for this year.
Health and astrological benefits
Some scientific research shows that chanting of Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Sthothram also relieves stress and anxiety, regulates blood pressure and improves memory and focus. Many sages and scholars have firmly certified that Vishnu Sahasranamam chanting has astrological benefits as well, for all birthstars and zodiac signs, and bestows all round prosperity.