Jai Srimannarayana! With mangalasasanams of HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji, JET California celebrated Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Parayanam with more than 380 people attending from various parts of the Bay Area
Significance of 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.
Learn Vishnu Sahasranama Sthothram
There are several ways you can follow and learn Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Sthothram. Download the "Acharya" app on your Android/iPhone.
or, open the PDF of the Sthothram in the language of your choice
Some interesting statistics from the event
380 devotees checked in on the day of the event
3x times the Sthothram was chanted