Sri Hari Namashtakam

sri Maha Vishnu

Vande Vishnum bhava bhaya haram sarva lokaika naadham

Guidelines for pronunciation are in the footnotes


shree harinamaashtakam

shree kesvaachyutha mukunda radhaangapaane
govinda maadhava janaardhana daanavare
naaraayanaamaravathe thrijagannivaasa
jihve japethi sathatham madhuraaksharaani

shree devadeva madhusuudhana shaarangapane
daamodaraardhava nikethana kaitabhaare
visvambharaabharana bhuushitha bhuumipaala jihvejapethi

shree padmalochana gadaadhara padmanaabha
padmesa padma pada paavana padma paane
peethambararuche ruchiraavathaara - jihvejapethi

shreekaantha kausthubha dharmaarthi harabja paane
vishno thrivikrama maheedhara dharmasetho
vaikunthavaasa vasudhaadhipa vaasudeva - jihvejapethi

shree naarasimha narakaanthaka kaantha muurthe
lakshmipathe garuda vaahana seshasaayin
kena pranaasana sukesha kireetamoule - jihvejapethi

shree vathsalaanchala surarshabha shankhapaane
kalpaanthavaaridhi vihaara hare muraare
yajnesa yajnamaya yajnabhugaadideva - jihvejapethi

shree raama raavanaripo raghuvamsa ketho
seethaapathe dasharadhaathmaja raajasimha
sugreevamithra mrgavedhana chaapapaane - jihvejapethi

shree krishna vrishneevara yaadava raadhikesha
govardhanoddharana kamsa vinaasa shaure
gopaala venudhara pandu suthaika bandho - jihvejapethi

ithyashtakam bhagavatham sathatham saroyo
naamankitham pathathi nithyamananyachethaa
vishnoparam padamunaithi punarna jaathu
maathuh payodararasam pibatheeha sathyam

ithi shree hari naamaashtakam sampurnam


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Guidelines to pronunciation: Sanskrit is essentially a language of sounds and sound vibrations. The efficacy of Sanskrit prayers depends upon the vibrations that are produced during chanting. It is difficult to transliterate Sanskrit words into English with full justification to the original sounds. In the above stated transliteration we followed a simple approach to make it easier even for those who are not familiar with English or Sanskrit. Wherever you find repeat vowels (aa, uu, ee) please stretch the vowel sound (for ex., aa as in vast or path, uu as in cool or root, ee as in eel or feel). Similarly, "ai" should be pronounced as in gait, fight, or tight. Th should be pronounced as in think or thick, but when t alone is used, it should be pronounced as in two, top or tip.