Vishnu Shloka: Shuklambaradharam Vishnum

This Vedic Shloka is a prayer seeking blessings and peace from Lord Vishnu, a revered deity. It describes Lord Vishnu as adorned in white clothes, with a radiant moon-like complexion, four arms, and a kind and pleasant face.  By meditating upon this divine form, worshippers hope to overcome obstacles and achieve tranquility.

शुक्लाम्बरधरं विष्णुं शशिवर्णं चतुर्भुजम् ।
प्रसन्नवदनं ध्यायेत् सर्वविघ्नोपशान्तये ॥
Shuklambaradharam Vishnum Shashivarnam Chaturbhujam
Prasannavadanam Dhyaayet Sarvavighnopashaantaye

Literal meaning 

“I meditate upon Lord Vishnu, who is adorned in white garments, has the complexion of the moon, four arms, a pleasant face, and removes all obstacles for the sake of peace.”

English Translation

Sanskrit WordEnglish Meaning
Shuklambaradharam“Shukla” means white, and “ambara” means garment. This phrase describes the Lord as adorned in white clothing, symbolizing purity and auspiciousness.
VishnumRefers to Lord Vishnu, who is considered the preserver and protector in Hinduism.
ShashivarnamDescribes the complexion of Lord Vishnu as being like the moon, indicating beauty and radiance.
Chaturbhujam Lord Vishnu is depicted as having four arms, symbolizing divine power and omnipotence.
PrasannavadanamDescribes the deity with a pleasant or serene face, reflecting a benevolent and approachable nature.
DhyaayetThis word means “I meditate upon” or “I contemplate.”
Sarvavighnopashaantaye“Sarva” means all, and “vighna” means obstacles. This phrase seeks the removal or pacification of all challenges.

This Vedic mantra is recited at the beginning of religious ceremonies, yajnas (rituals involving offerings to the sacred fire), pujas (worship), and other auspicious events. It is believed that invoking divine blessings through this mantra helps create a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere while also seeking the removal of any potential obstacles.

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