Sri Sudarashana Ashtakam is a divine stotram dedicated to Lord Sudarshana one of the mighty deities of Hinduism. Lord Sudarshana is represented in the form of a spiral disc with serrated edges held by God Vishnu in one of his hands.

Known to be one of the popular Ashtakam to remove illness and negative energy – Sudarshana Ashtakam explains the glory of Lord Sudarshana and his bestowing nature on Devotees. Composed by Swami Desikan who is one of the stalwarts of Sri Vaishnavism and a magnificent Vedanata Philosopher of the post-Ramanuja period; Swamy Sri Vedanta Desikan had beautifully bedded this ashtakam as a beautiful garland on Lord Sudarshana.

Sudarshana Ashtakam Lyrics and Meaning

Pratibhatashreni Bheeshana Vargunastomabhushana

Janibhaya-Stana-tarana JagadavaStana-Karana

Nikhila-Dhushkarma-Karshana Nigama-sdharma-Dharshana

Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarshana Jaya Jaya SriSudarshana

O the one who terrifies devotees’ enemies, you are the treasured source of the highest qualities

The one who helps us to cross the cycle of birth and death, the source of stability for the entire universe

The one who eliminates all sins and the one who shows the path to Vedas.

O the Auspicious Lord Sudarshana; I bow to you the Victorious one

Shubha-Jagad-rupa-mandana Suragana-Trasa-Khandana

ShataMakhaBrahma Vandita ShataPathaBrahma Nandita

Prathita-Vidvat-saPakshita Bhajadahirbudhnya Lakshita

Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarshana Jaya Jaya SriSudarshana

O Lord Sudarshana, you are the adornment of the auspicious world; the one who removes the fear of the Devas

One who is praised by Lord Indra and Brahma; O the one praised by Shatapatha Brahmana (Commentary of the Sukla Yajurveda)

The one who is the companion of the Scholars in their Victories

O the Auspicious Lord Sudarshana I bow to you the Victorious one

Sputa-tatijaalaPinjara Pruthutara JawalaPanjara

ParigataPragnyan Vigraha Parimita pragya durgraha

praharaNa graama mandita parijana-traana-pandita

Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarshana Jaya Jaya SriSudarshana

The one whose body shines like bursts of lightning and is encircled with fires.

O the divine form who is worshipped since ancient times; the one who is capable of removing the limit of one’s perception or knowledge

The one who is equipped with a collection of weapons and the wiser in protecting the devotees

O the Auspicious Lord Sudarshana I bow to you the Victorious one

NijaPada PreetaSatgana Nirupadhi-sphita Shadguna

Nigama nirvyooDa vaibhava nijapara vyooha vaibhava

Harihaya Devshi daarana hara puraplosha kaarana

Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarshana Jaya Jaya SriSudarshana

The one whose feet always set the righteous path; the one who is absolute and abundant of six virtues (Truth & honesty, Kindness, Non Violence, Purity, Austerity and Forgiveness)

Whose greatness is hailed in Vedas; the one with forms of Nija and Para (Lord Vishnu manifests in five forms i.e. Para, Vyuha, Vibhava, Antaryami and Archa)

O the one who eliminated the enemies of Indra the one who burned down the city of Harapura

O the Auspicious Lord Sudarshana I bow to you the Victorious one

Dhanuja Vistaara Kartana Janitamistraa-vikartana

Danuja Vidyaa Nikartana Bhajadavidyaa-nivartana

Amara-drasta svavikrama samarajushta-bhramikrama

Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarshana Jaya Jaya SriSudarshana

The one who destroys the growth of Asuras; the one who removes the darkness of rebirths, death, age, and illness

The one who exterminates the unrighteous black magic; O the one who removes the devotees from ignorance and lack of proper knowledge

O the one whose magnificent acts were inspiring to Devas; O the one who eliminates all the enemies in the battlefield moving like a Whirlpool

O the Auspicious Lord Sudarshana I bow to you the Victorious one

Pratimukhaaleedha bandhura pruthumahaaheti dantura

Vikatamaayaa bahishkruta vivdhamaala parishkruta

Sthiramaha Yantra Tantrita drudha dayaa tantra yantrita

Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarshana Jaya Jaya SriSudarshana

O the one whose stance is always in a readiness posture; Surrounded by innumerable weapons-Your appearance itself frightens the enemies

The one who wards off the wicked acts or power against his devotes; O the one adorned with magnificent and different types of garland

The one who is invoked by reciting mantras and stationing on powerful yantras; O the one who can be controlled by compassion

O the Auspicious Lord Sudarshana I bow to you the Victorious one

Mahita sampat sadakshara vihita sampat shadakshara

Shadarachakra pratishthita sakala tatva pratishthita

Vividha sankalpa kalpaka vibhudha sankalpa kalpaka

Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarshana Jaya Jaya SriSudarshana

O the one who bestows the devotees with eternal knowledge and Moksha; on reciting the six-lettered Sudarshana mantra

O the one who is consecrated and worshipped on the six patterns Yatra; the one who supports all the tattvas

The one who grants wishes of all; the one who is like a wish-fulfilling tree (Kalpavriksha)

O the Auspicious Lord Sudarshana I bow to you the Victorious one

Bhuvana Netra-strayeemaya savana tejas-trayeemaya

Niravadhi svaadu Chinmaya Nikhila shaktejaganmaya

Amita Vishvakriyamaya shamita vishvagbhayaamaya

Jaya Jaya Sri Sudarshana Jaya Jaya SriSudarshana

O the one who is the three eyes of this world; the one who is symbolic of three types of fire (Ahaviniyam, Dakshinagni and Anvaharyapachanam)

O the one with the extensive amount of knowledge; O the one who is a powerhouse of several energies(shaktis)

O the source of various activities of this infinite universe; the one who removes all fears and applications  of the world

O the Auspicious Lord Sudarshana I bow to you the Victorious one

PhalaSthuti

Dvichathushkamidam Prabhootasaram

Patataam Venkatanaayaka Praneetam

Vishamepi Manoradhaha pradhaavan

Na Vihanyet rathaanga Dhuryaguptaha

This divine poem with two groups of four stanzas (8 verses )

That was composed and presented by Venkatanayaka

Those who want to attain worldly desires.

For them, Lord Sudarshana without any fail protects them as the unfailing chariot and shows the correct path

Kavitaarkika simhaaya Kalayana Gunashaaline

Shreemate Venkateshaaya Vedaantagurave Namaha

The lion amongst the Philosophers a person with auspicious qualities – Sri Venkatanathan

I bow to you, Lord Venkatesha, and to the Vedanata Guru

Sudarshana Ashtakam Benefits

Lord Sudarshana is depicted as a powerful weapon held by God Vishnu to sling against demonic forces when they were harming devotees or creating an imbalance in the universe.

There are instances in sacred books such as Mahabharat and Ramayana where Lord Krishna and Lord Balaram used this fearsome wheel against their enemies to gain an upper hand over the enemies.

In Vaishnavism, Sudarshana Chakra has immense importance, it is seen as a sacred object and given almost equal importance to the main deity. There are special rituals such as Sudarshana Yagam and Sudarshana Homam which were carried out on auspicious occasions to bestow the power of Lord Sudarshana over devotees.

Reciting Sri Sudarshana Ashtakam benefits the devotee to overcome illness, depression, fear, and anxiety.

When to Recite Sudarshana Ashtakam

The best way to recite and feel the bliss of Sudarshana Ashtakam can be observed when the state of our mind and soul are cleaned and free of thoughts – This is best observed from 4am to 8 am and 4 pm to 8 pm this duration of the day have Sattvic Quality

You can have a bath and leave the thoughts for a while and sit in front of your pooja mandir peacefully; light a diya and slowly observe Bhagavan Vishnu for a while and then start reciting the Sudarshana Ashtakam in a meditative position.

In order to prevent distraction, you can hold the lotus bead Japamala and start meditating. You can also Chant this mantra along with Sudarshana Maha Mantra which is another divine mantra dedicated to Lord Sudarshana that possesses equal power and has healing nature.

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