Lalitha Sahasranamam (1000 names of devi) is a secret and very sacred text or mantra in Hindu religion.This mantra has been revealed to mankind through the discussion between lord Hayagriva and the great saga Agasthya.
It is very popular and many of us recite it on a daily basis or at least on Friday.[ If you don’t have a copy of this mantra please get it from here : Lalitha sahasranama stotra
Though we chant this often many of us doesn’t know why we do this and the benefits we acquire by doing this.Here is an attempt to summarize the benefits (both materialistic and Spiritual) of chanting Lalitha Sahasranama as per the
“Phalasruthi” [ Sanskrit for “results” ] given in Devi Bhagavatham and Devi Puranam: Lalitha Sahasranama Phala Sruthi
[The effect of reciting the thousand names of this mantra ] Courtesy & Translation by P. R. Ramachander
Unlike Vishnu sahasranama, where phala sruthi is the part of the stotra, in the case of Laitha Sahasranama, phala sruthi is the next chapter and separate from it. So it is not recited along with the thousand names of Lalitha.
These 1000 names which were told, Oh Agasthya, Are secret of the secrets and are very dear to Lalitha. This type of prayer has never existed in the past or will never exist in future.
This cures all diseases and gives rise to all types of wealth, It cures all accidental deaths and is an antidote to untimely death.
It is a cure for all types of fever, and gives rise to long life, It will bless you with son (that too first son) and gives three types of wealth.
This special prayer of goddess which pleases Lalitha Devi very much , Should be chanted daily after worshipping of Lalitha.
Take bath in the morning, finish the oblations of the dawn, Go to the prayer room and first worship the Sree Chakra.
Chant the Sri Vidya mantra either 100 times or 400 times, And then these secret thousand names should be read.
Oh,Sage born out of the pot, please hear the results, Of reading these in the middle of life by devotees.
The devotee would get the effect of taking bath in sacred rivers like Ganga, Or One crore times and also the same effect as consecrating one crore lingas. Or One crore times giving in Kurukshetra on Sundays giving, One crore gold ornaments to the twice born who has learned Vedas, Or doing one crore Aswa medha yagas in the shores of the Ganges
Or digging one crore wells with water in the deserts, Or feeding one crore Brahmins daily during the famine,Or doing with great attention training/teaching one thousand children.
One crore times the good effect of doing all these matchless blessings,Would be got even by chanting one name out of the one thousand secret names.
Even if one name among the thousand secret names is read, All the sins committed by him would be destroyed without doubt.
Even the sin caused by very bad act of not doing the daily sacred routines, Would go away and all the sins would be destroyed speedily.
Oh sage Agasthya, please hear from me how most people would get free,By chanting according to their capability for getting rid of sins, For these, without any doubt would remove sins committed in the fourteen lokas
Those who are desirous of getting rid of their sins, If they hate to chant the thousand names,It is like going to Himalayas to get rid of cold.
Devotees who daily sing these thousand names, Would be blessed by Lalitha Devi by fulfilling their wishes.
How can he who does not sing them be a devotee?
People who cannot sing it daily should chant it on special occasions, Viz first of every month, first of the new year and the three birthdays.Self, wife and son
On Navami or on Chathurdasi or Fridays of the waxing moon, And on the full moon day singing this is very special.
On the full moon day facing the full moon and meditating on Lalitha, Offer the five oblations and by reading the thousand names, All diseases will vanish, long life would be given, And accompany this with the Aayushkara prayoga** rite to get long life
He who has fever, if he touches his head and chants the thousand names, At that moment the fever would descend away from the head and vanish.
For getting rid of diseases touch holy ash and chant the thousand names, And by wearing that ash all diseases would immediately be cured.
Storing the water in a pot, and chanting the thousand names, oh sage, And anointing oneself with that water would remove all problems created by planets*.
Meditating on Goddess Lakshmi and goddess Lalithambika, If the thousand names are read, effect of poison will vanish.
For blessing with a son,for the lady who does not conceive,Chant the thousand names and offer butter to the God, By this she will be blessed with a son soon.
For attracting the king (people with authority/ Rulers) , face the palace of the king,And read the thousand names meditating on the Goddess, And then the king would be under your control, would ride a horse or elephant,Come to your side, would salute and serve you, And offer you his country or a state of his country*.
*Your words/requests will not be turned down by any one – even by people of influence or those who are in powerful positions in society.
As soon as they see the face of one who chants, The thousand secret names daily, the saints salute him.
The enemies of the devotee who reads these thousand names. Would be killed by arrows by Sharabheswara *. *Your dis-tractors/enemies will not succeed against you.
He who does black magic against one who reads the thousand names, Would be killed by Prathyangira devi herself for protecting the devotee** Prathyangira devi – Most fierce and powerful avatar of Devi
He who sees with cruelty the one who reads these thousand names, Would be made blind,immediately by Marthanda Bhairava himself
*Those who plan ill deeds against the one who chants this will be distracted or blinded by other thoughts that he will not be able to execute his plans.
He who steals the wealth of one who reads these thousand names, Wherever he hides would be killed by The Kshethra pala.
He who argues with the learned man, who reads the thousand names, Would be made dumb immediately by Nakuleshwari *
* Nobody can win argument against the devotee who chants Lalitha Sahasranamam
The army of the king who attacks the one who reads thousand names, As an enemy would be immediately destroyed by Dandinee herself.
He who reads these thousand names daily for six months with devotion.Will have the fickle minded Goddess of wealth, live in his house permanently.
He who reads it daily for one month or at least three weeks, Will have Saraswathi the goddess of intelligence dancing on the tip of his toungue.
The one who reads these thousand names in the middle of his life, Would be able to see everything and all his sins would be pardoned.
He who makes the thousand names as his,would be made the twice born, Get food, cloths, wealth, cereals and all that he wishes.
He who learns the king of sri Manthras and offers it to Sri Chakram,And sings these thousand names, would be considered as holy by the learned.
To him the goddess would give with love,whatever he wants,Who sings these names and learns the king of Manthras.
There is no point in giving this Mantra to animal like people, And it should be given to those who are learned and wise.
There are no chants which are equal to Sri Mantra Raja, And there is no goddess equivalent to Lalitha, Oh Agasthya.
There is no prayer as great as the secret thousand names, And he who writes it in a book, these thousand names,And submits to her, would make the pretty one happy, And please hear much more about it, Oh sage Agasthya.
There is no such prayer any where in literature of Thanthra, And so those who practice Thanthra sing it with devotion daily.
Even Lord Shiva would not be able to tell adequately, The effect of worshipping the Sri Chakra using the thousand names, With lotus, leaves of Thulasi, Kalharraa, kadambha flowers,Jasmine, Champak, Kara veera, Uthpala leaves of Bilwa. Jasmine buds and Kesara flowers, And other scented flowers like lots, Kethaki Madavee Mukha,
Only Goddess Lalitha can tell some thing about the result of worshipping her chakra, And possibly Lord Brahma may be able to narrate it to certain extent.
In every month during the full moon day, if she is worshipped, By the thousand names, in the night on the Sri Chakra, He would himself have the form of The goddess Lalitha, And he cannot be seen as another one, for it is a sin to see him as anything else.
That devotee who worships her on mahanavami day, On the Sri Chakra using these thousand names, Would certainly attain salvation.
If these thousand names are dedicated on Friday, To the Sri Chakra of the goddess, please hear the benefits.
All your desires would be fulfilled, You would lead a life with all blessings, You would be surrounded by sons and grand sons, And enjoy all the pleasures of life.
At the end you would get salvation under Lalitha, which is difficult to obtain, And get all benefits of praying Gods like Shiva without any doubt.
Dedicating these thousand names to thousand Brahmins, Feeding them with sweet Payasam, Vada made out of black gram,
And a meal which is blessed with all six tastes, Would make one dear to Goddess Lalitha, And she would bless you with her kingdom, And there would be nothing in the three worlds, That would be difficult to get to this man.
He who chants these thousand names, Without any desires or attachments, Would get the knowledge of Brhamam, And would be released from the bonds of life.
One who wants money would get money, One who wants fame would get fame,And one who wants knowledge would get knowledge, By singing these thousand names.
There is no prayer similar to this one, Which would give pleasures and salvation, Oh sage, For men by singing these thousand names, Would get both pleasures as well as salvation.
In all the four stages of life*, Singing these thousand names, And also following one’s own Dharma, Would help reach his goal without any problem.
In the age of Kali*, when all Dharmas are forsaken, Men would get salvation by singing these names and no other.
In the family life it is important to sing the names of Vishnu, But better than singing names of Vishnu is singing names of Shiva.
Better than the thousand names of Shiva are the names of the Devi, And Oh Agasthya, the thousand names of Devi are one crore times better.
There are ten important names *out of these thousand names, And all these are praise worthy. (* The names are : Ganga, Gayathri, Syamala, Lakshmi, Kali, Bala, Lalitha, Rajarajeswari, Saraswathi and Bhavani.)
Singing them daily would cure the ill effects of Kali age, And the name Matha is important and should not be forgotten.
Better than the names of Vishnu are the names of Shiva, But in all the worlds there is nothing better than names of Lalitha.
Even if the names of other Gods are sung in crores of births, It is equal only to singing of the thousand names with devotion.
If you become at your last birth an Upasaka of Sri Vidhya, By reading the thousand names, this birth would become your last.
In this world it is rare to find Upasakas of Sri Vidhya, And it is also rare to find those who read the secret thousand names.
Chanting the king of chants followed by worship of Sri Chakra, And reading the thousand names gets the same result as doing Austerity (Thapas)
Without reading these thousand names and trying to please the Goddess, Is like a fool trying to see a form without the eyes.
Forsaking the thousand names and trying to get occult powers, Is like satiating hunger after forsaking all meals.
That devotee who sings these names of Lalitha Devi, Need not sing any other for she will be pleased, Only by singing of this even for hundreds of eons.
These thousand names are to be read for making the mother happy, But this prayer which I told is a secret, Oh sage Agasthya.
The learned in Vedas, if they do not recite these names at least once, The Sri Vidhya would be kept secret from them, Oh sage.
People who do not tell this prayer are like animals, If they give Sri Vidhya to the foolish without this prayer.
The Yogis would be very angry with them, For this would lead them to problems, And that is why these secret thousand names, Are kept as great secret from every one.
Of Sage Agasthya, I would not have told them to you independently. But for the advice given to me by Goddess Lalitha to tell you these.
Please recite these with devotion, Oh sage Agasthya, And the goddess will be pleased and fulfill your wishes.
Sootha said: After telling thus, sage Hayagreeva meditated on Goddess Lalitha, Was drowned in happiness and became enraptured.
Thus ends the telling of effect of reciting Lalitha Sahasra Namam Called The portion after, Which is in Brahmanda Purana in the Uthara Kanda, In the discussion between Sage Hayagreeva and Sage Agasthya.