VISHNUSAHASRANAMAM PRAYANAM

REASON BEHIND THE PARAYANAM AND OUR GOAL

This 108 crore Vishnu naama parayanam is being done to pray for protection of living beings from hunger and starvation during these difficult times. This 108 crore Vishnu naama parayanam is being done under the auspices of the Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple of Sri Rangam. Why 108 crores? There are 108 Divya Desams and so to correspond with that, we are doing 108 crores parayanam.

Our goal is to chant Vishnu Sahasranamam 10.8 lakh times (1 million times). 10.8 lakh times Vishnu Sahasranamam x 1000 Vishnu naamaas = 108 crore Vishnu naamaas (therefore it is called as 108 crore Vishnu naama parayanam)

We are starting the maha parayanam from January 13, 2022 on the auspicious Vaikunta Ekadasi day, with the maha sankalpam puja done at the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Sri Rangam.

WORLDWIDE TALLY OF VISHNU SAHASRANAMA PARAYANAMS, AS OF AUGUST 06, 2022

17,914 Parayanams Completed out of 10.8 lakhs, which works out to

1,79,14,000 NAAMAAS COMPLETED OUT OF OUR 108 CRORE NAAMAAS SANKALPAM

108 CRORE VISHNU SAHASRANAMA PARAYANAM – RULES & PROCEDURE TO JOIN THE PARAYANAM

RULES OF THE PARAYANAM

All devotees, regardless of age, caste or gender, can participate in the parayanam. The devotees are requested to abide by a few rules while participating in the parayanam as follows:

  • Please take bath before the parayanam on a daily basis and wear clean, washed clothes
  • Please try to avoid eating garlic for the duration of the parayanam. If you CANNOT avoid eating garlic, please wait for 2 hours after you have eaten and then brush your teeth, rinse your mouth and take a bath before doing parayanam.
  • Please do the parayanam at the same place and at the same time as much as possible and preferably in your puja room or at a nearby temple (any temple…not necessarily Lord Balaji or Lord Krishna or Lord Vishnu temple)
  • If you travel, do the parayanam at the hotel or wherever you are staying
  • DO NOT do the parayanam while travelling in a crowded train or bus. Wait till you get to your destination where you can sit in a room and do the parayanam in a quiet and clean environment
  • DO NOT do parayanam while wearing footwear.
  • STOP doing the parayanam temporarily, IF any unfortunate event happens that prevents any puja to be done for 16 days or so.
  • You can take a break for a few days from the parayanam if you are sick and then continue from whatever count you left off
  • While doing the parayanam, please DO NOT keep checking your phones for WhatsApp messages, emails etc. or use the phone to call anyone or receive calls from anyone, unless it is an emergency.
  • Please DO NOT do parayanam between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm.
  • Try to finish the daily parayanams by 8:30 pm, or at the latest, by 9 pm.
  • You can split the 5 or 10 times parayanam between morning, afternoon and evening/night OR between morning and evening OR do in one sitting.

HOW TO JOIN THE PARAYANAM

To join the 108 crore Vishnu Sahasranama parayanam, please read thru the below sections and follow the instructions. Mentally dedicate your Vishnu Sahasranama parayanams from that day onwards towards the 108 crore Vishnu Sahasranama maha sankalpam. Then, start doing the parayanam according to the upasana margam procedure given below. After your DAILY parayanam, please update the number of parayanams you completed on that day in our Parayana Count Tracker without fail. If you cannot update daily, please update on a weekly basis, so that your parayanam is counted towards the 108 crore parayanam count. Please also keep track of your daily parayanams in a notebook for your reference and for your counting purposes (in accordance with the upasana margam procedure).

UPASANA MARGAM PROCEDURE FOR THE PARAYANAM

There are 2 steps to follow as stated below.

STEP 1: INTENSITY OF THE UPASANA

Participants in this 108 crore Vishnu Sahasranama parayanam can choose one of the 3 intensity levels for doing this parayanam. They are –

  1. NORMAL LEVEL (Adhama): If you choose this normal level option, you just chant Vishnu Sahasranama stotram, as you would normally do.

Please click here for Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram

  • HIGHER LEVEL (Madhyama): If you choose this higher level option, you have to follow the below procedure –
    • First chant Vishnu Sahasranamam. Depending on the upasana type you choose from one of the below sections, you may chant Vishnu Sahasranamam 1 time or MORE THAN 1 time.
    • After you finish chanting Vishnu Sahasranamam, chant Mahalakshmi Ashttotharam (108 naamas of Mahalakshmi) ONCE.
    • Then chant Hanuman Chalisa ONCE
    • After that chant Maha Sudarshana Shataka stotram ONCE
    • Finally chant Garuda Kavacham ONCE

Below are the links:-

Please click here for Sri Garuda Kavacham
Please click here for Sudharshana Shataka
Please click here for Hanuman Chalisa
Please click here for Sri Mahalakshmi Ashttotharam
Please click here for Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram

  • HIGHEST LEVEL (Utthama): If you choose this highest level option, you have to follow the below procedure –
    • First chant Vishnu Sahasranamam. Depending on the upasana type you choose from one of the below sections, you may chant Vishnu Sahasranamam 1 time or MORE THAN 1 time.
    • After you finish chanting Vishnu Sahasranamam, chant Mahalakshmi Ashttotharam (108 naamas of Mahalakshmi) the SAME NUMBER OF TIMES as Vishnu Sahasranamam. So, if you chanted Vishnu sahasranamam 5 times or 10 times or 10 times, you have to chant Mahalakshmi ashttotharam 5 times or 10 times (same number of times as Vishnu sahasranamam)
    • Then chant Hanuman Chalisa ONCE
    • After that chant Maha Sudarshana Shataka stotram ONCE
    • Finally chant Garuda Kavacham ONCE

Below are the links :-

Please click here for Sri Garuda Kavacham
Please click here for Sudharshana Shataka
Please click here for Hanuman Chalisa
Please click here for Sri Mahalakshmi Ashttotharam
Please click here for Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram

STEP 2: UPASANA VIDHI OR PROCEDURE

After you decide on the intensity level of the upasana margam you are going to adopt, please select from the below mentioned levels. You can choose to do as given below one level at a time or start from whichever level you feel comfortable.

  1. LEVEL 1: LAKSHA PARAYANAM – This involves chanting Vishnu Sahasranamam 108 times in a mandalam of 41 days OR LESS under the above mentioned adhama, madhyama or utthama way. That means you have to chant 2 to 3 times DAILY and finish chanting 108 times by the 41st day. You can complete earlier than 41 days. Example: If you chant 3 times daily, you can complete in 36 days
  2. LEVEL 2: SAHASRA PARAYANAM – This involves chanting Vishnu Sahasranamam 1008 times in 108 or 216 days OR LESS under the above mentioned adhama, madhyama or utthama way.
    1. If you do in 108 days, you have to chant around 9 to 10 times daily. That will take you around 2 hours 45 minutes. If you follow the utthama way, it will take you 3 hours and 30 minutes.
    2. If you do in 216 days, you have to chant 5 times daily and that will take you around 1 hour and 30 minutes. If you follow the utthama way, it will take you 2 hours and 15 minutes.
    3. You can split the 5 or 10 times parayanam between morning, afternoon and evening/night OR between morning and evening OR do in one sitting. Try to finish your parayanams by 8:30 pm or 9 pm at the latest.

After you complete the Sahasra parayanam, please continue chanting as many times as you can daily, until we reach 108 crores. You can also do another sahasra parayanam and so on until we reach 108 crores.

GROUP PARAYANAMS

If you have a group of friends, family and relatives, you can do group parayanams also. For group parayanams, please follow the below process –

(i) Create your own WhatsApp group or groups and add in all interested devotees who can chant Vishnu Sahasranamam. Have a target of 5 crores or 10 crores or 20 crores or even 50 crores from your group or groups in 2022 and then calculate the number of group members you will need to achieve that target, assuming that group members may chant anywhere from 1 to 10 or 12 times daily. To chant once, it will take 20 to 25 minutes. Group members can split up their parayanams between morning (can start from 4 am onwards or later), afternoon (finish before 12:30 pm) or evening (can start from 5 pm and finish by 9 pm)

(ii) Tell the group members to mentally dedicate the Vishnu Sahasranama parayanams that they will do from that day onwards toward the 108 crore Vishnu Sahasranama maha parayanam

(iii) As the group owner or leader, please consolidate your group’s weekly parayanam count and update the group count using the Parayanam Count Tracker, so that your group’s parayanam count is registered in our database and it is counted towards the 108 crores. MAKE SURE that your group members are NOT updating their counts in the parayana count tracker and let them know that YOU, as the group owner, will update their parayanam counts in the tracker. All they need to do is inform you in the group once a week as to their weekly parayanam count. Try to update the parayanam count for your group every Friday or Saturday and have your group members provide their parayanam count by then.

(iv) Please let the group members know NOT to post any irrelevant messages or forwards in the group. You can close the group to allow only admins to post messages and open it one of the days in the week like Thursday or Friday to allow all group members to post their weekly parayanam count.

WHAT DO YOU DO DAILY AFTER YOUR DAILY PARAYANAM?

While doing your laksha parayanam OR sahasra parayanam, please follow the below steps –

  1. Offer simple naivedyam daily like fruits, nuts or anna or rice naivedyam DAILY after your daily parayanam.
  2. If possible, try to feed birds and animals daily like crows, pigeons, sparrows etc. and cows, dogs, cats, buffaloes etc. after completing your daily parayanam. Say “Narayana, Narayana, Narayana” while offering food to birds and animals.
  3. If possible, try to feed atleast 1 or more poor person/people daily after your daily parayanam. You can cook the vegetarian food and offer in a disposable container or packet. You can also buy vegetarian food from a good restaurant and offer the food packet to the poor person or people. Say “Narayana, Narayana, Narayana” while offering food to the poor person/people.

WHAT DO YOU DO AFTER COMPLETING YOUR LAKSHA AND SAHASRA PARAYANAM?

After completing your laksha parayanam OR sahasra parayanam, please follow the below steps –

  1. Offer Maha Naivedyam to the deities after completing your sankalpam of laksha and sahasra parayanams.
  2. Do Sumangali puja on a Friday, if possible. Offer betel leaves, betel nuts, 2 bananas, kumkum, haldi/turmeric stick and a small dakshina, along with a new saree and blouse piece. If you can’t afford to offer saree, then please offer the rest, including blouse piece.
  3. Feed birds and animals like crows, pigeons, sparrows etc. and cows, dogs, cats, buffaloes etc. AFTER completing your sankalpam of laksha and sahasra parayanam.
  4. Feed a minimum of 11 poor people after completing the parayanam. You can cook VEGETARIAN food and give to homeless or poor people in containers they can keep OR buy VEGETARIAN food from any good restaurant and give them the food packets. If you can feed 108 poor people or 1008 poor people, that’s even better. While giving the food to the poor people, say “NARAYANA NARAYANA NARAYANA” and then give the food to them. For each poor person you give the food to, you have to say “Narayana” 3 times.
  5. After this, offer guru dakshina to any deity at a nearby temple or at your family deity’s temple.

HOW DO YOU UPDATE YOUR DAILY PARAYANAM COUNTS?

It is important that you update your parayanam counts on a daily basis in our tracking sheet called “Parayana Count Tracker”. If you chant 1 time Vishncu Sahasranamam (VS), please enter as “1). If you chant VS 5 times, enter “5”. If it is 9 times, then enter “9”. Your daily parayanam count update will get recorded in our database. Please also keep a tally of your daily parayanam counts in a notebook for your own tracking and reference.

Below is the link for the PARAYANAM COUNT TRACKER

CLICK THE PARAYANAM TRACKER / GOOGLE FORM LINK HERE to update your Individual or Group parayanam count preferably daily or weekly.

We will provide a worldwide tally of total VS parayanams completed on a Semi-Monthly basis.

JOIN OUR TELEGRAM GROUP

We make ALL parayanam related and any special pujas related information in our Telegram group for which the link is given below. You can also ask any parayanam related questions or help in the Telegram group, including help with updating your daily parayanam count, if you are not sure how to use the Parayana Count Tracker. So, please join our Telegram Group -> https://t.me/+QyujTAD3R7k3MWUx

Once the Telegram app is active in your phone, please click on the below link to join our Telegram group called 108 Crore Vishnu Sahasranama parayanam. Here is the link -> https://t.me/+QyujTAD3R7k3MWUx

In the Telegram group, we have a zero tolerance policy against any and all irrelevant messages, whether they are spiritual or not. If you post any irrelevant messages in the group, we may remove you from the group without any notice. This rule is enforced to prevent junk messages from disturbing group members and also not to lose group messages.

 To Install: Telegram app in IOS click here

To Install: Telegram app in Android OS click here

If installing Telegram app for the first time per above points, register your phone number on Telegram app, so that the app is now active on your phone.

REFERENCES FOR ANIMALS, BIRDS AND POOR PEOPLE FEEDING

If you cannot personally feed animals, birds and poor people, you can choose to contact any charitable organization that feeds animals, birds and poor people and donate money to that organization. If you do not know of any such organization, then you may choose to contact any one or both of these below 2 reputable organizations –

  1. Maha Periyava Kainkaryam Trust, Chennai -> https://bhagawanseva.world/
  2. Shri Mukund Charitable Trust, Vrindavan -> http://www.vrindavansmct.com/

CONTACT US

You can also send an email to us with any questions or concerns vsparayanam@gmail.com