Lalitha Sahasranama Chanting

What is Lalitha Sahasranama?

It is an ancient Sanskrit text praising the qualities of the consciousness in the form of the goddess (Lalita), singing her thousand (sahasra) names (nama). The chanting of these mantras in the proper manner bestows Karya Siddhi, or the fortune of ‘getting good things done successfully’.

It is usually performed with a specific desire or need in mind. When done by a lady, it also has a very positive effect on the household and the family relationships.

The chanting of Lalita Sahasranama also harmonizes any negative effects that might come to one due to rituals or pujas that were not completed, or that had any mistakes made during their performance. It also bestows the merit gained by visiting places of pilgrimage, for those who are unable to visit these places.

Mantra Kavach

“It is unscientific and stupid to think that a mantra does not do anything to your body. That is not the case! It does.

 Mantras bring out all the positive energy inside you. That is why it is called mantra kavach; a mantra creates the sense of an armor around your body.”

Space of Lalitha

Lalitha is the joyful, dynamic and scintillating expression of the Self. A free consciousness, without craving and aversions, well-founded in the Self, is naturally joyful and vibrant. This is the space of Lalitha.

Thousand Names

In the Lalitha Sahasranama, we chant a thousand names of the Divine Mother. Names have significance. If we remember a sandalwood tree, we carry the memory of its perfume. Each name of the Divine in the Sahasranama refers to different quality or attribute of the Divine.


Chanting the Sahasranama is a ritual by itself. It purifies the mind and uplifts the consciousness. These chants capture our wandering mind. Even if for half an hour, the mind is one-pointed and focused on one divinity and its attributes, it stops wandering. This is a natural form of relaxation.

Bhasa Saundarya

The Saharasnama has Bhasa saundarya. The language is beautiful and has both a deeper meaning and Laukika (transliteration). For example: Lotus-eyed signifies beautiful and pure vision. A lotus grows in the mud. Yet it is beautiful and pure. The lotus-eyed one can live in this world and see beauty and purity in spite of all its challenges.



Having enlivened the qualities within us by chanting the many names, we also gain the ability to cognize and appreciate them in the world around us. This leads to a full and prosperous existence. We are grateful to our ancient seers who by worshipping the divinity in all its diverse qualities showed us the way to lead a full life.

Lalitha aims to share with the reader an insight of the different qualities described in the Sahasranama with a glimpse into both layers of meaning. The various references to a particular quality have been threaded together. This will help to present multiple dimensions of each quality in continuity.

Let us know that we have come to this planet for a beautiful and higher purpose. When read with awareness and Shraddha, Lalitha will bring refinement in the consciousness and make us a storehouse of positivity, dynamism, and joy. So, let us enjoy and become a joy to the world.

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