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The above audio gives you the menaing of the shlok Narayanam namaskritya in a simple and lucid language.

Narayanam Namaskritya Shlok Meaning

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Narayanam Namaskritya Shlok Meaning

नारायणं नमस्कृत्य नरं चैव नरोत्तमम्।
देवीं सरस्वतीं व्यासं ततो जयमुदीरयेत्।

naaraayanam namaskri'tya naram chaiva narottamam.
deveem sarasvateem vyaasam tato jayamudeerayet.

This shloka appears at the beginning of the Puranas and also at several places in Mahabharata. Let us look at the meaning of this shloka.

It says - before narrating Jaya, you should offer Namaskaras to Narayana, Nara-Narayana, Saraswati Devi, and Vyasa.

Jaya means the Puranas, and Mahabharata.

 

Narayana

He is the Lord of the universes. He is beginningless and endless. It is from him the universes are born. It is in him the universes dissolve back. He controls all the universes. Namaskaras to him.

 

Nara-Narayana

The twin sages famous for their tapas, tyaga, and vairagya. Places like Naimisharanya, and Pushkar became holy tirthas because Nara-Narayana observed tapas there.

Once, Indra sent apsaras to distract them from their tapas. They failed. Nara-Narayana produced a number of apsaras from their own thighs and said: You don't need to send them to us; if we wanted, we can create them on our own. That much is their power. Namaskaras to Nara and Narayana.

 

Saraswati Devi

Her body is made up of Sanskrit alphabets. Her presence is there whenever words are written or spoken. She is the Goddess of knowledge. Namaskaras to her.

 

Vyasa

Vyasa is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is the author of the 18 Mahapuranas, and Mahabharata. Namaskaras to him.

Such salutations at the beginning of holy books are called Mangalacharanam. This is done to ward off obstacles during their narration or reading.

 

 

Click below to listen to Hare Krishna Hare Rama Mantra 

 

Hare krishna Hare Rama Mantra

 

 

Knowledge Base

Who is the author of Srimad Bhagavatam?
Sage Vysasa is the author of Srimad Bhagavatam. He is also called Veda Vyasa.

Who are the parents of Veda Vyasa?
Sage Parashara and Satyavati.

Why is Sage Vyasa called Veda Vyasa?
Because he divided the Vedic corpus into four parts - Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda, and Atharvaveda.

Why did Vyasa divide Veda into four parts?
1.For ease of learning. 2.Veda was divided and compiled based on their application in yajnas.You should bear in mind that Veda Vyasa divided and compiled only a small part of the Vedas useful in performing yajnas. This is called Yajnamatrika Veda.

What is the connection between Nara-Narayana and Badrikashrama?
Sages Nara and Narayana have been observing severe tapas at Badrikashrama for a long time for the welfare of the world.

Is there a temple for Nara-Narayana?
Inside Badrinath temple, you will find the idols of Nara and Narayana.

What is the relationship between Devi and Sanskrit alphabets?
The body of Devi is made up of Sanskrit alphabets. When Mahadeva was moving around with Devi's body after she self-immolated, Vishnu cut her body into fifty-one pieces with Sudarshana chakra. The number 51 corresponds to the number of alphabets in Sanskrit. The places where they fell are the Shakti peethas.

Is Mahabharata called Jaya?
Jaya is a generic name applied to a number of books including Mahabharata and Puranas. Jaya means victory. If a king listens to Jaya, it will get him victory over his enemies. A pregnant woman listening to Jaya will be blessed with a good child.

Narayanam namaskritya shlok meaning
Books called Jaya (Mahabharata and Puranas) should be narrated after offering namaskaras to Sriman Narayana, Sages Nara-Narayana, Devi Saraswati, and Veda Vyasa.

Narayanam namaskritya lyrics
नारायणं नमस्कृत्य नरं चैव नरोत्तमम्। देवीं सरस्वतीं व्यासं ततो जयमुदीरयेत्॥ naaraayanam namaskri'tya naram chaiva narottamam. deveem sarasvateem vyaasam tato jayamudeerayet.

How big is a kalpa?
The duration of one kalpa is 4.32 billion human years.

Who are Nara Narayana?
Nara and Narayana are Rishis who are twin brothers. They are avataras of Lord Vishnu. Their father is Dharma and mother is Murthy Devi a Daksha-kanya. They are identified with Arjuna and Krishna respectively.

What is the story of Nara Narayana?
Nara and Narayana were performing tapas. Indra sent Kamadeva and several apsaras to distract them. Nara-Narayana demonstrated their spiritual power and self-control to Indra by producing apsaras such as Urvashi from their own thighs.

What is Saraswati Devi's veena's name?
Saraswati Devi's veena is called Kacchapi (कच्छपी).

Quiz

Who is the biological father of Pandu and Dhritarashtra?

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