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The following is a short but rare Stotram on Lord Venkateshwara, Sri Venkatesha Stotram – Skanda Puranam ॥ - ॥ by Sage Padmanabha. The following hymn appears in Skanda Puranam, Vaishnava Khanda, Venkatachala Mahatmya and Chapter 33. A brief description of the context of the hymn is given below.
Varadarajan



Once upon a time, Sage Padmanabha performed intense penance on Lord Srinivasa near Chakra Tirtha in Venkatachala (Tirupathi). His intense Tapas, which was accompanied by acute fast (with water as the only intake), continued for 12 years and this rattled even the Devas. Pleased with his penance Lord Srinivasa appeared before him and Sage Padmanabha chanted the following prayer. Lord Srinivasa asked him to live near Chakra Tirtha and continue his intense devotion. [The story continues further – a demon (Rakshasa) attempts to kill Padmanabha but was saved by Sudarshana Chakra and so on.].
This hymn can be chanted by one and all as part of daily prayer towards destroyal of one’s sins and removal of difficulties.


Padmanabha Uvacha:-

Padmanabha said:-

1.Namo devasdhi devaaya, sarngine ,

Nararayanadhri vasaya , srinivasaya they nama.

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Salutations to the God of Gods who holds the Sarnga bow,

Salutation to Srinivasa who lives on the Narayana mountain.



2.Nama kalmasha naasaya, vasudevaya , Vishnave,

Seshachala nivasaya , Srinivasaya they nama



Salutations to Lord Vishnu, the Vasudeva . who removes stains.

Salutations to Srinivasa who lives on Sesha mountain



3.Nama trilokya nathaya , viswaroopaya sakshine,

Shiva brahmadhi vandhyaya, Srinivasaya they nama.



Salutations to the Lord of three worlds , who has a mega form and is the witness,

Salutations to Srinivasa who is saluted by Lord Shiva and Brahma.



4.Nama Kamala nethraya, ksheerabdhi sayanaya they,

Dushta Rakshasa samharthre , Srinivasya they nama.



Salutations to the lotus eyed one who sleeps on the ocean of milk,

Salutations to Srinivasa , who kills the very bad asuras.



5.Bhaktha priyaya devaya , devanaam pathaye nama,

Pranatharthi vinasaya , Srinivasaya they nama.



Salutations to the Lord of devas who is the Lord , who loves his devotees,

Salutation to Srinivasa who removes the sufferings of his devotees.



6.Yogeenaam pathaye thubhyam , thubhyam Veda vedhyaya Vishnave,

Bhakthaanaam papa samharthre , Srinivasaya they nama



You are the Lord of Yogis , You are Lord Vishnu who is worshipped by Vedas,

Salutations to Srinivasa , who destroys the sins of his devotees.



Ithi Skanda purane Vaishnava Khaande Venkatachala Mahathmye Padmanabha muni krutha

Sri Venkatesa stotram sampoornam.



Thus ends the prayer to Venkatesa composed by sage Padmanabha occurring in the chapter of “Greatness of Venkatesa” in the section related to Vaishnava in Skanda Purana.