Sudarshana means “someone who is good looking, someone who has a good foresight” (Su + darshan = Sudarshan). In Tamil, Lord Sudarshana is also called as “Chakrathazhvan”. Among all the weapons possessed by Srimath Lord Narayana, Sudarshana weapon occupies the highest honour and hence he is also called as “Chakra Rajan”.
Significance of Lord Sudarshana
Lord Sudarshana plays a very crucial role in decimating evil and protecting the good. He is considered to be extremely powerful. In Bhagvad Gita, Lord Krishna makes references to Vajrayudham. This is not to say that Sudarshana’s role is inferior in any manner. For the Lord, Sudarshana Chakra is much more than a weapon.
References to Sudarshana Chakra are found in Ambareesa Charithram. This can be found in Srimad Bhagavatham (9th Skandam). Ambareesan was a great king who was born to Nabaga. More than a king, Ambareesan was a great Vaishnava. As Ambareesan and his spouse are deep in meditation thinking about Lord Maha Vishnu, Sri Hari is extremely pleased with their devotion and blesses them with a boon saying that the Sudarshana Chakra will forever protect them.
During the month of Karthikai, Ambareesan was observing the Ekadasi fast. Sage Durvasa entered the palace of Ambareesan. We all know that Durvasa Rishi was short-tempered. But also he had powers which were never lost even when he cursed others. Even when he cursed others, his power became more intense.
Sage Durvasa informed that he would break the fast along with King Ambareesan. He went to take bath. After waiting interminably for the sage, King Ambareesan decided to break the fast at the auspicious hour by consuming a drop of water. Sage Durvasa realised this through his mystic powers. Incensed by King Ambareesan who broke his fast without waiting for him, the sage directed an evil power towards the King.
But nothing could harm the King. Lord Sudarshana was protecting him. Lord Sudarshana started running behind the Sage Durvasa. Even Lord Shiva could do nothing to protect the sage. Eventually, Sage Durvasa had to apologise to King Ambareesan for his folly. King Ambareesan begged for forgiveness from Lord Sudarshana on behalf of the sage and thus Lord Sudarshana was pacified.
Other features of Lord Sudarshana
Lord Sudarshana has the effulgence of a 1000 Suns. He played a crucial role in the Mahabharata war coming to the aid of the Pandavas at the most crucial hour.
Hymns to Propitiate Sudarshana Mantra
There are a few powerful hymns of Sudarshana Mantra that need to be learnt under the guidance of a proper guru or acharya. In this article, we have given only one or two shlokas that can be chanted by anyone. But three things need to be borne in mind. Chanting of Sudarshana mantra should be done after taking a bath. Prior to chanting the sudarshana mantra, chant the name of Lord Maha Vishnu as in “Om Namo Narayanaya” . Chanting must be with immense faith. Do not leave the chanting half way through. You can chant as many times as you want. Even chanting it once is good enough.
Benefits of Sudarshana Mantra
The shloka has immense powers to rid you all of the curses or doshas and freedom from evil thoughts or spirits. All the evil influences that block good things from happening will be decimated by chanting of the Sudarshana Mantra. This is also good for pregnant women who only need to think of Lord Sudarshana. Please remember : the Sudarshana Mantra will ensure the triumph of good over evil.
Please note that the 108 worded sudarshana shloka is not to be chanted as there are certain rituals to be followed. However, the simple shlokas given below can be chanted daily.
“Om Namo Bhagavathe
Maha Sudarshanaya Hoom Bhat”
“Sreem Hreem Om Sudarshana Chakraya
Ribhu Chittam Pramaya Pramaya Swaha”
To reiterate, chant any of Lord Vishnu’s shlokas before chanting the above hymns. Picture the image of Lord Sudarshana as the one who is smiling and wielding the sudarshana chakra while chanting.
There is another short shloka that starts with ‘Sahasra Aditya Sangasam...” . This is a 10-line shloka that can be chanted daily. Those who wish to have this, please do indicate the requirement in the comments column.