a sacred Hindu text for the worshippers of the Goddess Lalita Devi,
i.e. the Divine Mother, Shakti, the consort of Lord Shiva.
is the Goddess of bliss, an epithet for Parvati. Etymologically
"Lalita" means "She Who Plays".
All the thousand names are
organised as in a hymn, i.e. in the way of
stotras. This hymn occurs in the Brahmanda Purana. It is a dialogue
between Hayagriva, a minor incarnation (avatara) of Vishnu and the
great sage Agastya.
The Lalita Sahasranama is held as a sacred text for the worship of the
Divine Mother, Lalita and is also used in the worship of
Kali, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Bhagavathi, etc.. It is a principal text of
Shakti worshippers. Lalita Sahasranama names the various attributes of
the Divine Mother, and all these names are organised in the form of a
hymn. This Sahasranama is used in various modes for the worship of the
Divine Mother. Some of the modes of worship are parayana (Recitations),
archana, homa etc.
Usually, in a sahasranama, if
the same name repeats, the commentators
use their scholarship and inspiration to give different meanings to
different occurrences of the same name. Lalita sahasranma has the
unique distinction, among all the sahasranamas, of not repeating even a
single name. Further, in order to maintain the metre, sahasranamas use
the artifice of adding words like tu, api, ca, and hi, which are only
conjunctions not necessarily needed for the meaning except in rare
cases of interpretation. Lalita sahasranama has again the unique
distinction of not having even a single such innocuous word in its