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Stotra
Stotra
or Stotram (stotra) is a Sanskrit
Sanskrit
word, that means "ode, eulogy or a hymn of praise".[1][2] It is a literary genre of Indian texts designed to be melodically sung, in contrast to shastras which are composed to be recited.[1] A stotra can be a prayer, a description, or a conversation, but always with a poetic structure. It may be a simple poem expressing praise and personal devotion to a deity for example, or poems with embedded spiritual and philosophical doctrines.[3] Many stotra hymns praise aspects of the divine, such as Devi, Siva, or Vishnu. Relating to word "stuti", coming from the same verb, stu (to praise), and basically both mean "praise". Notable stotra are Shiva Tandava Stotram in praise of Shiva
Shiva
and Ram Raksha Stotra
Ram Raksha Stotra
a prayer for protection to Lord Rama. Stotras are a type of popular devotional literature. Among the early texts with Stotras are by Kuresha, which combine Ramanuja's Vedantic ideas on qualified monism about Atman and Brahman
Brahman
(ultimate, unchanging reality), with temple practices.[3]

Contents

1 Etymology 2 Example 3 Nama-stotra 4 Notable stotras 5 See also 6 References

6.1 Bibliography

7 External links

Etymology[edit] Stotra
Stotra
comes from the root stu- which means "praise, eulogize or laud".[3] Literally, the term refers to "poems of praise".[4] The earliest trace of Stotras are Vedic, particularly in the Samaveda.[4] Example[edit]

A seated Ardhanarishvara
Ardhanarishvara
with both the vahanas

The following is a Peterson translation of a Stotra
Stotra
by the Tamil poet Appar
Appar
for Ardhanarishvara, the Hindu concept of a god who incorporates both the masculine and the feminine as inseparable halves.[5]

An earring of bright new gold one ear, a coiled conch shell sways on the other, On one side he chants the Vedic melodies, on the other, he gently smiles, Matted hair adorned with sweet konrai blossoms on one half of his head, and a woman's curls on the other, he comes. The one the nature of his form, the other of hers, And both are the very essence of his beauty.

— Appar, Ardhanarishvara
Ardhanarishvara
Stotra, [5]

Nama-stotra[edit] The nama-stotra is based on chanting a litany of names for a deity. The Sahasranama, a type of nama-stotra, is a litany of a thousand names for a particular deity. Sahasranama
Sahasranama
means "1000 names"; Sahasra means 1000 and nama means names. For example, Vishnu
Vishnu
Sahasranama
Sahasranama
means 1000 names of Vishnu.[6] Other nama-stotras may include 100 or 108 epithets of the deity. According to Hinduism, the names of God are valuable tools for devotion. Notable stotras[edit]

Shiva
Shiva
Tandava Stotram Dakshinamurthy Stotram Shiv Mahimna Stotra Panchakshara Stotra Ram Raksha Stotra Mahishasuramardini Stotra Maruti Stotra Agasti Lakshmi Stotra Dvadasha stotra

Jainism

Upsargahara Stotra Bhaktamara Stotra

See also[edit]

Khadgamala List of suktas and stutis

References[edit]

^ a b Monier Williams, Monier Williams' Sanskrit-English Dictionary, Oxford University Press, Article on Stotra ^ Apte 1965, p. 1005. ^ a b c Nancy Ann Nayar (1992). Poetry as Theology: The Śrīvaiṣṇava Stotra
Stotra
in the Age of Rāmānuja. Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. pp. ix–xi. ISBN 978-3447032551.  ^ a b Nancy Ann Nayar (1992). Poetry as Theology: The Śrīvaiṣṇava Stotra
Stotra
in the Age of Rāmānuja. Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. pp. 15–16. ISBN 978-3447032551.  ^ a b Ellen Goldberg (2012). Lord Who Is Half Woman, The: Ardhanarisvara in Indian and Feminist Perspective. State University of New York Press. pp. 91–96. ISBN 978-0791488850.  ^ Vishnu
Vishnu
Sahasranamam on Hindupedia, the Online Hindu Encyclopedia

Bibliography[edit]

Apte, Vaman Shivram (1965), The Practical Sanskrit
Sanskrit
Dictionary (Fourth revised and enlarged ed.), Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, ISBN 81-208-0567-4 

External links[edit]

Read Stotras in multiple languages Alphabetical List of the Stotras

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