Today is a very important day for my blog. Yes, today is my logo day – Sudharshana Jayanthi: Birth of Lord Vishnu’s Divine Discus.
Sudharshana Jayanthi, is the birthday of supreme divine Sudharshana Chakra (wheel or discus), the mighty weapon of Lord Vishnu. This powerful weapon is carried by the preserver and sustainer archetype, Lord Vishnu, as a solid shield of righteousness which can confront all negative forces that obstruct your growth and success. The Sudharshana Jayanthi falls on the Tamil month of Aani ( Jyaishtha) and Star Chithirai (Chitra). (My birth star also happens to coincide with this combination – hence the choice of my logo!)
‘Sudharshana” in Sanskrit means ‘vision, devoid of illusion’. Sudharshana Chakra is known for its auspiciousness and ability to abolish negative energies. Propitiating this divine wheel is believed to be equivalent to the worship of all ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Revering Sudharshana Chakra, which is personified as Chakrathazhwar, on this special occasion can bestow you with a healthy, victorious and blissful life.
The Sudharshana chakra is synonymous with Lord Narayana and has much auspiciousness attached to it. One of the qualities of the divine wheel is Pida pradanam which means that it gives immediate relief to pain and suffering to the seeker/performer. Another powerful quality of the chakra is Papa Nashanam i.e. destruction of sins. A person needs to adopt these qualities in order to realise God. The mighty flame is an important aspect of Jwala Narasimhar who destroyed Hiranyakashipu, father of Prahlad, a great devotee of Lord Vishnu and who also resides in the Sudharshana yantra. Offering obeisance to Sudharsharana Chakram on its Jayanthi day is equal to worshipping ten forms of Maha Vishnu.
Lord Sudarshan is none other than Lord Vishnu. He is called so because he wields the indestructible Sudarshan chakra. The word Sudarshan arises from two words ‘su’ which means auspicious and darshan which means vision. Chakra means a wheel that is in constant motion. The chakra was created by the combined power of the trinities Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. According to Puranas, Lord Krishna and Arjun assisted Lord Agni in burning the Khandav forest. In return, he gifted Krishna with a discus and koumodaki mace. Other deities who wield the discus are Goddesses Narayani and Vaishnodevi.
This year Sudharshana Jayanthi is celebrated on July 10, 2019 and Vaishnava Sects observe the day as Shukla Paksha Ashada Dasami. Rituals like Sudharshana homa on Sudharshana Jayanthi cure various illnesses. It’s also worshiped for attaining Moksha and for redemption of sins.
Do you know that once upon a time, the chanting of Sudarshana Ashtakam has cured an entire village that was infested with a severe epidemic?
Also, adding this beautiful link: “Thirumazhisai AzhwAr ” incarnation of Sri. Sudarshana Chakra (the divine discus of Lord SrimanNarayana)“. Thank you very much, Kazhiyur Varadan’s blog for this excellent post on this day.