Posted by: adbhutam | August 6, 2016


Hari blessed with the ‘Sudarshana Chakra’ by Śiva

In the Harivamśa, Veda Vyāsa records the fact that Hari meditated  upon the Jagatpati Śiva in Kailasa and worshiped Him and obtained the ‘Chakra’ (discus):

यत्र लेभे हरिश्चक्रमुपास्य बहुभिर्दिनैः ।
पुष्करैः शतपत्रैश्च नेत्रेण च जगत्पतिम् ॥ 3.84.11 ॥
Where (Kailāsa) Hari obtained the ‘Chakram’ by meditating and worshiping for several days the Lord of the Universe, Śiva, by lotus of a special variety and by his eye.
Pleased by his devotion Śiva granted Viṣṇu the Sudarshana Chakram.
Sridhara Swamin, in his commentary to the Viṣṇu purāṇam refers to the above event succinctly to substantiate the fact that Viṣṇu is called ‘lotus-eyed’:

// ……..  śivārādhanārthaṁ puṇḍarīkīkṛtam akṣi yeneti vā—puṇḍarīkam paraṁ dhāma akṣam avyayam ucyate ity-ādi ślokokta-vyutpattyā puṇḍarīkīkṣeti sambodhanam iti vā |   //

The gist is: The Lord’s eye is lotus-like because he ‘made’ his eye a lotus in order to worship Śiva.  [There is a story which says that when Hari resolved to worship Hara with a thousand lotuses, at the end, (owing to a loving trick played by Hara), one lotus fell short of the number. Hari, undaunted by the shortage, offered his own eye as a lotus and completed his worship.]


Om Tat Sat


  1. Where can I obtain the english version of Sridhara Swamis books: Srimad Bhagavatham, Srimad Bhagavad Gita and Vishnu Purana? Is it there on the internet that you know?

  2. Thanks a lot. If you get Bhagavatham and Vishnu Purana, please let me know

  3. Did Sridhara Swami belonged to Rudra Sampradaya of Vishnu Swami sect or was he an Advaitian? If he was an Advaitian which matt he belonged to?

  4. I tried to search for your below quote in

    माधवोमाधवावीशौ सर्वसिद्धिविधायिनौ। वन्दे परस्परात्मानौ परस्परनुतिप्रियौ॥
    I bow to Mādhava and Umādhava (Shiva) who are both ‘Isha-s’ Supreme Lords. They are capable of bestowing all accomplishments (to their devotees). They are both the selves of each other and both love to engage in the stuti of each other.

    I found the same in the below Sanskrit version. But was not able to find the same in the above English version in the scribd link.

    • For one, the author says he has only gathered the gist of what the commentators say. So he might have skipped the mangala shlokas of Sridhara Swamin. Nevertheless, it is a genuine part of his commentary undoubtedly.

  5. Ok Thanks.

  6. Can you reply to this?

    Did Sridhara Swami belonged to Rudra Sampradaya of Vishnu Swami sect or was he an Advaitian? If he was an Advaitian which matt he belonged to?

  7. He is an advaitin as his bhashya on the Gita, the Bhagavatam and Vishnu puranam are advaita-friendly.

  8. Ok. There were some people, especially ISKCON were saying that he belonged to the Rudra Sampradaya sect. So which Advaita Mutt he belonged to and at which century he appeared?

  9. Not very sure of his period; maybe 16 CE. MaTha affiliation is not very important in Advaita.

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