Vidhura’s Prayer

“Anayasena Maranam
Vina dainyena Jeevanam;
Dehi me Krupaya Sambho
Raksha Raksha Maheshwara.”

Of the many slokas that my father recited as part of his daily routine, I noted that he had a distinct difficulty reciting this one. He would invariably slow down his pace, and his voice almost always would choke and it would take a couple of minutes for him to regain his composure. Being the little curious 8 year old girl that I was, I worked up enough courage to ask him why this sloka had this particular effect on him. He answered with a smile that I would understand it only when I get older.
Now I am 63 years of age, and I can honestly say that I am beginning to understand the profound meaning of this sloka. I truly am lucky to have had a father who inculcated into me such profound philosophies at a very tender age and encouraged me to understand its deep interpretations. What more can a mere mortal wish for than to lead an unorphaned life protected throughout by the Lord Almighty and conclude it with a peaceful death?

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7 Responses to “Vidhura’s Prayer”

  1. 1 shyamsundar November 24, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    This is an excellent prayer to conclude daily prayer. I have been trying to find the source of this prayanks
    er. But I could not. Let me know if you come across the information.

    • 2 mruganayanee November 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      My father used to chant this prayer daily. He told me that, Lord Yama said to a sage that this prayer was chanted by Vidhura. Some versions say, Vidhura prayed to Lord Krishna, thus:
      Anaayasena maranam; vinadhinyena jeevanam;
      Dehi me krupaya Krishna; raksha raksha Janardhana.

  2. 3 Dr.jayalaxmi herale May 21, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Excellent shloka to recite in our daily prayers

  3. 5 Ramanarasimha June 4, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks very much for posting one of the best prayers
    Ramanarasimha Mysore

  4. 7 chandra shankar March 1, 2015 at 9:08 am

    thank u i ve been searching for the fourth line of this wonderful verse chandra shankar chennai

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