The Story of Gajendra Moksha Stotra

The Story of Gajendra Moksha Stotra

The Story of Gajendra Moksha Stotra:-

There was once an elephant named Gajendra who lived in a garden called Ṛtumat which was created by Varuna. This garden was located on Mount Trikuta, the "Three-Peaked Mountain." Gajendra ruled over all the other elephants in the herd.

Crocodile attacked Gajendra :

One day as usual he went to the lake near by to pick lotus flowers to offer prayer to Lord Vishnu. Suddenly, a crocodile living in the lake attacked Gajendra and caught him by the leg. Gajendra tried for a long time to escape from the crocodile's clutches.

All his family members, relatives and friends gathered around to help him, but in vain. The crocodile simply would not let go. When they realised that ‘death’ had come close to Gajendra, they left him alone.

Gajendra called Bhagwan Vishnu :

He trumpeted in pain and helplessness until he was hoarse. As the struggle was seemingly  endless and when he had spent his last drop of energy, Gajendra called to the god Vishnu  to save him, holding a lotus up in the air as an offering.

How Bhagwan Vishnu saved Gajendra from Crocodile :

Hearing his devotee's call and prayer, Vishnu rushed to the scene. As Gajendra sighted the god coming, he lifted a lotus with his trunk. Seeing this, Vishnu was pleased and with his Sudharshana Chakra, he decapitated the crocodile. Gajendra prostrated himself before the god. Vishnu informed Gajendra that he, in one of his previous births, had been the celebrated King Indradyumna, a devotee of Vishnu, but due to his disrespect to the great Sage Agastya, he had been cursed to be reborn as an elephant.

Gajendra Moksha Stotra :

The prayer made by Gajendra on this occasion became a famous hymn in praise of Vishnu called the Gajendra Stotra :-

 शुक्लांबरधरं विष्णुं शशि वर्णं चतुर्भुजं । 

 प्रसन्न वदनं ध्यायेत सर्व विघ्नोपशान्तये॥ 

Gajendra Moksha Stotra in English:

Suklambaradharam visnum sashi varnam caturbhujam prasanna vadanam dhyayeta sarva vighnopasantaye