Stotra or Stotram (stotra) is a Sanskrit word, for a hymn addressed to Divinity. It can be a prayer, a description, or a conversation. These hymns praise aspects of the divine. Relating to word “stuti”, coming from the same verb, stu (to praise), and basically both mean “praise”.
Stotras are a type of popular devotional literature and are not bound by the strict rules as some other ancient Indian scriptures, such as the Vedas.
One type of stotra is based on chanting a litany of names for a deity. A category of stotra of that type is the Sahasranama, which is a litany of a thousand names for a particular deity. Sahasranama means “1000 names”; Sahasra means 1000 and nama means names. ‘Mukundamala’ is another stotra, which literally an offering of garland to Lord Narayana(Mukunda), composed by a Rajarshi(King who was a saint) Kulashekara. There are several others included in the site.
Stuti means ‘to praise’ and to enumerate the characteristics of the deity and to ask for blessings. It is a Sanskrit word derived from the root verb It is easy to remember as it is short, is composed in easy poetic meters and can also be sung.
The format of the stutis will be : In Sanskrit & transliterated in English. It is explained in detail, with the contextual meaning of each sentence under the category of ‘Bhagavatham’. Most of the explanations is transcript of the divine nectar of great knowledgeable souls (Jnani), who are also devotees of the highest order.
All these act as aids in reaching the Lord.