Vishnu Sahasranamam is one of the most popular and sacred chants in Hinduism. The Vishnu Sahasranamam consists of the 1000 names of Vishnu. Vishnu is their supreme universal being and is also called Brahman.
Chanting the Vishnu Sahasranamam mantra can free mankind from any forms of grief, sorrow, harm, and fear. It is said to invoke happiness and peace to the one chanting the mantra. The Sahasranamam is also believed to help cure diseases.
Anyone can chant the Vishnu Sahasranamam. People from all walks of life, men, women, and children can chant this sacred mantra. Just remember that when chanting this mantra, you need to utter it with full devotion. Devotion is the key to achieve the effects brought about by chanting the Vishnu Sahasranamam mantra.
As for when to chant the mantra, you can chant it any time of the day. But it is best chanted during early mornings when the mind and body is still relaxed and concentration is at its peak. Furthermore, it should be chanted regularly and religiously to achieve your goal in chanting this mantra.
The various Sahasranamam mantras were previously chanted daily. But nowadays, due to many worldly and cultural factors, the practice has significantly lessened as compared before. The Vishnu Sahasranamam consists of 108 shlokas. Shlokas is the Sanskrit word which means stanzas. It starts with a prayer then proceeds with the chanting of the 1000 names of Vishnu.
Proper pronunciation of the shlokas is advised. If you have trouble with how the shlokas are pronounced, you can always seek help of experts and teachers who have chanted the Vishnu Sahasranamam mantra for years.
Or you could try listening to cd’s before chanting. Or you could download a version of the Vishnu Sahasranamam online and get your practice in that way.
Good luck and enjoy your practice.