Sahasranama or Sahasranamam are hymns in Hindu Holy Scriptures in which a deity is referred to by 1,000 or more different names. ‘Sahasra’ means thousand or a very large number. ‘Nama’ means name. So the literal translation of Sahasranama is 'thousand names'.Sahasranamams are classified as stotras or hymns of praise. The thousand or more names take a reader of the stotra through the entire attributes, functions and myths related to the deity. It is a sort of an encyclopedia on the deity.Some of the important Sahasranamams are Lalitha Sahasranama, Vishnu Sahasranama and Shiva Shasranama.There are also many shorter hymns like ‘Ashtottara shatanama stotra’ which has only 108 names.