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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Sisumara, ZiZumAra, shishumaara

Dhruva, the child prince, secured for the boon of ruling over his father’s kingdom here and also celestial region after death by pleasing Viṣṇu through his austerities and devotion. This celestial region comprising of an assemblage of luminaries in the shape of Śiśumāra[1] is called Śiśumāra or Śiśumāracakra. It houses its master Dhruva in its tail-region.

Dhruva moves the entire region, himself also moving with it. Viṣṇu or Nārāyaṇa is the support of the whole system. Gazing at this formation every night with a specific prayer will free one from all the sins committed during the day. He will also attain a long life.[2][3]


  1. Śiśumāra is an alligator.
  2. Viṣṇupurāṇa 2.9 and 12
  3. Bhāgavata 5.23
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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