Lalitha Sahasranamam has three parts. The first one is called ‘poorva bhaga’ the middle portion which is called ‘stotra’ consists of 1000 namas and the last portion is called ‘uttara bhaga’. The poorva bhaga talks about its origin. The uttara bhaga gives details of the benefits of recitation of this Lalitha sahasranamam. Since there is a specific question about the recitation of this sahasranamam, let us now look into this. Benefits of recitation include disease free life, no pre-mature death, begetting children, etc. Normally such benefits are cited for all the stotras. The timing of recitation is clearly spelt out in the uttara bhaga. To begin with the least, it is said that one should recite this at least once in his/her life time. If thus recited, he is absolved of all the sins committed. When this sahasranamam is recited, one need not perform any remedies either due to the afflictions of planets in his horoscope or for that matter any other expiation. The point driven home is that a devotee of Lalithambigai would not commit any sins.
The best timings for recitations are as follows: On the birth days of self and his family members, one’s mantra initiation day, one’s poorna abhisheka day (the last of stage of initiation. A vedic ritual bath), or any day as prescribed his guru, on the full moon days, on all the Fridays, on maha navami day (9th day of waning moon in the month of August-september. This coincides with durga festival in India. 9th day of durga festival is called maha navami). Though a number of such days are mentioned, it is always preferable to recite this sahasranamam on all the Fridays and on the full moon day. As far as the full moon days are concerned, it is better to recite when the moon is 100% full. This could happen at an odd hour. Therefore any time during full moon day, preferably late in the night is the best time to recite this sahasranamam to get full benefits of such recitation. In the present day context, everybody has time constraint.
The proper recitation of this sahasranamam would take between 20 to 30 minutes. If recited in hurry, without concentration, without proper visualization of Lalithambigai and reciting for the sake of recitation is not advisable. In such circumstances (time constraint), you can choose any time convenient to you. But ensure that you recite with full concentration and after knowing the meaning of each nama. Recitation without understanding the meaning will not give the desired results. No paraphernalia such as incense sticks, lamp, fruits etc are needed. Total concentration is the only requirement. If you have any questions, please mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.