Although, in general, it takes more time than mantra japa to achieve results in nama japa, nama japa is a great path for all people in Kaliyuga.

It is extremely simple and needs no strict rules and regulations. If we opt for mantra japa, yoga, upasanas, etc., there are so many rules on food, sleep, behavior, etc., and also needs some guru. But, if we opt for nama japa, it is free for all.

#1: It does not need initiation

#2: No need to follow strict rules and regulations

One who chants the holy name of the Lord is immediately freed from the reactions of unlimited sins, even if he chants indirectly, jokingly, for musical entertainment, or even neglectfully. This is accepted by all the learned scholars of the scriptures.

[ŚB 6.2.14]

And it also assures the darshan of God.

In scriptures, we generally read the mentions about the capabilities/powers of some names only. The names include 'Shiva', 'Rama', 'Krishna', 'Hari' etc. So, I got the following doubt.

Is it the case with any name of any god and goddess? Suppose there are sahastranamas for gods and goddesses, if I take a single name from them and I keep on reciting them, then will it give the same result ultimately?

Note that the time span to experience results may be different for different names, but the question is not on that. The question is only about the final result by doing nama japa on a selected name.

  • On the level from which you seem to be Asking, how could it not be clear that any god name is eligible…? Commented Jun 5, 2022 at 19:31
  • @RobbieGoodwin But, I am searching for a reference.
    – hanugm
    Commented Jun 6, 2022 at 14:08
  • Fine, and why are you searching for that reference here, rather than through your search engine of choice? Do you not think SE Hinduism is a place to come to after you've explained how your general search engines ran out of ideas? Commented Jun 9, 2022 at 20:59
  • @RobbieGoodwin Experts can provide references from scriptures that I am unaware of.
    – hanugm
    Commented Oct 10, 2022 at 6:35
  • How could it help that experts could provide references of which you were unaware? Can you usefully provide any references, or not? Commented Oct 12, 2022 at 21:27

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From Third Samas-Fourth Dashak of Shree Dasbodh by Samartha Ramdas

Majority of the part explains the benefits and importance of "Rama-nama", but the following two verses are more generally applicable.

परमेश्वराची अनंत नामें। स्मस्तां तरिजे नित्यनेमें। नामस्मरण करितां येमें। बाधिजेना ॥१९॥

There are infinite names of the Param-ishvara, taking any name from them to chant brings salvation. By taking the nama he doesn't need to suffer the yama-yatana (suffering after death).

सहस्रा नामामथ्यें कोणी येक | म्हणतां होतसे सार्थक। नाम स्मस्तां पुण्यश्त्मेक | होईजे स्वयें. ॥२०॥

Taking any name from the thousand names of the God brings immense benefits. He who takes the name continuously with faith becomes a nobel soul (Punyatma).

Taking names like "Rama", "Shiva", "Krishna" is very common. Other than these names, Maya tantra describes benifits of "Durga-Nama".

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    It is a great benefit for people in Kali Yuga.
    – hanugm
    Commented Jun 5, 2022 at 4:57

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