Stotra (स्तोत्र)

Stotra (स्तोत्र) is a Sanskrit word that means "ode, eulogy or a hymn of praise".It is a literary genre of Indian religious texts designed to be melodically sung, in contrast to a shastra which is composed to be recited. A stotra (स्तोत्र) can be a prayer, a description, or a conversation, but always with a poetic structure. It may be a simple poem expressing praise and personal devotion to a deity for example, or poems with embedded spiritual and philosophical doctrines