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Popular names of Krishna with their meanings

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Krishna has been given many names and titles by his devotees.

  • Achala - The still one
  • Achyuta - Infallible
  • Baanke Bihari -corrupt form of Van Ke Vihari which means one who loves to sport in the forests particularly vrindavan
  • Bihari - One who plays
  • Brajesh - Lord of Braja
  • Chakradhari - the bearer of a discus (chakra)
  • Damodara (Daamodarah) - the Lord when He was tied with a cord (daama) round His waist (udara)
  • Dinabandu - Friend of the afflicted
  • Dînânâth - Refuge of destitutes
  • Dwarakadish - Lord of Dwaraka
  • Dwarakanath - Lord of Dwaraka
  • Ghanshyam - Dark rain cloud complexioned one
  • Giridhari - he who lifted a hill (Govardhana hill)
  • Gopala - cowherd; protector of cows (more accurately protector of life)
  • Gopinath - Lord of the gopis, or cowherd women.
  • Govinda - protector of cows; also connected with Govardhana Hill; see also other meanings.
  • Guruvayoorappan - Lord of the temple Guruvayoor, constructed by the Guru of Devas Brihaspati and Vayu .
  • Hari - one who takes away [sins, or who wards off samsara, the cycle of birth and death];[1] the yellow one (the colour of the sun); Hare Krishna is the vocative, viz. "o golden one! o dark-blue one"; see other meanings.
  • Ishvara - god
  • Hrshikesha - (Sanskrit: हृषीकेश) is a name of Vishnu that means 'lord of the senses'.[2]
  • Jagannatha - lord of all places (see also Juggernaut).
  • Janardhana - One Who Bestows Boons On One And All
  • Kahan
  • Kaladev - the black deity
  • Kanha or Kanhaiya
  • Keshava – long haired, beautiful haired; see also other meanings.
  • Madhava - bringer of springtime; see other meanings
  • Madhusudanah - killer of demon Madhu
  • Morari - killer of the asura named Mora
  • Mukhilan- The one with the complexion similar to the rain clouds
  • Mukund- He who gives you Mukti
  • Nanda Gopal
  • Nanda Lal - Beloved of Nanda
  • Panduranga
  • Parambrahman the highest Brahman
  • Parameshvara the highest Ishvara, the highest god
  • Partha sarathy - charioteer of Partha,another name of Arjuna, a reference to his role with regard to Arjuna in the great battle
  • Patitapavana - Purifier of the fallen
  • Radha Vallabha - lover of Radha
  • Ranchhodrai - When he refused to fight the war and fled to Dwarka for the sake of peace. Dakor, Gujarat has a popular temple of Ranchhodraiji. Ran - Field, Chhod - leave.
  • Shyamasundara - the beautiful, dark one
  • Vāsudeva, Krishna Vaasudeva - son of Vasudeva
  • Yadhunandan - Son of the Yadu dynasty
  • Yogeshwara - the Lord of the Yogis
  • Yashoda Nandan – child of Yashoda

109 names and titles from the Gaudiya Vaishnavism tradition

  1. Achala - Still Lord
  2. Achyuta - Infallible Lord
  3. Adbhutah - Wonderful God
  4. Adidev - The Lord Of The Lords
  5. Aditya - The Son Of Aditi
  6. Ajanma - One Who Is Limitless And Endless
  7. Ajaya - The Conqueror Of Life And Death
  8. Akshara - Indestructible Lord
  9. Amrit - Heavenly nectar or elixir
  10. Anandsagar - Compassionate Lord
  11. Ananta - The Endless Lord
  12. Anantajit - Ever Victorious Lord
  13. Anaya - One Who Has No Leader
  14. Aniruddha - One Who Cannot Be Obstructed
  15. Aparajeet - The Lord Who Cannot Be Defeated
  16. Avyukta - One Who Is As Clear As Crystal
  17. Balgopal - The Child Krishna, The All Attractive
  18. Balkrishna- The Child Krishna
  19. Chaturbhuj - Four-Armed Lord
  20. Danavendra - Granter Of Boons
  21. Dayalu - Repository Of Compassion
  22. Dayanidhi - The Compassionate Lord
  23. Devadidev - The God Of The Gods
  24. Devakinandan - Son Of Mother Devaki
  25. Devesh - Lord Of The Lords
  26. Dharmadhyaksha - The Lord OF Dharma
  27. Dravin - The one who has no Enemies
  28. Dwarkapati - Lord Of Dwarka
  29. Gopal - One Who Plays With The Cowherds, The Gopas
  30. Gopalpriya - Lover Of Cowherds
  31. Govinda - One Who Pleases The Cows, The Land And The Entire Nature
  32. Gyaneshwar - The Lord Of Knowledge
  33. Hari - The Lord Of Nature
  34. Hiranyagarbha - The All Powerful Creator
  35. Hrishikesh - The Lord Of All Senses
  36. Jagadguru - Preceptor Of The Universe
  37. Jagadisha - Protector Of All
  38. Jagannath - Lord Of The Universe
  39. Janardhana - One Who Bestows Boons On One And All
  40. Jayantah - Conqueror Of All Enemies
  41. Jyotiraaditya - The Resplendence Of The Sun
  42. Kamalnath - The Lord Of Goddess Lakshmi
  43. Kamalnayan - The Lord With Lotus Shaped Eyes
  44. Kamsantak - Slayer Of Kamsa
  45. Kanjalochana - The Lotus-Eyed God
  46. Keshava - One Who Has Long, Black Matted Locks
  47. Krishna - Dark-Complexioned Lord
  48. Lakshmikantam - The Lord Of Goddess Lakshmi
  49. Lokadhyaksha - Lord Of All The Three Lokas (Worlds)
  50. Madan - The Lord Of Love
  51. Madhava - Knowledge Filled God
  52. Madhusudan - Slayer Of Demon Madhu
  53. Mahendra - Lord Of Indra
  54. Manmohan - All Pleasing Lord
  55. Manohar - Beautiful Lord
  56. Mayur - The Lord Who Has A Peacock Feathered-Crest
  57. Mohan - All Attractive God
  58. Murali - The Flute Playing Lord
  59. Murlidhar - One Who Holds The Flute
  60. Murlimanohar - The Flute Playing God
  61. Nandakumara - Son of Nanda
  62. Nandgopala - The Son Of Nand
  63. Narayana - The Refuge Of Everyone
  64. Navaneethachora - makan (butter) chor
  65. Niranjana - The Unblemished Lord
  66. Nirguna - Without Any Properties
  67. Padmahasta - One Who Has Hands Like Lotus
  68. Padmanabha - The Lord Who Has A Lotus Shaped Navel
  69. Parabrahmana - The Supreme Absolute Truth
  70. Paramatma - Lord Of All Beings
  71. Parampurush - Supreme Personality
  72. Parthasarthi - Charioteer Of Partha - Arjuna
  73. Prajapati - Lord Of All Creatures
  74. Punyah - Supremely Pure
  75. Purshottam - The Supreme Soul
  76. Ravilochana - One Whose Eye Is The Sun
  77. Sahasraakash - Thousand-Eyed Lord
  78. Sahasrajit - One Who Vanquishes Thousands
  79. Sakshi - All Witnessing Lord
  80. Sanatana - The Eternal Lord
  81. Sarvajana - Omniscient Lord
  82. Sarvapalaka - Protector Of All
  83. Sarveshwar - Lord Of All Gods
  84. Satyavachana - One Who Speaks Only The Truth
  85. Satyavrata - The Truth Dedicated Lord
  86. Shantah - Peaceful Lord
  87. Shreshta - The Most Glorious Lord
  88. Shrikanta - Beautiful Lord
  89. Shyam - Dark-Complexioned Lord also the thief of Baghdad, lord of bradford and his servant shbul
  90. Shyamsundara - Lord Of The Beautiful Evenings
  91. Sumedha - Intelligent Lord
  92. Suresham - Lord Of All Demi-Gods
  93. Swargapati - Lord Of Heavens
  94. Trivikrama - Conqueror Of All The Three Worlds
  95. Upendra - Brother Of Indra
  96. Vaikunthanatha - Lord Of Vaikuntha, The Heavenly Abode
  97. Vardhamaanah - The Formless Lord
  98. Vasudev - All Prevailing Lord
  99. Vishnu-All Prevailing Lord
  100. Vishwadakshinah - Skillful And Efficient Lord
  101. Vishwakarma - Creator Of The Universe
  102. Vishwamurti - Of The Form Of The Entire Universe
  103. Vishwarupa - One Who Displays The Universal Form
  104. Vishwatma - Soul Of The Universe
  105. Vrishaparvaa - Lord Of Dharma
  106. Yadavendra - King Of The Yadav Clan
  107. Yogi - The Supreme Master
  108. Yoginampati - Lord Of The Yogis
  109. Shrisudharshannathji-Beautiful Krishna

The word "Krishna" is thought to originate from the Sanskrit root "karshana", which means "to attract, to draw near""[3].Therefore the word "Krishna" means "the one who draws", or "the one who attracts".[4] This notion that "the word Krishna [...] means the all-attractive" current in ISKCON, has gained further support from Prabhupada's commentary on Bhagavata Purana (1.1.1) and (6.4.33) because according to Gaudiya philosophy the Lord is sometimes called guṇa-karma-nāma because He is named according to His transcendental activities. Thus, Krishna in this context means "all-attractive", because "His transcendental qualities make Him very attractive."[5] [6] [7] [8] Prabhupada bases this on his translation of the Chaitanya Charitamrita, where a mystical "etymology" of kṛṣṇa is given as

kṛṣir bhū-vācakaḥ śabdo / ṇaś ca nirvṛti-vācakaḥ
"kṛṣ expresses existence (bhū); ṇa expresses pleasure (nirvṛti)"

The translation of bhū given by Prabhupada is "attractive existence".[9]

Vishnu Ashtottaram

The below prayers can be told daily by offering flowers or Tulasi to Lord Krishna. It contains 108 Names of Lord Krishna taken from Vishnu Sahasranama.

  1. Om Vishnave Namah
  2. Om Lakshmi Pathaye Namah
  3. Om Krishnaya Namah
  4. Om Vaikuntaaya Namah
  5. Om Garuda Dhvajaya Namah
  6. Om Parah Brahmane Namah
  7. Om Jagannathaya Namah
  8. Om Vaasudevaya Namah
  9. Om Trivikramaya Namah
  10. Om Dhydhyaanthakaaya Namah
  11. Om Madhuribhave Namah
  12. Om Dhaarshyavahaaya Namah
  13. Om Sanaadhanaaya Namah
  14. Om Narayanaya Namah
  15. Om Padmanabhaya Namah
  16. Om Hrishikeshaya Namah
  17. Om Sudhapradhaya Namah
  18. Om Haraye Namah
  19. Om Pundarikakshaya Namah
  20. Om Siddhidhikarthre Namah
  21. Om Paraathparaya Namah
  22. Om Vanamaline Namah
  23. Om Yagnaroopaya Namah
  24. Om Chakrapanye Namah
  25. Om Gadhadhraya Namah
  26. Om Upendraya Namah
  27. Om Keshavaya Namah
  28. Om Hamsaaya Namah
  29. Om SamudraMadhanaya Namah
  30. Om Haraye Namah
  31. Om Govindaya Namah
  32. Om Prahmajankaya Namah
  33. Om KaitabasuraMardhanaya Namah
  34. Om Sridharaya Namah
  35. Om Kaamajakaaya Namah
  36. Om Seshaya Namah
  37. Om Chadhurbhujaya Namah
  38. Om Paanchajanyadharaaya Namah
  39. Om SriMathe Namah
  40. Om Shaarangapanaye Namah
  41. Om Janardhanaya Namah
  42. Om Pitambharadharaya Namah
  43. Om Devaya Namah
  44. Om SuryaChandraVilochanaya Namah
  45. Om MatsyaRoopaya Namah
  46. Om Kurmathanave Namah
  47. Om Krodharoopaya Namah
  48. Om Nrukesarine Namah
  49. Om Vaamanaaya Namah
  50. Om Bhaargavaaya Namah
  51. Om Raamaya Namah
  52. Om Haline Namah
  53. Om Kalkine Namah
  54. Om Hayaananaaya Namah
  55. Om Viswambaraya Namah
  56. Om Simsumaaraya Namah
  57. Om Srikharaaya Namah
  58. Om Kapilaaya Namah
  59. Om Dhruvaaya Namah
  60. Om Dattatreyaya Namah
  61. Om Achyutaya Namah
  62. Om Anantaaya Namah
  63. Om Mukundhaaya Namah
  64. Om Dhidhivaamanaaya Namah
  65. Om Dhanvantraye Namah
  66. Om Srinivasaya Namah
  67. Om Pradyumnaya Namah
  68. Om Purushothamaya Namah
  69. Om Srivathkausthubhadhraaya Namah
  70. Om Muraradhaye Namah
  71. Om Adhoshjaaya Namah
  72. Om Rushabhaya Namah
  73. Om MohanaroopaDharine Namah
  74. Om Sangarshanaaya Namah
  75. Om Prithave Namah
  76. Om Sheerabdhisaayene Namah
  77. Om Bhoodhathmane Namah
  78. Om Anirudhaaya Namah
  79. Om Bhakthavatsalaaya Namah
  80. Om Naraaya Namah
  81. Om GajendraVaradaaya Namah
  82. Om Thridhamne Namah
  83. Om Bhoothabhavanaaya Namah
  84. Om Svetavaasdhavyaaya Namah
  85. Om SuryamandalaMadhyakaaya Namah
  86. Om SanakathiMunithyeyaaya Namah
  87. Om Bhagavathe Namah
  88. Om SankaraPriyaya Namah
  89. Om Neelakanthaya Namah
  90. Om Tharakaanthaaya Namah
  91. Om Vedathmane Namah
  92. Om Bhadhraayanaaya Namah
  93. Om BhagirathiJanmaBhoomiPaadaPadmaaya Namah
  94. Om Stham Prabhave Namah
  95. Om Svabhave Namah
  96. Om Vibhave Namah
  97. Om KanakaShyamaaya Namah
  98. Om Jagadhkaaranaaya Namah
  99. Om Avyayaaya Namah
  100. Om Buddhavadharaaya Namah
  101. Om Shaanthathmane Namah
  102. Om Krisoth Namah
  103. Om Leelamaanusha Vigrahaaya Namah
  104. Om Damodharaaya Namah
  105. Om Viraataroopaaya Namah
  106. Om Bhoodhabhavyabhavath Prabhave Namah
  107. Om Aadi Devaaya Namah
  108. Om Deva Devaaya Namah
  109. Om Prahladha Paripalakhaya Namah

Notes

  1. ^ Sankara glosses "Hari" this way in his commentary on the word "Hari" in Vishnu-sahasra-nama.
  2. ^ Monier-Williams: "lord of the senses".
  3. ^ "Monier Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary p.206". website. Motilal Banarsidass Publishers (Pvt. Ltd). 2008. http://books.google.com/books?id=8KFPBl9lLRcC&pg=PA260&lpg=PA260&dq=karsana+sanskrit+root&source=bl&ots=5NOH4RrliN&sig=PXqbxn6ujk16aQks56BAc8u6tlk&hl=en&ei=CKZySrjyKdLUkAWdveihDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=karsana%20sanskrit%20root&f=true. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  4. ^ http://www.yogameditation.com/articles/issues_of_bindu/bindu_10/nada_yoga
  5. ^ Bhagavata Purana (1.1.1) commentary: "Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa is the primeval Lord, and if any transcendental nomenclature is to be understood as belonging to the Absolute Personality of Godhead, it must be the name indicated by the word Krishna, which means the all-attractive."
  6. ^ Bhagavata Purana (6.4.33)The Lord is sometimes called guṇa-karma-nāma because He is named according to His transcendental activities. For example, Kṛṣṇa means "all-attractive." This is the Lord's name because His transcendental qualities make Him very attractive. As a small boy He lifted Govardhana Hill, and in His childhood He killed many demons. Such activities are very attractive, and therefore He is sometimes called Giridhārī, Madhusūdana, Agha-niṣūdana and so on. Because He acted as the son of Nanda Mahārāja, He is called Nanda-tanuja.
  7. ^ Chaitanya Charitamrita Madhya 8.138 puruṣa, yoṣit, kibā sthāvara-jaṅgama sarva-cittākarṣaka, sākṣāt manmatha-madana “The very name Kṛṣṇa means that He attracts even Cupid. He is therefore attractive to everyone—male and female, moving and inert living entities. Indeed, Kṛṣṇa is known as the all-attractive one.
  8. ^ Deadwyler, W.H. (2004). "Cleaning House And Cleaning Hearts". The Hare Krishna Movement: the Postcharismatic Fate of a Religious Transplant. http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&id=mBMxPdgrBhoC&oi=fnd&pg=PA149&dq. Retrieved 2008-04-18. .. is known as Krishna, the “all-attractive.”
  9. ^ Chaitanya Charitamrita 9.30

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