The Shree Krishna

108 names of Krishna

Lord Krishna, a revered deity in Hinduism, embodies a multitude of divine qualities – from being a compassionate shepherd to a wise philosopher. Celebrated across the globe, Janmashtami marks his birth and is a time of joyous festivities. Central to this celebration is the recitation of 108 names of Krishna, each resonating with deep spiritual meaning and significance. These names, derived from ancient scriptures, reflect the many facets of his divine personality and deeds. For devotees and spiritual seekers, chanting these names is not just a ritual but a pathway to imbibe the virtues that Krishna represents. In this piece, we explore these 108 names, delving into their meanings and the profound impact they can have on one’s life.

108 names of Krishna or Shri Krishna with meaning:

  1. Govinda – The Lord of the cows.
  2. Gopala – The Protector of the cows.
  3. Hari – The Remover of sins.
  4. Vasudeva – The Son of Vasudeva.
  5. Madhusudana – The Slayer of the demon Madhu.
  6. Krishna – The Dark-Complexioned One.
  7. Narayana – The Shelter of all beings.
  8. Achyuta – The Infallible One.
  9. Ananta – The Infinite One.
  10. Damodara – The One with a rope around His waist.
  11. Mukunda – The Giver of Liberation.
  12. Janardana – The Maintainer of all.
  13. Keshava – The Slayer of the demon Keshi.
  14. Vishnu – The All-Pervading One.
  15. Shyam – The Dark One.
  16. Gopal – The Protector of the cows.
  17. Yadavendra – The Lord of the Yadavas.
  18. Devakinandana – The Son of Devaki.
  19. Govindaraja – The King of the senses.
  20. Nandakumara – The Son of Nanda.
  21. Yashodanandana – The Joy of Yashoda.
  22. Nandanandana – The Delight of Nanda.
  23. Parthasarathi – The Charioteer of Arjuna.
  24. Jagannatha – The Lord of the universe.
  25. Ranchor – The One who fled from battle.
  26. Venugopala – The Flute-playing Cowherd.
  27. Radhakanta – The Lover of Radha.
  28. Gopinath – The Lord of the Gopis.
  29. Madhava – The Consort of Goddess Lakshmi.
  30. Tribhuvaneshwara – The Lord of the three worlds.
  31. Bhagavan – The Supreme Personality of Godhead.
  32. Jagadisha – The Lord of the universe.
  33. Vishvarupa – The One with a universal form.
  34. Charanamritashravana – One whose feet are the nectar of devotion.
  35. Mukundamaline – The One wearing a garland of wildflowers.
  36. Muraripriya – Beloved of Lord Shiva.
  37. Pradyumna – The Son of Lord Krishna.
  38. Sankarshana – The Original Expansion of Lord Krishna.
  39. Rukminikanta – The Husband of Rukmini.
  40. Padmanabha – The One with a lotus-shaped navel.
  41. Vasuki – The Lord of the serpent Vasuki.
  42. Sharngadhara – The Holder of the Sharnga bow.
  43. Sheshashayana – The One who rests on the serpent Shesha.
  44. Trivikrama – The One who took three steps.
  45. Matsyavatara – The Fish Incarnation.
  46. Kurmanatha – The Tortoise Incarnation.
  47. Varaha – The Boar Incarnation.
  48. Narasimha – The Lion-Man Incarnation.
  49. Vamana – The Dwarf Incarnation.
  50. Raghava – The Descendant of the Raghu dynasty.
  51. Kausalyanandana – The Joy of Queen Kausalya.
  52. Ramachandra – The Moon-like Lord Rama.
  53. Janaki-nayaka – The Lord and Protector of Sita.
  54. Sita-ram – The Divine Couple, Sita and Rama.
  55. Lakshmana – The Brother of Lord Rama.
  56. Hanuman – The Devotee of Lord Rama.
  57. Bharata – The Brother of Lord Rama.
  58. Shatrughna – The Slayer of enemies.
  59. Raghukula-nayaka – The Leader of the Raghu dynasty.
  60. Radha-ramana – The Lover of Radha.
  61. Vrindavaneshwara – The Lord of Vrindavan.
  62. Nandalal – The Darling of Nanda.
  63. Yamunakrishna – The One who sported in the Yamuna river.
  64. Brajagopika-chandra – The Moon for the Gopis of Braj.
  65. Gokulachandra – The Moon of Gokula.
  66. Yashoda-nandana – The Son of Yashoda.
  67. Mathura-natha – The Lord of Mathura.
  68. Dwarakadheesh – The King of Dwaraka.
  69. Rajendra – The King of Kings.
  70. Kamalapati – The Lord of the Lotus.
  71. Gokuleshwar – The Lord of Gokul.
  72. Dwarkesh – The Ruler of Dwarka.
  73. Ranchhodraiji – The One who fled from battle.
  74. Yoganidra – The Divine Yogi.
  75. Yogeshwara – The Lord of Yoga.
  76. Parabrahman – The Supreme Absolute Truth.
  77. Prabhu – The Supreme Master.
  78. Achintya – The Inconceivable One.
  79. Adhokshaja – The Beyond the Senses.
  80. Adbhut – The Marvelous One.
  81. Akhila – The All-Pervading One.
  82. Amrita – The Nectar of Immortality.
  83. Anadi – The Beginningless One.
  84. Atman – The Supreme Soul.
  85. Avyaya – The Imperishable One.
  86. Balabhadra – The Mighty Brother of Krishna.
  87. Bhaktavatsala – The Lover of His Devotees.
  88. Chaturbhuj – The Four-Armed Lord.
  89. Dayalu – The Compassionate One.
  90. Deenabandhu – The Friend of the Needy.
  91. Devadhideva – The God of all gods.
  92. Dina-natha – The Lord of the Poor.
  93. Ghanashyam – The Dark-Complexioned Lord.
  94. Giridhari – The Lifter of Govardhan Hill.
  95. Govardhanadhari – The Holder of Govardhan Hill.
  96. Hamsa – The Supreme Swan.
  97. Jagannath – The Lord of the Universe.
  98. Jagatpati – The Lord of the World.
  99. Kamala-nayana – The Lotus-Eyed Lord.
  100. Kamalapati – The Lord of the Lotus.
  101. Keshavan – The Beautiful-Haired Lord.
  102. Lokanath – The Lord of the Worlds.
  103. Madanamohana – The Enchanter of Cupid.
  104. Muralidhara – The Holder of the Flute.
  105. Nanda-kumara – The Son of Nanda.
  106. Niranjan – The Pure One.
  107. Paramatma – The Supreme Soul.
  108. Shrinathji – The Lord of Shri (Lakshmi).
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