Popular Mantras, Hymns & Quotes for Lord Krishna

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Shri Krishna as the name means He is the one who is capable of attracting everyone. The name Krishna also means absolute truth. He is the eight and most famous avatar of Lord Vishnu who is symbolized as the best example of truth, love, dharma and courage.

Here, are some of the most popular mantras of Shri Krishna used by devotees all over the world.

1. Moola Mantra

Om Krishnaya Namaha

Meaning: Salutations to the Lord Krishna

2. Krishna Gayatri Mantra: This mantra brings in high energy for activities and success in job.

Aum

Devkinandanaye Vidmahe

Vasudevaye Dhi-Mahi

Tan No Krishna Prachodayat

Aum

3. Sri Krishna Ashtakam

Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chaanoora Mardhanam |

Devaki Paramaanandham Krishnam Vande’ Jagathgurum ||

 

Adhasee Pushpa Sankaasam Haara Noopura Sobhitham |

Rathna Kangana keyooram Krishnam Vandhe’ Jagathgurum ||

 

Kutilaalaka Samyuktham Poorna Chandra Nibhaananam |

Vilasath Kundala tharam Krishnam Vandhe’ Jagathgurum ||

 

Mandhara Gandha Samyuktham Chaaru-haasam Chathur-bhujam; |

Parhipinjaa Vasoodaangam Krishnam Vandhe’ Jagathgurum ||

 

Uthpulla Padma Patraksham Nilajimutha Sannibham. |

Yaadhavaanaam Sirorathnam Krishnam Vandhe’ Jagathgurum ||

 

Rukmini Ke’li Samyuktham, Peethambara Su Sobitham; |

Avaaptha Thulasi Gaandharam, Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum. ||

 

Gopikaanaam Kusathvanthva Kunkumaangitha Vakshasam |

Srinike’tham Maheshvaasam Krishnam Vandhe’ Jagathgurum ||

 

Srivatsaankam, Mahoraskam, Vana Maala Virayitham; |

Sanka Chakra Dharam, Devam, Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum. ||

 

Krishnaashtakam itham Punyam Praatha Ruththaaya Ya:pade’th|

Ko’ti Janma Krutham Papam Smaranaath Thasya Nachyathi. ||

4. 24 name Mantra of Lord Krishna

Shri Keshvay namah, Naraynay namah, Madhvay namah,

Govinday namah, Vishnve namah, Madhusudnay namah,

Trivikramay namah, Vamnay namah, Shridhray namah,

Hrshikeshay namah, Padhanabhay namah, Damodaray namah,

Sankrshnay namah, Vasudevay namah, Prdyumnay namah,

Aniruddhay namah, Purushottmay namah, Adhoxjay namah,

Narsinhay namah, Achyutay namah, Janardnay namah,

Upendray namah, Haraye namah, Shri Krishnay namah.

5. Shri Krishna Aarti

Aarti Yugal Kishor ki Kijai,

Radhe Tan Man dhan nyochhavar kijai.

Ravi shashi koti badan ki shobha,

Tahi nirakh mera man lobha.

Gaur Shyam mukh nirkhat rijhai,

Prabhu ko rup nayan bhar pijai.

Kanchan thar kapur ki bati,

Hari aye nirmal bhai chhati.

Phulan ki sej phulan ki mala,

Ratna sinhasan baithe Nandlala.

Mor mukut kar murli sohai,

Natwar vesh dekh manmohe.

Oddhe peet neel pat sari,

Kunj Bihari Girvardhari.

Shri Purshottam Girvar dhari,

arti karat sakal Brajanari.

Nandnandan Vnishabhanu Kishori,

Parmanand svami avichal jori.

6. Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra: It is a 16-word Vaishnava mantra, the most famous mantra of Lord Krishna, which first appeared in the Kali-Santarana Upanishad.

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,

Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare

Hare Rama, Hare Rama,

Rama Rama, Hare Hare

7. Shree Radha Krishna Stuti

Kararavinde Na Padaravindam

Mukharavinde Viniveshayantam

Vatasya Patrasya Pute Shayanam

Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami

Meaning: I memorize the Lord in his infant form (Mukunda), who sleeps in a Banyan leaf. He is the one who puts his lotus life feet to His mouth, with the help of His hands.

Achyutam Keshavam Rama Narayanam

Krishna Daamodaram Vasudevam Harim

Shridharam Maadhavam Raamachandram Bhaje

Jaanki Naayakam Raamachandram Bhaje

Meaning: I sing praise of Ramachandra, Who is known as Achyuta (infallible), Keshav, Raam, Narayan, Krishna, Damodara, Vasudeva, Hari, Shridhara (possessing Lakshmi), Madhava, Gopikavallabha (Dearest of Gopika), and Janakinayaka (Lord of Janaki or Sita).

 

Achyutam Keshavam Satyabhaa Maadhavam

Maadhavam Shridaram Radhika Radhikam

Indira Mandriram Chetasaa Sundaram

Devaki Nandanam Nandanam Sandadhe

Meaning: I offer a salute with my hands together to Achyuta, Who is known as Keshav, Who is the consort of Satyabhama. He is also known as Madhav and Shridhar, Who is longed-for by Radhika, Who is like a temple of Lakshmi (Indira), who is beautiful at heart. He is the son of Devaki, and Who is the Dear-One of all.

Tapta-Kanchana-Gaurangi Radhe

Vrindavaneshvari  Vrishabhanu-Sute Devi

Pranamami Hari-Priye

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Meaning: I offer my respect to Shri Radha rani, who has molten gold complexion. O Goddess, You are the queen of Vrindavana, the daughter of King Vrishabhanu, and are very dear to Lord Krishna.

Goloka-Vasini Gopi

Gopisha Gopa-Matrika

Sananda Paramananda

Nanda-Nandana-Kamini

Meaning: Radha rani is a resident of Goloka, known as Vrindavan, and is a cowherd damsel. She is the queen of the gopis and the divine mother of the cowherd boys. She is joyful and always experiencing the highest bliss. She incites strong desires in the heart of the son of Nanda (Lord Krishna).

 

8. Sree Krishna Stuthi – Sandhyanaamam: This stuti is written by the famous devotee Poothanam, praising lord Krishna.

Anjana Sreedhara Charumoorthe Krishna

 Anjali Koopi Vanangidunnen

 Aananda Alangara Vaasudeva Krishna

 Aathangam Ellam Akattidene

 Indiranadha Jagannivasa Krishna,

Innende Munnil Vilangidene

Erezhulaginum Ekanaadha Krishna,

Eeranju Dikkum Niranja Roopa

Unni Gopala Kamalanethra Krishna,

 Ullil Nee Vannu Vilangidene

 Oozhiyil Vannu Piranna Naadha Krishna,

Oonam Koodathe Thunachidene

Ennulilulloru Taapamellam Krishna,

Ennunikanna Shamipickene

 Edalalar Banannu Thulyamurthe Krishna,

Ereeyamodhena Kaithozhunnen

Aithikamaakum Sukhathilaho Krishna

 Ayyo Enikkoru Mohamille

Ottalla Kauthugamantharange Krishna

Omalthirumeni Bhangikaanaan

 Odakkuzhalvili Melamode Krishna,

Odivarigende Gopabaala

Oudharyakomala Kelisheela Krishna,

Oupamyamilla Gunangalkethum 

Ambujalochana Ninpaada Pankajam,

Ambodu Njaanidaa Koombidunnen

Athyanda Sundara Nandasuno Krishna,

Atthal Kalanjenne Paalikkene 

Krishna Mukilvarna, Vrushnee Kuleshwara,

Krishnambujekshana Kaithozhunnen

Krishna Hare Jaya, Krishna Hare Jaya, Krishna Hare Jaya, Krishna Hare…

 

Meaning: I salute you, pretty Krishna, who is black and who carries Lakshmi

With folded hands,

Hey happy Krishna, who is decorated. He is also known as Vasudeva,

Be pleased to take away all my sorrows.

 

Hey Krishna who presides all over the universe and who is consort of Lakshmi,

Please appear before me,

Hey Krishna who is the only lord of fourteen worlds,

You are the one, who fills all the ten directions fully,

 

Oh lotus eyed Krishna, who is the baby cowherd,

Be pleased to come and live inside me,

Oh Krishna, who has taken birth on this earth,

Please help me to live without any problems.

 

Oh Krishna, you should put out the raging,

Problems of my heart, oh my baby Krishna,

Oh Krishna who is equal to the formidable Banasura,

I salute you with greatest happiness.

 

Oh Krishna I do not have any desire,

And alas I do not have any desire,

And Oh Krishna the curiosity within me is great,

To see the beauty of your body, Oh Krishna

 

Oh Krishna, along with the music of your flute with drum beats,

Oh Lad of the cowherds, please come running to me,

Oh pretty and charitable Krishna, who is playful,

There is no comparison at all for your qualities.

 

I salute your lotus like feet with love for you,

Oh Lord with lotus like eyes,

Oh most pretty one, Ok Krishna, oh son of Nanda,

Please drive away my problems and take care of me.

 

Oh cloud colored Krishna, Oh star of the clan of Vrushnees,

Oh Krishna with lotus like eyes, I salute you,

Victory to Krishna who is hari, Victory to Krishna who is Hari,

Victory to Krishna, who is Hari

Mantras & Hymns of Lord Ganesha

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The Hindu God Ganesha is considered to be the master of wisdom, guardian of knowledge and obstacle remover. All the devotees invoke prayers in favor of Ganesha to bring in positive energy to them and favorable results to their ventures. The Ganesha mantras are also known as Siddhi Mantras. Ganesha is known in different forms and by a number of names, and some of the names are Ganapati, Vignesha, Pillayar, Vinayak, Ekadenta, Lambodara, Gajanana.

Here, are some of the most popular mantras of Lord Ganesha, which are used to please Him.

1. Ganesha Dwaadasha Nama shlokam: This prayer mentions the 12 names of the Lord Ganesha. These verses are believed to be recited by Sage Narada in order to please Lord Ganesha.

Pranamya Shirasa Devam

Gauriputram Vinaayakam

Bhakataavaas am Smare

Nityam Aayush Kaamartha Siddhaye

Meaning: Salutations to the Lord, who is the son of Gowri, and He who resides deep in the heart of the devotees, blessing them always with good health and prosperity.

 

Prathamam Vakratundam

ChaEkadantam Dwiteeyakam

Thriteeyam Krishna Pingaaksham

Gajavaktram Chaturthakam

Meaning: This stanza marks the beginning of twelve names.

First as the Lord with the curved trunk;

Second as the one with only one tusk,

Third as the one with black (red/brown) eyes,

Fourth as the one with giant structure

Lambodaram Panchamaam

ChaShashtam Vikatameva

ChaSaptamam Vighnaraajendram

Dhoomravarnam Tathaashtamam

Meaning: Fifth, as the one with a big (long) stomach,

Sixth, as the one with a huge body,

Seven, as the remover of obstacles,

Eighth, as the one with smoke gray color

Navamam Phaalachandram

ChaDasamam Tu Vinaayakam

Ekaadasam Ganapatim

Dvaadasam Tu Gajaananam

Meaning: Ninth, as the one with moon on the front of His head,

Tenth, as the foremost leader,

Eleventh, as the leader of the ganas,

Twelfth as the one with elephant face

Dvaadasaitaani Naamaani

Trisandhyam Yah Pathernnarah

Na Cha Vighna Bhayam

TasyaSarva Siddhikaram Prabho

If a person remembers these twelve names of the Lord Ganesha, three times in a day. Then he will have all his obstacles and fear removed and will attain success.

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2. GanaNayaka Ashtakam: This mantra contains eight verses or hymns for invoking Lord Ganesha.

Ekadantam Mahaakaayam

Taptakaajnchana sannibham

LambodaraM VishaalaaxaM

Vande Ham GaNanaayakam

Meaning: You are one tusked, have a huge, massive and a hot-golden colored body. You have a large pot like belly, beautiful eyes. I bow to you the leader of ganas (followers of Lord Shiva)

 

Mounji Krishnajeenadharam

NaagaYagnopaveethanam

Bhalendu Sakalam Moulim

Vande Ham Gananayakam

Meaning: You are the one who is victorious and has the smoke-hued color body and who uses snake as a holy thread that is tied around the belly. The one who has a waxing moon on his head, I bow to you the leader of the ganas.

Chitraratna Vichitragam

Chitrmaalaa Vibhushitham

Kamarupadharam Devam

Vande Ham Gananayakam

Meaning: The one who makes a picture perfect pose. He has a garland adorning around his neck and takes the form of Kama Roop. I bow to you the leader of ganas.

Gajavaktam SuraSreshtam

Karnachamara Bhushitham

Pasamkusadharam Devam

Vande Ham Gananayakam

Meaning: The one with an elephant face and still considered the best. He is beautifully adorned with karnchamra. He holds Pashan and Kusha, weapons used in war. I bow to the leader of the ganas.

Mushikootham maaruhya

Devasura Mahaahavey

Yooddukamam Mahaaveeram

Vande Ham Gananayakam

Meaning: He uses mooshika as his chariot, the one who is prayed by everyone and the one who is an exceptionally valiant. I bow to that Lord Ganesha.

Yaksha Kinnera Gandharva

Siddi Vidhyadharay Sadha

Stutyamanam MahaaBhaahum

Vande Ham Gananayakam

Meaning: The one to whom yaksha, kinnera and gandharva pray. He is the only one who has the vidya to acquire opulence, and whose prayers are sung by people. He who has strong arms, I bow to the leader of the ganas.

Ambika Hryudayanandham

Matrubhihi Pariveshtitham

BhaktaPriyam Madhoonmatham

Vande Ham Gananayakam

Meaning: He is the one who is dear to the mother, who is always ready to serve his mother anytime, who is dear to his devotees and who ends the wars; I bow to the leader of the ganas.

 

SarvaVignaharam Devam

SarvaVigna Vivarjetham

Sarvasiddi Pradhataaram

Vande Ham Gananayakam

Meaning: He is the Lord who can take care of all our problems, who weakens all the obstacles and problems that comes our way to success and the one who gives all types of Siddhi. I bow to the leader of the ganas.

GanAshtakam Idham Punyam

Yah Pateth Satatham Narah

Siddyanthi Sarva kaaryaani

Vidhayaavan Dhanavaan Bhaveth

Meaning: This GanAshtakam gives the virtue to those who read it with devotion. This Ashtakam proves beneficial to those who read it, as it makes the person intelligent and wealthy.

Om gam ganapathi namaha

Meaning: Om –Salutations to the Lord.

Gam — the secret power sound of Ganesh and is known as His bija mantra.

Ganapathi — Another name of Ganesh

Namaha – I bow to you, my Lord.

4. Bija Mantra

Aum shrim hrim klim

glaum gam ganapataye

vara varada sarva

janamme vashamanaya svaha

 

2k5. Ganesh Gayatri Mantra

Aum Ekadantaya Vidmahe Vakratundaya Dheemahi

Tanno Danti Prachodayat Aum sri kaala svaroopaaya Vidmahe

Kaalaatheethaaya Dheemahi

Thanno kaala yoga shodasa ganapathi prachodayath

Meaning: We devote our thoughts to the One Tusked Lord. We meditate upon Him who has a Curved trunk and May the tusked one guide us on the right path.

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Lakshmi Quotes- Mantras – Hymns

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Mantras are believed to bring in harmony and peace of mind to the devotees who faithfully chant it to please their favorite deities. Chanting mantras can relieve mental stress, strain and even help in maintaining a normal heart rate. The word “mantra” is derived from two Sanskrit words “manas” and “trai“, which literally means “to free from the mind”.  From recent medical studies it was found the chanting of mantras in the right form evokes the production and spreading of the certain chemicals in the brain, which improve the health and the mental status of the devotee.

As per Hindu mythology, each Hindu God is associated with a moola mantra which when chanted in the specified time and period, will serve different purposes. The most evoked mantras are devoted to Lord Ganesha, Shiva, Hanuman and the Hindu Goddesses Lakshmi, Durga and Devi.

The Goddess Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of wealth, luxury, beauty, power and prosperity.  Her mantras are evoked by most of the entrepreneurs as they believe that She will be pleased and bring fortune to them.  One of the most chanted mantra of Goddess Lakshmi is as follows:

“Sarvagyay Sarvavarday
Sarvadushtbhaydkree Sarvadukhaharay

Devi Mahalakshmi Namostutay”

Meaning: O Goddess Maa Lakshmi, you are aware of everything; you bestow blessing upon all and defend us from the evils. You remove all miseries of life. Oh auspicious one, I surrender myself to you.

“Siddhi Buddhipraday
Devi Bhuktimuktipradayeenee
Mantramurtay Sada Devi
Mahalakshmi Namostutay”

Meaning: O divine Maa, you are the one who gives me all success and intelligence. You bless me with all the worldly pleasures, wealth and freedom. The magical words in the mantra comprise your grace with form and Mother, I surrender myself to you, always.

Aadhantarhitay Devi
Aadhshakti Maheshwari
Yogajay Yogasambhutay
Mahalakshmi Namostutay”

Meaning: O Mother Supreme, your art does not have a beginning or end. Your art is the primal power. Your art is born out of Yogic practice and manifested through yoga. O Mother auspicious, I bow to Thee.

“Sthulsukshmay Maharodray
Mahashakti Mahodray
Mahapaapharay Devi
Mahalakshmi Namostutay”

Meaning: O Goddess Lakshmi, your art gross and subtle, most awful and dominant. Your art encompass even the smallest things, and saves us even from the greatest sins. O Mother auspicious, I bow to Thee.

“Padnaasanstithay
Devi Parbrahmaswaroopeenee
Parmashree Jaganmatra
Mahalakshmi Namostutay”

Meaning: Maa Lakshmi, you reside in the heart of the faithful devotees and verily art the supreme Brahman. Your supreme art depicts that you are the mother of the universe. Promising Mother, I surrender to you.

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The Hindu Goddess Lakshmi is the consort of Lord Vishnu and is known as the Empress of Satyug. The Goddess is depicted in different forms, to bestow blessings and save the devotees from evils. Evoking the mantras of Goddess Lakshmi will bring peace and prosperity to your home or business.

The Story of Shiva and the Goddess Ganga

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Most of the images and sculpture of Lord Shiva depict the River Ganga flowing from his matted hair. As with all symbols within Hindu iconography there is an interesting tale behind Shiva and the Hindu goddess Ganga. According to Hindu mythology, there was a powerful king in India named Sagar. He decided to conduct Ashwamedha Yagya, a horse sacrifice, to declare his supremacy over the gods. The king of Heaven, Indra grew jealous of King Sagar and decided to steal the ritual horse. Indra successfully abducted the horse and tied him in the ashram of Sage Kapil, who was silently meditating for many years. King Sagar ordered his 60,000 sons to search and find his sacrificial horse. After a long search they found the horse tied at the ashram and began assaulting the great sage thinking he was the culprit who stole the horse. The sage awoke from his trance and in his anger started to destroy all the sons of king Sagar who were accosting him. Anshuman, the grandson of King Sagar, pleaded for forgiveness. The sage told him that he could save his life by bringing the sacred river Ganga down from the heavens to purify the souls of him and his ancestors and help them to attain nirvana.

King Dilip, son of Anshuman pleaded with Lord Brahma to help them bring the Ganga to earth. He failed to appease Brahma so he passed the task to his son, Bhagiratha. Bhagiratha was able to please Brahma, who ordered Ganga to descent to Earth. The furious Ganga felt this as an insult and decided to destroy Earth with her force while descending from heaven. Bhagiratha was warned by Brahma that earth will not be able to hold Ganga while descending from heaven, so he must seek the help of Lord Shiva, the only one who can withstand the power of Ganga. Bhagiratha pleaded with Lord Shiva to help him and Shiva agreed to receive Ganga in his matted locks. Ganga was arrogant and tried to drown Shiva by pushing him to the core of the earth, but the mighty Shiva easily held her in his locks.   Shiva’s tie was so strong that Ganga became helpless.

Lord Shiva wanted to teach Ganga a lesson, but instead released her in seven streams as he was satisfied with the prayers of Bhagiratha. The seven streams of Ganga are Bhagirathi, Janhvi, Bhilangana, Mandakini, Rishiganga, Saraswati and Alaknanda. Ganga became calm and followed Bhagiratha, who lead her to his ancestors and with her purity, released their souls.
There are a number of legends associated with Ganga and the different names she has at different places. This is but one.

Ganga is considered to be the most sacred river in India and it originates from the depths of Gangotri glacier. Ganga, otherwise known as Ganges, brings purity to human life. By bathing in her sacred waters one is purified to the core of their being.

Bhagiratha’s great effort in bringing Ganga to earth is known as “Bhagiratha Prayatna”. What would you consider to be the noble quality of Bhagiratha – his strong affection to his ancestors or his determination to meet any challenges to attain the ultimate goal?

Quotes about the Hindu God Ganesh

 

Hindu God Ganesh quotes
“O, Elephant Faced One!

You are so near
and we are far from You.
You are in and we are out;
You are at home, while I’m a stranger.

Yet, You have destroyed my egoity.

I shall sing Your Praise forever

and lay my garland of songs at Your feet.”

Saint Nambiandiyadigal

“His four arms stand for His immense power in helping humanity.  The noose and goad borne in two of His hands stand for His all-pervasiveness and grace.  The broken tusk held in the right hand shows that He is the refuge for all.  His huge belly is indicative of His tolerance and also signifies that all things, the entire Universe, are contained in Him.  His feet stand for the bestowal of siddhi and buddhi, attainment of desires and knowledge.  The modaka (sweet goody) in His hand is symbolic of jnana, conferring bliss.  His mount, the shrew, represents the worldly desires which are to be overcome.”
M. Arunachalam, Festivals of Tamil Nadu

“He is worshiped with red flowers.
 Unfailing, merciful, the origin of the worlds,
 He appears at the beginning of creation, alone, beyond Nature, beyond the Cosmic Person.
 He who meditates on His form
 becomes great among the yogis”
Ganapati Upanishad

In sculpture the position of Lord Ganesh’s trunk has a symbolic meaning.  If the trunk turns to the Ganesh’s left, that is the direction for success in the world.  It is a position associated with grihastas, or householders.  To his right, the trunk represents moksha, good for renouncing the world.  When one chooses a Ganesh sculpture that is proper for their own spiritual path the trunk position is one thing that is good to keep in mind.

“In heaven Lord Ganesh will establish the predominance of gods, on earth that of people, in the nether world that of serpents and anti-gods”
~A Hymn from Sri Bhagavat-Tathva~

“Shiva asked his two sons, Kartikeya and Ganesh to circle the world and return.  Kartikeya hurried off on his peacock but Ganesh simply walked around Shiva and Parvati.  He explained that for him, his parents constituted the world.  Shiva granted him a boon, saying that before undertaking any important task people would pray to Ganesh.”

“If you take home a stone and worship it in full faith, over a course of time you are bound to see the image of Ganesh.”

In the comments section below you are welcome to add any other prayers, quotes or sayings about Lord Ganesh that you may know.  We will add them to the page as they are posted.