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

Karna- The Unfortunate Warrior of the Mahabharata Epic

Karna is a fascinating character in the Mahabharata epic.  He is depicted as a tragic hero; gifted, righteous and brave, whose warrior skills won the admiration of Bhishma and Krishna. He remains as a tragic figure for millions of Hindus and Indians.  The story of Karna not only portrays his warrior skills, generosity, but also the strong friendship he had with Duryodhana, the eldest of Kauravas.

Birth of Karna: Karna is the eldest illegitimate son of Kunti, the mother of the Pandava clan. When Kunti was a teenage girl, she got the opportunity to serve the great saint Durvasa.  She took great care of him, which pleased him so much that he blessed her with a varada or boon. The boon were the words to a powerful mantra.  Whenever she chooses to chant this mantra she will have a baby boy endowed with Godly qualities from any God she wants.
As a teenage girl, without thinking of the consequences, Kunti decided to test the mantra.  While reciting the mantra, she pictured Surya the Sun God.  To her wonder Surya appeared before her in resplendent glory.  Kunti was terrified by Surya as she never expected him to come.  She wanted him to go back, but it was not possible since he was bounded by the strength of the mantra.
Kunti was blessed with a pretty boy, named Karna, and she was surprised to see the protective armor over his chest and in his ears – the kavacha and kundalas.  Because she was a single teenage mother she was left with no choice but to give up the baby.  She prepared a basket for her child and left him in the holy Ganges to float away from her life.
Karna was spotted by a couple named Adhiratha and Radha who desperately wanted a child of their own.  The couple adopted him and found happiness in raising him.  He came to be known as Suta Puthra as his father, Adhiratha, was the charioteer of King Dhritarashtra.  Karna was also known as Vasusena (Born with wealth) and Radheya (as his mother’s name was Radha).

Education: As a youth, Karna wanted to become a great warrior and learn archery and martial arts.  He contacted Guru Dronacharya and pleaded him to teach the art of warfare, but the guru refused his request as Karna belonged to low caste.  Karna realized that he could never fulfill his ambition as his lowly caste would prevent anyone from taking him on to teach him.

Curses: Hiding his identity Karna contacted Parshuram, a great warrior, and revealed his desire to be his disciple.  Mistaking him as a Brahmin, Parashuram accepted him. He taught him to master all the weapons of war.  Parashuram later discovered that he was deceived by Karma.  He placed a curse on Karna that all he learned from Parashuram would not be useful to protect him at the most crucial juncture in his life when he needs it most.
A second curse was placed on Karna while he was practicing the archery and he accidentally missed the target and killed a sacred cow.  A brahmin saw this and cursed him that he will have to face death as his innocent cow did; defenseless.

Karna’s natural mother, Kunti eventually was married to Pandu the King of Hastinapura, and he exhorted her to use the mantra and gave birth to three sons – Yudhishthir, Bhim and Arjun.  Madri, the second wife of Pandu, gave birth to Nakul and Sahadev.  The five brothers came to be known as sons of Pandu -the Pandavas and lived with Kauravas, the sons of Dhritarashtra, Pandu’s elder brother.  The Kauravas and Pandavas were master warriors learning all their skills from Kripacharya and then from Dronacharya.  However, all was not well between the brothers and the Kauravas and Pandavas had a dispute which eventually started a war between the two families.

The friendship with Duryodhana begins: Karna came to the arena of the great event organized by Dronacharya to showcase his disciple’s skills.  At the arena Karna challenged Arjun to a duel.  Duryodhana, the King of India and eldest of the Kauravas, was very happy to hear of Karna’s challenge to Arjun.  Duryodhana was very jealous of Arjun’s skill and wanted to defeat the Pandavas by all means.  However, the combat was declined since, Karna belonged to a low caste and Arjun was a prince.  Duryodhana came to the help of Karna and announced that Karna was the king of Anga.  From this moment, Karna became loyal to Duryodhana and a friendship grew between them.

Kunti meets Karna: The dispute between the Pandavas and Kavravas, regarding the right to rule Hasthinapur, eventually led to the Kurushethra war.  Before the war begins, Kunti meets Karna and reveals the truth that she is his biological mother.  She asks him to leave Kauravas and join his half-brothers.  However, the loyal Karna denies his mother’s request and promises that she will be left with five sons at the end of the battle as he only wishes to kill Arjun.  He also requests his mother to keep their relationship and his royal birth heritage a secret until his death.  Indra, the father of Arjun, becomes worried and disguises himself as a Brahmin and asks the generous Karna to give away his armor bestowed on his as a child as a gift for him.  Despite of the warning from his father, Surya, Karna fulfills the wish of the masked Brahmin and gifts his armor away.

Bronze Chariot of Arjuna and Krishna of the Mahabharata epic

Bronze Statue of Krishna and Arjuna having a conversation in their chariot during the Mahabharata epic

Battle of Kurushethra: In the Mahabharata war Karna fights on the Kauravas’ side and opposes his own half-brothers, the Pandavas.  Lord Krishna becomes the charioteer of Arjun, to see that the Pandavas win the battle.  Karna enters the battlefield on the 11th day, after Bhishma was wounded.  He kept his word to Kunti and did not capture any of the Pandavas, even though he has several opportunities to do so. On the 15th day, Karna is appointed as the commander-and-chief of the Kaurava forces as Drona was killed by unfair means. Karna was able to defeat all the Pandavas, except Arjun in the individual confrontations, but spares their lives as he does not want to break the promise he had given to his mother.
On the 17th day, Karna and Arjun come face to face in battle.  Karna tried his hardest to kill Arjun and Lord Krishna came to the rescue of Arjun.  During the course of battle, one of the wheels of Karna’s chariot plunges into the earth’s loose soil.  Karna asks Arjun to temporarily stop the fighting, which Arjun agrees to.  Karna gets off his chariot unarmed and to fix the wheel of the chariot. During this, Lord Krishna reminds Arjun about the incidents in which his wife Draupati was disgraced and Karna’s role in the death of his son Abhimanyu. Arjun was so desperate that he obeyed the advice of Krishna and aimed the fatal shaft Anjalika at Karna.  Though Karna was able to protect himself from the arrow, he couldn’t do it.  The curse which was placed upon him by his former teacher, Parshuram worked and he was unable to protect himself and the arrow hit him.

Salvation: Lord Krishna meets Karna in the battle field just before his death and promises to grant him any two wishes.  Karna asks Krishna to inform his mother, Kunti, about his death so that she can reveal the secret that he was the eldest of the Pandavas.  For his 2nd wish he wanted his rebirth to be in a noble family so that he can feed others (annatanam).  Lord Krishna was very much moved by his requests and informs him that in the next life he will be Siruttontar Nayanar and finally the brave and courageous hero dies in harmony.
After his conversation with Krishna, Karna was then beheaded brutally as he was helpless in the battle field fulfilling the curse of the brahim saying he would die defenseless.  All the curses worked upon him at once in the battle.

What are the reasons for Karna’s downfall?  What paved the path for his ultimate destruction?  His dedicated friendship and support for Duryodhana’s malicious plans or his generosity in giving away things without considering his own safety?

Avatars of Hindu God Vishnu

Yoga Narasimha, avatar of hindu god vishnu

Bronze Narasimha statue, 4th avatar of Lord Vishnu

When most people think of Avatars they think of the recent Blockbuster hit by James Cameron.  But the original concept of Avatars stems from the Hindu Religion and is most widely associated with Hindu God Vishnu.  Within Hinduism, Avatars are thought to be descendants of Hindu deity’s, deliberately placed upon earth.  The reason Hindu God Vishnu, the Preserver, is most closely associated with this concept is because he is thought to have many, each with a specific aim or purpose in existence.

 

Within the Bhagavad Gita there is a passage that describes the purpose of these destined Avatars of Vishnu as bringing about dharma back to the social order of the world:

 

 

 “Whenever righteousness wanes and unrighteousness increases I send myself forth.  For the protection of the good and for the destruction of evil, and for the establishment of righteousness, I come into being age after age.”

 

Another reason for the close association with Vishnu and his Avatars is because his descendants are thought to be integral to his teachings.  Other deities do not have such close ties to their descendants.

Although there are thought to be countless descendants of Vishnu in some respects, there are 10 main avatars that are often referred to as Dasavatara.  Krishna and Rama are the most widely known of Vishnu’s 10 avatars.

The other 8 are as follows:

1)      Matsya- fish avatar

2)      Kurma- tortoise avatar

3)      Varaha- boar avatar

4)      Narasimha- half man-half lion avatar

5)      Vamana -dwarf avatar

6)      Parashurama- sage avatar

7)      Gautama Buddha

8)      Kaliki- who has yet to come

Lord Krishna & Kaliya the Serpent

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The 8th Avatar of Lord Vishnu, Krishna came to know that a very large and poisonous serpent had made its home in a lagoon on the Yamuna River.  The serpents’ name was Kaliya.  Because the serpent was so poisonous that it killed all the fish in the river and even the trees and grass surrounding the lake were wilting from the effects of the poison.  When birds flew over the area, they immediately dropped dead and fell into the lake, due to the highly poisonous vapors emanating from the water. In that time, there were many frightful demons who had all kinds of mystic powers.  The Hindu God Krishna had specifically appeared to rid the world of all these disturbing elements.  Krishna came to this place with His cowherd boyfriends and decided to confront Kaliya, the king of the snakes.  He climbed the large Kadamba tree and from there, jumped into the poisonous waters of the Yamuna.

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Lord Krishna then began splashing about and making very loud noises just to disturb Kaliya serpent. Sure enough, Kaliya came up to the surface to see who was disturbing his domain. The huge black serpent; Kaliya (Kaliya means black) possessed over one hundred hoods, each decorated with a precious gem.  When he breathed, fire emanated from his nostrils.  He suddenly seized Krishna in his powerful coils, and bound the Lord as tightly as possible.  Unfortunately this serpent did not realize that within its coils was the Supreme Personality of Godhead, playing as a child and enjoying His earthly pastimes in the transcendental land of Vrindavana.  Without warning, Krishna, the Supreme Mystic, started to expand His body, and Kaliya, who began to feel the incredible pressure, was forced to release the Lord from his deadly coils. Krishna then jumped on to the hoods of the great serpent and started to dance, stamping His foot down on the heads of the snake demon, Kaliya.  This is the representation often seen in the Kaliya Krishna statues found in Hindu homes and temples. This stamping of Krishna, felt to Kaliya serpent like Indra’s thunderbolt striking a mountain. The Lord jumped from one hood to another, and Kaliya felt helpless and bewildered; in anger he spat fire from his many mouths but the Lord was so dexterous that His dancing movements caused the-snake to become dizzy.  After so many kicks from the Lord, Kaliya started to vomit blood before becoming almost unconscious. At that time, the many wives of the Kaliya serpent appeared and begged the Lord with folded hands to spare their husband.  Krishna decided to banish Kaliya to the great ocean never to return again.  Thereafter, the giant snake along with his wives, departed forever, and the transcendental Lord re-joined His cowherd boyfriends on the bank of the Yamuna, to continue their wonderful pastimes in the land of Vrindavana.

Creating a Simple Lord Krishna Puja to Celebrate Janmashtami

The significance of Lord Krishna is that he used his life to explain the great teachings in Upanishads. He taught us to remain neutral, live in the moment and celebrate every day of life.

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Krishna Statue for Janmashtami Puja

Keeping in mind that Lord Krishna taught us to rise above rituals and take action; the best offering is to perform one’s duty by realizing the Braham within. Janmashtami is a day to reflect, calm the mind and feel a connection with Shri Krishna. Above all, the greatest puja is to read the Bhagavad Gita, sit in silence and contemplate.

  • Puja suggestions dedicated to Lord Krishna:Place a Krishna statue and Ganesha statue in a clean, quiet space
  • Have a lamp and prepare a plate with flowers, fruits and sweets
  • Meditate and pray to Lord Ganesha
  • Light the lamp
  • Meditate and pray to Lord Krishna
  • Offer flowers, specifically tulsi leaves and light incense
  • Chant the mantra – “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya”
  • Offer the fruits and sprinkle water on the Lord Krishna sculpture and Lord Ganesha sculpture
  • When completed, remove the fruits and offer as Prasad with others

The significance of Lord Krishna is that he used his life to explain the great teachings in Upanishads. He taught us to remain neutral, live in the moment and celebrate every day of life. However you chose to worship, Lord Krishna is happy with any offerings to him in true devotion.  View a video of Lord Krishna puja.