Glories of the Unlimited Names of Lord Sri Krishna

Lord Krishna has unlimited names (Naam), forms (Rupa), qualities (Guna) and pastimes (Lila). It is said that once Lord Krishna approached Anantasesha (the great serpent) and asked him if he could hold the universe (Bhu-mandala) on his hoods. Anantasesha agreed but wanted a time frame, as to till when would he have to hold it. So, the Lord tricked him and said you hold it until you complete reciting my glories. And since then, the beginning of creation, Anantasesha has been reciting the endless qualities of the Lord and continues to do so. In the Srimad Bhagavatam, Brahmaji says:

nāntaṁ vidāmy aham amī munayo ’gra-jās te
māyā-balasya puruṣasya kuto ’varā ye
gāyan guṇān daśa-śatānana ādi-devaḥ
śeṣo ’dhunāpi samavasyati nāsya pāram

Neither I nor all the sages born before you know fully the omnipotent Personality of Godhead. So what can others, who are born after us, know about Him? Even the first incarnation of the Lord, namely Śeṣa, has not been able to reach the limit of such knowledge, although He is describing the qualities of the Lord with ten hundred faces.

[Srimad Bhagavatam 2.7.41]

So the Lord has endless qualities. A few of the commonly used names of the Lord with their meanings have been listed below.

Muralidhara - one who holds the flute

Achyutam – one who never fails or falls down

Ananta – derived from Anatasesha, the great serpent on which Garbhodakasayi Vishnu lies

Rasaraj - the king of mellows / emotions

Rasikashekhara - the crest or peak of emotions

Keshava - killer of the demon Keshi, also means long-haired one

Madhava - consort of mother (Ma)

Madhusudana – destroyer of the demon Madhu

Janardhana - chastiser of the enemies

Yashoda-Nandan - son of mother Yashoda

Devaki Nandan – son of mother Devaki

Rishikesha - controller of the senses

Giridhara – who holds the mountain (Govardhan)

Shyam - of dark blue colour

Shyamasundar - of beautiful dark blue colour

Ghanashyam - of colour like dark clouds

Gopinath -the master of the Gopis

Govinda - Ruler of the senses

Gopal - Protector of the cows

Purushottham – the supreme purusha

Radhanath - Master of Srimati Radharani

Radhakanta – sweet-heart of Radharani

Sridhara - One who possesses wealth (Sri= Lakshmi)

Hari - remover of darkness and illusion

Va(a)sudeva - the son of Vasudev

Damodar - One who is tied at the waist

Mukunda - giver of liberation

Manmohan - who attracts the mind

Madanmohan - who attracts Cupid

Yadunandana – descendent of Yadu dynasty

Manohar – one who wins over the mind, charming, lovable

Hence the names of the Lord are endless and so are His qualities. In fact, it is said that whatever opulent qualities people manifest; like intelligence, beauty, skills like – painting, music, sculpture, dancing etc. are a minute fraction endowed from the Lord. The Lord possesses these qualities in limitless quantities.

yad yad vibhūtimat sattvaṁ
śrīmad ūrjitam eva vā
tat tad evāvagaccha tvaṁ
mama tejo-’ṁśa-sambhavam

Know that all opulent, beautiful and glorious creations spring from but a spark of My splendor.
[Bhagavad Gita - 10.41]

We can only attempt to get a glimpse of the qualities of Lord Krishna. And this we can do by sincerely chanting the mahamantra; Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. By developing steady faith and offense-less chanting, the qualities of the Supreme Lord will gradually be revealed to us.

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8 thoughts on “Glories of the Unlimited Names of Lord Sri Krishna

  1. Wonderful Mataji! by chanting the Mahamantra devotedly & diligently we can come closer to Lord & able to seek his blessings.

  2. Hare Krishna
    Dandavat Pranam

    It was enlightening to learn about Krishna’s transcendental names. It is very interesting to note how every names of Krishna has a meaning which actually represents Krishna’s form, quality or pastimes. Unlike material names which may not be aligned with the person’s nature.


  3. Everything is very open with a very clear description of the issues. It was truly informative. Your website is very helpful. Thank you for sharing!

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