List of titles and names of Krishna

Krishna (/ˈkrɪʃnə/; Sanskrit: कृष्ण, Kṛṣṇa in IAST, pronounced [ˈkr̩ʂɳə] ( listen)) is a Hindu deity, worshipped across many traditions of Hinduism in a variety of different perspectives. He is arguably one of the most enigmatic figures in World prehistory and mythology. Historically, Krishna as Vasudeva Govinda Krishna Shauri of the Vrishnis was the monarch of Dwaraka, a submerged island-state off coast modern Gujarat, India. In the Hindu Pantheon Krishna is recognized as the complete and eighth avatar of the God Vishnu or as the Supreme God swayam bhagwan (supreme personality of godhead) in his own right. Krishna is one of the most widely revered and popular of all Hindu deities. As one of the most popular of all Hindu deities, Krishna has absorbed many regionally significant deities such as Jagannatha in Odisha or Vithoba in Maharashtra. Srimad Bhagavatam names Krishna's eternal abode as Goloka. He is often described as a child, an infant eating butter, a toddler being tied to a mortar (Damodara) by his Mother, a young boy playing a flute as in the Bhagavata Purana (a.k.a. Srimad Bhagavatam),[1] an adolescent cowherd tending to cows, a young man along with Radha (Rādhārānī), a householder romancing any of his multiple wives, a king dispensing royal duties, a diplomat initiating both war and peace for greater good, as a middle-aged friend and charioteer to Arjuna or as an elder giving direction and guidance to Arjuna in the form of Spiritual discourse as in the Bhagavad Gita.[2] In Bagwat Gita (4:13) Krishna says, "Chatur varnyam maya srishtam" meaning that Krishna himself created the caste system (varnashrama dharma).The stories of Krishna appear across a broad spectrum of Hindu philosophical and theological traditions.[3] They portray him in various perspectives: a lovable infant, a god-child, a prankster, a cowherd, a model lover, a divine hero, a Diplomat, a King, a Kingmaker, a selfless friend, a philosopher and the Supreme Being swayam bhagwan.[4] The principal scriptures discussing Krishna's story are the Mahabharata, the Harivamsa, the Bhagavata Purana, and the Vishnu Purana. The Vishnu Sahasranama, the list of Vishnu's thousand names also includes many of the above-mentioned names including Sri Krishna.

108 names and titles from the Gaudiya Vaishnavism tradition

According to, the 108 names of Krishna include:[5]

Names in general use

NameMeaning NameMeaning NameMeaning
Achala (अचल)Baby Achyuta (अच्युत)Infallible AvyuktaCrystal clear one
Banke Bihari (बाँके बिहारि)corrupt form of Van Ke Vihari (वन के विहारि) which means one who loves to sport in the forests particularly Vrindavan Bihari (बिहारी) One who plays Bhaktavatsara One who uplifts his devotees
Brajesha (ब्रजेश)Lord of Braja Chakradhara (चक्रधर)the bearer of a discus (chakra) Damodara (दामोदर)the Lord when He was tied with a cord (dama) round His waist (udara)
Dinabandhu (दीनबंधु)Friend of the afflicted Dinanatha (दीननाथ)Refuge of destitutes Dwarakadisha (द्वारकाधीश)Lord of Dwaraka
Dwarakanatha (द्वारकानाथ)Lord of Dwaraka Ghanshyam (घनश्याम) Dark rain cloud complexioned one Giridhari (गिरिधारि)he who lifted a hill (Govardhana hill)
Gopala (गोपाल)cowherd; protector of cows (more accurately protector of life) Gopinatha (गोपीनाथ)Lord of the gopis, or cowherd women. Govinda (गोविंद)protector of cows; also connected with Govardhana hill; see also other meanings.
GovindarajaKing of the cow protectors GuruvayurappanLord of the Guruvayoor, the city of Guru Brihaspati and Vayu. Hari (हरि)one who takes away the sins, or who wards off samsara, the cycle of birth and death
Ishvara (ईश्वर)god Hrushikesha (हृषिकेश)"lord of the senses".[6] Jagannatha (जगन्नाथ)lord of all places (see also Juggernaut)
Janardana (जनार्दन)One Who Bestows Boons On One and All Kaladeva (कालदेव)the black deity Kalmashaheenathe sinless one
Kanhaji or Kanhaiya (कान्हाजी, कन्हैया)Kanhaji(कान्हाजी) means that we are able to lean on Him, to share our burdens with Him and to be closer to Him." Keshava (केशव)long haired, beautiful haired; see also other meanings Kunj Bihari (कुंज बिहारी)enjoyer of lakes[7][8] Madana Mohana (मदन मोहन)Bewilderer of Cupid (Madana)
Madhava (माधव)The one from the yadava race Madhusudanahkiller of demon Madhu Manikantha (मणिकंठ )Krishna used wear Kaustubha Mani. Hence he also is called Manikantha
Murarikiller of the asura named Mura MukhilanThe one with the complexion similar to the rain clouds Mukunda (मुकुंद)He who gives liberation
Nandagopala (नंदगोपाल)Beloved cowherd Nandalal (नन्दलाल)Beloved of Nanda PandurangaThe White Lord of Pandharpur
Parambrahmanthe highest Brahman Parameshvarathe highest Ishvara, the highest god Parthasarathi (पर्थसारथि)charioteer of Partha, another name of Arjuna, a reference to his role with regard to Arjuna in the great battle
Patitapavana (पतितपवन)Purifier of the fallen Radhaavallabha (राधावल्लभ)lover of Radha RajagopalaKing of Cowherds
RanchhodraiOne refused to fight the war and fled to Dwarka for the sake of peace. ShyamasundaraBlack and Beautiful SanthanaThe sweet child
SanathanaSarathyThe eternal spiritual charioteer ShauriDescendent of Shurasena Vāsudeva, Krishna Vasudeva (वासुदेव, कृष्ण वासुदेव)son of Vasudeva
YadhunandanaSon of the Yadu dynasty Yogeshwara (योगेश्वर)the Lord of the Yogis Yashoda Nandana (यशोदा नंदन)child of Yashoda

See also


  1. Knott 2000, p. 56
  2. Knott 2000, p. 36, p. 15
  3. Richard Thompson, Ph.D. (December 1994). "Reflections on the Relation Between Religion and Modern Rationalism". Archived from the original on 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
  4. Mahony, W.K. (1987). "Perspectives on Krsna's Various Personalities". History of Religions. American Oriental Society. 26 (3): 333–335. doi:10.1086/463085. JSTOR 1062381.
  5. "108 Names of Krishna". Astrology @ Bhavishya Darshan Janam Patrika. Archived from the original on 10 March 2005.
  6. Monier-Williams || "lord of the senses".


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