Shri Krishna Names

There is a famous Krishna bhajan where the lyricist has beautifully explained the meaning of name ‘Krishna’. Although this Krishna song is based on the mischievous nature of Lord Krishna, the dearest God of India, where he asks her mother Yashoda, “why Radha is so fair and I am so dark?” The song goes like this:

Yashomati maiyaa se pucche nandlala,

Radha kyun gori main kyun kala?

Yashoda gives many reasons in her answers, one of which says “you have arrived on the dark night and thus you are so dark.” Krishna, in Hindi, means black or dark.

Shri Krishna NamesBoli muskati maiyaa, lalan ko bataya,

Kari andhiyari kali raat mein tu aaya,

Ladla kanhaiya mera, ladla kanhaiya mera

kali kamli vala, isiliya kala!

As Lord Shri Krishna was born on the eighth day of Shravan Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight of Shravan month) which is celebrated as Shri Krishna Janmashtami, and also because he was dark, His name was Krishna meaning ‘dark complexioned’!

Like this only, Shri Krishna has been given numerous names, 108 to be precise by his devotees, followers and persons who appear in his lifetime as the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, which is also one of his names.

108 Names of Lord Shri Krishna

Each of the Shri Krishna names have their own meaning. Some of them relate to the qualities of Krishna like Manohar meaning beautiful, Achyut meaning infallible, Murlidhar meaning one having murali or flute in his hands and Keshav meaning one who has beautiful long hair. Some of the other names of Shri Krishna relate to the great deeds he performed in his life time like Kamsantak meaning slayer of Kamsa (the evil king) and Giridhar meaning one who held mountain on his little finger. Many names of Shri Krishna represent him as the Supreme God and Protector of universe such as Jagadish meaning protector of universe, Devesh meaning Lord of lords, and Vishwarupa meaning one who displays the universal form.

List of Shri Krishna Names

Vishnu Sahasranama mentions 1008 names of Lord Vishnu some of which are also shared by Shri Krishna as he was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. However, there are 108 names of Shri Krishna that are particularly popular among his devotees who love to recite them on special occasions like Krishna Janmashtami or even during their daily worship ritual. Here is a list of 108 names of Lord Krishna with their meanings.

  1. Achala: The one who cannot be moved
  2. Achyuta: The one who can’t err
  3. Adbhutah: The one who is Wonderful
  4. Adidev: The one who is the first of the Gods
  5. Aditya: The one who throws light on everything
  6. Ajanma: One Who Is Limitless And Endless
  7. Ajaya: The Conqueror Of Life And Death
  8. Akshara: The one who is beyond mind, body and senses
  9. Amrita: The one who does not die
  10. Anandsagar: The one who embodies sea of happiness
  11. Ananta: The one who is endless
  12. Anantajit: The one who is ever victorious
  13. Anaya: The one who cannot be led by other
  14. Aniruddha: The one who cannot be obstructed by enemies
  15. Aparajeet: The one who can never be defeated
  16. Avyakta: The one who cannot be described
  17. Bal Gopal: The child who is friends of cows
  18. Bal Krishna– Baby Krishna
  19. Chaturbhuj: The one with four arms
  20. Damodara: The one who keeps the world called Dama in his belly
  21. Deeptamurty: The one who has a body shining with knowledge
  22. Devadidev: The one who is the God of the Gods
  23. Devaki Nandan: The one who is the son of Devaki
  24. Dayanidhi: The one who is repository of compassion
  25. Devesh: The one who is the Lord of the Lords
  26. Dharmadhyaksha: The one who is the Lord of Dharma
  27. Dravin: The one who has no enemies
  28. Dwarkapati: The one who is the Lord of Dwarka
  29. Gopal: The one who plays with the gopas or cowherds
  30. Gopalpriya: The one who is the lover of cowherds
  31. Govinda: The one who pleases the cows, the land and the entire nature
  32. Gyaneshwar: The one who is the Lord of knowledge
  33. Hari: The one who eliminates births, deaths and their causes, the one who makes souls free
  34. Hiranyagarbha: The one who resides as the soul (Brahmam) of this golden universe
  35. Hrishikesh: The one who is lord of senses, the one who controls all senses
  36. Jagadguru: The one who is the preceptor of the universe
  37. Jagadisha: The one who is the protector of all universe
  38. Jagannath: The one who is the Lord of the Universe
  39. Janardhana: The one one who bestows boons on one and all
  40. Jayantah: The one who is the conqueror of all enemies
  41. Jyotiraaditya: The one who is the resplendence of the sun
  42. Kamalanath: The one who is the Lord of Goddess Lakshmi
  43. Kamalnayan: The one who has lotus shaped eyes
  44. Kamsantak: The one who is the slayer of Kamsa (the evil king)
  45. Kanjalochana: The one who has beautiful eyes
  46. Keshava: The one who has long, black hair locks
  47. Krishna: The one who is dark complexioned
  48. Lakshmikantam: The one who is the Lord of Goddess Lakshmi
  49. Lokadhyaksha: The one who is the Lord of all the three loka (worlds)
  50. Madan: The one who is the Lord of love
  51. Madhava: The one who is the Lord of knowledge
  52. Madhusudan: The one who is the slayer of demon Madhu
  53. Mahendra: The one who is the God to the Gods
  54. Manmohan: The one who is pleasing to one’s heart
  55. Manohar: The one who steals heart with his beauty
  56. Mayur: The one who has a peacock feathered-crest
  57. Mohan: The one who is all attractive
  58. Murali: The one who plays flute
  59. Murlidhar: The one who holds flute in hands
  60. Murlimanohar: The one who steals heart by playing flute
  61. Nandakumara: The one who is the son of Nanda
  62. Nandgopala: The one who is the son of cowherds head Nanda
  63. Narayana: The one who resides in all things that he creates
  64. Navaneethachora: The one who steals butter
  65. Niranjana: The one who is unblemished
  66. Nirguna: The one who is the supreme reality without any form
  67. Padmahasta: The one who has hands like lotus
  68. Padmanabha: The one who has a lotus shaped navel
  69. Parabrahmana: The one who is the supreme absolute truth
  70. Paramatma: The one who is the Lord of all beings
  71. Parampurush: The one who is the supreme personality
  72. Parthasarthi: The one who is the charioteer of Partha or Arjuna
  73. Prajapati: The one who is the chief of all human beings
  74. Punyah: The one who is supremely pure
  75. Purshottam: The one who is the Supreme Soul
  76. Ravilochana: The one who has the sun for his eyes
  77. Sahasraakash: The one who has thousand eyes (All eyes are his)
  78. Sahasrajit: The one who defeats thousands (of evil people)
  79. Sakshi: The one who is the witness of every thing that happens
  80. Sanatana: The one who is the Eternal Lord
  81. Sarvajana: The one who is the Omniscient Lord
  82. Sarvapalaka: The one who takes care of all
  83. Sarveshwar: The one who is the Lord of all Gods
  84. Satyavachana: The one who speaks only the truth
  85. Satyavrata: The one who is dedicated to the truth
  86. Shantah: The one who is not attracted by bodily pleasures
  87. Shreshta: The one who is the Best
  88. Shrikanta: The one who is attractive and beautiful
  89. Shyam: The one who has dark complexion
  90. Shyamsundara: The one who is dark and beautiful
  91. Sumedha: The one who has good causing knowledge
  92. Suresham: The one who is the Lord of all Gods
  93. Swargapati: The one who is the Lord Of Heavens
  94. Trivikrama: The one who is the conqueror of all the three worlds
  95. Upendra: The one who is Indra to Indra himself
  96. Vaikunthanatha: The one who is the Lord Of Vaikuntha, the heavenly abode
  97. Vardhamaanah: The one who grows like the beings whom He grows
  98. Vasudev: The one who was born as the son of Vaasudeva
  99. Vishnu: The one who prevails everywhere
  100. Vishwadakshinah: The one who is skillful and efficient
  101. Vishwakarma: The one who is the creator of the universe
  102. Vishwamurti: The one who is of the form of the entire universe
  103. Vishwarupa: The one who displays the universal form
  104. Vishwatma: The one who is the soul of the universe
  105. Vrishaparvaa: The one who is the Lord of dharma
  106. Yadavendra: The one who is the King of Yadav clan
  107. Yogi: The one who is the Supreme Master
  108. Yoginampati: The one who is the Lord of the Yogis

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