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Names of Lord Sri Krishna and their meanings

Lord Sri Krishna

Krishna is called by devotees by many names, these names are mostly based on his virtues, his deeds and his lifestyle. Some of lord vishnu's names are used as lord krishna's names and vice versa.

Name ▲▼Meaning/ Origin/ Explanation ▲▼
 Abhay Charan  Protecting feet
 Abhayankara  Giver of fearlessness
 Abhayasraya  The shelter from fear
 Abhijit/ Abhijeet victorious/ conqueror
 Achala unmoving/ mountain
 Achala dharaka  One who held the mountain
 Achyuta Firm, Infallible, imperishable
 Adbhuta Wonder, bewilderment 
 Adhiyajna  supreme soul
 Adhoshja  
 Adhikarta  The one who is above the creator
 Adideva  The first Lord, God from the beginning
 Aditya  The Son Of Aditi
 Agha Damana Chandra  The moon-like Lord who devoured the forest
 Aghasura vinashi   slayer of the demon Aghasura
 Ahladini Rupi  one who possesses a blissful form
 Aja  one who never takes birth
 Ajanma One who has no birth (or death), eternal
 Ajanu bahu  one whose arms reach to His knees (indicates spiritually advanced state)
 Ajara  He who never grows old
 Ajaya  Unconquerable, undefeated
 Ajita  the Invincible One
 Ajitatma  the invincible being
 Ajnana hanta  He who destroys ignorance
 Akhilasraya  One who is the shelter of everyone
 Akhilatma  The one who is all pervading
 Akhilesvara  ruler of everything
 Akincana  one who is without any material desires
 Akrura  one who is not cruel
 Akshara  imperishable, Indestructible
 Akshaya  Indestructible, infinite
 Akshobhya  unshaken by desire
Alankara  one who si the ornament of Vraja (alankara means decoration) 
 Alaya  one who si the abode of beings
 Amala  pure/sinless
 Amara  Immortal
 Amrita  Nectar, immortal, ambrosia
 Anaadi  Beginningless, First Cause
 Anadi Brahmachari  Beginning less, immersed in devotion to the absolute
 Anandsagara   Ocean of Bliss
 Ananghaya  The sinless one
 Ananta  The Endless Lord, everlasting
 Anantajita  Ever victorious
 Anaya  Without a leader, Always a leader, the highest
 Aniruddha  One who cannot be obstructed, Unopposed
 Anish  supreme, ani=sun, ish=god
 Aparajita  Undefeated
 Avyaya  Unending, 
 Avyukta  Clear as crystal
 Balagopala  Bala=child, Gopala=cowherd, son of a Cowherd, Cowherd boy
 BalaGovinda  Baby govinda
 Balakrishna  Baby Krishna
 Balbhadra Pariyanuj  Balram's younger brother
 Bali  Mighty warrior, an ancient indian king, The Lord Of Strength
 Banbihari  One who enjoys roaming in the forest
 Ban ke Bihari/ Van Ke Vihari   one who loves to sport in the forests
 Bankima  Curved
 Bansilal   First Lord
 Banwari  
 Barhi Barhavatamsaka  One who adorns peacock feathers
 Bhagirathi Janma Bhoomi Paada Padma  
 Bhaargava  
 Bhadhraayana  
 Bhakthavatsala  protector of devotee, vatsalya=love, care
 Bhishma mukti Pradayaka  bestower of salvation to Bhishma
 Bhoothabhavana  
 Brijesha/ Brajesha  Lord of Braja
 Brijmohana  
 Buddhavadhara  
 Chakradhara   the bearer of sudarshana chakra
 Chakrapani  wearer of chakra
 Chaturbhuja  Four-Armed One
 Damodara   Dam=cord, udara=stomach, Lord when he was tied with a rope around his waist
 Danavendra  Lord of Demons (Some also translate it as 'Lord of Daana' that is lord of alms or boons)
 Darsh  
 Daasharha  Of dasharha clan
 Danavendra Vinashaka  Destroyer of king of demons
 Dattatreya  avatar Dattatreya
 Dayalu  One who is full of compassion
 Dayanidhi  Treasure of compassion
 Deenabandhu/ Dinabandhu  Friend of the afflicted
 Devadideva  God of the gods, One who existed before the first gods
 Devakinandan  Son of Devaki
 Devesha  King of Gods, Lord of Gods
 Dhanvantri  Lord of medicine
 Dharmadhyaksha Adhyaksha=president/ ruler/ king. Dharmadhyaksha=Lord of Dharma
 Dhaarshyavaha  
 Dhidhivaamana  
 Dhrupad  
 Dhruva  pole (north/south)
 Dhydhyaanthaka  
 Dinanatha  Refuge of destitutes
 Dravina  The one who has no Enemies
 Duryodhana Kulantaka  Destroyer of Duryodhana's dynasty
 Dwarakadisha  Lord of Dwaraka
 Dwarakanatha  Lord of Dwaraka
 Dwarakapati  King of Dwaraka
 Gadhadhra  Bearer of Gadha
 Gadin  
 GajendraVarada  
 Garuda Dhvaja  One who has eagle in his flag
 Garuda vahana  one whose vehicle is eagle
 Gauranga  
 GhanaShyama Solid Dark, Of the color of the darkest cloud that will soon rain
 Giridhara/ Girivara  One who holds Govardhana Giri (mountain) in his hand
 Giridhari  One who is adorned with mountain in his hand
 Gitamrita Mahodadhi  An ocean containing nectar of Gita
 Gopala/ Gopa Cowherd, One who protects Cows (One who protects his devotees)
 Gopa Gopishvaraya  Lord of gopas and gopis
 Gopalapriya  One who is loved by Cowherds
 Gopesh  King of gopis
 Gopinatha  Lord of the gopis
 gopi vastra pararaka  Lord who stole gopis' clothes
 Govardhanadhari  One who held Govardhana hill
 Govardhanchalo Dhartreya  Lifter of Govardhana Hill
 Govinda  Gaom+Vindati, One who has knowledge of Sense and is the illuminator of Senses (Can also be translated as 'one who makes cowherd boys happy')
 Govindaraja  King of the cow protectors
 Gulzarilal  
 Gunamaya  Virtueous
 Gunanidhi Full of virtues, one whose treasure is his virtues
 Gyaneshwara  Lord Of Knowledge, Abode of wisdom
 Hamsa  clever Like the swan which only consumes milk and leaves water
 Hali  One who holds hal
 Hari  Lord who destroys delusion of Samsara
 Haresh  Lord of Lords
 Harigopal  Lord who is a cowherd
 Harihar  One Lord who is both hari (vishnu) and hara (shiva)
 Hayaanana  
 Hiranyagarbha  Golden womb, The womb of all Existence
 Hrishikesha   Lord Of All Senses, He whose hairs consists of the rays of the sun and the moon which give joy to the world
 Ilapataye  Lord of Earth
 Ishvara  lord
 Jagadbandu  Friend/ relative of the whole world
 Jagadguru  Preceptor Of The Universe
 Jagadisha  Lord of the universe
 Jagadh kaarana  First cause of existence
 Jagmohana  
 Jagannatha King of the universe
 Janardhana  One who protects people, one who has people as his wealth
 Jaspal  
 Jayanta  One who is victorious
 Jayi  victorious
 Jyotiraaditya  The Resplendence Of The Sun
 KaitabasuraMardhana  Slayer of demon Kaitaba
 Kaladeva  
 Kaliyaphani Manikya ranjita  Lord whose lotus feet adorn gems from hood of Kaliya serpent
 Kalki  one who will take kalki avatar
 Kaamajaka  
 Kamalanatha  kamala= lotus, Natha=lord, Lord of Lotus
 Kamalanayana  One whose eyes are as beautiful as Lotus
 Kamsaantaka  Slayer of Kamsa
 Kamsara  Enemy of Kansa
 Kanaiya  
 Kanaka Shyama  Golden
 Kanha  
 Kancha lochanaya  One with beautiful eyes
 Kanjalochana   Lotus Eyed God
 Kannan/ kannen A Form of Krishna
 Kanu  
 Kanwalkishore   Lotus child
 Kapila  sage kapila (among perfected beings I am the sage Kapila. Gita 10.27)
 Karunarnava  ocean of compassion
 Keshava  one whose Kesa or hair is long, uncut and beautiful, destroyer of demon Keshi, one who is himself the three: kah Brahma; ah Vishnu and Isa Shiva
 Kishan  
 Kishore  Child
 Koti surya samaprabha  One who is as lustrous as million suns, 1 koti=10 million
 Krupamaya  merciful
 Krishna  Cloud Colored God, Consciousness or spirit
 Krishna Vyasana Karshaka  Remover of Draupadi's distress
 Krishnachandra  
 Krishnadeva  
 Krishnakanta  
 Krishnala  
 Krishnamurari  
 Krishnamurthy  
 Krishnendu  
 Krodharoopa  Form of Anger
 Kubja Krishtambharadhara  One who was applied ointment by a dwarf woman
 Kunj-bihari  Enjoyer of Lakes
 Kurmathana  
 Lakshmikaanta  Husband of Of Goddess Lakshmi
 Lakshmi Pati  Husband of Lakshmi
 Leelamaanusha Vigraha  Devine in human form
 Lilamaya  One who is full of pleasing pastimes
 Lokadhyaksha  Lord Of all the three worlds
 Madana  Lord of Love, cupid
 Madana Mohana  
 Madhava  Lord of Mouna+Dhyana+Yoga
 Madhughne  Killer of demon Madhu
 Madhuribhav  
 Madhusudan  Slayer Of Demon Madhu
 Mahendra  Lord of Gods, (Maha+Indra=Bigger than Indra, the leader of god), one who has his senses (indriya) under his control
 Makhesh  
 Manamohana  Pleasing to the heart, (man=mind, mohana=attractive)
 Manikanta  wearer of Kaustubh Mani
 Manohara  Beautiful, attractive, winner of hearts
 Mathura Naresh  King of Birth city Mathura
 MatsyaRoopa  One who took matsya avatar
 Mayura  peacock, Lord who is adorned with peacock feather
 Meghashyam  Cloud Dark
 Mohana  attractive one
 MohanaroopaDhari  One with attractive form
 Mohnish  
 Mukunda  
 Murali  Lord who plays flute
 Murari/ Morari   killer of the demon Mora
 Muralidhara  One who wears Flute
 Murarilal  
 Muralimanohara  Attractive one who has a flute in his hand
 Mushtikasura Chanura mallayudha visharada  One who is an expert wrestler, killed two demons Mushtikasura and Chanura
 NagaShayan  One whose bed is Adishesha
 Naggar  
 Nandagopala  Son of Nanda a Gopala
 Nandgopa Priyatmaj  Nanda Gopa's darling child
 Nandakishora  Son of nanda
 Nandakumara  Son of Nanda
 Nanda Lal   Beloved of Nanda
 Nandana  
 Nandvraja jana nandin  One bringing joy to Nand and people of Braj
 Narakantaka  slayer of Narakasura
 Narayana  The One who rests on Water (narah) or One who rests in Consciousness which pervades the Resting place for all living entities
 Narottama  The best of beings (humans)
 Natha  Lord/ protector
 Natwar  Dancing lord
 Navanit Viliptanga  Lord whose body is smeared with butter
 Navaneethachora  One who steels butter
 Neelesh  Blue lord, one who is like moon
 Neela megha shyama  Dark blue cloud colored
 Niranjana  Unblemished one, faultless
 Nirguna  One who is not bound by three gunas: Satva, Rajas and Tamas
 Nityananda  Ever happy
 Nrukesari  male Lion on earth, king of the world
 Paanchajanyadhara  One who holds paanchajanya
 Padmahasta  One who is holding Lotus in his hand
 Padmanabha  One who has Lotus shaped navel
 Panduranga  
 Pannagashana  one whose resting place is serpent Adishesha
 Paraathpara  
 Parabrahma  The ultimate conscious being
 Paramatma  The ultimate Soul, The one and only existence
 Paramapurusha  Supreme Personality
 Parameshvara  the highest god
 Parasmai jyotish  One with a supreme light
 Parijatapa Harakaya  
 Parthasarathi  Charioteer Of Arjuna
 Patitapavana  Purifier of the fallen
 Pinaki  
 Pita vasase  One wearing yellow robes
 Pitambharadhara  One wears silk
 Pradyumna  
 Prahladha Paripalaka  protector of prahlada
 Prahmajanka  
 Prajapati  Lord of all creatures
 Pundarikaksha  Lotus eyed one
 Punyah  Pure
 Punya-Shlokaya  Lord whose praise bestows merit
 Purushottama  Supreme Personality
 Pyarelal  Loved one
 Pyaremohan  Very much loved and attractive
 Radha Vallabha  lover of Radha
 Radhakanta  Sweetheart of Radha (Radha represents devotee, thus the protector, lover, friend of Devotee)
 Radhakrishna  Sweetheart of Radha, inseparable from Radha
 Radha Ramana  lover of Radha
 Radha-vallabha  Sweetheart of Radha
 Radhesh  Sweetheart of Radha
 Radheshyam  Radha's Krishna
 Rajagopala  King of Cowherds
 Rajivalochan  
 Ramanuja  Anuja=younger brother, in this context probably means 'the avatar after Rama'
 Ramakrishna  Lord who is both Rama and krishna, who is the same
 Ranchhodrai Ran—battle, Chhod—leave, Rai- King, One who fled from battle
 Rasbihari  Enjoyer of Ras, ras=ancient indian dance, ras=attractive, ras=juice, ras=flavor, ras=joy
 Rasesh  Lord of joy
 Raseshvara  Lord of joy
 Rasmaru  
 Ravilochana  One Whose Eye Is The Sun
 Rushabha  Ox
 Rohanlal  
 Rukminesha  Husband of Rukmini
 Ravilochana  One with the eyes shining like the sun
 Sachidanand Vigraha  Embodiment of existence, Awareness and bliss
 Saket  very close to Heaven
 Sahasraakash  Lord with thousand eyes (one who is omniscient)
 Sahasrajita  One who has been victorious over thousands
 Sahasrapaat  One who has thousand foot
 Sakshi  One who is Witnessing everything, one who is the observer of everything, (Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it: Mathews 10:29)
 Sansara vaiti  Destroyer of delusion of samsaara
 SamudraMadhana  
 SanakathiMunithyeya  
 Sanatana  Eternal  one
 Sangarshana  
 SankaraPriya  
 Santhana  The sweet child
 Sanwariya  
 Sarathy  Charioteer of Arjuna
 Sarvabhutata makaya  
 Sarvajna  Omniscient
 Sarvagraha Rupi  All objects are his form
 Sarvapalaka  Protector Of All beings
 Sarveshwara  Lord Of All beings
 Satya sankalpa  Lord of true resolve
 Satyabhama Rataya  Lover of Satyabhama
 Satyanarayana  Sat=ultimate reality, narayana=resting in consciousness
 Satyavachana/ satyavacha  One who speaks only the truth
 Satyavrata  One who is virtuous all the time
 sawale  
 Shaarangapana  
 Shaanthathma  blissful soul, peaceful soul
 Shakatsura Bhanjanaya  Destroyer of demon Shakatasur
 Shanta  Peaceful , blissful
 Sheerabdhisaayi  
 Shishupala Shirascratte  Remover of Shishupal's head
 Shreshta  Glorious , Grand one, above everyone else
 Shrigopala  shri=goddess lakshmi
 Shrihari  
 Shrikaanta  Husband of Goddess Lakshmi
 Shrikrishna  
 Shrinath  
 Shyama  Dark-Complexioned, Cloud Colored
 Shyamsundara  Cloud Colored and beautiful, One with the beauty of evening
 Siddhanta  Principle, philosophy
 Siddhidhikarthru  
 Simsumaara  
 Sridhara  One who is adorned with wealth/ lakshmi
 Srikhara  
 Srimat  
 Srinivasa  
 Srivathkausthubhadhra  wearing kausthubha
 Subhadra purvajaya  elder brother of Subhadra
 Sudarshana  (su=good,darshana=appearing) ,Pleasing to eyes, One who is holding sudarshana chakra
 Sudhapradha  One who gave ambrosia to gods
 Sukavag Amritabhdhindave  Ocean of nectar
 Sumedha  Lord with great intelligence
 Suresha  Sura=demigods, Isha=lord, Lord of gods
 SuryaChandraVilochana  
 Suryamandala Madhyaka  
 Svayam Bhagavan  Lord
 Svetavaasdhavya  
 Swargapati  Lord of the heaven
 Tharakaantha  
 Thridham  
 Tirthapadaya  One whose feet are holy
 Tirthayaad  
 Tribhangi lalitakritaye  Lord who poses bent in 3 places
 Trivikrama  Ruler of the three worlds
 Upendra  Younger brother of Indra who is the lord of haven
 Vaamana  
 Vaikunthanatha  Lord of Vaikuntha, One who resides in Vaikuntha
 Vanamalin  One wearing a sylvan garland
 Vansidhar  
 Vardhamaana  The Formless Lord
 Vasudeva  Lord of all earthly beings
 Vasumat  
 Vasupati  
 Vatsapal  
 Vedamohan  Knower of vedas
 Vedathma  One whose soul is veda
 Vedvedayaya  Source of Vedas
 Veni  one who is holding flute
 Venimadhav  
 Venu Gopala  cowherd holding flute
 venunada visharada  expert in flute tunes
 Vibhavasu  sun
 Vibhumat  
 Vidurakrura Varada  Giver of boon to Vidura and Akrura
 Vihari  Enjoyer
 Vishnu Victorious, one with the valour of winner of all three worlds, All Prevailing
 Vishwadakshinah  Skillful
 Vishwakarma  Creator Of The Universe
 Vishwamurti  One who has Entire Universe as his form
 Vishwarupa  One Who showed his Universal Form to his friend and desciple Arjuna
 Vishwarupa Pradarshaka   Revealer of Universal form
 Vishwatma  One who has Entire Universe as his soul
 Viswambara  
 Vitaharya  
 Vitthala  
 Vithoba  
 Vrajakishore  Child of Vraj 
 Vrajalal  
 Vrajanadan  
 Vrajesh  Lord of Vraj
 Vrajmohan  
 Vrajraj  
 Vrisa  
 Vrishabhasura vidhvamsi  slayer of demon Vrishaba 
 Vrishaparvaa  Lord Of Dharma
 Yadava  
 Yadavendra  King of the Yadava clan
 Yadudvataya  Leader of Yadus
 Yadunandan  Of Yadu clan
 Yadunath  protector of yadus
 Yaduraj  King of yadus
 Yaduvira  Valiant one of yadus
 Yajnarupa  One who is as pure as yajna, One whose form is Yajna
 Yagnabhokta  One who consumes merits of yajna
 Yamuna Vega Samhari   Destroyer of speed of River yamuna
 Yashoda Nandana  Son of yashodha
 Yashoda-Vatsalya  darling child of yashodha
 Yogeshwara  the Lord of the Yogis
 Yogi/ Yogin One who has attained oneness with consciousness
 Yoginampati Exalted yogi, among the highest of yogis, sage
 Yogi Pati  Lord of yogis
 Yudhishthira pratishthatre  One who established Yudhisthira back as king

References

  • 108 names of Krishna from the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition
  • Vishnu Ashtottaram
  • Vishnu Sahasranama, All names of vishnu are not used as krishna's names, so we have not provided them all here
  • Commonly used names of krishna
  • Some are taken from Sri Brahma Samhita

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