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Krishna Mantra: Beloved Hindu Deity

Krishna is one of the most significant deities in Hinduism. He is the eighth incarnation of Vishnu, one of the three persons of the Hindu trinity. Krishna widely revered among devotees around the world. Krishna is known for the qualities of compassion, tenderness, protection and love.

The story of Krishna’s early life has many parallels with that of Jesus. Shortly after Krishna was born, he was sent to live in the country to protect him from the evil king Kamsa. Kamsa believed that Krishna would overthrow him and intended to kill him. For this reason, Krishna grew up living an idyllic rural life as a cow herder, known by the names of Govinda and Gopala.

Krishna and Third Eye Chakra

Govinda: Childhood Form of Krishna

Govinda and Gopala are both childhood names of Krishna. Some scholars say that “go” means both “cow” and “light.” These names literally mean the protector of the cows. Symbolically, they mean the protector of the sacred truth.

Shortly after Krishna was born, he was sent to live in the country to protect him from the evil king Kamsa. Kamsa believed that Krishna would overthrow him and intended to kill him. For this reason, Krishna (Govinda, Gopala) grew up living an idyllic rural life as a cow herder. 

The lyrics for this mantra are “Sri Krishna Govinda, Sri Krishna Gopala (2x); Radhe, Radhe, Radhe, Radhe; Radhe Radhe, Radhe Shyam (2x).”

Below is another example of a Krishna mantras, This is a traditional mantra with a beautiful, haunting melody. Other names for Krishna in this chant are Vasudeva (the name of his father also attributed to Krishna) and Nityananda. 

Krishna and Radha

Radha, Beloved Consort of Krishna

Radha is the beloved consort of Krishna. In Hindu mythology, Radha was Krishna’s childhood playmate. She is an embodiment of the divine feminine. During Krishna’s childhood as a cow herder, Radha was a milkmaid.

Radha is a form of the deity meaning love, tenderness, compassion and devotion. She is sometimes viewed as a metaphor for the spiritual longing for the divine. Radha is the perfect lover, longing only for Krishna as the focus of her devotion.

There are Hindu festivals that include the celebration of Radha including Radhashtami, Holi and Sharad Purnima.

Devaki: Mother of Krishna

Devaki is the Hindu goddess of childbirth. She is also  the mother of Krishna. Devaki and her husband Vasudeva were imprisoned by Kamsa, an evil king who feared a prediction that their eight child would overthrow him.

Kamsa kills each of their male children after birth. The eighth (Krishna) is smuggled out to live in the country with surrogate parents. This is the origin of Krishna’s childhood names: Gopala and Govinda mean “the one who protects the cows.”

Symbolically, Krishna is the one who protects what is sacred or the sacred truth. This chant means “Gopala is the bliss of his mother Devaki.”

Meet Kathleen Karlsen

Kathleen Karlsen is a musician, artist, writer and speaker. She is the author of two books (Flower Symbols and Vocal Medicine) and over 200 articles. Kathleen, her husband Andrew and their five children live in Bozeman, Montana. More about Kathleen Karlsen.

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Krishna Mantra Article Summary

Krishna is one of the most significant deities in Hinduism. He is the eighth incarnation of Vishnu, one of the three persons of the Hindu trinity. Krishna widely revered among devotees around the world. Krishna is known for the qualities of compassion, tenderness, protection and love. This article includes a mantra to Krishna and his consort Radha.