Sri Krishna Ashtakam

Lord Krishna

Aum, Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya

Guidelines for pronunciation are in the footnotes

I heard that this is a very powerful mantra to keep enemies at bay and protect yourself from possible harm and their evil intentions. If you have enemies who are causing you trouble or plotting against you with an intention to create problems for you, you can use this prayer to pray to Lord Krishna and seek his fiery protection. Jayaram V

shree krishnaashtakam

vasudeva sutam devam kamsa chaanuura mardhanam |
devakee paramaanandam krishnam vande jagadgurum ||

athasee pushpa sangaasam haara nuupura shobhitham |
rathna kankana keyuuram krishnam vande jagadgurum||

kutilaalaka samyuktham puurna chandra nibhaananam |
vilasathkundala-dharam krishnam vande jagadgurum||

mandhaara-gandha samyuktham chaaru haasam chathur-bhujam |
barhi pinchhaava chuudaangam krishnam vande jagadgurum||

uthphulla padma-pathraaksham neela jeemuutha sannibham |
yaadavaanaam siro-rathnam krishnam vande jagadgurum||

rukmini-keli samyuktham peetambara sushobhitham |
aavaaptha thulasee gandham krishnam vande jagadgurum||

gopikaanaam kucha-dvandvam kunkumaankitha vakshasam |
sree-niketham maheshvaasam krishnam vande jagadgurum||

sri vathsaangkam mahoraskam vana maalaa viraajitham |
sankha-chakra-dharam devam krishnam vande jagadgurum||

krishnaashtakamidam punyam praatharutthaaya yah patteth |
kotijanma-krutham paapam smaranena vinasyathi ||

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Guidelines to pronunciation: Sanskrit is essentially a language of sounds and sound vibrations. The efficacy of Sanskrit prayers depends upon the vibrations that are produced during chanting. It is difficult to transliterate Sanskrit words into English with full justification to the original sounds. In the above stated transliteration we followed a simple approach to make it easier even for those who are not familiar with English or Sanskrit. Wherever you find repeat vowels (aa, uu, ee) please stretch the vowel sound (for ex., aa as in vast or path, uu as in cool or root, ee as in eel or feel). Similarly, "ai" should be pronounced as in gait, fight, or tight. Th should be pronounced as in think or thick, but when t alone is used, it should be pronounced as in two, top or tip.

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