4 Simple Krishna Slokas for children

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The Hindu month, Shravana, kick starts the joyous wheel of festivities and celebrations, beginning with Janmashtami. Find out why this festival holds a special place in the hearts of the young and old.

Janmashtami or Gokulashtami was always a festival we looked forward to as children. As we all know, it is the birthday of Lord Krishna, a day celebrated all over India.

I recall that this festival was very special to our family when the kitchen would get busy, at least four weeks before – to prepare and store a whole lot of goodies. We were sufficiently warned to keep off the good stuff till they were offered to dear Krishna on the big day.

A couple of days before the event, our parents assembled a framed space within which various idols of Krishna would be arranged – the centre piece being the one of him as a tiny toddler on all fours. Different types of fruits would be bought and placed in small rings, suspended with strings from the ceiling of the enclosure in a decorative pattern.

One item was always freshly prepared – a dish of pounded rice, jaggery, grated coconut and some flavouring. This was a token to Sudama, Krishna’s childhood friend.

The frame was decorated with the garland of flowers and mango leaves. Lamps would be polished and kept ready while the entire family also partook of the sacred ‘oil bath’. Cups of fresh butter, curds and milk completed the picture.

Slokas in praise of Krishna

Slokas or stotras usually pay obeisance to the deity. In the case of Krishna, we have slokas that give a detailed description of Krishna’s person, clothes and jewellery while covering some of his exploits. Here are some of them with lyrics, meaning and audio clips to help you along.

1. The chant that describes Krishna and his beautiful adornments

Kasturi tilakam lalaata palake
vakshasthale kaustubham

Nasaagre navamouktikam
karatale venum kare kankanam

Sarvaange harichandanancha kalayam kanthe cha muktaavali
Gopastree pariveshtitho
vijayate gopaala choodamanee

What it means
Salutations to Gopala who is adorned with the Sacred Marks of Kasturi (Musk) on his forehead and Kaustubha Jewel on his Chest. His nose is decorated with a shining pearl, the palms of his hands are gently holding a flute, the hands themselves are beautifully decorated with bracelets. His whole body is smeared with sandal paste, as if playfully anointed, and his neck is decorated with a necklace of pearls. Surrounded by the cowherd women (Gopis), Gopala (Krishna) is shining in their midst in celebration like a ‘Jewel on the Head’.

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2. Eight reasons why Krishna is the Universal Guru

Vasudeva sutam devam
Kamsa Chanoora mardhanam
DevakI paramanandam
Krishnam vande jagadgurum

What it means
Son of vasudeva the divine
Killer of kamsa and chaaNoora
One who gives great joy to Devaki
Praise be to Krishna the universal guru

Atasi pushpa samkasham
Hara nupura shobhitam
Ratnakankana keyuram
Krishnam vande jagadgurum

What it means
Brilliant with the atasee flower
Shining with garland and anklet
Jeweled bangle and upper arm bracelet
Praise be to Krishna the universal guru

Kutilalaka-samyuktam
Purna-chandra-nibhananam
Vilasat-kundala-dharam devam Krishnam vande jagadgurum

What it means
One with curly hair
One whose face is like the full moon
Wearing playful ear ornament
Praise be to Krishna the universal guru

Mandara-gandha-samyuktam
Charuhasam chaturbhujam
Barhi-pinchava-chudangam
Krishnam vande jagadgurum

What it means
One with fragrant sandalwood paste
One with lovely smile
One with four hands
One who has peacock feather on his head
Praise be to Krishna the universal guru

Utphulla Padma patraksham
Nilajimuta sannibham
Yadavanam shiroratnam
Krishnam vande jagadgurum

What it means
One whose eyes are like the full blown lotus
Whose (body) like the dark (waterladen) cloud
One who is the crest jewel of the yadava clan
Praise be to Krishna the universal guru

Rukmini kelisamyuktam
Peetambara sushobhitam
Avapta tulasI gandham
Krishnam vande jagadgurum

What it means
One who is with the sportive Rukmini
One brightly adorned with gorgeous clothes
One who exudes the smell of Tulasi
Praise be to Krishna the universal guru

Gopikanam kucha dwandwa
Kumkumankita vakshasam |
shrIniketam maheshvasam
Krishnam vande jagadgurum

What it means
The child whose body is smeared with kumkum from the fondling of the gopis
One in whom Lakshmi resides
who is also the life breath of Shiva
Praise be to Krishna the universal guru

Shrivatsankam mahoraskam
vanamala virajitam |
shanka-chakradharam devam
Krishnam vande jagadgurum || 8

What it means
One who has the divine birth mark of ‘srivatsa’
One who has broad chest
One who has garland of wild flowers
The divine being who bears shankha and chakram
Praise be to Krishna the universal guru

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3. The name and deeds of Krishna bring joy and relief to all of us since He is Lord Vishnu in human form

Sri Krishnah kamala-natho vasudevah sanatanah
Vasudevatmajah punyo
lila-manusa-vigrahah

What it means
Lord Krishna, known as Vaasudeva, is the attractive human form of the Supreme Lord of Lakshmi, and the transcendental (earthly) son of Vasudeva.

Srivatsa-kaustubha-dharo
Yasoda-vatsalo harih
Chaturbhujatta-cakrasi
Gada sankha bujayudhah

What it means
Krishna, wearing the jewel of Kaustubha in the navel, is an affectionate son of his mother Yasoda-devi. In his four-armed form, he holds the sudarsana-chakra, a conch-shell a sword, a mace, various such weapons. He is known to remove the material attachments that bind his devotees.

Devaki-nandanah sriso
Nanda-gopa-priyatmajah
Yamuna-vega-samhari
Balabhadra-priyanujah

What it means
The lord of Lakshmi, the goddess of fortune, Krishna, is the transcendental son of Devaki-devi, and dear son of Raja Nanda and the younger brother of Balabhadra (Balarama). In this human form, he tamed the fierce flowing Yamuna river to come under control.

Putana-jivita-harah
Sakatasura-bhanjanah
Nandavraja-jananandi
Satchidananda-vigrahah

What it means
Lord Krishna ended the life of the evil Putana and broke the demon Sakatasura apart. Being filled with true inner knowledge and bliss, he delighted Nanda Maharaja and the residents of Vrajabhumi.

Navanita-nava-hari
Mucukunda-prasadakah
Sodasa-stri-sahasresho
Tri-bhangi-madhurakrtih

What it means
Krishna, the butter-thief while a child, mercifully granted hermit king Muchukunda his long felt wish. He had the following of thousands of queens (Gopis), delighting them with his ‘tribhangi’- the mesmerising three-angled bending pose.

Suka-vag-amrtabdhindur govindo govidam patih
Vatsapalana-sanchari
Dhenukasura-bhanjanah

What it means
Krishna’s attractiveness was like the moon rising out of an ocean of nectar. Being the master of the cowherd residents of Vrajabhumi, he protected them and the calves by destroying the demon Dhenuka who tormented them.

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4. Achyuta, the imperishable Lord Vishnu, is actually our own Krishna

A sing song stotra we all learned as children

Achyutam Keshavam Rama Narayanam
Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Hari
Shri Dharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham
Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhaje
Achyutam Keshavam Satyabha Madhavam Madhavam Shri Dharam Radhika Radhitam
Indira Mandiram Chetasa Sundaram Devakinandanam Nandajam Sandadhe
Vishnave Jishnave Shankhine Chakrine Rukminiragine Janaki janaye
Vallabi vallabha yarchita yatmane Kamsavidhvansine Vamshine Te Namah
Krishna Govinda He Rama Narayana
Shripate Vasude vajita Shrinidhe
Achyutananta He Madhava dhoksaja Dwarakanayaka Draupadi rakshaka

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