Month: May 2017

Why Krishna is called Damodar

Why Krishna is Called Damodar

The splitting of the word ‘Damodar’ gives us the meaning (dam- rope) and udar (belly). The other spellings of the word Damadar are Dāmodara and also Damodarah. Notably, this is the 367th name of Lord Vishnu in the Vishnu Sahasranam Stotram. Various meanings There are three meanings attributed to the name Damodar. The first one …

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Why Krishna is called Thakurji

Why Krishna is Called Thakurji

The several names of Lord Krishna rose from his divine plays and the different roles and feats he accomplished. Most of such names also have a deep symbolic purport. The term Thakurji is fondly used by the devotees to address Lord Krishna. Traditionally, the term Thakur refers to ‘Village Head’ or the head of a …

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Why Krishna is called Kanhaiya

Why Krishna is Called Kanhaiya

The word Kanhaiya means the most beloved son. This is one of the most fitting titles to address Krishna since the story of how Krishna mesmerized the whole of Vrindavan and Gokul as a tiny child is unparalleled in mythology. Bhagavata Purana is replete with a lot of stories that describe the several feats Krishna …

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Why Krishna is called Govind

Why Krishna is Called Govind

The name Govind appears in the 187th and the 539th verses of Vishnu Sahasramanam Stotram. The literal translation of this Sanskrit term means the lord of cows (Go – cows and Vind – Lord, leader or ruler). The most popular interpretation says this name reminds us of Krishna’s pastime as a cowherd in Gokul as …

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Why Krishna is called Banwari

Why Krishna is Called Banwari

The term Banwari is also spelled as Banwahree or Banvari. Referring to one of the most popular names of Lord Krishna, the term means the resident of the groves of Vrindavan. Situated on the banks of Yamuna River, Vrindavan (meaning the forest of Tulsi plants) was the seat of Krishna’s childhood life replete with a …

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Why Krishna is called Jagannath

Why Krishna is Called Jagannath

Jagannath is the name of the deity installed in the temple of Puri, Odissa. The sanctum sanctorum of this temple houses three wooden images signifying Krishna, Balarama and Shubadra. This is the only shrine in India where Krishna is installed with his brother and sister. Not more than carved and decorated wooden stumps, the image …

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Why Krishna is called Murari

Why Krishna is Called Murari

The name Murari (Mura – the name of a demon; Ari – enemy) is attributed to Lord Krishna since he once vanquished the demon named Mura. There is an interesting story behind how Lord Krishna put an end to the arrogant Mura in a clever way. The Story Mura was the son of Sage Kashyap. …

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Why Krishna is called Giridhar

Why Krishna is Called Giridhar

The term Giridhar (Giri – hill and Dhar – one who holds or carries) means the one who lifted or carried a mountain or hill. The term reminds us of the divine play that Krishna unfolded as a young boy in the foothills of Govardhan. The name of the hill Govardhan is also interesting meaning …

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Why Krishna is called Hari

Why Krishna is called Hari

Hari is one of the most famous names of Lord Krishna used interchangeably with Vishnu and Narayana. The most common meaning attributed to the word Hari is the forgiver of all sins. Other than that, there are also several interesting shades of meanings to this word. In Sanskrit, the word Hari means either green or …

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Visiting the Jew Town in Kochi

The Jew Town is a unique place in Kochi. It is also called the Pardesi Town. I have heard about this place because of a music album produced by one of my friends, Ruth Hertz Weber. However, I had no idea what to expect. There are two major monuments for visitors who are visiting Kochi–the …

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