Damodar (name of Krishna)

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Damodar (Sanskrit: दामोदर, IAST: Dāmodara, also spelled "Damodara" and "Damodarah") is the 367th Name of Vishnu from the Vishnu sahasranama. The various meanings of the name are given as follows:

  • "The Lord when He was tied with a cord (daama) around His waist (udara)", denoting a divine pastime in which Krishna's mother Yasoda bound Krishna for being mischievous. (Used by various Vaishnava adherents.)[1]
  • "One who is known through a mind which is purified (Udara) by means of self-control (dama)".[2]
  • "One in whose bosom rests the entire universe."[3]

Celebration of Krishna as Damodar[edit]

A popular bhajan that celebrates Krishna as Damodara is the Damodarashtakam (found in the Padma Purana of Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa, spoken by Satyavrata Muni in a conversation with Narada and Shaunaka.). It is often sung by devotees during the month of Kaartika, and is very popular amongst the Vaishnavas of ISKCON.[4]


  1. ^ http://www.behindthename.com/name/damodara
  2. ^ http://www.dollsofindia.com/young_krishna.htm
  3. ^ http://www.mantraonnet.com/vishnu-sahasranaama/351-400.html
  4. ^ Doktorski, Henry. "Prayers to Lord Damodar".

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