Om Namo Bhagavate Vāsudevāya

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"Om Namo Bhagavate Vāsudevāya" is a Mantra of Vishnu.

Om Namo Bhagavate Vāsudevāya (About this soundlisten ) (in devanagari: ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय) is one of the most popular Hindu mantras, and the most important mantra in Vaishnavism. It is called the Dwadasakshari Mantra or simply Dwadasakshari, meaning the "twelve-syllable" mantra dedicated to Vishnu and Lord Krishna both.[1][2] It has two traditions—Tantric and Puranic. In the Tantric Tradition, the Rishi of the Mantra is Prajapati; in the Puranic Tradition the Rishi is Narada. Both, however, say it is the Supreme Vishnu Mantra.

Sharada Tilak Tantram says:

"Dvadasharno mahamantrah pradhano Vaishnavagame"— The twelve lettered mantra is the chief among vaishnava mantras.

Similarly, this is the ultimate mantra in Shrimad Bhagavatam. This twelve syllable mantra[3] is known as a Mukti (liberation) mantra and a spiritual formula for attaining freedom.[4] The mantra can also be found in the Vishnu Purana.


Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya means "Om, I bow to Lord Vāsudeva or Lord Vāsudev or Lord Vishnu".[5] According to Dada Bhagwan, a Vasudeva is a being who has evolved from an ordinary human being (nara) into God (Narayan).[6]

Om Namo Bhagavate Vāsudevaya in Devnagari, this Mantra is used for invocation and dedication to Lord Vishnu
Term Devanagari Listen Meaning
About this soundOm  Refers to the Supreme Infinite Spirit or Person. Om represents the Shabda Brahman.
नमो (namo)
About this soundNamo  Salutation, worship, a common spoken valediction or salutation originating from the Indian subcontinent. 'Namo' नमो is the Sandhi form of 'namas' नमस्, neuter nominative singular.
About this soundBhagavate  1. God in Sanskrit, someone who is considered God (or equally powerful, merciful). 'Bhagavate' भगवते is the dative of 'bhagavat' भगवत्.
2. Bhagavate is one who is becoming divine.[7]
About this soundVāsudevāya  Vasu means "Life in all beings" Devaya means "God". This means God(life/light) who lives of all beings. Other meaning for

Krishna is also known as Vāsudeva (Krishna), because He was the son of Vasudeva. In the Bhagavad-Gita, Arjuna called Krishna by the name Vaasudeva multiple times. 'Vāsudevāya' वासुदेवाय is the dative of 'vāsudeva' वासुदेव.


Om Namo Bhagavate Vāsudevaya means "prostration to Vāsudeva" who is variously understood as Krishna an incarnation of Vishnu."[8] Krishna Himself asked His devotees to completely surrender to Him:

सर्वधर्मान्परित्यज्य मामेकं शरणं व्रज ।

अहं त्वां सर्वपापेभ्यो मोक्षयिष्यामि मा शुचः ॥१८- ६६॥

Translation Abandon all varieties of duties or desires and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear. [Gita 18/66]

Krishna also proclaimed "Everybody should recite "Om Namo Bhagavate Vāsudevaya" mantra daily whenever possible so that I will stand by them. I respond to the call of the heart immediately and invariably. See Me in your duties. I am committed to those who are committed to their duties. Believe in putting faith in Me and make Me your own".[9]

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  1. ^ Prabhakar Balvant Machwe (1983). Bhāratīya Saṃskr̥ti, Volume 1. Bhāratīya Saṃskr̥ti Saṃsada. p. 212.
  2. ^ Edwin F. Bryant. Krishna: A Sourcebook. Oxford University Press. p. 354.
  3. ^ Alexander Studholme (2002). The Origins of Oṃ Maṇipadme Hūṃ: A Study of the Kāraṇḍavyūha Sūtra. SUNY Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-0-7914-5389-6.
  4. ^ "Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya". Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  5. ^ J. Donald Walters (1 March 2002). The Art and Science of Raja Yoga: Fourteen Steps to Higher Awareness : Based on the Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Crystal Clarity Publishers. pp. 251–. ISBN 978-1-56589-166-1. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Who Is a Vasudeva?".
  7. ^ "Chanting Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya". Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  8. ^ Swami Krishnananda. "The Significance of Mantra-Japa Sadhana". Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Autobiography Of Parampoojya Leelavati Karve". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  10. ^ "Dhruva". Vaniquotes. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  11. ^ "Swami Vivekananda Letters". Vedanta network Boston. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  12. ^ "Swami Vivekananda letter the 15th February [1893]". Ramakrishna Vivekananda Info. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  13. ^ "20 Instructions by Swami Sivanananda". Writespirit. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya by Swami Dayananda Saraswati". Retrieved 4 May 2012.