Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya

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"Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya" is a Mantra of Krishna.

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

Sharada Tilak Tantram says:

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] This mantra can also be found in Vishnu Purana.


Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya means "Om, I bow to Lord Vasudeva or Lord Krishna".[5]

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya in Devnagari, this Mantra is used for invocation and dedication to Krishna
Term Devanagari Listen Meaning
About this sound Om  Refers to the Supreme Infinite Spirit or Person. Om represents the Shabda Brahman.
नमो (namo)
About this sound Namo  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 sound Bhagavate  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.[6]
About this sound Vasudevaya  Name of Krishna, Krishna is also known as Vaasudeva (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. Other meaning for Vasudevaya is Vasu means "Life in all beings" Devaya means "God". This means God(life/light) who lives of all beings.


Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya means "prostration to Vasudeva" who is variously understood as Krishna or Vishnu."[7] Krishna himself asked his devotees to completely surrender to him:

Krishna also proclaimed "Everybody should recite "Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya" 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".[8]

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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. Retrieved 18 June 2007.
  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. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  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. ^ "Chanting Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya". Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  7. ^ Swami Krishnananda. "The Significance of Mantra-Japa Sadhana". Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Autobiography Of Parampoojya Leelavati Karve". Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  9. ^ "Dhruva". Vaniquotes. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  10. ^ "Swami Vivekananda Letters". Vedanta network Boston. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  11. ^ "Swami Vivekananda letter the 15th February [1893]". Ramakrishna Vivekananda Info. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  12. ^ "20 Instructions by Swami Sivanananda". Writespirit. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  13. ^ "Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya by Swami Dayananda Saraswati". Retrieved 4 May 2012.