Episode # 129 – Meaning of the words “KRISHNA” and “KANNA” – Bhagawan’s two divine names!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed how Bhagawan Vishnu ensures that He incarnates in this world with not just one agenda, but with multiple agendas put together. We’ve seen instances wherein Bhagawan Rama and Bhagawan Krishna had fulfilled multiple roles during their incarnations in this world and have established many principles of “Dharma” with so many people around. In this case of Bhagawan Krishna, many of us might be knowing how Little Krishna was a darling child to His parents, Devaki and Vasudeva / Yashoda and Nandagopa. He was a “gangster” among His friends at Gokula. He played His role to perfection in killing Kamsa, and many other Raakshasas during that time. He played a role of a great spiritual master to His close mate, Arjuna, and with that, the entire Bhagawad Gita was born. He served as a perfect guide to the Paandavas by using them as instruments to establish Dharma in this world. Thus, Bhagawan Krishna had played multiple roles during His incarnation, and this is what we’re going to start witnessing one after the other in the elaborate narrative of Sage Paraashara about Bhagawan Krishna. 

Thus, Bhagawan Krishna’s incarnation was the ninth one in the prominent list of incarnations, and this happened in the previously concluded “Dvaapara Yuga”. Bhagawan was referred to as “Krishna” in Sanskrit and “Kannan” in Tamil. In Sanskrit, the Shabdha called “Krishnaha” can be expanded as follows: 

“Krishir bhoovaachaha shabdhaha nascha nirvrithi vaachakaha!”

Here, we see the word called “Krish” in the above expansion, isn’t it? This word called “Krish” indicates the “Bhoomi” or “World”. The fourth word of this expansion is “Naha”, which means “Happiness”. Thus, we can describe Bhagawan Krishna as the one who gives immense happiness to Goddess Bhoomaadevi, who is none other than Mother Earth. Similarly, we describe Bhagawan Krishna as “Kanna” in Tamil, isn’t it? So what does this mean? “Kan” means “Gnyaana” or deep spiritual knowledge. Thus, Bhagawan Kanna means that the person who has given us the spiritual enlightenment and knowledge through the revered and sacred text called Bhagawad Gita, in which Bhagawan Krishna has explained all the important aspects of “Dharma”, which we might not even be able to find in any other Sanaatana Dharma literature. 

In fact, we can have another meaning for the word “Kanna” in Tamil. “Kan” has another meaning called “The Savior” or the “Protector”. Whom is Bhagawan Krishna going to protect here? He’s going to protect all of us, ardent devotees and is going to take all of us to the Vaikunta, isn’t it? Thus, Bhagawan Kanna is also referred to as the “Savior” – Savior from all the worldly pleasures and attachments, which ultimately is going to guide us to reach Moksha. Moreover, when we look at Bhagawan Kanna as the “Savior”, we can also say that Bhagawan Krishna is the only “Savior” in this world. If we think that our parents might be our saviors in this birth, alas! They’re going to attain Moksha even before we do, isn’t it? Similarly, if our relatives or family members or friends are going to help us attain “Moksha”, there also we’re going wrong. Most of the people on this earth are going to be extremely selfish in nature, and they’re not going to be of any help in any way, especially in attaining “Moksha”! Hence, Bhagawan Kanna (Krishna) can be the only savior for us in this world, who can guide us effectively through His Bhagawad Gita in the path of attaining “Moksha”. 

Thus, we can see here that Bhagawan Krishna is the only solace for us in this world and who kept this beautiful name of “Krishna” for “Little Bhagawan” who took birth? It was none other than Sage Gargaachaarya. So for today, let us understand these important points associated with Bhaagwan Krishna’s divine name and let us wait till the next episode eagerly to start witnessing what are the events that conspired, which led to Bhagawan Krishna’s incarnation in this world! Stay tuned! 🙂 


Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, India A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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