Invocation of the 12 Names of Sri Krishna

Sri Krishna

Aum, Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya

Guidelines for pronunciation are in the footnotes

shree krishnadvadasanama sthothram

pradhamanthu harivamdyaath, dvitheeyam kesavam tathaa
thritheeyam padmanabhanthu, chathurtham vaamanam thathaa
panchamam vedagarbhamcha, shashtamcha madhusuudhanam
sapthamam vaasudevamcha, varaahamchaashtamam thathaa
navamam pundareekaksham, dashamamthu janardhanam
krishna mekaadasam proktam dvaadasham shreedharam tathaa!

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Guidelines to pronunciation: Sanskrit is essentially a language of sounds and sound vibrations. The efficacy of Sanskrit prayers depends upon the vibrations that are produced during chanting. It is difficult to transliterate Sanskrit words into English with full justification to the original sounds. In the above stated transliteration we followed a simple approach to make it easier even for those who are not familiar with English or Sanskrit. Wherever you find repeat vowels (aa, uu, ee) please stretch the vowel sound (for ex., aa as in vast or path, uu as in cool or root, ee as in eel or feel). Similarly, "ai" should be pronounced as in gait, fight, or tight. Th should be pronounced as in think or thick, but when t alone is used, it should be pronounced as in two, top or tip.