Sri Krishna Aashraya Sthothram

Lord Krishna

Aum, Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya

Guidelines for pronunciation are in the footnotes


shree krishnaashraya sthothram

sarvamaargeshu nashteshu kaale cha kalidharmini |
paashanda prachure loke krishna eva gathirmama ||

mlechchaa kraantheshu desheshu paapai kanilayeshu cha
sathpeedaanyagralokeshu krishna eva gathirmama ||

gangaaditheerthavaryeshu dushtaii revaavrtheshviha |
thirohithaadhi-daiveshu krishna eva gathirmama ||

ahamakaaravimuudheshu sathsu paapaanuvarthishu
laabhapujaarthayathneshu krishna eva gathirmama ||

nanaavaadavinashteshu sarvakarma vrathaadishu
paashandaika prayathneshu krishna eva gathirmama ||

ajaamilaadidhoshaanam naashako'nubhave sthithaha |
jnaapithaakhila-maahaathmyamah krishna eva gathirmama ||

praakrthaassakalaa devaa ganithaanandakam bruhat
puurnaanando hari sthasmaath krishna eva gathirmama ||

vivekadhairyabkthyaadi-rahithasya visheshathaha |
paapaaskthasya deenasya krishna eva gathirmama ||

sarva samardhyasahitha sarvathraivaakhilalaardhakruth |
sharanasthasamuddharam krishnam vijnaapayaa mahyam ||

krishnaasrayam midam sthothram yah patheth-krishna sannidhau |
thasyaasrayo bhaveth krishna ithi sreevallabho'braveeth ||


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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.