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for Daily Recitation & Meditation


Sri Krsna-Caitanya-Sata-Nama-Stotram
One Hundred Names of the Lord of Kali-yuga, Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

Published from Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Gitavali


(I) In the Brhad-visnu-sahasranama-stotra, Uttara-khanda, Padma Purana (72.335)

it is said:

rama rameti rameti, rame rame manorame;

sahasra-namabhis tulyam, rama-nama varanane.

Lord Siva addressed his wife, Durga: "O Varanana (lovely-faced woman), I chant the
holy name of Rama, Rama, Rama and thus constantly enjoy this beautiful sound.
This holy name of Ramacandra is equal to one thousand holy names of Lord Visnu

(II) In the Brahmanda Purana it is stated:

sahasra-namnam punyanam, trir-avrttya tu yat phalam; ekavrttya tu krsnasya,
namaikam tat prayacchati.

"The pious results (punya) achieved by chanting the thousand holy names of Visnu
(Visnu-sahasra-nama-stotram) three times can be attained by only one utterance of
the holy name of Krsna."

(III) In the Brahma-rahasya it is stated:

krsna-caitanyeti nama, mukhyan mukhyatamam prabhoh;

helaya sakrd uccarya, sarva-nama-phalam labhet.

"The holy name Krsna Caitanya is the topmost even among all the important primary
holy names of the Lord Krsna. By chanting this name just once, a person attains the
results (punya) of chanting all the other holy names of the Lord."

So from the above three very important verses we can easily come to the following

1000 Names of Lord Visnu= 1 Name of Lord Rama


3 Names of Lord Rama = 1 Name of Lord Krsna

(or 3000 Names of Lord Visnu)

1 Name of Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu

= Sum Total of all the Names of Lord Krsna, Rama and Visnu
In the Visnu-yamala it is said:

krsna-caitanya-namna ye, kirtayanti sakrn narah;

nanaparadha-muktas te, punanti sakalam jagat.

"Those who chant the name of Krsna Caitanya even once, become free from all
offenses and purify all the worlds by their very presence."

Srila Jagadananda Pandita says in Prema-vivarta:

gaura ye visala nama sei nama gau;

anya saba nama-mahatmya sei name pau.

"The most powerful names of God are the names of the most merciful incarnation of
God, who is known as Lord Gaura. The glories and power of all the other names of
God are completely present in the names of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu."

Since the name of Lord Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is equal to the sum total of all
the principle names of God and since by chanting His name just once, a person can
purify the three worlds, one cannot even estimate the auspicious results of chanting
the following 100 Names of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. If one faithfully chants this
Sri Krsna-Caitanya-Sata-Nama-Stotram daily, he is sure to achieve the fulfillment of
all his desires in this life, become eligible to purely chant the Hare Krsna maha-
mantra and ultimately achieve the kingdom of God at the end of his life.

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada writes in his commentary on
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 8.31:

"A neophyte student who is not sufficiently educated or enlightened should not
indulge in the worship of Sri Radha and Krsna or the chanting of the Hare Krsna
mantra. Even if he does so, he cannot get the desired result. One should therefore
chant the names of Nitai-Gaura and worship Them without false prestige.[.]
Considering the position of the people of this age, however, the chanting of Sri
Caitanya Mahaprabhu's name is more essential than the chanting of the Hare Krsna
maha-mantra because Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the most magnanimous
incarnation and His mercy is very easily achieved."

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 8.24 states:

'krsna-nama' kare aparadhera vicara;

krsna balile aparadhira na haya vikara.

"There are ten offenses to be considered while chanting the Hare Krsna mantra. Thus
simply by chanting Hare Krsna (even for millions of lives) one may not become
ecstatic in love of God." Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 8.31 states:

caitanya-nityanande nahi esaba vicara;

nama laite prema dena, vahe asrudhara.

"But if one only chants, with some slight faith, the holy names of Lord Caitanya and
Nityananda, very quickly he is cleansed of all offenses. Since in the chanting of the
names of Nitai-Gauranga there is no consideration of offenses, one will very quickly
come to the stage of love of God, simply by chanting Their names."
In the Gitavali, Thakura Bhaktivinoda says:

namaparadham sakalam vinasya

bhaktim param yah pradadau janebhyas
tam gauracandram pranamami bhaktya

"With devotion I bow before Lord Gauracandra, who for they who take shelter of His
own names like Caitanya, Gaura etc. destroys all the ten offenses to the holy names
of Krsna, and awards them the pure transcendental devotional service unto Lord

In Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila 1.41 purport, it is stated: "According to

specific pastimes, the names are spiritually empowered. "

Also Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura describes in the Hari-nama-cintamani, Chapter Two:

ei rupa nityalila-prakasaka nama;

e-saba kirtane jiva paya krsna dhama.

"The names of the Lord which reveal His eternal variegated pastimes are known as
His principle names. Anyone who specifically chants these names of the Lord will
surely attain the Lord's supreme abode."

Thus these 100 Names of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu are very very special
because They fully describe His superexcellent pastimes beginning from His
appearance in Sri Navadvipa-dhama till His later pastimes as a sannyasi in Sri
Jagannatha Puri. Also one gets the mercy of Srila Nityananda Prabhu (the original
spiritual master) by reciting these names because they have originated from Him.
Thus by reciting these 100 names everyday with a simple heart, one will get a full
vision of the Lord's pastimes performed throughout His presence on this planet and
gradually one will become absorbed in those pastimes. The ultimate result will be
that such a person will become qualified to enter into those pastimes and personally
enjoy with the Lord eternally.

The only qualification required to achieve the maximum benefit from the chanting of
these 100 names is described as follows:

kutinati chada mana karaha sarala;

gaura-nama laya labhe sarva phala.

"If one chants these names of Lord Gaura with a simple and non-duplicitous mind
and heart, then he will very quickly achieve the fruit of the fulfillment of all his

Therefore one can conclude that it will for the great benefit of all the seekers of the
Absolute Truth to loudly recite this Sri Krsna-Caitanya-Sata-Nama-Stotram daily,
preferably in front of a picture or Deities of Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga, before beginning
the chanting of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra. This will ensure the complete success
of even the most neophyte spiritual aspirant in the chanting of the Hare Krsna maha-
mantra. The furthur benefits of chanting this Stotram have been described in the Sri
Caitanya-Sata-Nama-Stotra Mahatmyam at the end.
nadiya-nagare nitai nece' nece' gay re

In the towns and villages of Nadiya (Sri Navadvipa-dhama), Lord Nityananda (Lord
Balarama) ecstatically dances and sings these most auspicious one hundred names
of Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu:


(Note: All the 100 Names are in stanzas comprising of two lines and each line of the
Stanza can be sung in any simple melody followed by the next line. The translations
and the numbers are for the reference of the chanter so that he can remember the
meaning of each name while reciting them. The translations need not be recited with
the daily recitation of the 100 Names once the meanings are understood.)

(4) mayapura-sasi (5) navadvipa-sudhakara

(1) Lord Caitanya is the beloved son of Sri Jagannatha Misra. (2) He is Mahaprabhu,
the greatest master of all the living entities. (3) He is the maintainer of the whole
creation. (4) He is the shining moon of Sri Mayapura, and (5) the source of all nectar
for the residents and the land of Sri Navadvipa.

(6) saci-suta (7) gaurahari (8) nimai-sundara

(9) radha-bhava-kanti-acchadita (10) natabara

(6) He is the beloved son of Sri Saci Mata, and (7) is Lord Hari with a fair golden
complexion. (8) As He was born under a nim tree He is called Nimai-sundara
(beautiful Nimai). (9) He is covered by the sentiment and luster of Srimati
Radharani, and (10) He is the best of all dancers.

(11)namananda(12)capala balaka(13)matr-bhakta
(14)brahmanda-vadana(15) tarki (16) kautukanurakta

(11) He becomes restless and blissful upon hearing the holy names of Lord Hari. (12)
In His boyhood pastimes He is swift and agile, and (13) is always devoted to His
mother. (14) He displays the entire universe within His mouth, (15) is the greatest
logician, and (16) is greatly fond of joking and playing pranks.

(17) vidyarthi-udupa (18)caura-dvayera mohana


(17) He is the moon among all the scholarly students, and (18) He bewildered two
thieves who tried to steal His jewels when He was a small child and took them for a
ride. (19) He is the cynosure of all philosophers, and (20) He teased and joked with
the village girls of Nadiya in His childhood.

(21) laksmi-prati bora-data (22) uddhata balaka

(23) sri-sacira pati-putra-soka-nibaraka

(21) He is the giver of the desired blessings to Srimati Laksmi-priya (His first wife)
when He saw Her for the first time on the banks of the Ganges.
(22) He is very mischievous as a child, and (23) is the dispeller of the grief Saci-
mata felt after losing her husband Jagannatha Misra and first son Visvarupa (who
took sannyasa).

(24) laksmi-pati (25) purva-desa-sarva-klesa-hara

(26) digvijayi-darpa-hari (27) visnu-priyeswara

(24) He is the Lord and husband of Laksmi-priya. (25) During His travels, He
removed all the distress of East Bengal (Bangladesh). (26) He eradicated the pride of
the conquering pandita named Kesava Kasmiri, and (27) is the beloved Lord of
Srimati Visnupriya (His second wife and energy).

(28) arya-dharma-pala (29) pitr-gaya pinda-data


(28) He is the preserver of sanatana-dharma (the eternal religion of the soul which is
to serve and love God), and (29) the giver of the pinda oblation to the forefathers at
the holy town of Gaya after the disappearance of His father Jagannatha Misra. (30)
He accepted Sri Isvara Puri as his spiritual master, and (31) is the protector and
maintainer of the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya- sampradaya.

(34) nama-sankirtana-yuga-dharma-pravartaka

(32) He becomes madly intoxicated by tasting the nectar of the holy name of Krsna,
and (33) is the ultimate professor of the science of Krsna consciousness. (34) He
inaugurated the religion for the age of Kali, which is called nama- sankirtana i.e.
congregational chanting of the names of Krsna.

(35) adwaita-bandhava (36) srinivasa-grha-dhana

(37) nityananda-prana (38) gadadharera jivana

(35) He is the dearmost friend of Srila Advaita Acarya, (36) the treasure of Srila
Srivasa Thakura's home, (37) the life and soul of Srila Nityananda Prabhu, and (38)
the very source of life for Srila Gadadhara Pandita.

(39) antardvipa-sasadhara (40) simanta-vijaya

(41) godruma-bihari (42) madhyadvipa-lilasraya

(39) He is the moon of Antardvipa (the central island of Navadvipa), and (40) the
triumph of Simantadvipa. (41) He enjoys wandering and frolicking on the island of
Godruma, and (42) is the shelter of the pastimes in Madhyadvipa.

(43) koladwipa-pati (44) rtudwipa-maheswara

(45) jahnu-modadruma-rudradwipera iswara

(43) He is the Lord of Koladvipa, (44) the great controller of Rtudvipa, and (45) the
master of Jahnudvipa, Modadrumadvipa, and Rudradvipa.

(46) nava-khanda-ranganatha (47)jahnavi-jivana

(48) jagai-madhai-adi durvrtta-tarana

(46) He is thus the Supreme Lord and Enjoyer of the nine islands of Navadvipa,
which serve as the stage for His wonderful pastimes. (47) He is the life of the River
Ganga, and (48) the deliverer of all sorts of rogues and rascals beginning with Jagai
and Madhai.

(49) nagara-kirtana-simha (50) kaji-uddharana


(49) He is the lion of congregational chanting, and (50) the deliverer of Chand Kazi.
(51) He is the topmost preacher of the pure holy name, and (52) the remover of the
distresses of His devotees.

(53) narayani-krpa-sindhu (54) jivera niyanta


(53) He is the ocean of mercy for Narayani (the mother of Srila Vrndavana dasa
Thakura) who got His remanants, and (54) is the regulator of all souls. (55) He is the
chastiser of the fallen students who criticized His chanting of "gopi! gopi!", and (56)
is the destroyer of the faults of His devotees.

(57) sri-krsna-caitanya-candra (58)bharati-tarana

(59) parivraja-siromani (60) utkala-pavana

(57) He was initiated into sannyasa with the name of Sri Krsna Caitanya, and He is
beautiful like the moon. (58) He delivered His sannyasa-guru Kesava Bharati, (59) is
Himself the crest-jewel of all wandering renunciates, and (60) is the savior of the
region of Orissa during His stay in Jagannatha Puri.

(61) ambu-linga-bhuvanesa-kapotesa-pati
(62) khir-cora-gopala-darsana-sukhi yati

(61) He is the master of Lord Siva, who is known in three different Saiva tirthas as
Ambu-linga, Bhuvanesvara, and Kapotesvara (visited by Lord Caitanya on His way to
Jagannatha Puri). (62) As a sannyasi He rejoiced at the sight of the Orissan deities
Ksira-cora Gopinatha and Saksi Gopala.


(63) He became a sannyasi without a danda (due to Lord Nityananda's breaking it in

three parts and throwing it in the Bhargi River), and (64) is the bestower of
causeless mercy on Srila Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya. (65) He is ecstatic by tasting
the bliss of Himself in the form of Krsna, and (66) He is the resting place of all
universal happiness.

(67) purata-sundara (68) vasudeva-trana-karta


(67) He is beautiful like molten gold, and (68) He is the deliverer of the leper
Vasudeva. (69) He is the most intimate friend of Srila Ramananda Raya, and (70)
the remover of all miseries for the family of Srila Vyenkata Bhatta.

(71) bauddha-jain-mayavadi-kutarka-khandana
(71) He is the refuter of the atheistic arguments of the Buddhists, Jains, and
Mayavadis. (72) He is the savior and purifier of South India, and (73) He found and
revealed the two devotional literatures, Krsna-karnamrta and Brahma-samhita.

(74) alala-darsananandi (75) rathagra-nartaka

(76) gajapati-trana (77) devananda-uddharaka

(74) He became ecstatic at the sight of the deity Alalanatha (near Puri), and (75) He
danced exuberantly in front of the Jagannatha cart during the Ratha-yatra festival.
(76) He delivered Gajapati Prataparudra, the King of Orissa and (77) is the savior of
Srila Devananda Pandita.

(78) kuliya-prakase dusta paduyara trana

(79)rupa-sanantana-bandhu (80)sarva-jiva-prana

(78) By His appearance at Kuliya He forgave and delivered the ill-behaved student
community there. (79) He is the eternal friend of Rupa and Sanatana Gosvami, and
(80) the life of all souls.

(81)vrndabanananda-murti (82)balabhadra-sangi
(83) yavana-uddhari (84) bhatta-ballabhera rangi

(81) He is the personification of the bliss of the transcendental realm of Vrndavana,

and (82) He is the companion and friend of Srila Balabhadra Bhattacarya. (83) On
His return from Vrndavana He delivered many Mohammedans, and (84) He is very
fond of intimate exchanges with Srila Vallabha Bhatta.

(85) kasivasi-sannyasi-uddhari (86) prema-data

(87) markata-vairagi-dandi (88) a-candala-trata

(85) He delivered the Mayavadi sannyasis of Kasi headed by Prakasananda

Sarasvati, and (86) He is the bestower of love of God. (87) He is the chastiser of the
false renunciates (monkey-like pretenders), and (88) He is the savior of everyone
down to the lowest class of men.

(89)bhaktera gaurava-kari (90) bhakta-prana-dhana

(91) haridasa-raghunatha-swarupa-jivana

(89) He is the glorifier of His devotees, and (90) is the treasured wealth of their
lives. (91) He is the very life of the exalted devotees like Srila Haridasa Thakura,
Srila Raghunatha Dasa Goswami, and Srila Svarupa Damodara.

(92) godruma-pati (93) gora (94) nitai-jivana

(95)vrndavana-bhava-vibhora(96) advaitera dhana

(92) He is the Supreme Master of the island of Godruma. (93) He posseses a golden
complexion and (94) is the very life of Srila Nityananda Prabhu. (95) He constantly
remains overwhelmed with the ecstatic moods of Vrndavana, and (96) is the
supreme treasure of Srila Advaita Acarya.

(97) gadadhara-prana, (98) srivasa-sarana,

(97) He is the life-breath of Srila Gadadhara Pandita, (98) the shelter of Srila Srivasa
Pandita, (99) the thief of the hearts of all the devotees of Lord Krsna, and (100) the
supreme purifier of the degraded age of Kali.


Sri Caitanya-Sata-Nama-Stotram Mahatmyam

(The Glories of chanting these 100 Names of Lord Gaura, optional for recitation

ity etat kathitam nityam, satam nama-sundaram;

goloka-vasino visnor, gaura-rupasya sarnginah.

"In this way ends the recitation of the hundred most beautiful names of Lord Visnu,
who resides in Goloka Vrndavana, who holds the Sarnga bow, and who has now
appeared in the golden form of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

idam gaura-sata-namam, amayaghnam sucapaham;

bhukti-siddhi-pradam nrnam, govindakarsakam param.

"The recitation of this poem, known as the hundred names of Lord Gaura,
permanently cures the disease of repeated birth and death, frees the chanter from
all lamentation, and fulfills all desires including the desires for material enjoyment
and mystic powers. The chanting of this poem ultimately attracts the attention of
Lord Govinda Himself.

yah pathed pratar uttaya, caitanyasya mahamanah;

sraddhaya parayopetah, stotram sarvagha-nasanam;
prema-bhaktir harau tasya jayate natra samsayah.

"It is recommended that upon rising in the morning, one faithfully approach and
recite this transcendental sin-destroying prayer to Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
One who does so will feel the awakening of pure ecstatic devotion unto Lord Hari; of
this there is no doubt.

pratah-kale ca madhyahne, sandhyayam madhya-ratrike;

yah pathet prayato bhaktya, caitanye labhate ratim.

"In one chants this prayer with devotion in the morning, noon, sunset, or in the
middle of the night, He will surely attain devotion and attraction for Lord Sri Caitanya

asadhya-roga-yukto 'pi, mucyate roga-sankatat;

sarvaparadha-yukto 'pi so 'paradhat pramucyate.

"By reciting this prayer even if one is afflicted with an incurable disease, one
becomes freed from all danger of the ailment. Even if one has committed all types of
offenses and sins, one becomes immediately freed from their effects on reciting
these names.

vancha purna samsiddhim, labhate natra samsayah;

ante caitanya-devasya smrtir bhavati sasvati.
"The chanter of this poem achieves the fulfillment of his innermost desires and
ultimately all perfection in life. And at the time of death, he will attain the divine
rememberance of Lord Caitanyadeva and thus enter into His eternal blissful pastimes
in the spiritual world.

sa klesa-rahito bhutva, prapnuyat sva-mano-ratham;

turnam caitanya-devasya, karuna-bhajanam bhavet.

"The person who loudly recites these names will become free from all kinds of misery
and attains the fulfillment of his most cherished desires. Very soon he will become
the object of the mercy of Lord Caitanyadeva.

namatmako gaura-devo, yasya cetasi vartate;

sa sarvam visayam tyaktva, bhavanando bhaved dhruvam.

"One who allows Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to appear within His heart in the
form of these 100 holy names, will become able to give up the poison of material
existence and become filled with ecstatic love for the Lord."

(jaya) sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu nityananda

sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrnda

"I offer my humble obeisances to Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila
Nityananda Prabhu, Srila Advaita Acarya, Srila Gadadhara Pandita, Srila Srivasa
Thakura and all the devotees of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu."