I am Krishna's devotee. And whenever I chant name of Krishna , I took only the name of "Krishna" . I chant "Jai Shri Krishna " or " Hare Krishna Hare Krishna ". The reason is I have read only Mahabharata , so I don't know much about Radha as the character of Radha is not there in Mahabharata.

I have two painting of Krishna in my room . In one painting only krishna is there , while in second painting both Radha and Krishna are present. This Janmasthmi I had put one flower each on both the painting in the night. But next morning I woke up, the flower that I had put on the painting in which only Krishna was there fell down while the flower on painting in which both Radha and Krishna are there was intact at its place. This event made me think a bit if I am doing correct thing by chanting only Krishna's name.

My question is - Is it compulsory to chant Radha name with Krishna ? How did Mira Bai and Narsingh Mehta chant Krishna name ?

(I am male btw)

  • There are many mantras of Krishna where his name only is there. For example, Om krishna govindaya namaha. Om gopijanavallabhaya swaha and many others.So it mustn't be compulsory.
    – Rickross
    Sep 2 '21 at 9:51
  • Krishna can be worshipped in many forms. Gopi (or Radha) loving Krishna is one kind of devotion. But there is friendship (Pandavas), Putra (Yashoda), Enemy (Shishupal), Husband and other forms of devotion too. As your devotion grows, you'd know your relationship. It'd grow on you.
    – sbharti
    Sep 2 '21 at 23:57


Iam not a scholar on Radha Krishna but

ISKCON maha mantra doesnt include radha maa name, so i feel its not compulsory for everyone...... but sir, if you feel that .....your bhakti is enhanced by including radha maa then it is compulsory for you sir. Bhakti is not a form of fear sir, its a form of love.

Once a devotee told me that you cannot enter vrindavan without radha maa grace. So you try to visit vrindavan and check sir.

Reference for ISKCON maha mantra doesnt include radha maa name

The Vedas recommend that in the present age the most effective means for achieving self-realization is to always hear about, glorify, and remember the all-good Supreme Lord, who is known by many names. One of these names is “Krishna” which means “He who is all-attractive,” another is “Rama” which means “He who is the reservoir of all pleasure,” and “Hare” indicates the Lord’s inconceivable energy.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

This sublime chanting puts us directly in touch with the Supreme Lord through the sound vibration of His holy names and gradually awakens us to our original relationship with God. ISKCON’s primary mission is to encourage all members of the human society to devote at least some portion of their time and energies to this process of hearing and chanting about God. In this way they will gradually come to realize that all living beings are spirit souls, eternally related to the Supreme Lord in service and in love


No it's not compulsory. In Shaakt sampraday only female name is chanted most of the time. For example -

उमा, रमा, ब्रह्माणी जय जय . . सीता, राधा, रुक्मणी जय जय

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Feminine is considered stronger and victorious over masculine. But if you want to please the divine mother then praising her husband will help you achieve that faster. At least remember her husband once at the beginning of your puja

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