Usually at the end of the any rituals it is said as sarvam sree krishnaarpanam (all the outcomes belongs to Krishna - a crude translation) and Krishna name is chanted thrice or ten times.

Vaishnavites use a prayer called saathivk thyagam (sacrifice of all outcome of the efforts) in which it is said to offered to Baghavan and none in specific.

Why is that it is dedicated to Krishna and why not Rama etc. I mean is there any specific reason behind it?

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    Consider like this: the name of the Supreme Soul is more famous as Krsna.
    – iammilind
    Sep 16, 2015 at 4:42

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Yes. We say śrī Kṛṣṇārpaṇamastu (श्री कृष्णार्पणमस्तु) at the end of almost every ritual. It means everything goes to śrī Kṛṣṇā.

Not only people whose ishta devata is Krishna say this but almost every Hindu says this.

Why only Krishna not Rama etc., ?

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna Paramatma says to Arjuna :

यत्-करोषि यद्-अश्नासि यज्-जुहोषि ददासि यत् |
यत्-तपस्यसि कौन्तेय तत्-कुरुष्व मद्-अर्पणम् || २७ ||

yat-karoṣi yad-aśnāsi yaj-juhoṣi dadāsi yat |
yat-tapasyasi kaunteya tat-kuruṣva mad-arpaṇam || 9.27 ||

Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer in sacrifice, whatever you give away, whatever austerity you practice, O Kaunteya, do that as an offering to Me.

By this verse he assures that He will take the offering to the proper destination without any cuts and discounts. People who worship other deities(Shiva, Amba, etc.,) too say śrī Kṛṣṇārpaṇamastu for this reason.

Commentary of Bhagavad Ramanujacharya on above verse :

Whatsoever secular work you do for the maintenance of the body, whatsoever you set aside for the sustenance of the body, whatsoever religious rites, obligatory (nityam) and occasional (naimittikam) you practice, like offering oblations into the sacred fire, performing charity and austerity — do all these as an offering to Me. Arpaṇa means offering — do all acts, secular and religious, as if the doer, the enjoyer and the worshipped were all offerings to Me.

There are other verses too

कायेन वाचा मनसेन्द्रियैर्वा
बुद्ध्यात्मना वा प्रकृतेः स्वभावात् ।
करोमि यद्यत्सकलं परस्मै
नारायणायेति समर्पयामि ॥

kāyena vācā manasendriyairvā
buddhyātmanā vā prakṛteḥ svabhāvāt ।
karomi yadyatsakalaṃ parasmai
nārāyaṇāyeti samarpayāmi ॥

(Whatever I do) with my Body, Speech, Mind or Sense Organs,: (Whatever I do) using my Intellect, Feelings of Heart or (unconsciously) through the natural tendencies of my Mind, Whatever I do, I do all for others (i.e. without the sense of attachment to the results), (And) I Surrender them all at the Lotus Feet of Sreemannarayana.

If your destination is moksha, you should not possess any fruits of efforts you have done. puṇya takes you Swarga and pāpā takes you to hell. These too are are not considered moksha. SO if you want to gain the moksha the liberation, all your fruits of effort should be given to the supreme Lord.

That's the reason we offer our deeds saying śrī Kṛṣṇārpaṇamastu (श्री कृष्णार्पणमस्तु) or similar statement.

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    Why on earth everyone will offer his worship to Krishna when he is worshiping some other deity?Every deity has a specific arapna mantra..most generally used is " tat sat brahmarpanamstu'..others are Devi arpanamastu,Shivarpanamstu,Durgarpanamastu..etc..For ex- in this puja Jagadguru Chandrasekhara sarasawti uses- etatphalaM sarvaM shrIparameshvarArpaNamastu..Specially if one is worshipping Sri Lalita or Bhagavati Chandi offering worship to some other deity is a big blunder to do..
    – Rickross
    Feb 18, 2017 at 14:24
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    @RIckross It is because Krishna said he is the supreme soul. Yes. It depends on ishta devata. The above verse can also interpreted as "Give that offering to me. I will make sure that it reaches the destination without any fail." But many say Krishnarpanamastu. You can also refer other comentaries too. Feb 18, 2017 at 14:44
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    That must only be a vaishnava thing..otherwise which fool will offer worship to Krishna or for that matter to any other deity after worshiping Sri Lalita for example..That is not short of a grave crime..and Btw what was the method before Bhagavat Gita was composed?
    – Rickross
    Feb 19, 2017 at 7:04
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    No. Don't say fool. Be polite. It would be Sreemannarayanarpanamastu. Krishna is Narayana himself. But if you are doing so. It is your wish. He will take the offering to the proper destination without any cuts and discounts. But all the fruits will be given to the supreme lord only. In BG, he says he is the supreme. Refer 9 adhyaya. Feb 19, 2017 at 11:51
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    Sree Charan There is nothing in what i have said that is harsh..I never said that the devotees of a particular Deity is a fool..I simply said if someone worshiping Sri Lalita Devi and at the end offers worship to some other Deity then that's nothing short of a crime..And as far as supremacy is considered,pls keep Sri Lalita out the that..because her supremacy is unquestinable..can't be denied by any means..Lalita created Vedas from her breath,Vigneswara from her smile,Rudra,Vishnu from her eyes and the KrishnAdi 10 Vishnu avatars from her finger nails..(Refer to Brahmanda Puran)..
    – Rickross
    Feb 20, 2017 at 5:27

Krishna and rama are same but krishna is called purnavatar(full incarnation). Every thing and every partical of this universe is Krishna. Krishna is inside us we are within Krishna. One interesting thing you should know that Rama and krishna were exactly copy of each other except their eyes. राम कृष्णा दोउ एक हैं, अंतर नहीं निमेष। इनके नयन गंभीर हैं, उनके चपल विशेष।

  • Thanks Deepak, as far as I have learnt, both avatars are considered as purna avatar. There are other avatars like Sri Nrismha, Sri Govinda (Balaji) etc. They are not being offered.
    – Narayanan
    Aug 17, 2015 at 7:18
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    @Narayanan - There are people who do Rama arpanam, Shiva arpanam etc. One reason that Krishna arpanam is common because Krishna moved with everyone from animals, simpletons like gokula people and also with mighty, old etc. Rama also moved with people, but he was King, emperor even when he was in exile. He had select people like Guha, sabari, Sugriva, Hanuman etc but Rama's mingling with common downtown people was less compared to Krishna. This is what i heard from a srivaishnava scholar.
    – user808
    Sep 16, 2015 at 1:16
  • @Krishna Which people say Ramarpanam or Shivarpanam? Sep 16, 2015 at 14:35
  • @Keshav - what i mean is there are people who based on their ista devatha do say Raama arpanam, Siva arpanam, albeit their numbers may be small...Also, Sri Vaishnavas say Govinda arpanam also, which is queit famous..
    – user808
    Sep 16, 2015 at 14:45
  • Could you translate the last sentence of your answer that is in hindi? Thanks
    – user3547
    Oct 16, 2015 at 15:58

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