The holy verses:

hare kṛiṣhṇa hare kṛiṣhṇa kṛiṣhṇa kṛiṣhṇa hare hare

hare rāma hare rāma rāma rāma hare hare

Lord Krishna and Lord Ram were incarnations of Lord Vishnu? So these maha-mantras are for Lord Vishnu or the Supreme God?

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    Well, the Hare Krishna Mahamantra is mainly chanted by Gaudiya Vaishnavas, and Gaudiya Vaishnavas believe that Krishna is the supreme god. Dec 7 '15 at 5:20
  • By the way, you may be interested in my question here, relating to the Hare Krishna Mahamantra: hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/2606/36 Dec 7 '15 at 5:40
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    @KeshavSrinivasan thank you sir, for giving reference of your question Dec 7 '15 at 5:49
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    @KeshavSrinivasan You believe that Shiva is/was a jiva so you cannot be devotee of a jiva.
    – Pinakin
    Dec 7 '15 at 11:33
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    Yes it refers to Lord Rama, who is the Supreme Brahman personified. :) There is no mantra or expression that can describe the formless Brahman. All mantras therefore take an indirect route, i.e. they descibe the indescribable Brahman by giving Him characteristics, (e.g. name Rama Krishna, form Shiva or sound AUM) and then worshipping Him through that. In reality, that Attributeless Brahman cannot be described, He can only be experienced (like sweetness of sugar cannot be described, it can only be experienced). Praying to God with form is not different from meditating on Supreme Brahman. :)
    – Sai
    Dec 7 '15 at 15:46

Rama and Krishna are the avatars of Lord Vishnu. Devotees of Lord Vishnu believe that Lord Vishnu is the supreme God. So they chant these Maha-mantras. It is based on your belief that to whom you worship and whom you think as supreme.

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  • Can we worship Lord shriram thinking as supreme god or it will be act out of ignorance that Lord Vishnu is supreme god ?
    – C Sharper
    May 16 '16 at 10:45

Different people have different beliefs as to who is 'Supreme Lord'.

However; the Mahamantra

hare kṛiṣhṇa hare kṛiṣhṇa kṛiṣhṇa kṛiṣhṇa hare hare/ hare rāma hare rāma rāma rāma hare hare

is chanted mostly by the followers of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu(Gaudiya Vaishnavas/ISKCON). Gaudiya Vaishnavas accept Krishna as the 'Supreme Lord'. There are references to this in Bhagavat Purana(Srimad-Bhagawatam), Brahma Samhita etc.

Also krishna is not considered as mere incarnation but as Supreme lord himself by many of the vaishnavas.

I would also like to add that there is no difference between Vishnu and His expansion. But to carry out different works;Lord has assumed different forms and exhibited only that much of opulence and potency which was required to carry out the particular mission.

so yes Hare krishna Mahamantra does refer to supreme lord.

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