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Keśava may also refer to: the grammarian Kesiraja
'Keshava (Sanskrit: ) is a name of Krishna from within Hindu tradition.The name appears as the 23rd and 648th names in the Vishnu sahasranama.Lord Keshava is venerated by those persons wanting to avert bad luck, or ill omens. His consort is Keerti.

Scriptural References

Vishnu Sahasranama

According to Adi Sankara' s commentary on the Vishnu sahasranama, Keshava has three meanings:
  • one whose Kesa or hair is long, uncut and beautiful
  • The lord of creation, preservation, and dissolution.
  • one who destroyed the asura or demon Kesi in the Krishna avatar.

It also means
  • one who is endowed with the rays of light spreading within the orbit of the sun
  • one who is endowed with divine powers of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and who can make the lord of Generation , i.e. Brahma and lord of Distruction Shiva both happy. An operator who is perfect Generator and Distructor.

Padma Purana

  • The one with beautiful long (unshorn) hair
According to the Padma Purana the name refers to Krishna's long, beautiful looking unshorn hair.

Bhagavad Gita

  • Killer of the Keśī demon
In the Bhagavad Gita Arjuna uses the name Keshava for Krishna a number of times, referring to him as...
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