Krishna called as Vasudeva (वासुदेव)

Lord Krishna’s father name was वसुदेव

Lord Krishna have another name as वासुदेव ( वसुदेवस्य अपत्यम्)

In English language these words may sound or written similar as “Vasudeva”, but they are not similar in Sanskrit.

In Sanskrit there is a suffix, which when added to a name of person, gives a name of offspring (अपत्य​) of that person.

Sanskrit Sutra for the same is – तस्यापत्यम्  4.1.92 which means “To indicate the meaning of ‘his/her offspring

When we add suffix (इञ्) to the word वसुदेव, it becomes वासुदेव

वासुदेव — means “an offspring or son of वसुदेव “

Reference in Scriptures

In Krishna Ashtakam (कृष्णाष्टकम्) , is mentioned as :

वसुदेवसुतं देवं कंसचाणूरमर्दनम् !
देवकीपरमानन्दं कृष्णं वन्दे जगद्गुरुम् !!

वसुदेवसुतं – meaning the son of वसुदेव

In Bhagavata purana 1.2.28-29

वासुदेवपरा वेदा वासुदेवपरा मखा: ।
वासुदेवपरा योगा वासुदेवपरा: क्रिया: ॥ 28 ॥
वासुदेवपरं ज्ञानं वासुदेवपरं तप: ।
वासुदेवपरो धर्मो वासुदेवपरा गति: ॥ 29॥

In these verses “वासुदेव” is Lord Krishna

Refer to the post for more details on this suffix – How lineage is derived in Hindu Scriptures


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