Achyuthaanantha Govinda -Learn Sanskrit through Slokas

In the earlier post, we saw the meaning of a sloka through which we learnt some Sanskrit words. We will attempt to learn a few more words today.

Learn Sanskrit through Slokas

Here is the sloka for today:

achyuthaanantha govinda naamochchaarana beshajaath
nasyanthi sakalaa rogaa: sathyam sathyam vadaamyaham

Let’s try to understand the word-by-word meaning of the above verse:

achyutha anantha govinda
  • Achyutha, Anantha and Govinda’ are names of Lord Vishnu.
  • Achyutha‘ means the one who is immovable/imperishable. It also means one who does not let go of his devotees
  • Anantha‘ means one without end. ‘Antha‘ is end. Thus Vedanta is that which is at the end of Vedas, which are the Upanishads. The prefix ‘An‘ indicates ‘without’, thus Anantha is the one without an end. Similarly ‘Aadhi‘ is beginning. ‘Anaadhi‘ is without beginning.
  • Govinda‘ means ‘protector of cows’ (go‘ is cow; goshala is cow shed), thus meaning Lord Krishna
naama uchchaarana
  • naama’ is ‘name’. All babies in our tradition undergo ‘naamakarana‘ function which is nothing but a naming ceremony.
  • uchchaarana’ is ‘pronouncing or chanting’.


  • ‘bheshajam’ is ‘medicine or cure’. Bhishak is a ‘doctor’. What a ‘bhishak‘ provides is ‘bheshajam‘. ‘Bheshajaath means ‘through the medicine/cure’.
nashyanthi sakalaa rogaa:
  • nashyanthi’ – to get destroyed. ‘Naasham’ is destruction (recall ‘sarvanaasham‘)
  • sakalaa’ is ‘all’
  • rogaa:’ is diseases. ‘Roga’ is ‘disease’ and ‘rogaa:’ is its plural. Combining with the negative prefix ‘aa’ will yield ‘aarogyam’ which is no disease (good health)
sathyam sathyam
  • ‘sathyam’ is truth. Mentioning the word twice is done for emphasis and to remove any doubts
vadhaami aham
  • ‘vadhaami’ – originates from the verb, ‘vadh‘ – to speak. ‘Vadhaami’ is ‘I am speaking’. Note that the other verb ‘vaddh‘ means ‘to kill’, so need caution while using these two verbs. (Of course, we all know a few who can kill by speaking itself!)
  • aham’ is ‘I’. Similarly ‘thvam’ is you and sa:/saa’ is he/she.

Based on the above explanation, the literal meaning for the above verse would be,” The chanting of the names Achyutha, Anantha and Govinda is the medicine which will destroy all diseases; and I speak the truth and nothing but the truth.

As always, slokas have a deep inner meaning which can be fully understood by reaching out to your Gurus.


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Rangarajan has been blogging for over 12 years now on various topics. With Thedal, he becomes one with the universe and he is hoping that his search will help him discover the eternal truth.  Please join him as he traverses through the universe across temples, philosophies and science!

8 thoughts on “Achyuthaanantha Govinda -Learn Sanskrit through Slokas”

  1. Thank you SO much for this post! I am a huge fan of Vighnaharta Ganesh. Yesterday I was watching Episode 576 and paused the video when Sri Ganesha said that the mantra “Achyut Anand Govind” could cure all diseases. I did several searches using Bing and found a recording but I couldn’t make out all of the words being sung by Jayteerth Mevundi. So I used Google and found the slots but I still couldn’t figure out what the words meant until I found YOUR post! I am going to share it on Facebook and share it on my new website and I’m going to chant it each day.
    Again THANK YOU!

    1. Hello Barbara! Thanks for your kind words. There is so much to learn and we are glad to publish whatever little we learnt on Slokas and other such things. Very glad to note that you found this useful. We are grateful!

  2. Just like Barbera, I’m also a huge fan of Vighnaharta Ganesh.. and I also paused to take note of the sloka which cures all diseases.. I googled and found such a wonderful explanation on learning Sanskrit by slokas and found the meaning of this sloka ‘Achyuthaanantha Govinda’ which I will be reciting all the time.. also shared to family and friends.. Many thanks, Lots of blessings 🙏

  3. Hi Rangarajan,
    I accidentally came across this blog post of yours and I’m glad I did. This is an excellent way of learning Sanskrit through the numerous slokas which are so enlightening. You have a very simple way of explaining. Thanks and God bless. I’m serious too in the search for The Brahman. Keep up the great work. 🙏😊

  4. Very good approach to spreading the power of Mantras and slokas, and learn Sanskrit language. Much appreciated 🙏
    Ramesh Hariharan

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