Story from hell: Residents of hell saved by utering namaha to Lord Krishna!
Once a great Brahmana and a devotee of the Lord called Mudgala travelled to the abode of Yamaraj to meet him.When he saw the torturous punishments inflicted by the Yamadutas on the sinful living entities, he looked at them with compassion and they saw him.
At once they became purified and felt momentary bliss and relief from their hellish suffering.
Yamaraj explained to Mudagala that this was possible because of his glory of worshipping the Supreme Lord in your third previous life, and offering of charity made along with chanting the Lord's names along with 'namah' such as 'krishnaaya namah', 'vasudevaaya namah'.
Yamaraj also said, "Those who remember Lord Krishna, bow down to him, take shelter of Him and worship Him by chanting mantras like krishnaaya namah, vaasudevaaya namah, they are not under my jurisdiction."
Hearing this the living entities who were suffering in hell started chanting, "krishnaya namah, govindaya namah, vasudevaya namah etc".
Though they could not bow down because they were being tied up and punished, but they verbally offered obeisances by saying namah.
Because of the potency of the names coupled with namah, all the devices in the hell which were used to torture them stopped working; all the weapons in the hands of the Yamadutas became blunt; the fire burning in the hell became extinguished and all the Yamadutas became diminished in their strength and could not exert any further punishment on the residents of hell.
As the chanting continued more and more, fragrant and cool breeze started flowing in that hell; everyone started hearing pleasing musical instruments of flute, vina etc; they became free of the hellish coverings and became endowed with heavenly dress and ornaments.
Understanding the purifying effect of their chanting, Yamaraj immediately got up from his seat and started worshipping those residents of hells by offering water at their feet and said, "Those who bow down to Lord Vishnu, who is known as Yajnavaraha and who is the Lord of all gods, I bow down to them again and again. Even those who say 'vishnave namah, krishnaaya namah, to them I bow again and again."
As he was saying this, a heavenly plane came there and all the residents boarded into that plane and were transferred to heavenly planets.Their punishment was severely reduced by their offering obeisances to the Lord with words by uttering his names joined with namah.
( Story is from Vishnu Dharma Purana )
Moral of the stroy:
Lets us all offer our namaha to the Lord folowing examples of great devotees.
Kuntidevi says in Srimad Bhagavatam:
namaha pankaja naabhaaya
namaha pankaja maaline
namaha pankaja netraaya
"My respectful obeisances are unto You, O Lord, whose abdomen is marked with a depression like a lotus flower, who are always decorated with garlands of lotus flowers, whose glance is as cool as the lotus and whose feet are engraved with lotuses."
In Bhagavata purana, Suta Goswami says to Parikshit Maharaj in verse 12.12.47
patitah skhalitash caartah
kshuttvaa vaa vivasho grnan
haraye nama ity uccair
mucyate sarva paatakaat
"If when falling, slipping, feeling pain or sneezing one involuntarily cries out in a loud voice, "Obeisances to Lord Hari!" one will be automatically freed from all his sinful reactions."
So lets all offer respect to Lord Krishna by uttering mantras:
om keshavaya namah
om narayanaya namah
om madhavaya namah
om govindaya namah
om vishnave namah
om madhusudanaya namah
om trivikramaya namah
om vamanaya namah
om sridharaya namah
om hrishikeshaya namah
om padmanabhaya namah
om damodaraya namah
om vasudevaya namaha
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
OM NAMO NARAYANAYA