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Shri Dashavatara-Stotram

Shri Jayadeva Gosvami

 

pralaya-payodhi-jale dhritavan asi vedam

vihita-vahitra-caritram akhedam

keshava! dhrita-mina-sharira! jaya jagadisha! hare (1)

 

O Keshava! O You who assume the form of a fish! O Jagadisha! O You who remove Your

devotees’ tribulations! All glories to You, because in the waters of the universal

dissolution You killed the demon Hayagriva and rescued the Vedas. You took on a

form resembling a boat, and easily kept Satyavrata Rishi and the seven principal sages

afloat.

 

kshitir iha vipulatare tishthati tava prishthe

dharani-dharana-kina-cakra-garishthe

keshava! dhrita-kurma-sharira! jaya jagadisha! hare (2)

 

O Keshava! O You who assume the form of a tortoise! O Jagadisha! O You who steal Your

devotees’ hearts! All glories to You, because in this incarnation You hold the Mandara

Mountain and indeed the entire earth planet on Your massive back, which is now

adorned with many scar-like depressions.

 

vasati dashana-shikhare dharani tava lagna

shashini-kalanka-kaleva nimagna

keshava! dhrita-shukara-rupa! jaya jagadisha! hare (3)

 

O Keshava! O You who assume the form of a boar! O Jagadisha! O You who remove Your

devotees’ sins! All glories to You, because the earth planet which had become

immersed in the ocean at the bottom of the universe sits fixed to the tip of Your tusk

like a spot upon the moon.

 

tava kara-kamala-vare nakham adbhuta-shringam

dalita-hiranyakashipu-tanu-bhringam

keshava! dhrita-narahari-rupa! jaya jagadisha! hare (4)

 

O Keshava! O You who assume the form of half-man, half-lion! O Jagadisha! O You who

remove Your devotees’ suffering! All glories to You, because with one of the wonderful,

petal-like nails of Your beautiful lotus hands You rip asunder the bumblebee-like

body of Hiranyakashipu. The astonishing thing about this is that ordinarily it is the

bumblebee which rips the petals of the lotus, but here the petal rips apart the

bumblebee.

 

chalayasi vikramane balim adbhuta-vamana!

pada-nakha-nira-janita-jana-pavana!

keshava! dhrita-vamana-rupa! jaya jagadisha! hare (5)

 

O Keshava! O You who assume the wonderful form of a dwarf brahmana! O Jagadisha!

O Hare, who steal away Your devotees’ false egos! All glories to You, because at the

time of measuring the earth You deceived Bali Maharaja with Your massive steps and

by the Ganges water which emanates from the toe nails of Your lotus feet, You purify

all the residents of this world.

 

kshatriya-rudhira-maye jagad-apagata-papam

snapayasi payasi shamita-bhava-tapam

keshava! dhrita-bhrigupati-rupa! jaya jagadisha! hare (6)

 

O Keshava! O You who assume the form of Parashurama! O Jagadisha! All glories to You,

because You remove the torments, sins, and sufferings of the residents of this world

by bathing the earth (at Kurukshetra) in rivers of blood from the bodies of the demoniac

kshatriyas whom You slay.

 

vitarasi dikshu rane dik-pati-kamaniyam

dasha-mukha-mauli-balim ramaniyam

keshava! dhrita-rama-sharira! jaya jagadisha! hare (7)

 

O Keshava! O You who assume the form of Ramacandra! O Jagadisha! O You who remove

the rishis’ suffering! All glories to You, because in the battle of Lanka You destroy the

demon Ravana and distribute his heads as a pleasing offering to the presiding deities

of the ten directions, who greatly desired this action due to being much harassed by

this monster.

 

vahasi vapushi vishade vasanam jaladabham

hala-hati-bhiti-milita-yamunabham

keshava! dhrita-haladhara-rupa! jaya jagadisha! hare (8)

 

O Keshava! O You who assume the form of Balarama! O Jagadisha! O You who vanquish

the arrogance of the wicked! All glories to You, because on Your brilliant white body

You wear garments the colour of a fresh blue raincloud. These garments are also the

same beautiful dark hue of the Yamuna who is greatly fearful due to the striking of

Your plough.

 

nindasi yajna-vidher ahaha shruti-jatam

sadaya-hridaya! darshita-pashu-ghatam

keshava! dhrita-buddha-sharira! jaya jagadisha! hare (9)

 

O Keshava! O You who assume the form of Buddha! O Jagadisha! O You who dispel

atheism! O Hare! All glories to You because Your heart is so full of compassion.

Therefore You advocate non-violence as the supreme religious principle. Aho! You

decry the shrutis which prescribe the performance of sacrifices that inflict pain upon

animals.

 

mleccha-nivaha-nidhane kalayasi karavalam

dhuma-ketum iva kim api karalam

keshava! dhrita-kalki-sharira! jaya jagadisha! hare (10)

 

O Keshava! O You who assume the form of Kalki! O Jagadisha! O You who remove the

filth of the age of Kali! All glories to You, because like a comet signifying the eminent

destruction of the wicked, You appear wielding a huge, terrifying sword with which to

annihilate the barbarians who remain at the end of Kali-yuga.

 

shri-jayadeva-kaver idam uditam udaram

shrinu sukhadam shubhadam bhava-saram

keshava! dhrita-dasha-vidha-rupa! jaya jagadisha! hare (11)

 

O Keshava! O You who assume these ten forms! O Jagadisha! O You who remove Your

devotees’ material desires! All glories to You! My humble supplication at Your lotus

feet is that You please hear this Dashavatara-Stotra composed by the poet Jayadeva,

because it describes the essence of Your incarnations and is most excellent, bestowing

happiness and auspiciousness.

 

vedan uddharate jaganti vahate bhu-golam udvibhrate

daityan darayate balim chalayate kshatra-kshayam kurvate

paulastyam jayate halam kalayate karunyam atanvate

mlecchan murcchayate dashakriti-krite krishnaya tubhyam namah (12)

 

O Shri Krishna, You descend in ten incarnations! I offer hundreds of pranamas unto You,

because as Matsya You rescue the Vedas, as Kurma You support the earth planet, as

Varaha You lift the earth with Your tusks, as Nrisimha You tear open the chest of the

demon Hiranyakashipu, as Vamana You trick Bali, as Parashurama You slay the wicked

kshatriyas, as Rama You conquer Ravana, as Balarama You wield a plough, as Buddha

You show compassion to all living entities, and as Kalki You vanquish the barbarians

remaining at the end of Kali-yuga.