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Shri Govardhana-Vasa-Prarthana-Dashakam

Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami


nija-pati-bhuja-danda-cchatra-bhavam prapadya


atula-prithula-shaila-shreni-bhupa! priyam me

nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana! tvam (1)


pramada-madana-lilah kandare kandare te

racayati nava-yunor dvandvam asminn amandam

iti kila kalanartham lagnakas tad-dvayor me

nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana! tvam (2)



ruhajhara-darasanudroni-sangheshu rangaih

saha bala-sakhibhih sankhelayan sva-priyam me

nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana! tvam (3)


rasa-nidhi-nava-yunoh sakshinim dana-keler

dyuti-parimala-viddham shyama-vedim prakashya

rasika-vara-kulanam modam asphalayan me

nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana! tvam (4)


hari-dayitam apurvam radhika-kundam atmapriya-

sakham iha kanthe narmanalingya guptah

nava-yuva-yuga-khelas tatra pashyan raho me

nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana! tvam (5)


sthala-jala-tala-shashpair bhuruhac-chayaya ca

prati-padam anukalam hanta samvardhayan gah

tri-jagati nija-gotram sarthakam khyapayan me

nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana! tvam (6)


sura-pati-krita-dirgha-drohato goshtha-raksham

tava nava-griha-rupasyantare kurvataiva

agha-baka-ripunoccair dattamana! drutam me

nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana! tvam (7)


giri-nripa! haridasa-shreni-varyeti namamritam

idam uditam shri-radhika-vaktra-candrat

vraja-nava-tilakatve klpta! vedaih sphutam me

nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana! tvam (8)




aganita-karunatvan mam uri-kritya tantam

nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana! tvam (9)


nirupadhi-karunena shri shaci-nandanena

tvayi kapati-shatho ’pi tvat-priyenarpito ’smi

iti khalu mama yogyayogyatam tam agrihnan

nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana! tvam (10)


rasada-dashakam asya shrila-govardhanasya

kshiti-dhara-kula-bhartur yah prayatnad adhite

sa sapadi sukhade ’smin vasam asadya sakshacchubhada-

yugala-seva-ratnam apnoti turnam (11)


O beautiful Govardhana, matchlessly enormous king of mountains! Please bestow

upon me my most cherished desire - residence near your side. You took the shape

of an umbrella with the arm of your own Lord as the handle, thus pulverizing the

arrogant pride of Indra who was intoxicated by his own opulence. (1)


O Govardhana, please grant me a dwelling near your side so that I can easily witness

and serve the youthful lovers Shri Radha-Krishna as They perform newer and newer

secret, amorous lilas within your many caves where They become completely

maddened from drinking prema. You are present and making everything possible. (2)


O Govardhana, please grant me a dwelling near your side for you are very dear to me. If

you say to me, “Shri Radha-Krishna also perform pastimes at Sanketa and at other places in

the forests, so why don’t you desire to reside there?” I will reply that upon your incomparable

pearl-studded altars, on your jewelled simhasanas, below your trees, in your

cracks and crevices, upon your crest and in your multitude of caves, Shri Krishna and

Baladeva always enjoy playful sports accompanied by Shridama and the other sakhas.



O Govardhana, please grant me residence near your side because, having manifested

a lustrous black vedi (raised sitting place) with an enchanting scent, you facilitated

and witnessed the dana-keli pastime enacted by the youthful lovers Shri Radha-Krishna,

who Themselves are a treasure-house of delicious rasa-mellows. Thus you increase

the transcendental pleasure of Shri Krishna’s exalted rasika devotees who relish those

mellows. (4)


O Govardhana, please grant me residence near your side. The unprecedented Radhakunda

is most dear to Shri Krishna and also your dear friend. Embracing Radha-kunda

to your neck in a playful mood, you remain hidden there while watching Shri Radha-

Krishna enjoy pastimes in Their freshly blossoming youth. That secluded spot is also

perfectly suitable for me - I will sit right there and relish Their pastimes with you.



O Govardhana, please grant me residence near your side. You are worshiping Shri

Radha-Krishna with your nice spacious fields, ponds, streams and waterfalls, forests,

fresh grass, and shade-trees, and you are nourishing Shri Krishna’s beloved cows whose

numbers are thus increasing at every moment. Your very name “Govardhana” (gah

means cows, and vardhayati means to nourish and increase) is successful and renowned

throughout the three worlds. If I can reside near you, I will also be able to

receive the darshana of my ishtadeva Shri Krishna, who comes to you when He brings His

cows out to graze. (6)


O Govardhana, please bestow upon me residence by your side right away. Shri Krishna,

the slayer of Aghasura and Bakasura, showed you special honour by establishing

Vraja beneath you while holding you aloft, thereby turning you into a new home for

the Vrajavasis and protecting them from Indra’s hostility.You are the crown of

Vrindavana and Krishna always takes care of you since you are His dear devotee. Krishna’s

nature is that He is merciful to those who, although unqualified, reside near those

whom He honours, so by residing near you I also will certainly obtain Krishna’s mercy.



O Giriraja Maharaja, from the moon-like face of Shrimati Radhika the following words

have issued: “This hill is the best of those who are known as Haridasa.” These words

from the Shrimad-Bhagavatam (10.21.18) have revealed the nectar of your name, and

all the Vedas have established you as the fresh tilaka of Vraja-mandala. You are such

a high-class devotee, so if I stay with you, I will certainly get high-class bhakti.

Therefore, the most desirable place to reside is near your side; please grant me a

dwelling there. (8)


O Govardhana, you are absorbed in the rasa of friendship towards Shri Radha-Krishna

who are surrounded by Their sakhis and sakhas, and you are the unparalleled source

of happiness for the men, women, birds, animals, and all the living entities of Vraja.

You are so kind. Krishna just touched you and automatically you lifted yourself up to

serve Him, becoming weightless on His finger. You fulfill Krishna’s desires and protect

all Vrajavasis, so please accept this most fallen and miserable person and by mercifully

bestowing upon me residence near your side, make even poor me a worthy recipient

of Shri Krishna’s love. (9)


O Govardhana, although I am a cheater and a rogue, the greatly merciful Shri Shacinandana

Krishna Chaitanya, who is most dear to you, has offered me unto you (so you are therefore

obliged to accept me). Without considering whether I am qualified or unqualified,

please bestow upon me a residence near your side. (10)


Whoever ardently meditates on these ten nectarean verses glorifying Shrila Govardhana,

the master of mountains, will obtain blissful residence near Govardhana, thereby very

quickly attaining the auspicious jewel of direct service to Shri Radha-Krishna. (This

composition is recited in the poetic meter known as “Malini.”) (11)