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Shri Govardhanashtakam

Shrila Vishvanatha Cakravarti Thakura

 

krishna-prasadena samasta-shailasamrajyam

apnoti ca vairino ’pi

shakrasya yah prapa balim sa sakshad

govardhano me dishatam abhishtam (1)

 

May Govardhana Hill fulfill my deepest desire - to get darshana of Shri Radha and

Krishna’s lilas. By Shri Krishna’s mercy Govardhana became the emperor of all mountains,

and received the offerings meant for Indra despite Indra’s enmity.

sva-preshtha-hastambuja-saukumaryasukhanubh

 

uter ati-bhumi-vritteh

mahendra-vajrahatim apy ajanan

govardhano me dishatam abhishtam (2)

 

Feeling that softness of his dearmost Krishna’s soft lotus hand when he was being held

aloft by Him filled him with so much ananda that he did not even notice Indra’s

thunderbolts striking his body. May that Govardhana fulfill my desire.

 

yatraiva krishno vrishabhanu-putrya

danam grihitum kalaham vitene

shruteh spriha yatra mahaty atah shri-

govardhano me dishatam abhishtam (3)

 

Demanding a road tax, Krishna quarreled for several hours at Dan Ghati with the

daughter of Vrishabhanu Maharaja. Rasika-bhaktas visiting Govardhana are eager to

listen to that sweet prema quarrel. May that Govardhana fulfill my desire that I also

can hear that verbal battle.

 

snatva sarah svashu samira-hasti

yatraiva nipadi-paraga-dhulih

alolayan khelati caru sa shri-

govardhano me dishatam abhishtam (4)

 

Bathing in Govardhana’s lakes which are filled with lotuses and surrounded by

kadamba and other flowers, the cool, sweet and strong breeze blows over the water,

shaking the pollen from the flowers as it blows the flowers against each other. This

breeze, mixing playfully with the pollen and fragrance of the flowers, is like an

elephant who covers himself with dust after taking his bath and then plays with his

female friends. May that beautiful Govardhana fulfill my desire.

 

kasturikabhih shayitam kim atrety

uham prabhoh svasya muhur vitanvan

naisargika-sviya-shila-sugandhair

govardhano me dishatam abhishtam (5)

 

Is the sweet fragrance of Govardhana coming because Krishna is sleeping on a bed of

musk here? If Krishna is not sleeping here, how is this fragrance coming? All of

Govardhana’s shilas are fragrant because the breeze is carrying the fragrance and

pollen of the flowers and the fragrance of Krishna’s lilas here with all the gopis. May

that Govardhana fulfill my desire.

 

vamsha-pratidhvany-anusara-vartma

didrikshavo yatra harim harinyah

yantyo labhante na hi vismitah sa

govardhano me dishatam abhishtam (6)

 

The deer on Govardhana start running upon hearing the sound of the wind blowing

through the holes of all the bamboo trees, thinking that Krishna is there playing His flute.

Not finding Him, they are astonished and wander here and there searching for Him. May

that Govardhana fulfill my desire.

 

yatraiva gangam anu navi radham

arohya madhye tu nimagna-naukah

krishno hi radhanugalo babhau sa

govardhano me dishatam abhishtam (7)

 

In the middle of Manasi Ganga, Shri Radha was sitting in Krishna’s boat. When the boat

began to sink, She tightly clung to His neck. Together They looked very beautiful.

May that Govardhana (who provides the setting for this secret lila) fulfill my desire.

 

vina bhavet kim hari-dasa-varyapadashraya

m bhaktir atah shrayami

yam eva saprema nijeshayoh shri-

govardhano me dishatam abhishtam (8)

 

Without taking shelter of the lotus feet of Govardhana, who is the best of Shri Hari’s

servants and who is full of love for Shri Radha-Krishna, how will one ever attain shuddhabhakti?

May that Govardhana fulfill my inner desire and grant me special prema-seva

for Shri Radha-Krishna when they are meeting in his many kunjas.

 

etat pathed yo hari-dasa-varyamahanubhavash

takam ardra-cetah

shri-radhika-madhavayoh padabjadasya

m sa vinded acirena sakshat (9)

 

May that person who reads these eight verses glorifying Shri Hari’s greatest servant,

with his heart melting, his voice choking, his hairs standing on end and tears flowing,

quickly attain direct service to the lotus feet of Shri Radhika-Madhava. Govardhana

is feeling so many bhavas as he’s watching Their lilas and‚ being very kind, he can

easily give this prema.