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Shri Krishna-Candrashtakam

Shrila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami

 

ambudanjanendra-nila-nindi-kanti-dambarah

kunkumodyad-arka-vidyud-amshu-divyad-ambarah

shrimad-anga-carcitendu-pitanakta-candanah

svanghri-dasyado ’stu me sa ballavendra-nandanah (1)

 

Shri Krishna’s effulgent bodily complexion defeats the luster of a fresh monsoon cloud,

anjana (collyrium used to line the eyes), and blue sapphire; His yellow cloth is more

effulgent than kunkuma, the rising sun, and a flash of lightning; and His entire form

is anointed with candana mixed with camphor and saffron. May that Shri Krishna, son

of the king of the cowherd men, bestow upon me the service of His lotus feet.

 

ganda-tandavati-panditandajesha-kundalash

candra-padma-shanda-garva-khandanasya-mandalah

ballavishu vardhitatma-gudha-bhava-bandhanah

svanghri-dasyado ’stu me sa ballavendra-nandanah (2)

 

On Shri Krishna’s cheeks dangle makara-shaped earrings that are most expert in dancing,

His face shatters the pride of the full moon and all varieties of lotuses, and He forever

tightens the shackle of His secret moods of love upon the vraja-gopis. May that Shri

Krishna, son of the king of the cowherd men, bestow upon me the service of His lotus

feet.

 

nitya-navya-rupa-vesha-harda-keli-ceshtitah

keli-narma-sharma-dayi-mitra-vrinda-veshtitah

sviya-keli-kananamshu-nirjitendra-nandanah

svanghri-dasyado ’stu me sa ballavendra-nandanah (3)

 

Shri Krishna’s beauty, attire, ornaments and love-laden jolly pastimes are all forever fresh

and new. When playing, He is always surrounded by His friends who give Him

happiness with their joking words. The rays of light emanating from His play-garden,

Shri Vrindavana, defeat Indra’s heavenly Nandana garden. May that Shri Krishna, son of

the king of the cowherd men, bestow upon me the service of His lotus feet.

 

prema-hema-manditatma-bandhutabhinanditah

kshauni-lagna-bhala-lokapala-pali-vanditah

nitya-kala-shrishta-vipra-gauravali-vandanah

svanghri-dasyado ’stu me sa ballavendra-nandanah (4)

 

Shri Krishna is perpetually delighted by His friends whose hearts are decorated with the

gold of prema. He praises those virtuous friends, is worshiped daily with obeisances

by the lords of the various planets, and, although He Himself is the hero of unlimited

universes, He daily worships the brahmanas and His elders at the appropriate times.

May that Shri Krishna, son of the king of the cowherd men, bestow upon me the service

of His lotus feet.

 

lilayendra-kaliyoshna-kamsa-vatsa-ghatakas

tat-tad-atma-keli-vrishti-pushta-bhakta-catakah

virya-shila-lilayatma-ghosha-vasi-nandanah

svanghri-dasyado ’stu me sa ballavendra-nandanah (5)

 

Shri Krishna effortlessly cooled the heat of Indra and Kaliya-naga, He easily killed

Kamsa and Vatsasura, the raindrops of His playful pastimes such as smashing the pride

of Indra nourishes His cataka-bird devotees, and He delights the Vrajavasis with His

valour, His pure nature and His unalloyed pastimes. May that Shri Krishna, son of the

king of the cowherd men, bestow upon me the service of His lotus feet.

 

kunja-rasa-keli-sidhu-radhikadi-toshanas

tat-tad-atma-keli-narma-tat-tad-ali-poshanah

prema-shila-keli-kirti-vishva-citta-candanah

svanghri-dasyado ’stu me sa ballavendra-nandanah (6)

 

Shri Krishna pleases Shrimati Radhika and the gopis with the nectar of His pastimes in

the kunjas and with the rasa-lila, He nourishes them with His jokes and tricks, and

He delights the hearts of everyone with His supernatural prema, character, playfulness,

and fame. May that Shri Krishna, son of the king of the cowherd men, bestow upon me

the service of His lotus feet.

 

rasa-keli-darshitatma-shuddha-bhakti-sat-pathah

sviya-citra-rupa-vesha-manmathali-manmathah

gopikasu netra-kona-bhava-vrinda-gandhanah

svanghri-dasyado ’stu me sa ballavendra-nandanah (7)

 

Shri Krishna, through the performance of the rasa-lila, which is completely devoid of even

a scent of mundane lust, showed the true path of pure bhakti for Him; His variegated

beauty and attire agitates the hearts of all classes of lovers; and from the corners of His

eyes He informs the gopis of all His inner desires. May that Shri Krishna, son of the king

of the cowherd men, bestow upon me the service of His lotus feet.

 

pushpa-cayi-radhikabhimarsha-labdhi-tarshitah

prema-vamya-ramya-radhikasya-drishti-harshitah

radhikorasiha lepa esha hari-candanah

svanghri-dasyado ’stu me sa ballavendra-nandanah (8)

 

Shri Krishna is always greedy to obtain the touch of Shrimati Radhika as She goes to pick

flowers; because Radhika is so attractive due to Her loving crookedness, He is always

jubilant upon obtaining Her darshana; He is like enchanting sandal paste which

adorns Radhika’s breast. May that Shri Krishna, son of the king of the cowherd men,

bestow upon me the service of His lotus feet.

 

ashtakena yas tv anena radhika-suvallabham

samstaviti darshane ’pi sindhujadi-durlabham

tam yunakti tushta-citta esha ghosha-kanane

radhikanga-sanga-nanditatma-pada-sevane (9)

 

By singing this ashtaka, whoever prays to Shri Krishna, who is the love of Radhika’s heart

and whose darshana is not possible even for the celestial goddesses headed by Lakshmi,

will please not only Him, but also Radhika and Her companions, and Krishna will

engage such a devotee in the service of His lotus feet in Shri Vrindavana. (This ashtaka

is sung in the poetic meter known as “Tunaka”.)