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An ancient prayer by an unknown Vaishnava author
sucarcitanga-candanam namami nanda-nandanam (1)
I offer pranama to Shri Nanda-nandana, whose face is extremely lovely, from whose
beautiful ears hang jewelled earrings, and whose entire body is anointed with fragrant
ananga-koti-mohanam namami nanda-nandanam (2)
I offer pranama to Shri Nanda-nandana, whose elongated eyes are beautiful like a
fully-bloomed lotus, the top of whose head is exquisitely adorned with peacock
feathers, and who enchants millions of Cupids (Kamadevas).
navambudanga-cikkanam namami nanda-nandanam (3)
I offer pranama to Shri Nanda-nandana, from whose beautiful nose hangs an elephantpearl,
whose teeth are brilliantly shining, and whose bodily complexion is more
beautiful and lustrous than a fresh raincloud.
karena venu-ranjitam gati-karindra-ganjitam
dukula-pita-shobhanam namami nanda-nandanam (4)
I offer pranama to Shri Nanda-nandana, whose lotus hands hold the flute, whose
lingering gait defeats even that of an intoxicated elephant, and whose dark limbs are
beautified by a yellow dhoti.
amulya-ratna-bhushanam namami nanda-nandanam (5)
I offer pranama to Shri Nanda-nandana, whose threefold bending posture is exquisitely
elegant, the effulgence of whose toe-nails puts to shame even the moon, and who
wears invaluable jewels and ornaments.
sphurac-chrivatsa-lanchanam namami nanda-nandanam (6)
I offer pranama to Shri Nanda-nandana, whose body exudes an extraodinarily
enchanting fragrance and upon whose broad chest the kaustubha gem shines together
with the mark of Shrivatsa.
surendra-garva-mocanam namami nanda-nandanam (7)
I offer pranama to Shri Nanda-nandana, Vrindavana’s expert lover who dresses in a
manner that enhances His charming, playful pastimes, and who pulverised the pride
vrajangana-sunayakam sada sukha-pradayakam
jagan-manah pralobhanam namami nanda-nandanam (8)
I offer pranama to Shri Nanda-nandana, who as the lover of the Vraja gopis perpetually
delights them and who enchants the minds of all living entities.
shri-nanda-nandanashtakam pathed yah shraddhayanvitah
tared bhavabdhim dustaram labhet tad-anghri-yugmakam (9)
Whoever regularly recites this Shri Nanda-nandanashtakam with deep faith will easily
cross the seemingly insurmountable ocean of material existence and attain eternal
residence at the lotus feet of Shri Nanda-nandana.