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Shri Radha-Kundashtakam

Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami

 

vrishabha-danuja-nashan narma-dharmokti-rangair

nikhila-nija-sakhibhir yat sva-hastena purnam

prakatitam api vrindaranya-rajnya pramodais

tad ati-surabhi-radha-kundam evashrayo me (1)

 

After the killing of Arishtasura, Shrimati Radhika and Her sakhis exchanged many

joking words with Shri Krishna concerning the necessary atonement for one who has

committed the offence of killing a bull. As a result, the Queen of Vrindavana, Shrimati

Radhika, and Her sakhis joyfully excavated and filled Shri Radha-kunda with their

own hands. May that immensely fragrant Radha-kunda be my shelter.

 

vraja-bhuvi mura-shatroh preyasinam nikamair

asulabham api turnam prema-kalpa-drumam tam

janayati hridi bhumau snatur uccaih priyam yat

 

tad ati-surabhi-radha-kundam evashrayo me (2)

In the land of the hearts of those who bathe in Radha-kunda, a desire tree of the

superlative prema, which is not attainable even for Krishna’s principal queens in

Dvaraka, will arise. May that supremely charming Radha-kunda be my shelter.

 

agha-ripur api yatnad atra devyah prasadaprasara-

krita-kataksha-prapti-kamah prakamam

anusarati yad uccaih snana-sevanu-bandhais

tad ati-surabhi-radha-kundam evashrayo me (3)

 

For the pleasure of Shrimati Radhika, even Shri Krishna Himself, yearning to attain Her

merciful sidelong glance, regularly bathes in Radha-kunda, carefully observing all the

appropriate rituals. May that supremely enchanting Radha-kunda be my shelter.

 

vraja-bhuvana-sudhamshoh prema-bhumir nikamam

vraja-madhura-kishori-mauli-ratna-priyeva

paricitam api namna yac ca tenaiva tasyas

tad ati-surabhi-radha-kundam evashrayo me (4)

 

May that supremely enchanting Radha-kunda, which the moon of Vraja, Shri Krishna,

loves as much as He loves the crown-jewel amongst the sweet girls of Vraja, Shrimati

Radhika, and which He has made known by the name of Radhika Herself, be my

shelter.

 

api jana iha kashcid yasya seva-prasadaih

pranaya-sura-lata syat tasya goshthendra-sunoh

sapadi kila mad-isha-dasya-pushpa-prashasya

tad ati-surabhi-radha-kundam evashrayo me (5)

 

The mercy obtained by serving Radha-kunda makes the desire-creeper of prema for

the prince of Vraja sprout and is celebrated for bearing the flower of service to my

svamini Shrimati Radhika. May that supremely charming Radha-kunda be my shelter.

 

tata-madhura-nikunjah klpta-namana uccair

nija-parijana-vargaih samvibhajyashritas taih

madhukara-ruta-ramya yasya rajanti kamyas

tad ati-surabhi-radha-kundam evashrayo me (6)

 

Gloriously manifest on the banks of Radha-kunda are eight kunjas named after

Radhika’s principal sakhis.* Filled with the sweet humming of bumblebees, these

kunjas act as stimuli for the amorous pastimes of the Divine Couple. The lotus feet

of that Radhika, who sends Krishna to enjoy in all the different kunjas, are desired by

everyone. May that supremely enchanting Radha-kunda be the shelter of my life.

*On the eastern bank is the kunja known as Citra-sukhada, on the southeastern side is Indulekhasukhada, on the southern bank is Campakalata-sukhada, on the southwestern side is Rangadevi- sukhada, on the western bank is Tungavidya-sukhada, on the northwestern side is Sudevi- sukhada, on the northern bank is Lalita-sukhada, and on the northeastern side is the kunja known as Vishakha-sukhada.

 

tata-bhuvi vara-vedyam yasya narmati-hridyam

madhura-madhura-vartam goshtha-candrasya bhangya

prathayati mitha isha prana-sakhyalibhih sa

tad ati-surabhi-radha-kundam evashrayo me (7)

 

Situated on an exquisite dais on the bank of Radha-kunda and accompanied by Her

beloved sakhis, our svamini Shrimati Radhika charmingly engages in sweet, joking

words with Shri Krishna, the moon of Vraja. These playful verbal exchanges are enhanced

by the suggestion of so many innuendoes. May that Radha-kunda be the shelter of

my life.

 

anudinam ati-rangaih prema-mattali-sanghair

vara-sarasija-gandhair hari-vari-prapurne

viharata iha yasmin dampati tau pramattau

tad ati-surabhi-radha-kundam evashrayo me (8)

 

May that very charming and especially fragrant Radha-kunda, where intoxicated

with love the Divine Couple and the sakhis daily cavorts with great joy in the water

so fragrant with exquisite lotus flowers, be the sole shelter of my life.

 

avikalam ati devyash caru kundashtakam yah

paripathati tadiyollasi-dasyarpitatma

aciram iha sharire darshayaty eva tasmai

madhu-ripur ati-modaih shlishyamanam priyam tam (9)

 

To that devotee who, in a resolute mood of aspiring to serve Shrimati Radhika, reads this

charming prayer describing Shri Radha-kunda, even in their present body Shri Krishna will

quickly grant them darshana of not only His beloved Radhika, but also of Their many

variegated amorous pastimes. Witnessing these pastimes and envisioning himself serving

Yugala-kishora in various ways, such a devotee will feel immense jubilation. (This

ashtaka is recited in the poetic meter known as “Malini.”)