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Shri Radhikashtakam (3)

Shrila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami

 

kunkumakta-kancanabja-garvahari-gaurabha

pitanancitabja-gandha-kirti-nindi-saurabha

ballavesha-sunu-sarva-vanchitartha-sadhika

mahyam atma-pada-padma-dasya-dastu radhika (1)

 

Shrimati Radhika’s bodily complexion snatches away the pride of a golden lotus

flower tinged with kunkuma, Her bodily fragrance reproaches the fame of a fragrant

lotus sprinkled with saffron powder, and She fulfills all the desires of the prince of

Vraja, Shri Krishna. May that Shrimati Radhika always bestow upon me the service of Her

lotus feet.

 

kauravinda-kanti-nindi-citra-patta-shatika

krishna-matta-bhringa-keli-phulla-pushpa-vatika

krishna-nitya-sangamartha-padma-bandhu-radhika

mahyam atma-pada-padma-dasya-dastu radhika (2)

 

Shrimati Radhika’s dazzling, colorful silk sari defeats the splendour of coral; She is

a garden of all varieties of blooming flowers which attract the maddened bumblebee

Shri Krishna who comes to play amongst Her flowers, and She worships the sun-god in

order to meet with Krishna eternally. May that Shrimati Radhika always bestow upon

me the service of Her lotus feet.

 

saukumarya-shrishta-pallavali-kirti-nigraha

candra-candanotpalendu-sevya-shita-vigraha

svabhimarsha-ballavisha-kama-tapa-badhika

mahyam atma-pada-padma-dasya-dastu radhika (3)

 

Shrimati Radhika’s softness defeats the fame of delicate budding flowers; Her body’s

coolness is worshipable for the moon, sandalwood-paste, the lotus, and camphor; and

Her touch dispels the heat of Gopijana-vallabha Shri Krishna’s amorous desires. May that

Shrimati Radhika always bestow upon me the service of Her lotus feet.

 

vishva-vandya-yauvatabhivanditapi ya rama

rupa-navya-yauvanadi-sampada na yat-sama

shila-harda-lilaya ca sa yato ’sti nadhika

mahyam atma-pada-padma-dasya-dastu radhika (4)

 

Although Lakshmi-devi is honoured by all the worshipable damsels of the universe,

the opulence of her great beauty and ever-fresh youthfulness is overshadowed by that

of Shrimati Radhika. Nor can Lakshmi-devi surpass Her by her natural loving and

playful disposition. May that Shrimati Radhika always bestow upon me the service

of Her lotus feet.

 

rasa-lasya-gita-narma-sat-kalali-pandita

prema-ramya-rupa-vesha-sad-gunali-mandita

vishva-navya-gopa-yoshid-alito ’pi yadhika

mahyam atma-pada-padma-dasya-dastu radhika (5)

 

Shrimati Radhika is pandita (expert) in all the celestial arts of the rasa-lila, like

dancing, singing, and joking; She is adorned with supernatural prema, enchanting

beauty, wonderful dresses and ornaments, and all divine virtues; and She is the

topmost youthful maiden of Vraja. May that Shrimati Radhika always bestow upon me

the service of Her lotus feet.

 

nitya-navya-rupa-keli-krishna-bhava-sampada

krishna-raga-bandha-gopa-yauvateshu kampada

krishna-rupa-vesha-keli-lagna-sat-samadhika

mahyam atma-pada-padma-dasya-dastu radhika (6)

 

Shrimati Radhika, by Her ever-fresh beauty, ever-fresh playfulness and ever-fresh

wealth of affection, causes all the young maidens of Vraja, who are bound in love to

Shri Krishna, to tremble in anxiety; and She is immersed in samadhi upon Shri Krishna’s

beauty, attire and playful pastimes. May that Shrimati Radhika always bestow upon

me the service of Her lotus feet.

 

sveda-kampa-kantakashru-gadgadadi-sancitamarsha-

harsha-vamatadi-bhava-bhushanancita

krishna-netra-toshi-ratna-mandanali-dadhika

mahyam atma-pada-padma-dasya-dastu radhika (7)

 

Shrimati Radhika in divine ecstasy manifests perspiration, hairs standing on end,

trembling, tears and a choked voice; She is adorned with indignation, joy and

contrariness; and She wears splendid jewel-studded ornaments which delight Shri

Krishna’s eyes. May that Shrimati Radhika always bestow upon me the service of Her

lotus feet.

 

ya kshanardha-krishna-viprayoga-santatoditaneka-

dainya-capaladi-bhava-vrinda-modita

yatna-labdha-krishna-sanga-nirgatakhiladhika

mahyam atma-pada-padma-dasya-dastu radhika (8)

 

Shrimati Radhika, upon being separated from Shri Krishna for even half a moment,

becomes distressed by the ever-arising feelings of Her own lowliness and great

restlessness; and She is relieved of all Her mental anguish upon meeting Krishna

through the intense efforts of one of Their messengers. May that Shrimati Radhika

always bestow upon me the service of Her lotus feet.

 

ashtakena yas tv anena nauti krishna-vallabham

darshane ’pi shailajadi-yoshid-ali-durlabham

krishna-sanga-nanditatma-dasya-sidhu-bhajanam

tam karoti nanditali-sancayashu sa janam (9)

 

Shrimati Radhika, whose darshana is rarely attained even by Parvati-devi and other

goddesses, who gives great pleasure to Her sakhis, who Herself becomes elated upon

meeting with Shri Krishna, and who is Krishna’s dearest lover, very quickly makes that

person who prays to Her singing this ashtaka a recipient for the nectar of Her service.

(This ashtaka is recited in the poetic meter known as “Tunaka.”)