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Shri Yamunashtakam

Shrila Rupa Gosvami

 

bhratur antakasya pattane ’bhipatti-harini

prekshayati-papino ’pi papa-sindhu-tarini

nira-madhuribhir apy ashesha-citta-bandhini

mam punatu sarvadaravinda-bandhu-nandini (1)

 

May Yamuna-devi, the daughter of the sun-god Surya, always purify me. She saves

those who touch her from going to the realm of her brother Yamaraja, and merely

seeing her exonerates even greatly wicked people from the ocean of their sinful deeds.

The attractiveness of her waters captivates everyone’s heart.

 

hari-vari-dharayabhimanditoru-khandava

pundarika-mandalodyad-andajali-tandava

snana-kama-pamarogra-papa-sampad-andhini

mam punatu sarvadaravinda-bandhu-nandini (2)

 

Yamuna-devi adorns Indra’s massive Khandava forest with her enchanting current,

and upon her blooming white lotuses, wagtails and other birds are always dancing.

Simply desiring to bathe in her crystalline waters pardons one from even the greatest

of sins. May that Yamuna-devi, the daughter of Surya-deva (friend of the lotus),

always continue to purify me.

 

shikarabhimrishta-jantu-durvipaka-mardini

nanda-nandanantaranga-bhakti-pura-vardhini

tira-sangamabhilashi-mangalanubandhini

mam punatu sarvadaravinda-bandhu-nandini (3)

 

Sprinkling a single drop of her water upon oneself frees one from the reaction to even

the most heinous crime. She increases the flow of raganuga-bhakti for Nanda-nandana

within one’s heart and benedicts anyone who simply desires to reside on her banks. May

that Yamuna-devi, the daughter of Surya-deva, always purify me.

 

dvipa-cakravala-jushta-sapta-sindhu-bhedini

shri-mukunda-nirmitoru-divya-keli-vedini

kanti-kandalibhir indranila-vrinda-nindini

mam punatu sarvadaravinda-bandhu-nandini (4)

 

Yamuna-devi is so inconceivably powerful that although she flows through the seven

oceans which surround the earth’s seven giant islands, she never merges into them

as ordinary rivers do. Being an intimate witness to Shri Mukunda’s wonderful pastimes,

she makes those pastimes arise in the hearts of those who take shelter of her. Her dark,

shimmering beauty defeats that of even a precious blue sapphire. May that Yamunadevi,

the daughter of Surya-deva, always purify me.

 

mathurena mandalena carunabhimandita

prema-naddha-vaishnavadhva-vardhanaya pandita

urmi-dor-vilasa-padmanabha-pada-vandini

mam punatu sarvadaravinda-bandhu-nandini (5)

 

Ornamented by the supremely enchanting land of Mathura-mandala, Yamuna-devi

skillfully inspires raganuga-bhakti in the hearts of the loving Vaishnavas who bathe in

her waters. With her waves which are like playful arms she worships Padmanabha Shri

Krishna’s lotus feet. May that Yamuna-devi, the daughter of Surya-deva, always purify

me.

 

ramya-tira-rambhamana-go-kadamba-bhushita

divya-gandha-bhak-kadamba-pushpa-raji-rushita

nanda-sunu-bhakta-sangha-sangamabhinandini

mam punatu sarvadaravinda-bandhu-nandini (6)

 

Yamuna-devi’s supremely charming banks are further beautified by the celestial

fragrance emanating from the flowers of the kadamba trees which grace them and by

the presence of lowing cows. She is especially delighted when Nandalala’s devotees

assemble on those banks. May that Yamuna-devi, the daughter of Surya-deva, always

purify me.

 

phulla-paksha-mallikaksha-hamsa-laksha-kujita

bhakti-viddha-deva-siddha-kinnarali-pujita

tira-gandhavaha-gandha-janma-bandha-randhini

mam punatu sarvadaravinda-bandhu-nandini (7)

 

Hundreds and thousands of warbling swans glide on the fragrant waters of Yamunadevi,

who is worshipable to demigods, Siddhas, Kinnaras and humans whose hearts

are dedicated to the service of Shri Hari. Anyone who is touched by her gentle breezes

is released from the cycle of birth and death. May that Yamuna-devi, the daughter of

Surya-deva, always purify me.

 

cid-vilasa-vari-pura-bhur-bhuvah-svar-apini

kirtitapi durmadoru-papa-marma-tapini

ballavendra-nandanangaraga-bhanga-gandhini

mam punatu sarvadaravinda-bandhu-nandini (8)

 

Yamuna-devi distributes transcendental knowledge throughout the three worlds

known as Bhuh, Bhuvah, and Svah as she flows through them. Singing her glories

burns to ashes the reactions of even the greatest of sins. She has become supremely

fragrant due to the sandal-paste from the body of King Nanda’s son Shri Krishna which

melts in her waters as He enjoys His water-play. May that Yamuna-devi, the daughter

of Surya-deva, always purify me.

 

tushta-buddhir ashtakena nirmalormi-ceshtitam

tvam anena bhanu-putri! sarva-deva-veshtitam

yah staviti vardhayasva sarva-papa-mocane

bhakti-puram asya devi! pundarika-locane (9)

 

O Suryaputri! Devi! O Yamune, whose powerful waves are very purifying and who

is surrounded by all the demigods! For those persons of satisfied intelligence who

recite this prayer, please increase their current of bhakti for the lotus-eyed Shri Krishna

who liberates people from all their sins - this is my supplication at your feet.