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Madhurashtakam: Dedicated To Lord Jagannath

By Subodini Menon

Lord Jagannath of Puri is considered to be the form of the eighth avatar of Lord Maha Vishnu, Lord Krishna. The form of Lord Jagannath has been carved out of the log that came out of a Kalpa Vruksha.

The symmetrical face of the lord with round eyes that are open wide are a sight to behold. The idol doesn't have arms or legs. It is to show that the Lord sees everything and is ever awake.

He doesn't need hands to bless his devotees or to give out good fortune to them. He doesn't need legs to visit the devotees and always resides in their hearts.

Today, we bring to you the Madhurashtakam, which is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The set of eight shlokas is divine and is one of the sweetest compositions dedicated to Lord Krishna.

It was composed by Sri Vallabhacharya and talks about how each and every aspect of Lord Krishna's form is filled with sweetness and bliss. So, read on to find the Madhurashtakam and its translation.

The Madhurashtakam

Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram |

Hrdayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipater-Akhilam Madhuram ||1||

Vacanam Madhuram Caritam Madhuram Vasanam Madhuram Valitam Madhuram |

Chalitam Madhuram Bhramitam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipater-Akhilam Madhuram ||2||

Vennur-Madhuro Rennur-Madhurah Paannir-Madhurah Paadau Madhurau |

Nrtyam Madhuram Sakhyam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipater-Akhilam Madhuram ||3||

Giitam Madhuram Piitam Madhuram Bhuktam Madhuram Suptam Madhuram |

Ruupam Madhuram Tilakam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipater-Akhilam Madhuram ||4||

Karannam Madhuram Tarannam Madhuram Harannam Madhuram Ramannam Madhuram |

Vamitam Madhuram Shamitam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipater-Akhilam Madhuram ||5||

Gunjaa Madhuraa Maalaa Madhuraa Yamunaa Madhuraa Viicii Madhuraa |

Salilam Madhuram Kamalam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipaterakhilam Madhuram ||6||

Gopii Madhuraa Liilaa Madhuraa Yuktam Madhuram Muktam Madhuram |

Drssttam Madhuram Shissttam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipaterakhilam Madhuram ||7||

Gopaa Madhuraa Gaavo Madhuraa Yassttir-Madhuraa Srssttir-Madhuraa |

Dalitam Madhuram Phalitam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipaterakhilam Madhuram ||8||

Translation

O Lord Krishna, Your Lips are Sweet, Your Face is Sweet, Your Eyes are Sweet, Your smile is Sweet, Your heart is Sweet, Your walk is Sweet and everything is sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.

O Lord Krishna, Your words (speech) are sweet, Your character and nature are sweet, Your dress (garment) is sweet, Your posture is sweet, Your movements (walking) are sweet, Your wandering is sweet and everything is sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.

O Lord Krishna, Your flute is sweet, Your foot-dust is sweet, Your hands are sweet, Your feet are sweet, Your dance is sweet, Your friendship (company) is sweet and everything is sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.

O Lord Krishna, Your song is sweet, Your drinking is sweet, Your eating is sweet, Your sleeping is sweet, Your sweetness form is sweet, Your Tilaka (Sandalwood paste mark on the forehead) is sweet and everything is sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.

O Lord Krishna, Your acts (works) are sweet, Your conquest (liberating) is sweet, Your stealing is sweet, Your Divine Love Play is Sweet, Your Exuberance is Sweet, Your Relaxation is Sweet and everything is sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.

O Lord Krishna, Your Humming is Sweet, Your Garland is Sweet, Yamuna River is Sweet and sweet are Yamuna's rippling waves, Your Water is Sweet, Your Lotus is Sweet and everything is sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.

O Lord Krishna, Your gopis (cowherd girls) are sweet, Your divine pastimes (Leela's) are sweet, Your Togetherness (meeting) is Sweet, Your Setting Free is Sweet, Your Glance is Sweet, Your etiquette is sweet and everything is sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.

O Lord Krishna, Your gopas (cowherd friends) are sweet, Your Cows are Sweet, Your Group is Sweet, Your Creation is Sweet, Your victory is sweet, Your accomplishment (fruition) is sweet and everything is sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.

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Story first published: Sunday, June 25, 2017, 7:30 [IST]
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