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Govindashtakam-Prayer to Lord Krishna

 

 

 

Govindashtakam-Prayer to Lord Krishna

 

 

Satyam gyanam-anantam nitya manaakaasham param-aakasham,
Goshth prangan ringan lol mana yaasam parmaayaasam,
Maya kalpit nanaakaar manaakaaram bhuvnaakaaram,
Kshamaya naath manatham, pranmat govindam paramaanandam|1|

 

सत्यं ज्ञानमनन्तं नित्य मनाकाशं परमाकाशम्
गोष्ठ प्राङ्गण रिङ्खण लोल मना यासं परमायासम् ।।
माया कल्पित नानाकार मनाकारं भुवनाकारम्
क्ष्माया नाथ मनाथं प्रणमत गोविन्दं परमानन्दम् 1

 

I salute that Govinda who is the extreme limit of pleasure, Who is truth, wisdom, eternal, stable, not ether bound and the eternal ether, Who is happy to crawl in cowsheds, is beyond problems and is the end of problems, Who due to illusion appears as without any form and with many forms, And who is of the universe, consort of Lakshmi and is without any lord. Who is the lord of helpless.

 

Mrit snaamat seeheti yashoda taadan shaishav san traasam,
Vyadhit vaktra lokit loka lok chathurdash lokalim,
Lok trayapur mool stambham , loka lok mana lokam,
Lokesham parmesham, pranamath govindam paramanandam. || 2 ||

 

मृत्स्नामत्सीहेति यशोदा ताडन शैशव सन्त्रासम् ।
व्यादित वक्त्रा लोकित लोका लोक चतुर्दश लोकालिम् ।।
लोक त्रय पुर मूलस्तम्भं लोका लोक मनालोकम् ।
लोकेशं परमेशं प्रणमत गोविन्दं परमानन्दम् ॥ 2 ॥

 

I salute that Govinda who is the extreme limit of happiness, Who with a child-like fear of Yashoda’s punishment when he ate mud, Showed her in his open mouth visible and invisible part of fourteen worlds, Who is the ultimate basis of the three worlds which are visible and not visible, And who is the lord of earth and the eternal goal thereof.2

 

Traivisht pari puvee raghnam, kshiti bharaghnam, bhav rogaghnam,
Kaivalyam nav neetaa haar manaa haaram bhuvanaharam,
Vaimalya sphut cheto vritti vishesha bhaas manabhasam,
Shaivam keval shantam, pran math govindam paramanandam. || 3 ||

 

त्रैविष्ट परि पुवी रघ्नं क्षिति भारघ्नं भव रोगघ्नम् ।
कैवल्यं नवनीता हार मनाहारं भुवना हारम् ।।
वैमल्य स्फुट चेतो वृत्ति विशेषा भास मना भासम् ।
शैवं केवल शान्तं प्रणमत गोविन्दं परमानन्दम् ॥ 3 ॥

 

I salute that Govinda who is the extreme limit of happiness, Who killed the valorous enemies of devas, reduced the burden of earth, Who cures the sorrow caused by the day to day life, Who is ever detached, who eats butter, who eats no food, who eats the earth, Who shines in the mind when it is clear but cannot be revealed by anything else, And who is peaceful, is peace and nothing else but peace.3

 

Gopalam Leela vigrah gopalam Kul gopalam,
Gopi khelan govardhan dhruti leela laalit gopalam,
Gobhir nigadit govinda sphut naama nam bahu namanam,
Gopi gochar dooram, pranamath govindam paramanandam. |4|

 

गोपालं प्रभु लीला विग्रह गोपालं कुल गोपालम् ।
गोपी खेलन गोवर्धन धृति लीला लालित गोपालम् ।।
गोभिर्निगदित गोविन्द स्फुट नामानं बहु नामानम् ।
गोपी गोचर दूरं प्रणमत गोविन्दं परमानन्दम् ॥ 4 ॥

 

I salute that Govinda who is the extreme limit of happiness, Who looks after all beings in his playful form of a cowherd, Who protects those who look after cows, who playfully lifted, The Govardhana where gopis play and made gopa lads happy, Whose name “Govinda” is related to the cows,the one who is protector of cows who has many names,And who always is beyond the reach of the ignorant.4

 

Gopi mandal goshti bhedam, bheda vastha bhedabham,
Shashwat gokhur nirdhoo tod gat
dhooli dhoosar soubhagyam,
Shraddha bhakti graheeta nandam
chintyam chintid sadbhavam,
Chintamani mahimanam,
pranmath govindam paramanandam.|5|

 

गोपी मण्डल गोष्ठी भेदं भेदा वस्थम भेदाभम् ।
शश्वद्गोखुर निर्धूतोद्गत धूली धूसर सौभाग्यम् ।।
श्रद्धा भक्ति गृहीता नन्दम चिन्त्यं चिन्तित सद्भावम् ।
चिन्ता मणि महिमानं प्रणमत गोविन्दं परमानन्दम् ॥ 5 ॥

 

I salute that Govinda who is the extreme limit of happiness, Who is present in each and every group of gopis, who appears in different forms but actually is the one without a difference. Whose pretty form is covered by the dust raised by the hooves of cows, Who is realized by attention and devotion in thought, who is beyond thought and whose greatness is determined by the gem of an individual’s thought like chintamani.5

 

Snan vyakul yoshid vastra mupa daayaag mupa roodham,
Vyadit san teerath dig vastra daatu mupa karshantam taah,
Nirdhoot dvaya shok vimoham buddham buddhe rantastham,
Satta maatra shareeram , pranamat govindam paramanandam. |6|

 

स्नान व्याकुल योषि द्वस्त्र मुपा दायाग मुपारूढम् ।
व्यादित्सन्तीरथ दिग्वस्त्रा दातु मुपा कर्षन्तं ताः।।
निर्धूत द्वय शोक विमोहं बुद्धं बुद्धे रन्तस्थम् ।
सत्ता मात्र शरीरं प्रणमत गोविन्दं परमानन्दम् ॥ 6 ॥

 

I salute that Govind who is the extreme limit of happiness, Who climbed the tree along with clothes of women taking bath in the pond, who wanted them to come close to the tree to take their clothes back, Who destroyed sorrow and passion, who is wise, who is at the end of wisdom, And who has a body that did not get disturbed by the senses.6

 

Kaantam kaaran karan maadi manaadim , kaal dhana bhasam,
Kalindi gat kaliya shirasi su nrityantam muhu ratyantam,
Kaalam kaal kalaa teetam kalitaa shesham kali doshagh nam,
Kaal traya gati hetum, pranmat govindam paramanandam.|7|

 

कान्तं कारण कारण मादि मनादिं काल धना भासम् ।
कालिन्दी गत कालिय शिरसि सुनृत्यन्तम् मुहु रत्यन्तम् ।।
कालं काल कलातीतं कलिता शेषं कलि दोषघ्नम् ।
काल त्रय गति हेतुं प्रणमत गोविन्दं परमानन्दम् ॥ 7 ॥

 

I salute that Govind who is the extreme limit of happiness, Who is pretty, cause of all causes, primeval, without beginning and a form of time, Who danced again and again on the head of serpent Kaliya in the river Yamuna, Who is black in colour, ever-present in time and destroys the evil effects of Kali, And who is the cause of the march of time from the past to the future.7

 

Vrindavan bhuvi vrinda rak gan vrind aradhit vandeham,
Kunda bhaamal mand smer sudha nandam suhrid anandam,
Vandya shesh maha muni manas vandya nand pad dvandwam,
Vandya shesh gunab dhim, pranmat govindam paramanandam. |8|

 

वृंदावन भुवि वृंदारक गण बृन्दा राधित वन्देहम् ।
कुन्दा भामल मन्द स्मेर सुधा नन्दं सुहृदा नन्दम् ।।
वन्द्या शेष महा मुनि मानस वन्द्या नन्द पद द्वन्द्वम् ।
वन्द्या शेष गुणाब्धिं प्रणमत गोविन्दं परमानन्दम् ॥ 8 ॥

 

I salute that Govind who is the extreme limit of happiness, Who in the land of Vrindavan is being worshipped by a crowd of worshipful devas, Whose nectar like smile is as pretty as jasmine flower(Kunda flower) , who gives happiness to his friends, Whose twin feet are worshipped by the heart of great and worshipful sages, And who is the sea of good qualities which are worshipped by all.8

 

Govindashtak metad dheete govindarpit cheta yah,
Govindachyut madhav vishno, gokul nayak krishneti,
Govindanghri saroj dhyan sudha jal dhout samasta ghah,
Govindam paramanand amrut mantastham sa tamabhyeti.|9|

 

गोविन्दाष्टक मेतद धीते गोविन्दार्पित चेता यः ।
गोविन्दाच्युत माधव विष्णो गोकुल नायक कृष्णेति ।।
गोविन्दाङ्घ्रि सरोज ध्यान सुधा जल धौत समस्ताघः ।
गोविन्दं परमानन्दा मृत मन्तस्थं स तमभ्येति ॥9

 

He who recites this Govindashtakam by fixing his mind on Govinda and uttering the names of Govinda, Achyuta, Mádhava, Vishnu, Gokulanáyak and Krishna, and gets all his sins washed off by the nectar of meditation on the lotus-feet of Govinda, attains the in dwelling Govinda, the nectar of the supreme bliss. 9

 

 

Govindashtakam-Prayer to Lord Krishna

 

 

 

 

 

Govindashtakam-Prayer to Lord Krishna

About Lord Govind

 

Govindeti sadaa dhyanam, sadaa Govinda keerthanam 

“govindo govidam patih”

Lord Sri Krishna is popularly called as Govinda.

Govind means the One who is the Lord of Cows, Protector of Cows, Cowherd, the one who has lifted the hill called Govardhan Giri with His little finger to save and protect the Cows and Cowherds, also the one who is the Protector of Earth. Little Kanhaiya lifted Govardhan Parvat to save the people and all cows of Gokul from heavy rains, floods, hailstones, thunderstorms and cyclones. He lifted it for seven days and seven nights. He was five years when he did this miracle. That is why he is being called as Govinda.

 

Interesting Story behind name Govinda:

 

 

Vrajvaasis, the people in Gokul, planned to do Indra yagya in the leadership of Nandgop, as it was done every year. Krishna thought to show a Lila and decided to teach the arrogant Indra a lesson. He advised them to pray for Govardhan mountain. He explained that trees, mountains and this nature is responsible for getting rains. Indra doesn’t deserve credit for getting rains. Then gokulvasi dropped the plan of doing Indra yagya following his words and performed Govardhan Puja Instead.

 

Seeing that Indra filled with frustration. Indra started getting angry. All other Gods were enjoying this Lila of Krishna as they knew about Krishna, that He was the Supreme Lord born as Pari Purna Avtaar. Indra came along with the Gods like Varuna, Malaya, Maarut, Thunder. He showed his anger in extremity by falling continuous rains in Gokul for seven days and nights . As people of Gokul got frightened seeing this, Krishna started raising the mountain on the tip of his little finger. He called all the people to come under the mountain along with their cows, vessels, food items etc. They followed his words.

 

Indra rained continuously thinking that Krishna might get tired. All clouds and thunders got weak and Indra felf ashamed and left. Vraj people got surprised with astonishment and thought that all that happened because of the power and boon of Govardhana Giri.  Afterwards Indra came along with Airavat(Elephantin heaven), Ganga and Surbhi (cow in heaven) in Gokul. Airavat did Abhishekam with Ganga, and Surabhi with its milk. Indra bowed in front of him and finished Pattabhishekam.Indra performed Govind Pattabhishekam for Krishna, and then said, “I am Indra who is Lord of the celestials. You are Lord of the cows, and hence You are Govinda.”Indra kept the name of Krishna as Govinda as he is leader of all cows. Narad and other Maharshis got delighted with this activity.

 

  • Govind also means the One Who is the protector of Vedas and who is eulogized by Vedas and who can be obtained by the knowledge of sacred scripts.This may be as a reference to Lord Vishnu’s avatara as Hayagriva, in which He rescued the Vedas from the demons Madhu and Kaitabh.

 

  • Go means Vedas (knowledge) and Vind means getting or to obtain or to find.

 

  • Go also means the one who helps us to survive or surmount the earthly existence and reach Supreme realization.

 

Lord Krishna is also known as Gopal the protector of cows.

 

Govind and Gopal names are the names of Lord Vishnu also popularly addressed to Krishna, referring to his youthful activity as a cowherd boy. These names appear as the 187th and the 539th name of Lord Vishnu in Vishnu Sahasranama.

 

The sages call Krishna “Govinda” as He pervades all the worlds, giving them power. it means “He who is known by Vedic words alone“.

 

While the Lord is praised through His many names, the name of Govinda has special place. 

 

‘Go’ also means Earth. Since as Shwet Varah, He rescued Bhooma Devi from the clutches of the asur Hiranyaksha, He is addressed as Govinda.

 

Since He measured the Earth in three steps in Varah Avatar , He is known as Govinda.

 

‘Go’ also means cow. Since as Krishna, He was a cowherd, Krishna may also be referred to as Govinda.

 

He is Govinda because He gives us the power of speech.

 

Govinda is the name we must utter before we eat anything.

 

When Draupadi was being disrobed by Dushasan, she cried, “Govind, Pundareekaksh, raksha mam sharanagatam.” Thus she is saved by uttering the name Govind.

 

Go in Sanskrit has many synonyms. ” Go – Cows, Go – Earth, Go – Mountains, Go – rays, Go -words, Go – Upanishads, Go – senses “

 

Govindashtakam-Prayer to Lord Krishna

 

Glory of Lord Name:

 

Govindashtakam-Prayer to Lord Krishna

 

 

Krishna likes this Govind name very much.We can chant this name in all situations. There is no principle to take His any Name. Anyone, any time, anywhere and everywhere is eligible to recite name of Lord to get salvation. One should chant Ram,Krishna, Hari, Narayan, Govind , Gopal, Radhe, etc. any name whichever name attracts you. First do practise of chanting on rosary or Jap Mala.Then gradually increase the number of rounds of chanting.There comes a time when you don’t need rosary to chant his name.Your mind automatically starts chanting it and chanting continues in your heart continuously.One has to reach that stage where one need not remember or try to remember God but He should be always there in your heart and mind.If we really want to attain salvation from this cycle of birth and death and thats too in this Kaliyug where it is very difficult to concentrate your mind on God.So Name Chanting or Naam Jap or Naam Sankirtan is the only solution suggested in Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads to get Moksha or salvation for the souls of this Age of Kali.

 

In Kali Yug there is no other way to save the souls or salvation of souls other than the Name Sankirtan.

 

हरेर्नाम हरेर्नाम हरेर्नामैव केवलं|

कलौ नास्त्यैव नास्त्यैव नास्त्यैव गतिरन्यथा||

 

It is pretty well-known that the thousand divine Names of Lord Vishnu as enunciated by Bhishma are encapsulated in Ram-naam itself, which is indeed very potent. 

 

Govindashtakam-Prayer to Lord Krishna-Benefits

 

Govinda name contains within itself the essence of all the ten avataras of Lord Vishnu.

 

All Upanishads declare unanimously that the supreme Lord is none other than Sriman Narayana, who has His permanent abode in Vaikuntha (gobhib vindateeti) and He is Govinda. By reciting Govinda-naam, one acquires the merits of meditating and reciting the ten Avataras of Lord Vishnu.

 

Whoever recites this splendid verses of  Sri Govind Ashtakam and pronounce the various glorious names such as Govinda ! Achyuth ! Madhav ! Vishnu! Gokulanayak ! Krishna ! would be drenched in the nectar like devotion to Lord Govinda, all his/her sins will be washed off & eventually attain the abode of Lord Govinda which is the supreme abode of eternal bliss.

 

Chanting Govindashtakam regularly is the most powerful way to please Lord Govind & receive his blessings.Regular recitation of Govindashtakam Stotram gives peace of mind & keeps away all the evil from your life & makes you healthy, wealthy, peaceful & prosperous. All your sins will be washed off & you attain the abode of Lord Govinda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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