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S'rî Jagannâthâshthakam

Text: Nadiminty Sarvamangaleswara Sastry (1759 - 1839)
Melody: traditional/arr. byAnand Aadhar (melody verse 9)
Singer/arr.: Anand Aadhar Prabhu
Duration: 12 min 22 sec
Date: 28 March 2003



  



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S'rî Jagannâthâshthakam

  

 

Intro:
(D Em C D Em D C Bm Am Em)

(1)

(G Am Bm C D Em)
kadâcit kâlindî-tatha-vipina-sangîtaka-a-ravo
Sometimes in great happiness He plays His flute loudly in the groves.

(Bm C D Em D7 G)
mudâbhîrî-nârî-vadana-kamalâsvâda-ma-a-dhupah
like a bumblebee He tastes the lotus faces of the damsels of Vraja,

(C D Em D7 G Am) 
ramâ-s'ambhu-brahma-amara-pati-ganes'ârcita-a-pado        R
Lakshmî, S'iva, Brahmâ, Indra, and Ganes'a worship His lotus feet.

(Am Bm G Am G D Em)
jagannâthah svâmî nayana-patha-gâmî bhavatu me        R
May that Jagannâtha Svâmî, be the object of my vision.

 

(2)

(G Am Bm C D Em)
bhuje savye venum s'irasi s'ikhi-puccham kati-i-tate

In His left hand He holds a flute, on His head peacock feathers,

(Bm C D Em D7 G)
dukûlam netrânte sahacara-kathâksham vida-a-dhate
ine yellow silken cloth on His hips, from His eyes He casts His glances,

(C D Em D7 G Am) 
sadâ s'rîmad-vrindâvana-vasati-lîlâ-pari-i-cayo        R
He always reveals Himself through His pastimes in divine Vrindâvana.

(Am Bm G Am G D Em)
jagannâthah svâmî nayana-patha-gâmî bhavatu me        R
May that Jagannâtha Svâmî, be the object of my vision.

 

(Bm D7 Em D7 G Am D C Am G C D Em D7)

(3)

(G Am Bm C D Em)
mahâmbhodhes tîre kanaka-rucire nîla-s'i-i-khare
At the ocean, in a large palace, atop the brilliant, golden Nîlâcala Hill,

(Bm C D Em D7 G)
vasan prâsâdântah sahaja-balabhadrena ba-a-linâ
He resides with His powerful brother Balabhadra

(C D Em D7 G Am) 
subhadrâ-madhya-sthah sakala-sura-sevâvasa-a-ra-do        R
and with Subhadrâ between Them, He gives all the opportunity to serve

(Am Bm G Am G D Em)
jagannâthah svâmî nayana-patha-gâmî bhavatu me        R
May that Jagannâtha Svâmî, be the object of my vision.

 

(4)

(G Am Bm C D Em)
kripâ-pârâvârah sajala-jalada-s'reni-ru-u-ciro
An ocean of mercy and as beautiful as a row of blackish rain clouds.

(Bm C D Em D7 G)
ramâ-vânî-râmah sphurad-amala-pankeruha-a-mukhah
the storehouse of bliss for Lakshmî and Sarasvatî; His face a spotless fullblown lotus.

(C D Em D7 G Am) 
surendrair ârâdhyah s'ruti-gana-s'ikhâ-gîta-ca-a-rito        R
The best of demigods and sages worship Him; the Upanishads sing His glories.

(Am Bm G Am G D Em)
jagannâthah svâmî nayana-patha-gâmî bhavatu me        R
May that Jagannâtha Svâmî, be the object of my vision.

 

(C D Am Bm G Am Bm C D G)

(5)

(G Am Bm C D Em)
rathârûdho gacchan pathi milita-bhûdeva-pata-a-laih
Moving on His Rathayâtrâ car, all brâhmins chant prayers and sing to please.

(Bm C D Em D7 G)
stuti-prâdurbhâvam prati-padam upâkarnya sa-a-dayah
Hearing their hymns, He becomes very favorably disposed.

(C D Em D7 G Am) 
dayâ-sindhur bandhuh sakala jagatâm sindhu-su-u-tayâ         R
He is the ocean of mercy and the true friend of all the worlds.

(Am Bm G Am G D Em)
jagannâthah svâmî nayana-patha-gâmî bhavatu me        R
May that Jagannâtha Svâmî, be the object of my vision.

 

(6)

(G Am Bm C D Em)
para-brahmâpîdah kuvalaya-dalotphulla-na-a-yano
With His eyes like lotus petals, He is the ornament on Lord Brahmâ's head.

(Bm C D Em D7 G)
nivâsî nîlâdrau nihita-carano 'nanta-s'i-i-rasi
He resides on Nîlâcala Hill with His lotus feet on Ananta's heads

(C D Em D7 G Am) 
rasânando râdhâ-sarasa-vapur-âlingana-a-sukho        R
Overwhelmed of love, He embraces the cool pond of Râdhâ's body

(Am Bm G Am G D Em)
jagannâthah svâmî nayana-patha-gâmî bhavatu me        R
May that Jagannâtha Svâmî, be the object of my vision.

 

(Bm D7 Em D7 G Am D C Am G C D Em D7)

*

 

(7)

(G Am Bm C D Em)
na vai yâce râjyam na ca kanaka-mânikya-vi-i-bhavam
I do not pray for a kingdom, nor for gold, rubies, or wealth.

(Bm C D Em D7 G)
na yâce 'ham ramyâm sakala jana-kâmyâm vara-a-vadhûm
I do not ask for a beautiful wife, as desired by all men.

(C D Em D7 G Am) 
sadâ kâle kâle pramatha-patinâ gîta-ca-a-rito        R
I simply pray for Him, whose glories Lord S'iva always sings.

(Am Bm G Am G D Em)
jagannâthah svâmî nayana-patha-gâmî bhavatu me        R
May that Jagannâtha Svâmî, be the object of my vision.

 

(8)

(G Am Bm C D Em)
hara tvam samsâram druta-taram asâram sura-a-pate
O Lord of the demigods, free me from the ocean of matter I am in

(Bm C D Em D7 G)
hara tvam pâpânâm vitatim aparâm yâdava-a-pate
O Lord of the Yadus, please destroy this vast, shoreless ocean of sins.

(C D Em D7 G Am) 
aho dîne 'nâthe nihita-carano nis'cita-a-m idam        R
oh, sure is: He bestows His feet upon the fallen with no other shelter but Him

(Am Bm G Am G D Em)
jagannâthah svâmî nayana-patha-gâmî bhavatu me        R
May that Jagannâtha Svâmî, be the object of my vision.

 

(9)

( G Am Bm C Am D Bm G)
jagannâthâshtakam punyam yah pathet prayatah s'ucih
The self-restrained, virtuous soul reciting these verses for Lord Jagannâtha

(Am D7 G D Am D7 G)
sarva-pâpa-vis'uddhâtmâ vishnu-lokam sa gacchati        R
is freed from all sins and duly proceeds to Lord Vishnu's abode.

 

Exit:
(D Em C D Em D C Bm Am Em)

 

 

(Chords harmonium)

 

 

Translation Prabhupâda:

(1)

Sometimes in great happiness Lord Jagannâtha makes a loud concert with His flute in the groves on the banks of the Yamunâ. He is like a bumblebee tasting the beautiful lotuslike faces of the cowherd damsels of Vraja, and great personalities such as Lakshmî, S'iva, Brahmâ, Indra, and Ganes'a worship His lotus feet. May that Jagannâtha Svâmî be the object of my vision.

(2)

In His left hand Lord Jagannâtha holds a flute, on His head He wears peacock feathers, and on His hips He wears fine yellow silken cloth. From the corners of His eyes He bestows sidelong glances upon His loving devotees, and He always reveals Himself through His pastimes in His divine abode of Vrindâvana. May that Jagannâtha Svâmî be the object of my vision.

(3)

On the shore of the great ocean, within a large palace atop the brilliant, golden Nîlâcala Hill, Lord Jagannâtha resides with His powerful brother Balabhadra and His sister Subhadrâ, who sits between Them. May that Jagannâtha Svâmî, who bestows the opportunity for devotional service upon all godly souls, be the object of my vision.

(4)

Lord Jagannâtha is an ocean of mercy and as beautiful as a row of blackish rain clouds. He is the storehouse of bliss for Lakshmî and Sarasvatî, and His face resembles a spotless fullblown lotus. The best of demigods and sages worship Him, and the Upanishads sing His glories. May that Jagannâtha Svâmî be the object of my vision.

(5)

When Lord Jagannâtha moves along the road on His Rathayâtrâ car, at every step large assemblies of brâhmanas loudly chant prayers and sing songs for His pleasure. Hearing their hymns, Lord Jagannâtha becomes very favorably disposed toward them. He is the ocean of mercy and the true friend of all the worlds. May that Jagannâtha Svâmî, along with His consort Lakshmî, who was born from the ocean of nectar, be the object of my vision.

(6)

Lord Jagannâtha, whose eyes resemble full-blown lotus petals, is the ornament on Lord Brahmâ's head. He resides on Nîlâcala Hill with His lotus feet placed on the heads of Anantadeva. Overwhelmed by the mellows of love, He joyfully embraces s'rîmatî Râdhârânî's body, which is like a cool pond. May that Jagannâtha Svâmî be the object of my vision.

(7)

I do not pray for a kingdom, nor for gold, rubies, or wealth. I do not ask for a beautiful wife, as desired by all men. I simply pray that Jagannâtha Svâmî, whose glories Lord S'iva always sings, may be the constant object of my vision.

(8)

O Lord of the demigods, please quickly remove this useless material existence I am undergoing. O Lord of the Yadus, please destroy this vast, shoreless ocean of sins. Alas, this is certain: Lord Jagannâtha bestows His lotus feet upon those who feel themselves fallen and have no shelter in this world but Him. May that Jagannâtha Svâmî be the object of my vision.

(9)

The self-retrained, virtuous soul who recites these eight verses glorifying Lord Jagannâtha becomes cleansed of all sins and duly proceeds to Lord Vishnu's abode.

 

 

Comments:

Jagannâtha is the name of Lord Krishna as the Lord of the Universe.

Baladeva is the name of Lord Balarâma: (strenght of joy) Krishna's first Plenary portion operating as His older brother. Also named Râma and Sankarsan. He is the protector and teacher of the devotees. is also considered Bhagavân.

Subhadrâ was the sister of Lord Krishna. She married with Arjuna after the battle of Kuruksetra. Subhadrâ was the mother of Abhimanyu who was the father of Emperor Parikchit to whom the Bhâgavatam was spoken.

 

  The Jagannatha Ashtakam was recited extempore by a great 18th century Sanskrit grammarian named Nadiminty Sarvamangaleswara Sastry (1759 - 1839). He was refered to as "Dakshina Sastry" - 'the Sastry from the South', his native place is south of Puri, a place called Nagooru in the present day Vis'ianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh. This scholar carried the title "Abhinava Kalidaasa" bestowed on him by Kashi & Nava Dwip scholars for his extrordinary scholarship. There are chronicles of his visits to Puri and the episode that led to the extempore recitation by him of the famous JAGANNATHA ASHTAKAM.

 

 

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