Shree Krishna Madhurashtakam (श्री कृष्णमधुराष्टकम), composed by Sri Vallabhacharya (1478 A.D), is a unique stotra, describing the Sweetness of Lord Sri Krishna.
Shree Krishna Madhurashtakam (श्री कृष्णमधुराष्टकम) was originally written in Sanskrit and is easily understood. Only one word, madhuram, is repeated seven times each in this ashtakam. Ashta means 8, this stotra has 8 verses in it.
Shree Krishna Madhurashtakam (श्री कृष्णमधुराष्टकम) uses just one adjective, "madhuram", meaning sweet or beautiful etc., to describe the lovely attributes of Lord Sri Krishna's beautiful form, who is the master of Sweetness and Sweetness personified.
It is evident from the ashtakam that the devotee is fascinated to have a look at not only the beautiful divine sweet form [sarvanga sundara rupam] of Lord Krishna but also the very existence of the Lord -- by way of His moves, plays, pastimes, etc. Thus says the devotee: "The Lord of Mathura, Krishna, is sweet, sweet and nothing but sweet! Even ambrosia and nectar may satiate after some time, but concerning the sweetness of the Divine Lord, one cannot have enough of it. Krishna's lips are very sweet, his beautiful face is sweet, his beautiful black eyes with sidelong glances are sweet, his enchanting smile is even sweeter, his love-sports are sweet and his three-fold bend form is very sweet. O Lord of sweetness, everything about You is completely sweet, You are sweetness personified."
अधरं मधुरं वदनं मधुरं नयनं मधुरं हसितं मधुरम् |
हृदयं मधुरं गमनं मधुरं मधुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ||1||
adharam madhuram vadanam madhuram nayanam madhuram hasitam madhuram hridayam madhuram gamanam madhuram madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram
His lips are sweet, His face is sweet, His eyes are sweet, His smile is sweet, His loving heart is sweet, His gait (walk) is sweet, Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.
वचनं मधुरं चरितं मधुरं वसनं मधुरं वलितं मधुरम् |
चलितं मधुरं भ्रमितं मधुरं मधुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ||2||
vachanam madhuram charitam madhuram vasanam madhuram valitam madhuram chalitam madhuram bhramitam madhuram madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram
His words are sweet, His character is sweet, His dress (garment) is sweet, His posture is sweet, His movements are sweet, His wandering (roaming) is sweet, Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.
वेणुर्मधुरो रेणुर्मधुरः पाणिर्मधुरः पादौ मधुरौ |
नृत्यं मधुरं सख्यं मधुरं मधुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ||3||
venur madhuro renur madhurah panir madhurah padau madhurau nrityam madhuram shakhyam madhuram madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram
His flute-playing is sweet, His foot-dust is sweet, His hands are sweet, His feet are sweet, His dancing is sweet, His friendship is sweet, Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.
गीतं मधुरं पीतं मधुरं भुक्तं मधुरं सुप्तं मधुरम् |
रूपं मधुरं तिलकं मधुरं मधुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ||4||
gitam madhuram pitam madhuram bhuktam madhuram suptam madhuram rupam madhuram tilakam madhuram madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram
His song is sweet, His drinking is sweet, His eating is sweet, His sleeping is sweet, His beautiful form is sweet, His Tilaka (mark on the forehead) is sweet, Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.
करणं मधुरं तरणं मधुरं हरणं मधुरं स्मरणं मधुरम् |
वमितं मधुरं शमितं मधुरं मधुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ||5||
karanam madhuram taranam madhuram haranam madhuram ramanam madhuram vamitam madhuram shamitam madhuram madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram
His deeds (activities) are sweet, His conquest (liberating) is sweet, His thieving (stealing) is sweet, His love-sports are sweet, His oblations (offerings) are sweet, His countenance is sweet, Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.
गुञ्जा मधुरा माला मधुरा यमुना मधुरा वीची मधुरा |
सलिलं मधुरं कमलं मधुरं मधुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ||6||
gunja madhura mala madhura yamuna madhura vici madhura salilam madhuram kamalam madhuram madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram
His gunja-berry (Chirmi) necklace is sweet, His flower garland is sweet, sweet is the Yamuna river, and sweet are her rippling waves, her water is sweet, and sweet are the lotus flowers also, Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.
गोपि मधुरा लीला मधुरा युक्तं मधुरं भुक्तं मधुरम् |
दृष्टं मधुरं शिष्टं मधुरं मधुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ||7||
gopi madhura lila madhura yuktam madhuram muktam madhuram dhristam madhuram shistam madhuram madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram
His gopis (cowherd girlfriends) are sweet, His pastimes (plays) are sweet, His union (meeting him) is sweet, His deliverance (rescue) is sweet, His sidelong glances are sweet, His courtesy (etiquette) is sweet, Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.
गोपा मधुरा गावो मधुरा यष्टिर्मधुरा सृष्टिर्मधुरा |
दलितं मधुरं फलितं मधुरं मधुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ||8||
gopa madhura gavo madhura yastir madhura shristhir madhura dalitam madhuram phalitam madhuram madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram
His gopas (cowherd boyfriends) are sweet, His cows are sweet, His cane (herding-stick) is sweet, His creation is sweet, His victory (trampling) is sweet, His accomplishment (fruition) is sweet, Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness
(इति मधुराष्टकं समाप्त)
|| iti madhurastakam sampurnam ||
|| Thus ends the the eight stanza hymn madhurastakam ||
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