Sri Krishna Ashtakam

Sri Krishna Ashtakam
Sri Krishna Ashtakam

Sri Krishna Ashtakam is the Slokam in praise of and as prayer to Sri Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Sri Maha Vishnu.

Sri Krishna Ashtakam contains eight stanzas each describing the attributes of Lord Sri Krishna as the Guru of the entire universe. The benefits of chanting the Slokam is given in the end.

Sri Krishna Ashtakam is presented in Devanagari and English scripts with a simple English translation.

वसुदॆव सुतं दॆवं कंस चाणूर मर्दनम्
दॆवकी परमानन्दं कृष्णं वन्दॆ जगद्गुरुम् (1)

vasudheva suthaM dhevaM kaMsa chaaNoora mardhanam
dhevakee parama-anandhaM kruShNaM vandhe jagadh-gurum

Lord Sri Krishna is the Son of Vasu Deva. He has destroyed the asuras such as Kamsa and Chanura. He is the cause of happiness for Devaki, His mother. I sincerely pray to and worship Sri Krishna, who is the Guru for the whole universe.

अतसी पुष्प सङ्काशं हार नूपुर शॊभितम्
रत्न कङ्कण कॆयूरं कृष्णं वन्दॆ जगद्गुरुम् (2)

athasee puShpa sanGkaashaM haara noopura shobhihtam
rathna kanGkaNa kaeyooraM kruShNaM vandhe jagadh-gurum

Lord Sri Krishna has the color of Athasee flower. He is resplendent with the garlands, anklets and bracelets made of precious gems. I sincerely pray to and worship Sri Krishna, who is the Guru for the whole universe.

कुटिलालक संयुक्तं पूर्ण चन्द्र निभाननम्
विलसत् कुण्डलधरं कृष्णं वन्दॆ जगद्गुरम् (3)

kuṭilaalaka saMyukthaM poorNa chandhra nibhaananam
vilasath kuNḍalaDharaM kruShNaM vandhe jagadh-gurum

Lord Sri Krishna has curly hairs. He is as dazzling as the full moon. He adorns enchanting ear ornaments. I sincerely pray to and worship Sri Krishna, who is the Guru for the whole universe.

मन्दार गन्ध संयुक्तं चारुहासं चतुर्भुजम्
बर्हि पिञ्छाव चूडाङ्गं कृष्णं वन्दे जगद्गुरुम् (4)

mandhaara ganDha saMyukthaM chaaruhaasaM chathur-bhujam
barhi pincChaava chooḍaanGgaM kruShNaM vandhe jagadh-gurum

Lord Sri Krishna has the fragrance of manthara flowers on Him. He has four hands. He adorns the peacock feather on His hair. I sincerely pray to and worship Sri Krishna, who is the Guru for the whole universe.

उत्फुल्ल पद्मपत्राक्षं नील जीमूत सन्निभम्
यादवानां शिरॊरत्नं कृष्णं वन्दॆ जगद्गुरुम् (5)

uthphulla padhma-pathraakShaM neela jeemootha sannibham
yaadhavaanaaM shirorathnaM kruShNaM vandhe jagadh-gurum

Lord Sri Krishna has the eyes which resemble the flowered lotus petals. He appears like the water laden dark blue rain cloud. He is the precious gem of the Yadhava clan. I sincerely pray to and worship Sri Krishna, who is the Guru for the whole universe.

रुक्मिणी कॆलि संयुक्तं पीताम्बर सुशॊभितम्
अवाप्त तुलसी गन्धं कृष्णं वन्दॆ जगद्गुरुम् (6)

rukmiNee kaeli saMyukthaM peethaambara sushobhitham
avaaptha thulasee ganDhaM kruShNaM vandhe jagadh-gurum

Lord Sri Krishna plays with Sri Rukmini Devi. He dazzles in the yellow colored garments. He has and adores the fragrance of Thulasi. I sincerely pray to and worship Sri Krishna, who is the Guru for the whole universe.

गॊपिकानां कुचद्वन्द कुङ्कुमाङ्कित वक्षसम्
श्रीनिकॆतं महॆष्वासं कृष्णं वन्दॆ जगद्गुरुम् (7)

goapikaanaaM kuchadhvandha kunGkumaanGkitha vakShasam
shree-nikaethaM mahaeSh-vaasaM kruShNaM vandhe jagadh-gurum

Lord Sri Krishna is smeared with saffron Kumkum in His chest by Gopikas. He is the abode of Sri Maha Lakshmi. He is the great archer. I sincerely pray to and worship Sri Krishna, who is the Guru for the whole universe.

श्रीवत्साङ्कं महॊरस्कं वनमाला विराजितम्
शङ्खचक्र धरं दॆवं कृष्णं वन्दॆ जगद्गुरुम् (8)

shreevatsaanGkaM mahoraskaM vanamaala viraajitham
shanGkha-chakra Dharaṃ dhevaM kruShNaM vandhe jagadh-gurum

Lord Sri Krishna has Sri, Mahalakshmi, as His heart. His chest is broader. He adorns the garland made of wild flowers. He holds the holy conch and holy wheel as His weapons. He is the God. I sincerely pray to and worship Sri Krishna, who is the Guru for the whole universe.

क्रुष्णाश्टकंइदं पुण्यं प्रातरुत्थाय यः पठेत्
कोटि जन्म क्रुतं पापं स्मरणेन निवश्यति (9)

kruShNa-ashtakaM-idhaM puNyaM paratha-ruthThaaya yah paTeth
koti janma kruthaM paapaM smaraNena nivashyathi

The person who sincerely reads and recites this Slokam in the mornings shall be blessed and bestowed with happiness and all wealth. The person who ardently think of these eight stanza sloka in his mind shall get the sins of crore births alleviated.

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