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Janmastami Glorification Of Sri Radha

Janmastami Glorification Of Sri Radha

Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja
Mathura, India
20th August 2003
Venu-gita[Respected Harikatha Readers,
Before speaking about Sri Krsna's glories on Janmastami, Srila Gurudeva leads the assembled devotees in singing Sri Jayadeva Gosvami's bhajana, Sri Mangala-gtam. He says that because today is Krsna's Appearance Day, we should begin by first of all singing this kirtana. Srila Maharaja then explains the deep meaning of the bhajana:]
Sri Jayadeva Gosvami's kirtana, Sri Mangala-Gitam, glorifies Bhagavan Sri Krsna, but moreover it indicates the glories of Srimati Radhika. This is because Lord Krsna's highest glories are not manifest without His being in Her association.
This kirtana begins: Srita-kamalakuca-mandala! dhrta-kundala! e – Srita-kamalakuca-mandala means that Krsna is taking shelter at the breast of Srimati Radhika, and this is because of what happens to Him at the moment He sees Her. Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati describes how, simply upon seeing Her and by the influence of Her mahabhava, Lord Krsna's flute falls from His hands, His peacock feather falls to the ground, His pitambara slips down, and He Himself begins to faint. At that time He is taking shelter at the breast of Srimati Radhika.
Regarding this verse Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati prays, "When will I perform rasa-upasana of that very Srimati Radhika?" Rasa-upasana means rendering service to Sri Sri Radha-Krsna by following in the footsteps of Sri Rupa-manjari and Rati-manjari. In this verse, at the time of His leaving home to go cow-herding, Krsna sees Srimati Radhika from afar and He begins to faint. Madhumangala catches Him and says, "O my friend, what are You doing? Mother Yasoda and Nanda Baba can see You."
Dhrta-kundala are Sri Krsna's kundala (earrings) – the ornaments or beauty that decorate His ears are Srimati Radhika's very beautiful words. Hearing the sound of Her sweet voice, Krsna's flute falls to the ground.
Kalita-lalita-vanamala – Kalita-lalita means extremely attractive and beautiful. Krsna wears a very beautiful vanamala, garland of forest flowers. A question arises as to who made this garland, and the answer is that Srimati Radhika Herself has made it and placed it around His neck.
Jaya jaya deva! Hare – Jaya is sung twice here therefore there are two meanings. Jaya Jaya deva hare means, "All glories to the beloved worshipful deity of Sri Jayadeva Gosvami", and it also means, "May that Bhagavan Sri Krsna, who is glorified by this song, be victorious." In the second meaning, "All glories to that Sri Krsna" is sung twice for emphasis.
Mahaprabu is Always in Srimati Radhika's Mood
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is always in Srimati Radhika's mood, but when He heard this song His mood at once changed to that of Sri Krsna. At that time He wanted to embrace the singer, thinking she may be Srimati Radhika or Srimati Lalita-devi or Visakha-devi. Therefore, when He was checked by His servant Govinda, He embraced Him and said, "I was about to return to My mood and nature as Krsna, but you checked Me. If you had not done so, I would have lost the purpose for which I came in this form, and also everyone would know that I am Krsna. You have saved Me."
This is the first meaning, and in the second Lord Caitanya is telling Govinda, "You saved Me. If you had not done so, if I had touched that woman, I would have then jumped in the river and drowned there." In this way there are two very good and deep meanings.
Many sannyasis, those in the renounced order, give up their sannyasa because they like to associate with ladies. They rationalize their activities by saying, "So many ladies come to me. What can I do? They come automatically, without my invitation."
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu will not listen to these arguments, so you should be very careful. If a lady comes to you with a spirit of enjoyment, slap her and speak harshly to her. I am very strict about this. Although I am very polite by nature, in these matters I am very strict. I cannot tolerate this. Girls should be especially careful regarding their motives for coming here. They sometimes come to pick up brahmacaris or sannyasis, and I have warned them not to come for this. They should only come to hear hari-katha, and they should be very strong in Krsna consciousness.
They should come to develop love and affection, like the gopis have, for Krsna – by first having love and affection for guru and real Vaisnavas. I request you all – sannyasis, brahmacaris and girls to be very careful in this regard. I have so much affection for my daughters, but I want to be very strict with them.
Bhava-khandana – Bhava means the coming and going in the endless cycle of birth and death and suffering in this material world. Khandana – for those in this world, Sri Krsna puts an end to all sorrows and sufferings in the cycle of birth and death. The gopis of Vrndavana, however, have a different kind of suffering. For them, suffering means separation from Sri Krsna. Srimati Radhika and the gopis feel great separation from Him, and He puts an end to that suffering. At the time of their separation He manifests to them in the form of a sphurti (vision), or in person, and relieves them from the fire of separation.
Muni-jana-manasa-hamsa – Krsna Bhagavan is the swan who plays on the lake of the minds of munis like Sri Narada Muni, Srila Sukadeva Gosvami and of course Srila Jayadeva Gosvami, who is not less than Narada Muni or Sri Sukadeva Gosvami.
At the end of the kirtana Srila Jayadeva Gosvami prays – idam kurute mudam. Mudam means overjoyed. He prays, "May all the world become auspicious and overjoyed." He prays to Bhagavan Sri Krsna, on behalf of all the people in the world, to manifest within their hearts the transcendental pastimes described in this kirtana. He is very merciful, just as Srila Rupa Gosvami, who prayed:
anarpita-carim cirat karunayavatirnah kalau
samarpayitum unnatojjvala-rasam sva-bhakti-sriyam
harih purata-sundara-dyuti-kadamba-sandipitah
sada hrdaya-kandare sphuratu vah saci-nandanah
(Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Adi-lila, 1.4)
["May the Supreme Lord who is known as the son of Srimati Saci-devi be transcendentally situated in the innermost chambers of your heart. Resplendent with the radiance of molten gold, He has appeared in the Age of Kali by His causeless mercy to bestow what no incarnation has ever offered before: the most sublime and radiant mellow of devotional service, the mellow of conjugal love."]
Srila Rupa Gosvami did not pray for himself; he prayed that Sriman Mahaprabhu will kindly manifest in the hearts of everyone. Vaisnavas are causelessly merciful; they pray to Krsna on behalf of all the jivas.
In conclusion Srila Jayadeva Gosvami is saying, mangalam-ujjvala-gitam, which means that this song is full of unnatojjvala-rasa, the transcendental parakiya-rasa of mahabhava-svarupini Srimati Radhika.
Pleasing Sri Sri Radha-Krsna
Srila Maharaja then requested the assembled devotees to chant Srila Jayadeva Gosvami's Sri Dasavatara-stotram. At the end of the kirtana, the kirtana leader chanted "Jaya dasavatara, jaya dasavatara" – all glories to the ten avataras (incarnations of Lord Krsna).
Srila Gurudeva: Don't sing this ending. This song is not the glorification of the ten avataras. Kesava! Dhrta-dasa-vidha-rupa! – This is a glorification of Kesava, Krsnacandra, Syamasundara and Vrajendranandana. You can sing instead, "Jaya dasavatari – all glories to that Krsna Bhagavan who is the origin of all these avataras."
The devotees then chanted the kirtanas Sri Nanda-Nandanastakam and Sri Radha-Krpa-Kataksa-Stava-Raja, as they do every year on this very day.
Srila Maharaja: When Srimati Radhika hears this Sri Nanda-Nandanastakam, She becomes overjoyed and wants to give a benediction. At that time She will bestow the lotus feet of Her Prana-vallabha (beloved of Her life's breath) Sri Krsna upon the devotees who bring Her so much happiness by singing this astakam. Alternately, if someone will sing Sri Radha-Krpa-Kataksa-Stava-Raja, which is the glorification of Srimati Radhika, Sri Krsna will become overjoyed and He will want to give the benediction of the lotus feet of His beloved Srimati Radhika.
Sri Nanda-Nandanastakam has originally emanated from the lotus mouth of Srimati Radhika, and she is singing it to Sri Krsna, either to His sphurti in separation, or directly to Him. Because His beauty is astonishing, She describes each and every one of His limbs. At the same time Sri Krsna thinks, "In this world no one has qualities as I possess. No one is as beautiful as I am and no one has attributes as I do. There is one person though – Srimati Radhika has hundreds of times the qualities that I possess. She is My prema-guru."
This is explained in Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila Chapter 4, wherein it is also stated that the gopis have all relationships with Krsna. They are His servants, masters, friends, mothers, and so on. Every relationship that is had by anyone with Krsna is had by the gopis with Him. We know that Mother Yasoda incessantly nourishes, cares for and protects Him but whatever moods manifest in Mother Yasoda are present still more so in the gopis.
The first verse of Sri Nanda-Nandanastakam states:
sucaru-vaktra-mandalam sukarna-ratna-kundalam
sucarcitanga-candanam namami nandanam (1)
["I offer pranama to Sri Nanda-nandana, whose face is extremely delightful, from whose beautiful ears hang jeweled earrings, and whose entire body is anointed with fragrant candana."]
Lord Krsna's face is very beautiful when He has darsana of Srimati Radhika at the time of rasa-lila. Srila Vyasadeva did not write rasa-lila in Srimad-Bhagavatam; rather it manifested spontaneously in his heart by sphurti, and then he spoke it. This sphurti takes place by the mercy of Krsna. Srimad-Bhagavatam is an eternal sastra like the Vedas, but it is many times superior.
Rasa-lila Removes All Lust
rasalilaWhy did Lord Krsna manifest His rasa-lila? Ordinary devotees cannot understand it, what to speak of those who are fallen and engaged in sinful activities. Srila Rupa Gosvami explained that Krsna is very merciful; if He had not brought rasa-lila from Goloka Vrndavana to this world, nobody would have the opportunity to understand it. By hearing about rasa-lila from pure devotees, one develops lobha (transcendental greed) to obtain that very confidential and difficult to obtain parakiya-rasa, unnatojjvala-bhava (paramour love for Krsna). Krsna performed rasa-lila to awaken greed in the hearts of those who are not qualified, to make them qualified to taste rasa. And, by the same exhibition of rasa-lila, He also increases these mellows tasted by those who are already tasting rasa. He is therefore very merciful, and Srimati Radhika is even more merciful than He.
The third verse of Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami's Sri Radha-kundastakam states:
agha-ripur api yatnad atra devyah prasada
prasara-krta-kataksa-prapti-kamah prakaman
anusarati yad uccaih snana-sevanu-bandhais
tad ati-surabhi radha-kundam evasrayo me
["For the pleasure of Srimati Radhika, even Sri Krsna Himself, yearning to attain Her merciful sidelong glance, regularly bathes in Radha-kunda, carefully observing all the appropriate rituals. May that supremely enchanting Radha-kunda be my shelter."]
In this verse it is explained that Lord Krsna is merciful, but He Himself seeks the mercy of Srimati Radhika. He goes to Radha-kunda and, according to all rules and regulations, He takes bath three times a day and then worships Srimati Radhika and prays to Her, "Please give Me your krpa-kataksa, Your merciful side-long glance, because if You do mana and ignore Me for one more second I will not be able to maintain My life."
These moods have been manifested by Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Srila Rupa Gosvami, Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura and Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Bhajana means to follow in their footsteps and to recite these kirtanas, developing their moods, so that a vision of the meaning of these kirtanas and transcendental pastimes will come into the heart.
Krsna has performed innumerable pastimes, but out of all pastimes rasa-lila is the best and most powerful. We have heard many times about the pastime of Mother Yasoda binding baby Krsna, and this pastime has astonishing power. Yet, rasa-lila is billions of times more powerful. Srila Sukadeva Gosvami therefore said,
vikriditam vraja-vadhubhir idam ca visnoh
sraddhanvito 'nusrnuyad atha varnayed yah
bhaktim param bhagavati pratilabhya kamam
hrd-rogam asv apahinoty acirena dhirah
["Anyone who faithfully hears and then describes the Lord's playful affairs with the young gopis of Vrndavana will attain the Lord's pure devotional service. Thus he will quickly become sober and conquer lust, the disease of the heart."]
One should hear the sweet pastimes performed by Lord Krsna when He sports with the damsels of Vraja. We should hear them with 'anusrnuyat.' Anu means under the guidance of a sat-guru – bona fide guru and Vaisnavas, and it also means continually hearing these pastimes and rendering service to guru, and afterwards describing them. What will be the result? Bhaktim param bhagavati pratilabhya kamam: here the word kama means prema-bhava; the love of the gopis will manifest in the heart, and as a result of this all lust will be eradicated forever. This is the wonderful power of hearing and describing rasa-lila. In their nara-lila, human-like pastimes, even Narada Muni and Lord Sankara were sometimes unable to check the power of lust, but this rasa-lila is called param-vijaya-lila – the lila which enables one to become completely victorious over lust. No one has the power to overcome lust, yet, our Gosvamis have manifested this lila and its deep bhavas, transcendental emotions, in their writings so that one will be able to overcome lust and enter into the lila. One should make the service of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna in this rasa-lila the ultimate and only aim and object of life.
Gaura premanande!
Category: 2003

sexta-feira, 19 de agosto de 2011

Janmashtami 2010 with Srila Gurudeva in Delhi Math


This year for the first time on Krishna’s Birthday Gurudeva blessed all devotees and Vaisnavas with his presence on Sri Krsna Janmastami at Delhi Gaudiya Math. Pictures by Vikas Thakur.

sábado, 28 de agosto de 2010

Sri Krishna’s Birth In Vraja

Sri Krishna’s Birth In Vraja

Janmastami Festival Hari Katha

Janmastami Festival Hari Katha

Radhe !!!

Janmastami Glorification Of Sri Radha

Janmastami Glorification Of Sri Radha

Patita Pavana Ki Jaya !!!!

Sri Sri Guru Gaurangau Jayatah!!!!

Hari Katha, Janmastami - Nodia, UP, India: 30th August - 5th September 2010

Wednesday, 25 August 2010


Sri Sri Guru Gaurangau Jayatah

By the causeless mercy of Srila Gurudev, Sri Sri Radha Govind Gaudiya Matha, Noida (India) is organising Srimad Bhagawat Katha by Sripad Rasanand Prabhu as per following program (at two locations):

Date: 30th August to 5th September 2010
Baraat Ghar, Sector 12, Noida, UP, India
Location on
Google maps (click link)
5pm to 9pm (IST) followed by Dinner prasadam

At a separate location, a grand celebration of Sri Krishna Janmashtami is being organised. Every year this festival is attended by more than 30000 people.

Date: 2nd Septemper 2010 at
: Jawahar Lal Nehru Yuva Kendra, Sector 11, Noida, UP, India
: from 6:30pm till midnight.
can be seen on Google maps

Aspiring to serve Hari, Guru and Vaishnavas

Anirudh Das

Sri Radha Govind Gaudiya Math
D-5, Sector 55, Noida, UP, India
phone: +91 9818536137, +91 9910400878


Jaya Srila Gurudeva !

sexta-feira, 27 de agosto de 2010


1. om sri-krsnaya namah

2. om kamala-nathaya namah

3. om vasudevaya namah

4. om sanatanaya namah

5. om vasudevatmajaya namah

6. om punyaya namah

7. om lila-manusa-vigrahaya namah

8. om srivatsa-kaustubha-dharaya namah

9. om yasoda-vatsalaya namah

10. om haraye namah

11. om caturbhujatta-cakrasi-gada-sankhambujayudhaya namah

12. om devaki-nandanaya namah

13. om srisaya namah

14. om nanda-gopa-priyatmajaya namah

15. om yamuna-vega-samharine namah

16. om balabhadra-priyanujaya namah

17. om putana-jivita-haraya namah

18. om sakatasura-bhanjanaya namah

19. om nanda-vraja-jananandine namah

20. om sac-cid-ananda-vigrahaya namah

21. om navanita-viliptangaya namah

22. om navanita-nataya namah

23. om anaghaya namah

24. om navanita-navaharaya namah

25. om mucukunda-prasadakaya namah

26. om sodasa-stri-sahasresaya namah

27. om tribhangi-madhurakrtaye namah

28. om suka-vag-amrtabdhindave namah

29. om govindaya namah

30. om yoginam pataye namah

31. om vatsa-palana-sancarine namah

32. om anantaya namah

33. om dhenukasura-mardanaya namah

34. om trni-krta-trnavartaya namah

35. om yamalarjuna-bhajanaya namah

36. om uttala-tala-bhetre namah

37. om tamala-syamalakrtaye namah

38. om gopa-gopisvaraya namah

39. om yogine namah

40. om koti-surya-sama-prabhaya namah

41. om ilapataye namah

42. om parasmai jyotise namah

43. om yadavendraya namah

44. om yadu-dvahaya namah

45. om vanamaline namah

46. om pita-vasase namah

47. om parijatapaharakaya namah

48. om govardhanacaloddhartre namah

49. om gopalaya namah

50. om sarva-palakaya namah

51. om ajaya namah

52. om niranjanaya namah

53. om kama-janakaya namah

54. om kanja-locanaya namah

55. om madhughne namah

56. om mathura-nathaya namah

57. om dvaraka-nayakaya namah

58. om baline namah

59. om vrndavananta-sancarine namah

60. om tulasi-dama-bhusanaya namah

61. om syamantaka-maner hartre namah

62. om nara-narayanatmakaya namah

63. om kubjakrstambara-dharaya namah

64. om mayine namah

65. om parama-purusaya namah

66. om mustikasura-canura-malla-yuddha-visaradaya namah

67. om samsara-vairine namah

68. om kamsaraye namah

69. om muraraye namah

70. om narakantakaya namah

71. om anadi-brahmacarine namah

72. om krsnavyasana-karsakaya namah

73. om sisupala-siras-chetre namah

74. om duryodhana-kulantakaya namah

75. om vidurakrura-varadaya namah

76. om visvarupa-pradarsakaya namah

77. om satya-vace namah

78. om satya-sankalpaya namah

79. om satyabhama-rataya namah

80. om jayine namah

81. om subhadra-purvajaya namah

82. om visnave namah

83. om bhisma-mukti-pradayakaya namah

84. om jagad-gurave namah

85. om jagannathaya namah

86. om venu-nada-saradaya namah

87. om vrsabhasura-vidhvamsine namah

88. om banasura-karantakaya namah

89. om yudhisthira-pratisthatre namah

90. om barhi-varhavatamsakaya namah

91. om parthasarathaye namah

92. om avyaktaya namah

93. om gitamrta-mahodadhaye namah

94. om kaliya-phani-manikya-ranjita-sri-padambujaya namah

95. om damodaraya namah

96. om yajna-bhoktre namah

97. om danavendra-vinasakaya namah

98. om narayanaya namah

99. om para-brahmane namah

100. om pannagasana-vahanaya namah

101. om jala-kridasamasakta-gopi-vastrapaharakaya namah

102. om punya-slokaya namah

103. om tirtha-karaya namah

104. om veda-vedyaya namah

105. om daya-nidhaye namah

106. om sarva-bhutatmakaya namah

107. om sarva-graha-rupine namah

108. om parat-paraya namah

Sri Krishna-Janma-Tithi Vidhi by Srila RUpa Gosvami

Sri Krishna-Janma-Tithi Vidhi by Srila RUpa Gosvami

THIS IS A simplified version of Srila RUpa Gosvami’s description of how to perform
abhisheka to the Lord on Krishna-Janmasthami. The main simplification is the exclusion of the
extensive Vedic mantras which accompany the offering of most of the items. Since to
properly chant these mantras requires extensive training and practice, and since
nAma-sankirtana is most pleasing to the Lord and most appropriate for this age, it is most
appropriate to accompany abhisheka with melodious kirtana. We have not excluded any items
to be offered; however, considering time and means available it is possible to make
adjustments, reducing the number of items offered either slightly or extensively, but keeping
the same order of offering given here. This general procedure can be used in the abhisheka of
other Deities than Krishna on appropriate days, with appropriate adjustments — Radha on
Radhastami, Gauranga on Gaura-purnima, etc.

Preliminary Activities

1.Prepare a snana-vedi (pedestal for bathing the Deity), situated within a well decorated mandapa (ideally, a
four-pillared canopied temporary pavillion fenced off by red string).
2.Perform all the pUrvanga-karmas for self-purification: snana, bhuta-suddhi, nyasa, etc.
3.Bring the Lord onto the ved… while waving camaras and sheltering Him with an umbrella.
4.Svasti-vacana (invocation of auspiciousness: chant prayers such as Brahma- samhita, Purusha-sukta,
Vishnu-smarana, Mangala-shanti). (See P.P. Supplement 3, pp. 95-108).
5.Dig-bandhana (binding the directions). (See P.P. Supp., pp. 63-64).
6.Ghata-sthApana (establishing the pot). (Place a copper, brass, or clay pot filled with water on a platform next to
the vedi; place five leaves on it, then a coconut or banana, then flowers or a garland; worship Ganesha in the pot
with 5, 10, or 16 upacharas).
7.Sankalpa (ceremonial vow). (“O Govinda, now, on this [lunar day], in the [lunar fortnight], during the [lunar
month], for the pleasure of Sri Sri [Radha-Shyamasundara - name of your presiding Deities] we will perform the abhisheka bathing ceremony of [Lord Sri Krishna]”).

Upachara Dana (offering the articles of worship)

1.Asanam (offer a seat to the Lord: for how to offer this and other standard upacharas, refer to P.P. Chapter Three or Chapter Four).
2.SvAgatam (offer welcome).
3.PAdyam (offer footwash).
4.Arghyam (offer arghya).
5.Achaman…yam (offer water for sipping).
6.Madhuparka (offer madhuparka).
7.Punar-Acaman…yam (again offer water for sipping).
8.Pishta-dipa (Make a stiff dough from flour, sugar and water and fashion into receptacles for holding wicks and
ghee. Arrange these on a plate, decorated with colored rice-flour. Light the lamps and wave them before the Lord.)
Then smear scented oil on the Lord’s body.
9.Tila-udvartanam (rub ground sesame seed on the Lord’s body).

Snana (bathing)

1.First, bathe the Lord in water mixed with sesame seed paste.
2.Change the Lord’s cloth and bathe again in pure water.
3.Pañca-gavya-snana (bathe the Lord in a mixture of the five auspicious products of cows: cow urine, cow dung
and ghee (these in small proportion), cow milk and yogurt.
4.Kusha water
5.Pañcamrta-snana (bathe the Lord in milk, yogurt, ghee, honey, and sugar-water, in that order).
6.Ushnodaka-snana (bathe the Lord with warm water).
7.Sarvaushadhi-snana (bathe the Lord with water containing herbs).1
8.Mahaushadhi-snana (bathe the Lord with water containing a second mixture of herbs).2
9.Mangala-snana (bathe the Lord in water mixed with auspicious things, such as flowers, dUrva grass, and darbha
10.Ashtaka-bija-snana (bathe the Lord in water containing eight types of seeds: barley, wheat, wild rice, sesame,
millet, rice paddy, panic seed, and rice which grows in sixty days).
11.Gandhodaka-snana (bathe the Lord in water mixed with scents such as musk and aguru).
12.Gandha (smear the Lord’s body with sandalwood pulp).
13.Candanodaka-snana (bathe the Lord in water mixed with sandalwood pulp).
14.Sahasra-dhara-snana (bathe the Lord with each of the following substances, pouring them one after another
through a “sahasra-dhara,” a round tray with many holes in it, held over the Lord, which gives a shower effect:
pure water; mahausha- dhi-water; gandha-water; ashtaka- bija-water; water mixed with flowers; fruit juices;
jewel-water [water in which jewels have been soaking]).
15.Kalasa-snana (bathe the Lord with 8 large pots of water [ideally pots should hold ca. 12 liters each]).

Concluding Activities

1.Vastra (after drying the Lord with soft towels, dress in new garments).
2.Yajñopavita (offer a new sacred thread to the Lord).
3.Nirmañchana (wave in circles [as in offering €rat…] herbs such as kusha grass tips before the Lord).
4.Dristhi-uttarana (Wave nima fruits, white and black mustard seeds and salt in front of the Lord to drive away
inauspicious entities).
5.Matsya-mochana (drop a small fish [made of silver or copper] into a pot of water before the Lord).
6.PAdyam (offer foot wash to the Lord).
7.Acamaniyam (offer water for sipping to the Lord).
8.Kalasa-drishti (Present a pot filled with water and topped with leaves and coconut to the Lord and place it before
Him along with a variety of fruits).
9.Netronmilanam (Bless the Lord’s eyes by touching them with a golden or silver wand).
10.Añjana (apply collyrium to the Lord’s eyes).
11.Tilaka (Apply rocana [yellow pigment from a cow] tilaka to the Lord’s forehead. One’s mother or sister should
then touch one hundred and eight blades of dUrva grass and puffs of raw cotton to the Lord’s head.
12.Homa (perform a simple fire yajña before the Lord, offering sesame seeds into the fire).3
13.Pushpa & mAlA (offer flowers and flower garlands to the Lord).
14.Pratisara (bind the Lord’s right wrist with yellow thread).
15.Darpasham (offer a mirror for the Lord to view Himself).
16.Ghrita-darshanam (show a container filled with ghee to the Lord).
17.Chamara (wave a camara before the Lord).
18.Bhushanam (decorate the Lord with ornaments).
19.Go-danam (on the occasion of a birthday a cow may be given to a brAhmana).
20.VandApanam (On an auspicious day one should worship auspicious items. Bring together the following items.
Then place all the items on an attractive plate or tray and, while holding the plate with both hands, offer it three
times to the Lord). earth; gandha; stone; rice paddy (unhusked rice); dUrva grass; flowers; fruit; yogurt; ghee;
svAstikam; sindhur (vermilion); conch; kajjala (collyrium); rochana; boiled rice; gold; silver, copper; white mustard
seeds; mirror; lamp.
21.Samskaras (you may then have the samskaras, ending with upanAyanam (giving the sacred thread) performed for
the Lord. The priests performing these rites should then be worshiped by giving them cloth, garlands, etc.).
22.DhUpam (offer incense to the Lord).
23.Dipam (offer lamps to the Lord).
24.Naivedyam (offer food to the Lord).
25.Acaman…yam (offer water for sipping to the Lord).
26.TAmbUlam (offer betelnut to the Lord).
27.NirAjanam (offer Arati with pishta-dipas).
28.Abhisinchanam (sprinkle the Lord with auspicious items such as dUrva grass).
29.swastir-vacanam (the brahmanas should give blessings).
30.Stuti (recite verses of praise of Govinda from the Vedas or Puranas (or Brahma-samhitA).
31.Vrata (during the daylight hours of the ashtami one should observe the vow of fasting in the association of devotees,
and, staying awake at night, at midnight one should perform the abhisheka according to the vidhi just described,
accompanied by joyful singing and dancing. The next day one should celebrate the Lord’s appearance with great
festivity and respect maha-prasada with the Vaishnavas).


Srila Gurudeva cantando Damodarastakam

Every morning class during Kartik 2009, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayan Gosvami Maharaj spoke about a verse from Sri Damodarastakam. This video shows Srila Maharaj singing each sloka on a different day. For the video's with full explanation of each verse visit

The pastime of Damodar

Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja telling the pastime of Damodar being bound during the Bhakti Yoga Festival 2009 in Houston.

The subtitles are more or less a literal translation of his Hindi. The English language is not capable of conveying the deep significance of his statements. The eloquent patterns of his Hindi, which is quite different from conventional English, make it impossible to translate one into the other perfectly. Over and above that, my incompetence and inexperience give rice to all sorts of imperfection, inaccuracy and inconsistency.

I humbly request you to be patient with my efforts and bless me to one day perform service to Sri Guru and the Vaisnava's.

Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja telling the pastime of Damodar being bound during the Bhakti Yoga Festival 2009 in Houston.

Jaya Srila Gurudeva !