Sri Damodarashtakam

Lord Krishna

(Found in the Padma Purana of Krishna Dvaipayana Vyasa, spoken by
satyavrata Muni in a conversation with Narada Muni and Shaunaka Rishi)

"In the month of Kartika one should worship Lord Damodara and daily
recite the prayer known as Damodaraishtaka, which has been spoken by
the sage satyavrata and which attracts Lord Damodara. "

(Shri Hari-bhakti-vilasa 2.16.198)

(1) namamishvaram sachidananda-rupam
lasat-kundalam gokule bhrajamanam
Yashoda-bhiyolukhalad dhavamanam
paramrishtam atyantato drutya gopya

To the supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal
existence, knowledge, and bliss, whose shark-shaped earrings are
swinging to and fro, who is beautifully shining in the divine realm of
Gokula, who [due to the offense of breaking the pot of yogurt that His
mother was churning into butter and then stealing the butter that was
kept hanging from a swing] is quickly running from the wooden grinding
mortar in fear of mother Yashoda, but who has been caught from behind
by her who ran after Him with greater speed—to that supreme Lord, Shri
Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances.

(2) rudantam muhur netra-yugmam mrjantam
karambhoja-yugmena satanka-netram
muhu shvasa-kampa-trirekhanka-kantha-
sthita-graivam damodaram bhakti-baddham

[seeing the whipping stick in His mother's hand,] He is crying and
rubbing His eyes again and again with His two lotus hands. His eyes
are filled with fear, and the necklace of pearls around His neck,
which is marked with three lines like a conchshell, is shaking because
of His quick breathing due to crying. To this supreme Lord, Shri
Damodara, whose belly is bound not with ropes but with His mother's
pure love, I offer my humble obeisances.

(3) itidrk sva-lilabhir ananda-kunde
sva-ghoisham nimajjantam akhyapayantam
tadiyeishita-gyeishu bhaktair jitatvam
puna prematas tam shatavrtti vande

By such childhood pastimes as this He is drowning the inhabitants of
Gokula in pools of ecstasy, and is revealing to those devotees who are
absorbed in knowledge of His supreme majesty and opulence that He is
only conquered by devotees whose pure love is imbued with intimacy and
is free from all conceptions of awe and reverence. With great love I
again offer my obeisances to Lord Damodara hundreds and hundreds of

(4) varam deva mokisham na mokishavadhim va
na canyam Vrine 'ham vareishad apiha
idam te vapur natha gopala-balam
sada me manasy avirastam kim anyai

O Lord, although You are able to give all kinds of benedictions, I do
not pray to You for the boon of impersonal liberation, nor the highest
liberation of eternal life in Vaikuntha, nor any other boon [which may
be obtained by executing the nine processes of bhakti]. O Lord, I
simply wish that this form of Yours as Bala Gopala in Vrindavana may
ever be manifest in my heart, for what is the use to me of any other
boon besides this?

(5) idam te mukhambhojam atyanta-nilair
vrtam kuntalai snigdha-raktaish ca gopya
muhush cumbitam bimba-raktadharam me
manasy avirastam alam lakisha-labhai

0 Lord, Your lotus face, which is encircled by locks of soft black
hair tinged with red, is kissed again and again by mother Yashoda, and
Your lips are reddish like the bimba fruit. May this beautiful vision
of Your lotus face be ever manifest in my heart. Thousands and
thousands of other benedictions are of no use to me.

(6) namo deva damodarananta viishno
prasida prabho dukha-jalabdhi-magnam
krpa-drishti-vrishtyati-dinam batanu
grhaneisha mam agyam edhy akishi-drshya

O Supreme Godhead, I offer my obeisances unto You. O Damodara! O
Ananta! O Vishnu! O master! O my Lord, be pleased upon me. By
showering Your glance of mercy upon me, deliver this poor ignorant
fool who is immersed in an ocean of worldly sorrows, and become
visible to my eyes.

(7) kuveratmajau baddha-murtyaiva yadvat
tvaya mocitau bhakti-bhajau krtau ca
tatha prema-bhaktim svakam me prayaccha
na mokishe graho me 'sti damodareha

O Lord Damodara, just as the two sons of Kuvera—Manigriva and
Nalakuvara—were delivered from the curse of Narada and made into great
devotees by You in Your form as a baby tied with rope to a wooden
grinding mortar, in the same way, please give to me Your own
prema-bhakti. I only long for this and have no desire for any kind of

(8) namas te 'stu damne sphurad-dipti-dhamne
tvadiyodarayatha vishvasya dhamne
namo radhikayai tvadiya-priyayai
namo 'nanta-lilaya devaya tubhyam

O Lord Damodara, I first of all offer my obeisances to the brilliantly
effulgent rope which binds Your belly. I then offer my obeisances to
Your belly, which is the abode of the entire universe. I humbly bow
down to Your most beloved Shrimati Radharani, and I offer all
obeisances to You, the supreme Lord, who displays unlimited pastimes.