This song describes Krishna’s early childhood pastime of running from His mother when she tried to punish Him for stealing butter from the gopis, the cowherd women of Vrindavan.
For this special month of Karttika, devotees around the world sing these prayers every day. Each verse describes various exceptional qualities or features of Krishna. Sing along with the lyrics below, which include the English translations.
This year, Karttika starts on October 6th and ends on November 5th.
Included is an audio recording of Sri Damodarastakam from HG Shabda Hari Prabhu from His Album “Illuminize” Produced Here in Bangalore, India.
lasat-kuṇḍalam gokule bhrājamanam
parāmṛṣṭam atyantato drutya gopyā
To the supreme controller, who possesses and eternal form of blissful knowledge, whose glistening earrings swing to and fro, who manifested Himself in Gokula, who stole the butter that the gopis kept hanging from the rafters of their storerooms and who then quickly jumped up and ran in retreat in fear of Mother Yasoda but was ultimately caught – to that Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances.
rudantam muhur netra-yugmam mṛjantam
sthita-graivam dāmodaram bhakti-baddham
Upon seeing His mother’s whipping stick, He cried and rubbed His eyes again and again with His two lotus hands. His eyes were fearful and His breathing quick, and as Mother Yasoda bound His belly with ropes, He shivered in fright and His pearl necklace shook. To this Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances.
itīdṛk sva-līlābhir ānanda-kuṇḍe
sva-ghoṣam nimajjantam ākhyāpayantam
tadīyeṣita-jñeṣu bhaktair jitatvam
punaḥ prematas tam śatāvṛtti vande
Those superexcellent pastimes of Lord Krishna’s babyhood drowned the inhabitants of Gokula in pools of ecstasy. To the devotees who are attracted only to His majestic aspect of Narayana in Vaikuntha, the Lord herein reveals: “I am conquered and overwhelmed by pure loving devotion.” To the Supreme Lord, Damodara, my obeisances hundreds and hundreds of times.
varam deva mokṣam na mokṣāvadhim vā
na canyam vṛṇe ‘ham vareṣād apīha
idam te vapur nātha gopāla-bālam
sadā me manasy āvirāstām kim anyaiḥ
O Lord, although You are able to give all kinds of benedictions, I do not pray to You for liberation, nor eternal life in Vaikuntha, nor any other boon. My only prayer is that Your childhood pastimes may constantly appear in my mind. O Lord, I do not even want to know your feature of Paramatma. I simply wish that Your childhood pastimes may ever be enacted in my heart.
idam te mukhāmbhojam atyanta-nīlair
vṛtam kuntalaiḥ snigdha-raktaiś ca gopyā
muhuś cumbitam bimba-raktādharam me
manasy āvirāstām alam lakṣa-lābhaiḥ
O Lord, the cheeks of Your blackish lotus face, which is encircled by locks of curling hair, have become reddened like bimba fruits due to Mother Yasoda’s kisses. What more can I describe than this? Millions of opulences are of no use to me, but may this vision constantly remain in my mind.
namo deva dāmodarānanta viṣṇo
prasīda prabho duḥkha-jālābdhi-magnam
gṛhāṇeṣa mām ajñam edhy akṣi-dṛśyaḥ
O unlimited Vishnu! O master! O Lord! Be pleased upon me! I am drowning in an ocean of sorrow and am almost like a dead man. Please shower the rain of mercy on me; uplift me and protect me with Your nectarean vision.
kuverātmajau baddha-mūrtyaiva yadvat
tvayā mocitau bhakti-bhājau kṛtau ca
tathā prema-bhaktim svakām me prayaccha
na mokṣe graho me ‘sti dāmodareha
O Lord Damodara, in Your form as a baby Mother Yasoda bound You to a grinding stone with a rope for tying cows. You then freed the sons of Kuvera, Manigriva and Nalakuvara, who were cursed to stand as trees and You gave them the chance to become Your devotees. Please bless me in this same way. I have no desire for liberation into Your effulgence.
namas te ‘stu dāmne sphurad-dīpti-dhāmne
tvadīyodarāyātha viśvasya dhāmne
namo rādhikāyai tvadīya-priyāyai
namo ‘nanta-līlāya devāya tubhyam
O Lord, the entire universe was created by Lord Brahma, who was born from Your abdomen, which was bound by a rope by Mother Yasoda. To this rope I offer my humble obeisances. I offer my obeisances to Your most beloved Srimati Radharani and to Your unlimited pastimes.
The Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, is not in need of anything from us; but when we offer Him something according to our own capacity, He blesses us with everything that we need to progress in achieving the ultimate goal of our life. Let us pray to the Supreme Lord for a healthy, prosperous life and the ability to serve Him all the time.
With love and affection, one should try to give something to Krishna from one’s source of income. Then one’s life will be successful. Krishna is full in all opulences; He does not need anything from anyone. But if one is prepared to give something to Krishna, that is for one’s own benefit.
Following are the various seva opportunities available for devotees to offer to Lord Damodara During this Auspicious Month of Kartika.
- Offer 108 Lamps to Lord Damodara: 108 Ghee Lamps will be offered on your behalf to Lord Damodar during Damodara Arati.
- Offer Abhiseka to Srila Prabhupada: ISKCON Founder Acarya HDG A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada left his body during the auspicious damodar month. On his disappearance day, Abhiseka will be offered to Srila Prabhupada on behalf of you.
- Diwali Lamps Offering: Diwali is the day when Lord Rama had Returned to Ayodhya, During this day, Lord Ram will be taken from the Kitchen altar and Placed on the Altar, with Mother Sita, Lord Lakshman and Lord Hanuman. In the evening, not a single Electric light would be lit, the entire temple would be illuminated only by the light of ghee lamps, Your Offering will go to light these countless lamps.
- Damodara Arati Sponsorships: We have Planned to organise around 500 Damodar Month Programs this year and this would be possible only by your financial support.
- Offer Annakut: During govardhan puja, heaps of Grains would be made in the shape of Govardhan Hill, Your Offering would be in the form of a heap of Cooked grains and lentils which would then be distributed among the general public.
- Gopastami Seva: Gopastami is the day when Srimati Radharani and all the Gopis decided to dress up as Gopas to impress krishna. On this day, The entire altar would be specially decorated for the occasion. Your Offering will be used to Decorate the entire altar, especially Srimati Radharani
- Vivah Seva: Sponsor the Eternal Bridegroom’s marriage. On The last day of Damodar month, Devotees celebrate the festival of Tulasi Salagrama Vivah, On this Day, Devotees Dress up a Tulasi Plant as a bride and Parade her into the Temple hall, where her groom, Lord Krishna awaits, The Four hour long marriage ceremony concludes with the Lord and his eternal bride sitting side by side blessing all those who have been a part of their marriage. Only Two slots left for offering seva to their lordships. Interested devotees should redeem this opportunity as it is valid for a limited number of slots.
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