Jayadeva Ashtapadhi

Jayadeva Ashtapadhi

Sing the Pundareekams, preceding Shlokams and Ashtapadhis. Where Purna Ashtapadhi is not done, choose any Ashtapadhi and the 22nd Ashtapadhi as this is the Kalyana song. 

Ashtapadhis compiled so far

Guru Keerthanam
For Saturday Bhajans, Keerthanams and Namaavalis on Bodhendral, Sridhara Ayyavaal, Marudanallur Sadguru Swamigal must be sung. We also sing songs composed by Thyagaraja, Purandara Dasa, Gopalakrishna Bharati and even Abhangs . Click here to get the entire list

We perform a Sampradaya Bhajanai every Saturday in Solihull, UK. Following is the list of Gurus and the Songs that we sing. There are many many more, but the below is a concise list (Click on the links to get the Lyrics)

Click here for the Narayana Theertha Tharangini
Slokams : Yadangri Pangeruha…..
Yennaamna Pattanam …..

Song : (Each Saturday One Tharangini & one Naamaavali)

Saranam Bhava Karunaa nidhi (Sourashtram)
Mangalaalaya Maamava Deva (Ketharagowlai)
Parana Jarybata Maam Paalaya (Sourashtram)
Jaya Jaya Gokula Baala (Kurunchi)
Ehimudam Dehi Sri Krishna Krishna (Reethigowlai)
Krishnam Kalaya Sakhi Sundaram (Mukhari)

Bhakta Kavi Jayadeva Goswami, was a renowned Sanskrit poet during the 12th century. He is most known for his epic composition Gita Govinda which vividly describes Shri Krishna’s love for Gopikas in general and for Radha in particular. The Gita Govindam is organized into twelve chapters with each chapter further sub-divided into 24 divisions called Prabandhas. The Prabandhas contain couplets grouped into eights, called Ashtapadis. 

The poems Shri Krishna’s yearning for Radha and is considered an important part of the Bhakti movement. The poems also elaborate the eight moods of the Heroine, the Ashta Nayika, which have been an inspiration for many compositions and choreographic works in Indian classical dances. Sri Jayadeva’s Ashtapadi reveals the true

essence of Love between Radha and Shri Krishna. Sri Gita Govinda Mahakavyam declares the beautiful blend and unison of Jivātmā with Paramātmā. The twelve chapters of Gita Govinda vividly describe the different facets of Shri Krishna:

  1. Sāmodadāmodaram (Exuberant Krishna)
  2. Akleshakeshavam (Blithesome Krishna)
  3. Mugdhamadhusūdanam (Winsome Krishna)
  4. Snigdhamadhusūdanam (Tender Krishna)
  5. Sākāṅkṣa puṇdarīkākṣham (Passionate Krishna)
  6. Dhrṣta vaikuṇṭa (Audacious Krishna)
  7. NāgaranārāyanaH (Dexterous Krishna)
  8. VilakṣyalakṣmīpatiH (Apologetic Krishna)
  9. Mugdhadamukunda (Unpretentious Krishna)
  10. ChaturachaturbhujaH (Tactful Krishna)
  11. Sānandadāmodaram (Joyful Krishna)
  12. SuprītapītāmbaraH (Exultant Krishna)

Jayadeva’s Birth

Jayadeva was born to Kamalabai and Narayana Sastri, a very pious Brahmin couple. Kamalabai was very devout and longed for a child. She prayed to the Lord to be blessed with a child. One night, Lord Krishna appeared in Sastri’s dream and told him that his wife’s prayer would be fulfilled and they would soon be blessed with an illustrious son. Soon, Kamalabai gave birth to Jayadeva. Jayadeva’s Life Jayadeva was very devoted to Shri Krishna from his childhood and learnt the scriptures at a very young age. He was incessantly lost in prayers of Shri Krishna. His parents left for Vanaprastha after sometime and Jayadeva led a nomadic life. One day, he had a divine visualization and went into an ecstatic state. In his divine vision, he saw the Yamuna River flowing through four Blue Mountains. Beside the river bank, under a tree, Lord Shri Krishna was playing his flute delightfully. The vision of Krishna and His music enthralled Jayadeva so much that he composed a Shloka extempore. This gave birth to the famous epic, ‘Gita Govinda’, validating the words ‘Poetry is a spontaneous overlow of powerful feelings and emotions’.

Shri Jayadeva takes the pride of place in every Sampradaya Bhajan in view of the im­portance of his Gita Govinda Kavya which either in full or in parts occupies a central place in every Bhajan or Utsavam.

Jayadeva was born in 1175 AD in a Brahmin family in Kenduli Sasan in the Prachi val­ley, Khurda district in Orissa. Kenduli Sasan is a village near the famous temple city of Puri Jayadeva was born to Kamalabai and Narayana Sastri, a very pious Brahmin couple after Lord Krishna appeared in Sastri’s dream and promised him a great son.  Jayadeva was very devoted to Shri Krishna from his childhood and learnt the scrip­tures at a very young age. He was incessantly lost in prayers of Shri Krishna. His parents left for Vanaprastha
after sometime and Jayadeva led a nomadic life.

 One day, he had a divine visualization and went into an ecstatic state. In his divine vision, he saw the Yamuna River flowing through four Blue Mountains. Beside the river bank, under a tree, Lord Shri Krishna was playing his flute delightfully. The vision of Krishna and His music enthralled Jayadeva so much that he composed a Shloka extempore.  This gave birth to the famous epic, ‘Gita Govinda’. Jayadeva described Shriman Na­rayana’s Dasha Avataar in his first Ashtapadi ‘Jaya Jagadeesha Hare!’. He had a vi­sualisation of these ten avatars and was in a trance as he witnessed the vast ocean, which depicted the presence of God in His vast creation. Later, he went to Jagannath Puri Temple with his friend Parasara and spent all his time in prayer, meditation and chanting the name of the Lord.

 Deva Sharma, a Brahmin in Puri, offered his daughter Padmavati to Jayadeva as his life partner. Initially Jayadeva refused as he was leading the life of Sanyasi and said he was unfit to be a householder. But Deva Sharma persuaded Jayadeva as it was Lord Jagannath’s order and he could not go against it.  Jayadeva married Padmavati and came back to his village Kendybilva and they lived happily there and prayed to Radha Madhav in their house regularly. Many miracu­lous incidents are reported to have occurred during the composition including the visit of Lord Krishna himself to make a correction in one of his poems.  After sometime, Jayadeva went on a pilgrimage. King Lakshmana Sena adopted him as his Guru. Later, Padmavati joined Jayadeva, and the King was surprised to learn that his Guru was a Grihastha. Jayadeva explained to the King that one can be a Sanyasin even as a Grihastha if one performs one’s duties without attachment to the fruits. Jayadeva’s life is an
example to the world that God realisation can be had even as a Grihastha.

 After some time Jayadeva came back to his village and while residing here, he composed his famous “Gita Govinda”.  The Gita Govinda comprising of Sanskrit songs and poems describes Shri Krishna’s eternal love and courtship of Radha. With lucid and tender lyrics, the Gita Govinda explored many aspects of love and passion. He was deeply involved in his songs and sang them wholeheartedly. These songs are sung before Lord Jagannath during the annual festival even to this day. Jayadeva had taken a vow that he would take bath in the Ganga till the end of his life. In his old age when he became infirm Ganga herself appeared with lotus flowers in the well of
Jayadeva’s house. Jayadeva attained the Lotus feet of Lord Shri Krishna in 1245
AD. His name remains immortal wherever Sampradaya Bhajan is sung.

His works includes,

1.      Gita Govindam, a magnumopus of musical extravaganza comprising of several songs and shlokas depicting the divine love between Radha and Madhav 

2.      Dasakritikrite, a poetic description of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu