Ashtapathi 3

It’s springtime, and poor Radha is desperately looking for Krishna, and asks a friend if she knows where is. She sure does! She delicately describes the beauties of the spring season and how Krishna is frolicking in the Yamuna woods with other gopis! This is just the beginning…

vasante vAsanti kusuma sukumAraihi avayavaihi
bhramanti kAntAre bahu vihita krishna krishnanusaranAm |
amandam kandarpa-jvara-janita chintAkulatayA
valad bAdhAm rAdhAm sarasam idam uchE saha chari  

Radha is beautiful and delicate like Vasanti flower in Spring season. She was pining in love for her beloved Krishna. She was hit by Cupid and was roaming in Brundavana in search of Krishna. Her confidante comforted her with these words.

Raga: Vasantha ; Adi Tala 

lalita lavanga latA parisilana komala malaya samirE |

madhukara nikara karambita kokila kujitha kuñja kutirE ||1||

viharati haririha sarasa vasantE nrityati yuvati janena samam sakhi, virahi janasya durantE Radhe (viharati haririha) ||dhruvapada||

unmada madana manoratha pathika vadhu jana janita vilapE |
ali kula sankula kusuma samuha nirakula bakula kalaape, Radhe viharati haririha ||2||

mriga mada saurabha, rabhasa vashavada nava dala maala tamAlE|
yuva jana hrudaya vidArana manasija, nakha ruci kinshuka jaalE, Radhe viharati haririha ||3||

madana mahipati kanaka dandaruci, kesara kusuma vikaasE |
milita shili mukha paatala patala,kruta smara toona vilasE, Radhe viharati haririha ||4||

vigalita lajjita jagad avalokana taruna karuna kruta haasE |
virahi nikruntana kunta mukhakruti, ketaki danturi taasE taasE, Radhe viharati haririha ||5||

madhavika parimala milithe, nava malyakaadhi sugandhau |
muni mana saamapi mohana karini, tarunakaarana bandhau, Radhe viharati haririha ||6||

sphuradati mukta lata pari rambhana, mukulita pulakita chutE |
vrundavana vipine parisara, parigata yamuna jala putE, Radhe viharati haririha ||7||

sri jayadeva bhanitam idam udayati, hari charana smruti saram |
sarasa vasanta samaya vana varnanam, anugata madana vikaaram, Radhe viharati haririha , sarasa vasante
nrityati yuvati janena samam sakhi, virahi janasya durante Radhe viharati haririha ||8||

Shloka 

Daravi dalita malli, valli chamchat paraaga
prakatitha pata vaasahi, vasayan kanana |
iha hi, dahati chetaka, ketaki gandha bandhuhu
prasarad, asama baana praanavadu , gandhavahanaana||9||

unmelan, madhu gandha lubdha madhupam vyaadhuta chutaankura
krida kokila kaakali kalakalahi, udgeerena karna jvaraaha |
niyante pathikaihi, katham katham api, dhyaana….vadhanakshana
praapta praana, sama samagama, raso llasai, ami vaasara ||10||

Poet Sri Jayadeva sings this song meditating upon the lotus feet of Sri Krishna. It is to promote love and devotion for Krishna. The song describes influence of spring season on lovers and those suffering from separation from their divine lover Sri Krishna.

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