Madhura Geetam – Bharata Pradakshina 11

In this series, we will go on a pradakshina of Bharata desha as we present, each month, a kirtan composed by His Holiness Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji on a particular kshetra, starting from south India and then going north.

Brindavan

In our journey through Bharata desha through Sri Swamiji’s kirtans, we now come to his favorite place – the great Brindavan, where God Himself, as Lord Sri Krishna, walked in the garb of a cowherd, thousands of years ago. Unlike most other pilgrimage places in India where it is a particular temple or a deity that makes the site hallowed, the very earth of Brindavan is sacred because the Lord’s feet have touched every little spot of this holy land. (The present temples of Brindavan have all come up only in the last few hundred years.)
BrindavanPlaying with the Gopas and Gopis, enacting so many of His divine leelas and vanquishing numerous demons, Sri Krishna’s days in Brindavan are the most endearing and enchanting time of His life. And also the most conducive to shravanam and kirtanam, thus becoming the seed for bhakti.
Brindavan itself throbs with bhakti to Sri Radha and Sri Krishna, even today. A pilgrimage to the hallowed place is not only to see the various spots of Sri Krishna’s leelas but also to absorb the devotion that the place and its people are soaked in!

In this song, Sri Swamiji asks Krishna – who is Shridhara (Possessor of fortune), Damodara (the One who was tied by a rope) and Bhuvanasundara (the One who is most beautiful in all the worlds) – to bless him with constant stay in Brindavan. Sri Swamiji then goes on to reminisce some of the divine places and divine leelas of Krishna in Brindavan.

Srivana Vasam Dehi Me Krishna
Ragam: Bilahari   Tala: Adi

Song
Pallavi
shrI vana vAsam dehi mE Krishna
shrIdhara dAmOdara bhuvanasundara

Charanam
kAthyAyani sOdhara shrI Krishna
kALiyanardana shrI Krishna
kEshi vimardana shrI Krishna
gOpeshwara pUjita shrI Krishna

bAnke vihAri shrI Krishna
brahmAdi sEvita shrI Krishna
pItadukUli shrI Krishna
brindApUjita shrI Krishna

rAsavihAri shrI Krishna
rasikashikhAmaNE shrI Krishna
rAdhAlOla shrI Krishna
rAjagopAla shrI Krishna

vamshIvata vAsa shrI Krishna
vamshIdhara hE shrI Krishna
vadanAngamOhana shrI Krishna
varamuraLi sevita shrI Krishna

Meaning
Pallavi
O Krishna, please let me live in Brindavan
O Sridhara, Damodhara, Bhuvanasundara

Charanam
Krishna, You who are Kathyayani’s brother
The One who danced on Kaliya’s head
The One who killed the asura Keshi
The One who is worshipped by Lord Gopeshwara (Shiva)

O Krishna, You [live in Brindavan] as Banke Vihari
You are worshipped by Brahma and other gods
You are always clad in yellow garments
You are worshipped by Brinda Devi

O Krishna, You are One who played the divine Rasa
You are the greatest connoisseur
You are the beloved of Radha
You are the King of the cowherds

O Krishna, You are one who lives in Vamsivata (a place in Brindavan)
You are the One who plays the [magical] flute
Your face is most attractive
You are One who is served by Muralidhara

Nisha Giri, Houston TX

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