Sri Swamiji looks upon Lord Srinivasa as his father. He has composed innumerable songs, a set of 8 slokas on Him known as Srinivasa Karavalambanam and a beautiful gadyam.
In Sanskrit, there are predominantly two types of compositions – padyams and gadyams. Padyams are typically in poetic form. They are set using metric rules. Whereas, gadyams are composed in the form of elaborate prose.
This gadyam on Lord Srinivasa describes His beauty and His qualities and concludes with a prayer seeking refuge unto Him to help us cross this ocean of samsara.
The lyrics and the meaning of the Srinivasa Gadyam are presented below.
jaya jaya vijayI bhava! jaya jaya shrInivAsa!
anantha-nitya-sUri mangaLAshAsana vaibhavapAtra!
svAmi puShkariNIthIra! Ananda vimAna nilaya!
nitya mahOtsava! bhrigumuni rakShaka!
prasanna vEnkaTEsha! ApadbAndhava!
AshrithavairinAsha! sakala graha thApa nivAraka!
nirjara sEvitha! anantha kusuma tharuvana madhya nivAsa!=
sakaladEvAgragaNya! sahasra mAlAdhara!
shALagrAma mAlAdhara! dayAshathaka-mAlAdhara!
chathu:prAkAra madhya nivAsa! nUpura gangAdhara girivAsa!
pApavinAsha thIrtthasamIpa! bhaktha pApa vinAshaka!
AshuthOSha! bhaktha kAmadhEnO!
bhaktha chinthAmaNE! bhaktha kalpakavrikSha!
pAmara bhaktha rakShaka!
nAma ghOSha mAtrENa suprasanna!
rAjAdhirAja! rAja gambhIra!
shrIdEvI bhUdEvI sahitha! vEdOddhAraka!
sarvamatha sthApakAchArya sEvitha! dhanArcchana priya!
kanyAmAsa brahmOtsava vilOla!
sakala varNabhaktha pAlaka!
samastha kalyANa guNa pUrNa!
anantha sEvitha! vainathEya sEvitha!
nArada thumburu gAnalOla!
nAnAvidha puShpa mAlAlankritha!
makara kuNDalAlankritha! puNDarIkAkSha!
AkAsharAja jAmAthA! munigaNa sEvitha!
shEShagiri vanakrIDA vilOla!
sarvajana sammatha svAmin!
samsAra chakrE magnam dInam mAm uddhara!
padmAvathI samEtha shrInivAsa!
namOsthuthE puna: namOsthuthE puna: namOsthuthE!
prapannam mAm rakSha rakSha!
anyathA sharaNam nAsthi! tvamEva sharaNam bhava!
Victory to thee! Victory to Lord Srinivasa!
The One who resides in Seshadri, The One who resides in the seven hills
The One who resides in the hills that are equivalent to Vaikunta, The One bearing Conch and Discus!
The One who has the glory of being extolled by all the Nityasuris (Azhwars)
The One on the banks of Swami Pushkarini! The One who resides in Ananda Vimana!
The One who has Nitya utsav (celebrations everyday), The One who protected Bhrigu Muni
The delighted Venkatesha! The friend of one who is in trouble
The Protector of orphans, The One who takes care of the ones who have come to Him!
The One who destroys the enemies of those who seek refuge in Him, The reliever of suffering due to the effects of planets,
The One who is served by the immortals, The One who resides in a forest filled with lot of flowers and trees
The Foremost among all the Gods! The One adorning thousand garlands
The One wearing a garland of Salagrama, The One wearing a garland of verses extolling compassion (daya-shatakam – 100 verses on compassion written by Sri Vedanta Desikar)
The One residing in the midst of four passages, The One residing on a Hill and adorning Ganga as his anklet
The One who is residing near the holy water that destroys all sins, The One who destroys the sins of his devotees,
The One who is pleased quickly, The Kamadhenu (bestower of boons) for his devotees,
The Chintamani stone (one that can turn ordinary stone into gold) for his devotees, The Kalpakavriksha tree for his devotees.
The protector of common people,
The One who is pleased with just the chant of the Divine Name! The King of kings! The majestic One!
The One who is with Sridevi and Bhudevi, The One who uplifted the Vedas
The One worshipped by all the great saints who established the different philosophies (paths)
The One who is pleased when worshipped with gold(wealth)
The One who celebrates Brahmotsav (grand celebration) during the month of Kanya
The One who nurtures devotees from all walks of life
The One who has all the auspicious qualities
The One who is served by Adi Sesha, The One who is served by Garuda
The One who is extolled by Narada and Tumburu
The One who is decorated with garlands of different varieties of flowers
The One who is adorning the crocodile-shaped earrings, The Lotus-eyed One!
The Son-in-law of Akasha raja, The One who is served by sages and the demigods
The One who enjoys sporting in the forests of Seshagiri
The One who is accepted by all as their Lord
Please forgive all my transgressions
Please uplift this pitiable one who is caught in the cycle of samsara.
O Lord Srinivasa who is along with Padmavathi
My prostrations to you! Again my prostrations! Once again my prostrations
I am seeking your refuge. Please protect me
I have nobody else to take refuge in. You are my sole refuge