Jagannath Ashtakam: Lyrics, Meaning – Kadacit Kalindi

Jagannath Ashtakam is a devotional hymn composed by Guru Adi Shankaracharya to praise Lord Jagannath, an incarnation of Vishnu and the presiding deity of Shri Jagannath temple located in Puri.

Starting with ‘Kadachit kalindi’, the Jagannath Ashtakam lyrics are composed in a great way where the lyrics elucidate the divinity of Lord Puri Jagannath, his greatness, appearance, compassion towards devotees, and several other qualities.

Each of these eight hymns holds a great meaning explaining all the divine attributes of the Lord. In the Jagannath Ashtakam meaning one can also find the importance of Puri kshetra along with the Lord Jagannath’s attachment with Balabhadra and Subhadra.

Reciting this Jagannath ashtakam by Adi Shankaracharya has immense benefits and is explained in the phalastuti saying that, a devotee who recites this Ashtakam with great devotion and purity, can lead their soul to attain the adobe of Lord Vishnu.

Lord Jagannath as in Jagannath Ashtakam

Jagannath Ashtakam Lyrics and Meaning in English

Kadacit kalindi tata vipina Sangeetha taralo
Mudaa-bhirii nari vadana kamalaaswada madhupaha
Ramaa Shambhu Brahma-amarapati Ganeshaarchita pado
Jagannatha swami nayana padha gami bhavathu mey (1)

(I bow to the one) who sometimes fills the forests present on the banks of River Kalindi with his waves of music (from his flute)
The one who enjoys the blossomed lotus like faces of the women (Gopikas) like that of a wandering bee
Whose feet are worshipped by Ramaa (Goddess Lakshmi), Shambhu, Brahma, Amarapati (Lord of Devas – Indra), and Ganesha.
May that Jagannath Swami be my vision wherever my eyes go

Bhujey savye vennum sirasi sikhi pincham kathithate
Dukuulam netranthe sahachara kataksham vidadhatr
Sada Shrimad vrundavana vasati leela parichayo
Jagannatha swami nayana padha gami bhavathu mey (2)

The one who holds a flute in his left hand, wearing a peacock feather on his head and with a lustrous cloth around his waist
Who with his divine gestures of side glances can bestow his companions
Who always resides in his great Brundavana and reveals himself by his divine play or Leelas
May that Jagannath Swami be my vision wherever my eyes go

Mahaambhodhes tire kanaka ruchire neela shikarey
Vasan prasaadaanthaha sahaja Valabhadrena Balinaa
Subhadra madhyasthah sakala sura sevaavasara do
Jagannatha swami nayana padhagami bhavathu mey (3)

O the one who resides on the shore of the great ocean (Purushottama kshetra – Puri) of which the sands appear with golden radiance, within a great palace present on the Nilachala hill
Present on that palace, with his brother Balabhadra, who is known for his great valor and strength
Along with sister Subhadra in the middle, the one who gives the suras an opportunity to serve him
May that Jagannath Swami be my vision wherever my eyes go

Krupaa paraavarah sajala jalada shreni ruchiro
Ramaa vani ramah spuradamala pankeruha mukhaha
Surendrair-raaradyah shruthi gaana shikhaa geetha charitho
Jagannatha swami nayana padhagami bhavathu mey (4)

O the Lord, whose compassion is like an ocean and who is with looks like that of dark clouds filled with water.
Who is a delight to Ramaa (Goddess Lakshmi) and Vani (Goddess Saraswati), whose face is spotless like a blossomed lotus
The one worshipped by the Surendra (head of the devas), whose greatness is sung by the holy scriptures like Shruthi’s and by great Geethas.
May that Jagannath Swami be my vision wherever my eyes go

Radha rudho gacchan pathi militha bhudeva patalauh
Stuti pradhur bhavam prati pada mupaakarnya sadayaha
Daya sindhur bhandhuh sakala jagataam sindhu suthaya
Jagannatha swami nayana padhagami bhavathu mey (5)

Riding on a chariot along the streets (indicating chariot festival) and seeing groups of Brahmins at every place
singing the prayers (Stuti’s), listening to each of those words by his ears and the one whose heart lies with his devotees
O the ocean of mercy, the friend to all the worlds, who is looking like the son of the ocean (with his merry appearance on the shore of the ocean)
May that Jagannath Swami be my vision wherever my eyes go

Parambrahma peedah kuvalaya dalotpulla nayano
Nivaasi neeladrau nihitha charano anantha sirasi
Rasaanandi radha sarasa vapuraalingana sukho
Jagannatha swami nayana padhagami bhavathu mey (6)

Who is with a condensed supreme form, whose eyes look like the petals of the blossomed lotus
The one who recites on Neeladri (Neelachala hill) having his feet on the head of Anantha (Shesha)
O the one who enjoys the pleasure of embracing the beautiful form of Radha filled with the joy of Rasa
May that Jagannath Swami be my vision wherever my eyes go

Na vai yaache rajyam na cha kanaka manikhya vibhavam
Na yache-aham ramyam sakala jana kamyam varavadhum
Sada kale kale pramadha patinaa Geetha charitho
Jagannatha swami nayana padhagami bhavathu mey (7)

I don’t seek for a kingdom, not even the gold, jewels, gems, or such glory
I also don’t seek a beautiful lady who is desired by all
(But I seek the one) whose glory is praised at every moment by the Lord of Pradamas (Maheshwara)
May that Jagannath Swami be my vision wherever my eyes go

Hara twam samsaram druthatarama-asaram Surapathe
Hara twam papanam vitatimaparaam Yadava-pathe
Aho deenenathe nihitha charano nischithamidam
Jagannatha swami nayana padhagami bhavathu mey (8)

O Lord, please remove my attachments to the worthless Samsara, O the Lord of Suras
Please remove my innumerable sins I have committed, O the Lord of the Yadavas
O the one for all the miserable and helpless, the only refuge is your feet
May that Jagannath Swami be my vision wherever my eyes go

Jagannatha ashthakam pumyam yah patheth prayataha suchihi
Sarva papa vishuddhatma Vishnu lokam sa gacchathi

For those who recite this Jagannath Ashtakam, which is holy, with great devotion and being pure (physically and mentally)
All their sins get removed and their pure soul will attain the adobe of Lord Vishnu (Vishnu Loka).

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