Madhurashtakam: Lyrics and Meaning

Madhurashtakam is a popular devotional song composed by SriPad Vallabhacharya, an Indian philosopher who propounded the Shuddha-Advaita philosophy.

Composed in eight stanza’s, the meaning of Madhurashtakam clearly explains the appearance, qualities, symbols, and motifs related to the life of Lord Krishna saying that everything related to Lord Krishna is sweet and he is the lord of sweetness.

The Madhurashtakam lyrics are composed in a very simple way by Sri Vallabhacharya such that everyone can easily understand the divine aspects at the same time helping the devotee to imagine and experience the divine bliss of Lord Krishna.

Madhurashtakam song on Lord Krishna

Madhrashtakam Lyrics with Meaning in English and Sanskrit

अधरं मधुरं वदनं मधुरं
नयनं मधुरं हसितं मधुरं
हृदयं मधुरं गमनं मधुरं
मधुरधिपतेर अखिलं मधुरं
Adharam madhuram vadanam madhuram
Nayanam madhuram hasitham madhuram
Hridayam madhuram gamanam madhuram
Madhura-adhipater akhilam madhuram (1)

His lips are sweet and his face is sweet and charming
His eyes are sweet and the soulful smile is sweet
His heart is sweet and his gait is sweet
Everything about the Lord of madhura(Krishna) is so sweet!

वचनं मधुरं चरितं मधुरं
वसनं मधुरं वलितं मधुरं
चलितं मधुरं भ्रमितं मधुरं
मधुरधिपतेर अखिलं मधुरं
Vachanam madhuram charitham madhuram
Vasanam madhuram valitham madhuram
Chalitham madhuram bramitham madhuram
Madhura-adhipater akhilam madhuram (2)

His words(speech) are sweet and his character is sweet
His dress is sweet and charming and his posture is sweet
His walk(movement) is sweet and his wandering(rambling) is sweet
Everything about the Lord of madhura(Krishna) is so sweet!

वेणुर्मधुरो रेणुर्मधुरः
पाणिर्मधुरः पादौ मधुरौ
नृत्यं मधुरं सख्यं मधुरं
मधुरधिपतेर अखिलं मधुरं
Vennur madhuro rennur madhurah
Paanir madhurah paadau madhurau

Nrtyam madhuram sakhyam madhuram
Madhura-adhipater akhilam madhuram (3)

His flute (playing) is sweet and his foot-dust is sweet
His hands are sweet and his feet are sweet
His dance is sweet and his friendship is sweet
Everything about the Lord of madhura(Krishna) is so sweet!

गितं मधुरं पीतं मधुरं
भुक्तं मधुरं सुप्तं मधुरं
रूपं मधुरं तिलकं मधुरं
मधुरधिपतेर अखिलं मधुरं
Gitam madhuram peetham madhuram
Bhuktham madhuram suptham madhuram
Rupam madhuram tilakam madhuram
Madhura-adhipater akhilam madhuram (4)

His songs are sweet and his drinking is sweet
His eating is sweet and his sleeping is sweet
His form is sweet and his mark on forehead is sweet
Everything about the Lord of madhura(Krishna) is so sweet!

करणं मधुरं तरणं मधुरं
हरणं मधुरं रमणं मधुरं
वमितं मधुरं शमितं मधुरं
मधुरधिपतेर अखिलं मधुरं
Karanam madhuram taranam madhuram
Haranam madhuram ramanam madhuram

Vamitam madhuram shamitam madhuram
Madhura-adhipater akhilam madhuram (5)

His actions are sweet and his opportunities are sweet
His stealing is sweet and his divine play of love is sweet
His oblations are sweet and his calmness is sweet
Everything about the Lord of madhura(Krishna) is so sweet!

गुञ्जा मधुरा माला मधुरा
यमुना मधुरा वीची मधुरा
सलिलं मधुरं कमलं मधुरं
मधुरधिपतेर अखिलं मधुरं
Gunjaa madhuraa maalaa madhuraa
Yamunaa madhuraa veecii madhuraa
Salilam madhuram kamalam madhuram
Madhura-adhipater akhilam madhuram (6)

His humming is sweet and his garland is sweet
River Yamuna is sweet and its waves are sweet
Its water is sweet and the lotus are sweet
Everything about the Lord of madhura(Krishna) is so sweet!

गोपी मधुरा लीला मधुरा
युक्तं मधुरं मुक्तं मधुरं
दृष्टं मधुरं शिष्टं मधुरं
मधुरधिपतेर अखिलं मधुरं
Gopi madhuraa leela madhuraa
Yuktham madhuram muktham madhuram
Drshtam madhuram sishtam madhuram
Madhura-adhipater akhilam madhuram (7)

His cowherd girl friends are sweet and his divine play is sweet
His union is sweet, His rescue (setting free nature) is sweet
His glances are sweet and his etiquette is sweet
Everything about the Lord of madhura(Krishna) is so sweet!

गॊपा मधुरा गावॊ मधुरा
यष्टिर्मधुरा सृष्टिर्मधुरा
दलितं मधुरं फलितं मधुरं
मधुरधिपतेर अखिलं मधुरं
Gopa madhura gaavoo madhura
Yashtir madhura srushtir madhura
Dalitham madhuram phalitham madhuram
Madhura-adhipater akhilam madhuram (8)

His cowherd boy friends are sweet and his cows are sweet
His herding staff is sweet and his creation is sweet
His trampling is sweet and his accomplishments are sweet
Everything about the Lord of madhura(Krishna) is so sweet!

इति स्रिमद् वल्लभाचार्य विरचितं मधुराष्टकं संपूर्णं
Ithi Srimad Vallabhacharya Virachitam Madhurashtakam Sampoornam
Thus ends the Madhurashtakam composed by Srimad Vallabhacharya

Madhurashtakam Benefits

Madhurashtakam is a great devotional song that has a great ability to bring the devotee much closer to Lord Krishna.

The main benefit of Madhurashtakam is to improve devotion in one’s heart and feel the sweetness and divinity of Lord Krishna and his beautiful play. This further helps to feel the divine bliss of Lord of Madhura.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Learning sanskrit at present. I’ve heard Madhrashtakam many many times in the past with A bias for legendary MSS. With a little bit of Sanskrit, the same Madhurashtakam sounds more divine.

    The translation like meaning is crisp. I am spellbound.

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