8. Eight verses glorifying the Son of Nanda Maharāja (Krishna)

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Shrī Nanda-Nanda-āshtakam

(This song has manifested directly from the heart of Goddess Rādhā)

suchāru-vaktra-mandalang sukarna-ratna-kundalam

sucharchitānga-chandanang namāmi nanda-nandanam (1)

I offer my respects to Shrī Nanda-nandana, the son of Nanda Mahārāj, whose face is extremely lovely, from whose beautiful ears hang jewelled earrings, and whose entire body is anointed with fragrant sandalwood paste.

sudīrgha-netra-pankajang shikhi-shikhanda-mūrdhajam

ananga-koti-mohanang namāmi nanda-nandanam (2)

I offer my compliments to Shrī Nanda-nandana, the son of Nanda Mahārāj, whose elongated eyes are beautiful like a fully-bloomed lotus, the top of whose head is exquisitely adorned with peacock feathers, and who enchants millions of cupids.

sunāsikāgra-mauktikang svacchanda-danta-panktikam

navāmbudānga-chikanang namāmi nanda-nandanam (3)

I offer my honor to Shrī Nanda-nandana, the son of Nanda Mahārāj, from whose beautiful nose hangs an elephant pearl, whose teeth are brilliantly shining, and whose bodily complexion is more beautiful and lustrous than a fresh raincloud.

karena venu-ranjitang gati-karīndra-ganjitam

dūkula-pīta-shobhanang namāmi nanda-nandanam (4)

I offer respects to Shrī Nanda-nandana, the son of Nanda Mahārāj, whose lotus hands hold the flute, whose lingering gait defeats even that of an intoxicated elephant, and whose dark limbs are beautified by a yellow garment.

tri-bhanga-deha-sundarang nakha-dyuti-sudhākaram

amūlya-ratna-bhūshanang namāmi nanda-nandanam (5)

I offer my respects to Shrī Nanda-nandana, the son of Nanda Mahārāj, whose threefold bending posture is exquisitely elegant, the effulgence of whose nails puts to shame even the moon, and who wears invaluable jewels and ornaments.

sugandha-anga-saurabham muro-virāji-kaustubham

sphurach-shrīvatsa-lanchanang namāmi nanda-nandanam (6)

I offer my respects to Shrī Nanda-nandana, the son of Nanda Mahārāj, whose body exudes an extraordinarily enchanting fragrance and upon whose broad chest the Kaustubha gem shines together with the mark of the Shrīvatsa pendant (a pendant that Krishna always wears on His chest, shaped like a golden curl of hair. This represents Lakshmi devī, but Rādhā is the original Goddess of fortune in Vraja-Vrindāvan).

vrindāvana sunāgarang vilāsānuga-vāsasam

surendra-garva-mochanang namāmi nanda-nandanam (7)

I offer my obeisance to Shrī Nanda-nandana, the son of Nanda Mahārāj, Vrindāvana’s expert lover who dresses in a manner that enhances His charming, playful pastimes, and who pulverized the pride of Indra.

vrajānganā-sunāyakang sadā sukha-pradāyakam

jagan-manah pralobhanang namāmi nanda-nandanam (8)

I bow down with respect to Shrī Nanda-nandana, the son of Nanda Mahārāj, who as the best of all lovers perpetually delights the young gopī girls of Vraja, and who enchants the minds of all living entities.

                                                      Pronunciation

a as in ‘about,’ e as in ‘eddie,’ i as in ‘see,’ o as in ‘yoga,’ u as in ‘food,’ ai as in ‘bye,’ au as in ‘how,’ ā, ī, ū are pronounced the same only that longer.

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