Jai Sri Hari,
Recently we did Bhagavatam in our nearby temple. It was an immersive experience for all of us at the divine feet of Bhagwan Narayan. Led by a fantastic Kathavachak and his musical team, the temple resounded with the glories of Bhagwan. It was my first experience attending a Bhagavatam. It went on for 7 days, and the daily start happened with a beautiful and holy strotam- “Madhurashatakam”, describing the sweetness of Lord Sri Krishna, composed by Sri Vallabhacharya. I heard it for the first time, and it struck a chord. I was in awe and felt joyous hearing it, and when I looked into the meaning, it multiplied the devotional sentiment in me. I love singing it. 🙂
So, I would like to share this beautiful poem with all of you, so we bask in the joy together-
अधरं मधुरं वदनं मधुरं नयनं मधुरं हसितं मधुरम् |
हृदयं मधुरं गमनं मधुरं मधुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ||1||
His lips are sweet, His face is sweet, His eyes are sweet, His smile is sweet,
His loving heart is sweet, His gait (walk) is sweet, Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.
वचनं मधुरं चरितं मधुरं वसनं मधुरं वलितं मधुरम् |
चलितं मधुरं भ्रमितं मधुरं मधुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ||2||
His words are sweet, His character is sweet, His dress (garment) is sweet, His posture is sweet,
His movements are sweet, His wandering (roaming) is sweet, Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.
वेणुर्मधुरो रेणुर्मधुरः पाणिर्मधुरः पादौ मधुरौ |
नृत्यं मधुरं सख्यं मधुरं मधुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ||3||
His flute-playing is sweet, His foot-dust is sweet, His hands are sweet, His feet are sweet,
His dancing is sweet, His friendship is sweet, Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.
गीतं मधुरं पीतं मधुरं भुक्तं मधुरं सुप्तं मधुरम् |
रूपं मधुरं तिलकं मधुरं मधुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ||4||
His song is sweet, His drinking is sweet, His eating is sweet, His sleeping is sweet,
His beautiful form is sweet, His Tilaka (mark on the forehead) is sweet, Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.
करणं मधुरं तरणं मधुरं हरणं मधुरं स्मरणं मधुरम् |
वमितं मधुरं शमितं मधुरं मधुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ||5||
His deeds (activities) are sweet, His conquest (liberating) is sweet, His thieving (stealing) is sweet, His love-sports are sweet,
His oblations (offerings) are sweet, His countenance is sweet, Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.
गुञ्जा मधुरा माला मधुरा यमुना मधुरा वीची मधुरा |
सलिलं मधुरं कमलं मधुरं मधुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ||6||
His gunja-berry (Chirmi) necklace is sweet, His flower garland is sweet, sweet is the Yamuna river, and sweet are her rippling waves,
her water is sweet, and sweet are the lotus flowers also, Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.
गोपि मधुरा लीला मधुरा युक्तं मधुरं भुक्तं मधुरम् |
दृष्टं मधुरं शिष्टं मधुरं मधुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ||7||
His gopis (cowherd girlfriends) are sweet, His pastimes (plays) are sweet, His union (meeting him) is sweet, His deliverance (rescue) is sweet,
His sidelong glances are sweet, His courtesy (etiquette) is sweet, Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.
गोपा मधुरा गावो मधुरा यष्टिर्मधुरा सृष्टिर्मधुरा |
दलितं मधुरं फलितं मधुरं मधुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ||8||
His gopas (cowherd boyfriends) are sweet, His cows are sweet, His cane (herding-stick) is sweet, His creation is sweet,
His victory (trampling) is sweet, His accomplishment (fruition) is sweet, Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.
I also chanced upon a beautiful youtube video of a brilliant singer – Agam Aggarwal Ji. You can enjoy listening Madhurashtakam in his voice here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D198nSeAT0
I hope you enjoy it.
All glories to Swami Ji!