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Sri Visakhanandabhidha-stotra translated by Kusakrata Prabhu
Visakha devi Prayers with Names That Are the Bliss of VisakhaTranslated by Sriman Kusakratha dasaText 1bhava-nama-gunadinam aikyat sri-radhikaiva ya krishnendoh preyasi sa me sri-visakha prasidatuMay Sri Visakha who, because her nature, names, qualities, and features are like those of Sri Radha, is very dear to Lord Krishnacandra, be merciful to me. Text 2jayati srimati kacid vrindaranya-viharini vidhatus taruni-srishti- kausala-sriri ihojjvalaAll glories to beautiful Sri Radha, who enjoys transcendental pastimes in Vrindavana forest To Her the creator Brahma has given splendor, intelligence, opulence, and eternal youth. Text 3chinna-svarna-sadrikshangi- rakta-vastravagunthini nirbandha-baddha-venika caru-kasmira-carcitaHer complexion is like pure gold. She is dressed in red garments. Her hair is carefully braided. She is charmingly anointed with kunkuma. Text 4dvi-kalendu-lalatodyat- kasturi-tilakojjvala sphuta-kokanada-dvandva- bandhuri-krita-karnikaHer forehead decorated with musk tilaka is like a crescent moon on the second day. She wears two red-lotus-flower earrings. Text 5vicitra-varna-vinyasa- citriti-krita-vigraha krishna-cora-bhayac coli- gumphi-krita-mani-staniHer transcendental form is decorated with colorful aromatic powders, who out of fear of the thief Krishna carefully ties the bodice around Her jewel breasts. Text 6hara-manjira-keyura- cuda-nasagra-mauktikaih mudrikadibhir anyais ca bhushita bhushanottamaihShe is decorated with necklaces, anklets, a peacock feather, a pearl on the tip of Her nose, finger-rings, and many other beautiful ornaments. Text 7su-dipta-kajjaloddipta- nayanendivara-dvaya- saurabhojjvala-tambula- manjula sri-mukhambujaHer glistening dark lotus eyes shine with black mascara. Her beautiful lotus mouth is splendid and fragrant with betelnuts. Text 8smita-lesa-lasat-pakva- caru-bimba-phaladhara madhuralapa-piyusha- sanjivita-sakhi-kulaHer gently smiling lips are glistening ripe bimba fruits, the nectar of whose sweet words brings Her friends to life. Text 9vrishabhanu-kulotkirti- vardhika bhanu-sevika kirtida-khani-ratna-srih sri-jita-srih sriyojjvalaShe expands the fame of Maharaja Vrishabhanu's dynasty. She is a faithful worshiper of the sun-god. She is a valuable jewel taken from the mine known as Kirtida-devi. She is very beautiful. Her beauty defeats the goddess of fortune. Text 10ananga-manjari-jyeshtha sridamananda-danuja mukhara-drishti-piyusha- varti-naptri tad-asritaShe is Ananga-manjari's elder sister. She is Sridama's younger sister. She brings great happiness to him. She is the granddaughter that is nectar for Mukhara's eyes. She is Mukhara's shelter. Text 11paurnamasi-bahih-khelat- prana-panjara-sarika subala-pranayollasa tatra vinyasta-bharakaHer life is a caged parrot set free by Paurnamasi. She is splendid with love for Subala, Text 12vrajesyah krishnavat prema- patri tatrati bhaktika amba-vatsalya-samsikta rohini-ghrata-mastakaMother Yasoda loves Her as much as she loves Krishna. She is devoted to Mother Yasoda. Kirtida showers Her with maternal love. Her head is affectionately smelled by Rohini. Text 13vrajendra-caranambhoje 'rpita-bhakti-parampara tasyapi prema-patriyam pitur bhanor iva sphutamShe is eternally devoted to the lotus feet of Maharaja Nanda. She is the object of love for Her father, Maharaja Vrishabhanu. Text 14guru-buddhya pralambarau natim dure vitanvati vadhu-buddhyaiva tasyapi prema-bhumiha hri-yutaConsidering Him to be Her spiritual master, She offers respectful obeisances to Balarama from far away. Considered by Him to be His sister-in-law, She is the shy object of Balarama's love,comment:(this is a very amazing vers because Lord Baladeva is the Adi Guru and even the Guru of Viskhadevi, we must always try to remember the lotusfeet of Lord Balarama) Text 15lalita-lalita sviya- pranoru-lalitavrita lalita-prana-rakshaika- rakshita tad-vasatmikaShe is embraced by Lalita. She considers Lalita more dear than life. She is devoted to Lalita's protection. She is submissive to Lalita's wishes.Comment: Lalita devi is superior of all the Gopis and of all the Astasahkis, Sri Rupa Manjari always serves the lotusfeet of Lalita and Visakhadevi) Text 16vrinda-prasadhitottunga- kudungananga-vesmani krishna-khandita-manatval lalita-bhiti-kampiniWhen Krishna did not come to the rendezvous in the forest cottage carefully decorated by Vrinda, She trembled in fear of Lalita's reproaches.commments: Visakhadevi also sometimes arranges the meetings of Radha and Krsna, the mood of Vraja is to bring Radha and Krsna together, the priya narma sakhas also have this function as well as some of the Sahkis always trying to arrange that Radha and Krsna will meet) Text 17visakha-narma-sakhyena sukhita tad-gatatmika visakha-prana-dipali- nirmanchya-nakha-candrikaShe is delighted by Visakha's playful friendship. She has given Her heart to Visakha. The moonlight of Her toenails is worshipped by the arati lamps of of Visakha's every breath.CommentL Srila Raghunath das Goswami has given a very mysterious vers here, who is worshipping Visakha ,it appears to be Lalitadevi...we can not start to fathom the glories of Visakhadevi and Lalitadevi their glories are so confidential the Srimad Bhagavatam has not even mentioned them by names.But Srila Raghunath das Goswami does not want us to be ignorant of their glories: In his Vraja Vilasa he writes:Flooded with the nectar of intense love for her two friends (Sri Sri Radha-Krsna), who more dear to her than her own life, affectionately arrogant in their presence, and daily arranging their rendezvous, Lalita-devi expertly teaches her friend Radha the art of jealous anger. I pray Lalita-devi will one day accept me as one of her associates.30Visakha-devi is the place where youthful divine couple enjoys affectionate and playful joking pastimes. Her sweet transcendental singing eclipses the voices of the cuckoos. I pray that Vishaka-devi may become pleased with me and accept me as her student.In his Manah Siksa he writes:mad-isa-nathatve vraja-vipina-candram vraja-vane- svarim tan-nathatve tad-atula-sakhitve tu lalitam visakham siksali-vitarana-gurutve priya-saro- girindrau tat-preksa-lalita-rati-datve smara manahO mind, please meditate on Krsna, the moon of Vraja forest, as the Lord of my controller, Srimati Radharani. And please meditate upon Srimati Radharani, the queen of Vraja forest, as Krsna’s controller. Also please meditate upon Lalita as the peerless friend of Radha and Krsna, Visakha as the guru who teaches Them many things, and Radha-kunda and Govardhana Hill as two places the mere sight of which bestows charming transcendental love for the divine couple.We should pray that after many many lives we will be qualified to know what is it the Visakha devi even teaches the Divine couple Radha and Krsna, what kind of things she is teaching. When Lord Caitanya appeared He also met Visakha that had appeared as Ramananda Raya and Lord Caitanya asked and empowered Ramananda Raya to speak to many glories of devotional service. Text 18sakhi-vargaika-jivatu- smita-kairava-koraka sneha-phulli-krita-sviya- gana govinda-vallabhaThe lotus bud of Her smile is the life of Her friends Her friends blossom with love for Her. She is the beloved of Lord Govinda.comment: So many lilas are there in Govinda Lilamrta showing the great love of Visakhadevi Text 19vrindaranya-maha-rajya- maha-seka-mahojjvala goshtha-sarva-janajivya- vadana radanottamaCrowned the empress of Vrindavana forest, She shines with great splendor. Her face is the life of all the people in Vraja. Her teeth are very handsome. Text 20jnata-vrindatavi-sarva- lata-taru-mriga-dvija tadiya-sakhya-saurabhya- surabhi-krita-manasaShe personally knows each vine, tree, animal, and bird in Vrindavana forest. Her heart is fragrant with love for them all.