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Song Name: He Govinda He Gopala He Govinda

Official Name: Gajendra Moksana

Author: Sura Dasa

Book Name: None

Language: Braja Bhasa

 

 

LYRICS:

(refrain)
he govinda he gopāla
he govinda rākho śarana
ab to jīvana hāre


(1)
nīra pīvana hetu gayo
sindhu ke kināre
sindhu bīca basata grāha
caraṇa dhari pachāre


(2)
cāra prahara yuddha bhayo
lai gayo mañjhadhāre
nāka kāna ḍubana lāge
kṛṣṇa ko pukāre


(3)
dvārakā meń śabda bhayo
śora bhayo bhāre
sańkha cakra gadā padma
garuḍa leyiń sidhāre


(4)
sūra kaha śyāma suno
śaraṇa hai tihāre
ab ki bāra pāra karo
nanda ke dulāre


TRANSLATION
Refrain: Oh Lord of Cows, Govinda! O Protector of Cows, Gopala! O Govinda! Please protect me, for I have lost the battle of my life.

1) For the sake of drinking water, I went to the banks of a river. In the middle of the river resides a crocodile. The crocodile grabbed my feet with his sharp teeth.

2) I have battled with the crocodile for four hours and he dragged in the middle of the river.  As my nose and ears are being submerged into the water, I immediately call for Lord Krsna for help.

3) My cry and words reached Dvarka, and as a result, great commotion and noise resulted. But at once, with His conchshell, cakra, His mace, and the lotus flower, He immediately comes by with His vehicle Garuda.

4) Sura Dasa says, "Oh Lord Syama! Please hear my humble request. I surrender to Your lotus feet. Please deliver me, Oh Darling of Nanda Maharaja!"

Remarks/ Extra Information:

Bhakti Caru Swami and Laksmi Shankar popularized this bhajan through their albums “Krsna Bhavanamrta Volume 1” in 1996 and “Mira Bhajans” in 1979, respectively. They both rendered it in Raga Ragesri in Dadra Tala.

 

A variation of Verse 3 is:

 

dvāraka se cale gopāla

garuḍa ke bichāre

cakra se grahu ko māri

gajarāja ko uddhāre

 

From the Dvarka, Gopala arrives on the back of his vulture-vehicle, Garuda. With His sudarsana disc, He killed the crocodile and redeemed the elephant, Gajendra.

 

This is sung as the elephant, Gajendra, per the pastime in the Srimad Bhagavatam.

 

UPDATED: October 13, 2015