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Song Name: Namamisvaram Saccidananda Rupam

Official Name: Damodarastakam

Author: Vyasadeva

Book Name: Padma Purana

Language: Sanskrit






namāmīśvaraṁ sac-cid-ānanda-rūpaṁ 
lasat-kuṇḍalaṁ gokule bhrājamanam 
yaśodā-bhiyolūkhalād dhāvamānaṁ 
parāmṛṣṭam atyantato drutya gopyā



rudantaṁ muhur netra-yugmaṁ mṛjantam 
karāmbhoja-yugmena sātaṅka-netram 
muhuḥ śvāsa-kampa-trirekhāṅka-kaṇṭha- 
sthita-graivaṁ dāmodaraṁ bhakti-baddham



itīdṛk sva-līlābhir ānanda-kuṇḍe 
sva-ghoṣaṁ nimajjantam ākhyāpayantam 
tadīyeṣita-jñeṣu bhaktair jitatvaṁ 
punaḥ prematas taṁ śatāvṛtti vande



varaṁ deva mokṣaṁ na mokṣāvadhiṁ vā 
na canyaṁ vṛṇe ‘haṁ vareṣād apīha 
idaṁ te vapur nātha gopāla-bālaṁ 
sadā me manasy āvirāstāṁ kim anyaiḥ



idaṁ te mukhāmbhojam atyanta-nīlair 
vṛtaṁ kuntalaiḥ snigdha-raktaiś ca gopyā 
muhuś cumbitaṁ bimba-raktādharaṁ me 
manasy āvirāstām alaṁ lakṣa-lābhaiḥ



namo deva dāmodarānanta viṣṇo 
prasīda prabho duḥkha-jālābdhi-magnam 
kṛpā-dṛṣṭi-vṛṣṭyāti-dīnaṁ batānu 
gṛhāṇeṣa mām ajñam edhy akṣi-dṛśyaḥ



kuverātmajau baddha-mūrtyaiva yadvat 
tvayā mocitau bhakti-bhājau kṛtau ca 
tathā prema-bhaktiṁ svakāṁ me prayaccha 
na mokṣe graho me ‘sti dāmodareha



namas te ‘stu dāmne sphurad-dīpti-dhāmne 
tvadīyodarāyātha viśvasya dhāmne 
namo rādhikāyai tvadīya-priyāyai 
namo ‘nanta-līlāya devāya tubhyam


WORD FOR WORD TRANSLATION: Namamisvaram Saccidananda Rupam



1) To the Supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal existence, knowledge, and bliss, whose shark-shaped earrings are swinging to and fro, who is beautifully shining in the divine realm of Gokula, who I (due to the offense of breaking the pot of yogurt that His mother was churning into butter and then stealing the butter that was kept hanging from a swing) is quickly running from the wooden grinding mortar in fear of mother Yasoda, but who has been caught from behind by her who ran after Him with greater speed--to that Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances.


2) (Seeing the whipping stick in His mother's hand) He is crying and rubbing His eyes again and again with His two lotus hands. His eyes are filled with fear, and the necklace of pearls around His neck, which is marked with three lines like a conch shell, is shaking because of His quick breathing due to crying. To this Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, whose belly is bound not with ropes but with His mother's pure love, I offer my humble obeisances.


3) By such childhood pastimes as this He is drowning the inhabitants of Gokula in pools of ecstasy, and is revealing to those devotees who are absorbed in knowledge of His supreme majesty and opulence that He is only conquered by devotees whose pure love is imbues with intimacy and is free from all conceptions of awe and reverence. With great love I again offer my obeisances to Lord Damodara hundreds and hundreds of times.


4) O Lord, although You are able to give all kinds of benedictions, I do not pray to You for the boon of impersonal liberation, nor the highest liberation of eternal life in Vaikuntha, nor any other boon (which may be obtained by executing the nine processes of bhakti). O Lord, I simply wish that this form of Yours as Bala Gopala in Vrndavana may ever be manifest in my heart, for what is the use to me of any other boon besides this?


5) O Lord, Your lotus face, which is encircled by locks of soft black hair tinged with red, is kissed again and again by mother Yasoda, and Your lips are reddish like the bimba fruit. May this beautiful vision of Your lotus face be ever manifest in my heart. Thousands and thousands of other benedictions are of no use to me.


6) O Supreme Godhead, I offer my obeisances unto You. O Damodara! O Ananta! O Vishnu! O master! O my Lord, be pleased upon me. By showering Your glance of mercy upon me, deliver this poor ignorant fool who is immersed in an ocean of worldly sorrows, and become visible to my eyes.


7) O Lord Damodara, just as the two sons of Kuvera, Manigriva and Nalakuvara, were delivered from the curse of Narada and made into great devotees by You in Your form as a baby tied with rope to a wooden grinding mortar, in the same way, please give to me Your own prema-bhakti. I only long for this and have no desire for any kind of liberation.


8) O Lord Damodara, I first of all offer my obeisances to the brilliantly effulgent rope which binds Your belly. I then offer my obeisances to Your belly, which is the abode of the entire universe. I humbly bow down to Your most beloved Srimati Radharani, and I offer all obeisances to You, the Supreme Lord, who displays unlimited pastimes.



This song was originally spoken by Satyavrata Muni in a conversation with Narada Muni and Saunaka Rsi.


This song is sung during the Month of Kartik, also known as the month of Damodara. As quoted in the Sri Hari-Bhakti-Vilasa, "In the month of Kartika one should worship Lord Damodara and daily recite the prayer known as Damodarastaka, which has been spoken by the sage Satyavrata and which attracts Lord Damodara. (Sri Hari-bhakti-vilasa 2.16.198).”


This is usually sung in Raga Asavari in Lofa or Bengali ektal, or Bhairavi in kaherva or bhajani tala.


PURPORTS:      By Sanatana Goswami   By Visnujana Swami



  Namamisvaram Saccidananda Rupam (Var I) (12 matra version)

      Namamisvaram Saccidananda Rupam (Var II) (8 matra version)


UPDATED: January 20, 2018