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Song Name: Nayikar Siromani Vraje Radha Thakurani
Official Name: Rupanuga Bhajan Darpana Song 16
Author: Bhaktivinoda Thakura
Book Name: Gitamala
nāyikāra śiromaṇi braje rādhā ṭhākurāṇī
pańca-bidha sakhī-gaṇa tā'ra
sakhī nitya-sakhī āra prāṇa-sakhī ataḥ para
priyā-sakhī ei hoilo cāra
pańcama parama-preṣṭha sakhī-gaṇa madhye śreṣṭha
boli saba śuno bibaraṇa
kusumikā bindhyābatī dhaniṣṭhādi braja-satī
sakhī-gaṇa madhyete gaṇana
śrī-rūpa rati kasturī śrī-guṇa maṇi-mańjarī
prāṇa-sakhī bahu tāra basanti nāyikā āra
kurańgākṣī mańjukeśī sumadhyā madanālasī
kamalā mādhurī kāmalatā
kandarpasundarī āra mādhabī mālatī āra
lalitā biśākhā citrā tuńgabidyā campalatā
indulekhā rańga-debī satī
sudebīti aṣṭa-jana parama-preṣṭha sakhī-gaṇa
rādhā-kṛṣṇe sebe eka mati
1-2) The transcendental Goddess, Srimati Radharani, has five different divisions of girlfriends in Vraja. She holds Her position as the crown jewel amongst all of these heroines. Their divisions are: 1) the sakhis, 2) the nitya-sakhis, 3) the prana-sakhis, 4) the priya-sakhis, and 5) the parama-presta-sakhis. This last division is undoubtedly the best of all, for they are the dearest to Sri Radha. Please listen carefully as I describe all of these dear girlfriends of Hers. Counted amongst the sakhis are gopis such as Kusumika, Vindhyavati and Dhanista who are very chaste in Vraja-dhama.
3) The nitya-sakhis include Sri Rupa Manjari, Sri Rati Manjari, Sri Guna Manjari, and others. Radharani's prana-sakhis are numerous, including Sri Basanti, and Sri Nayika, and the principle gopi is Sri Sasi-mukhi.
4) The priya-sakhis include Kurangaksi, Manjukesi, Sumadhya, Madanalasi, Kamala, Madhuri, Kama-lata, Kandarpa-sundari, Madhavi, Malati, and Sasi-kala, who are all fondly attached to rendering service to Srimati Radharani.
5) There are eight parama-presta-sakhis, whose only concern is to serve Radha-Krsna with every aspect of their existence, whole-heartedly and selflessly. They are Lalita, Visakha, Citra, Tunga-visya, Campaka-lata, Indu-lekha, Ranga-devi and Sudevi, who are the chastest of all the sahkis.
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UPDATED: July 4, 2009