Adharam Madhuram

Woke up this morning and the first thing I did was to put on this beautiful bhajan piece on my iphone called Adharam Madhuram, also known as Madhurashtakam. It is an ode to Lord Shri Krishna, his childhood days, when he is naughty and yet very adorable.
This has been sung very beautifully by MS Subbulakashmi:

The way I learned it when I was a kid:

The lyrics and translation of this bhajan is as follows (taken from http://www.karnatik.com/c2641.shtml):

madhuraashTakam (adaram maduram)
raagam: mishra kamaaj

No specific scale.

taaLam: aadi
Composer: Vallabhaacaarya
Language: Sanskrit

adharam madhuram vadanam madhuram
nayanam madhuram hasitam madhuram
hridayam madhuram gamanam madhuram
mathurA dhipate rakhilam madhuram

vacanam madhuram caritam madhuram
vasanam madhuram valitam madhuram
calitam madhuram bhramitam madhuram
mathurA dhipate rakhilam madhuram

venur madhurO renur madhurah
pAnir madhurah pAdau madhurah
nrityam madhuram sakhyam madhuram
mathurA dhipate rakhilam madhuram

gItam madhuram pItam madhuram
bhuktam madhuram suptam madhuram
rUpam madhuram tilakam madhuram
mathurA dhipate rakhilam madhuram

karanam madhuram taranam madhuram
haranam madhuram smaranam madhuram
vamitam madhuram samitam madhuram
mathurA dhipate rakhilam madhuram

gumjA madhurA mAlA madhurA
yamunA madhurA vIcI madhurA
salilam madhuram kamalam madhuram
mathurA dhipate rakhilam madhuram

gOpI madhurA lIlA madhurA
yuktam madhuram bhuktam madhuram
drishtam madhuram sishtam madhuram
mathurA dhipate rakhilam madhuram

gOpA madhurA gAvO madhurA
yashtir madhurA srishtir madhurA
dalitam madhuram phalitam madhuram
mathurA dhipate rakhilam madhuram


Meaning:
Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your
heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.

Sweet are Your words, sweet is Your story, sweet are Your garments, sweet is Your presence,
sweet are Your movements, sweet are Your roamings, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.

Sweet is Your flute, sweet is the dust of Your feet, sweet are Your hands, sweet are Your feet,
sweet is Your dance, sweet is Your friendship, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.

Sweet is Your song, what is drunk by You is sweet, what is eaten by You is sweet, and sweet is
Your sleep. Sweet is Your form, sweet is the mark on Your forehead, O Lord of Mathura,
everything about You is sweet.

Sweet are Your works, sweet is Your conquest, sweet is Your theft, sweet is Your remembrance,
sweet are Your offerings, sweet is Your cure, O Lord of Mathura,
everything about You is sweet.

Sweet is Your murmuring, sweet is Your garland, sweet is the Yamuna River, sweet are the
waves, sweet is the water, sweet is the lotus flower, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.

Sweet are the Gopis, sweet is Your divine sporting, sweet is Your union, sweet are Your
experiences, what You behold is sweet, sweet are Your left overs, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.

Sweet are the Gopas, sweet are the cows, sweet are the pearls around Your neck, sweet is
Your creation, sweet are Your victories, sweet are Your jokes, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.

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About Pranab Narayan Jha

I am an eternal student, wanting to learn something from everyone. Currently living in Houston, USA. The purpose of this blog is to write about things I find interesting and also, through it, read what other people write and think. Some of my interests are football (soccer), my work which involves fluid flow, learning about India and its ancient history.
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