Achyutashtakam by Adi Shankara

Eight cantos on Achyuta

I sing praise of Ramachandra, Who is known as Achyuta (infallible), Keshav, Raam, Narayan, Krishna, Damodara, Vasudeva, Hari, Shridhara (possessing Lakshmi), Madhava, Gopikavallabha (Dearest of Gopika), and Janakinayaka (Lord of Janaki or Sita).||1||

I offer a salute with my hands together to Achyuta, Who is known as Keshav, Who is the consort of Satyabhama (Krishna), Who is known as Madhav and Shridhar, Who is longed-for by Radhika, Who is like a temple of Lakshmi (Indira), Who is beautiful at heart, Who is the son of Devaki, and Who is the Dear-One of all.||2||

Salutations for Vishnu, Who conquers everyone, Who holds a conch-shell and a discus, Who is the affectionate of Rukmini (Krishna), Who is the consort of only Janaki (Raam), Who is the Dear-One of cowherdesses, Who is offered [in sacrifices], Who is the Atman, Who is the destroyer of Kansa, and Who plays the flute (Krishna).||3||

O Krishna! O Govinda! O Raam! O Narayan! O Shripati! O Vasudeva, Who attained the Lakshmi! O Achyuta, Who is immeasurable! O Madhav! O Adhokshaja! O Leader of Dvarika! O the protector of Draupadi!¹||4||

Raghav, Who upsetted the demons, Who adorned Sita, Who is the cause of purification of the forest called Dandaka, Who was accompanied by Lakshman, Who was served by monkeys, and Who was revered by Agastya, save me.||5||

Baby Gopal (Krishna), Who destroyed the disguised Dhenuka and Arishtak demons, Who slayed Keshi, Who killed Kansa, Who plays the flute, and Who got angry on Putana², save me always.||6||

I sing praise of the Lotus-Eyed Lord, Who is adorned by a shiny lightening like yellow robe, Whose body is resplending like a cloud of the rainy-season, Who is adorned by a forest-garland at His chest, and Who has two feet of copper-red color.||7||

I sing praise of that Shyam, Whose face is adorned by falling locks of curly tresses, Who has jewels are forehead, Who has shiny earrings on the cheeks, Who is adorned with a garland of the Keyur flower, Who has a shiny bracelet, and Who has a melodious anklet.||8||


¹ Grammatically, the verb is missing. This is just an invocation made from the names of Lord.

² The meaning of suurajaa khelano is unclear.

Poet: Adi Shankara


© Stutimandal 2006, Mar 24.