Krishna Sthava Raja
Krishna Sthava Raja
[The King of Prayers addressed to Krishna]
By Sage Sanatkumara
Translated by P. R. Ramachander
[This great prayer taught by Sage Sanat Kumara, son of Lord Brahma to Sage Narada is one of the few prayers available which are termed as the King of Prayers. As told in the first stanza, this is rarely available.)
Lord Shiva said:-
Srunu devi pravakshyami stotram parama durlabham,
Yad jnathwa na punar gache naro niraya yathanam. 1
Naradaya yad proktham brahma puthrena dheematha,
Sanath kumarena puraa yogeendra guru varthmanaa. 2
Hear Parvathi, I am telling you the prayer which is very rarely available,
Knowing which man never again suffers a life in hell.
This was told by the Sanathkumara, the great son of Brahma,
Who has become teacher of great saints to sage Narada.
Praseedha, Bhagawan mahyamajnaath kundithathmane,
Thavangri pankaja rajo raginam bhakthimuthamam. 3
God bless me who is sad due to ignorance of devotion,,
To your feet drenched with pollen of lotus flower.
Aja praseedha Bhagawan amirudhyathi panjara,
Aprameya praseedasmad dukha han purushothama. 4
Bless me, hey greatest God,
Who can remove all my sorrows,
Who is shining greatly, who does not have birth
And who is not known by anybody.
Swasamvedhya praseedasmad aanandathmanna namaya,
Achinthya sara viswathman praseedha parameshwara. 5
Oh God not known to any but himself and is the personification of bliss. Bless me,
Oh God who is the soul of the universe and beyond all thought, Bless me,Oh God.
Praseedha thunga thungaanam, praseedha shubha shobana,
Praseedha guna gambheera, gambeeraanam maha dhyuthe. 6
Bless me God who is greater than greatest, bless me he who brings good only,
Bless me God with regal grandness and bless me he who is greatly glowing.
Praseedha avyatha vistheerna vistheernanamagochara,
Praseedhardhrardhra jatheenaam prseedhanthaantha dhayinam. 7
Bless me God, who is not clearly known, who is broader than the broadest,
Bless me he who is more merciful than the most merciful,
Who is more further than the furthest position.
Gurorgareeya sarvesa, prseedananda dehinaam,
Jaya madhava mayathman, jays saswatha shanka bruth. 8
Oh God who is greater than the greatest, bless me, Oh personification of happiness,
Victory to Madhava, soul of illusion, one who is perennial and one who holds the conch.
Jaya shankhadara sreeman, jaya nandaka nandana,
Jaya chakra gadha pane, jaya deva janardhana. 9
Victy to he holds the conch, one blessed with Sri and holder of the sword Nandaka,
Victory to the holder of the wheel and mace and God to whom people pray.
Jaya rathna varabadha kireedakrantha masthaka,
Jaya pakshi pathi cchaa nirudharka kararuna. 10
Victory to him who wears a crown studded with various gems,
Victory to him who sits in the shade created by the wings of Garuda.
Namasthe narakaarathe, namasthe Madhu soodhana,
Namsthe lalithaapanga, namasthe narakanthaka. 11
Salutations to enemy of Narakasura and salutations to killer of Madhu,
Salutations to him who has easy side long eyes and salutations to the killer of hell.
Namasthe papa haresana, nama sarva bhayapaha,
Nama sarva bhootha sarvathman, nama sambrutha kousthubha, 12
Salutations to killer of sins, salutations to him who removes all fear,
Salutations to him who is the soul of all beings, salutations to him who wore kousthubha.
Namsthe nayanatheetha, namasthe bhaya haraka,
Namo vibhinna veshaya, nama sruthipadathiga, 13
Salutations to him who is beyond eyes, salutations to the remover of fear,
Salutations to him with various forms, salutations to him who is beyond ears.
Namasthrimoorthi bhedhena, sarga sthithyantha hethave,
Vishnave trisarathi jishnave, paramathmane. 14
Salutations to him who does creation, upkeep and destruction by assuming three bodies,
Salutations to him who won over Asuras as Vishnu and who is the divine soul.
Cakrabinnari chakraya chakrine chakra vallabha,
Viswaya viswa vandhyaya viswabhoothanuvarthine, 15
Namosthu yogi dheyayathman namosthadyathma roopine,
Bhakthi pradhaya bhakthanaam namathe mukthi dhayine. 16
Salutations to him who broke the enemies with a wheel,
And to him who holds the wheel and to him who is expert in fighting with the wheel.
And to him who is the universe, saluted by the universe
And is spread all over the universe.
Salutations to him, who has the form which is meditated by sages,
Salutations to him,who is the form of divine soul,
Salutations to him,who grants devotion to devotees,
And salutations to him, who gives salvations to those who pray,
Poojamam havanam chejya dhyanam paschad namaskriya,
Devesa karma sarvam may bhaved aaradhanam thava. 17
My worship, fire sacrifice, meditation and salutations,
Oh God of devas, may all become worships to you.
Ithi Havana japa archana bhedatho Vishnu pooja,
Niyatha hrudaya karma yasthu manthri chiraya,
SA khalu sakala Kaman prapya krishnantharathma,
Janana mruthi vimukthyothamaam bhakthimethi. 18
He who worships Vishnu through homa, meditation and flower offering,
Daily as a practice of the heart for very many years,
Will get all his wishes fulfilled due to Krishna within his soul,
And would get rid of birth and death and attain great devotion.
Go gopa gopikaaveetham gopalam goshtagopradham,
Gopyreedyam go sahsrair namami gokula nayakam. 19
The Gopala surrounded by cows, gopas and gopikas,
Who gets immense happiness in his eyes looking after cows,
Who is being served by thousands of cows and gopas,
Is being saluted by me as the Lord of the herd of cows.
Prennayedanaya sthuthya jagannatham jagan mayam,
Dharmartha kama mokshanamapthaye purushothamam. 20
He who wants to achieve Dharma, wealth, love and salvation,
Can please the lord of the universe who is spread all over the universe,
By chanting and singing this great prayer.