Sri Ramachandra Ashtakam

श्रीरामचन्द्राष्टकम्

हृदि भजे ऽहम् आन्जनेय हृदयाधिनाथम्

पितृवाक्यपरिपालकम् गुणाभिरामम् रामम्

हयग्रीवम् तटिल्लतासमरुचिहासविलासम्

सीताहृदयकुमुदचन्द्रम् श्रीरामचन्द्रम्

 

पवित्रगोदावरीनदीतोयाभिषिक्तपादयुग्मम्

श्रीरामदासविरचितरसकीर्तनालोलितमुदितमनस्कम्

शबरीदत्तकिंचित्भक्षितरसफलास्वादकम् भजे ऽहम्

सीताहृदयकुमुदचन्द्रम् श्रीरामचन्द्रम्

 

रामब्रह्मतनूभवहृदयाकाशपूर्णचन्द्रम्

पोतनार्यभागवतकाव्यकन्यकाभर्तारम्

ध्यायेदहम् भद्राचलवासस्थम् रामदासतापहर्तारम्

सीताहृदयकुमुदचन्द्रम् श्रीरामचन्द्रम्

 

प्रार्थयेदहम् त्यागराजवरेण्यार्चितदिव्यपुरशम्

आजानुबाहुम् सुन्दरदिव्यमङ्गलविग्रहम्

रम्यारामाजनकतनूजालिङ्गतदिव्यवक्षसम्

सीताहृदयकुमुदचन्द्रम् श्रीरामचन्द्रम्

 

त्यागराजरचनागानकीर्तनालोलम् श्रीरामम्

त्यागाराजेस्वरसततस्मरणनामात्मकम्

राजत्यगयोगवेदितम् भावयाम्यहम्

सीताहृदयकुमुदचन्द्रम् श्रीरामचन्द्रम्

 

पश्चिमांभोनिधितटविलसित

तिरुवेङ्गाड्पुरस्थालयनायकम्

निरुपमकरुणांभोनिधिम् स्मरेहम्

सीताहृदयकुमुदचन्द्रम् श्रीरामचन्द्रम्

 

नमामि भक्तजनहृदयसरसीफुल्लसरोजम्

रसहृदानन्दकौमुदीप्रकाशकम् रामम्

इक्श्वाकुकुलतिलकम् सूर्यान्वयचन्द्रम्

सीताहृदयकुमुदचन्द्रम् श्रीरामचन्द्रम्

 

स्मरामि भक्तिज्ञानकर्मयोगगम्यम्

आर्तहृदयसंतापविनाशकम्

सर्ववेदान्तसंसिद्धसुतत्वम्

सीताहृदयकुमुदचन्द्रम् श्रीरामचन्द्रम्

 

श्री सीतारमणार्पणमस्तु

 

 

EIGHT VERSES ON SRI RAMACHANDRA

I sing in my heart the glory of Sri Rama,

The lord of Anjaneya’s heart,

Preserver of his father’s word

 Delightful in the charm of his qualities, 

The form of Spiritual Master Hayagriva,

The sport of his smile charming in its lightning-like play,

The full moon to the lily of Sita’s heart, Sri Ramachandra.

 

I sing the praise of Sri Rama,

He whose two feet are washed by the pure water of the Godavari,

 Whose heart and mind joy to thrill in the emotion-stirring narration of Sri Ramadasa’s[i]  compositions,

Who savored the sweet taste of the half-bitten fruits offered by Sabari,

The full moon to the lily of Sita’s heart, Sri Ramachandra.

 

 

I meditate on Sri Rama,

The full moon in the open expanse of Ramabrahmam’s[ii] son’s heart,

The master of the great poet Potana’s[iii] Bhagvata daughter – verse,

The presiding deity of Bhadrachala[iv], he who dispelled Sri Ramadasa’s suffering,

The full moon to the lily of Sita’s heart, Sri Ramachandra.

 

I pray to Sri Rama,

The divine personality whose praise is sung by Sri Tyagaraja,

He whose arms extend to his knees, whose blissful form is of beauty divine,

Whose god-like chest is embraced by the daughter of Janaka who joyful makes others rejoice ,

The full moon to the lily of Sita’s heart, Sri Ramachandra.

 

I contemplate Sri Rama.

Tremulous is he at the recitation of songs composed by Sri Tyagaraja,

He whose name is always chanted by Sri Tyagarajeswara,

Who is adept in the kingly Tyaga Yoga,

The full moon to the lily of Sita’s heart, Sri Ramachandra.

 

I always remember Sri Rama,

The presiding deity of Tiruvengad[v]

Which sports on the shore of the western ocean,

The peerless ocean of compassion,

The full moon to the lily of Sita’s heart, Sri Ramachandra.

 

I bow to Sri Rama,

The lotus in the watery expanses of devotees’ hearts,

Illuminated in the moonlight of the bliss captured by emotion,

Best of the line of Ikshvaku, the moon of the solar dynasty.

The full moon to the lily of Sita’s heart, Sri Ramachandra.

 

I meditate on Sri Rama,

The path to and the goal of bhakti, karma and jnana yoga[vi],

He who destroys the pain of grieving hearts, the issue and final culmination of all Vedanta,

The full moon to the lily of Sita’s heart, Sri Ramachandra.

 

Let this be an offering to Sita’s beloved husband, Sri Rama!

 

Poem and translation by Dr Varanasi Ramabrahmam

                                                               



[i] Sri Ramadasa is a devotee of Sri Rama who composed much poetry on Sri Rama.  He built the Sri Rama temple at Bhadrachalam.

[ii] Ramabrahmam is the father of the saint-musician-poet Tyagaraja.

[iii] Potana is a medieval poet who translated Sri Bhagavatham into Telugu and offered it to Sri Rama.

[iv] Bhadrachalam is on the banks of River Godavari in Andhrapradesh.

[v] Tiruvengad is on the west coast near Tellicherry (Kerala), where a thousand year old temple of Sri Rama still stands.

[vi] The established practices (yoga) of worship, action and knowledge respectively as a means to reach God.

1 Response to “Sri Ramachandra Ashtakam”


  1. 1 C.RAJEEV April 18, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Its a great tribute and prayers offered with purity of heart and mind ,would recoomend that each and every LORD RAMA devotee go thru this.

    OM SRI RAMACHANDRAYA NAMHA


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