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Temple Songs


Would you like to know all the nice prayers the devotees sing during their morning and evening services in a temple? The following is the full set of songs along with translations. From now on you can sing along and thus make your life even more Krishna conscious!


MORNING PROGRAM

Sri Sri Gurv-astaka

Eight Prayers to the Guru


(by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura)


samsara-davanala-lidha-loka-

tranaya karunya-ghanaghanatvam

praptasya kalyana-gunarnavasya

vande guroh sri-caranaravindam


mahaprabhoh kirtana-nrtya-gita-

vaditra-madyan-manaso rasena

romanca-kampasru-taranga-bhajo

vande guroh sri-caranaravindam


sri-vigraharadhana-nitya-nana-

srngara-tan-mandira-marjanadau

yuktasya bhaktams ca niyunjato 'pi

vande guroh sri-caranaravindam


catur-vidha-sri-bhagavat-prasada-

svadv-anna-trptan hari-bhakta-sanghan

krtvaiva trptim bhajatah sadaiva

vande guroh sri-caranaravindam


sri-radhika-madhavayor apara-

madhurya-lila guna-rupa-namnam

prati-ksanasvadana-lolupasya

vande guroh sri-caranaravindam


nikunja-yuno rati-keli-siddhyai

ya yalibhir yuktir apeksaniya

tatrati-daksyad ati-vallabhasya

vande guroh sri-caranaravindam


saksad-dharitvena samasta-sastrair

uktas tatha bhavyata eva sadbhih

kintu prabhor yah priya eva tasya

vande guroh sri-caranaravindam


yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado

yasyaprasadan na gatih kuto 'pi

dhyayan stuvams tasya yasas tri-sandhyam

vande guroh sri-caranaravindam


TRANSLATION


The spiritual master is receiving benediction from the ocean of mercy. Just as a cloud pours water on a forest fire to extinguish it, so the spiritual master delivers the materially afflicted world by extinguishing the blazing fire of material existence. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master, who is an ocean of auspicious qualities.

Chanting the holy name, dancing in ecstasy, singing, and playing musical instruments, the spiritual master is always gladdened by the sankirtana movement of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Because he is relishing the mellows of pure devotion within his mind, sometimes his hair stands on end, he feels quivering in his body, and tears flow from his eyes like waves. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

The spiritual master is always engaged in the temple worship of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna. He also engages his disciples in such worship. They dress the Deities in beautiful clothes and ornaments, clean Their temple, and perform other similar worship of the Lord. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

The spiritual master is always offering Krsna four kinds of delicious food [analyzed as that which is licked, chewed, drunk, and sucked]. When the spiritual master sees that the devotees are satisfied by eating bhagavat-prasada, he is satisfied. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

The spiritual master is always eager to hear and chant about the unlimited conjugal pastimes of Radhika and Madhava, and Their qualities, names, and forms. The spiritual master aspires to relish these at every moment. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

The spiritual master is very dear, because he is expert in assisting the gopis, who at different times make different tasteful arrangements for the perfection of Radha and Krsna's conjugal loving affairs within the groves of Vrndavana. I offer my most humble obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

The spiritual master is to be honored as much as the Supreme Lord, because he is the most confidential servitor of the Lord. This is acknowledged in all revealed scriptures and followed by all authorities. Therefore I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master, who is a bona fide representative of Sri Hari [Krsna].

By the mercy of the spiritual master one receives the benediction of Krsna. Without the grace of the spiritual master, one cannot make any advancement. Therefore, I should always remember and praise the spiritual master. At least three times a day I should offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master.


Srila Prabhupada Pranati

nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhu-tale

srimate bhaktivedanta-svaminn iti namine

namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine

nirvisesa-sunyavadi-pascatya-desa-tarine


TRANSLATION

I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is very dear to Lord Krsna on this earth, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.

Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Sarasvati Gosvami. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Caitanyadeva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism.


Panca-tattva Mantra


(jaya) sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu nityananda

sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrnda


TRANSLATION


I offer my obeisances to Sri Krsna Caitanya, Prabhu Nityananda, Sri Advaita, Gadadhara, Srivasa and all others in the line of devotion.


Hare Krsna Maha-mantra


HARE KRSNA HARE KRSNA KRSNA KRSNA HARE HARE

HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE


TRANSLATION


My dear Lord, and the spiritual energy of the Lord, kindly engage me in Your service. I am now embarrassed with this material service. Please engage me in Your service.


Mantras sung at the end of the kirtana praising Lord Caitanya and Srila Prabhupada

Jaya Gaura Nitai!

Jaya Prabhupada!


Prema-dhvani Prayers

• jaya om visnu-pada paramahamsa parivrajakacarya astottara-sata sri srimad a. c. bhaktivedanta svami prabhupada-ki jaya.

All glories to the acarya Om Visnu-pada 108 Tridandi Gosvami A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who travels everywhere, preaching the glories of Hari, and who is situated on the highest platform of sannyasa.

• jaya om visnu-pada paramahamsa parivrajakacarya astottara-sata sri srimad bhaktisiddhanta sarasvati gosvami maharaja prabhupada-ki jaya.

All glories to the acarya Om Visnu-pada 108 Tridandi Gosvami Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada, who travels across the earth, preaching the glories of Hari, and who is situated on the highest platform of sannyasa.

• ananta koti vaisnava-vrnda-ki jaya.

All glories to the unlimited millions of Vaisnavas.

• namacarya srila haridasa thakura-ki jaya.

All glories to the Namacarya Srila Haridasa Thakura.

• prem-se kaho sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu nityananda sri advaita, gadadhara, srivasadi gaura-bhakta-vrnda-ki jaya.

Call out with love the names Sri Krsna Caitanya, Prabhu Nityananda, Sri Advaita, Sri Gadadhara, Srivasa and all the devotees of Lord Caitanya.

• sri sri radha-krsna, gopa-gopinatha, syama-kunda, radha-kunda giri-govardhana-ki jaya.

All glories to Radha and Krsna, the cowherd boys and girls, the cows, Syama-kunda, Radha-kunda and Govardhana Hill.

• sri mayapur dhama-ki jaya.

All glories to Sri Mayapur-dhama.

• sri vrndavana dhama-ki jaya.

All glories to Sri Vrndavana-dhama.

• ganga-mayi-ki jaya.

All glories to Ganga-devi.

• yamuna-mayi-ki jaya.

All glories to Yamuna-devi.

• bhakti-devi-ki jaya.

All glories to Bhakti-devi.

• tulasi-devi-ki jaya.

All glories to Tulasi-devi.

• sri hari-nama sankirtana-ki jaya.

All glories to the congregational chanting of the holy name of Hari.

• grantha-raja srimad-bhagavatam-ki jaya.

All glories to the king of books, Srimad-Bhagavatam.

• samaveta bhakta-vrnda-ki jaya.

All glories to the assembled devotees.

• gaura-premanande hari-haribol.

Chant the names Hari! Hari! in the ecstasy of Caitanya-prema.

• All glories to the assembled devotees. [three times]

• All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga.

• All glories to Srila Prabhupada.


Sri Nrsimha Pranama


namas te narasimhaya prahladahlada-dayine

hiranyakasipor vaksah-sila-tanka-nakhalaye

ito nrsimhah parato nrsimho yato yato yami tato nrsimhah

bahir nrsimho hrdaye nrsimho nrsimham adim saranam prapadye

tava kara-kamala-vare nakham adbhuta-srngam

dalita-hiranyakasipu-tanu-bhrngam

kesava dhrta-narahari-rupa jaya jagadisa hare

TRANSLATION

I offer my obeisances to Lord Narasimha who gives joy to Prahlada Maharaja and whose nails are like chisels on the stonelike chest of the demon Hiranyakasipu.

Lord Nrsimha is here and also there. Wherever I go Lord Nrsimha is there. He is in the heart and is outside as well. I surrender to Lord Nrsimha, the origin of all things and the supreme refuge.

O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of half-man, half-lion! All glories to You! Just as one can easily crush a wasp between one's fingernails, so in the same way the body of the wasplike demon Hiranyakasipu has been ripped apart by the wonderful pointed nails on Your beautiful lotus hands.

Sri Tulasi-pranama

(om) vrndayai tulasi-devyai priyayai kesavasya ca

visnu-bhakti-prade devi satyavatyai namo namah

I offer my repeated obeisances unto Vrnda, Srimati Tulasi-devi, who is very dear to Lord Kesava. O goddess, you bestow devotional service to Krsna and you possess the highest truth.

Sri Tulasi-puja-kirtana and Sri Tulasi Pradaksina Mantra


namo namah tulasi krsna-preyasi namo namah

radha-krsna-seva pabo ei abilasi

ye tomara sarana loy, tara vancha purna hoy

krpa kori' koro tare vrndavana-vasi

mora ei abhilasa, vilasa kunje dio vasa

nayana heribo sada yugala-rupa-rasi

ei nivedana dhara, sakhira anugata koro

seva-adhikara diye koro nija dasi

dina krsna-dase koy, ei yena mora hoy

sri-radha-govinda-preme sada yena bhasi


yani kani ca papani brahma-hatyadikani ca

tani tani pranasyanti pradaksinah pade pade


O Tulasi, beloved of Krsna, I bow before you again and again. My desire is to obtain the service of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna.

Whoever takes shelter of you has his wishes fulfilled. Bestowing your mercy on him, you make him a resident of Vrndavana.

My desire is that you will also give me a residence in the pleasure groves of Sri Vrndavana-dhama. Thus within my vision I will always behold the beautiful pastimes of Radha and Krsna.

I beg you to make me a follower of the cowherd damsels of Vraja. Please give me the privilege of devotional service and make me your own maidservant.

This very fallen and lowly servant of Krsna prays, "May I always swim in the love of Sri Sri Radha and Govinda."

When a person circumambulates Srimati Tulasi-devi, all the sins he may have committed are destroyed at every step, even the sin of killing a brahmana.


Sri Sri Siksastaka

Eight Instructions

(by Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu)


ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam

sreyah-kairava-candrika-vitaranam vidya-vadhu-jivanam

anandambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamrtasvadanam

sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam


namnam akari bahudha nija-sarva-saktis

tatrarpita niyamitah smarane na kalah

etadrsi tava krpa bhagavan mamapi

durdaivam idrsam ihajani nanuragah


trnad api sunicena

taror api sahisnuna

amanina manadena

kirtaniyah sada harih


na dhanam na janam na sundarim

kavitam va jagad-isa kamaye

mama janmani janmanisvare

bhavatad bhaktir ahaituki tvayi


ayi nanda-tanuja kinkaram

patitam mam visame bhavambudhau

krpaya tava pada-pankaja-

sthita-dhuli-sadrsam vicintaya


nayanam galad-asru-dharaya

vadanam gadgada-ruddhaya gira

pulakair nicitam vapuh kada

tava-nama-grahane bhavisyati


yugayitam nimesena

caksusa pravrsayitam

sunyayitam jagat sarvam

govinda-virahena me


aslisya va pada-ratam pinastu mam

adarsanan marma-hatam karotu va

yatha tatha va vidadhatu lampato

mat-prana-nathas tu sa eva naparah


1) Glory to the sri-krsna-sankirtana, which cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years and extinguishes the fire of conditional life, of repeated birth and death. This sankirtana movement is the prime benediction for humanity at large because it spreads the rays of the benediction moon. It is the life of all transcendental knowledge. It increases the ocean of transcendental bliss, and it enables us to fully taste the nectar for which we are always anxious.

2) O my Lord, Your holy name alone can render all benediction to living beings, and thus You have hundreds and millions of names, like Krsna and Govinda. In these transcendental names You have invested all Your transcendental energies. There are not even hard and fast rules for chanting these names. O my Lord, out of kindness You enable us to easily approach You by Your holy names, but I am so unfortunate that I have no attraction for them.

3) One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and should be ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly.

4) O almighty Lord, I have no desire to accumulate wealth, nor do I desire beautiful women, nor do I want any number of followers. I only want Your causeless devotional service, birth after birth.

5) O son of Maharaja Nanda [Krsna], I am Your eternal servitor, yet somehow or other I have fallen into the ocean of birth and death. Please pick me up from this ocean of death and place me as one of the atoms at Your lotus feet.

6) O my Lord, when will my eyes be decorated with tears of love flowing constantly when I chant Your holy name? When will my voice choke up, and when will the hairs of my body stand on end at the recitation of Your name?

7) O Govinda! Feeling Your separation, I am considering a moment to be like twelve years or more. Tears are flowing from my eyes like torrents of rain, and I am feeling all vacant in the world in Your absence.

8) I know no one but Krsna as my Lord, and He shall remain so even if He handles me roughly by His embrace or makes me brokenhearted by not being present before me. He is completely free to do anything and everything, for He is always my worshipful Lord, unconditionally.





Sri Sri Sad-gosvamy-astaka (excerpt)

Eight Prayers to the Six Gosvamis

(by Srinivasa Acarya)


nana-sastra-vicaranaika-nipunau sad-dharma-samsthapakau

lokanam hita-karinau tri-bhuvane manyau saranyakarau

radha-krsna-padaravinda-bhajananandena mattalikau

vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau


I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvamis, namely Sri Rupa Gosvami, Sri Sanatana Gosvami, Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami, Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Sri Jiva Gosvami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, who are very expert in scrutinizingly studying all the revealed scriptures with the aim of establishing eternal religious principles for the benefit of all human beings. Thus they are honored all over the three worlds and they are worth taking shelter of because they are absorbed in the mood of the gopis and are engaged in the transcendental loving service of Radha and Krsna.


The Ten Offenses Against the Holy Name


(1) To blaspheme the devotees who have dedicated their lives for propagating the holy name of the Lord.

(2) To consider the names of demigods like Lord Siva or Lord Brahma to be equal to, or independent of, the name of Lord Visnu.

(3) To disobey the orders of the spiritual master or to consider him to be an ordinary man. It is also an offense to praise a bogus guru

(4) To blaspheme the Vedic literature or literature in pursuance of the Vedic version.

(5) To consider the glories of chanting Hare Krsna to be imaginations.

(6) To give some interpretation on the holy name of the Lord.

(7) To commit sinful activities on the strength of the holy name of the Lord.

(8) To consider the chanting of Hare Krsna one of the auspicious ritualistic activities offered in the Vedas as fruitive activities (karma-kanda).

(9) To instruct a faithless person about the glories of the holy name.

(10) To not have complete faith in the chanting of the holy names and to maintain material attachments, even after understanding so many instructions on this matter.


Prayer to Vaisnavas

vancha-kalpatarubhyas ca

krpa-sindhubhya eva ca

patitanam pavanebhyo

vaisnavebhyo namo namah

TRANSLATION

I offer my respectful obeisances unto all the Vaisnava devotees of the Lord. They can fulfill the desires of everyone, just like desire trees, and they are full of compassion for the fallen souls.


Greeting The Deities


govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

venum kvanantam aravinda-dalayataksam

barhavatamsam asitambuda-sundarangam

kandarpa-koti-kaminiya-visesa-sobham

govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami


angani yasya sakalendriya-vrtti-manti

pasyanti panti kalayanti ciram jaganti

ananda-cinmaya-sad-ujjvala-vigrahasya

govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami


I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is adept in playing on His flute, with blooming eyes like lotus petals with head decked with peacock's feather, with the figure of beauty tinged with the hue of blue clouds, and His unique loveliness charming millions of Cupids.

[Brahma-samhita Text 5.30]

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, whose transcendental form is full of bliss, truth, substantiality and is thus full of the most dazzling splendor. Each of the limbs of that transcendental figure possesses in Himself, the full-fledged functions of all the organs, and eternally sees, maintains and manifests the infinite universes, both spiritual and mundane.

[Brahma-samhita Text 5.32]

Sri Guru-vandana

The Worship of Sri Guru

(from Srila Narottama Das Thakura's Prema-bhakti-candrika)


sri-guru-carana-padma, kevala-bhakati-sadma,

bando mui savadhana mate

jahara prasade bhai, e bhava toriya jai,

krsna-prapti hoy jaha ha'te


guru-mukha-padma-vakya, cittete koriya aikya,

ar na koriho mane asa

sri-guru-carane rati, ei se uttama-gati,

je prasade pure sarva asa


cakhu-dan dilo jei, janme janme prabhu sei,

divya jnan hrde prokasito

prema-bhakti jaha hoite, avidya vinasa jate,

vede gay jahara carito


sri-guru karuna-sindhu, adhama janara bandhu,

lokanath lokera jivana

ha ha prabhu koro doya, deho more pada-chaya,

ebe jasa ghusuk tribhuvana


1) The lotus feet of our spiritual master are the only way by which we can attain pure devotional service. I bow to his lotus feet with great awe and reverence. By his grace one can cross the ocean of material suffering and obtain the mercy of Krsna.

2) My only wish is to have my consciousness purified by the words emanating from his lotus mouth. Attachment to his lotus feet is the perfection that fulfills all desires.

3) He opens my darkened eyes and fills my heart with transcendental knowledge. He is my Lord birth after birth. From him ecstatic prema emanates; by him ignorance is destroyed. The Vedic scriptures sing of his character.

4) Our spiritual master is the ocean of mercy, the friend of the poor, and the lord and master of the devotees. O master! Be merciful unto me. Give me the shade of your lotus feet. Your fame is spread all over the three worlds.


Jaya Radha-Madhava

by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura


jaya radha-madhava kunja-bihari

gopi-jana-vallabha giri-vara-dhari

jasoda-nandana, braja-jana-ranjana,

jamuna-tira-vana-cari


TRANSLATION

Krsna is the lover of Radha. He displays many amorous pastimes in the groves of Vrndavana, He is the lover of the cowherd maidens of Vraja, the holder of the great hill named Govardhana, the beloved son of Mother Yasoda, the delighter of the inhabitants of Vraja, and He wanders in the forests along the banks of the river Yamuna.


Mantra Recited Before Srimad-Bhagavatam Class

om namah bhagavate vasudevaya


EVENING PROGRAM

Gaura-arati

(from Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Gitavali)


(kiba) jaya jaya goracander aratiko sobha

jahnavi-tata-vane jaga-mana-lobha

jaga-jana-mana-lobha


(Chanted the second time only)

gauranger arotik sobha

jaga-jana-mana-lobha


dakhine nitaicand, bame gadadhara

nikate adwaita, srinivasa chatra-dhara


bosiyache goracand ratna-simhasane

arati koren brahma-adi deva-gane


narahari-adi kori' camara dhulaya

sanjaya-mukunda-basu-ghos-adi gaya


sankha baje ghanta baje baje karatala

madhura mrdanga baje parama rasala


sankha baje ghanta baje

madhur madhur madhur baje


bahu-koti candra jini' vadana ujjvala

gala-dese bana-mala kore jhalamala


siva-suka-narada preme gada-gada

bhakativinoda dekhe gorara sampada


1) All glories, all glories to the beautiful arati ceremony of Lord Caitanya. This Gaura-arati is taking place in a grove on the banks of the Jahnavi [Ganges] and is attracting the minds of all living entities in the universe.

2) On Lord Caitanya's right side is Lord Nityananda, and on His left is Sri Gadadhara. Nearby stands Sri Advaita, and Srivasa Thakura is holding an umbrella over Lord Caitanya's head.

3) Lord Caitanya has sat down on a jeweled throne, and the demigods, headed by Lord Brahma, perform the arati ceremony.

4) Narahari Sarakara and other associates of Lord Caitanya fan Him with camaras, and devotees headed by Sanjaya Pandita, Mukunda Datta, and Vasu Ghosa sing sweet kirtana.

5) Conchshells, bells, and karatalas resound, and the mrdangas play very sweetly. This kirtana music is supremely sweet and relishable to hear.

6) The brilliance of Lord Caitanya's face conquers millions upon millions of moons, and the garland of forest flowers around His neck shines.

7) Lord Siva, Sukadeva Gosvami, and Narada Muni are all there, and their voices are choked with the ecstasy of transcendental love. Thus Thakura Bhaktivinoda envisions the glory of Lord Sri Caitanya.


OTHER ADDITIONAL SONGS CHANTED OCCASSIONALLY Nama-sankirtana


hari haraye namah krsna yadavaya namah

yadavaya madhavaya kesavaya namah


gopala govinda rama sri-madhusudana

giridhari gopinatha madana-mohana

sri-caitanya-nityananda sri-advaita-sita

hari guru vaisnaba bhagavata gita

sri-rupa sanatana bhatta-raghunatha

sri-jiva gopala-bhatta dasa-raghunatha

1) O Lord Hari, O Lord Krsna, I offer my obeisances to You, who are known as Hari, Yadava, Madhava, and Kesava. 2) O Gopala, Govinda, Rama, Sri Madhusudana, Giridhari Gopinatha, and Madana-mohana!

3) All glories to Sri Caitanya and Nityananda! All glories to Sri Advaita Acarya and His consort, Sri Sita Thakurani. All glories to Lord Hari, to the spiritual master, the Vaisnavas, Srimad-Bhagavatam, and Srimad Bhagavad-Gita.

4) All glories to Sri Rupa Gosvami, Sanatana Gosvami, Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami, Sri Jiva Gosvami, Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, and Raghunatha dasa Gosvami.


Prayer to Lord Govinda

govinda jaya jaya, gopala jaya jaya

Radha-Ramana hari, govinda jaya jaya

All glories to Lord Sri Govinda! All glories to Lord Sri Gopala! All glories to Lord Sri Hari, the husband of Radharani.












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