Poet Sri Jayadeva starts his famous “Geeta Govinda Kavya’ meditating upon the incarnations of Sri Maha Bishnu on the earth, to protect the righteous and punish the wicked from time to time.
yadi hari smaraNE sarasam manO
yadi vilAsa kaLA sukutoohalam
madhura kOmala kAnta padAvaLeem
SruNu tadA jayadEva sarasvateem ||
If you are interested in meditating upon Srihari ,
if you are interested in knowing about divine love sports of Radha and
Krishna and if you want to enjoy sweet and beautiful ‘Ashtapadis’,
listen to Poet Jayadeva’s divine lyrics.
praLaya payOdhi jalE dhruta vA nasi vEdam vihita vihitra charitra makhEdam kESava dhruta meena Sareera jaya jagadeeSa harE ||
Oh Sri Krishna, you incarnated on the earth as divine fish to restore
the Vedas from oceans at the time of great deluge. Victory to Hari the
lord of the world.
kshitirati vipulatarE tava tishTati prushThE
dharaNi dharaNakina chakra garishTE
kESava dhruta kachchapa roopa jaya jagadeeSa harE ||
You incarnated as divine tortoise to bear ‘Mandara’ mountain on your vast hard back. Victory to Hari the lord of the world.
You incarnated as great boar with tough tusks and lifted the earth which
resembled crescent moon. Victory to Hari the lord of the world.
tava kara kamalE nakha madbhuta Srungam daLita hiraNyakaSipu vara bhrungam kESavadhruta narahari roopa jaya jagadeeSa harE ||
You incarnated as Narasimha, the man-lion with amazing sharp nails. You cut
asunder demon Hiranyakasipa who was just like a bee before you. Victory to Hari the lord of the world.
chalayasi vikramaNE balimadbhuta vAmana pada nakha neera janita jana pAvana kESavadhruta vAmana roopa jaya jagadeeSa harE ||
You incarnated as little bachelor Vamana and asked for three steps of space from demon-king Bali. But you smartly spanned the whole cosmos in three steps. Ganga river was born at your toe-nails. Victory to Hari the lord of the world.
kshatriya rudhiramayE jagadapagata pApam snApayasi payasi Samita bhava tApam kESavadhruta bhrugu roopa jaya jagadeeSa harE ||
You incarnated as Parasurama and annihilated wicked Kshatriya kings to dispel the sufferings of mankind. You created pools of blood to cleanse the world from afflictions. Victory to Hari the lord of the world.