About the bhajana Jaya Rādhā-Mādhava (from Gītāvalī)

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Jaya Rādhā-Mādhava (from Gītāvalī)

(jaya) rādhā-mādhava (jaya) kunja-bihārī

(jaya) gopī-jana-vallabha (jaya) giri-vara-dhārī

(jaya) yaśodā-nandana, (jaya) vraja-jana-ranjana,

(jaya) yāmuna-tīra-vana-cārī


Sri Krishna is the lover of Srimati Radharani. He displays many amorous pastimes in the groves of Vrindavana

He is the lover of the cowherd maidens of Vraja, the holder of the great hill named Giri 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.

Elaboration: Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur wrote hundreds of songs glorifying the Supreme Lord in Bengali, Sanskrit, and Brajaboli (a dialect that combines Bengali, Sanskrit, and Oriya).

His songs capture the essence of Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy. One song, “Jaya Radha-Madhava”, was a favourite of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who would sing it every day just before his public lectures. This song paints a beautiful picture of the pastimes of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur’s beloved deities Sri Sri Radha-Madhava.

In Allahabad and Gorakhpur Srila Prabhupada fell into a trance after singing the first two lines, and after some time he came back into external consciousness and said, “Now just chant Hare Krishna.”

Srila Prabhupada said that this song is “A picture of Vrindavana. Everything is there — Srimate Radharani, Vrindavana, Giri Govardhana, Mother Yasoda, and all the cowherd boys.