Radha-Madhava and the song ‘Jaya Radha-Madhava’

(jaya) rādhā-mādhava (jaya) kuñja-bihārī
Śrī Krishna is the lover of Śrī Rādhā and is the enjoyer of pastimes in the forest groves of Vraja
(jaya) gopī-jana-vallabha (jaya) giri-vara-dhārī
He is the dearmost beloved of the gopīs and the lifter of Govardhana Hill
(jaya) yaśodā-nandana (jaya) vraja-jana-rañjana
He is the darling son of Mother Yaśodā, He gives pleasure to the residents of Vraja
(jaya) yāmuna-tīra-vanacārī
He wanders in the forests along the banks of the Yamunā River

Purport
This song, composed by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, was not composed with any random set of deities in mind. In reality, this song was composed with his family deities, Radha-Madhava in mind. Thus, this song is the direct representation of his particular family deities and the sweet pastimes They perform. Additionally, these deities are the direct embodiment of this particular song. A prominent Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava Ācārya, Śrīla Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda commented on this song:

“This is actual picture of Krsna, Radha-Madhava giri-vara-dhari. Original Krsna this is. Radha-Madhava giri-vara-dhari. Vraja-jana-vallabha. His business is to please the inhabitants of Vrndavana. That’s all. He has no other business. And the vraja-jana also, they have no other business than to please Krsna. That’s all. This is original Krsna.” (February 14, 1971, Gorakhpur, India).

Please listen to this song performed by Dr. Fakir Mohan Dās.

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