Composed by Sri Vallabhacharya in 1478 A.D, the Madhurashtakam is a stotra that describes the sweetness of the great Lord Krishna whose influence is spread across the world. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Worshipping and pleasing Lord Krishna can bring beauty, wealth and prosperity in life. Madhurashtakam was originally written in Sanskrit and is easy to understand. The verse uses the word ‘Madhuram’ extensively to describe the beautiful aspects of Lord Krishna and his lovely form. Lord Krishna is described to be the master of sweetness through this hymn.

adharam madhuram lyrics

Adharam Madhuram Lyrics

Here is the complete Madhurashtakam hymn in Sanskrit:

अधरं मधुरं वदनं मधुरं नयनं मधुरं हसितं मधुरम् ।

हृदयं मधुरं गमनं मधुरं मथुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ॥ १ ॥

वचनं मधुरं चरितं मधुरं वसनं मधुरं वलितं मधुरम् ।

चलितं मधुरं भ्रमितं मधुरं मथुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ॥ २ ॥

वेणुर्मधुरो रेणुर्मधुरः पाणिर्मधुरः पादौ मधुरौ ।

नृत्यं मधुरं सख्यं मधुरं मथुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ॥ ३ ॥

गीतं मधुरं पीतं मधुरं भुक्तं मधुरं सुप्तं मधुरम् ।

रूपं मधुरं तिलकं मधुरं मथुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ॥ ४ ॥

करणं मधुरं तरणं मधुरं हरणं मधुरं रमणं मधुरम् ।

वमितं मधुरं शमितं मधुरं मथुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ॥ ५ ॥

गुञ्जा मधुरा माला मधुरा यमुना मधुरा वीची मधुरा ।

सलिलं मधुरं कमलं मधुरं मथुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ॥ ६ ॥

गोपी मधुरा लीला मधुरा युक्तं मधुरं मुक्तं मधुरम् ।

दृष्टं मधुरं शिष्टं मधुरं मधुराथुपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ॥ ७ ॥

गोपा मधुरा गावो मधुरा यष्टिर्मधुरा सृष्टिर्मधुरा ।

दलितं मधुरं फलितं मधुरं मथुराधिपतेरखिलं मधुरम् ॥ ८ ॥

Madhurashtakam Lyrics in English

Below is the entire Madhurashtakam stotram in English:

adharam madhuram vadanam madhuram
nayanam madhuram hasitam madhuram
hridayam madhuram gamanam madhuram
madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram||1||

vachanam madhuram charitam madhuram
vasanam madhuram valitam madhuram
chalitam madhuram bhramitam madhuram
madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram||2||

venur madhuro renur madhurah
panir madhurah padau madhurau
nrityam madhuram shakhyam madhuram
madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram||3||

gitam madhuram pitam madhuram
bhuktam madhuram suptam madhuram
rupam madhuram tilakam madhuram
madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram||4||

karanam madhuram taranam madhuram
haranam madhuram ramanam madhuram
vamitam madhuram shamitam madhuram
madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram||5||

gunja madhura mala madhura
yamuna madhura vici madhura
salilam madhuram kamalam madhuram
madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram||6||

gopi madhura lila madhura
yuktam madhuram muktam madhuram
dhristam madhuram shistam madhuram
madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram||7||

gopa madhura gavo madhura
yastir madhura shristhir madhura
dalitam madhuram phalitam madhuram
madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram||8||

Madhurashtakam Meaning

Let us have a look at the meanings of the verses in Madhurashtakam:

Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram |
Hrdayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipater-Akhilam Madhuram ||1||

Meaning:

Your lips are sweet, Your face is sweet,

Your eyes are sweet, Your smile is sweet,

Your loving heart is sweet, Your walk is sweet,

Everything about you is completely sweet and charming, O Lord of Sweetness.

Vacanam Madhuram Caritam Madhuram Vasanam Madhuram Valitam Madhuram |
Calitam Madhuram Bhramitam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipater-Akhilam Madhuram ||2||

Meaning:

Your words are sweet, Your character is sweet,

Your dress is sweet, Your posture is sweet,

Your movements are sweet, Your roaming is sweet,

Everything about you is completely sweet and charming, O Lord of Sweetness.

Vennur-Madhuro Rennur-Madhurah Paannir-Madhurah Paadau Madhurau |
Nrtyam Madhuram Sakhyam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipater-Akhilam Madhuram ||3||

Meaning:

Your flute playing is sweet, Your foot-dust is sweet,

Your lotus-hands are sweet, Your lotus-feet are sweet,

Your dance is sweet, Your friendship is sweet,

Everything about you is completely sweet and charming, O Lord of Sweetness.

Giitam Madhuram Piitam Madhuram Bhuktam Madhuram Suptam Madhuram |
Ruupam Madhuram Tilakam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipater-Akhilam Madhuram ||4||

Meaning:

Your song is sweet, Your drinking is sweet,

Your eating is sweet, Your sleeping is sweet,

Your beautiful form is sweet, Your forehead mark is sweet,

Everything about you is completely sweet and charming, O Lord of Sweetness.

Karannam Madhuram Tarannam Madhuram Harannam Madhuram Ramannam Madhuram |
Vamitam Madhuram Shamitam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipater-Akhilam Madhuram ||5||

Meaning:

Your deeds are sweet, Your conquest is sweet,

Your stealing is sweet, Your love-sport is sweet,

Your offerings are sweet, Your relaxation is sweet,

Everything about you is completely sweet and charming, O Lord of Sweetness.

Gun.jaa Madhuraa Maalaa Madhuraa Yamunaa Madhuraa Viicii Madhuraa |
Salilam Madhuram Kamalam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipaterakhilam Madhuram ||6||

Meaning:

Your humming is sweet, Your flower garland is sweet,

Sweet is the Yamuna river and sweet are its rippling waves,

Her water is sweet, her lotus flowers are sweet too,

Everything about you is completely sweet and charming, O Lord of Sweetness.

Gopi Madhuraa Liilaa Madhuraa Yuktam Madhuram Muktam Madhuram |
Drssttam Madhuram Shissttam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipaterakhilam Madhuram ||7||

Meaning:

Your cowherd friends (girls) are sweet, Your plays are sweet,

Your union is sweet, Your rescue is sweet,

Your sidelong glances are sweet, Your courtesy is sweet,

Everything about you is completely sweet and charming.

Gopaa Madhuraa Gaavo Madhuraa Yassttir-Madhuraa Srssttir-Madhuraa |
Dalitam Madhuram Phalitam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipaterakhilam Madhuram ||8||

Meaning:

Your cowherd friends (boys) are sweet, Your cows are sweet,

Your cane is sweet, Your creation is sweet,

Your victory is sweet, Your accomplishment is sweet,

Everything about you is completely sweet and charming, O Lord of sweetness.

Madhurashtakam Benefits

madhurashtakam benefits

According to the Hindu mythology, reciting the holy Madhurashtakam stotram on a regular basis is a powerful and effective way to please Lord Krishna and acquire his blessings.

If a devotee chants the stotram daily in the early morning after taking bath and in front of the picture or idol of Lord Krishna, he can expect the best results. It is necessary that you understand the pronunciation and meaning of each verse before starting the recitation to maximize the effect.

Regular recitation of Madhurashtakam gives the chanter peace of mind and keeps all the evil away from his life. The person becomes healthy, wealthy and prosperous.

This hymn sings the glory and personification of the beauty of Lord Krishna and describes his avatar and characteristics as a boy.

Madhurashtakam intends to explain that a devotee is fascinated by the existence of the Lord and not just his beautiful form. His moves, pastimes, plays and other features are described and personified in this hymn.