Posted on Tuesday, December 2, 2008
in Books, Featured
New Feature: Lyrics with Audio Track
The Madhurashtakam (Sanskrit: मधुराष्टकम्, madhurāṣhṭakam) is a beautiful Sanskrit composition in devotion of Lord Krishna, composed by the Hindu Bhakti philosopher-poet Sripad Vallabha Acharya. Sripad Vallabhacharya flourished under the patronage of the Vijayanagar King Sri Krishnadevarya in the late fifteenth century Andhra State and created many other literary pieces including the Vyasa Sutra Bhashya, Jaimini Sutra Bhasya, Bhagavata Tika Subodhini, Pushti Pravala Maryada and Siddhanta Rahasya in Sanskrit. The devotional hymn “Madhurashtakam” of Sri Vallabhacarya was created to lead the devotee in Pusti Marga, the Path of Grace, which involves a constant love-filled devotion to Krishna by various acts of homage, such as singing (kirtana), remembering (smarana), conceptualizing and beholding (darshana) a beatific image of the deity upon singing of the Madhurashtakam, and offering of services (seva).