3 Mar A five-day festival held recently brought out the love, longing and lyricism in Jayadeva’s Gita Govindam. Sulekha Creative Blog – “Ashtapadis or Ashtapadi are Indian hymns where the music has eight lines (steps) within each composition. Each ashtapadi song is set . Ashtapadi Ashtapadis or Ashtapadi refers to the Sanskrit hymns of the Geetha Govinda, composed by Jayadeva in the 12th Century. The ashtapadis, which.

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Myriad moods of Ashtapadi

The Lord is of the form of music. This is the story sung by Jayadeva in the 24 verses of the Ashtapadi. The Supreme Being, the Paramatma, is of the form of music. Jayadeva, on the same basis, composed 24 Ashtapadis. The literal meaning of “ashtapadi” is “eight steps. However, Sudhama, who is still angry with Radha, bars her entry into the place.

Gita Govinda overflows with ‘Madhura Bhakti’ known as one of the nine forms of devotion to God. Retrieved from ” https: Though these appear to be erotic in nature, they are replete with ideas from the Vedantas and so are sung even by renunciates. The ashtapadis, which describe the beauty of Lord Krishna and the love between Krishna and the gopisare considered a masterpiece in esoteric spirituality and the theme of ‘Divine romance’.

Intense earthly passion is the example Jayadeva, uses to express the complexities of divine and human love.

Ashtapadi – Wikipedia

Sri Krishna is with his wife Viraja in Goloka. Page load depends on your network speed. The Ashtapadi is a work by Jayadeva, a great devotee of Krishna. Since it is considered a Kavya, a work of poetry, it is divided into sargas or chapters, like other kavyas such as the Raghuvamsha. In general, Lilas enchant every one.


He was very much influenced by the culture and devotion of Vaishnava Brahmanas. It ashtapari such a devotee who is a parama-ekanti the highest among the enlighteneda jeevan mukta the liberated.

Portions of the poem represent one of the major subjects in medieval Rajput painting. However, she would not be appeased. The Ashtapadi was composed with these two texts as its source. She is an intense, solitary proud female who complements and reflects the mood of Krishna’s passion. Both music and dance are among the sixty-four kinds of offerings made to god at the time of pooja or worship. On a similar scale, Sri Thyagaraja Swamigal composed 24, keerthanas. The original tunes of the ashtapadis are unknown and likely lost in history.

He who reveals the bliss of Vaikuntha to every one. Ashtapadis have a very important place in Indian Classical dance and music.

Gita Govindam is a lyrical poetry in twelve chapters, sub-divided into twenty four divisions called Prabandha. This page was last edited on 21 Septemberat Search Member Search Keyword. Indian classical music portal. This article about ashtapavi music of India is a stub. Poet Asytapadi magnum opus “Gita Govinda’ is one of the most popular compositions in Sanskrit language, describing the divine love of Radha and Krishna. Since it is composed in eight padas in keeping with rhythms of danceit is also called the Ashtapadi.

You may also report the error. It is lyrical poetry divided into ‘Prabandhas’ which contain couplets grouped into eights called ‘Ashtapadis’. We have no knowledge of Moksha and the unknown is to be reached through the known. In the absence of direct textual evidence it remains impossible to know when and in what circumstance the Radha-Krishna pair originated. He who protected Brahma and Shiva.


He who brings joy to cowherds and to every one on earth. Views Read Edit View history. But, learned popular audiences in India and elsewhere have continued to appreciate the emotional lyricism the poem expresses in its variation of the theme of separated lovers’ passion. In spite of its critical acclaim, its frank eroticism has led ahstapadi Indian commentators to interpret the love between Radha and Krishna as an allegory of the human’s soul love for God. Dhrishta Vaikuntan or Dhanya Vaikunthan: If Ashtapadi is based on the erotic poem of Gitagovindam by Jayadeva, why is it sung in the Guruvayoor Temple daily?

Based on the ratio of a thousand verses for each of the 24 ashtapadk, Valmiki composed the Ramayana in 24, verses. He who, pleased by the devotion of aehtapadi devotees, bestows upon them the Pitambara the yellow garment worn by Him.

The Padma Purana serves as a precedent to this. I plead with you. Her relationship with Krishna culminates in their union and mutual “victory” Jaya over each other. The lyrical poetry of the Geetha Govinda is divided into twelve chapters, each of which is sub-divided into twenty four divisions called Prabandha.

The names given by Jayadeva to each of these sargas are also unique and meaningful.