Thursday, April 14, 2011

Vinay Patrika: Shri Bindhu-Madhav Stuti [62]

Raag Asavari

Shri Bindu-Madhav, an Incarnation of Lord Vishnu

ihaai param phalu, param badhaaee |

nakhsikh ruchir bindumaadhav chhabi nirkhahin nayan aghaaee ||1||

bisad kisor peen sundar bapu, shyaam suruchi adhikaaee |

neelkanj, baarid, tamaal, mani inha tanute duti paaee ||2||

mridul charan shubh chinh, padaj, nakh, ati abhoot upmaaee |

arun neel paathoj prasav janu, manijut dal-samudaaee ||3||

jaatroop mani-jatit-manohar, noopur jan-sukhdaaee |

janu har-ur hari bibidh roop dhari, rahe bar bhavan banaaee ||4||

katitat ratti chaaru kinkini-rav, anupam, barni na jaaee |

hem jalaj kal kalit madhya janu, madhukar mukhar suhaaee ||5||

ur bisaal bhrigucharan chaaru ati, soochat komaltaaee |

kankan chaaru bibidh bhooshan bidhi, rachi nij kar man laaee ||6||

gaj-manimaal beech bhraajat kahi jaati na padak nikaaee |

janu uddugan-mandal baaridpar, navgrah rachee athaaee ||7||

bhujagbhog-bhujdandd kanj dar chakra gadaa bani aaee |

sobhaaseev greev, chibhukaadhar, badan amit chhabi chhaaee ||8||

kulis, kund-kudmal, daamini-duti, dasnan dekhi lajaaee |

naasaa-nayan-kapol, lalit shruti kundal bhroo mohi bhaaee ||9||

kunchit kach sir mukut, bhaal par, tilak kahaaun samujhaaee |

alap tadhit jug rekh indu mahan, rahi taji chanchaltaaee ||10||

nirmal peet dukool anoopam, upma hiya na samaaee |

bahu manijut giri neel sikharpar kanak-basan roochiraaee ||11||

dacch bhaag anuraag-sahit indiraa adhik lalitaaee |

hemlataa janu taru tamaal dig, neel nichol aodhaaee ||12||

sat saardaa sesh shruti milikaai, sobha kahi na siraaee |

tulsidaas matimand dvandrat kahaai kaaun bidhi gaaee ||13||

Lord Bindu-Madhava in Kashi

A great fruition of this body and its glory is just this, that the eyes should be sated in absorbing the radiant beauty of Shri *Bindu-Madhav from head to toe ||1||

Vishnu's Ineffable Beauty is Likened to a Blue Lotus

The ineffable beauty of His pure, adolescent (sixteen years), sturdy and beautiful dark-hued body is absolute. It seems as if the blue lotus, dark cloud, an evergreen tree and sapphire have acquired their beauteous forms from His very body ||2||

The Lotus Feet of Lord Vishnu

There are beautifully auspicious marks (of vajra or thunderbolt and ankush or the iron hook by which elephants are controlled) on his lotus feet. And there is such an unprecedented simile describing his fingers and nails, wherein clusters of bejewelled leaves seem to be sprouting from red and blue lotuses||3||

The Bindu-Madhava Temple at Varanasi

Golden anklets studded with precious stones are enchanting and grant joy to bhaktas, it seems as if Lord Vishnu is residing in Shiva's heart, by assuming several forms and constructing lovely temples ||4||

The Tinkling Zone of Bells Around Vishnu's Waist are Like a Buzzing Black Bee

The tinkling sound of the zone of bells worn around His waist,is incomparable.The bells are indescribable(even so it can be said) that the pleasant buzzing of large black bees can be heard amidst blossoming buds of golden lotuses||5||

Maharshi Bhrigu

The footprint of *Sage Bhrigu imprinted on Your wide chest reveals the loving tenderness of your chest. Bracelets and various other ornaments are so beautiful that it looks as if Lord Brahma has willingly sculpted them with his own hands ||6||

The Pearl Necklace of Vishnu is Like Stars Dotting a Condensed Sky

A necklace of large pearls (as supposed to be found in elephants' heads)studded with rectangular inlays of gems in between, looks so strikingly beautiful that it can not be described. But we can assume that a place for seating the nava grahas or nine planets has been made amidst the constellation of stars on the (blue-hued) cloud.

Blue Clouds Decked With Stars and Planets

(the bhava says that the colour of the Lord's body is like a blue cloud, the orbit of stars is the necklace of large peals, and the colourful gems strung at regular intervals, are the site for the nava grahas)||7||

The Four-Armed Vishnu

A lotus, conch shell, discus and mace are resplendently held by His muscular arms which are very similar to a snake's body; his neck is ineffably graceful and the picture of His face along with the chin and lips, is supremely beautiful ||8||

The Radiant Lord Vishnu

The flash of lightening, budding jasmine flowers and diamonds are put to shame when we look at His teeth. I am very fond of His nose, eyes, cheeks, lovely kundals (large ear-rings) and eyebrows ||9||

Lord Vishnu Wearing the Mukut & Tilak

There are curly locks of hair on His head; and He has worn the mukut (crown) on them. The tilak looks very grand on His forehead. Explaining the scene I may say, it seems as if two truly small streaks of lightening have abandoned their capriciousness, and are residing in the orbit of the moon ||10||

Lord Vishnu Clad in Pitambar

He has draped the pure and perfect pitambar (yellow sash) on his body, whose picture can not be contained in the heart. (Nonetheless it can be imagined) that garments equivalent to gold are beautifully posited on the peak of a blue mountain endowed with several precious stones ||11||

Lord Vishnu With Goddess Lakshmi

Abounding with love,Goddess Lakshmi is resplendent in the southern portion. She looks so grandly beautiful that it seems as if a golden creeper clad in blue finery is sitting near the evergreen tree||12||

The Majestic Beauty of Lord Vishnu

Even if hundreds of Saraswati Goddesses, Sheshnaags and Vedas put together, strive to describe Lord Vishnu's majestic beauty they can not succeed in revealing its depth.

Goswami Tulsidas

Then how can this slow-witted Tulsidas who is caught in the conflict of love and hatred, possibly sing of and narrate the splendid grandeur of this scene.

Bindu Madhav: As directed by Shiva, Lord Vishnu travelled from Mandarachal to Kashi with the mission of making king Devodas leave Kashi. After his task was over Vishnu was enjoying the serene beauty of Pancha Nada Teerth when he came across a lean sage doing penance.In his divine form, Lord Vishnu stood in front of sage Agni Bindu who was ecstatic on seeing him and began singing his glories.He addressed Vishnu as Mukunda, Madhusudan,Madhav, Narayan and said that those who worship Him with tulsi leaves get lots of blessing.

Now rishi Agni Bindu stood with folded hands and Vishnu told him to ask for a boon. The sage had just one wish that Vishnu should always be present in the vicinity of Pancha Nada Teerth.Vishnu granted his wish and further added that Kashi is a holy region and devotees can attain several siddhis by staying here.He affirmed that he would stay in Kashi which was indestructible because of being posited atop the trident of Shiva and even the great deluge could not harm it. Agni Bindu was delighted and sought another boon that Vishnu should reside in the periphery of Pancha Nada Teerth by the name of the sage.Lord Vishnu agreed and stated that henceforth he would be known as Bindu Madhav.The teerth would be famed as Bindu Teerth and those who had committed sins would attain mukti by bathing at this pilgrimage site and worshipping Bindu Madhav in the month of Kartik.Lord Visheshwara himself bathes in this Pancha Nada teerth during the Kartik Month.

Maharshi Bhrigu: Many great sages gathered at the bank of river Saraswati to participate in a Maha yagya organized at that time. Maharishi Bhriguji was also present there. All the great saints and sages could not decide that who is pre-eminent out of the Trinity Lord Vishnu, Brahma and Shiv and to whom should they offer pradhanta or supremacy of that yagya. In order to test Lord Vishnu, Maharishi Bhrigu reached Vaikunth Dham. Entering without Lord Vishnu's permission, he saw the Lord was resting. Maharishi asked him to wake up, but the Lord was in deep sleep. On seeing no reaction from Lord Vishnu, Maharishi hit Lord Vishnu on his chest (that strike by Maharishi Bhrigu left a foot print on Lord's chest and that foot print is known as "Shri Vats".)

Lord Vishnu got up after the strike and realized what had happened. He asked the sage, “Maharishi, are you hurt in your foot? My chest is strong but your foot is not so". Seeing the decorum of Lord Vishnu, Bhrigu was pleased and declared him most superior amongst the Trinity.

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