Banshi Shobhit Kar Madhur, Neel Jalad Tanu Shyam l
Arun Adhar Janu Bimba Phal, Nayan Kamal Abhiraam ll
Puran Indu Arvind Mukha, Pitaambar Shubha Saaj l
Jai Manmohan Madan Chhavi, Krishnachandra Maharaj ll
The sweet sounding flute embellishes your hands, your body dark of hue is like the blue lotus. Your crimson lips are like the bimba fruit, and your eyes are like the pleasing lotuses. Your face is like a fresh- blossoming lotus and radiating like the full moon, and you are beautifully attired in your yellow silken costume.
Jai Yadunandan Jai Jagvandan, Jai Vasudev Devki Nandan
Jai Yashoda Sut Nanda Dulaare,Jai Prabhu Bhaktan Ke Rakhavaare
Glory, glory to the son of the Yadav race, glory to one who is universally adored; glory to the son of Vasudeva and Devaki. Glory to the beloved son of Yashoda and Nanda, glory to you,O Lord, the protector of your devotees.
Jai Natanaagar Naag Nathaiyaa, Krishna Kanhaiya Dhenu Charaiya
Puni Nakh Par Prabhu Girivar Dhaaro,Aao Deenan Kasht Nivaaro
Glory to the most accomplished player, the subduer of the Naag (cobra snake, you are indeed Kanhaiya, the cowherd. O Lord! You uplifted the Govardhan mountain on the nail of your small finger, Pray come and free the helpless from their distress.
Bansi Madhur Adhar Dhari Teri, Hove Puran Manorath Meri
Aao Hari Puni Maakhan Chaakho, Aaj Laaj Bhaktan Ki Raakho
O Lord, you have the sweet flute touching your lips, Pray fulfil our wishes. Come again, O Lord to eat makkhan (cream), And protect your devotee’s honour this day.
Gol Kapol Chibuk Arunaare,Mridul Muskaan Mohini Daare
Ranjit Raajiv Nayan Vishaalaa, Mor Mukut Vaijayanti Maalaa
With reddish chubby cheeks, Your smile is gentle (soft and sweet) and bewitching. You have large lotus-like eyes, you wear crown adorned with peacock feather and you wear Vaijayanti garland.
Kundal Shravan Peetpat Aache, Kati Kinkini Kaachhan Kaachhe
Neel Jalaj Sundar Tanu Sohe,Chhavi Lakhi Sur Nar Muni Mana Mohe
Your ears are elegantly adorned with gold ear-rings, while the trinkets on your corset and the lovely kachani are looking graceful. Gods and humans and sages are entranced at the sight of your beautiful and magnificent body which is like the blue lotus.
Mastak Tilak Alak Ghunghraale, Aao Shyaam Bansuri Vaale
Kari Pai Paan, Putanaahin Taaryo, Akaa Bakaa Kaaga Sur Maaryo
Your forehead is decorated with tilak with lovely braided hair on your head ; Please come, O Shyam, the flute player. You liberated the demoness Putana when as a baby, you sucked the dreadful breast of Putana drawing out poison along with her life. Also you killed many a demons like Akaasur, Bakaasur and Kagaasur.
Madhuvan Jalat Agni Jab Jvaala, Bhaye Sheetal ,Lakhitahin Nandalala
Surpati Jab Brij Chadhyo Risaai, Musar Dhaar Baari Barsaai
When wild fire broke out in the forest Madhuvan, Nandalala swallowed up that fierce conflagaration and restored the cool. The ruler of gods, Indra, was angered, and Indra produced over Vraj a deluge causing the rains to come down in torrents of cataclysmic and violent downpour.
Lagat-Lagat Brij Chahan Bahaayo, Govardhan Nakhdhari Bachaayo.
Lakhi Yashodaa Man Bhram Adhikaai, Mukh Mahan Chaudah Bhuvan Dikhaai
When entire Vraj was being drowned, the Lord saved Vraj by uprooting with one hand Mount Govardhan and sheltering Vraj under it. For removing doubts in mother Yashoda’s mind, you displayed, within your mouth, the fourteen spheres.
Dusht Kansa Ati Udham Machaayo, Koti Kamal Kahan Phul Mangaayo.
Naathi Kaaliyahin Tab Tum Linhen, Charanchinh Dai Nirbhay Kinhe
When wicked Kansa was causing great havoc, and demanded that a crore of lotus flowers be sent to him. By overpowering and subduing Kaliya, you provided safety for all.
Kari Gopin Sang Raas Vilaasa, Sab Ki Puran Kari Abhilashaa
Ketik Mahaa Asur Sanhaaryo, Kansahi Kesh Pakadi Dai Maaryo
You fulfilled the desires of all the Gopis by playing Raas with them. You eliminated innumerable powerful demons, and with Kansa, grasping him tightly by the hair, you dragged him hard and killed him.
Maatu Pitaa Ki Bandi Chhudaayi, Ugrasen Kahan Raaj Dilaayi
Mahi Se Mritak Chhaho Sut Laayo, Matu Devaki Shok Mitaayo
Having secured the release of his mother and father from bondage, you restored to Ugrasen his lost kingdom. You brought back the six dead sons of Devaki from the underworld and freed her from grief.
Bhomaasur Mura Daitya Sanhaari, Laaye Shatdash Sahas Kumaari
Dai Bhinhin Trincheer Sanhaara, Jaraasindhu Raakshas Kahan Maara
You killed the demon Narkasur and also the demon Mura; and freed sixteen thousand maidens who were kept in bondage by Narkasur. By a cryptic signal by splitting a twig you instructed Bhima as to how Jarasandha can be slain.
Asur Vrikaasur Aadik Maaryo, Bhaktan Ke Tab Kasht Nivaariyo
Deen Sudaamaa Ke Dukh Taaryo, Tandul Teen Muthi Mukh Daaryo
By killing many demons like Vrikaasur, you eased the distress of your devotees. You removed poor Sudama’s poverty, and you ate with relish three handfuls of beaten rice.
Duryodhan ke tyaagyo mevaa, Kiyo Vidur ghar shaak kalevaa.
Laakhi Premki Mahimaa Bhaari, Naumi Shyam Deenan Hitkaari
You ate simple vegetables at the house of devotees like Vidur in preference to the rich fare at Duryodhan’s palace. O Shyama! O compassionate to the poor! Having witnessed your abounding grace and glory, I bow to you.
Bhaarath Ke Paarath Rath Haanke, Liye Chakra Kar Nahin Bal Thaake
Nij Gitaa Ke Gyaan Sunaaye, Bhaktan Hriday Sudhaa Barsaaye
You drove chariot during the battle of Mahabharata; you remained unwearied with the discus in your hand. You communicated the wisdom of the Gita and let the hearts of your devotees abound with the nectar of love.
Meera Thi Aisi Matvaali, Vish Pee Gayi Bajaakar Taali
Raanaa Bhejaa Saamp Pitaari, Shaaligraam Bane Banvaari
Mira, your devotee, was so totally engrossed with unbounded devotion to you, that brimming with joy she even drank poison. When O Banavaari, the Rana sent a basket containing a snake, you assumed the form of a Shaligram stone.
Nij Maayaa Tum Vidhihin Dikhaayo, Urate Sanshay Sakal Mitaayo
Tav Shat Nindaa Kari Tatkaalaa, Jivan Mukt Bhayo Shishupaalaa
By revealing your illusory powers to Brahma, you dispelled all his misgivings. When Shishupala reviled you, you terminated his life.
Jabahin Draupadi Ter Lagaai, Deenanaath Laaj Ab Jaai
Turata hi basan bane Nandlala, badhyo chir bhe ari mukh kaalaa
When Draupadi sought your help by pleading, ‘O Lord of the distressed! My honour is at stake!’ O Nandalala! You instantly supplied cloth, and the assembly members became ashen faced with disbelief.
Asa anaatha ke naath Kanhaiyaa, dubat bhanvar bachaavahi naiya
Sundardaas Aas Ura Dhaari, Dayadrishti Keeje Banwaari
You are, O Kanhaiya, so great a guardian of the helpless orphan that you rescue every sinking boat from the whirlpool of life. O Lord! Sundardas, an inmate of the hermitage of Durvasa, beseeches You to grant his wishes.
Naath Sakal Mam Kumati Nivaaro, Chhamobegi Apraadh Hamaaro
Kholo Pat Ab Darshan Deeje, Bolo Krishna Kanhaiya Ki Jai
O Lord! Dispel all ignorance from his heart and forgive him his faults. May you reveal yourself to him by opening the door of his heart. May we all sing ‘Victory, victory to you, Lord Krishna, glory to Kanhaiya!’
Krishna chandra ke naam Se, hot praphullit gaay,
tan ghaatak paatak tarat, rog duri hoy jaay.
Chaalisaa jo nit padhai, Kathin kasht kati jaai,
dhan jan bal vidyaa badhaai, nit nar sukh sarsai.
Yah chalisa Krishna ka, path kare ur dhaari,
asht siddhi nav niddhi phal, lahe padaarath chaari.
Whoever with cheerfulness sings this song will have his (or her) three types of troubles removed and will be freed from sins and diseases.
Those who recite this Krishna Chalisa with faith and devotion can acquire eight siddhis (supernatural powers through Yoga, viz., anima, mahima, garima, laghima, prapti, prakamya, ishitva and vashitva) and the nine types of treasures(Nidhis).