The Gitagovindam: an eternal fount of divine love

Published on April 14, 2015 14:05:05 PM
"Chandana charchita neela kalebara peeta vasana Vanamali”
Behold the one who is of the dark hue and who is besmeared with the fragrant sandal paste and who s bedecked with the auspicious yellow robes, who moves in the majestic gait in the gardens of brij”

says one of the famous "Ashtapadis” (a song consisting of eight stanzas),in the famous love epic of the Divine lovers Lord Krishna and Radha.The poet Jayadeva,who is claimed to be form kendubilwa area from Orissa.(some say that he is from Bengal, which is disputed now),has poured his divine experiences as a devotee poet of the Lord in this lyrical garland of 24 songs,whch describes the union of Radha and Krishna, after a playful quarrel, over Krishna concentrating only on the Gopis or the cow herd women and neglecting her.

The 12th century epic also is a treasure trove for the classical ragas that were in vogue in the period of medieval India. The book has spread to every nook and corner of India, whose songs were, adopted into both Hindustani and Carnatic classical traditions. Literary experts also aver the lyrical excellence of Sanskrit in this work.

The legend of Radha, though not found in the Bhagavatha, which is considered to be the seminal work on Krishna’s legend, became popular in the North Indian traditions of Bhakthi cult, popularized by the famous Bengal port-Saint, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who in 13th century preached absolute ‘love’ towards the lord to attain salvation. The ‘GitaGovindam’, served as an epitome of this divine love and continues to be an inspiration for a host of dancers, musicians, and artists etc, who produce works of art, based on the love songs in the work of Jayadeva.