(The story of the boat)
I do not know whether this work should be called an opera or a dance drama or simply a drama as it existed in those days, when the drama is introduced by a Suthra dara and later the characters of the Drama themselves sing instead of talk . This drama consists of 20 Krithis , set in 13 Ragas in Telugu. The story is not found in Vyasa’s original BHagawatham. But there is a work in Bengali called Nauka Vilasa and a few works in Marathi dealing about the same subject A work of drama called Nauka nirupna written by Ananda Thanaya which was popular in Thanjavur. Unlike the other famous Drama called Sri Prahladha Bhakthi Vijaya , which starts prayers to very many savants and Ganesa , this story does not seem to have similar introductory verses. The story in short is this:-
The Gopis take along with them Lord Krishna for a play involving boat in river Yamuna. They with pride refuse the help offered by Krishna to launch the boat . Then once the boat is launched, the Gopis start making merry with Krishna as their object of love . This does not last long . Krishna summons a storm and boat developed a hole and the boat was getting filled with water . Gopis are worried and turn to Krishna to save them . Krishna advises them to remove their cloths and seal the hole in the boat. Though they did it unwillingly , this did not help. Their cloths are swept away . Then the Gopis realize that Only Krishna the God can help them. As soon as they lose their pride Krishna saves them . This story possibly indicates the need of the unqualified surrender by the devotee to the God. Saint Thyagaraja a serious composer handles the theme extremely well avoiding all sort of erotic scenes. This Drama is considered as one of the top gem like composition of Thyagaraja. Interestingly enough , there is only a rare reference to Lord Rama.
Due to non availability to me , I have left out the comments in between the Krithis by Thyagaraja , Explaining some steps , not described in the Krithis.
A choreographed drama is available in the Door Dharshan archives.
1.Srungarinchu koni vedaliri
(The gopis flirt with the boy Krishna and start going to Yamuna along with him for a sport involving boat )
.Srungaringhu koni vedaliri ,
Sri Krishnani thonu
After making them up ,
Along with Krishna they started
Angaranga vaibhoga tho go-
Panganamanu lentho sogasuga
With a festival in their mind those ,
Gopa ladies along with great élan
1.VNavvulu gulkusu nokathe koppuna ,
Puvvulu mudugusu nokathe ,
Duvvusu gurulanu nokathe krishnuni ,
Ravva jeyusu nokathe vetkaka
1.One of them was shaking with laughter ,
Another was making Krishna wear great flowers,
Another was combing his hair and yet another,
Was teasing Krishna and making fun of him.
2.Magadu vidanusu nokathe ravikayu ,
Biguvana jerchusu , nokathe ,
THanuvu thanakanusu nokathe pada,
Yugamula nothusu nokathe vetkaga
2. One was shouting , he is the only man ,
Another was tying tightly her blouse,
And another was shouting “He belongs to me”,
And another was seen catching hold of his feet.
3.Sokkusu solusu nokathe Krishnuni ,
Garkkuna muddhidi nokathe ,
Pakkaku rammanusu nokathe madu pula ,
Nakkara nosagusu nokathe vedkaga
3.One was benumbed by him , another ,
Suddenly kissed him another called him,
“Come near me” and another ,
Was offering him folded THamboola
4.Parimala landhusu , nokathe sri Hari,
Hari yanu sunu nokathe payyedha,
Jripi vedugonasunokathe vedkaga
4.One lady offered him scented articles ,
One was shouting “Sri Hari, hari”,
One tightly hugged him to her chest,
And another slipped down her upper cloth and requested him
5.SArasaksha yanusunu nokathe kanu-
Saiganu biluchusu mokathe ,
Rara yanusunu nokathe thyaga –
Raja sakhudanusu niokathe vetkaga
5.One called him , “lotus eyed one”, one ,
Made a sugn with her eye and called him ,
Another called him “Please come” ,
And another told , he is friend of Thyagaraja(shiva).
(The Gopa ladies talk about what all they should do?)
Ragam Yadhu kula Khamboji
AAdavaarella goodi mana,
Maduthamu harini vedi
WE , All the ladies would join togathwr ,
Request Hari and start playing.
Krishnudu joodaga manamu jala-
Kreeda salpa manchi dhinamu
When Krishna is seeing us ,
WE would play in the water.
1.Kamala nethruni basi sukha maa ,oda-
Gattu jercha mana tharamaa
1.Is parting with lotus eyed one pleasant?
Would we be able to move the boat to the shore?
2.Rajakumarudu vidu nava-
Rathna sommulu nettinadu
2. He is a prince and is wearing,
Ornaments studded with nine type of gems
3,Basi bidda gadhatavamma veedu,
3,Oh lady , is he not a small child ,
I do not know whether he would be scared.
4.THalltho chadi balkudhure mana,
THalalu vambimba doorudhure
4,If some one tells about this to his mother,
Would she not scold us and make us bend our head
5.Mataku jodounu gaani mana,
Yatalu deliyaka boni
5.Though our sports would be secret ,
At the end it would lead to talk.
6,Yuvathuklaaraa meelane meeru ,
Yochimpa brotdhu poyyini
6.Oh young ladies , if you think like this,
Soon it would turn in to morning
7.Chalu chalitu Raramma oda,
7,Suffecient , it is sufficient,
Push the boat in the water
8,Thyagaraja nuthudu veedu vabi-
THala matalu vinaledu.
8.He is a friend of Thyagaraja ,
He would not obey words of ladies.
3. CHoodare chelulaaraa Yamuna devi
(The Gopis describe the beauty of river Yamuna)
CHoodare chelulaaraa Yamuna devi,
Oh ladies see the prettiness of this,
Lady Yamuna with great joy.
Yerrani pangeruhamule andhu,
Yimpaina brunga nadha mule
See the red lotus flowers and the bees,
Hovering round them producing sweet sounds
1,Isukadhinne lenna theupe menu,
Indra neelamu vanti nalupe
1,There are white sand dunes in the river,
And near them the black river Yamuna is looking like Indraneela.
2.Metikalu vajarampu chilale andhu,
Kutilamaina chinna yalale
2, There are steps to the river which are diamond like ,
And below them the little waves which come curved.
3.Hamsale ravaliche jala devi,
Yadhiko chelange nee Vela.
3.The Goddess Yamuna is shining due
To the songs of the swan.
4,Polathulkaara podarintle thene ,
LOluku kharjorapu pandle
4.Please see the bowers and also,
The honey dripping from the date palms.
5,Phalamuche draksha lathale andhu ,
Pacchani chilukala jathale .
5.See there the grape fruits hanging from the vines,
And green parrots in pairs on them.
6. Vindha vindha virula vana madhi,
6.The showers of different types of flowers,
Adds tpo the desires in the mind
7.Kokilamulu mrosene marudu ,
Kusuma charambu vesene
7.The koels are singing and the cupid,
Is shooting arrows of flowers .
8.Challani Malaya maruthame Krishna ,
Swamini goodunathi sathame
8.The cool breeze is wafting from the mountains,
And it is definite that we would be joining Krishna
9. Raja vadanalaaraa ganare THyaga ,
Raja sakhuni pada vinare
9.Oh moon faced ladies look and listen,
To the music sung by friend of Thyagaraja
4.Yemani nera nammu kondhumu Krishna
(The gopis recount the action of deceit of Lord Krishna with a view to tease him)
Yemani nera nammu kondhumu Krishna,
How can we believe in you, Krishna,
Why this deceit
1.Jalakamadu vela valuvalu dachi mam-
1.When we were taking bath , did you not,
Hide our cloths and made us worried?
2.Mudhi thala rammani thilakamuliti panta,
Movi nokka ledhaa
2.Calling us by saying you would put thilaka,
Did you not bite our lips.
3.Munu neevu vanna naraginchi tharunula mo-
3.Earlier after eating away all the butter, did you not,
Apply a little of it on the cheeks of the lasses.
4.Vadhinegari chandhamuna vachi pavada ,
Vadha linchi poledhaa
4.Coming in the guise of sister in law of a lady,
Did you not pull het petticoat.
5.Dorikidhivani chadi cheppa bothe dalli ,
5.When we went to complain that you have been,
Caught , were you not seen sitting on lap of your mother?
6,Kaminchi yagna pathnulu vedaga venu,
Gaana monarppa ledhaa
6.One day when with great desire the wifes of Brahmins asked you,
Did you not play the flute for them.
7.AAnadu pongali nee kidi , konnalu ,
Vana nunda ledhaa
7.When the pongal was offered to you (instead of Indra) that day,
Did it not rain for seven days
7.Daranu Thyagaraja vinuthuni palukulu ,
THappi podhana lethaa.
7.Would not the words of the lord worshipped,
By Thyagaraja some times go wrong?
5.Yememo theliyaka balikedharu
(Krishna tells them they are unnecessarily telling without understanding his actions.)
Yememo theliyaka balikedharu, chelulara ,
Oh ladies without understanding you were telling ,
Accusing me without mercy.
Munu mandharagiri munuga koormamai , vee-
Puna dalchaga ledhaa
When the Mandhara mountain sank earlier , did I not,
Become a tortoise and lifted it on my back.
1.Kariraju makariche gaasi chendaga nenu ,
Garuna jooda ledhaa
1.When the king of elephants was caught by the crocodile ,
Did I not show mercy for him?
2.Vravaka neeru jochina somakuni gotti,
2.When the Somasura hid himself in the ocean, did I not ,
Fearlessly kill him and recover Vedas from him.
3.Kalindhi loni kaliyuni madhambunu ,
Kala nanacha ledhaa
3.Did I not in the Yamuna river destroy the pride ,
Oh Kaliya using only my feet
4.Makaramu gomboyna guru puthruni ,
Mari dechi yosaga ledhaa
4.Did you not bring again the sons of your Guru,
Who were taken away by crocodile and return them?
5.THyagarajunaku sakhudaina naadhu pra-
5.Have you not heard about fame of me,
Who is the friend of Thyagaraja.
6.Odanu jaripe muchada ganare
(Thyagaraja asks you to see the ladies in the boat who are singing and dancing)
Odanu jaripe muchada ganare,
Oh ladies look at the scene of ,
Moving of boats today.
AAdavaru Yamunakada krushnuni koodi ,
Yadusu padusu nandaru joodaga
The scene with every one seeing along with Krishna ,
Singing and dancing along with Krishna
1.Kondharu hari keerthanumulu bada ,
Kondharu anandamuna mudhulaada,
KOndharu Yamuna devini Veda ,
KOndharu muthayapu sarulasiyada
1.With some of them singing songs on Hari ,
With some of them with joy dancing and kissing,
With some of them requesting Goddess Yamuna,
And with some others with their pearl necklaces waving
2.Kondharu thada bada balintlu kadhala,
KOndharu bangaru valvalu vadhala,
Kondharu kutilalakamulu medhala ,
KOndharu balkusu krishnanuni kadhala
2.With some of them staggering making their breasts shake,
With some other having their golden silk apparels moving away,
With of them having their forelocks flying ,
With some of them talking about sports of Krishna
3.KOndharu thyayagara sakhude yanaka ,
Kondhari kasthuri bottu karagaga ,
Kondhari goppula virulu jaraga,
Kondhari kankanamulu gallanga
3.Some of them telling he is friend of Thyagaraja ,
With the musk thila of some of them getting erased,
With the flowers decorating the hair of some falling down,
With the bangles of some people making sound Gal.
6. Thanayandhe premayanusu viribonulu
(Each Gopi thought that Krishna was in love with them ,When Krishna played them with all)
Thanayandhe premayanusu viribonulu,
THala theliyaka naadedharu
Each of those ladies thinking that Krishna ,
Was only in love with them lost their head and danced.
Anayamu mohamu meeraga Krushnudu ,
Anthari kanni roopamulu yethi yadaka
When their passion for him increased a lot, Krishna ,
For each of them took a form and played with them.
1.Kondhari bangaru kongulu bata,
Kondhari bathamulu baguga netta
KOndhari sogasunu kanulaara jooda ,
KOndhari manasu delisi matalada
1.He pulled the golden dresses of some ,
He pushed the feet of some by his feet ,
He stared and enjoyed the beauty of some
He understood the mind of some and talked with them.
2.Kondhari angamunu bavvalimpa,
KOndhari pedavula balukempu luncha,
Kondhari thanuvula kara leela seya
KOndhari venuka nilisi Jadaveyya
2.He laid down on the laps of some ,
He applied red paint on the lips of some ,
He played love games with hand on bodies of some,
He stood behind some and started making up their braids.
KOndhari nudhutaga sthuri bottu petta,
KOndhari thaluku chekkula mudhu betta,
KOndhari palindla banner jilka,
KOndharitho Thyagaraja nuthudu Balka
3. He putr thila with muskon the forehead of some,
He kissed the shining cheeks of some ,
He sprayed rose water on the breasts of some ,
And that one praised by Thyagaraja talked with some.
7.Yenomu nochithmo chelula
(The ecstasy of the gopis in being able move with passion with Krishna)
Yenomu nochithmo chelula,
May dhanam osagithimo
Oh Ladies, wha penance have we undertaken,
And what charity have we given.
Srinathu koluvamare jelula ,
Chekkillu nothusunu ,
Manaka mevanusu chand=
Rananu hrudayamuna muncha
When the consort of Lakshmi is sitting royally,
To rub our cheeks with that of his,
And continuously drink from his lips,
And hug the moon faced one with our heart
1.Sri Rathnamulu manamu chelulu ,
Sri minchu youvanamu ,
Varija lochanudu chelula ,
Palaye gathavamma ,
Korikka leederenu yadhu,
Veeruni kanulara jooda
1.Oh ladies are we not gem among women,
And our wealth is the youth that is better than goddess Lakshmi,
And so the lotus eyed one has become ours and our wishes fulfilled,
And to see the hero to the maximum wish of the eye
2.Bangru somamulanu jelulu ,
Bagugaa bettu koni ,
Srungarambaramulanu jelulu ,
Cheluvondha gattu koni ,
Sangathigananga mulu su-
Panguniki nosangaga mana
2.Wearing golden ornaments in a pretty way ,
To wear lovely cloths in a stylish way,
And to offer him our body with our own consent
3.Bongaru yi nadhilo jelulu ,
Bondhugaa gumi goodi ,
Mangala garu nitho chelulu ,
Manasara goodi dhimi ,
Ranga pathiyu pongusumana ,
Chengadanu jelangaga mana
3.Oh friends to assemble near this river with ebbing flow,
WE managed with full heart to get the company of this auspicious one ,
For this lord of the stage to be near us with great joy .
4.Vageesaathya marulaku jejala ,
Varnimpa thara moune ,
THyagarajapthunitho jelulu ,
Bogagamulanthu chunu ,
Baguga damirega ganu naya ,
Ragamu lelagu bata.
4,Oh ladies can this be described even by Lord Brahma ,
After sharing the pleasures with the friend of Thyagaraja ,
When our enthusiasm ebbed , to sing in these pretty Ragas
8.Chalu chalu neeyukthalu naduvadhu
(Gopis tell Krishna to stop his tricks and that they have come because of their love to him .)
Chalu chalu neeyukthalu naduvadhu,
Sarasaksha sri Krishna
Oh lotus eyed one , Oh Krishna ,
Stop , stop, your tricks would not work.
Soola daradhula karudhaina mamu goodi ,
Shukhamula nubha vimpave Sri Krishna
You enjoy pleasure with us,
Who are not available even to shiva who holds the shula.
1,Adharadhanamula gani sokkusu may-
Budha Rakshaka salya saradhya monarinchi .
Ponguderuga maithimi Sri Krishna.
1.Seeing your pretty lips and teeth ,
We became attracted in you and came here,
Oh Lord who protects the wise and we did not know,
That you would tell a lie like the charioteer SAlya,
2.Kanda chakkeravati palukulu vini memu,
Kaminchi vachithimi ,
Undiyundi paluni gili mari thotla ,
Yoochana derugamaithimi Sri Krishna
2.Hearing your words which are ;ike sugar candy ,
We fell in love with you and came here,
Oh Krishna we did not know your habit of not talking
And pinching the baby and rocking the cradle.
3.Thyagaraja nuthudani yathi premache ,
Tharunulu vachithimi ,
Bogi sayana maa matalu meerragu,
Budhisali veladhu sumee sri Krishna.
3.When we who are lasses loved you thinking that you are fit,
To be worshipped like Thyagaraja and came here,
Oh Lord who sleeps on the serpent, be an intelligent boy ,
And do not disobey our words.
9.Choothamu rare yi vedkanu
(The poet calls us to see the play of all those lasses.)
Choothamu rare yi vedkanu,
Hey come , oh damsels with pretty teeth,
To see today the fun.
Puru hoothathula karudhaina yodalo ,
Yuvidhalella harini goodi yadedharu.
All the damsels along with Hari are dancing in the boat ,
Which is rare even to Lords like Indra.
1.Okari kokkaru gandhamu naldhedharu,
Okari kokkaru thilakamu diththetharu,
Okari kokkaru veedemu losagetharu ,
Okari kokkaru Haramu vesedharu
1.They applied sandal paste on one another ,
They marked Thilaka on each other ,
They were offering thamboola to each other ,
And they were purtting garlands on each other.
2.Okari kokkaru valu valu gattedharu ,
Okari kokkaru ravikalu dodigedharu ,
Okari kokkaru gaukida goorchedharu,
Okari kokkaru thamalo sokkedharu.
2, They were tying dresses on each other ,
They were making each other wear blouses,
They were embracing each other ,
They were each attracted by one another
3.Okari kokkaru patalu padedharu,
Okari kokkaru sarasamu sadedharu,
Okari kokkaru Hariyanu choosedharu ,
Okari kokkaru Kanaka bramasedharu
3.They were singing songs to each other ,
They were teasing each other with love,
They were seeing each other as Hari,
They were bewildered at not seeing one another
(Note: No Thyagaraja mudhra here in this song)
10.Evaru manaku samana milalo
(The ladies are telling each other there is no one to compare with them.)
Ragam Deva Gandhari
Evaru manaku samana milalo
Oh Ladies , today who are there equal to us?
Avani , Hari Hara Brahmadhi Sura,
Lasache mose poyiri ganukanu
Thinking that it is OK, Brahma, Shiva , Narayana and other Devas,
Were deceived due to desire for women.
Naluva thanayapai mohamu jendhi ,
Nadu thagilipoye muddhu ,
LOluku Sri Hari valasuchu Brunda ,
Siluva bhooshanudu Daruka vanapu ,
Chelula palaaye ,Go-
Kulamuna Thyagaraja nuthudu mana-
Valla dagili poye ganukanu.
Due to the passion arising on his own daughter ,
Lord Brahma was caught ,
The very charming Hari got attracted by Brunda ,
And became her slave ,
The wearer of snakes as ornaments got in to,
The custody of wives of Daruka vana due to love ,
And in this Gokula , he who is praised by Thyagaraja,
Fell in to our net.
11.Unnathavuna nunda niyyadhu
(There is storm created by Krishna and rain and boat develops a leak. The Gopis are upset.)
Unnathavuna nunda niyyadhu,
YUrumulaithe venaka thiyyadhu
This rain is not permitting us to remain,
Where we are and sound of thunder is not going back.
Sudigali yoda jutti ,
Vadiga vanalaithe gotti
The tempest is rotating the boat ,
And the waves are lashing at it with speed.
1.Odalo randharamu galigeyi,
Vanithala kevvaru salige
1,Alas the boat has developed a hole,
And who are there to help these ladies
2.Kanulakendhu ganaradhu , gathi,
Kalindhi manakika meedhu
2.Nothing is visible to our eyes,
Only this river Yamuna is our support.
3.Mathi povu dhari janiramma , apude ,
Madhamimpa valadanti namma
3.Oh ladies this happened because we followed our mind,
Dis I not tell you that so much pride should not be there.
4.Manayokkacho goodaradhu ,pralaya ,
Mana nidhigaa veruledhu
4.We should not crowd in a place for,
This indeed is deluge and nothing else.
5.Raja vadanalu raramma , Thyaga-
5.Oh moon faced ones please come and let us ,
See the friend of Thyagaraja.
12.Alla kallolamayenamma Yamunadevi
(The gopis are greatly upset and are feeling helpless )
Alla kallolamayenamma Yamunadevi , maa,
Yarthuthellaa dheeerpu mayamma
It has become turbulent and confusing, Oh Goddess Yamuna ,
And Oh mother solve all our problems.
Mollalache poojinchi ,
We worshipped you with jasmine flowers,
And so please protect us.
1.Marubariki dalalekha yi Raja ku-,
Maruni dechidhi yindhaka,
1.Unable to bear the arrows of cupid ,
WE brought this prince till here,
Our life has been destroyed,
How long should we continue to suffer.
2.Gali vanalu nindaraye maa panulella ,
Malimi tho mammelu ,
2. The storm and rain has become stronger,
And our actions are being laughed at,
Please save us with love ,
WE also left away our men.
3.Sommulella nee kosagedhamamma,
Yamuna devi yi,
Sumukhuni gattu joppavamma,
Yemmekani balimini yela dichithi mamma
3.Oh river Yamuna, we would give all our ornaments,
Only to you , please make the pleasant faced one to the shore,
Why did we bring this pretty one using force?
4.Nalina bhavudu vrasina vraalu etulainagani,
Nathudu brathigiyundina jalu ,
Pralayamu layyenii ye-
Pani chesina bamalu.
4. Whatever may have been written,
On our head by Lord Brahma,
Please save our Lord ,
Whatever we women do,
It ends in a deluge.
5,DEhamulella nosage thamamma ,
Oh Devi, Krishna devuni gattu jerppuvamma ,
Mohananguni memu ,
5.Oh mother we odffer all our bodies to you ,
Oh Goddess , please somehow take Krishna ashore.
WE deceived this pretty one and brought him here.
6.May mokkatencha podithimamma maapali devu,
Dememo yenchu konnadamma ,
Ramaro Sri Thyagarajapthuni bayamamma
6.We thought of one thing and came but ,
This one who is the God who protects us,
Is thinking of some other thing,
Oh ladies do not part with this friend of Thyagaraja.
13.Perugu palu bujiyinchi
(The Gopis ask Krishna whether their life and actions was only a waste.)
Perugu palu bujiyinchi thanuvula ,
Benchina della nindhugaa
Was our efforts in looking after our body,
By drinking curd and milk only for this?
Niravadhi sukha dayaka maa vayasu ,
Oh Lord who gives various pleasures ,
Is our youth only meant to get dissolved in water?
1.Atha mama latho nee kai may medhu-
Radina dhella yindhuka,
SAtha galigi ikanaina nundhumANI ,
1.Was our fighting with our father and mother in law,
Only for this purpose ?
Our getting strength and thinking that we would,
At least now get pleasure , only for this purpose ?
2.Aasa theera nee seva valayunani ,
Arasina della nindhukaa,
Pasiyundaneraka peddhala che ,
Bamula jendhina dhindhuka
2. Our searching with an aim to serve you,
Till our desires are exhausted was only for this purpose,
Not able to part with you and getting ,
Scolded by elders was only this purpose .
3.Snana pananalu jeyu vela ninu,
Menu nee sommu jeytakai ,
May malladi na thindhukaa
3. Was our thinking about you even while,
We were bathing and drinking , only for this purpose ,
Was our efforts to offer ourselves ,
Completely to you, only for this purpose?
4.THaliru bonulai yamana nadhilo,
Valachsu dholi janamamu ramunuche ,
Varamulu badasina thindhuka
4.Did we come with a thin reed to this,
River Yamuna , only to suffer like this?
Was our our showing devotion to Rama ,
In our earlier birth and getting boons only for this purpose.
5.Koti janmamulu thapamulu chesi,
Korinathellaa nindhukaa ,
SAtileni nee leelalu manasuna ,
5.Our observening penance for croes of births,
And making requests, was it for this purpose ,
Our tolerating your matchless sports ,
And troubles , was for this purpose.
6.Aagama nigama purana charutani ,
Thyagaraja nutha tharaka nama nee ,
Thathwamu delisina dhindhuka
6.Our following you thinking that you are one,
Who wanders in Vedas, Puranas and Agamas , was it for this purpose ,
Oh Lord who has a name leading to salvation ,
And who is worshipped by Thyagaraja,
Did we come to know of your principles for this sake?
14.Krishna maakemi dhova baluku
(The Gopis tell Krishna about their problems and requests for his help.)
Krishna maakemi dhova baluku,
Keerthi galgunu deva deva bala
Oh Bala Krishna, god of Gods, What is the way ,
For us, Tell us. You would get a lot of fame .
Sarige ravikelellaa boye verri ,
All our zari blouses have been lost?We ,
Are not able to tolerate this intense cold.
1.Sarivarilo siggu poye neeru ,
Janulapai daganaaye Bala
1.We have lost our self respect among equals,
The water has risen to the level of our thigh
2.SArvamu nenaukonna needhu ,
Samarthyamu joopu , china bala
2.Oh Golden boy who thinks that you are,
Everything , please show your capacity.
3.Bayaleni mammu neevu yayu-
Payamaina thepi brovu.
3. Show some trick of yours and save us,
Who cannot part from you .
4.Matho jeraga yintha badagalge ,
Marathumaa yika prana nadhaa , bala
4.Oh our soul like Lord , it is because you joined us ,
This problem came to you , we will not forget it.
5.Indhukanusu thalli sakeno leka,
Ye papula kandlu dakeno
5.Did yor mother bring you up for this,
Or which sinner’s evil eye fell on you .
6.Rakendhu mukha dhayradha THyaga –
Rajarchitha , brova radha sri
8.Oh Lord with full moon like face, Don’t you have mercy?
Oh Lord worshipped by Thyagaraja can’t you save us.
15.Indhukemi sethu mamma
(Krishna tells them to plug the hole in the boat by their cloths .The Gopis react.)
Indhukemi sethu mamma Krushnu-
Dentho matalade namma
What shall we do for this, That Krishna ,
Is telling us some thing.
Maguvalante intha vaadhaa maku ,
Maname pranamu gadhaa
Do you think so badly about ladies ,
Is not self respect our soul .
1.Kusa kusalanthemi vachu ippu,
Dusurunde ooru povochu.
Krishna:1.What is the point in muttering something,
Among yourselves, If you are alive we can go back home.
2.vanithalakani yevvaraina Krishnaa ,
Vanchanagaa balka dagunaa
Gopis:2Hey Krishna , is it proper for you talk ,
In such a cheating way to ladies?
3.Hatamu seya vela gathu,Athmma,
Hahya gaani vere ledhu
Krishna:3.This is not time to be obstinate,
This is a suicide and nothing else.
4.Nangamakaa nilva vasama Krishnaa,
Nalugurilo neeku yasamaa
Gopis :4. oH Krishna, Can we stand naked here ,
Would this give you fame in public.
5.Naa matalu vini meeru vega,
Nanu gattu jerppa boneeru
Krishna:5. Would you not obey my words,
And speedily taka me back to shore?
6.Lalanala papamu lemo yee ,
Lagu vraaatha lunde nemo
Gopis 6:What sins have these ladies done , Is it ,
Their fate to suffer like this ?
7. Velaku theesina valapurathu kana,
Velathula ika nammarathu
Krishna:7 love cannot be purchased , we shoulf not,
Believe in ladies from now.
8.Rajanya itu yenchavaladhu Thyaga,
Raja vnutha prema galadhu
Gopis :8.Oh royal hero who is worshipped by,
Thyagaraja , You should not think like that ,
We have great love towards you.
16.Veda vakhyamani yenchiri
(The Gopis obey Krishna, closed the hole in the boat . Water entered and their cloths flew away. They lost their pride.)
Veda vakhyamani yenchiri yee,
Veladhu lella sammathinchiri
Assuming that words of Krishna ,
Are the words of Vedas they agreed.
Cheeralanniyu vadalinchiri yentho ,
Siggu chetha nandhu nunchiri
They removed all their saris and with great,
Shyness , they closed the hole of the boat.
1.Andhuna niluvaka poyenu menu ,
Lanthariki dhadavanaa yeth.
1.Due to that the water did not stop,
Water level increased and their bodies became wet.
2.Kanukondhuno yani saraguna balindla ,
Karamula mooya marugunaa.
2.Scared that some people would see them,
They hid their breasts by their hands.
3.Manamulanu moosu kondharao , thama ,
Pranamulanu gaka kondhuro.
3.They wondered whether to hide their respectability,
Or to save their souls .
4.Chelula norandaka nayenu neeru ,
Chilu chilumani yekku vaayennu.
4.The mouth of those ladies dried and water ,
Climbed up making sound “chala, chala.”
5.Valvalu ganaka poyenu sathula,
Vadanamu latu srukkanayethu.
5. The dresses disappeared, and,
The face of ladies faded .
6.Karagi karagi yangalarchiri chelulu ,
Kamalakshu nuramunu jerchiri.
6. Their hearts melted and they went on prattling ,
And they hugged Lord Krishna to their chest.
7.Kanula kaduka neeru kaaragaa joochi ,
Kanthudentho muddhu karagaa.
7.When the tears driopped along with their,
Applied Kajal, the face of Krishna became happy.
8.Ramanula madhamella jarikenu Thyaga-
Rajanutha mathi karakenu.
8. The pride of the ladies was destroyed ,
And the mind of lord praised by Thyagaraja melted.
17.Hari , hari neeyokka divya
(The Gopis realize Hari is God and worship him.)
Hari , hari neeyokka divya,
Oh Hari, Hari, give your divine feet to us
Daranu galuku boga bhagyamellanu ,
THathyamu gadhu sumaa Sri Krishna
In this earth the pleasures as well as luck,
Are not permanent oh Sri Krishna,
1.Sanaka , sanandhana sri Narada shukar-
Juna munulellaa nuthinchu ,
Vana janyana brahmadhi sankran-
Dhana ganulella sevinchu.
1.Praised by sages like SAnka , Sananthana ,
Narada, Shuka and Arjuna and served by ,
Great Gods like Indra, Brahma Sankara ,
2.Munu , Veda puranagama sasthra ,
Vidhyala nella charinchu ,
Gana sama Neela niranjana nirguna,
Kanikaramuna Thyagaraja bavinhu .
2. Give us the feet Which travels among Vedas , Puranas , SAsthras ,
And agamas , which is meditated by Thyagaraja,
Oh Lotus eyed lord , who is blue like the rich cloud,
Oh stainless one , Oh Lord without any characteristics .
18. Gandhamu puyyarukaa panneru
(One Gopi exhorts all of them to worship sri Krishna)
Ragam Punnaga varali
Gandhamu puyyarukaa panneru
Till our desire ends apply sandal paste and rose water
Anthamaina yadhu nandanu pai ,
Kundha radhanaliravondhaga Parimala
Oh ladies with jasmine bud like teeth on ,
The son of Yadhu dynasty we will apply scented
Kasthuri thilakami dithdarugaa ,
Kala kala muni mukha kala gani sokkusu ,
Balukula namruthamu lolikedu swamiki.
1.They put a thilaka on the lord,
THeu put a musk Thilaka on the lord ,
And attracted by the luster of his face ,
They also applied sandal paste on the lord,
From whose words the nectar was flowing.
2.CHelamu gattarugaa bangaru ,
Chelamu kattarugaa ,
Malimitho Gopala balulatho ,
Nala mepina visala nayanuki
2. They tied a dress to the lord,
They tied golden dress to the Lord,
And applied sandal paste on the broad eyed Lord ,
Who joined them all with the cowherd boys .
3.Harathlu leddheruga , muthyala,
Hara thulu leddherugaa ,
Nari manulaku varamu youvana ,
Varaka yosagedu varijakshuniki.
3. They offered him lamp worship,
They offered worship with pearl lamps ,
They applied sandal to the lotus eyed one,
Who offered his youth in return ,
To those gems of ladies.
4.Poojalu seyarukaa , manasara ,
Poojalu seyaruka ,
Jajulu mari virivajulu dhavanamu ,
Rajitha Thyagaraja nuthunuki.
4. They offered worship to him ,
They offered him worship with all their mind ,
With Jaji, Iruvakshi , Davana and other flower,
Oh Lord who is praised by Thyagaraja.
19.Gum gum gumayani vasanatho
(describes how the Gopis went to see their lord krishna.)
Gum gum gumayani vasanatho mudhu
Gummalu vedaliri choodare
Please see those dear ladies going ,
With scent coming “Gum , gum”, from them.
Mamatha thonu suravarulellaa sura tharu ,
Suma vanalu guriyimpa vedkaga.
They went when with great affection all the devas,
Rained on them the flowers of a Karpaga tree.
1.Naluvanka pagalu vaddhulu thejarilla ga ,
Chelaga sambrani pogalu gramma gandha po-
Dulu challuchu bayye dhala dheeyusu banne-
Rulu chilukusu yadhu kula veerunitho.
1.On all four sides joss sticks shining ,
With smoke from Sambrani spreading everywhere ,
Throwing scented powders in ample quantity ,
With upper cloth sliding down , spraying rose water
2.Bangaru cheeralu rangaina ravikalu ,
Nunguramulu velayanga soga suga bu-,
Janga sayunadaku Rangapathini joochi ,
Bongusu thani vara gowkalinchusunu.
2.Wearing golden dresses and blouses of different colours ,
With ring shining on their finger, after seeing Lord Ranga .
Who was happily lying down on the serpent,
Their hearts were filled with joy and they hugged him with love.
3.Varamaina kanaka nopuramulu gallana ,
Nuramuna , muthyala sarulella gadalaga ,
Karamuna sogasaina viri suradulache vi-
Saruchu Thyagaraja Varaduni Pogadusu.
3,. With the best of golden anklets making sound ,
With pearl necklaces waving on his chest ,
Fanning him using pretty floral fans ,
And singing praise of the Lord saluted by Thyagaraja.
20.Makulamuna kiha pramosagina
Makulamuna kiha pramosagina neeku ,
Mangalam , shubha mangalam
To you who gave great pleasure to our clan,
Auspiciousness , divine auspiciousness .
Maa kula brochina madana Janaka neeku,
Mangalam, Shubha mangalam
Oh father of cupid who protected our clan ,
To you auspiciousness , divine auspiciousness .
1.Madha gaja mana manitha sathguna neeku,
Mangalam Shubha Magalam
Mada mohi rahitha manjula roopa dhara neeku
Mangalam, Shubha mangalam,
1.Oh Lord who walks like elephant in rut ,
Oh Lord who is the treasure of good recognized by all,
To you auspiciousness , divine auspiciousness .
Oh Lord without pride or passion who has a pretty form,
To you auspiciousness , divine auspiciousness .
2.Manasija vairi manasa sadana neeku,
Mangalam, Shubha Mangalam,
Manavini vini mammelu konna neeku ,
Mangalam , shubha Mangalam
2.Oh Lord who resides in mind of Shiva , the enemy of cupid,
To you auspiciousness , divine auspiciousness .
Oh Lord who listened to our appeal and took us to you,
To you auspiciousness , divine auspiciousness .
3.Ma manasuna nela konna Krishna neeku ,
Mangalam Shubha mangalam,
Maamanohara palitha Thyagaraja
Mangalam, Shubha manglam.
3.Oh Lord Krishna who lives in our mind,
To you auspiciousness , divine auspiciousness .
Oh Lord who stole mind of Lakshmi and one who looks after Thyagaraja,
To you auspiciousness , divine auspiciousness .
(the effect of hearing it)
Thyagaraja kruthaam punyaam,
Kadhaam saddhu Manoharam ,
Ye srunvanthi naraa loke ,
Thesham Krishna praseedhadhi.
This auspicious story composed by Thyagaraja ,
Which steals the heart of good people ,
Would bring the blessings to Lord Krishna,
To those men who hear it in this world.