kastUrI tilakam lalATa phalakE vakshasthalE kaustubham
nAsAgrE nava mauktikam karatalE vENum karE kankaNam
sarvAngE hari chandanam cha kalayam kaNThEcha muktAvali
gOpastrI parivEshTitO vijayatE gOpAla chUDAmani

Meaning of this beautiful Shloka which has a contrast between ornamented god and god as the supreme ornament:

O Sri Krishna ! The Kasturi (Musk) Tilak, a red ritual mark decorates your forehead and the Kaustubha jewel ornaments your chest

The Nava mouktika, a pearl ornament on your nose, your fingertips graced by a flute, while your wrist is ornamented with a bracelet.

O Sri Hari! Your entire body is bedecked with fragrant sandalwood paste, your neck has a beautiful garland

You gave Mukti (salvation) to the Gopis (lady-cowherds) who followed you, 

Victory be to that Lord who proved to be the choodamani (crest jewel - singular ornament of all ornaments) for even a commoner like a cowherd

"Kasturi Tilakam" is the 2.108 Slokam of Sri Krishna Karnamrutham, a string of Bhakthi laden poems offered at the sacred feet of the Lord . The author of Sri Krishna Karnamrutham is Bilva Mangalar (AD 1220-1300). He was a contemproary of Swami Desikan (AD 1268-1369). Since he described with great joy the leelas of Krishna like Sukha Brahmam, the author of Srimad Bhagavatham, he came to be known as Leela Sukhar. He belongs to the tradition of great devotees of Krishna of Kerala such as Narayana Bhattadhiri, the author of Sri NarayaNeeyam, Poonthaanma and Vasudeva Nambhhodhri and other great scholars of Dasama Skhandham of Srimad Bhagavatham.

(any sanskrit pandits, dont yell at me for any translation errors, sources are from internet so always cannot say it's authorized for its correctness..)


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