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rAmacandrAya janakarAjajAmanOharAya
mAmakAbhISTadAya mahita maGgaLam
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To Ramachandra, who stole the heart of the King Janaka’s daughter (Sita)
who fulfils all my wishes, esteemed auspiciousness!
(It really implies that it is an auspicious moment when we think of Him)


kOsalEzAya mandahAsa dAsapOSaNAya
vAsavAdi vinuta sadvarada maGgaLam
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To the Lord of Kosala kingdom, one with gentle smile, who takes care of his devotees,
One who is praised by all gods, good boon-giving auspiciousness!
cArumEgharUpAya candanAdicarcitAya
hArakaTaka zObhitAya bhUri maGgaLam
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To the One who has the form (color) of a beautiful cloud (blue-black), who is smeared with sandalwood paste,
who shines with garlands and bracelets, great auspiciousness!
lalitaratnamaNDalAya tulasIvanamAlikAya
jalada sadRza dEhAya cAru maGgaLam
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To the One who wears several beautiful gems, who wears a garland of tulasi leaves,
whose body shines like a water-bearing cloud, pleasing auspiciousness!
dEvakI suputrAya dEvadEvOttamAya
bhAvaja guruvarAya bhavya maGgaLam
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To the great son of Devaki, who is above all gods,
Who gives benediction as a teacher whenever He was thought of, true auspiciousness!
punDarIkAkSAya pUrNacandravadanAya
aNDaja vAhanAya atula maGgaLam
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To the One who has eyes like white lotus flowers, whose face is like full moon,
who uses for transport the egg-born bird (Garuda), incomparable auspiciousness!
vimalarUpAya vividha vEdAntavEdyAya
sumukhacittakAmitAya zubhada maGgaLam
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To the One who has unblemished form, who is revealed through various Vedic philosophies,
who likes those with pleasing faces (calm minds), happiness-giving auspiciousness!

rAmadAsAya mRdula hRdaya kamala vAsAya
svAmi bhadragirivarAya sarvamaGgaLam
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To the One who resides in Ramdasa’s tender heart
Who is the Lord of Bhadragiri (hills), total auspiciousness!


This is a very widely popular kirthana in most Telugu households that is often recited at the end of devotional meetings and pujas. Its tune is easy to collectively recite and bestows the occasion with a sense of auspiciousness after concluding a puja, a prayer, or a religious discourse. In each charanam, Ramadasa describes the Lord in different ways that collectively gives the person reciting a mental picture of the beauty of His form and thus reinforces the devotion. It is thus very important to understand the significance of various words in charanams that bring forth such eloquent depiction of Lord Rama’s appearance and qualities.