by Adi Shankaracharya
Achyutham kesavam rama narayanam, Krishna damodharam vasudevam harim, Sreedharam madhavam gopika vallabham, Janaki nayakam ramachandram Bhaje
I sing praise of that Achyuta who is infallible, Keshav, Raam, Narayan, Krishna, Damodara, Vasudeva, Hari, Shridhara (possessing Lakshmi), Madhava, Gopikavallabha (Dearest of Gopika), and Janakinayaka (Lord of Janaki or Sita).
Achyutham kesavam sathya bhamadhavam, Madhavam sreedharam radhika aradhitham, Indira mandiram chethana sundaram, Devaki nandanam nandhajam sam bhaje
I offer a salute with my hands together to Achyuta, Who is known as Keshav, Who is the consort of Satyabhama (Krishna), Who is known as Madhav and Shridhar, Who is longed-for by Radhika, Who is like a temple of Lakshmi (Indira), Who is beautiful at heart, Who is the son of Devaki, and Who is the Dear-One of all.
Vishnava jishnave sankhine chakrine, Rukhmani ragine janaki janaye, Vallavi vallabha yarchidha yathmane, Kamsa vidhvamsine vamsine the nama||3||
Salutations for Vishnu (who is omnipresent), Who conquers everyone, Who holds a conch-shell and a discus, Who is the affectionate of Rukmini (Krishna), Who is the consort of only Janaki (Raam), Who is the Dear-One of cowherdesses, Who is offered [in sacrifices], Who is the Atman, Who is the destroyer of Kansa, and Who plays the flute (Krishna)
Krishna govinda he rama narayana, Sree pathe vasu deva jitha sree nidhe, Achyuthanantha he madhava adhokshaja, Drowpadhi rakshaka , pathu maam sarvadha ||4||
Forever protect me Hey Krishna, Who takes care of all souls, Who is Rama and Narayana, Who is Lord of Lakshmi, Who is victorious as son of Vasudeva, Who is the store house of treasures, Who is the endless happiness, Who is the greatest sage, Who is forever victorious, And who saved Draupadhi.
Rakshasa kshobitha seethaya shobitho, Danda karanya bhoo punyatha karana, Lakshmanananvitho vanarai ssevitho, Agasthya sampoojitho raghava pathu maam||5||
Raghav, Who upsetted the demons, Who adorned Sita, Who is the cause of purification of the forest called Dandaka, Who was accompanied by Lakshman, Who was served by monkeys, and Who was revered by Agastya, save me.
Dheenu karishtako anishta krudwesinaam, Kesiha kamsa hrud vamsika vaadhana, Poothana nasana sooraja khelano, Bala gopalaka pathu maam sarvadha||6||
Forever salutations to Bala Gopala, Who killed Dhenuka and Arishtaka, Who killed those who hated him, Who was hated by kesi and Kamsa, Who played on flute, Who killed Poothana, And who likes to play in the river.
Vidhyu dudhyothavath prasphura dwasasam, Prouda bodhaval prollasad vigraham, Vanyaya Malaya shobhi thora sthalam, Lohinthangri dwayam vareejaksham bhaje||7||
I pray Lord Krishna with pretty eyes, Who wore clothes shining like lightning, Whose form shone like the clouds of rainy season, Who wears on his chest garlands of wild flowers, And who has pair of pretty red feet.
Kanchithai kundalai braja maanananam, Rathna moulim lasad kundalam gandayo, Haara keyuragam kankana projwalam, Kinkini manjula syamalam tham bhaje||8||
I sing praise of that Shyam, Whose face is adorned by falling locks of curly tresses, Who has jewels on the forehead, Who has reflection of shiny earrings on the cheeks, Who is adorned with a garland of the Keyur flower, Who has a shiny bracelet, and Who has a melodious anklet.
Achyuthashtakam ya patdeth ishtadham, Premadha prathyaham poorusha saspruham, Vruthatha sundaram karthru viswambharam, Tasya vasyo harir jayathe sathwaram
He who reads this octet with love and devotion, which is dear to God Achyutha, which is also written with love and devotion, Would reach the Lord fast and without fail.