Happy Govardhan Puja (Annakuta)! On this occasion, I thought it would be nice to focus on Indra’s prayers to Lord Krsna. For having committed offenses against Lord Krsna, His beloved Vraja-vasis, the cows, the brahmanas, and Sri Govardhana Hill, Lord Indra begged for forgiveness at the lotus feet of Lord Krsna.
The following are Lord Indra’s prayers from the Sri Garga Samhita 3.1.1-6. Sri Narada said: “A person who, rising in the morning, recites these prayers of Indra attains all perfections. He will not fear any danger.”
sri indra uvaca
tvam deva-devah paramesvarah prabhuh
purnah puranah purusottamah
parat paras tva, prakrteh paro harir
mam pahi pahi dyu-pate jagat-pate
Sri Indra said: “ You are the master of the demigods, the supreme controller, the Lord who is perfect and complete, the oldest, the supreme person greater than the greatest, and above the material energy, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Hari. O, master of the spiritual sky! O, master of the universes, please save me! Please save me!
dasavataro bhagavams tvam eva
riraksaya dharma gavam srutes ca
adyaiva jatah paripurna-devah
You are the original Supreme Personality of Godhead, perfect and complete, who descends as the ten avataras. Desiring to protect the Vedic scriptures and the cows of piety, and desiring also to kill the demons headed by Kamsa, You have taken birth in this world.
madoddhatam helana-bhajanam mam
piteva putram dyu-pate ksamasva
prasida devesa jagan-nivasa
O, master of the spiritual sky, as a father forgives his son, please forgive me, a proud fool, bewildered by your illusory potency, a fool, who has become a great reservoir of offenses to You. O master of the demigods, O home where the universes dwell, please be kind to me.
om namo govardhanoddharanaya
govindaya gokula-nivasaya gopalaya gopala-pataye gopi-jana bhartre
giri-gajoddhartre karuna-nidhaye jagad-vidhaye jagan-mangalaya
jagan-nivasaya jagan-mohanaya koti-manmatha-manmathaya
sri-krsnaya paripurnatmaya te-sankhya-brahmanda-pataye
sa-balay a namas te namas te
Om, obeisances to You, the lifter of Govardhana Hill, the pleasure of the cows, land, and the senses, the Lord who resides in Gokula as the protector of the cows, the master of the gopas, the husband of the gopis, the lifter of the elephant among mountains, an ocean of mercy, the creator of the universes, the auspiciousness of the universes, the home where the universes dwell, the enchanter of the universes, the enchanter of many millions of Kamadevas, the lover of King Vrshabhanu’s daughter, a lamp shining in King Nanda’s family, all-attractive Sri Krsna, the perfect and complete original Personality of Godhead, the master of countless universes, the master of the transcendental abode of Goloka, the companion of Balarama!
Sri Giriraj Dharan ki Jai!