Mukunda Mala Stotra

Of the many hundreds of poetic Sanskritstotras—songs of glorification offered to the Supreme Lord, His devotees, and the holy places of His pastimes—King Kulashekhara’s Mukunda-mala-stotra is one of the most perennially famous. Srila Prabhupada frequently enjoyed citing certain favorite stanzas from it.

The Mukunda-mala-stotra, although composed in elegant Sanskrit, is a simple expression of King Kulashekhara’s devotion to Krishna and his eagerness to share his good fortune with everyone else. Like most other works of the stotra genre, it aims less at presenting a plot than at vividly and honestly expressing the true feelings of a lover of God.

With deep humility he repeatedly begs simply to be allowed to take his next births as a bird, fish, or flower in the place where Lord Krishna enacts His pastimes, and in this way to enjoy the association of His devotees.