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Ashtapadis or Ashtapadi are Indian hymns where the music has eight lines (steps) within each composition. Each ashtapadi song is set in a special raga (an Indian musical mode) and tala. It is a rhyme of eternal love and supreme devotion. The literal meaning of "ashtapadi" is "eight steps." This word is also the source for the word ashtāpada, an Indian board game, the forerunner of chess.

Ashtapadis of Gita Govinda[edit]

Gita Govinda was composed in the 12th century by Indian poet Jayadeva from Kenduli Sasan, a village near the famous temple city of Puri in Sanskrit language. Gita Govindam is a lyrical poetry in twelve chapters, sub-divided into twenty four divisions called Prabandha. The Prabandhas contain couplets grouped into eights, called ashtapadis. The songs in Gita Govinda symbolize the eternal love of Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha.

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List of Ashtapadis[edit]

According to Professor P Sambamoorthy, in his series of books 'South Indian Music' (Vol 1 to 6), refers to the Ashtapadi's original notes not being preserved. Hence these are sung in different ragas by different artists and the ragas in following list are just a sample of the same.

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