By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Sudama, SudAma, Sudaama
Sudāma or Śridāma was a poor brāhmaṇa boy. He was a classmate and an intimate friend of Kṛṣṇa in the gurukula of the sage Sāndīpani. Since he used to wear bad and worn out clothes, he was also called Kucela. After marriage, he and his big family used to suffer much due to poverty. At the insistence of his wife, he went to Dvārakā to see Kṛṣṇa and beg some wealth from him. He had carried with him some flattened rice for Kṛṣṇa as an offering. When Kṛṣna ate a handful of the same, his house at his village was transformed into a palatial mansion with plenty of wealth. He is cited as an example of sākhya-bhakti.
- Gurukula means forest academy.
- Sākhya bhakti means devotion to God as a friend.
- Bhāgavata 10.80 and 81
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore