Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya: Chapter 13: Part 4

  • 61) Then, Lord Krishna got together with the cowherds and ate that food. The Lord of all went to Gokula and enjoyed there. Over here, the brahmins realized that they made a big mistake by violating Lord Krishna’s orders and atoned for it.
  • 62) Lord Krishna noticed that the cowherds were preparing for worshiping Indra and stopped the same. The Lord, the One without any destruction, did so in order to ensure that Indra does not think of HIM as a mere human and also to relieve him of his misconception.
  • 63) The Lord engaged them in HIS own worship by telling them “The worship of the hill is the best dharma for us”; The Lord took a huge form and received their worship which included a variety of food preparations and drink.
  • 64) Indra, having forgotten that Lord Krishna was verily the beholder of the chakra Himself, ordered the clouds to shower huge rains on the cowherds; The clouds, being instructed thus, showered rains that were as big as the trunks of elephants, so as to cause the destruction of Gokula.
  • 65) Noticing that the entire Gokula was suffering a lot because of the rains, Lord Padmanabha lifted that big mountain with only his left hand, which resembled the stem of a lotus plant; All the cowherds entered that mountain along with their cows.
  • 66) Noticing that the entire Gokula was being protected effortlessly by Lord Krishna, even though he rained an enormous amount of water for 7 days, Indra recollected that Lord Krishna was indeed the avatara of the Supreme Lord Hari. He took to the refuge of the lotus-feet of the Lord of Yadus.
  • 67) The thousand eyed Indra, along with the entire group of cow-herds,  rushed to Lord Krishna, the One who is the ocean of infinite auspicious attributes, the One who is worshipped by Shiva and who is the Guru of Brahma, the One who is greater than the best and One who has immense radiance, and praised Him with mantras from the Upanishads.
  • 68) O Lord Krishna! the One who has supreme strength! This world has been created by You, the One who has infinite radiance! You are the One who sustains all of this! In the end, You are the One who destroys all! All the bindings and liberation of this world are also due to You! There is none equal to you anywhere!
  • 69) “O Lord! Only you can excuse my childishness. I am ever dependent upon You” Having been saluted by Indra thus, Lord Krishna said “I have always forgiven you. I brought interruption to your worship only to warn you”
  • 70) Lord Indra, the lord of the entire group of cows, performed abhisheka to Lord Govinda, the One full of auspicious attributes, and returned. The gopas, whose doubts went away with the episode of Govardhana Uddharana, went to Lord Krishna, the Lord of all words, and prostrated before Him.
  • 71) From then on, the entire group of cowherds realized that Lord Krishna was “Narayana Himself”. They offered even more worship to Him, the One with lotus-like-eyes, after listening from Nanda that Sage Garga had revealed that “Krishna is the same as Narayana”.
  • 72) After having seen that Balarama had killed the demon Pralambasura, the one who could not be killed due to the boon of Skanda, the cowherds were convinced that Balarama too was a special devata. They offered special worship to him as well.
  • 73) Lord Krishna married those gopa-kanyas who had undertaken the katyayini vrata with the sole intention of obtaining HIM as their husband; He also gave joy to those gopa-strees who were wives to others already but had great desire to come to the LORD.
  • 74) Lord Krishna obtain 10 lakh sons out of these gopa-strees and they came to be known as “Narayana”; All of them were gopas but were originally from the devata-gaNa; All of them had taken birth on earth as the Lord’s sons due to their great bhakti in HIM
  • 75) Due to the boon given to them (gopa-strees) by HIMSELF earlier, even before Balarama and even before HIS own upanayana, Lord Krishna had great enjoy during the nights; LORD is the chintamani that ensures fructification of all requests and HE is verily without even a trace of inauspiciousness!
  • 76) During those full-moon nights, when Vrundavana was filled with the fragrance of lotus and mallika flowers, the gopikas used to get immersed in listening to the sweet music coming out of the face of Lord Mukunda; During one such time, a Yaksha came over there
  • 77) The name of that Yaksha was shankhachooda; He was protected by the boon of Rudra and was the servant of Kubera, who was Rudra’s friend; He was extremely powerful and cruel; He caused a lot of unrest amongst the gopikas and was killed by Lord Krishna with a hit from HIS palm; Lord Krishna took away a gem that he possessed
  • 78) Another asura, by the name of Arishta and by nature against Lord Krishna, came to Gokula in the form of an ox; He couldn’t be defeated by anyone due to the boon of Shiva and was Kamsa’s servant; Seeing him threaten the cows, Lord Krishna invited him to a fight quickly
  • 79) Arishtasura pounced upon Lord Krishna with his terrible and sharp horn; But Lord Krishna, the One who is full of strength and the One who is all-capable, caught hold of his horn and shoved it to the earth and killed him just like how one sacrifices an animal at the altar of yagnas
  • 80) Another asura, by the name of Keshi, was sent by Kamsa and approached Lord Krishna in the form of a horse; Due to the boon of Parvati that sinner could not be defeated by anyone; Lord Krishna kept his shoulders in his mouth; the shoulders started growing inside his mouth

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