Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 11:28-40

Book 10: Eleventh Chapter (First Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 11: Verses 28-40

There is a forest, Vrndavana by name, suitable for cattle, full of evergreen woodlands, fit to be resorted to by cowherds and cowherdesses and the bovine race and consisting of sacred hills, pasturage and plants. Therefore,we shall go there this very day. Get the carts ready; do not tarry. Let the cattle wealth proceed ahead if it pleases you (all)." Hearing this, the cowherds, who were (all) of one mind, said, "Right ! Good I" Bringing together their respective herds, they went forthwith their effects loaded (on the carts). Putting the aged, infants, womenfolk and all accessories, 0 king, on the carts and placing the cattle-wealth at the head, the cowherds, who were (all) alert and carried bows, blew horns on all sides and proceeded with their family priests accompanied by a loud flourish of trumpets.Mounted on chariots and splendid with saffron freshly painted on their breasts, cowherdesses, whose necks were adorned with strings of gold coins and who were (all) finely dressed, delightfully sang the pastimes of Sri Krsna. Similarly mounted on one and the same chariot, Yasoda and Rohini, who were anxious to hear the stories of their Darlings, shone with Balarama and Sri Krsna (by their side).
Duly entering Vrndavana, which was delightful at all times (during all seasons), they set up (on the first day) by means of their carts a crescent-shaped habitation for their cattle. At the sight of Vrndavana, the Govardhana hill and the sandy banks of the (holy) Yamuna supreme joy filled the mind of Balarama and Sri Krsna, 0 protector of men ! Affording delight in this way to the inhabitants of Vraja by means of Their infantile gestures and sweet expressions the two Brothers in due time grew to be the keepers of calves. Equipped with various playthings They pastured the calves not far from the area of cow-pens in the company of (other) cowherd boys. Now they played on the flute and now hurled stones etc., by means of slings. Sometimes They threw them with Their feet making a tinkling noise with the tiny bells fastened to their girdle; while at other times They contended with each other playing the part of bulls and bellowing (like them) in the comp Y of (other) boys disguised as bulls. (Nay,) mimicking animals (of various kinds), by crying like them, They moved about (in the woods) like ordinary (human) infants.



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