Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 37:1-8

Book 10: Thirty-seven Chapter (First Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 37: Verses 1-8
The demon Vyoma slain (by the Lord)

Sri Suka began again : Despatched by Kamsa[1] and anxious to oblige him, the aforesaid Kesi of evil, intent, for his part, went to Nanda's Vraja in the form of a colossal horse-quick as thought, with big eyes, a fearful cave-like mouth and a huge neck and resembling a large dark cloud-pounding and shaking the earth with its hoofs crowding the firmament with clouds and aerial cars dispersed by its manes and terrifying all with its neighs.[2] Placing Himself in the forefront, the Lord challenged the (diabolical) horse, that was frightening (the inhabitants of) His Vraja with its neighs as aforesaid, throwing the clouds into commotion by the hair of its tail and seeking after Him for a duel; and the animal roared loudly like a lion (when thus challenged). Beholding Him, the animal-which was not only difficult to approach and possessed of terrible speed but formidable too-turned round and ran towards Him full of rage and, drinking the heavens as it were with its (wide open) mouth struck the lotus-eyed Lord with its (hind) legs.
Dodging the stroke and seizing the horse by its (aforesaid) legs, Sri Krsna (who is above sense-perception) whirled it in a rage with His arms and, flinging it disdainfully to a distance of a hundred bows (four hundred cubits), even as Garuda (son of the sage Kasyapa) would throw a serpent, stood as before (as if nothing had happened). Having recovered its senses and rising up again, the said Kesi rushed towards Sri Hari with (great) speed, opening its mouth in fury. He too smilingly thrust His left arm into its mouth (as playfully) as a snake-charmer would put a serpent into a hole. Touching the Lord's arm the teeth of Kesi dropped down as they would on touching a heated iron rod. Nay, finding its way into its body, the arm of Sri Krsna (the Supreme Spirit) swelled to an enormous degree, even as (the fluid collected in the body of a man suffering from) the disease of dropsy would if neglected. With its breath choked by the immensely swelling arm of Sri Krsna and its eyes rolling, and profusely sweating all over, the animal dropped dead on the ground throwing up its legs and passing excrement.



  1. Vide verses 20-21 of Discourse XXXVI above.
  2. Verse 2 has not been commented upon by Sridhara Swami.

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