Book 10: Forty-one Chapter (First Half)
Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 41: Verses 1-15
Entry into Mathura (of Sri Krsna and Balarama)
Sri Suka began again : Having shown (to Akrura) His (Narayana's) form under water, Lord Sri Krsna withdrew it again, (even) while he was eulogizing Him, (just) as an actor would wind up his part. Perceiving the vision withdrawn and emerging from the water, Akrura also hurriedly finished all his unavoidable routine of devotions, and returned wonder-struck to the chariot. Sri Krsna (the Ruler of the senses) asked him, "What wonder did you see (just) now on earth, in the heavens or in the water (of the Yamuna)? (From your moist and blooming eyes and cheerful countenance etc.), we conclude you to have witnessed something unusual. Akrura replied : "Whatever wonders there are on this earth, in the firmament or in water exist in You (alone), who ensoul the universe. What wonder can, therefore, remain unseen by me, when I am directly looking at You ? When I am gazing on Yourself, in whom all marvels exist, 0 infinite Lord, what miracle could have been seen by me (elsewhere, viz.,) on this earth, in the sky or in water ?" Observing thus, Akrura (the son of Gandini) drove his chariot and brought Balarama and Sri Krsna to Mathura at the decline of day. People from the country, 0 king, who flocked at every stage on the road, felt delighted to behold the two Sons of Vasudeva and could not withdraw their eyes (from Them). Meanwhile the people of Vraja, headed by Nanda, the chief of the cowherds, (who had left the main road when they found Akrura tarrying on the bank of the Yamuna, and taken a shorter route) reached a garden in the precincts of the city in advance and stood waiting (there for Balarama and Sri Krsna).