Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 50:50-58

Book 10: Fifty Chapter (Latter Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 50: Verses 50-58

Having deliberated thus, the Lord caused a fortress to be built in the (western) sea (by Viwakarma, the architect of the gods) as well as a city (inside the fortress), extending over (an area of) twelve Yojanas (96 miles) and containing all wonderful things-a city in which expert knowledge of architecture (a science attributed to Twasta, the architect of the gods) as well as (unique) masonic skill stood revealed, and which was specially constructed with roads, streets and quadrangles (strictly) conforming to the site (assigned to them in standard works on architecture). It was (duly) provided with gardens consisting of celestial trees and creepers as well as with wonderful groves and was built (according to a definite plan) with attics and gateways of crystal touching the (very) heavens with their domes of gold, barns of silver and brass adorned with gold pitchers, houses of gold with tops of jewels and floors of emerald, temples dedicated to the deities presiding over the foundation of houses and home-steads etc., and wooden sheds on the roofs of houses. The city was crowded with men belonging to the four orders of society and shone forth with palaces belonging to the rulers of the Yadus (Ugrasena and Vasudeva, Balarama and Sri Krsna).
The great Indra sent down (from heaven as a present) for Sri Krsna (his famous assembly hall known by the name of) Sudharma as well as the Parijata tree (one of the five well-known species of celestial trees), stationed under the shade of which a mortal does not remain tied down to the characteristics of mortals (viz., hunger and thirst, old age and death, grief and infatuation). Varuna (the god of water) sent down (milk-) white horses with one dark ear and swift as thought; Kubera (the lord of treasures), the eight treasures; and the guardians of (other) spheres, the riches peculiar to themselves. Sri Hari Himself having come down to the earth (in the form of Sri Krsna), 0 protector of men, others (such as the Siddhas too) returned (to Him) in toto whatever lordship had been granted (in their favour) by the Lord for the (successful) execution of their charge. Transferring all the people (of Mathura) to that retreat by dint of Yoga (His supernatural power), and having duty conferred with Balarama, who was looking after (the rest of) the people (at Mathura), Sri Krsna, the Dispeller of the agony of His devotees, issued out of the city gate, wearing a garland of lotuses and unarmed.

Thus ends the fiftieth discourse entitled 'The Lord ensconces Himself in a fortress", in the latter half of Book Ten of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.


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