Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 51:1-14

Book 10: Fifty-one Chapter (Latter Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 51: Verses 1-14
(Kalayavana gets burnt and) King Mucukunda glorifies the Lord

Sri Suka began again : The Yavana (Kalayavana) beheld Sri Krsna fully emerged (from the city gate) like the rising moon-most charming to look at, dark brown (of hue), clad in yellow silk, with a white curl of hair (known by the name of Srivatsa) on His bosom and His neck adorned with the brilliant Kaustubha gem; endowed with four massive and long arms and eyes ruddy as a fresh-blown lotus, and wearing a lotus-like face, ever full of excessive joy, with beautiful and splendid cheeks and a bright smile and adorned with brilliant alligator-shaped ear-rings. Concluding from the characteristics pointed out by Narada that this most handsome man with four arms and lotus-like eyes and distinguished with the mark of Srivatsa and adorned with a garland of sylvan flowers must be Sri Krsna (son of Vasudeva) and none else, and resolving that since He was armless and was gowing on foot, he (too) must encounter Him unarmed (and unmounted), the Yavana pursued Him with intent to overtake Him while He was running fast with His back turned against him although He is not within easy reach even of those adept in Yoga.
The Yavana chief was lured far away to a mountain cave by Sri Krsna, who showed Himself at every step as though within grasp. Though (still) at His heels, reproaching Him in the words "It does not become you, born (as you are) in the race of Yadu, to run away (before an adversary)", he could not get at Him, his evil destiny (that prevented him from touching the Lord's sacred person) having not (yet) been exhausted. Even though censured in this way, the Lord entered deep into the mountain cave. Having penetrated it himself, the Yavana found another man lying asleep there. "Surely, having brought me (so) far away, the fellow is lying here like an innocent man !" Saying thus to himself and taking him to be Sri Krsna (the immortal Lord), the stupid fellow struck him freely with his foot. Waking up and slowly opening his eyes, the man, who had been long asleep, gazed all round and beheld the Yavana standing by his side. Burnt by the fire produced out of the Yavana's (own) body even as the look of the lying man-who felt enraged (on his having been awakened so rudely and abruptly)-fell on him, he was reduced to ashes in an instant, 0 Pariksit (a scion of Bharata)!

The king said : What was that man called, who killed the Yavana (thus), 0 holy Brahmana, and to whose race did he belong ? What (kind of) prowess did he possess in reality ? Wherefore did he go to sleep in the (said) cave and whose seed was he ?

Sri Suka replied : Born in the race of Ikswaku and an eminent son of Mandhata, he was known as Mucukunda and was not only (supremely) devoted to the Brahmanas but true to his promise (too).



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