Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 53:32-48

Book 10: Fifty-three Chapter (Latter Half)

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Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 53: Verses 32-48

Hearing of Balarama and Sri Krsna having arrived (in Kundinapura) eager to witness the wedding of his daughter, Bhismaka went forth to meet Them with a flourish of trumpets and excellent articles of worship. Offering Madhuparka[1] (a delicious and refreshing preparation made of curds and honey and offered to an esteemed guest or the bridegroom on the latter's arrival at the door of the bride's father), immaculate garments and welcome presents (of various kinds), he duly worshipped Them in accordance with the scriptural ordinance. Assigning Them alongwith Their troops and retinue an abode equipped with (all) luxuries and amenities, the highly intelligent monarch (who could easily perceive in no time that Sri Krsna had arrived with the intention of marrying Rukmini) offered hospitality (to all) in a befitting manner. He likewise duly entertained (all) the assembled kings by supplying them with all the objects of their desire with due regard to the prowess, age, might and financial status of each.
Hearing of Sri Krsna having arrived (there), the residents of Kundinapura (the capital of Vidarbha) came (out of their houses to see Him) and enjoyed (to their heart's content) the beauty of His lotus-like countenance with both their eyes together (even) as one would quaff honey with the hollow of one's joined palms. (They said to one another,) "Rukmini alone and no other girt deserves to be his consort and he alone of faultless limbs is the most worthy match for Rukmini (the daughter of Bhisma). Pleased with whatever meritorious deed has been performed by us (in this or any previous existence), may God (the Maker of the three worlds) show His grace (to us) and let Sri Krsna and none else marry the princess of Vidarbha (through such grace)." Thus spoke the citizens (to one another), bound as they were by ties of intense love (to Rukmini). And, guarded by soldiers, the maiden (Rukmini) drove out of the gynaeceum to the shrine of Goddess Ambika (Parvati). Deeply contemplating on the lotus-feet of Sri Krsna (the Bestower of Liberation) with her speech (duly) controlled, (nay,) surrounded by her female companions and protected by gallant soldiers of the king's personal guard, who were (all) clad in armour and marched with uplifted weapons, she sallied out (of her chariot at the outermost entrance of the temple) on foot alongwith her mother and other elderly ladies to behold the feet-tender like soft leaves-of Goddess Parvati (the Consort of Lord Siva). Clay tomtoms, conchs and large drums as well as clarionets and kettle-drums were sounded (as she walked).
Surrounding the (royal) bride walked (with her) the foremost of dancing girls in thousands with a variety of offerings and (other) articles of worship, Brahmana's wives well adorned with garlands, sandal-paste, costumes and jewels, songsters singing songs and (other) musicians, playing on musical instruments, as well as Sutas (those versed in ancient legends), Magadhas (bards) and Vandis (panegyrists), who glorified her (all along). Having washed her lotus-like hands and feet and sipped water on reaching the main shrine of the goddess and, (thus) purified and tranquil of mind, she entered into the presence of Goddess Ambika (the Divine Mother). Elderly Brahmana ladies, conversant with the ritual, helped the girl to extol Goddess Parvati, the Consort of Lord Siva, alongwith Siva (as (follows):-"I repeatedly bow to You, the Consort of Lord Siva, alongwith your children (Lord Ganesa and God Kartikeya). Let Lord Sri Krsna be my husband and may You give countenance to it." She (then) duly worshipped severally the Goddess as well as Her family with water (for washing the hands and feet of the Goddess with and other such purposes), sandal-paste, unbroken grains of rice, varieties of incense, raiment (of various description),garlands, necklaces and other ornaments,edibles and other articles of worship of various kinds and rows of lights (to be waved round the Goddess) and likewise worshipped with due ceremony Brahmana matrons whose husbands were alive with the same articles as well as with seasoned small round cakes of flour or meal, betel leaves (accompanied with areca-nut parings, lime, catechu and cardamoms etc.), auspicious coloured thread for the neck, fruits (of diverse kinds) and sugarcanes.

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References

  1. मधुर्पंक च सक्षौद्रं प्रोक्तं मनीषिभि:। By offering Madhuparka to Sri Krsna Bhismaka indirectly expressed his willingness to give away his daughter to Him.

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