Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 64:1-13

Book 10: Sixty-four Chapter (Latter Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book10: Chapter 64: Verses 1-13

The story of king Nrga

Sri Suka began again : Pariksit, on a certain day, Gada (Sri Krsna's younger brother), Pradyumna, Samba, Caru, Bhanu and other Yadava princes went to play in a garden. Having sported there for a pretty long time they felt thirsty and went to a well in search of water. They found the well dry and noticed a strange animal (fallen) in it. It was a chameleon as big as a rock. Their mind was struck with wonder at the sight. Moved with pity they tied it with thongs of leather and ropes of fibres and attempted to take it out of the well but could not. Full of curiosity they (went to Sri Krsna and) reported this incident to Him. Bhagavan Sri Krsna of lotus-like eyes, the almighty Creator and Protector of the universe (went to the well), saw the animal and lifted it up with His left hand by way of play. Touched by the hand of the glorious Lord, the animal forthwith cast off the form of a chameleon and was transformed into a celestial being adorned with wondrous jewels, clothes and garlands and possessed of a charming hue like that of molten gold. Although He knew the cause of his obtaining the form of a chameleon, yet in order to make the facts known to the people, Sri Krsna (the Bestower of Liberation) asked that shining person, "0 highly blessed one, who are you, possessed of this excellent form ? I surely reckon you to be a great god. Through what Karma were you condemned to this state ? Surely you did not deserve it, 0 highly virtuous soul We are keen to know your history.
If you consider it proper to inform Us about it, please tell Us all about you." Sri Suka resumed : (Pariksit !) questioned in these polite words by Sri Krsna, who is possessed of infinite forms, King Nrga bowed to the Lord of Laksmi with his crown brilliant as the sun, and submitted (as follows). Nrga said : I am a ruler of men, Nrga by name, son of Ikswaku, 0 Lord ! My name might have reached Your ears, if the names of donors were (ever) mentioned (to You). 0 Lord, what is there unknown to You, the Witness of the mind of all beings ?Your vision remains uninterrupted by time, yet I shall narrate my story to You in obedience to Your command. (Lord !) I gave away to Brahmanas as many cows as there are particles of sand on the earth, (nay,) as many as there are stars in the heavens and as many as rain-drops (falling on earth). They were all milch-cows, young and good-natured, beautiful in form and of good breed, tawny in colour. I got them all with well-earned money. They had their calves with them. Their horns were plated with gold and their hoofs with silver. They were all decorated with silks, garlands and ornaments.



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