Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 69:1-12

Book 10: Sixty-nine Chapter (Latter Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 69: Verses 1-12

A Glimpse into the household life of Sri Krsna

Sri Suka began again : Having heard that the demon Naraka had been killed and that Sri Krsna had singly married numerous girls, the sage Narada felt eager to see how the Lord lived with them (all). He said to himself, " Oh, how wonderful it was that the one Lord should with one personality marry sixteen thousand wives in separate houses all at once. Thus full of curiosity and eager to see (this sport of) the Lord (with his own eyes), the divine sage came to Dwaraka, which was adorned with parks and gardens in full blossom and resounded with the warbling of birds and the humming of bees. It was rendered noisy with the loud crackle of swans and cranes residing in ponds spread over with full-blown lotuses and lilies of various colours. It was studded with nine lakhs of mansions built of crystal and silver, inlaid with shining emeralds and furnished with articles of gold and precious stones. It looked charming with its well-defined roads and other thoroughfares, quadrangles and market-places, sheds for animals, temples and guild halls.
Its roads, courtyards, lanes and thresholds of houses were (daily) sprinkled with water. The everflying flags and pennons warded off sunshine. In that city there was the (most) splendid (richly furnished) row of palaces of Lord Sri Krsna, admired by all the guardians of the world, in the construction of which Viswakarma (the celestial architect) had exhibited all his (architectural) skill. The row was adorned with sixteen thousand (beautiful) mansions of Sri Krsna's consorts. Narada (at random) entered a big palace out of these. Supported on columns of coral, on excellent slabs of Vaidurya (the cat's eye gem) and walls of sapphire, it was provided with a floor-whose lustre never faded-paved with the same precious stone. (9) It was (further) furnished with canopies made by Viswakarma (himself), from which strings of pearls were hanging, as well as with seats and beds made of ivory and inlaid with excellent gems. It was attended by maid-servants adorned with gold necklaces, and dressed in fine clothes, and man-servants wearing coats, turbans, fine clothes and jewelled ear-rings. Dear Pariksit, the darkness in the palace was dispelled by lustre of jewels serving as lights. Seeing fumes of burning aloe-wood issuing out of the air-holes, the peacocks on its picturesque eaves screamed and danced under the impression that clouds were up.



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