Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 82:1-14

Book 10: Eighty-two (Latter Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 82: Verses 1-14

Meeting of the Vrsnis with the Gopas and Gopis (of Vrndavana)

Sri Suka began again: Pariksit, once upon a time when Bhagavan Sri Krsna and Sri Balarama were (thus) residing in Dwaraka, there occurred a total eclipse of the sun, which (ordinarily) occurs at the time of universal destruction. Having come to know of it (from astrologers) beforehand, people thronged from all sides to the sacred spot called Samanta-pancaka (Kuruksetra) with the object of earning merit or blessedness. That is the place The almighty Lord Parasurama also performed a sacrifice there for the expiation of sin. Though ever untouched by good or evil Karma, He did it like an ordinary mortal in order to set an example before the world. Pariksit, on this great occasion for pilgrimage people from all parts of India, intent to wash away their sin, assembled at Kuruksetra. There came Yadus like Akrura, Vasudeva and Ugrasena (among the elders), and Gada, Pradyumna, Samba and others (among the younger generation). (Pradyumna's son) Aniruddha and Krtavarma, the Yadava general, alongwith Sucandra, Suka and Sarana were left (at Dwaraka) for the protection of the city. The Yadus came all the way with great pomp and splendour. Adorned with necklaces of gold, garlands of celestial flowers and excellent clothes, and protected by armour, they looked like gods as they proceeded with their wives in chariots shining like aerial cars, on horses springing like waves, and on trumpeting elephants appearing like thundering clouds, and in palanquins, etc., carried by foot-men shining like Vidyadharas.
(Reaching Kuruksetra,) the (blessed )Yadus took their bath in the sacred waters, observed a fast according to the rule (during the eclipse) and made gifts of cows in right earnest to the Brahmanas adorning them with clothes, garlands and chains of gold. (On the conclusion of the eclipse) they again took their bath in the tanks associated with the name of Parasurama, and thereafter fed deserving Brahmanas with dainty dishes. Their object in doing all this was to strengthen their devotion to Bhagavan Sri Krsna's feet. (Then) the Yadus, who regarded Bhagavan Sri Krsna alone as their deity, broke their fast with the permission of the Brahmanas and lay down to rest at pleasure under the cool shade of umbrageous trees. (After taking repose for a while) they began to visit their friends and relations among the princes that had congregated there on this occasion. Kings of Matsya, Usinara, Kosala, Vidarbha, Kuru, Srnjaya, Kamboja, Kekaya, Madra, Kunti, Anarta, Kerala, and many other principalities, who were either their allies or enemies, had assembled there in their hundreds, 0 Pariksit! Besides, Nanda and the other Gopas, who were (great) friends of the Yadavas, and the Gopis, who had been long yearning to see Bhagavan Sri Krsna, had also arrived there. (The Yadus saw them all one after another.)



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