Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 4 Chapter 27:18-30

Book 4: Chapter 27

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 4: Chapter 27: Verses 18-30
Raid of Candavega against the capital of Puranjana and the story of Kalakanya

Being the only drinker at his own capital in the kingdom of Pancala and thus receiving the tribute brought by his own retainers, that hen-pecked monarch knew nothing of (the impending) fear. There is a daughter of Kala (the Time-Spirit), who ranged over the three worlds, desirous of (securing) a husband. Nobody (however) would welcome her, O Pracinabarhi ! Due to her forbidding nature she became known in the world by the name of Durbhaga (an accursed woman). Accepted (once) by the royal sage Puru (the youngest son of Yayati) she conferred on him the boon of sovereignty, highly pleased (with him). On a certain day, when I had (just) descended to the terrestrial globe from the realm of Brahma (the creator), she, in the course of her peregrination (came and) wooed me, infatuated as she was with passion, even though she knew that I was vowed to perpetual celibacy. Enraged at my refusal, she pronounced a formidable curse, saying : "Having turned a deaf ear to my advances, you shall never stay at one place (long), O sage IN Her will (thus) crossed, the maid thereafter approached the lord of the Yavanas, Bhaya (Fear) by name, as instructed by me, and accepted him for her husband (with the following words) : "I court you, the foremost of the Yavanas, as my coveted husband, O gallant youth ! The hope centred by creatures (men) in you never goes in vain. Both he who does not part with and he who refuses to accept that which offers itself as worth giving or taking-according to usage and (the injunctions of) the scriptures-are ignorant and perverse; the wise feel sorry for them. Therefore, O blessed one, be gracious to me and accept me, who offer my hand to you. To compassionate the afflicted-that is the sacred duty of a man." Hearing the words addressed by the daughter of Kala, the lord of the Yavanas, who was eager to accomplish the secret mission of the gods (viz., to bring about the death of living beings), smilingly replied to her (as follows): "With the help of my intuitive vision I have found out a husband for you. The world does not welcome you because you are inauspicious and despised. (Now,) moving about imperceptibly, enjoy you the (whole) creation owing its existence to Karma (thus treating everyone of it as your husband). Sally forth with my army and you will bring about the destruction of (all) created beings. Here is my brother, Prajwara (mortal fever), and be you sister to me. With you both and followed by a formidable army I shall range over this world unperceived.

Thus ends the twenty-seventh discourse forming part of the parable of Puranjana, in Book Four of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.


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