1. Sukadeva Gosvami said: Having thus heard the statements of Devarsi Narada, and understanding the opinions of both the assembly and Lord Krsna, the great-minded Uddhava began to speak.
2. Sri Uddhava said: O Lord, as the sage advised, You should help Your cousin fulfill his plan for performing the Rajasuya sacrifice, and You should also protect the kings who are begging for Your shelter.
3. Only one who has conquered all opponents in every direction can perform the Rajasuya sacrifice, O almighty one. Thus, in my opinion, conquering Jarasandha will serve both purposes.
4. By this decision there will be great gain for us, and You will save the kings. Thus, Govinda, You will be glorified.
5. The invincible King Jarasandha is as strong as ten thousand elephants. Indeed, other powerful warriors cannot defeat him. Only Bhima is equal to him in strength.
6. He will be defeated in a match of single chariots, not when he is with his hundred military divisions. Now, Jarasandha is so devoted to brahminical culture that he never refuses requests from brahmanas.
7. Bhima should go to him disguised as a brahmana and beg charity. Thus he will obtain single combat with Jarasandha, and in Your presence Bhima will no doubt kill him.
8. Even Lord Brahma and Lord Siva act only as Your instruments in cosmic creation and annihilation, which are ultimately done by You, the Supreme Lord, in Your invisible aspect of time.
9. In their homes, the godly wives of the imprisoned kings sing of Your noble deeds—about how You will kill their husbands’ enemy and deliver them. The gopis also sing Your glories—how You killed the enemy of the elephant king, Gajendra; the enemy of Sita, daughter of Janaka; and the enemies of Your own parents as well. So also do the sages who have obtained Your shelter glorify You, as do we ourselves.
10. O Krsna, the killing of Jarasandha, which is certainly a reaction of his past sins, will bring immense benefit. Indeed, it will make possible the sacrificial ceremony You desire.
11. Sukadeva Gosvami said: O King, Devarsi Narada, the Yadu elders and Lord Krsna all welcomed Uddhava’s proposal, which was entirely auspicious and infallible.
12. The almighty Personality of Godhead, the son of Devaki, begged His superiors for permission to leave. Then He ordered His servants, headed by Daruka and Jaitra, to prepare for departure.
13. O slayer of enemies, after He had arranged for the departure of His wives, children and baggage and taken leave of Lord Sankarsena and King Ugrasena, Lord Krsna mounted His chariot, which had been brought by His driver. It flew a flag marked with the emblem of Garuda.
14. As the vibrations resounding from mrdangas, bheris, kettledrums, conchshells and gomukhas filled the sky in all directions, Lord Krsna set out on His journey. He was accompanied by the chief officers of His corps of chariots, elephants, infantry and cavalry and surrounded on all sides by His fierce personal guard.
15. Lord Acyuta’s faithful wives, along with their children, followed the Lord on golden palanquins carried by powerful men. The queens were adorned with fine clothing, ornaments, fragrant oils and flower garlands, and they were surrounded on all sides by soldiers carrying swords and shields in their hands.
16. On all sides proceeded finely adorned women—attendants of the royal household, as well as courtesans. They rode on palanquins and camels, bulls and buffalo, donkeys, mules, bullock carts and elephants. Their conveyances were fully loaded with grass tents, blankets, clothes and other items for the trip.
17. The Lord’s army boasted royal umbrellas, camara fans and huge flagpoles with waving banners. During the day the sun’s rays reflected brightly from the soldiers’ fine weapons, jewelry, helmets and armor. Thus Lord Krsna’s army, noisy with shouts and clatter, appeared like an ocean stirring with agitated waves and timingila fish.
18. Honored by Sri Krsna, the chief of the Yadus, Narada Muni bowed down to the Lord. All of Narada’s senses were satisfied by his meeting with Lord Krsna. Thus, having heard the decision of the Lord and having been worshiped by Him, Narada placed Him firmly within his heart and departed through the sky.
19. With pleasing words the Lord addressed the messenger sent by the kings: “My dear messenger, I wish all good fortune to you. I shall arrange for the killing of King Magadha. Do not fear.”
20. Thus addressed, the messenger departed and accurately relayed the Lord’s message to the kings. Eager for freedom, they then waited expectantly for their meeting with Lord Krsna.
21. As He traveled through the provinces of Anarta, Sauvira, Marudesa and Vinasana, Lord Hari crossed rivers and passed mountains, cities, villages, cow pastures and quarries.
22. After crossing the rivers Drsadvati and Sarasvati, He passed through Pancala and Matsya and finally came to Indraprastha.
23. King Yudhisthira was delighted to hear that the Lord, whom human beings rarely see, had now arrived. Accompanied by his priests and dear associates, the King came out to meet Lord Krsna.
24. As songs and musical instruments resounded along with the loud vibration of Vedic hymns, the King went forth with great reverence to meet Lord Hrsikesa, just as the senses go forth to meet the
consciousness of life.
25. The heart of King Yudhisthira melted with affection when he saw his dearmost friend, Lord Krsna, after such a long separation, and he embraced the Lord again and again.
26. The eternal form of Lord Krsna is the everlasting residence of the goddess of fortune. As soon as King Yudhisthira embraced Him, the King became free of all the contamination of material existence. He immediately felt transcendental bliss and merged in an ocean of happiness. There were tears in his eyes, and his body shook due to ecstasy. He completely forgot that he was living in this material world.
27. Then Bhima, his eyes brimming with tears, laughed with joy as he embraced his maternal cousin, Krsna. Arjuna and the twins—Nakula and Sahadeva—also joyfully embraced their dearmost friend, the infallible Lord, and they cried profusely.
28. After Arjuna had embraced Him once more and Nakula and Sahadeva had offered Him their obeisances, Lord Krsna bowed down to the brahmanas and elders present, thus properly honoring the respectable members of the Kuru, Srnjaya and Kaikaya clans.
29. Sutas, Magadhas, Gandharvas, Vandis, jesters and brahmanas all glorified the lotus-eyed Lord—some reciting prayers, some dancing and singing—as mrdangas, conchshells, kettledrums, vinas, panavas and gomukhas resounded.
30. Thus surrounded by His well-wishing relatives and praised on all sides, Lord Krsna, the crest jewel of the justly renowned, entered the decorated city.
31-32. The roads of Indraprastha were sprinkled with water perfumed by the liquid from elephants’ foreheads, and colorful flags, golden gateways and full waterpots enhanced the city’s splendor. Men and young girls were beautifully arrayed in fine, new garments, adorned with flower garlands and ornaments, and anointed with aromatic sandalwood paste. Every home displayed glowing lamps and respectful offerings, and from the holes of the latticed windows drifted incense, further beautifying the city. Banners waved, and the roofs were decorated with golden domes on broad silver bases. Thus Lord Krsna saw the royal city of the King of the Kurus.
33. When the young women of the city heard that Lord Krsna, the reservoir of pleasure for human eyes, had arrived, they hurriedly went onto the royal road to see Him. They abandoned their household duties and even left their husbands in bed, and in their eagerness the knots of their hair and garments came loose.
34. The royal road being quite crowded with elephants, horses, chariots and foot soldiers, the women climbed to the top of their houses, where they caught sight of Lord Krsna and His queens. The city ladies scattered flowers upon the Lord, embraced Him in their minds and expressed their heartfelt welcome with broadly smiling glances.
35. Observing Lord Mukunda’s wives passing on the road like stars accompanying the moon, the women exclaimed, “What have these ladies done so that the best of men bestows upon their eyes the joy of His generous smiles and playful sidelong glances?”
36. In various places citizens of the city came forward holding auspicious offerings for Lord Krsna, and sinless leaders of occupational guilds came forward to worship the Lord.
37. With wide-open eyes, the members of the royal household came forward in a flurry to lovingly greet Lord Mukunda, and thus the Lord entered the royal palace.
38. When Queen Prtha saw her nephew Krsna, the master of the three worlds, her heart became filled with love. Rising from her couch with her daughter-in-law, she embraced the Lord.
39. King Yudhisthira respectfully brought Lord Govinda, the Supreme God of gods, to his personal quarters. The King was so overcome with joy that he could not remember all the rituals of worship.
40. Lord Krsna bowed down to His aunt and the wives of His elders, O King, and then Draupadi and the Lord’s sister bowed down to Him.
41-42. Encouraged by her mother-in-law, Draupadi worshiped all of Lord Krsna’s wives, including Rukmini; Satyabhama; Bhadra; Jambavati; Kalindi; Mitravinda, the descendant of Sibi; the chaste Nagnajiti; and the other queens of the Lord who were present. Draupadi honored them all with such gifts as clothing, flower garlands and jewelry.
43. King Yudhisthira arranged for Krsna’s rest and saw to it that all who came along with Him—namely His queens, soldiers, ministers and secretaries—were comfortably situated. He arranged that they would experience a new feature of reception every day while staying as guests of the Pandavas.
44-45. Desiring to please King Yudhisthira, the Lord resided at Indraprastha for several months. During His stay, He and Arjuna satisfied the fire-god by offering him the Khandava forest, and they saved Maya Danava, who then built King Yudhisthira a celestial assembly hall. The Lord also took the opportunity to go riding in His chariot in the company of Arjuna, surrounded by a retinue of soldiers.