Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 24: Worshiping Govardhana Hill

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.24.27

hūyantām agnayaḥ samyag

brāhmaṇair brahma-vādibhiḥ

annaḿ bahu-guṇaḿ tebhyo

deyaḿ vo dhenu-dakṣiṇāḥ


hūyantām — should be invoked; agnayaḥ — the sacrificial fires; samyakin the proper manner; brāhmaṇaiḥ — by the brāhmaṇas; brahma-vādibhiḥ — who are learned in the Vedas; annam — food; bahu-guṇam — well prepared; tebhyaḥto them; deyam — should be given; vaḥ — by you; dhenu-dakṣiṇāḥ — cows and other gifts as remuneration.


The brāhmaṇas who are learned in the Vedic mantras must properly invoke the sacrificial fires. Then you should feed the priests with nicely prepared food and reward them with cows and other gifts.


According to Śrīla Śrīdhara Svāmī, Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa instructed His father and other residents of Vṛndāvana in the technical details of this Vedic sacrifice to assure the quality of the sacrifice and also to inspire Nanda and the others with faith in the concept of such a sacrifice. Thus the Lord mentioned that there must be orthodox brāhmaṇas, regular sacrificial fires and proper distribution of charity. And things were to be done in the order given by the Lord.

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