Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 33: The Rāsa Dance

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.33.24

tataś ca kṛṣṇopavane jala-sthala


cacāra bhṛńga-pramadā-gaṇāvṛto

yathā mada-cyud dviradaḥ kareṇubhiḥ


tataḥ — then; ca — and; kṛṣṇā — of the river Yamunā; upavanein a small forest; jala — of the water; sthala — and the land; prasūna — of flowers; gandha — with the fragrance; anila — by the wind; juṣṭa — joined; dik-taṭe — the edges of the directions; cacāraHe passed; bhṛńga — of bees; pramadā — and women; gaṇa — by the groups; āvṛtaḥ — surrounded; yathā — just as; mada-cyut — exuding a secretion from its forehead because of excitement; dviradaḥan elephant; kareṇubhiḥ — with his she-elephants.


Then the Lord strolled through a small forest on the bank of the Yamunā. This forest was filled to its limits with breezes carrying the fragrances of all the flowers growing on the land and in the water. Followed by His entourage of bees and beautiful women, Lord Kṛṣṇa appeared like an intoxicated elephant with his she-elephants.


According to Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī, it is implicit here that after playing in the water Lord Kṛṣṇa had His body massaged, and that He then dressed Himself in His favorite clothing before resuming His pastimes with the gopīs.

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