Canto 12: The Age of DeteriorationChapter 12: The Topics of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam Summarized

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 12.12.31-33

damanaḿ kāliyasyāher

mahāher nanda-mokṣaṇam

vrata-caryā tu kanyānāḿ

yatra tuṣṭo 'cyuto vrataiḥ

prasādo yajña-patnībhyo

viprāṇāḿ cānutāpanam

govardhanoddhāraṇaḿ ca

śakrasya surabher atha

yajñabhiṣekaḥ kṛṣṇasya

strībhiḥ krīḍā ca rātriṣu

śańkhacūḍasya durbuddher

vadho 'riṣṭasya keśinaḥ

SYNONYMS

damanam — the subduing; kāliyasya — of Kāliya; aheḥ — the snake; mahā-aheḥ — from the great serpent; nanda-mokṣaṇam — the rescue of Mahārāja Nanda; vrata-caryā — the execution of austere vows; tu — and; kanyānām — of the gopīs; yatra — by which; tuṣṭaḥ — became satisfied; acyutaḥ — Lord Kṛṣṇa; vrataiḥ — with their vows; prasādaḥ — the mercy; yajña-patnībhyaḥto the wives of the brāhmaṇas performing Vedic sacrifices; viprāṇām — of the brāhmaṇa husbands; ca — and; anutāpanam — the experience of remorse; govardhana-uddhāraṇam — the lifting of Govardhana Hill; ca — and; śakrasya — by Indra; surabheḥ — along with the Surabhi cow; atha — then; yajña-abhiṣekaḥ — the worship and ritual bathing; kṛṣṇasya — of Lord Kṛṣṇa; strībhiḥ — together with the women; krīḍā — the sporting; ca — and; rātriṣuin the nights; śańkhacūḍasya — of the demon Śańkhacūḍa; durbuddheḥ — who was foolish; vadhaḥ — the killing; ariṣṭasya — of Ariṣṭa; keśinaḥ — of Keśī.

TRANSLATION

The chastisement of the serpent Kāliya; the rescue of Nanda Mahārāja from a great snake; the severe vows performed by the young gopīs, who thus satisfied Lord Kṛṣṇa; the mercy He showed the wives of the Vedic brāhmaṇas, who felt remorse; the lifting of Govardhana Hill followed by the worship and bathing ceremony performed by Indra and the Surabhi cow; Lord Kṛṣṇa's nocturnal pastimes with the cowherd girls; and the killing of the foolish demons Śańkhacūḍa, Ariṣṭa and Keśī — all these pastimes are elaborately recounted.

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