Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 23: Devahūti's Lamentation

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.23.16

upary upari vinyasta-

nilayeṣu pṛthak pṛthak

kṣiptaiḥ kaśipubhiḥ kāntaḿ



upari upari — one upon another; vinyasta — placed; nilayeṣuin stories; pṛthak pṛthak — separately; kṣiptaiḥ — arranged; kaśipubhiḥ — with beds; kāntam — charming; paryańka — couches; vyajana — fans; āsanaiḥ — with seats.


The palace looked charming, with beds, couches, fans and seats, all separately arranged in seven stories.


It is understood from this verse that the castle had many stories. The words upary upari vinyasta indicate that skyscrapers are not newly invented. Even in those days, millions of years ago, the idea of building many-storied houses was current. They contained not merely one or two rooms, but many different apartments, and each was completely decorated with cushions, bedsteads, sitting places and carpets.

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