Canto 5: The Creative ImpetusChapter 9: The Supreme Character of Jaḍa Bharata

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 5.9.12

atha kadācit kaścid vṛṣala-patir bhadra-kālyai puruṣa-paśum ālabhatāpatya-kāmaḥ


atha — thereafter; kadācit — at some time; kaścit — some; vṛṣala-patiḥ — the leader of śūdras engaged in plundering the property of others; bhadra-kālyai — unto the goddess known as Bhadra Kālī; puruṣa-paśuman animal in the shape of a man; ālabhata — started to sacrifice; apatya-kāmaḥ — desiring a son.


At this time, being desirous of obtaining a son, a leader of dacoits who came from a śūdra family wanted to worship the goddess Bhadra Kālī by offering her in sacrifice a dull man, who is considered no better than an animal.


Low-class men such as śūdras worship demigods like goddess Kālī, or Bhadra Kālī, for the fulfillment of material desires. To this end, they sometimes kill a human being before the deity. They generally choose a person who is not very intelligent — in other words, an animal in the shape of a man.

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