Canto 7: The Science of GodChapter 8: Lord Nṛsiḿhadeva Slays the King of the Demons

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 7.8.47

śrī-nāgā ūcuḥ

yena pāpena ratnāni

strī-ratnāni hṛtāni naḥ


dattānanda namo 'stu te


śrī-nāgāḥ ūcuḥ — the inhabitants of Nāgaloka, who look like serpents, said; yena — by which person; pāpena — the most sinful (Hiraṇyakaśipu); ratnāni — the jewels on our heads; strī-ratnāni — beautiful wives; hṛtāni — taken away; naḥ — our; tat — his; vakṣaḥ-pāṭanena — by the piercing of the chest; āsām — of all the women (who were kidnapped); datta-ānandaO Lord, You are the source of the pleasure; namaḥ — our respectful obeisances; astu — let there be; te — unto You.


The inhabitants of Nāgaloka said: The most sinful Hiraṇyakaśipu took away all the jewels on our hoods and all our beautiful wives. Now, since his chest has been pierced by Your nails, You are the source of all pleasure to our wives. Thus we together offer our respectful obeisances unto You.


No one is peaceful if his wealth and wife are forcibly taken away. All the inhabitants of Nāgaloka, which is situated below the earthly planetary system, were in great anxiety because their wealth had been stolen and their wives kidnapped by Hiraṇyakaśipu. Now, Hiraṇyakaśipu having been killed, their wealth and wives were returned, and their wives felt satisfied. The inhabitants of various lokas, or planets, offered their respectful obeisances unto the Lord because they were relieved by the death of Hiraṇyakaśipu. Disturbances similar to those created by Hiraṇyakaśipu are now taking place all over the world because of demoniac governments. As stated in the Twelfth Canto of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, the men of the governments of Kali-yuga will be no better than rogues and plunderers. Thus the populace will be harassed on one side by scarcity of food and on another by heavy taxation by the government. In other words, the people in most parts of the world in this age are harassed by the ruling principles of Hiraṇyakaśipu.

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