|Canto 9: Liberation||Chapter 2: The Dynasties of the Sons of Manu|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 9.2.5-6
ekāḿ jagrāha balavān
sā cukrośa bhayāturā
tasyās tu kranditaḿ śrutvā
pṛṣadhro 'nusasāra ha
khaḍgam ādāya tarasā
ajānann acchinod babhroḥ
ekām — one of the cows; jagrāha — seized; balavān — the strong tiger; sā — that cow; cukrośa — began to cry; bhaya-āturā — in distress and fear; tasyāḥ — of her; tu — but; kranditam — the screaming; śrutvā — hearing; pṛṣadhraḥ — Pṛṣadhra; anusasāra ha — followed; khaḍgam — sword; ādāya — taking; tarasā — very hastily; pralīna-uḍu-gaṇe — when the stars were covered by clouds; niśi — at night; ajānan — without knowledge; acchinot — cut off; babhroḥ — of the cow; śiraḥ — the head; śārdūla-śańkayā — mistaking it for the head of the tiger.
When the very strong tiger seized the cow, the cow screamed in distress and fear, and Pṛṣadhra, hearing the screaming, immediately followed the sound. He took up his sword, but because the stars were covered by clouds, he mistook the cow for the tiger and mistakenly cut off the cows' head with great force.
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