Canto 2: The Cosmic ManifestationChapter 9: Answers by Citing the Lord's Version

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 2.9.11

śyāmāvadātāḥ śata-patra-locanāḥ

piśańga-vastrāḥ surucaḥ supeśasaḥ

sarve catur-bāhava unmiṣan-maṇi-

praveka-niṣkābharaṇāḥ suvarcasaḥ


śyāma — sky-bluish; avadātāḥ — glowing; śata-patra — lotus flower; locanāḥ — eyes; piśańga — yellowish; vastrāḥ — clothing; su-rucaḥ — greatly attractive; su-peśasaḥ — growing youthful; sarve — all of them; catuḥ — four; bāhavaḥ — hands; unmiṣan — rising luster; maṇi — pearls; praveka — superior quality; niṣka-ābharaṇāḥ — ornamental medallions; su-varcasaḥ — effulgent.


The inhabitants of the Vaikuṇṭha planets are described as having a glowing sky-bluish complexion. Their eyes resemble lotus flowers, their dress is of yellowish color, and their bodily features very attractive. They are just the age of growing youths, they all have four hands, they are all nicely decorated with pearl necklaces with ornamental medallions, and they all appear to be effulgent.


The inhabitants in Vaikuṇṭhaloka are all personalities with spiritual bodily features not to be found in the material world. We can find the descriptions in the revealed scriptures like Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Impersonal descriptions of transcendence in the scriptures indicate that the bodily features in Vaikuṇṭhaloka are never to be seen in any part of the universe. As there are different bodily features in different places of a particular planet, or as there are different bodily features between bodies in different planets, similarly the bodily features of the inhabitants in Vaikuṇṭhaloka are completely different from those in the material universe. For example, the four hands are distinct from the two hands in this world.

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