Srimad Bhagavatam 10.50.01-04 - We need to hear Srimad Bhagavatam Attentively (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
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astih praptis ca kamsasya
mrte bhartari duhkharte
iyatuh sma pitur grhan
Sukadeva Gosvami said: When Kamsa was killed, O heroic descendant of Bharata, his two queens, Asti and Prapti, went to their father’s house in great distress.
vedayam cakratuh sarvam
The sorrowful queens told their father, King Jarasandha of Magadha, all about how they had become widows.
sa tad apriyam akarnya
ayadavim mahim kartum
cakre paramam udyamam
Hearing this odious news, O King, Jarasandha was filled with sorrow and anger, and he began the greatest possible endeavor to rid the earth of the Yadavas.
tisrbhis capi samvrtah
nyarudhat sarvato disam
With a force of twenty-three aksauhini divisions, he laid siege to the Yadu capital, Mathura, on all sides.
The numbers involved in an aksauhini division are given in the word meanings. An aksauhini was a standard fighting force in ancient times.