Krishna Rescuing 16100 Princesses

2015-03-19
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.59.32-33 - Krishna Rescuing 16100 Princesses (download mp3)
by Radha Vallabha Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
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SB 10.59.32
sri-suka uvaca
iti bhumy-arthito vagbhir
 bhagavan bhakti-namraya
dattvabhayam bhauma-grham
 pravisat sakalarddhimat

Translation:
Sukadeva Gosvami said: Thus entreated by Goddess Bhumi in words of humble devotion, the Supreme Lord bestowed fearlessness upon her grandson and then entered Bhaumasura’s palace, which was filled with all manner of riches.


SB 10.59.33
tatra rajanya-kanyanam
 sat-sahasradhikayutam
bhaumahrtanam vikramya
 rajabhyo dadrse harih

Translation:
There Lord Krsna saw sixteen thousand royal maidens, whom Bhauma had taken by force from various kings.

Purport:
Srila Sridhara Svami provides evidence from the sage Parasara, as quoted in the Visnu Purana (5.29.31), to the effect that there were actually 16,100 royal maidens imprisoned in Bhauma’s palace:

kanya-pure sa kanyanam
 sodasatulya-vikramah
satadhikani dadrse
 sahasrani maha-mate

“Within the maidens’ quarters, O wise one, that Lord of unequaled prowess found 16,100 princesses.”

Another relevant verse from the Visnu Purana (5.29.9) is as follows:

deva-siddhasuradinam
 nrpanam ca janardana
hrtva hi so ’surah kanya
 rurodha nija-mandire

“The demon [Bhaumasura] kidnapped the unmarried daughters of demigods, siddhas, asuras and kings, O Janardana, and imprisoned them in his palace.”

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