Indra Begs for forgiveness

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.27.02 - Indra Begs for forgiveness (download mp3)
by Jagannath Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.27.2
vivikta upasangamya
 vriditah krta-helanah
pasparsa padayor enam

Indra was very ashamed of having offended the Lord. Approaching Him in a solitary place, Indra fell down and lay his helmet, whose effulgence was as brilliant as the sun, upon the Lord’s lotus feet.

The specific “solitary place” where Indra approached Sri Krsna is mentioned by the sage Sri Vaisampayana in the Hari-vamsa (Visnu-parva 19.3): sa dadarsopavistam vai govardhana-sila-tale. “He saw Him [Krsna] sitting at the base of Govardhana Hill.”

From the commentaries of the acaryas we understand that Lord Krsna wanted to provide a solitary meeting for Indra so that he would not be further humiliated. Indra came to surrender and beg forgiveness, and the Lord allowed him to do so privately.