Most Fortunate Devotees

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.44.22-23 - Most Fortunate Devotees (download mp3)
by Damodar Prabhu ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.44.22-23
nacalat tat-praharena
 malahata iva dvipah
bahvor nigrhya canuram
 bahuso bhramayan harih
bhu-prsthe pothayam asa
 tarasa ksina jivitam
 indra-dhvaja ivapatat

No more shaken by the demon’s mighty blows than an elephant struck with a flower garland, Lord Krsna grabbed Canura by his arms, swung him around several times and hurled him onto the ground with great force. His clothes, hair and garland scattering, the wrestler fell down dead, like a huge festival column collapsing.

Srila Sridhara Svami explains the words indra-dhvaja as follows: “In Bengal, on the occasion of a certain festival, people erect a tall column in the form of a man and decorate it with flags, banners, etc. He [Canura] fell just as such a pole might fall.”