Srimad Bhagavatam 10.50.55-57 - Krishna Establishing the City of Dwaraka (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
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hayan suklan mano-javan
astau nidhi-patih kosan
Lord Varuna offered horses as swift as the mind, some of which were pure dark-blue, others white. The treasurer of the demigods, Kuvera, gave his eight mystic treasures, and the rulers of various planets each presented their own opulences.
Srila Sridhara Svami comments as follows on this verse: “The master of the treasury is Kuvera, and the eight treasures are his nidhis. These are described as follows:
padmas caiva mahapadmo
nilo mukundah sankhas ca
nidhayo ’stau prakirtitah
‘The eight mystic treasures are called Padma, Mahapadma, Matsya, Kurma, Audaka, Nila, Mukunda and Sankha.’”
yad yad bhagavata dattam
sarvam pratyarpayam asur
harau bhumi-gate nrpa
The Supreme Lord having come to the earth, O King, these demigods now offered Him whatever powers of control He had previously delegated to them for the exercise of their particular authority.
nitva sarva-janam harih
After transporting all His subjects to the new city by the power of His mystic Yoga-maya, Lord Krsna consulted with Lord Balarama, who had remained in Mathura to protect it. Then, wearing a garland of lotuses but bearing no weapons, Lord Krsna went out of Mathura by its main gate.
Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti quotes the following verses from Sri Padma Purana, Uttara-khanda, to describe how Lord Krsna transferred the citizens from Mathura to Dvaraka:
susuptan mathurayan tu
paurams tatra janardanah
uddhrtya sahasa ratrau
prabuddhas te janah sarve
vismayam paramam yayuh
“In the middle of the night, as the citizens of Mathura slept, Lord Janardana suddenly removed them from that city and placed them in Dvaraka. When the men awoke, they were all amazed to find themselves, their children and their wives sitting inside palaces made of gold.”
Thus end the purports of the humble servants of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to the Tenth Canto, Fiftieth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “Krsna Establishes the City of Dvaraka.”