Opulence of Dwarka

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.69.07-08 - Opulence of Dwarka (download mp3)
by Baladeva Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.69.7-8
tasyam antah-puram srimad
 arcitam sarva-dhisnya-paih
hareh sva-kausalam yatra
 tvastra kartsnyena darsitam
tatra sodasabhih sadma-
 sahasraih samalankrtam
vivesaikatomam saureh
 patninam bhavanam mahat

In the city of Dvaraka was a beautiful private quarter worshiped by the planetary rulers. This district, where the demigod Visvakarma had shown all his divine skill, was the residential area of Lord Hari, and thus it was gorgeously decorated by the sixteen thousand palaces of Lord Krsna’s queens. Narada Muni entered one of these immense palaces.

Srila Jiva Gosvami points out that Tvasta, Visvakarma, manifested the expertise of the Supreme Lord, and thus he was able to build such exquisite palaces. Srila Prabhupada writes: “The great kings and princes of the world used to visit these palaces just to worship [Lord Krsna]. The architectural plans were made personally by Visvakarma, the engineer of the demigods, and in the construction of the palaces he exhibited all of his talents and ingenuity.”