Srimad Bhagavatam Epitomises The Sweetness Aspect of Knowledge

by Adi Keshav Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.71.31-32

samsikta-vartma karinam mada-gandha-toyais
citra-dhvajaih kanaka-torana-purna-kumbhaih
mrstatmabhir nava-dukula-vibhusana-srag-
gandhair nrbhir yuvatibhis ca virajamanam

uddipta-dipa-balibhih prati-sadma jala
niryata-dhupa-ruciram vilasat-patakam
murdhanya-hema-kalasai rajatoru-srngair
justam dadarsa bhavanaih kuru-raja-dhama

The roads of Indraprastha were sprinkled with water perfumed by the liquid from elephants’ foreheads, and colorful flags, golden gateways and full waterpots enhanced the city’s splendor. Men and young girls were beautifully arrayed in fine, new garments, adorned with flower garlands and ornaments, and anointed with aromatic sandalwood paste. Every home displayed glowing lamps and respectful offerings, and from the holes of the latticed windows drifted incense, further beautifying the city. Banners waved, and the roofs were decorated with golden domes on broad silver bases. Thus Lord Krsna saw the royal city of the King of the Kurus.

Srila Prabhupada adds in this connection: “Lord Krsna thus entered the city of the Pandavas, enjoyed the beautiful atmosphere and slowly proceeded ahead.”