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SB 10.66.18

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


āyodhanaṁ tad ratha-vāji-kuñjara-
dvipat-kharoṣṭrair ariṇāvakhaṇḍitaiḥ
babhau citaṁ moda-vahaṁ manasvinām
ākrīḍanaṁ bhūta-pater ivolbaṇam


āyodhanam—battlefield; tat—that; ratha—with the chariots; vāji—horses; kuñjara—elephants; dvipat—two-legged (humans); khara—mules; uṣṭraiḥ—and camels; ariṇā—by His disc; avakhaṇḍitaiḥ—cut to pieces; babhau—shone; citam—spread; moda—pleasure; manasvinām—to the wise; ākrīḍanam—the playground; bhūta-pateḥ—of the lord of ghostly spirits, Lord Śiva; iva—as if; ulbaṇam—horrible.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


The battlefield, strewn with the dismembered chariots, horses, elephants, humans, mules and camels that had been cut to pieces by the Lord's disc weapon, shone like the gruesome playground of Lord Bhūtapati, giving pleasure to the wise.


Śrīla Prabhupāda describes this scene as follows: "Although the devastated battlefield appeared like the dancing place of Lord Śiva at the time of the dissolution of the world, the warriors who were on the side of Kṛṣṇa were very much encouraged by seeing this, and they fought with greater strength."

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