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SB 10.66.22

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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

TEXT 22

tathā kāśī-pateḥ kāyāc
chira utkṛtya patribhiḥ
nyapātayat kāśī-puryāṁ
padma-kośam ivānilaḥ


SYNONYMS

tathā—similarly; kāśī-pateḥ—of the King of Kāśī; kāyāt—from his body; śiraḥ—the head; utkṛtya—severing; patribhiḥ—with His arrows; nyapātayat—He sent it flying; kāśi-puryām—into the city of Kāśī; padma—of a lotus; kośam—the flower cup; iva—as; anilaḥ—the wind.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


TRANSLATION

With His arrows, Lord Kṛṣṇa similarly severed Kāśirāja's head from his body, sending it flying into Kāśī city like a lotus flower thrown by the wind.


PURPORT

Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī explains why Kṛṣṇa threw Kāśirāja's head into the city: "As he went off to battle, the King of Kāśī had promised the citizens: 'My dear residents of Kāśī, today I will bring the enemy's head into the midst of the city. Have no doubt of this.' The King's sinful queens had also boasted to their maids-in-waiting: 'Today our master will certainly bring the head of the Lord of Dvārakā.' Therefore the Supreme Lord threw the King's head into the city to astonish the inhabitants."



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