Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Dec 28, CANADA (SUN)
Description of Sri Nanda's Festival
atha putrotsavam jatam
srutva nanda ushah-kshane
brahmanams ca samahuya
karayam asa mangalam
Hearing the happy news of his son's birth, Nanda called the brahmanas at dawn and had them perform the auspicious ceremonies.
sa-vidhi jatakam kritva
viprebhyo dakshinabhis ca
muda laksham gavam dadau
When the traditional birth-ceremony was performed, noble-
hearted King Nanda happily gave the brahmanas a hundred thousand
cows as dakshina.
dadau viprebhya anatah
With bowed head he gave many hills of seven grains with
peaks of jewels and gold to the brahmanas.
nedur dundubhayo muhuh
gayakas ca jagur dvare
Mridangas, vinas, sankhas, dundubhis, and other instruments
sounded again and again, singers sang, and at the entrance
vitanais toranaih subhaih
aneka-varnais citrais ca
Decorated with beautiful and wonderfully colorful flags,
awnings, gateways, and golden pots, Sri Nanda's palace was
rathya vithyas ca dehalyo
The highways, footpaths, entanceways, walls, courtyards,
platforms, gazebos, and assembly-halls glistened with drops of
gavah suvarna-sriagyas ca
The cows were decorated with red cloths and their horns were
covered with gold. Their necks glistened with golden necklaces
and they tinkled with many bells and ornaments.
pita-puccha sa-vatsas ca
Their tails were yellow, their calves were by their sides,
they were decorated with taruni-karas, they were anointed with
turmeric and kuakuma, and they were decorated with designs and
pictures drawn in mineral colors.
itas tato virejuh sri-
Decorated with peacock feathers and sprinkled with scented
water, many bulls bearing the principles of religion shone
gloriously at Sri Nanda's door.
itas tato vilanghanto
Opulent with golden necklaces, spkendid with strands of
pearls, and their hooves decorated with tinkling ornaments, white
calves jumped here and there.
srutva putrotsavam tasya
Hearing of the festival celebrating a son's birth, King
Vrishabhanu and Kalavati came, riding on an elephant, to Nanda's
nanda navopanandas ca
tatha shad vrishabhanavah
sarve te 'pi samayayuh
The nine Nandas and Upanandas and the six Vrishabhanus all
came, bringing many gifts.
Their turbans opulent with flower garlands and their hair
tied with guna and peacock feathers, they were decorated
with forest garlands and handsome with yellow garments.
gopas te 'pi samayayuh
Carrying flutes, sticks in hand, and decorated with peacock
feathers and tilaka decorations, many cowherd men came.
dhunvanto vasanani ca
smasrulah sisavah pare
Dancing, singing, and shaking their garments, many bearded
men, accompanied by their sons, brought many different gifts.
dadhy-ajyanam balin bahun
nitva vriddha yashti-hasta
Sticks in hand, and bringing many offerings of butter, ghee,
milk, and yogurt, many elder cowherd men came to Nanda's palace.
Overcome with love and their eyes filled with tears of
bliss, they talked about the birth-festival of the king of
jate putrotsave nandah
pujayam asa tan sarvams
His eyes filled with tears of bliss, Nanda worshiped
everyone with tilaka and other gifts during the festival
celebrating his son's birth.
he vrajesvara he nanda
jatah putrotsavas tatha
atah kim mangalam param
The cowherd men said: O king of Vraja, O Nanda, for a
chuldless man who desires a son, what can be more auspicious than
this festival of a son's birth?
daivena darsitam cedam
dinam vo bahubhir dinaih
krita-krityas ca bhutah smo
After many days, destiny shows this day to us. As we gaze at
Nanda's son, our lives have attained success.
he mohaneti durat tam
ankam nitva gadishyasi
bhavita nas tada sukham
When, placing Him on your lap, you fondle Him and say, O my charming one," then we will be happy.
bhavatam asishah punyaj
jatam saukhyam idam subham
ajna-varti hy aham gopa
Sri Nanda said: Your pious blessings make me very happy. O
cowherd men, I am a servant obedient to the orders of the cowherd
men of Vraja.
sri-nanda-raja-suta-sambhavam adbhutam ca
srutva visrijya griha-karma tadaiva gopyah
turnam yayuh sa-balayo vraja-raja-gehan
Sri Narada said: Hearing of the wonderful birth of King
Nanda's son, the gopis at once abandoned their household duties.
Their hearts, minds, and limbs flooded with rising happiness,
they rushed with gifts to the palace of Vraja's king.
a-nanda-mandira-purat sva-grihad vrajantyah
sarva itas tata uta tvaram avrajantyah
rejur narendra pathi bhupari mukta-muktah
O king, running from their own homes to Nanda's palace,
their garments, ornaments, and hair becoming loose as they went,
and dropping pearls on the ground, they all were splendidly
Decorated with tinkling anklets, armlets, gold ciras,
anklebells, necklaces, jewel earrings, sashes, kantha-sutras,
bracelets, and bindukas, they shone with the glory of a host of
go-dhuma-sarshapa-yavaih kara-lalanais ca
uttarya balaka-mukhopari casishas tah
sarva dadur nripa jagur jagadur yasodam
With gentle strokes they anointed the child's face with a
paste of wheat and barley flours, black mustard, and salt. They
all gave many blessings. O king, they sang, and then they spoke
sadhu sadhu yasode te
dishtya dishtya vrajesvari
dhanya dhanya para kukshir
yayayam janitah sutah
The gopis said: O Yasoda, well done! Well done! O queen of
Vraja, your fortune is very great! Your fortune is very great!
Your noble womb, which gave birth to such a son, is very
fortunate, very fortunate!
iccha-yuktam kritam te vai
raksha balam padma-netram
After a long time the Lord fulfilled your desire. (O Lord,)
please protect this lotus-eyed, sweetly smiling, handsome, dark
jatam saukhyam param ca me
bhavatinam api param
dishtya bhuyad atah param
Sri Yasoda said: Your kind blessings bring me great
happiness. May you always be very fortunate.
he rohini maha-buddhe
pujanam tu vrajaukasam
yatheshtam hipsitam kuru
O very intelligent Rohini, please worship the noble people
of Vraja who have come here. Please fulfill their desires.
tatrapi nodita dane
Sri Narada said: Even though she was a princess, when asked
in this way noble-hearted Rohini gave charity with two generous
vyacarad rohini sakshat
Then fair-complexioned, splendidly dressed, jewel decorated
Rohini worshiped the people of Vraja.
chri-krishne vrajam agate
jaya-dhvanir abhun mahan
When Sri Krishna, the original Supreme Personality of Godhead,
came to Vraja Village, many turyas sounded and a great cry of
"Victory!" rose up.
gopyo haiyangavair navaih
sisicur harshitas tatra
jagur uccaih parasparam
Then the happy gopas and gopis sprinkled each other with
fresh butter and loudly sang.
bahir antah-pure jate
vriddhas ca sthula-dehas ca
petur hasyam kritam paraih
When a large elder gopa fell in the yogurt-mud that was
everywhere, inside and outside the homes, the others laughed.
sutah pauranikah prokta
vandinas tv amala-prajnah
Then many intelligent and pure sutas, pauranikas, magadhas,
vamsa-samsakas, and vandis recited many prayers.
tebhyo nando maha-rajo
sahasram gah prithak prithak
hayebhan akhilan dadau
To each one Nanda Maharaja gave a thousand cows and many
garments, ornaments, jewels, horses, and elephants.
vandibhyo magadhebhyas ca
sarvebhyo bahulam dhanam
King Nanda, the wealthy gopa ruler of Vraja, showered great
wealth on the vandis, magadhas, and everyone else.
nidhih siddhis ca vriddhis ca
bhuktir muktir grihe grihe
vithyam vithyam luthantiva
tad-iccha kasyacin na hi
Wealth, mystic powers, glory, sense gratification, and
liberation rolled about on the ground in every home and on every
pathway. No one had any desires left to be fulfilled.
maya brahma jagama ha
Then, accompanied by me and by the great sages headed by
Sanat-kumara, Kapila, Sukadeva, Vyasa, Hamsa, Datta, and
Pulastya, the demigod Brahma went there.
mukuti kundali sphuran
dyotayan mandalam disam
Wearing a crown and earings, his complexion the color of
gold, and filling the directions with light, four-faced Brahma,
the author of the Vedas, came, riding on a swan.
tatha tam anu bhutadhyo
ratharudho ravih sakshad
Accompanied by many ghosts and demons, Lord Siva came,
riding on a bull. The sun-god came riding on a chariot. Indra
came riding on an elephant.
vayus ca khanjanarudho
Vayu came riding on a khanjana bird. Yamaraja came
riding on a buffalo. Kuvera came riding on a flower chariot. The
moon-god came riding on a deer.
Agni came riding on a ram. Varuna came riding on a shark.
Karttikeya came riding on a peacock. Sarasvati came riding on a
lakshmis ca garudarudha
Lakshmi came riding on Garuda. Durga came riding on a lion.
Manifesting the form of a cow, the earth-goddess came riding in
shashthi ca sibikarudha
The sixteen Matrikas came riding on a swing, and Goddess
Shashthi, holding a sword and club, came riding on a palanquin.
bhasarudho budhah smritah
The ruler of the planet Mars came riding on a gorilla. The
ruler of the planet Mercury came riding on a rooster. The ruler
of the planet Jupiter came riding on a black stag. The ruler of
the planet Venus came riding on an ox.
sanis ca makararudha
The ruler of the planet Saturn came riding on a shark. The
ruler of the planet Rahu came riding on a camel. Splendid as
millions of suns, they came to Nanda's palace.
kshanam sthitva yayuh surah
Finally coming to Nanda's palace, which was filled with many
gopas and gopis making a great tumult, the demigods paused for a
moment, and then entered.
natva drishtva tada devas
cakrus tasya stutim param
After offering obeisances to Him and gazing at Him, the
demigods offered many eloquent prayers to Sri Krishna who, although
manifesting the form of a child, was the original Supreme
Personality of Godhead.
vikshya krishnam tada deva
brahmadya rishibhih saha
sva-dhamani yayuh sarve
After gazing at Lord Krishna, Brahma and the demigods and
sages, now very happy and overwhelmed with feelings of love, went
to their own abodes.
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