Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Dec 29, CANADA (SUN)
The Liberation of Putana
Texts 1 and 2
karam datum nripasya ca
nande sri-mathuram gate
kamsena preshita dushta
While, to ask about Vasudeva's welfare, to pay his tax to
the king, and to describe his son's birth-festival, Nanda was in
Sri Mathura, the murderess Putana, sent by Kamsa, was traveling
among cities, towns, and cowherd villages, making a menacing
atha gokulam asadya
rupam dadhara sa divyam
Coming to Gokula, which was filled with many gopas and
gopis, the demoness assumed the form of a splendid sixteen-year
na ke 'pi rurudhur gopah
sundarim tam ca gopikah
sacim vanim ramam rambham
ratim ca kshipatim iva
No gopa or gopi stopped this beautiful girl, who seemed to
eclipse the goddesses Saci, Sarasvati, Lakshmi, Rambha, and Rati.
rohinyam ca yasodayam
ankam adaya tam balam
lalayanti punah punah
Ignoring Rohini and Yasoda, she took the infant on her lap,
fondled Him again and again, and then exposed her breasts.
dadau sisor maha-ghora
pranaih sardham papau dugdham
katum roshavrito harih
When the very horrible demoness gave her poison-covered
breast to Him, infant Lord Hari became angry and drank her life-
breath along with the bitter milk.
munca munca vadantittham
nitva bahir gata tam vai
gata-maya babhuva ha
Screaming "Leave me! Leave me!", and her breast
filled with pain, she ran outside, bringing the infant with her
and her magical illusion now gone.
rudanti patita bhuvi
nanada tena brahmandam
sapta lokair bilaih saha
Screaming, her eyes bulging and limbs perspiring, she fell
to the ground, making a sound that filled the universe with its
seven planetary systems and empty regions of outer space.
Texts 9 and 10
cacala vasudha dvipais
tad adbhutam ivabhavat
shat-krosam sa dridhan dirghan
vrikshan prishtha-tale gatan
vadantas te gopa-gana
vikshya ghoram vapur mahat
A great wonder happened. The earth and all its continents
moved. She became twelve mils long and her thunderbolt body broke
many tall and strong trees and made them fall to the ground. O
king of kings, when the gopas saw her horrible gigantic body,
Texts 11 and 12
asya anguli-go balo
na jivati kadacana
tasya urasi sanandam
kridantam su-smitam sisum
dugdham pitva jrimbhamanam
tam drishtva jagrihuh striyah
yasodaya ca rohinya
"The child was crushed by her fingers. He could not
have remained alive." Then, seeing the smiling infant yawn after
drinking the demoness' milk, and then play on her breast, the
astonished women, along with Yasoda and Rohinia, grabbed Him, and
pulled Him down from the breast.
sarvato balakam nitva
raksham cakrur vidhanatah
Then they took the child and acted to give Him protection by
anointing Him with the Yamuna's sacred water and clay, by having
a cow wave its tail before Him, and by doing other things also.
snapayitva tv idam jaguh
Bathing Him with cow dust and cow urine, they chanted:
sri-krishnas te sirah patu
vaikunthah kantham eva hi
The gopis said: May Sri Krishna protect Your head. May Lord
Vaikuntha protect Your neck. May the Lord of Svetadvipa protect
Your ears. May Lord Yajna protect Your nose.
nrisimho netra-yugmam ca
adharav avatam te tu
May Lord Nrisimha protect Your two eyes. May Lord Rama
protect Your tongue. May Lord Nara-Narayana Rishi protect Your
kapolau pantu te sakshat
sanakadyah kala hareh
bhalam te sveta-varaho
narado bhru-late 'vatu
May the four Kumaras. who are Lord Hari's kala expansions,
protect Your cheeks. May Lord Sveta Varaha protect Your forehead.
May Lord Narada protect the two vines of Your eyebrows.
cibukam kapilah patu
dattatreya uro 'vatu
skandhau dvav rishabhah patu
karau matsyah prapatu te
May Lord Kapila protect Your chin. May Lord Dattatreya
protect Your chest. May Lord Rishabha protect both Your shoulders.
May Lord Matsya protect Your hands.
dor-dandam satatam rakshet
udaram kamathah patu
nabhim dhanvantaris ca te
May powerful Lord Prithu always protect Your arms. May Lord
Kurma protect Your abdomen. May Lord Dhanvantari protect Your
mohini guhya-desam ca
katim te vamano 'vatu
prishtham parasuramas ca
May Srimati Mohini protect Your private parts. My Lord
Vamana protect Your hips. May Lord Parasurama protect Your back.
May Lord Vyasa protect Your thighs.
balo janu-dvayam patu
janghe buddhah prapatu te
padau patu sa-gulphau ca
kalkir dharma-patih prabhuh
May Lord Balarama protect Your knees. May Lord Buddha
protect Your shins. May Lord Kalki, the master of religion,
protect Your ankles and feet.
idam bhagavata dattam
The Supreme Personality of Godhead gave this glorious and
transcendental Sri Krishna-kavaca (armor of Lord Krishna), which
gives all protection, to the demigod Brahma on the lotus flower
of His navel.
brahmana sambhave dattam
sambhur durvasase dadau
Then Brahma gave it to Lord Siva. Lord Siva gave it to
Durvasa Muni. Durvasa Muni gave it to Sri Yasoda in Sri Nanda's
anena raksham kritvasya
payayitva stanam danam
viprebhyah pradadau mahat
In this way Sri Yasoda and the gopis gave protection to
(infant Krishna). Then Sri Yasoda gave Him her breast milk to
drink, and then she gave great charity to the brahmanas.
tada nandadayo gopa
drishtva ghoram putanakhyam
When, just returned from Mathura City, the gopas headed by
Nanda saw horrible Putana, they were overcome with fear.
chitva kutharais tad-deham
anekas ca citah kritva
dahayam asur eva tam
Cutting it up with axes, and making many pyres by Sri
Yamuna's shore, the gopas burned her body.
dhumo dagdhasya dehasya
The smoke that rose from her now purified burning body was
fragrant as ela, lavanga, srikhanda, tagra, and aguru.
aho krishnam rite kam va
vrajama saranam tv iha
Of whom else but Krishna will we take shelter? The purifier of
the fallen, He gave liberation to Putana.
keyam va rakshasi purvam
param moksham katham gata
Sri Bahulasva said: Who was this demoness in her previous
birth? Why did evil Putana, who murdered children by giving them
her poisoned breast, attain ultimate liberation?
drishtva rupam atah param
putra-sneham cakara ha
Seeing the form of Lord Vamana in Bali Maharaja's yajna, Bali's daughter Ratnamala felt for the Lord (a mother's)
love for her son.
etadriso yadi bhaved
balas tam hi suci-smitam
payayami stanam tena
prasannam me manas tada
(She thought:) If I had a son like Him, then I would give
that gloriously smiling son the milk from my breast to drink. In
that way my heart would become happy.
sutayai vamano harih
manorathas tu te bhuyan
manasy api varam dadau
"May your desire be fulfilled." In this way the
Personality of Godhead, Lord Vamana, gave a blessing in his heart
to the daughter of His great devotee Bali Maharaja.
sabhavad dvaparante vai
putana nama visruta
At the end of Dvapara-yuga she became known as Putana. Then,
by Lord Krishna's touch, she attained her desire.
yah putana-moksham imam srinoti
krishnasya devasya parat parasya
bhaktir bhavet prema-yutapi tasya
tri-varga-suddhih kim u maithilendra
O king of Mithila, a person who hears of Putana's liberation
will become purified of the three material desires and will
attain pure love and devotion for Lord Krishna, the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, who is greater than the greatest.
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