Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Feb 08, CANADA (SUN)
The Lifting of Sri Govardhana
atha man-mukhatah srutva
kopam cakre purandarah
Sri Narada said: When from my mouth he heard that his sacrifice had been stopped and a festival for Govardhana Hill performed in its place, Indra became furious.
samvartakam nama ganam
preshayam asa sa-tvaram
Unleashing the samvartaka clouds used at the time of cosmic destruction, Indra sent them to destroy Vraja.
atha megha-ganah kruddha
krishnabhah pitabhah kecit
kecic ca harita-prabhah
The clouds thundered with anger. They were many wonderful colors, some black, some yellow, some green, . . .
nana-vidhas ca ye megha
. . . some the color of an indragopa insect, some the color of camphor, and some the color of blue lotuses.
vavrishus te madoddhatah
dharabhis cancalas ca ye
Furious, they showered raindrops as big as elephants and thunderbolts as big as elephants' trunks.
nipetuh kotisas cadri-
vata vavuh pracandas ca
kshepayantas tarun grihan
Big as mountain peaks, millions of rocks fell. The wind threw away many trees and houses.
maha-sabdo 'bhavad bhumau
O king of Mithila, the earth was filled with ferocious, terrifying, and devastating sounds of thunder.
nanada tena brahmandam
sapta-lokair bilaih saha
vicelur dig-gajas tara
hy apatan bhumi-mandalam
The entire universe, with the seven planetary systems and the expanses of outer space, echoed with the sounds of thunder. The elephants holding the directions trembled. The stars fell to the circle of the earth.
sisun svan svan puraskritya
Wishing to save themselves, the gopas and their families, with the children in front, ran to Nanda's palace.
ucur vrajaukasah sarve
bhayartah saranam gatah
Terrified, the people of Vraja bowed down before the two Supreme Lords, Krishna and Balarama, surrendered to Them, and took shelter of Them.
rama rama maha-baho
krishna krishna vrajesvara
pahi pahi maha-kashthad
indra-dattan nijan janan
The gopas said: Balarama! Balarama! O mighty-armed! Krishna! Krishna! O master of Vraja! Save, save Your people from these calamities brought by Indra!
adya sakre prakupite
kartavyam kim vadasu nah
By Your word we stopped the indra-yajna and offered a festival for Govardhana Hill. Now Indra is angry. What should we do? Please tell us!
vyakulam gokulam vikshya
sa-vatsakam gokulam ca
gopan aha nirakulah
Seeing the gopas, gopis, cows, calves, and all of Gokula very upset, calm and peaceful Krishna spoke to the gopas.
ma bhaishta yatadri-tatam
sarvaih parikaraih saha
vah puja prahrita yena
sa raksham samvidhasyati
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Don't be afraid. With your dependents go to Govardhana Hill. He accepted our worship. He will protect us.
ity uktva sva-janaih sardham
etya govardhanam harih
Sri Narada said: After speaking these words, Lord Krishna went, with His own people, to Govardhana Hill. Lifting the hill, Krishna playfully held it aloft with one hand.
yathocchilindhram sisur asramo gajah
sva-pushkarenaiva ca pushkaram girim
dhritva babhau sri-vraja-raja-nandanah
kripa-karo 'sau karunamayah prabhuh
As a child effortlessly holds a mushroom, or as an elephant holds a lotus in its tongue, so Sri Krishna, the prince of Vraja, the kind Supreme Personality of Godhead, held Govardhana Hill.
athaha gopan visatadri-gartam
he tata matar vraja-ballavesah
sopaskaraih sarva-dhanais ca gobhir
atraiva sakrasya bhayam na kincit
Lord Krishna said to the gopas: Father, mother, kings of the gopas, take your relatives, associates, household paraphernalia, wealth, and cows, and go beneath the hill. There you need not fear Indra.
ittham harer vacah srutva
vivisuh sri-gires talam
When they heard Lord Krishna word's, the gopas took their families, cows, and household paraphernalia, and went under the hill.
vayasya balaka sarve
krishnoktah sa-bala nripa
svan svams ca lagudan adrer
O king, when Krishna asked, Balarama and all the boys His age steadied the the hill with their sticks.
jalaugham agatam vikshya
bhagavams tad-girer adhah
sudarsanam tatha sesham
manasajnam cakara ha
Seeing a great flood of water coming, in His mind Lord Krishna ordered Lord Sesha and the Sudarsana-cakra to come under the hill.
urdhvam cakram sudarsanam
agastya iva maithila
Brilliant as ten million suns, the Sudarsana-cakra hovered above the hill and drank up the falling streams of water as Agastya Muni drank up the ocean.
adho 'dhas tam gireh seshah
rurodha taj-jalam dirgham
yatha vela mahodadhim
Coiling Himself around the hill, Sesha stopped the incoming flood as a shoreline stops the waters of an ocean.
saptaham su-sthiras tashthau
cakora iva te sthitah
For seven days Lord Krishna steadily held Govardhana Hill. As if they had become cakora birds, the stunned gopas gazed at Lord Krishnacandra.
mattam airavatam nagam
Mounting his maddened elephant Airavata, and accompanied by his armies, furious Indra went to the circle of Vraja.
durac cikshepa vajram svam
stambhayam asa sakrasya
sa-vrajam madhavo bhujam
Wishing to destroy Nanda's village, Indra threw his thunderbolt from far away. Krishna suddenly paralyzed both the thunderbolt and the arm that threw it.
bhaya-bhitas tada sakrah
dudrava sahasa devaih
Terrified, Indra fled with the demigods and samvartaka clouds as if he were an elephant wounded by a lion.
gata megha itas tatah
vata uparatah sadyo
nadyah sv-alpa-jala nripa
Suddenly the sun rose. The clouds were gone, the winds stopped, and the streams carried very little water.
vipankam bhu-talam jatam
nirmalam kham babhuva ha
catushpadah pakshinas ca
sukham apus tatas tatah
The ground dried up, the sky became clear, and the animals and birds became happy.
harinoktas tada gopa
svam svam dhanam go-dhanam ca
samadaya sanaih sanaih
By Krishna's order the gopas, taking their wealth and cows with them, slowly emerged from under the hill.
niryateti vayasyams ca
te tam ahus ca nirgaccha
dharayamo 'drim ojasa
Then Krishna, the lifter of Govardhana Hill, said to His friends, "Go out." They said to Him, "You go first. We will hold the hill with our own strength."
iti vada-paran gopan
tad-ardham ca girer bharam
pradat tebhyo maha-manah
Then Lord Krishna, the lifter of Govardhana Hill, shifted half of the hill's weight to the talkative gopa boys.
patitas tena bharena
gopa-balas ca nirbalah
That burden made the gopa boys fall, devastated, to the ground.
karena tan samutthaya
sva-sthane purvavad girim
sarvesham pasyatam krishnah
sthapayam asa lilaya
With one hand Krishna picked them all up. Then, as everyone watched, with a playful flourish Krishna set the hill down where it was before.
sampujya krishnam nripa nanda-sunum
jnatva param nemur ativa sarve
O king, the gopas and gopis, now understanding that Nanda's son Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, worshiped Him, showered Him with unbroken grains of rice, offered Him many foods made with milk and yogurt, and humbly bowed down before Him.
nando yasoda nripa rohini ca
balas ca sannanda-mukhas ca vriddhah
alingya krishnam pradadur dhanani
subhasisha samyuyujur ghrinartah
O king, then Nanda, Yasoda, Rohini, and the gopa elders headed by Sannanda, embraced Krishna, gave Him great wealth, and, filled with kindness and love, spoke many benedictions blessing Him.
samslaghya tam gayana-vadya-tat-para
nrityanta aran nripa nanda-nandanam
ajagmur eva sva-grihan vrajaukaso
harim puraskritya manoratham gatah
O king, singing, dancing, and playing musical instruments, the people of Vraja approached Lord Krishna and worshiped Him. In this way all their desires were fulfilled.
tadaiva deva vavrishuh praharshitah
pushpaih subhaih sundara-nandanodbhavaih
jagur yasah sri-giriraja-dharino
gandharva-mukhya divi siddha-sanghah
Then the jubilant demigods showered beautiful flowers grown in the beautiful Nandana gardens, and the Gandharvas and Siddhas in the higher planets sang the glories of Sri Krishna, the lifter of Govardhana Hill.