by Manmatha Nath Dutt | 1897 | 293,872 words | ISBN-10: 8178542188 | ISBN-13: 9788178542188
This page is entitled “the celestial swans go to the city of vajra” and represents Chapter 93 of the second book (‘Vishnu Parva’) of the Harivamsa (English translation in Prose). The Harivamsha Purana narrates the lineage and life-story of Krishna (Hari). Although not officially mentioned in the list of Puranas, this book includes topics such as geology, creation theory, time (manvantaras), ancient historical legends and accounts of royal dynasties.
2-3. O hero, those birds jumped into the charming tanks filled with golden lotuses and lilies which could be touched. Although they had come many a time before they now astonished all with their polished and sweet words.
4-5. O king Janamejaya, speaking in sweet words those celestial swans ranged in the tanks of Vajranabha’s inner appartment and became his great favorites. He then said to those Dhartarastras the following words. "
6-7. You speak these sweet words because you always live in the celestial region. Come here always whenever you will know of a great festival in my house. O swans living in the celestial region, regard this house of mine as your own and enter here confidently".
8-9. O descendant of Bharata, thus addressed by Vajranabha those birds entered into the palace of the king of Danavas: for the work of the gods they spoke like men and made acquaintance with all speaking various words.
10. At that time the women, who were living in the palaces of Kashya pa’s sons (Danavas) partakers of all forms of blessings, attained to great delight on hearing of that beautiful account of the swans.
11. Thus ranging in the inner appartment of Vajranabha, the swans saw his beautiful and smiling daughter Prabhavati and made her acquaintance.
12. Amongst them the goose Shuchimukhi contracted friendship with the princess of charming smiles.
13. Relating hundreds of beautiful stories Shuchimukhi created the confidence of Vajranabha’s daughter and one day she said to her. "
14. O Prabhavati, I consider you the most beautiful in the three worlds as regards your beauty, character and accomplishments. I wish to tell you some thing.
15. O you of beautiful smiles, your youth is almost gone: that which is gone does not return like the water of a stream.
16. There is no other happiness to women greater than enjoyment with men in this world. I tell you the truth, O auspicious lady.
17. O you of fair limbs, although ordered by your father to make a free choice, why do you not select one of the gods or Asuras as your husband?
18-20. O youthful lady, many a bridegroom, endued with beauty, heroism and other accomplishments, come here and go away disregarded. O lady, when you do not like a bridegroom becoming your family and beauty, why should then, O you of fair limbs, Rukshmini’s son Pradyumna, who has none in the three worlds equal to him, in bravery, accomplishments, pedigree and beauty, come here?
21. O you of a beautiful waist, although he is a man of men, that highly powerful and virtuous-souled one shines like a god amongst the gods and like one of them amongst the Danavas.
22. Seeing him the women cannot cheque their natural love as the cow cannot cheque its milk and the stream its water.
23. I dare not compare his face with the full-moon, his eyes with lotuses and his gait with that of a lion.
24. O fair lady, what more shall I say? The powerful Lord Vishnu, having brought Cupid (the limbless god, Ananga) under his subjection as one of his limbs, has created him as his son, extracting the very essence of the world.
25. He was stolen away, in his childhood, by the sinful demon Shamvara: having slain him and kept his character unscathed he learnt all his illusory powers.
26-27. All the accomplishments, that are worthy of being sought for in the three worlds, and all those that you can imagine, exist in Pradyumna. In his effulgence he is like fire, in patience he is like earth, in lustre he is like a lake." Hearing it Prabhavati said to Suchimukhi:
28. "O gentle lady, I have heard many a time from the conversation between my father and the intelligent Narada that Vishnu is living in the land of men.
29-38. With burning cars, Shranga (bow) and club he has consumed the races of the Daityas. O honourable lady, he is the great enemy of the sons of Diti and should be shunned by them. The king of Danavas collects information about Vishnu from the Asuras who live in the branch cities for his well-being. O you of sweet smiles, every woman wishes that the family of her husband may be superior to that of her father. If you however can find out any means for bringing him here you will show me a great favour and purify our family. I ask you, O you of sweet words, tell me how Pradyumna, born in the family of Vrishnis, may become my husband. I have learnt from the conversation of elderly Asura women that Hari is a great enemy of the Daityas and gives them great trouble. I had heard before how Pradyumna was born and how the powerful Shamvara was killed by him. What more shall I say? Pradyumna is always present in my heart. But the means by which I may be united with him is solely wanted. O friend, learned you are no doubt; still as a maid servant of yours, I appoint you as my emissary. Point out to me the means by which I may be united with him." Thereupon consoling her Suchimukhi smilingly said:—.
39. "O you of sweet smiles, I will go there as your emissary and communicate to him your great devotion.
40. O you of beautiful waist, O you of sweet smiles, I will so exert that he may come here and you may become the consort of Cupid. O you of fair eyes, regard what I have said as true. Communicate to your father that I speak cleverly;you will reap a great benefit therefrom".
41-45. Thus spoken to by the goose Prabhavati acted accordingly. The king of Danavas said to the goose in his inner apartment. "O beautiful Suchimukhi, Prabhavati has communicated to me about your cleverness in speaking. Do you describe to us becoming stories. Tell us what wonders you have seen in this world, not seen before by any and whether worthy or unworthy of being seen by others." O king, the goose then said to Vajranabha.
47. That Shandili, the good friend of the auspicious daughter of the mountain chief (Uma) is large-minded and a great benefactress of the world.
48-50. I have also seen the auspicious actor, who has obtained a boon from the Munis, who can assume shapes at his will, who always gives food to all in the three worlds and is liked by all. O sinless hero, that actor travels always in Uttarakuru, the island of Kalamra, Bhadrashva, Ketumal, and other islands. He knows many songs and dances of the gods and Gandharvas. And with his dancing he surprises the gods."
52. O daughter of a bird, I am also stricken with curiosity for seeing that actor who has obtained this boon. But there is none to speak of those accomplishments of mine to him, hearing which he will come to me".
53-54. The goose said:—O foremost of Asuras, that actor is an appreciator of merits. Hearing of accomplished persons he travels over the seven insular continents. O great Asura, if he hears of your great accomplishments, know him as already arrived here.
55. Vajranabha said:—"O auspicious daughter of a bird, O goose! may good betide you. Do you so arrange that the actor may come here".
56. Thus despatched on an errand by Vajranabha, the swans went to Krishna and the king of gods and communicated to them every thing.
57. Hearing it Adhokshaja engaged Pradyumna in the work of acquiring Prabhavati and killing Vajranabha.
58. O descendant of Bharata, resorting to his celestial Maya Hari sent the Bhaimas there disguised as actors.
59-63. They dressed Pradyumna as the hero, Shamva as his fool, Gada as his companion and dressed other Bhaimas with becoming dresses. Leading dancing girls were the fit heroines of that party. The actor Bhadra and his party were also suitably dressed. Thereupon ascending the cars driven by Pradyumna, the great car-warrior Yadavas set out on the mission of the highly powerful celestials. O king, at that time they all assumed the semblances of men and women as necessary though they were men. Thereupon they arrived at Supura, a dependant city of Vajra.