The Bhagavata Purana

by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 780,972 words | ISBN-10: 8120838203 | ISBN-13: 9788120838208

This page describes Kritavarma Deputed to Hastinapura which is chapter 52(a) of the English translation of the Bhagavata Purana, one of the eighteen major puranas containing roughly 18,000 metrical verses. Topics include ancient Indian history, religion, philosophy, geography, mythology, etc. The text has been interpreted by various schools of philosophy. This is the zeroth chapter 52(a) of the Tenth Skandha of the Bhagavatapurana.

Chapter 52(a) - Kṛtavarmā Deputed to Hastināpura

[Note: After 56 in Padaratnāvalī’s Text]

Śrī Śuka said:

25.. On one occasion Kṛṣṇa, the son of Devakī, in company of Balarāma and Sātyaki was being waited upon by kings of various countries in the royal assembly. He heard there from Brāhmaṇas, participants in a sacrificial session that Drupada, the king of Pāñcālas was taken captive by young sons of Kuntī in the battle, O scion of Kuru race.

3. On hearing that, the Imperishable Lord became glad at heart and deputed Kṛtavarmā to the city of Hastināpura to know the details.

4. On going to Hastināpura, Kṛtavarmā sought the audience of Bhīṣma, the aged grand-father of Kauravas accompanied by Droṇa, Vidura, Dhṛtarāṣṭra and Kṛpa.

5. He paid respects to king Yudhiṣṭhira along with his four brothers. Kṛtavarmā, the son of Hṛḍika, paid special respects to Kuntī.

6-7. Yudhiṣṭhira on his part inquired about Kṛṣṇa, the slayer of Kaṃsa, as well as about his companions, about the killing of Kālayavana and victory over Jarāsandha, and the slaying of Vāsudeva, the uler [ruler?] of Karavīrapura as well as the building up of the city of Dvārakā in the sea.

8-10. On knowing the facts (about the above events) and the slaying of Haṃsa and Ḍibhaka and Brahmadatta the invincible, Yudhiṣṭ ira regarded that the sovereignty of the three worlds had permanently been secured in his hands. Kṛtavarmā was honoured by providing comforts, engagement in conversations and other ways of receiving the guest, by the sons of Pāṇḍu and by Kuntī whose eyes were overflowing with tears of affection. Kṛtavarmā took leave of his relatives and also of Kuntī.

11-12. He duly paid respects to the sons of his maternal aunt who were knowers of Dharma. He was permitted to leave by Bhīṣma, the son of Gaṅgā and by Dhṛtarāṣṭra, O sinless king! He was also given leave by Vidura, Karṇa, the king of Aṅga, Droṇa, Kṛpa, by the intelligent Aśvatthāman as well as by Duryodhana.

13. Taking leave of them all, Kṛtavarmā departed from the city called Hastināpura and at the time of sunset, he arrived at Dvārakā, the head-quarters of Vṛṣṇis.

14. Entering the celestial assembly-hall which was attended by a number of kings he saw there Kṛṣṇa who was occupying a high seat of gold.

15. To Kṛṣṇa who was wearing a Vanamālā and who was being fanned with chowries by many servants, he reported in details everything as he saw or heard it.

16. Hearing the detailed report of what happened in the capital city Hastināpura of the Kauravas, Lord Hari, the Ruler of the world, learning of the valorous deed of the sons of Pāṇḍus became overwhelmed with joy.

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