Harivamsha MahA PurANam - ViShNu Parva
harivamsha in the mahAbharata - viShNuparva
Lesson 91 - story of the slaying of vajranAbha
bhAnumatyApaharaNaM vijayaM keshavasya cha ||2-91-1
krIDAM cha sAgare divyAM vR^iShNInAmatitejasAm |
(O vaishampAyana!) I heard the abduction of bhAnumatI, the victory of
keshava and the divine sports of the splendorous vR^iShNi-s (yAdava-s)
in the ocean.
ashrauShaM paramAshcharyaM mune dharmabhR^itAM vara ||2-91-21
vajranAbhavadhaM yuktaM nikumbhavadhakIrtane |
O sage! (vaishampAyana!) The best among the observers of dharma! I heard
about the most wonderful slaying of vajranAbha during the recital of the
slaying of nikumbha.
tanme kautUhalaM shrotuM prasAdAdbhavato mune ||2-91-3
O sage! Be pleased to tell me. I am curious to hear about it.
hanta te vartayiShyAmi vajranAbhavadhaM nR^ipa |
vijayaM chaiva kAmasya sAmbasyaiva cha bhArata ||2-91-4
O king! (janamejaya! vaishampAyana said) I shall tell you about the slaying
of vajranAbha. O the one of bharata race! I shall tell you about the victory
of kAma (pradyumna) as well as sAmba.
meroH sAnau narapate tapashchakre mahAsuraH |
vajranAbha iti khyAto nishchitaH samiti~njayaH ||2-91-5
O the king of men! (janamejaya! vaishampAyana continued) The great demon
known as vajranAbha, always victorious in battle, performed penance on
the peaks of the meru mountain.
tasya tuShTo mahAtejA brahmA lokapitAmahaH |
vareNa chChandayAmAsa tapasA paritoShitaH ||2-91-6
The grandfather of the world, brahma of great splendor was pleased with him.
Pleased with his penance, brahma told him to ask for boons as he desired.
avadhyatvaM sa devebyo vavre dAnavasattamaH |
puraM vajrapuraM chApi sarvaratnamayaM shubham ||2-91-7
The best among demons asked for the boons of not being slayable by deva-s
and also a city named the city of vajra, with all kinds of auspicious jewels.
svachChandena praveshashcha na vAyorapi bhArata |
achintitena kAmAnAmupapattirnarAdhipa ||2-91-8
O the one of bharata race! (janamejaya! vaishampAyana continued) In that
city, even wind was unable to enter freely. O the ruler of men!
(janamejaya! vaishampAyana continued) There, all desires were fulfilled,
without even thinking about them.
shAkhAnagaramukhyAnAM saMvAhAnAM shatAni cha |
nagarasyAprameyasya samantAjjanamejaya ||2-91-9
O janamejaya! (vaishampAyana continued) Around that city, there were
important satellite cities with hundreds of gardens.
tathA tadabhavattasya varadAnena bhArata |
uvAsa vajranagare vajranAbho mahAsuraH ||2-91-10
O the one of bharata race! (janamejaya! vaishampAyana continued) The city
was established thus due to the boon received by the demon. The great
demon vajranAbha lived in the city of vajra.
koTisho varalabdhaM tamasurAH parivArya te |
UShurvajrapure rAjansaMvAheShu tathaiva cha ||2-91-11
O king! (janamejaya! vaishampAyana continued) All around the demon, who got
the boon, tens of millions of demons lived in the city of vajra as well as
in the gardens.
shAkhAnagaramukhyeShu ramyeShu cha narAdhipa |
hR^iShTapuShTapramuditA nR^ipa devasya shatravaH ||2-91-12
O the king of men! (janamejaya! vaishampAyana continued), in the beautiful
important satellite cities, the enemies of deva-s (demons) flourished
comfortably and happily.
vajranAbho.atha duShTAtmA varadAnena darpitaH |
pure.asya chAtmanashchaiva jagadbAdhitumudyataH ||2-91-13
vajranAbha of wicked soul, proud due to the boon received by him as well as
the city, began to oppress the world.
mahendramabravIdgatvA devalokaM vishAMpate |
ahamIshitumichChAmi trailokyaM pAkashAsana ||2-91-14
O the ruler of men! (janamejaya! vaishampAyana continued) He went to heaven
and told the great indra:
O punisher of the demon pAka! I want to rule the three worlds.
athavA me prayachChasva yuddhaM devagaNeshvara |
sAmAnyaM hi jagatkR^itsnaM kAshyapAnAM mahAtmanAm ||2-91-15
O the lord of deva-s! Otherwise give me battle (fight with me). All the sons
of kashyapa, the great souls, have equal authority over the world.
sa bR^ihaspatinA sArdhaM mantrayitvA maheshvaraH |
vajranAbhaM surashreShThaH provAcha kuruvaMshaja ||2-91-16
O the one of kuru race! (janamejaya! vaishampAyana continued) The great
lord indra consulted bR^ihaspati. Then the best among deva-s, indra,
satreShu dIkShitaH saumya kashyapo naH pitA muniH |
tasminvR^itte yathAnyAyyaM tathA sa hi kariShyati ||2-91-17
(indra said) O gentle one! our father, sage kashyapa is now observing a
sacrifice. After concluding the sacrifice, he will do what is to be done in
the right manner.
tataH sa pitaraM gatvA kashyapaM dAnavo.abravIt |
yathoktaM devarAjena tamuvAchAtha kashyapaH ||2-91-18
Then the demon approached his father kashyapa and told him what the king of
deva-s, indra told him. Then kashyapa said:
satre vR^itte kariShyAmi yathAnyAyaM bhaviShyati |
tvaM tu vajrapure putra vasa gachCha samAshritaH ||2-91-19
After the sacrifice is concluded, I will do what is to be done in the right
way. O son! Go to the city of vajra and stay there.
evamukte vajranAbhaH svameva nagaraM gataH |
mahendro.api yayau devo dvArakAM dvArashAlinIm ||2-91-20
vajranAbha, told thus, returned to his city The great indra went to dvAraka,
the city of doors.
gatvA chAntarhito devo vAsudevamathAbravIt |
vajranAbhasya vR^ittAntaM tamuvAcha janArdanaH ||2-91-21
Becoming invisible, going to dvAraka, indra told the son of vasudeva
(kR^iShNa) all the incidents (news) about vajranAbha. Then janArdana
shaurerupasthito deva vAjimedho mahAkratuH |
tasminvR^itte vajranAbhaM pAtayiShyAmi vAsava ||2-91-22
O deva! (indra!) The grand horse sacrifice of the son of shUra
(vasudeva) is approaching. O vAsava! (indra!) After the sacrifice is
concluded, I shall slay vajranAbha.
tatropAyaM praveshe tu chintayAvaH satAM gateH |
nAnichChayA pravesho.asti tatra vAyorapi prabho ||2-91-23
O the destination of good people! Let us both think about a way to enter the
city. O lord! Even wind cannot enter the city without the permission of
tato gato devarAjo vAsudevena satkR^itaH |
vAjimedhe cha saMprApte vasudevasya bhArata ||2-91-24
The king of deva-s, indra, duly treated with hospitality by the son of
vasudeva (kR^iShNa), left. O the one of bharata race! The horse sacrifice
of vasudeva approached.
tasminyaj~ne vartamAne praveshArthaM surottamau |
chintayAmAsaturvIrau devarAjAchyutAvubhau ||2-91-25
When that sacrifice was concluded, the best among deva-s, the valiants, both
the king of devas, indra and the one who do not decline, kR^iShNa , thought
about ways to enter the city (of vajranAbha).
tatra yaj~ne vartamAne sunATyena naTAstadA |
maharShIMstoShayAmAsa bhadranAmeti nAmataH ||2-91-26
While the sacrifice was in progress, an actor named bhadra pleased the
great sages with his best acting.
taM vareNa munishreShThAshChandayAmAsurAtmavat |
sa vavre tu naTo bhadro varaM deveshvaropamaH ||2-91-27
Then the best sages told him to ask for a suitable boon. Then the actor
bhadra, comparable to indra, the lord of deva-s, asked for a boon,
devendrakR^iShNachChandena sarasvatyA prachoditaH |
praNipatya munishreShThAnashvamedhe samAgatAn ||2-91-28
prompted by sarasvati as desired by indra of deva-s and kR^iShNa, paying
obeisance to the best among sages who had arrived for the horse sacrifice.
bhojyo dvijAnAM sarveShAM bhaveyaM munisattamAH |
saptadvIpAM cha pR^IthivIM vichareyamimAmaham ||2-91-29
The actor said:
O the best among sages! All Brahmins shall offer me food respectfully. I
should be able to travel all over the earth having seven islands.
prasiddhAkAshagamanaH shaknuvaMshcha visheShataH |
avadhyaH sarvabhUtAnAM sthAvarA ye cha ja~NgamAH ||2-91-30
I shall have the special skill of travelling in the sky. I shall be
unslayable by all living beings, stationary as well as moving.
yasya yasya cha veSheNa pravisheyamahaM khalu |
mR^itasya jIvato vApi bhAvyenotpAditasya vA ||2-91-31
Whomsoever role I take, whether dead, alive or even produced by imagination
sa tUryastAdR^ishaH syAM vai jarArogavivarjitaH |1
tuShteyurmunayo nityamanye cha mama sarvadA ||2-91-32
I shall appear like them in all respects accompanied by musical instruments.
I shall be free of old age and disease. The sages as well as others shall be
pleased with me always.
evamastviti saMprokto brAhmaNairnR^ipate naTaH |
saptadvIpAM vasumatIM paryaTatyamaropamaH ||2-91-33
O the king of men! (janamejaya! vaishampAyana continued) The actor,
comparable to deva-s, who was told, "let it be so" by the Brahmins,
travelled all over the earth, having seven islands,
purANi dAnavendrANAmuttarAMshcha kurUMstathA |
bhadrAshvAnketumAlAMshcha kAlAbhradvIpameva cha ||2-91-34
the cities of the indra-s of demons, the north kuru, bhadrAshva, the islands
of ketumAla and kAlabhadra.
parvaNIShu tu sarvAsu dvArakAM yadumaNDitAm |
AyAti varadattaH sa lokavIro mahAnaTaH ||2-91-35
The great actor, valiant of the world, the one who received the boons,
used to visit dvAraka, decorated by the yAdava-s, during particular periods
of the year.
tato haMsAndhArtarAShTrAndevalokanivAsinaH |
uvAcha bhagavA~nshakraH sAntvayitvA sureshvaraH ||2-91-36
Then the lord shakra (indra), the lord of deva-s told the swans,
dhArtarAShtra-s, who are residents of heaven:
bhavanto bhrAtaro.asmAkaM kAshyapA devapakShiNaH |
vimAnavAhA devAnaM sukR^itInAM tathaiva cha ||2-91-37
(indra said) O swans! You, the divine birds, children of kashyapa, are my
brothers. You are the vehicles of deva-s as well as those who do
devAnAmasti kartavyaM kAryaM shatruvadhAnvitam |
tatkartavyaM na mantrashcha bhettavyo naH katha~nchana ||2-91-38
Now there is some work to be done by the deva-s, related to killing of
enemies. That is to be done and the secret shall never be disclosed.
na kurvatAM devatAj~nAmugro daNDaH patedapi |
sarvatrApratiShiddhaM vo gamanaM haMsasattamAH ||2-91-39
If the order of deva-s is not obeyed, there will be terrible punishment.
O the best among swans! You can travel everywhere.
gatvApraveshyamanyeShAM vajranAbhapurottamam |
ito.antaHpuravApIShu charadhvamuchitaM hi vaH ||2-91-40
You shall travel to the ponds of the inner quarters of the best city of
vajranAbha, where others cannot go.
tasyAsti kanyAratnaM hi trailokyAtishayaM shubham |
nAmnA prabhAvatI nAma chandrAbheva prabhAvatI ||2-91-41
He has a jewel of maidens, an auspicious maiden, who excels in the three
worlds, named prabhAvatI, who shines as beautiful as moonlight.
varadAnena sA labdhA mAtrA kila varAnanA |
haimavatyA mahAdevyAH sakAshAditi naH shrutam ||2-91-42
We hear that her mother got the maiden with a beautiful face by a boon
given by the great Goddess, haimavatI, the daughter of himavAn,
svayaMvarA cha sA kanyA bandhubhiH sthApitA satI |
AtmechChayA patiM haMsA varayiShyati shobhanA || 2-91-43
The relatives have fixed the maiden for choosing a husband herself from
suitors. O swans! The beautiful maiden will choose a husband as per her
tadbhavadbhirguNA vAchyAH pradyumnasya mahAtmanaH |
sadbhUtaH kularUpasya shIlasya vayasastathA ||2-91-44
You shall tell her about the qualities of the great soul pradyumna,
his race, beauty, habits as well as age.
yadA sA raktabhAvA cha vajranAbhasutA satI |
tasyAH sakAshAtsaMdesho nayitavyaH samAdhinA ||2-91-45
As the daughter of vajranAbha, the faithful woman, becomes passionate,
you shall take her message with attention,
pradyumnasya punastasmAdAnayadhvaM tathaiva cha |
svabuddhyA prAptakAlaM cha saMvidheyaM hitaM mama ||2-91-46
to pradyumna and also again take his message to her. Do as desired by me,
according to the occasion, with your intelligence.
netravaktraprasAdashcha kartavyastatra sarvathA ||2-91-47
You shall do your work there by all means, with pleasing eyes and face.
tathA tathA guNA vAchyAH pradyumnasya mahAtmanaH |
yathA yathA prabhAvatyA manastatra bhavetsthitam ||2-91-48
You shall speak about the qualities of the great soul pradyumna in such a
way that prabhAvati's mind gets fixed on him.
vR^ittAntashchAnudivasaM pradeyo mama sarvathA |
dvAravatyAM cha kR^iShNasya bhrAturmama yavIyasaH ||2-91-49
You shall send me the daily news by all means as also to my younger brother
kR^iShNa at the city of doors, dvAraka.
tAvadyatnashcha kartavyaH pradyumno yAvadAtmavit |
paryAvartedvarArohAM vajranAbhasutAM vibhuH ||2-91-50
You shall do your work, till the lord, the great soul pradyumna, brings the
most beautiful daughter of vajranAbha.
avadhyAste tu devAnAM brahmaNo varadarpitAH |
devaputrairhi hantavyAH pradyumnapramukhairyudhi ||2-91-51
The demons (such as vajranAbha), proud with the boon given by brahma,
cannot be slayed by deva-s. They can be killed only by the sons of deva-s,
such as pradyumna and others, in battle.
naTo dattavarastasya veShamAsthAya yAdavAH |
pradyumnAdyA gamiShyanti vajranAbhavinAshanAH ||2-91-52
The yAdava-s such as pradyumna, the destroyers of vajranAbha, will go
to the city of vajra, disguising themselves as the actor (bhadra)
who received the boon (to travel anywhere).
etachcha sarvaM kartavyamanyachcha sarvameva hi |
prAptakAlaM vidhAtavyamasmAkaM priyakAmyayA ||2-91-53
You shall do all this along with other work. You shall do according to the
time as required, desiring my interest.
praveshastatra devAnAM nAsti haMsAH katha~nchana |
vajranAbhepsite tatra praveshaH khalu sarvathA ||2-91-54
O swans! deva-s can never enter there. By all means you shall enter there
as desired by vajranAbha.
iti shrImahAbhArate khileShu harivaMshe viShNuparvaNi vajranAbhavadhe
Thus this is the nintyfirst lesson of viShNuparva, harivamsha,
khila of mahAbhArata, story of the slaying of vajranAbha
## itranslated by K S Ramachandran, ramachandran_ksr @ yahoo.ca,
January 5, 2009
Further proof-read by Gilles Schaufelberger, schaufel @ wanadoo.fr
If you find any errors compared to Chitrashala Press edition,
send corrections to A. Harindranath, harindranath_a @ yahoo.com
Translated to English by A. Purushothaman [purushothaman_avaroth @
yahoo.com] and A. Harindranath
January 19, 2011##