Harivamsha MahA PurANam - ViShNu Parva
harivamsha in the mahAbharata - viShNuparva
Lesson 112 - kR^iShNa goes north
muhUrtena vayam grAmam taM prApya bharatarShabha |
vishrAntavAhanAH sarve nivAsAyopasaMsthitAH ||2-112-1
O the best among the bharata race (yudhiShThira)! Within a short time,
all of us reached the village of the brAhmaNa. After resting our carriers,
we made arrangements for staying.
tato grAmasya madhye.ahaM niviShTaH kurunandana |
samantAdvR^iShNisainyena mahatA parivAritaH ||2-112-2
O the son of kuru (yudhiShThira)! I stayed at the centre of the village,
surrounded on all sides by the great army of vR^iShNi-s.
tataH shakunayo dIptA mR^igAshcha krUrabhAShiNaH |
dIptAyAM dishi vAshanto bhayamAvedayanti me ||2-112-3
Then, birds blazing fire and animals making cruel sounds frightened me by
making sounds in all the lighted directions.
sandhyArAgo japAvarNo bhAnumAMshchaiva niShprabhaH |
papAta mahatI cholkA pR^ithivI chApyakampata ||2-112-4
The colour of the evening sky was like red rose. The sun lost the splendor.
Large meteors fell, making the earth tremble.
tAnsamIkShya mahotpAtAndAruNA.NllomaharShaNAn |
yogamAj~nApayaMstatra janasyotsukachetasaH ||2-112-5
Seeing the terrible fall of meteors which made the hair on my body stand up
with fear, I ordered the army to be ready, as the crowd was watching
yuyudhAnapurogAshcha vR^iShNyandhakamahArathAH |
sarve yuktarathAH sajjAH svayaM chAhaM tathAbhavam ||2-112-6
The great chariot fighters of vR^iShNi and andhaka races lead by yuyudhAna
yoked their chariots and got ready. I also got ready in the same way.
gate.ardharAtrasamaye brAhmaNo bhayaviklavaH |
upAgamya bhayAdasmAnidaM vachanamabravIt ||2-112-7
When the midnight passed, the brAhmaNa , worried by fear, told me the
following words out of fear.
kAlo.ayaM samanuprApto brAhmaNyAH prasavasya me |
tathA bhavantastiShThantu na bhavedva~nchanam yathA ||2-112-8
(brAhmaNa said:) O the ones who respects brAhmaNa-s! The time of delivery
has come. Be prepared so that you are not cheated.
muhUrtAdeva chAshrauShaM kR^ipaNaM ruditasvanam |
tasya viprasya bhavane hriyate.ahriyateti cha ||2-112-9
(arjuna continued:) Within a short time, I heard a pitiable crying sound
from the house of the one who trembles (brAhmaNa): (the child is) taken away,
athAkAshe punarvAchamashrauShaM bAlakasya vai |
U.Nheti hriyamANasya na cha pashyAmi rAkshasam ||2-112-10
Immediately, from the sky I heard the sound of the boy - U.Nh. I did not see
the demon who took the child away.
tato.asmAbhistadA tAta sharavarShaiH samantataH |
viShTambhitA dishaH sarvA hR^ita eva sa bAlakaH ||2-112-11
O brother (yudhiShThira)! Immediately by showering arrows all around, we
blocked all the directions. But the child was taken away.
brAhmano.a.artasvaraM kR^itvA hR^ite tasminkumArake |
vAchaH sa paruShAstIvrAH shrAvayAmAsa mAM tadA ||2-112-12
As his boy was taken away, the brAhmaNa cried in sorrow. Then he made me hear
harsh and cruel words.
vR^iShNayo hatasa~NkalpAstathAham naShTachetanaH |
mAmevaM hi visheSheNa brAhmaNaH pratyabhAShata ||2-112-13
The vR^iShN-s lost their will. I stood there losing my mind and splendor. The
brAhmaNa spoke directly to me, addressing me in particular.
rakShiShyAmIti choktaM te na cha rakShitavAnasi |
shR^iNu vAkyamidaM sheShaM yattvamarhasi durmate ||2-112-14
(brAhmaNa said:) Did you not tell me that you will protect? Then you did not
protect. O the one with bad intellect! Hear these remaining words that you
vR^ithA tvaM spardhase nityaM kR^iShNenAmitabuddhinA |
yadi syAdiha govindo naitadatyAhitaM bhavet ||2-112-15
You are contesting always in vain with kR^iShNa of exceeding intellect.
If govinda (kR^iShNa) was here, this unfortunate incident would not have
yathA chaturthaM dharmasya rakShitA labhate phalam |
pApasyApi tathA mUDha bhAgaM prApnotyarakShitA ||2-112-16
As the fourth part of the results of the righteous deed goes to the protector
of dharma, O stupid! the result of the bad deed will go to the one who did
rakShiShyAmIti choktaM te na cha shakto.asi rakShitum |
moghaM gANDIvametatte moghaM vIryaM yashashcha te ||2-112-17
You said you will protect but you were unable to protect. Your gANDIva bow
is useless. Your valiance as well as your fame are useless.
aki~nchiduktvA taM vipraM tato.ahaM prasthitastathA |
saha vR^iShNyandhakasutairyatra kR^iShNo mahAdyutiH ||2-112-18
(arjuna continued:) Without saying anything to the one who trembles (brAhmaNa),
I retired from there. Along with the sons of vR^iShNi-s and andhaka-s, I came
to the place where kR^iShNa of great splendor was.
tato dvAravatIM gatvA dR^iShTvA madhunighAtinam |
vrIDitaH shokasaMtapto govindenopalakShitaH ||2-112-19
Then, going to the city of doors (dvAravatI) I saw the slayer of madhu
(kR^iShNa). govinda (kR^ishNa) became aware that I was ashamed and burning
sa tu mAM vrIDitaM dR^iShTvA vinindankR^iShNasannidhau |
mauDhyaM pashyata me yo.ahaM shraddadhe klIbakatthanam ||2-112-20
The brAhmaNa abused me, who was ashamed, in front of kR^ishNa: Look at my
stupidity who listened to the words of the eunuch.
na pradyumno nAniruddho na rAmo na cha keshavaH |
yatra shaktAH paritrAtuM ko.anyastadavaneshvaraH ||2-112-21
What neither pradyumna nor aniruddha nor bala(rAma) nor also keshava
(kR^iShNa) are able to protect, which other deva can protect?
dhigarjunaM vR^ithAnAdaM dhigAtmashlAghino dhanuH |
daivopasR^iShTo yo maurkhyAdAgachChati cha durmatiH ||2-112-22
arjuna who speaks useless words is useless. The bow of the one who boasts is
also useless. The one with bad intellect, due to stupidity, takes up what is
discarded by the
evaM shapati viprarShau vidyAmAsthAya vaiShNavIm |
yayau saMyamanIM vIro yatrAste bhagavAnyamaH ||2-112-23
As the sage brAhmaNa cursed, I took up the technique of vaiShNavI and went
to saMyamanI where the valiant lord yama (god of death) was.
viprApatyamachakShANastata aindrImagAtpurIm |
AgneyIM nairR^itIM saumyAmudIchIM vAruNIM tathA ||2-112-24
Not seeing the son of the brAhmaNa there, I went to the city of indra.
I also went to the city of the fire god, nairR^iti, udIchI of soma and the
city of varuNa.
rasAtalaM nAkapR^iShThaM dhiShNyAnyanyAnyudAyudhaH |
tato.alabdhvA dvijasutamanistIrNapratishravaH ||2-112-25
Then, taking all my weapons, I went to rasAtalaM and heaven.
There also, I could not get the brAhmin's son. I was unable to keep my words.
agniM vivikShuH kR^iShNena pradyumnena niShedhitaH |
darshaye dvijasUnuM te mAvaj~nAtmAnamAtmanA ||2-112-26
As I was about to enter the fire, kR^iShNa and pradyumna stopped me:
"You will be shown the brAhmin's child. Do not insult your soul.
kIrtiM na ete vipulAM sthApayiShyanti mAnavAH |
iti saMbhAshya mAM snehAtsamAshvAsya cha mAdhavaH ||2-112-27
The men shall establish your vast fame for ever." Speaking affectionately
thus, mAdhava (kR^iShNa) consoled me.
sAntvayitvA tu tam vipramidaM vachanamabravIt |
After consoling the brAhmaNa, kR^iShNa spoke as follows
sugrIvaM chaiva shaibyaM cha meghapuShpabalAhakau ||2-112-28
yojayAshvAniti tadA dArukaM pratyabhAShata |
to dAruka: yoke the horses sugrIva, shaibya as also meghapuShpa and
Aropya brAhmaNaM kR^iShNo hyavaropya cha dArukam ||2-112-29
mAmuvAcha tataH shauriH sArathyaM kriyatAmiti |
Asking the brAhmaNa to mount the chariot and making dAruka to dismount,
the son of shuRa (kR^iShNa ) told me: you drive the chariot.
tataH samAsthAya rathaM kR^iShNo.ahaM brAhmanaH sa cha |
prayAtAH sma dishaM saumyAmudIchIM kauravarShabha ||2-112-30
O the best among kaurava-s! (O yudhiShThira! arjuna continued): Then,
kR^iShNa, myself and also the brAhmaNa mounted the chariot and proceeded in
the direction of somA-s udIchI, towards north.
iti shrImahAbhArate khileShu harivaMshe viShNuparvaNi
vAsudevamAhAtmye kR^iShNasya udIchIgamane
Thus this is the one hundred and twelfth lesson of viShNuparva, harivaMsha,
khila of mahAbhArata, kR^iShNa goes north
##Itranslated by K S Ramachandran, ramachandran_ksr @ yahoo.ca,
January 26, 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
July 2, 2011 ##