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Vishnu Purana – Fifth Kandha

Chapter 31

Krishna arrived over Dvaraka

1Kesava, being thus eulogized by the king of the gods, smiled, and spake gravely to him in reply,
2-4“You are Indra,” said he, “the king of the celestials: we are but mortals, O lord of the world: you must pardon therefore the offence that I have committed. Let this Parijata tree be taken to its appropriate situation. I removed it in compliance with the words of Satya. Receive back also this your thunderbolt, cast at me; for this is your proper weapon, the destroyer of your foes.”
5-7Indra answered and said: “You beguilest us, O lord, in calling thyself a mortal; but we know you to be the lord, although not endowed with subtlety of discernment. You are that you are, engaged in the active preservation of the earth; you extractest the thorns implanted in her bosom, destroyer of the demon race. Let this Parijata tree be transferred to Dvaraka, and it shall remain upon earth as long as you abidest in the world of mortals.”
8Hari, having assented to the proposal of Indra, returned to earth, hymned by attendant sage, saints, and quiristers of heaven.
9-12When Krsna arrived over Dvaraka, be blew his shell, and delighted all the inhabitants with the sound. Then alighting from Garuda, he proceeded with Satyabhama to her garden, and there planted the great Parijata tree, the smell of which perfumed the earth for three furlongs, and an approach to which enabled every one to recollect the events of a prior existence; so that on beholding their faces in that tree, all the Yadavas contemplated themselves in their (original) celestial forms.
13-15Then Krsna took possession of the wealth, elephants, horses, and women, which he had recovered from Naraka, and which had been brought to Dvaraka by the servants of the demon; and at an auspicious season he espoused all the maidens whom Naraka had carried off from their friends; at one and the same moment he received the hands of all of them, according to the ritual, in separate mansions.
16-18Sixteen thousand and one hundred was the number of the maidens, and into so many different forms did the foe of Madhu multiply himself; so that every one of the damsels thought that he had wedded her in his single person; and the creator of the world, Hari, the assumer of universal shape, abode severally in the dwelling of each of these his wives.

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