Greatness of the Dvaraka City ruled by Krishna –Description!
Krishna performed His lilas in many places of Vraja mandala such as Gokula, Vrindavan, Mathura, Govardhana hill, etc… But, His lilas in Dvaraka are different because he was the king in Dvaraka.
Anything related to Krishna is the richest and topmost. Thus, Krishna’s Dvaraka city is also the form of topmost beauty and grandness with thousands of marble palaces, jewels, etc. and it was designed by the Engineer of celestials and higher planets, himself.
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The Greatness of Dvaraka City is explained in Srimad Bhagavatham in many places. Let us see them.
SRIMAD BHAGAVATHAM (10.69.1-6):
“In Krsna, Śrīla Prabhupāda beautifully describes the city of Dvārakā as follows: “Being inquisitive as to how Kṛṣṇa was managing His household affairs with so many wives, Nārada desired to see these pastimes and so set out to visit Kṛṣṇa’s different homes.
When Nārada arrived in Dvārakā, he saw that the gardens and parks were full of various flowers of different colors and orchards that were overloaded with a variety of fruits.
Beautiful birds were chirping, and peacocks were delightfully crowing.
There were tanks and ponds full of blue and red lotus flowers, and some of these sites were filled with varieties of lilies.
The lakes were full of nice swans and cranes, whose voices resounded everywhere.
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In the city there were as many as 900,000 great palaces built of first-class marble, with gates and doors made of silver.
The posts of the houses and palaces were bedecked with jewels such as touchstone, sapphires and emeralds, and the floors gave off a beautiful luster.
The highways, lanes, streets, crossings and marketplaces were all beautifully decorated.
The whole city was full of residential homes, assembly houses and temples, all of different architectural beauty.
All of this made Dvārakā a glowing city. The big avenues, crossings, lanes and streets, and also the thresholds of every residential house, were very clean.
On both sides of every path there were bushes, and at regular intervals there were large trees that shaded the avenues so that the sunshine would not bother the passersby.”
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KRISHNA’S PALACE – DESCRIPTION
SRIMAD BHAGAVATHAM (10.69.7-8):
“In the city of Dvaraka was a beautiful private quarter worshiped by the planetary rulers. This district, where the demigod Visvakarma had shown all his divine skill, was the residential area of Lord Hari, and thus it was gorgeously decorated by the sixteen thousand palaces of Lord Krsna’s queens. Narada Muni entered one of these immense palaces.”
(Visvakarma = the engineer of the demigods)
SRIMAD BHAGAVATHAM (10.69.9-12):
“Supporting the palace were coral pillars decoratively inlaid with vaidūrya gems.
Sapphires bedecked the walls, and the floors glowed with perpetual brilliance.
In that palace Tvasta had arranged canopies with hanging strands of pearls; there were also seats and beds fashioned of ivory and precious jewels.
In attendance were many well-dressed maidservants bearing lockets on their necks, and also armor-clad guards with turbans, fine uniforms and jeweled earrings.
The glow of numerous jewel-studded lamps dispelled all darkness in the palace.
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My dear King, on the ornate ridges of the roof danced loudly crying peacocks, who saw the fragrant aguru incense escaping through the holes of the latticed windows and mistook it for a cloud.
Śrīla Prabhupāda writes in Purport:
“There was so much incense and fragrant gum burning that the scented fumes were coming out of the windows.
The peacocks sitting on the steps became illusioned by the fumes, mistaking them for clouds, and began dancing jubilantly.
There were many maidservants, all of whom were decorated with gold necklaces, bangles and beautiful sārīs.
There were also many male servants, who were nicely decorated in cloaks and turbans and jeweled earrings.
Beautiful as they were, the servants were all engaged in different household duties.”
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SRIMAD BHAGAVATHAM (10.69.13):
“In that palace the learned brāhmaṇa saw the Lord of the Sātvatas, Śrī Krsna, together with His wife, who fanned Him with a gold-handled yak-tail fan. She personally served Him in this way, even though she was constantly attended by a thousand maidservants equal to her in personal character, beauty, youth and fine dress.”
SRIMAD BHAGAVATHAM (1.11.30), PURPORT:
“Lord Krsna had 16108 wives, and for each and every one of them there was a fully equipped palace complete with necessary compounds and gardens. Full description of these palaces is given in the Tenth Canto. All the palaces were made of the best marble stone. They were illuminated by jewels and decorated by curtains and carpets of velvet and silk, nicely bedecked and embroidered with gold lace. The Personality of Godhead means one who is full with all power, all energy, all opulence, all beauties, all knowledge and all renunciation. Therefore, in the palaces of the Lord there was nothing wanting for fulfilling all desires of the Lord. The Lord is unlimited, and therefore His desires are also unlimited, and the supply is also unlimited. Everything being unlimited, it is concisely described here as sama-ka-mam, or full with all desirable equipment.”
Do you feel that we have missed living in Dvaraka, the kingdom of Krishna?
Feel happy that we have opportunity to practice Krishna Bhakti that is the rare boon that is given to only one in thousands of persons.
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