translation is largely based on that of the disciples of His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada as given in the “Srimad Bhagavatam”
published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust]
After Lord Brahma had thus spoken, glorifying the Supreme Lord’s activities and
prowess, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is never subject to death like
an ordinary living being, appeared from the womb of Aditi. His four hands were decorated with a conch
shell, club, lotus and disc. He was dressed in yellow garments, and His eyes
appeared like the petals of a blooming lotus.
Personality of Godhead, of dark complexion, was free from all blemishes. His lotus face, decorated with earrings, resembling fish in shape, appeared very beautiful and on His bosom was
the mark of Srivatsa. He wore bangles on
His wrists, armlets on His arms, a helmet on His head, a belt on His waist, a
sacred thread across his chest, and ankle bells decorating His lotus feet.
garland of flowers decorated His bosom, and because the flowers were extremely
fragrant, a large group of bees, making their natural humming sounds, invaded
them for honey. When the Lord appeared,
wearing the Kaustubha gem on His neck, His effulgence vanquished the darkness
in the home of the Prajapati Kashyapa.
happiness (clarity, sparkle) in all
directions, in the reservoirs of water like the rivers and oceans, and in the
core of everyone’s heart. The various
seasons displayed their respective qualities, and all living entities in the
upper planetary system, in outer space and on the surface of the earth were
jubilant. The demigods, the cows, the
brahmanas and the hills and mountains were all filled with joy.
Sravana-dwadasi [the twelfth day of the bright fortnight in the month of
Bhadra], when the moon came into the lunar mansion Sravana, at the auspicious
moment of Abhijit, the Lord appeared in this universe. Considering the Lord’s appearance very
auspicious, all the stars and planets, from the Sun to Saturn, were
the twelfth day of the moon – the sun was at the meridian, as every learned
scholar knows. This dvadasi is
kettledrums, drums, panavas and anakas vibrated in concert. The sound of these and various other
instruments was tumultuous.
celestial dancing girls [Apsaras] danced in jubilation, the best of the
Gandharvas sang songs, and the great sages, demigods, Manus, Pitrs and
fire-gods offered prayers to please the Lord.
Kimpurushas, Kinnaras, Charanas, Yakshas, Rakshasas, Suparnas, the best of
serpents, and the followers of the demigods all showered flowers on Aditi’s hermitage, while singing the glories of the Lord and
Supreme Personality of Godhead, who had appeared from her own womb, having
accepted a transcendental body by his own spiritual potency, she was struck
with wonder and was very happy. Upon seeing the child, Kashyapa Prajapati exclaimed
‘जय जय’ in great
happiness and wonder.
original form, with ornaments and weapons in his hands. Although this ever-existing form is not
visible in the material world, He nonetheless appeared in this form. Then, in the presence of His father and
mother, He assumed the form of Vamana, a brahmana-dwarf, a brahmachari, just
like a theatrical actor.
Lord as the brahmachari-dwarf Vamana, they were certainly very
pleased. Thus they placed before them
Kashyapa Muni, the Prajapati, and performed all the ritualistic ceremonies,
such as the birthday ceremony.
ceremony of Vamanadeva, the sun-god personally uttered the Gayatri mantra, Brihaspati
offered the sacred thread, and Kashyapa Muni offered a straw belt.
deerskin, and the demigod of the moon, who is the king of the forest, gave Him
a brahma-danda [the rod of a brahmachari].
His mother, Aditi, gave Him cloth for underwear (kaupinam) and
the deity presiding over the heavenly kingdom offered Him an umbrella.
offered a water pot to the inexhaustible Supreme Personality of Godhead, the
seven sages offered him kusa grass,
and goddess Saraswati gave him a string of rudraksha beads.
given the sacred thread, Kubera, King of the yakshas, gave him a begging bowl
to receive alms, and Bhagavati Uma, the
chaste consort of Siva and the mother of the Universe, gave Him His first
ब्रह्मर्षिगणसंजुष्टामत्यरोचत मारिषः ॥१८॥
by everyone, Lord Vamanadeva, the best of brahmacharis, exhibited His
bhrahman effulgence. He surpassed in
effulgence that entire assembly filled with great saintly brahmanas.
offered worship and performed a fire sacrifice on the sacrificial field.
Bali Maharaja was performing ashvamedha sacrifice under the
patronage of brahmanas of the Bhrigu dynasty, the Supreme Lord who is full in
every respect, proceeded there to show His mercy to Balimaharaja. By His weight, He pushed down the earth with
performing the sacrifice in the field known as Bhrgukaccha, on the northern
bank of the Narmada river, the brahminical priests, the descendants of Bhrgu,
saw Vamanadeva to be like the sun rising nearby.
Vamanadeva’s bright effulgence, the priests, along with Bali Maharaja and all
the members of the assembly, were robbed of their splendour. Thus they began to ask one another whether
the sun-god himself, Sanatkumara or the fire-god had personally come to see the
Bhrgu dynasty and their disciples talked and argued in various ways, the
Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vamanadeva, holding in his hands the rod, the
umbrella and a kamandalu filled
with water, entered the arena of the asvamedha sacrifice.
मौञ्ज्या मेखलया वीतमुपवीताजिनोत्तरम्।
boy, wearing a belt of straw, a sacred thread, an upper garment of deerskin,
and matted locks of hair, Lord Vamanadeva entered the arena of
sacrifice. His brilliant effulgence
diminished the brilliance of all the priests and their disciples, who thus stood
from their seats and welcomed the Lord properly by offering obeisances.
at seeing Lord Vamanadeva, whose beautiful limbs contributed equally to the
beauty of His entire body, offered Him a seat with great satisfaction.
reception to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is always beautiful to the
liberated souls, Bali Maharaja worshiped him by washing his lotus feet.
demigods, who carries on his forehead the emblem of the moon, receives on his
head with great devotion the Ganges water emanating from the toe of
Vishnu. Being aware of religious
principles (dharma), Bali Maharaja knew this. Consequently, following in the footsteps of
Lord Siva, he also placed on his head the water that had washed the Lord’s
to Lord Vamanadeva: O brahmana, I offer You my hearty welcome and my respectful
obeisances. Please let us know what we
may do for You. We think of You as the
personified austerity of the great brahmana-sages.
have kindly arrived at our home, all my forefathers are satisfied, our family
and entire dynasty have been sanctified, and the sacrifice we are performing is
now complete because of Your presence.
the fire of sacrifice is ablaze according to the injunction of the sastra,
and I have been freed from all the sinful reactions of my life by the water
that has washed Your lotus feet. O my Lord, by the touch of Your small lotus
feet the entire surface of the world has been sanctified.
appears that You have come here to ask me for something. Therefore, whatever You want You may take
from me. O best of those who are worshipable. You may take from me a cow, gold, a furnished
house, palatable food and drink, the daughter of a brahmana for Your wife,
prosperous villages, horses, elephants, chariots or whatever You desire.