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SB 10.86.9

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


mahatyāṁ deva-yātrāyāṁ
ratha-sthāṁ durga-nirgatāṁ
jahārānumataḥ pitroḥ
kṛṣṇasya ca mahā-rathaḥ


mahatyām—important; deva—for the Supreme Lord; yātrāyām—during a festival; ratha—on a chariot; sthām—riding; durga—from the fortress; nirgatām—having exited; jahāra—he seized her; anumataḥ—sanctioned; pitroḥ—by her parents; kṛṣṇasya—by Kṛṣṇa; ca—and; mahā-rathaḥ—the mighty chariot warrior.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


Once, on the occasion of a great temple festival in honor of the Supreme Lord, Subhadrā rode out of the fortresslike palace on a chariot, and at that time the mighty chariot warrior Arjuna took the opportunity to kidnap her. Subhadrā's parents and Kṛṣṇa had sanctioned this.


Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī identifies this festival as the annual Rathayātrā for Lord Viṣṇu on the occasion of His rising from mystic sleep at the end of Cāturmāsya. Subhadrā's parents are Vasudeva and Devakī.

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