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Krsna Rescues Nanda Maharaja From the Abode of Varuna

Krsna Rescues Nanda Maharaja From the Abode of Varuna

Krsna´s father, Nanda Maharaja, observed the prescribed fast on the eleventh day of the lunar month and then considered how, according to the injunctions of scriptures, to break his fast properly on the twelfth day, of which there remained only a few minutes. Thus, accompanied by several cowherd men, he entered the water of the Yamuna River to bathe at an inauspicious time before the first dawn light, although astrologically that was an inauspicious time.

A servant of Varuna, the demigod of the ocean, noticed Nanda Maharaja entering the water at a time forbidden by scripture and took him away to the demigod’s abode. When Nanda did not come out of the water, the cowherd men began to cry out, and Lord Krsna immediately came there. Understanding the situation, He entered the water and went to the court of the demigod Varuna, determined to free His father and the other cowherd men from fear of a mere demigod. Varuna worshiped Krsna with great and variegated festivity. Afterwards he begged the Lord to forgive his servant for having foolishly arrested Nanda Maharaja, the king of the cowherds.

Nanda was amazed to see the influence Krsna exerted in the court of Varunadeva, and after returning home he described his experiences to his friends and relatives.

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