|Canto 10: The Summum Bonum||Chapter 69: Nārada Muni Visits Lord Kṛṣṇa's Palaces in Dvārakā|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.69.9-12
vitānair nirmitais tvaṣṭrā
dhvāntaḿ vicitra-valabhīṣu śikhaṇḍino 'ńga
nṛtyanti yatra vihitāguru-dhūpam akṣair
niryāntam īkṣya ghana-buddhaya unnadantaḥ
viṣṭabdham — supported; vidruma — of coral; stambhaiḥ — by pillars; vaidūrya — of vaidūrya gems; phalaka — with decorative coverings; uttamaiḥ — excellent; indranīla-mayaiḥ — bedecked with sapphires; kuḍyaiḥ — with walls; jagatyā — with a floor; ca — and; ahata — constant; tviṣā — whose effulgence; vitānaiḥ — with canopies; nirmitaiḥ — constructed; tvaṣṭrā — by Viśvakarmā; muktā-dāma — of strands of pearls; vilambibhiḥ — with hangings; dāntaiḥ — of ivory; āsana — with seats; paryańkaiḥ — and beds; maṇi — with jewels; uttama — most excellent; pariṣkṛtaiḥ — decorated; dāsībhiḥ — with maidservants; niṣka — lockets; kaṇṭhībhiḥ — upon whose throats; su-vāsobhiḥ — well-dressed; alańkṛtam — adorned; pumbhiḥ — with men; sa-kañcuka — wearing armor; uṣṇīṣa — turbans; su-vastra — fine clothing; maṇi — jeweled; kuṇḍalaiḥ — and earrings; ratna — jewel-bedecked; pradīpa — of lamps; nikara — many; dyutibhiḥ — with the light; nirasta — dispelled; dhvāntam — darkness; vicitra — variegated; valabhīṣu — on the ridges of the roof; śikhaṇḍinaḥ — peacocks; ańga — my dear (King Parīkṣit); nṛtyanti — dance; yatra — wherein; vihita — placed; aguru — of aguru; dhūpam — incense; akṣaiḥ — through the small holes in the latticed windows; niryāntam — going out; īkṣya — seeing; ghana — a cloud; buddhayaḥ — thinking it to be; unnadantaḥ — crying loudly.
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 Tvaṣṭā 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. 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, "There was so much incense and fragrant gum burning that the scented fumes were coming out of the windows. The peacocks... 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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