Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 23: Devahūti's Lamentation

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.23.23

nimajjyāsmin hrade bhīru

vimānam idam āruha

idaḿ śukla-kṛtaḿ tīrtham

āśiṣāḿ yāpakaḿ nṛṇām


nimajjya — after bathing; asminin this; hradein the lake; bhīruO fearful one; vimānam — airplane; idam — this; āruha — ascend; idam — this; śukla-kṛtam — created by Lord Viṣṇu; tīrtham — sacred lake; āśiṣām — the desires; yāpakam — bestowing; nṛṇām — of human beings.


My dear Devahūti, you look very much afraid. First bathe in Lake Bindu-sarovara, created by Lord Viṣṇu Himself, which can grant all the desires of a human being, and then mount this airplane.


It is still the system to go to places of pilgrimage and take a bath in the water there. In Vṛndāvana the people take baths in the River Yamunā. In other places, such as Prayāga, they take baths in the River Ganges. The words tīrtham āśiṣāḿ yāpakam refer to the fulfillment of desires by bathing in a place of pilgrimage. Kardama Muni advised his good wife to bathe in Lake Bindu-sarovara so that she could revive the former beauty and luster of her body.

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