matsyan sarasvatan atha
chrantavaho manag vibhuh
kuru-jangala—the province of Delhi; pancalan—part of the province Punjab; surasenan—part of the province of Uttar Pradesh; sa—with; yamunan—the districts on the bank of the Yamuna; brahmavartam—part of northern Uttar Pradesh; kuruksetram—the place where the battle was fought; matsyan—the province Matsya; sarasvatan—part of Punjab; atha—and so on; maru—Rajasthan, the land of deserts; dhanvam—Madhya Pradesh, where water is very scanty; ati-kramya—after passing; sauvira—Saurastra; abhirayoh—part of Gujarat; paran—western side; anartan—the province of Dvaraka; bhargava—O Saunaka; upagat—overtaken by; sranta—fatigue; vahah—the horses; manak vibhuh—slightly, because of the long journey.
O Saunaka, the Lord then proceeded towards Kurujangala, Pancala, Surasena, the land on the bank of the River Yamuna, Brahmavarta, Kuruksetra, Matsya, Sarasvata, the province of the desert and the land of scanty water. After crossing these provinces He gradually reached the Sauvira and Abhira provinces, then west of these, reached Dvaraka at last.
The provinces passed over by the Lord in those days were differently named, but the direction given is sufficient to indicate that He traveled through Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Saurastra and Gujarat and at last reached His home province at Dvaraka. We do not gain any profit simply by researching the analogous provinces of those days up to now, but it appears that the desert of Rajasthan and the provinces of scanty water like Madhya Pradesh were present even five thousand years ago. The theory of soil experts that the desert developed in recent years is not supported by the statements of Bhagavatam. We may leave the matter for expert geologists to research because the changing universe has different phases of geological development. We are satisfied that the Lord has now reached His own province, Dvarakadhama, from the Kuru provinces. Kuruksetra continues to exist since the Vedic age, and it is sheer foolishness when interpreters ignore or deny the existence of Kuruksetra.
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