usitva hastinapure
masan katipayan harih
suhrdam ca visokaya
svasus ca priya-kamyaya
usitva—staying; hastinapure—in the city of Hastinapura; masan—months; katipayan—a few; harih—Lord Sri Krsna; suhrdam—relatives; ca—also; visokaya—for pacifying them; svasuh—the sister; ca—and; priya-kamyaya—for pleasing.
Sri Hari, Lord Sri Krsna, resided at Hastinapura for a few months to pacify His relatives and please His own sister [Subhadra].
Krsna was to start for Dvaraka, His own kingdom, after the Battle of Kuruksetra and Yudhisthira's being enthroned, but to oblige the request of Maharaja Yudhisthira and to show special mercy to Bhismadeva, Lord Krsna stopped at Hastinapura, the capital of the Pandavas. The Lord decided to stay especially to pacify the aggrieved King as well as to please Subhadra, sister of Lord Sri Krsna. Subhadra was especially to be pacified because she lost her only son, Abhimanyu, who was just married. The boy left his wife, Uttara, mother of Maharaja Pariksit. The Lord is always pleased to satisfy His devotees in any capacity. Only His devotees can play the parts of His relatives. The Lord is absolute.

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