TEXT 9
sā tad-dhastāt samutpatya
sadyo devy ambaraṁ gatā
adṛśyatānujā viṣṇoḥ
sāyudhāṣṭa-mahābhujā
SYNONYMS
—that female child; tat-hastāt—from the hand of Kaṁsa; sam-utpatya—slipped upward; sadyaḥ—immediately; devī—the form of a demigoddess; ambaram—into the sky; gatā—went; adṛśyata—was seen; anujā—the younger sister; viṣṇoḥ—of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; sa-āyudhā—with weapons; aṣṭa—eight; mahā-bhujā—with mighty arms.
TRANSLATION
The child, Yogamāyā-devī, the younger sister of Lord Viṣṇu, slipped upward from Kaṁsa’s hands and appeared in the sky as Devī, the goddess Durgā, with eight arms, completely equipped with weapons.
PURPORT
Kaṁsa tried to dash the child downward against a piece of stone, but since she was Yogamāyā, the younger sister of Lord Viṣṇu, she slipped upward and assumed the form of the goddess Durgā. The word anujā, meaning “the younger sister,” is significant. When Viṣṇu, or Kṛṣṇa, took birth from Devakī, He must have simultaneously taken birth from Yaśodā also. Otherwise how could Yogamāyā have been anujā, the Lord’s younger sister?

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