citrambarah pathi sikha-cyuta-malya-varsah
nandalayam sa-valaya vrajatir virejur
gopyah—the gopis; su-mrsta—very dazzling; mani—made of jewels; kundala—wearing earrings; niska-kanthyah—and having little keys and lockets hanging from their necks; citra-ambarah—dressed with varieties of colored embroidery; pathi—on their way to Yasodamayi’s house; sikha-cyuta—fell from their hair; malya-varsah—a shower of flower garlands; nanda-alayam—to the house of Maharaja Nanda; sa-valayah—with bangles on their hands; vrajatih—while going (in that costume); virejuh—they looked very, very beautiful; vyalola—moving; kundala—with earrings; payodhara—with breasts; hara—with flower garlands; sobhah—who appeared so beautiful.
In the ears of the gopis were brilliantly polished jeweled earrings, and from their necks hung metal lockets. Their hands were decorated with bangles, their dresses were of varied colors, and from their hair, flowers fell onto the street like showers. Thus while going to the house of Maharaja Nanda, the gopis, their earrings, breasts and garlands moving, were brilliantly beautiful.
The description of the gopis, who were going to the house of Maharaja Nanda to welcome Krsna, is especially significant. The gopis were not ordinary women, but expansions of Krsna’s pleasure potency, as described in the Brahma-samhita (5.37,29):
Krsna is always worshiped by the gopis wherever He goes. Therefore Krsna is so vividly described in Srimad-Bhagavatam. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has also described Krsna in this way: ramya kacid upasana vrajavadhu-vargena ya kalpita. All these gopis were going to offer Krsna their presentations because the gopis are eternal associates of the Lord. Now the gopis were more jubilant because of the news of Krsna’s appearance in Vrndavana.
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