kalevaram parasubhis
chittva tat te vrajaukasah
dure ksiptvavayavaso
nyadahan kastha-vestitam
kalevaramthe gigantic body of Putana; parasubhihwith the aid of axes; chittvaafter cutting to pieces; tatthat (body); teall of those; vraja-okasahinhabitants of Vraja; durefar, far away; ksiptvaafter throwing; avayavasahdifferent parts of the body, piece by piece; nyadahanburned to ashes; kastha-vestitamcovered by wood.
The inhabitants of Vraja cut the gigantic body of Putana into pieces with the help of axes. Then they threw the pieces far away, covered them with wood and burned them to ashes.
It is the practice that after a snake has been killed, its body is cut into various pieces for fear that it may come to life again simply by interacting with air. Merely killing a serpent is not sufficient; after it is killed, it must be cut to pieces and burned, and then the danger will be over. Putana resembled a great serpent, and therefore the cowherd men took the same precautions by burning her body to ashes.

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