barhismati nama puri
nyapatan yatra romani
kusah kasas ta evasan
rsayo yaih parabhavya
yajna-ghnan yajnam ijire
barhismati—Barhismati; nama—named; puri—city; sarva-sampat—all kinds of wealth; samanvita—full of; nyapatan—fell down; yatra—where; romani—the hairs; yajnasya—of Lord Boar; angam—His body; vidhunvatah—shaking; kusah—kusa grass; kasah—kasa grass; te—they; eva—certainly; asan—became; sasvat-harita—of evergreen; varcasah—having the color; rsayah—the sages; yaih—by which; parabhavya—defeating; yajna-ghnan—the disturbers of the sacrificial performances; yajnam—Lord Visnu; ijire—they worshiped.
The city of Barhismati, rich in all kinds of wealth, was so called because Lord Visnu’s hair dropped there from His body when He manifested Himself as Lord Boar. As He shook His body, this very hair fell and turned into blades of evergreen kusa grass and kasa [another kind of grass used for mats], by means of which the sages worshiped Lord Visnu after defeating the demons who had interfered with the performance of their sacrifices.
Any place directly connected with the Supreme Lord is called pitha-sthana. Barhismati, the capital of Svayambhuva Manu, was exalted not because the city was very rich in wealth and opulence, but because the hairs of Lord Varaha fell at this very spot. These hairs of the Lord later grew as green grass, and the sages used to worship the Lord with that grass after the time when the Lord killed the demon Hiranyaksa. Yajna means Visnu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In Bhagavad-gita, karma is described as yajnartha. Yajnartha-karma means “work done only for the satisfaction of Visnu.” If something is done for sense gratification or any other purpose, it will be binding upon the worker. If one wants to be freed from the reaction of his work, he must perform everything for the satisfaction of Visnu, or Yajna. In the capital of Svayambhuva Manu, Barhismati, these particular functions were being performed by the great sages and saintly persons.
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