kujadbhir nupurair devyah
sabda-yantya itas tatah
sudatih sundaram mukham
tasmin mahendra-bhavane maha-balo
maha-mana nirjita-loka eka-rat
reme ’bhivandyanghri-yugah suradibhih
yatra—where (the residential quarters of King Indra); vidruma-sopanah—steps made of coral; maha-marakatah—emerald; bhuvah—floors; yatra—where; sphatika—crystal; kudyani—walls; vaidurya—of vaidurya stone; stambha—of pillars; panktayah—lines; yatra—where; citra—wonderful; vitanani—canopies; padmaraga—bedecked with rubies; asanani—seats; ca—also; payah—of milk; phena—the foam; nibhah—just like; sayyah—beds; muktadama—of pearls; paricchadah—having borders; kujadbhih—jingling; nupuraih—with ankle bells; devyah—celestial ladies; sabda-yantyah—making sweet vibrations; itah tatah—here and there; ratna-sthalisu—in places bedecked with jewels and gems; pasyanti—see; su-datih—having nice teeth; sundaram—very beautiful; mukham—faces; tasmin—in that; mahendra-bhavane—the residential quarters of the heavenly King; maha-balah—the most powerful; maha-manah—highly thoughtful; nirjita-lokah—having everyone under his control; eka-rat—the powerful dictator; reme—enjoyed; abhivandya—worshiped; anghri-yugah—whose two feet; sura-adibhih—by the demigods; pratapitaih—being disturbed; urjita—more than expected; canda—severe; sasanah—whose ruling.
The steps of King Indra’s residence were made of coral, the floor was bedecked with invaluable emeralds, the walls were of crystal, and the columns of vaidurya stone. The wonderful canopies were beautifully decorated, the seats were bedecked with rubies, and the silk bedding, as white as foam, was decorated with pearls. The ladies of the palace, who were blessed with beautiful teeth and the most wonderfully beautiful faces, walked here and there in the palace, their ankle bells tinkling melodiously, and saw their own beautiful reflections in the gems. The demigods, however, being very much oppressed, had to bow down and offer obeisances at the feet of Hiranyakasipu, who chastised the demigods very severely and for no reason. Thus Hiranyakasipu lived in the palace and severely ruled everyone.
Hiranyakasipu was so powerful in the heavenly planets that all the demigods except Lord Brahma, Lord Siva and Lord Visnu were forced to engage in his service. Indeed, they were afraid of being severely punished if they disobeyed him. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti has compared Hiranyakasipu to Maharaja Vena, who was also atheistic and scornful of the ritualistic ceremonies mentioned in the Vedas. Yet Maharaja Vena was afraid of some of the great sages such as Bhrgu, whereas Hiranyakasipu ruled in such a way that everyone feared him but Lord Visnu, Lord Brahma and Lord Siva. Hiranyakasipu was so alert against being burnt to ashes by the anger of great sages like Bhrgu that by dint of austerity he surpassed their power and placed even them under his subordination. It appears that even in the higher planetary systems, to which people are promoted by pious activities, disturbances are created by asuras like Hiranyakasipu. No one in the three worlds can live in peace and prosperity without disturbance.
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