yÄ vai lasac-chrÄ«-tulasÄ«-vimiÅra-
punÄti lokÄn ubhayatra seÅÄn
kas tÄá¹ na seveta mariá¹£yamÄá¹aá¸¥
yÄ - the river which; vai - always; lasat - floating with; ÅrÄ«-tulasÄ« - tulasÄ« leaves; vimiÅra - mixed; ká¹á¹£á¹a-aá¹ ghri - the lotus feet of the Lord, ÅrÄ« Ká¹á¹£á¹a; reá¹u - dust; abhyadhika - auspicious; ambu - water; netrÄ« - that which is carrying; punÄti - sanctifies; lokÄn - planets; ubhayatra - both the upper and lower or inside and outside; sa-Ä«ÅÄn - along with Lord Åiva; kaá¸¥ - who else; tÄm - that river; na - does not; seveta - worship; mariá¹£yamÄá¹aá¸¥ - one who is to die at any moment.
MahÄrÄja ParÄ«ká¹£it, just after receiving the news of his death within seven days, at once retired from family life and shifted himself to the sacred bank of the YamunÄ River. Generally it is said that the King took shelter on the bank of the Ganges, but according to ÅrÄ«la JÄ«va GosvÄmÄ«, the King took shelter on the bank of the YamunÄ. ÅrÄ«la JÄ«va GosvÄmÄ«âs statement appears to be more accurate because of the geographical situation. MahÄrÄja ParÄ«ká¹£it resided in his capital HastinÄpura, situated near present Delhi, and the river YamunÄ flows down past the city. Naturally the King would take shelter of the river YamunÄ because she was flowing past his palace door. And as far as sanctity is concerned, the river YamunÄ is more directly connected with Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a than the Ganges. The Lord sanctified the river YamunÄ from the beginning of His transcendental pastimes in the world. While His father Vasudeva was crossing the YamunÄ with the baby Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a for a safe place at Gokula on the other bank of the river from MathurÄ, the Lord fell down in the river, and by the dust of His lotus feet the river at once became sanctified. It is especially mentioned herein that MahÄrÄja ParÄ«ká¹£it took shelter of that particular river which is beautifully flowing, carrying the dust of the lotus feet of Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a, mixed with tulasÄ« leaves. Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹aâs lotus feet are always besmeared with the tulasÄ« leaves, and thus as soon as His lotus feet contact the water of the Ganges and the YamunÄ, the rivers become at once sanctified. The Lord, however, contacted the river YamunÄ more than the Ganges. According to the VarÄha PurÄá¹a, as quoted by ÅrÄ«la JÄ«va GosvÄmÄ«, there is no difference between the water of the Ganges and the YamunÄ, but when the water of the Ganges is sanctified one hundred times, it is called the YamunÄ. Similarly, it is said in the scriptures that one thousand names of Viá¹£á¹u are equal to one name of RÄma, and three names of Lord RÄma are equal to one name of Ká¹á¹£á¹a.