kasmÄn mukundo bhagavÄn
pitur gehÄd vrajaá¹ gataá¸¥
kva vÄsaá¹ jÃ±Ätibhiá¸¥ sÄrdhaá¹
ká¹tavÄn sÄtvatÄá¹ patiá¸¥
kasmÄt - why; mukundaá¸¥ - Ká¹á¹£á¹a, who can award liberation to everyone; bhagavÄn - the Supreme Personality of Godhead; pituá¸¥ - of His father (Vasudeva); gehÄt - from the house; vrajam - to VrajadhÄma, VrajabhÅ«mi; gataá¸¥ - went; kva - where; vÄsam - placed Himself to live; jÃ±Ätibhiá¸¥ - His relatives; sÄrdham - with; ká¹tavÄn - did so; sÄtvatÄm patiá¸¥ - the master of all Vaiá¹£á¹ava devotees.
These are inquiries about the itinerary of Ká¹á¹£á¹a. Just after His birth in the house of Vasudeva in MathurÄ, Ká¹á¹£á¹a transferred Himself to Gokula, on the other side of the YamunÄ, and after some days He moved with His father, mother and other relatives to Nanda-grÄma, Vá¹ndÄvana. MahÄrÄja ParÄ«ká¹£it was very much eager to hear about Ká¹á¹£á¹aâs activities in Vá¹ndÄvana. This entire canto of ÅrÄ«mad-BhÄgavatam is full of activities performed in Vá¹ndÄvana and DvÄrakÄ. The first forty chapters describe Ká¹á¹£á¹aâs Vá¹ndÄvana affairs, and the next fifty describe Ká¹á¹£á¹aâs activities in DvÄrakÄ. MahÄrÄja ParÄ«ká¹£it, to fulfill his desire to hear about Ká¹á¹£á¹a, requested Åukadeva GosvÄmÄ« to describe these activities in full detail.