The Death of Parikshit
Dwapara Yuga ended and Kali Yuga began during Parikshit’s reign
Hearing the advent of Kali and to ban his entry in his domain
Parikshit set out in search of Kali to prevent the havoc
For he didn’t want his peaceful kingdom to be in panic.
He saw an old three-legged bull being whipped by a man
On being questioned, the man laid prostrate with an evil plan
Saying he was Kali, he begged for a place in the kingdom to live
And how easy it was for the kind-hearted Parikshit to forgive!
As a King, he couldn’t refuse the one asking for his mercy
How could he have known he will suffer for his sympathy!
Parikshit allowed Kali to dwell in five places- gambling dens,
Slaughter houses, Prositutes’s houses, in gold and in taverns.
At once, Kali took abode in Parikshit’s crown made up of gold
And thus began the King’s downfall due to influence now Kali holds.
One day while hunting Parikshit strayed away from the rest
He reached a sage’s ashram while hungry, thirsty and distressed.
There was none but the sage Samika in deep meditation
The vain attempts to wake the sage led to deep frustration
And so overcame by anger under Kali’s evil influence
Parikshit did an abominable act of ignorance.
Looking around with a desire to punish, he saw a dead snake
Putting it around the sage’s neck was his biggest mistake.
As the Sage’s son Shrungi returned and saw his father
Filled with immense grief, sought his rage to smother.
Identifying the culprit, Shrungi cursed the arrogant King
With death after being bitten by Takshak, the Snake King!
As Sage Samika woke up and heard of his son’s hasty action
He was filled with regret for this act of desperation.
As he informed the King Parikshit of his approaching demise
For his arrogance and rash behaviour, Parikshit apologized.
Crowning his son Janamejya and giving up his position
Parikshit was ready for death leaving all possessions.
Sage Shuka, the son of Vyasa came to meet him and bless
And to narrate Krisna’s story to pull him out of distress
And thus he narrated Srimad Bhagvatam to the audience
For the remaining seven days, Parikshit listened in patience.
Blessed by using the last moments to hear holy names of the Lord
Salvation and a place in heaven for himself Parikshit restored.
Soon Takshak, the King of snakes arrived to perform his duty
And found that Parikshit was already lost in Krsna’s beauty.
Already merged with his beloved Krsna that Parishit adored
Takshak killed the body which had no relevance anymore.
A short life Parikshit led and achieved greatness through his deeds
Yet paid dearly by giving into anger which was his only misdeed.
Beginning of Kali Yuga (English Subtitles)
© 2016 Shaloo Walia