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CaptionOnce, Maharaja Pariksit observed a lower-caste sudra, dressed like a king, beating a cow and a bull with a club. The bull was trembling in fear and standing on only one leg. The cow's legs were being beaten; she was weak and her eyes were filled with tears. Maharaja Pariksit said, in a voice just like thunder: "Oh, who are you? You appear to be strong and yet you dare kill, within my protection, those who are helpless! By your dress you pose yourself to be a godly man [king], but by your deeds you are opposing the principles of the twice-born kshatriyas. You rogue, do you dare beat an innocent cow because Lord Krishna and Arjuna, the carrier of the Gandiva bow, are out of sight? Since you are beating the innocent in a secluded place, you are considered a culprit and therefore deserve to be killed." Then Maharaja Pariksit compassionately addressed the bull and the cow, the personalities of religion and the earth, and pacified them. After speaking with them, Maharaja Pariksit turned to the personality of Kali, and took up his sharp sword to kill him. Understanding that King Pariksit was willing to kill him, the devious Kali at once abandoned the dress of a king, and surrendered, bowing his head to Pariksit. Maharaja. Pariksit, being a kshatriya, was kind to the poor and could not kill a poor surrendered man. Therefore he told Kali that he need not fear for his life, but he could not remain in his kingdom. The fearful Kali thus said to the King, "O chief amongst the protectors of religion, please fix some place for me where I can live permanently under the protection of your government." Maharaja Pariksit gave Kali permission to reside in places where gambling, drinking, prostitution, and animal slaughter are being performed.
-Srimad Bhagavatam 1.17
HeadlineKing Pariksit Arrests Kali
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