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SB 1.11 - Dvārakā's decorations

As Bhogavatī is protected by the Nāgas, so was Dvārakā protected by Bhoja, Madhu, Daśārha and others. The Nāgaloka planet is situated below the earth and the sun rays are hampered there. There are beautiful gardens, rivulets etc for the enjoyment of the Nāgas. The city of Dvārakā was well protected by the descendants of Vṛṣṇi, who were as powerful as the Lord, insofar as He manifested His strength upon this earth. Dvārakā was filled with the opulences of all seasons. There were hermitages, flower gardens, parks etc. The city gateway, the household doors and festooned arches along the roads were all nicely decorated with festive signs like plantain trees and mango leaves. Flags painted with the picture of either Garuḍa or Hanumān, garlands and painted signs and slogans all combined to shade the sunshine.

The highways, lanes, markets and public places were all cleansed and moistened with scented water. And to welcome the Lord fruits, flowers and unbroken seeds of grain were strewn everywhere. Auspicious things like curd, sugarcane and full water pots were all displayed in every house. The reception was made not just by decorating the roads and streets but also by worshiping the Lord with incense, lamps, flowers, fruits and other eatables. All were offered to the Lord and the remnants of the foodstuff were distributed among the citizens.