ity angopadisanty eke
vismrtya prag udahrtam
Some men proposed [that the troubles were due to Akrura’s absence], but they had forgotten the glories of the Supreme Lord, which they themselves had so often described. Indeed, how can calamities occur in a place where the Personality of Godhead, the residence of all the sages, resides?
Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti provides the following insight on this verse: In Benares Akrura became famous for performing sacrifices on golden altars and for his abundant charity to the brahmanas. When the citizens of Dvaraka heard about this, some of them gossiped that Krsna, considering Akrura a rival, had sent him into exile. To dispel this new and incredible stain on His reputation, Lord Krsna created various calamities in Dvaraka, thus inducing the citizens to call for Akrura’s return, which the Lord then ordered.