ittham nisamya damaghosa-sutah sva-pithad
utksipya bahum idam aha sadasy amarsi
samsravayan bhagavate parusany abhitah
The intolerant son of Damaghosa became infuriated upon hearing the glorification of Lord Krsna’s transcendental qualities. He stood up from his seat and, angrily waving his arms, fearlessly spoke to the entire assembly the following harsh words against the Supreme Lord.
Srila Prabhupada writes: “In that meeting, King Sisupala was also present. He was an avowed enemy of Krsna for many reasons, especially because of Krsna’s having stolen Rukmini from the marriage ceremony; therefore, he could not tolerate such honor to Krsna and glorification of His qualities. Instead of being happy to hear the glories of the Lord, he became very angry.”
Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti mentions that the reason Sisupala did not object when Sahadeva proposed Krsna for the agra-puja is that Sisupala wanted to ruin King Yudhisthira’s sacrifice. If Sisupala had argued earlier against Lord Krsna’s receiving the first worship and another person had been selected, the sacrifice would have then proceeded normally. Therefore Sisupala allowed Krsna to be selected, waited until the worship was over, and then spoke up, hoping in this way to demonstrate that the sacrifice was now spoiled. Thus he would ruin the endeavor of Maharaja Yudhisthira. In this regard the acarya quotes the following smrti reference: apujya yatra pujyante pujyanam ca vyatikramah. “In the place where those who are not to be worshiped are worshiped, there is offense to those who are actually worshipable.” There is also the following statement: pratibadhnati hi sreyah pujyapujya-vyatikramah. “Improperly understanding who is to be worshiped and who is not to be worshiped will impede one’s progress in life.”