पुरौकस: । कन्या चान्त:पुरात् प्रागाद् भटैर्गुप्ताम्बिकालयम् ॥ ३९ ॥
vadanti sma puraukasaḥ
kanyā cāntaḥ-purāt prāgād
evam — thus; prema — of pure love; kalā — by the increase; baddhāḥ — bound; vadanti sma — they spoke; pura-okasaḥ — the residents of the city; kanyā — the bride; ca — and; antaḥ-purāt — from the inner palace; prāgāt — went out; bhaṭaiḥ — by guards; guptā — protected; ambikā-ālayam — to the temple of Goddess Ambikā.
Bound by their swelling love, the city’s residents spoke in this way. Then the bride, protected by guards, left the inner palace to visit the temple of Ambikā.
Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī quotes the Medinī dictionary’s definition of the word kalā as follows: kalā mūle pravṛddhau syāc chilādāv aṁśa-mātrake. “The word kalā means ‘a root,’ ‘increase,’ ‘a stone’ or ‘a mere part.’”