TEXT 23
rudrāṇāṁ śaṅkaraś cāsmi
vitteśo yakṣa-rakṣasām
vasūnāṁ pāvakaś cāsmi
meruḥ śikhariṇām aham
SYNONYMS
rudrāṇāmof all the Rudras; śaṅkaraḥLord Śiva; caalso; asmiI am; vitteśaḥthe lord of the treasury; yakṣa-rakṣasāmof the Yakṣas and Rākṣasas; vasūnāmof the Vasus; pāvakaḥfire; caalso; asmiI am; meruḥMeru; śikhariṇāmof all mountains; ahamI am.
TRANSLATION
Of all the Rudras I am Lord Śiva; of the Yakṣas and Rākṣasas I am the lord of wealth [Kuvera]; of the Vasus I am fire [Agni], and of the mountains I am Meru.
PURPORT
There are eleven Rudras, of whom Śaṅkara, Lord Śiva, is predominant. He is the incarnation of the Supreme Lord in charge of the modes of ignorance in the universe. Among the demigods Kuvera is the chief treasurer, and he is a representation of the Supreme Lord. Meru is a mountain famed for its rich natural resources.

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