krator api kriya bharya
kratoh—of the great sage Kratu; api—also; kriya—Kriya; bharya—wife; valakhilyan—just like Valakhilya; asuyata—begot; rsin—sages; sasti—sixty; sahasrani—thousand; jvalatah—very brilliant; brahma-tejasa—by dint of the Brahman effulgence.
Kratu’s wife, Kriya, gave birth to sixty thousand great sages, named the Valakhilyas. All these sages were greatly advanced in spiritual knowledge, and their bodies were illuminated by such knowledge.
Kriya was the sixth daughter of Kardama Muni, and she produced sixty thousand sages, who were known as the Valakhilyas because they all retired from family life as vanaprasthas.
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