vadaty evaṁ jane satyā
dṛṣṭvāsu-tyāgam adbhutam
dakṣaṁ tat-pārṣadā hantum
udatiṣṭhann udāyudhāḥ
vadati—were talking; evam—thus; jane—while the people; satyāḥ—of Satī; dṛṣṭvā—after seeing; asu-tyāgam—the death; adbhutam—wonderful; dakṣamDakṣa; tat-pārṣadāḥ—the attendants of Lord Śiva; hantum—to kill; udatiṣṭhan—stood up; udāyudhāḥ—with uplifted weapons.
While people were talking among themselves about the wonderful voluntary death of Satī, the attendants who had come with her readied themselves to kill Dakṣa with their weapons.
The attendants who came with Satī were meant to protect her from calamities, but since they were unable to protect their master’s wife, they decided to die for her, and before dying they wanted to kill Dakṣa. It is the duty of attendants to give protection to their master, and in case of failure it is their duty to die.

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