yas tu maha-kadambah suparsva-nirudho yas tasya kotarebhyo vinihsrtah pancayama-parinahah panca madhu-dharah suparsva-sikharat patantyo ’parenatmanam ilavrtam anumodayanti.
yah—which; tu—but; maha-kadambah—the tree named Mahakadamba; suparsva-nirudhah—which stands on the side of the mountain known as Suparsva; yah—which; tasya—of that; kotarebhyah—from the hollows; vinihsrtah—flowing; panca—five; ayama—vyama, a unit of measurement of about eight feet; parinahah—whose measurement; panca—five; madhu-dharah—flows of honey; suparsva-sikharat—from the top of Suparsva Mountain; patantyah—flowing down; aparena—on the western side of Sumeru Mountain; atmanam—the whole of; ilavrtam—Ilavrta-varsa; anumodayanti—make fragrant.
On the side of Suparsva Mountain stands a big tree called Mahakadamba, which is very celebrated. From the hollows of this tree flow five rivers of honey, each about five vyamas wide. This flowing honey falls incessantly from the top of Suparsva Mountain and flows all around Ilavrta-varsa, beginning from the western side. Thus the whole land is saturated with the pleasing fragrance.
The distance between one hand and another when one spreads both his arms is called a vyama. This comes to about eight feet. Thus each of the rivers was about forty feet wide, making a total of about two hundred feet.
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