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sri-suka uvaca
adhastat savitur yojanayute svarbhanur naksatravac caratity eke yo ’sav amaratvam grahatvam calabhata bhagavad-anukampaya svayam asurapasadah saimhikeyo hy atad-arhas tasya tata janma karmani coparistad vaksyamah.
SYNONYMS
sri-sukah uvaca—Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said; adhastat—below; savituh—the sun globe; yojana—a measurement equal to eight miles; ayute—ten thousand; svarbhanuh—the planet known as Rahu; naksatra-vat—like one of the stars; carati—is rotating; iti—thus; eke—some who are learned in the Puranas; yah—which; asau—that; amaratvam—a lifetime like those of the demigods; grahatvam—a position as one of the chief planets; ca—and; alabhata—obtained; bhagavat-anukampaya—by the compassion of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; svayam—personally; asura-apasadah—the lowest of the asuras; saimhikeyah—being the son of Simhika; hi—indeed; a-tat-arhah—not qualified for that position; tasya—his; tata—O my dear King; janma—birth; karmani—activities; ca—also; uparistat—later; vaksyamah—I shall explain.
TRANSLATION
Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said: My dear King, some historians, the speakers of the Puranas, say that 10,000 yojanas [80,000 miles] below the sun is the planet known as Rahu, which moves like one of the stars. The presiding deity of that planet, who is the son of Simhika, is the most abominable of all asuras, but although he is completely unfit to assume the position of a demigod or planetary deity, he has achieved that position by the grace of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Later I shall speak further about him.

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