tato ’dhastan mahatale kadraveyanam sarpanam naika-sirasam krodhavaso nama ganah kuhaka-taksaka-kaliya-susenadi-pradhana maha-bhogavantah patattri-rajadhipateh purusa-vahad anavaratam udvijamanah sva-kalatrapatya-suhrt-kutumba-sangena kvacit pramatta viharanti.
tatah—the planet Talatala; adhastat—beneath; mahatale—in the planet known as Mahatala; kadraveyanam—of the descendants of Kadru; sarpanam—who are big snakes; na eka-sirasam—who have many hoods; krodha-vasah—always subject to anger; nama—named; ganah—the group; kuhaka—Kuhaka; taksaka—Taksaka; kaliya—Kaliya; susena—Susena; adi—and so on; pradhanah—who are the prominent ones; maha-bhogavantah—addicted to all kinds of material enjoyment; patattri-raja-adhipateh—from the king of all birds, Garuda; purusa-vahat—who carries the Supreme Personality of Godhead; anavaratam—constantly; udvijamanah—afraid; sva—of their own; kalatra-apatya—wives and children; suhrt—friends; kutumba—relatives; sangena—in the association; kvacit—sometimes; pramattah—infuriated; viharanti—they sport.
The planetary system below Talatala is known as Mahatala. It is the abode of many-hooded snakes, descendants of Kadru, who are always very angry. The great snakes who are prominent are Kuhaka, Taksaka, Kaliya and Susena. The snakes in Mahatala are always disturbed by fear of Garuda, the carrier of Lord Visnu, but although they are full of anxiety, some of them nevertheless sport with their wives, children, friends and relatives.
It is stated here that the snakes who live in the planetary system known as Mahatala are very powerful and have many hoods. They live with their wives and children and consider themselves very happy, although they are always full of anxiety because of Garuda, who comes there to destroy them. This is the way of material life. Even if one lives in the most abominable condition, he still thinks himself happy with his wife, children, friends and relatives.
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