katham ta asuram bhavam
indrena prapitah satmyam
kim tat sadhu krtam hi taih
sri-raja uvaca—King Pariksit said; katham—why; te—they; asuram—demoniac; bhavam—mentality; apohya—giving up; autpattikam—due to birth; guro—my dear lord; indrena—by Indra; prapitah—were converted; sa-atmyam—to demigods; kim—whether; tat—therefore; sadhu—pious activities; krtam—performed; hi—indeed; taih—by them.
King Pariksit inquired: My dear lord, due to their birth, the forty-nine Maruts must have been obsessed with a demoniac mentality. Why did Indra, the King of heaven, convert them into demigods? Did they perform any rituals or pious activities?
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