TEXT 16
evam viprakrte loke
daityendranucarair muhuh
divam devah parityajya
bhuvi cerur alaksitah
SYNONYMS
evam—thus; viprakrte—being disturbed; loke—when all the people; daitya-indra-anucaraih—by the followers of Hiranyakasipu, the King of the Daityas; muhuh—again and again; divam—the heavenly planets; devah—the demigods; parityajya—giving up; bhuvi—on the planet earth; ceruh—wandered (to see the extent of the disturbances); alaksitah—unseen by the demons.
TRANSLATION
Thus disturbed again and again by the unnatural occurrences caused by the followers of Hiranyakasipu, all the people had to cease the activities of Vedic culture. Not receiving the results of yajna, the demigods also became disturbed. They left their residential quarters in the heavenly planets and, unobserved by the demons, began wandering on the planet earth to see the disasters.
PURPORT
As stated in Bhagavad-gita, the performance of yajna brings reciprocal good fortune for both the human beings and the demigods. When the performances of yajna were stopped by the disturbances of the demons, the demigods were naturally bereft of the results of yajna and hampered in executing their respective duties. Therefore they came down to the planet earth to see how people had become disturbed and to consider what to do.

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