aste ’sya jathare viryam
asyatam yavat prasavam
moksye ’rtha-padavim gatah
sri-indrah uvaca—King Indra said; aste—there is; asyah—of her; jathare—within the abdomen; viryam—the seed; avisahyam—intolerable; sura-dvisah—of the enemy of the demigods; asyatam—let her remain (in our prison); yavat—until; prasavam—the delivery of the child; moksye—I shall release; artha-padavim—the path of my object; gatah—obtained.
King Indra said: In the womb of this woman, the wife of the demon Hiranyakasipu, is the seed of that great demon. Therefore, let her remain in our custody until her child is delivered, and then we shall release her.
Indra, the King of heaven, decided to arrest Prahlada Maharaja’s mother because he thought that another demon, another Hiranyakasipu, was within her womb. The best course, he thought, was to kill the child when the child was born, and then the woman could be released.
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