TEXT 44
sri-pitara ucuh
sraddhani no ’dhibubhuje prasabham tanujair
dattani tirtha-samaye ’py apibat tilambu
tasyodaran nakha-vidirna-vapad ya arcchat
tasmai namo nrharaye ’khila-dharma-goptre
SYNONYMS
sri-pitarah ucuh—the inhabitants of Pitrloka said; sraddhani—the performances of the sraddha ceremony (offering of food grains to dead forefathers by a particular process); nah—our; adhibubhuje—enjoyed; prasabham—by force; tanujaih—by our sons and grandsons; dattani—offered; tirtha-samaye—at the time of bathing in the holy places; api—even; apibat—drank; tila-ambu—offerings of water with sesame seeds; tasya—of the demon; udarat—from the abdomen; nakha-vidirna—pierced by the nails of the hand; vapat—the skin of the intestines of which; yah—He who (the Personality of Godhead); arcchat—obtained; tasmai—unto Him (the Supreme Personality of Godhead); namah—respectful obeisances; nr-haraye—who has appeared as half lion and half man (Nrhari); akhila—universal; dharma—religious principles; goptre—who maintains.
TRANSLATION
The inhabitants of Pitrloka prayed: Let us offer our respectful obeisances unto Lord Nrsimhadeva, the maintainer of the religious principles of the universe. He has killed Hiranyakasipu, the demon who by force enjoyed all the offerings of the sraddha ceremonies performed by our sons and grandsons on the anniversaries of our death and who drank the water with sesame seeds offered in holy places of pilgrimage. By killing this demon, O Lord, You have taken back all this stolen property from his abdomen by piercing it with Your nails. We therefore wish to offer our respectful obeisances unto You.
PURPORT
It is the duty of all householders to offer food grains to all their departed forefathers, but during the time of Hiranyakasipu this process was stopped; no one would offer sraddha oblations of food grains to the forefathers with great respect. Thus when there is a demoniac rule, everything concerning the Vedic principles is turned upside down, all the religious ceremonies of yajna are stopped, the resources meant to be spent for yajna are taken away by the demoniac government, everything becomes chaotic, and consequently the entire world becomes hell itself. When the demons are killed by the presence of Nrsimhadeva, everyone feels comfortable, irrespective of the planet upon which he lives.

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