tasya tat pujayan karma
sulena jvalata tam tu
smayamano ’hanan mrdhe
tasya—of Matali; tat—that service (bringing the chariot before Indra); pujayan—appreciating; karma—such service to the master; yantuh—of the chariot driver; danava-sat-tamah—the best of the demons, namely Jambhasura; sulena—by his trident; jvalata—which was blazing fire; tam—Matali; tu—indeed; smayamanah—smiling; ahanat—struck; mrdhe—in the battle.
Appreciating Matali’s service, Jambhasura, the best of the demons, smiled. Nonetheless, he struck Matali in the battle with a trident of blazing fire.
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