ity ukto visnu-ratena
uvaca caritam visnor
matsya-rupena yat krtam
sri-sutah uvaca—Sri Suta Gosvami said; iti uktah—thus being questioned; visnu-ratena—by Maharaja Pariksit, known as Visnurata; bhagavan—the most powerful; badarayanih—the son of Vyasadeva, Sukadeva Gosvami; uvaca—said; caritam—the pastimes; visnoh—of Lord Visnu; matsya-rupena—by Him in the form of a fish; yat—whatever; krtam—was done.
Suta Gosvami said: When Pariksit Maharaja thus inquired from Sukadeva Gosvami, that most powerful saintly person began describing the pastimes of the Lord’s incarnation as a fish.
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