ity ukto viṣṇu-rātena
uvāca caritaṁ viṣṇor
matsya-rūpeṇa yat kṛtam
śrī-sūtaḥ uvāca—Śrī Sūta Gosvāmī said; iti uktaḥ—thus being questioned; viṣṇu-rātena—by Mahārāja Parīkṣit, known as Viṣṇurāta; bhagavān—the most powerful; bādarāyaṇiḥ—the son of Vyāsadeva, Śukadeva Gosvāmī; uvāca—said; caritam—the pastimes; viṣṇoḥ—of Lord Viṣṇu; matsya-rūpeṇa—by Him in the form of a fish; yat—whatever; kṛtam—was done.
Sūta Gosvāmī said: When Parīkṣit Mahārāja thus inquired from Śukadeva Gosvāmī, that most powerful saintly person began describing the pastimes of the Lord’s incarnation as a fish.
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