sa vai purvam abhud raja
indradyumna iti khyato
sah—this elephant (Gajendra); vai—indeed; purvam—formerly; abhut—was; raja—a king; pandyah—of the country known as Pandya; dravida-sat-tamah—the best of those born in Dravida-desa, South India; indradyumnah—by the name Maharaja Indradyumna; iti—thus; khyatah—celebrated; visnu-vrata-parayanah—who was a first-class Vaisnava, always engaged in the service of the Lord.
This Gajendra had formerly been a Vaisnava and the king of the country known as Pandya, which is in the province of Dravida [South India]. In his previous life, he was known as Indradyumna Maharaja.
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