TEXT 17
megha-śyāmaḥ kanaka-paridhiḥ karṇa-vidyota-vidyun
mūrdhni bhrājad-vilulita-kacaḥ srag-dharo rakta-netraḥ
jaitrair dorbhir jagad-abhaya-dair dandaśūkaṁ gṛhītvā
mathnan mathnā pratigirir ivāśobhatātho dhṛtādriḥ
SYNONYMS
megha-śyāmaḥ—blackish like a cloud; kanaka-paridhiḥ—wearing yellow garments; karṇa—on the ears; vidyota-vidyut—whose earrings shone like lightning; mūrdhni—on the head; bhrājat—gleaming; vilulita—disheveled; kacaḥ—whose hair; srak-dharaḥ—wearing a flower garland; rakta-netraḥ—with red eyes; jaitraiḥ—with victorious; dorbhiḥ—with arms; jagat—to the universe; abhaya-daiḥ—which give fearlessness; dandaśūkam—the snake (Vāsuki); gṛhītvā—after taking; mathnan—churning; mathnā—by the churning rod (Mandara Mountain); pratigiriḥ—another mountain; iva—like; aśobhata—He appeared; atho—then; dhṛta-adriḥ—having taken the mountain.
TRANSLATION
The Lord appeared like a blackish cloud. He was dressed with yellow garments, His earrings shone on His ears like lightning, and His hair spread over His shoulders. He wore a garland of flowers, and His eyes were pinkish. With His strong, glorious arms, which award fearlessness throughout the universe, He took hold of Vāsuki and began churning the ocean, using Mandara Mountain as a churning rod. When engaged in this way, the Lord appeared like a beautifully situated mountain named Indranīla.

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