TEXTS 8–9
duṣmanto mṛgayāṁ yātaḥ
kaṇvāśrama-padaṁ gataḥ
tatrāsīnāṁ sva-prabhayā
maṇḍayantīṁ ramām iva
vilokya sadyo mumuhe
deva-māyām iva striyam
babhāṣe tāṁ varārohāṁ
bhaṭaiḥ katipayair vṛtaḥ
SYNONYMS
duṣmantaḥMahārāja Duṣmanta; mṛgayām yātaḥ—when he went hunting; kaṇva-āśrama-padam—to the residence of Kaṇva; gataḥ—he came; tatra—there; āsīnām—a woman sitting; sva-prabhayā—by her own beauty; maṇḍayantīm—illuminating; ramām iva—exactly like the goddess of fortune; vilokya—by observing; sadyaḥ—immediately; mumuhe—he became enchanted; deva-māyām iva—exactly like the illusory energy of the Lord; striyam—a beautiful woman; babhāṣe—he addressed; tām—her (the woman); vara-ārohām—who was the best of beautiful women; bhaṭaiḥ—by soldiers; katipayaiḥ—a few; vṛtaḥ—surrounded.
TRANSLATION
Once when King Duṣmanta went to the forest to hunt and was very much fatigued, he approached the residence of Kaṇva Muni. There he saw a most beautiful woman who looked exactly like the goddess of fortune and who sat there illuminating the entire āśrama by her effulgence. The King was naturally attracted by her beauty, and therefore he approached her, accompanied by some of his soldiers, and spoke to her.

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