devāpiḥ śāntanus tasya
bāhlīka iti cātmajāḥ
devāpis tu vanaṁ gataḥ
abhavac chāntanū rājā
yaṁ yaṁ karābhyāṁ spṛśati
jīrṇaṁ yauvanam eti saḥ
devāpiḥ—Devāpi; śāntanuḥ—Śāntanu; tasya—of him (Pratīpa); bāhlīkaḥ—Bāhlīka; iti—thus; ca—also; ātma-jāḥ—the sons; pitṛ-rājyam—the father’s property, the kingdom; parityajya—rejecting; devāpiḥ—Devāpi, the eldest; tu—indeed; vanam—to the forest; gataḥ—left; abhavat—was; śāntanuḥ—Śāntanu; rājā—the king; prāk—before; mahābhiṣa—Mahābhiṣa; saṁjñitaḥ—most celebrated; yam yam—whomever; karābhyām—with his hands; spṛśati—touched; jīrṇam—although very old; yauvanam—youth; eti—attained; saḥ—he.
The sons of Pratīpa were Devāpi, Śāntanu and Bāhlīka. Devāpi left the kingdom of his father and went to the forest, and therefore Śāntanu became the king. Śāntanu, who in his previous birth was known as Mahābhiṣa, had the ability to transform anyone from old age to youth simply by touching that person with his hands.
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