dvadasyam paranam prati
cintayam asa dharma-jno
dvijais tad-dharma-sankate
muhurta-ardha-avasistayam—was remaining only for half a moment; dvadasyam—when the Dvadasi day; paranam—the breaking of the fast; prati—to observe; cintayam asa—began to think about; dharma-jnah—one who knows the principles of religion; dvijaih—by the brahmanas; tat-dharma—concerning that religious principle; sankate—in such a dangerous condition.
In the meantime, only a muhurta of the Dvadasi day was left on which to break the fast. Consequently, it was imperative that the fast be broken immediately. In this dangerous situation, the King consulted learned brahmanas.

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