so ’napatyo viṣaṇṇātmā
varuṇaṁ śaraṇaṁ yātaḥ
putro me jāyatāṁ prabho
saḥ—that Hariścandra; anapatyaḥ—being without a son; viṣaṇṇa-ātmā—therefore very morose; nāradasya—of Nārada; upadeśataḥ—by the advice; varuṇam—unto Varuṇa; śaraṇam yātaḥ—took shelter; putraḥ—a son; me—of me; jāyatām—let there be born; prabho—O my lord.
Hariścandra had no son and was therefore extremely morose. Once, therefore, following the advice of Nārada, he took shelter of Varuṇa and said to him “My lord I have no son. Would you kindly give me one?”
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