TEXT 39
sā vai sapta samā garbham
abibhran na vyajāyata
jaghne ’śmanodaraṁ tasyāḥ
so ’śmakas tena kathyate
SYNONYMS
—she, Queen Madayantī; vai—indeed; sapta—seven; samāḥ—years; garbham—the child within the womb; abibhrat—continued to bear; na—not; vyajāyata—gave delivery; jaghne—struck; aśmanā—by a stone; udaram—abdomen; tasyāḥ—of her; saḥ—a son; aśmakaḥ—by the name Aśmaka; tena—because of this; kathyate—was called.
TRANSLATION
Madayantī bore the child within the womb for seven years and did not give birth. Therefore Vasiṣṭha struck her abdomen with a stone, and then the child was born. Consequently, the child was known as Aśmaka [“the child born of a stone”].

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