|Canto 12: The Age of Deterioration||Chapter 6: Mahārāja Parīkṣit Passes Away|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 12.6.19
taḿ gopāyati rājendra
śakraḥ śaraṇam āgatam
tena saḿstambhitaḥ sarpas
tasmān nāgnau pataty asau
tam — him (Takṣaka); gopāyati — is hiding; rāja-indra — O best of kings; śakraḥ — Lord Indra; śaraṇam — for shelter; āgatam — who has approached; tena — by that Indra; saḿstambhitaḥ — kept; sarpaḥ — the snake; tasmāt — thus; na — not; agnau — into the fire; patati — does fall; asau — he.
The brāhmaṇas replied: O best of kings, the snake Takṣaka has not fallen into the fire because he is being protected by Indra, whom he has approached for shelter. Indra is holding him back from the fire.
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