Canto 5: The Creative ImpetusChapter 20: Studying the Structure of the Universe

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 5.20.12

sva-gobhiḥ pitṛ-devebhyo

vibhajan kṛṣṇa-śuklayoḥ

prajānāḿ sarvāsāḿ rājā-

ndhaḥ somo na āstv iti


sva-gobhiḥ — by expansion of his own illuminating rays; pitṛ-devebhyaḥ — unto the pitās and the demigods; vibhajan — dividing; kṛṣṇa-śuklayoḥ — into the two fortnights, dark and light; prajānām — of the citizens; sarvāsām — of all; rājā — the king; andhaḥ — food grains; somaḥ — the moon-god; naḥ — toward us; āstu — let him remain favorable; iti — thus.


[The inhabitants of Śālmalīdvīpa worship the demigod of the moon in the following words.] By his own rays, the moon-god has divided the month into two fortnights, known as śukla and kṛṣṇa, for the distribution of food grains to the pitās and the demigods. The demigod of the moon is he who divides time, and he is the king of all the residents of the universe. We therefore pray that he may remain our king and guide, and we offer him our respectful obeisances.

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