by Dr. Ved Kumari

Om auspiciousness. Salutation to the auspicious Ganes'a.
Salutation to the venerable Vasudeva Om.

Verses 901-1000

901. For those people who shall act according to the inslructions of Nila as far as their means permit, there shall be health, (long) life and much wealth.

902-3. After death, these people will certainly go to the world of the gods. Their sons and grandsons also shall share heaven, (long) life and wealth and shall be provided with long life. There is no doubt here. All the sayings of Nila are known to you also, O king!

904-6. So having heard (all this), act thus as to bring more happiness in the world and the country. Whatever instruction of Nila has been in abeyance due to the fault of time, revive all that, O king, the giver of honour, at my saying.

If the instructions of Nila are not followed, then occur here floods, excess of rain, drought, famine, deaths, untimely death of the king, and dreadful punishments from the king.

907. The snow-fall also occurs to a great extent. So the instructions of Nila must be announced to the people repeatedly.

908. Those who aet upon them shall be endowed with cattle, grains and wealth. You, too, shall be always victorious everywhere.

909. Vaisampayana said: "Even told thus by Brhadasva, the king Gonanda restarted (only a few of the) practices which had been in abeyance due to the fault of time.

910-11. Thereafter, he was overthrown by Balabhadra at Mathura. If a king of Kasmira acts upon all the instructions of Nila, he never meets with untimely death. There never occurs any terror in that country".

912. Janamejaya (spoke): What did Gonanda - the king of Kasrmira - ask after this, when he had heard from Brhadasva, the customs to be followed by him ?"

913. Vaisampayana (said): "Having heard the sayings of Brhadasva, Gonanda - the king of Kasmira - spoke to Brhadasva, the best of the sages."

914. Gonanda spoke: "Tell me the names of those Nagas who have mainly their abodes in Kasmira. I want to hear about them."

915. Brhadasva said: "(There live) Nila, the king of the Nagas, Vasuki, Upataksaka, the two Nagas Kambala and Asvatara, (the two Nagas) Karkotaka and Dhanahjaya,

916. Ailapatra, Ananta, the Nagas Nanda and Upanandaka, Kulika, Svetasankha, Palasa, Khedima, Badi.

917. Helihala, Sankhapala, the two Nagas Candana and Nandana, the two Nagas Nila and Mahanila, the two Nagas Vatika and Sandika,

918. Two Padmas, two Mahapadmas, two Kalas, two Kacchapas, two Samudras, two Samudranas, two Gajas, two Taksakas,

919. Two Nagas named Hastikarna, two Hastis, two Vamanas, Mahisas, two Varahas, two Nagas named Kupana,

920. Paniya, Anika, Kanakaksa, Kalinkaka, Arjuna, Pundarika, Dhanada, Nadakubara,

921. Kheda, Sapala, Kherisa, Lahura, Ledira, Kheda, Pharathada, Jayanta, Tvausama,

922. Two Sudanas, Suparsva, Sunasa, Pancahastaka, Pradyumna, Andhaka, Sambhu, Salva, Mulesvara, Ghasa,

923. Ugola, Sahunimadhya the two Nagas Gandhila and Picchala, Svadhada, Musakada, Pisitada, Ghatodana,

924. Narayana, Aniruddha, Vasudeva, Jalandhama, Patra, Manasa, Uttaramanasa,

925. Amanasa, Kapah, Sankarsana, Satacara, Khilecara, Rohinyakhya, Saktika,

926. Akhuphala, Phalapha, the Naga Kanasara, Susrava, Devapala, the Naga-chief Balahaka.

927. two Nagas Candra and Surya, (two Nagas) Suci and Sukla, Viduratha, Phelada, Sukumara, Khidiva, Vijaya, Jaya,

928. Uduca, Krophana, Vayu, Sukra, Vaisravana, Apama, Mandukanasa, Gandhara, the Naga Surparki, Dhvani,

929. Samana, Lolabha, Bhadra, Bindu, Bindusara, Nada, Tittiri, Prastabhadra, the Naga Grahapati,

930. Aparajita, Pandita, Kopati, Durjaya, Astaka, the Naga Himasara, the Naga Phalasara, Para,

931. The Naga Agrasara, the Naga Nilasara, Viha, Asulaksa, Aksipala, Prahlada, Yamaka,

932. Anista, Sumukha, Veda, Khadgapuccha, Vibhlsana, Mauhurtika, Priyasvami, Kumara, another Candanopama,

933. Kapala, Caranasanda, the Naga Puranaka, Kadamba, Apada, Vali, Vibhuti, Kalakunjara,

934. Dava, Cakradhara, Svabhra, Bhava, Deharaka, Guda, Andha, Pangu, Kusthi, Kana, Badhira, Vanthaka,

935. Anagapada, Kitava, Sukara, Prasava, Utkara, Sadhiya, Satapada, Yoga, Satamukha, Druha,

936. Atinidra, Atibahubhuk, Bindunada, Sirojada, Kamaraksa, Visalaksa, Suvartaksa, Bhayanaka,

937. Bhuvira, Dharmalavanya, Daityaraja, Sadangula, Gandharva, Dhrtarastra, Kusuma, Kuhara, Kuha,

938. Mahaksa, Vadhusa, Kadusa, Deva, Danava, Naksatra, Masaka, Pita, Gautama, Susubha, Jiha,

939. Svarga, Sikharavasi, Srivasa, Sridhara, Khaga, Langali, Balabhadra, Svarupa, Pancahastaka.

940. Kamarupa, Darikarna, Saptasirsa, Balahara, Sunetra, Bahunetra, Hanuman, Angada, Hara,

941. Habaka, Pathara, Patha, Mala, Vimalaka, Mata, the Naga Satamukha, Citrasva, Dadhivabana,

942. Susima, Kaliya, Kala, Patana, Khadira, Atri, Savala, Varnaka, Lalana.

943. Heliyara, Hemiyara, Valira, Keluka, Nimi, Catara Lelihana, Pancasya, Pingalodara,

944. Krta, Treta, Dvapara, Sama, Samvatsara, Khalvata, Bahuroma, Kapoti, Puspasahvayi,

945, Rastresvara, Siniri, Satananda, Atikopana, Ananda Jayananda, Trisirsa, Jatila,

946. Gandha, Soma, Gargya, Initi, Saniti, Airavata, Kauravya, Masada, Kumudaprabha,

947. Havotsava, Satha, Sanya, Sgatrughna, Rama, Laksmana, Mahadeva, Kamapala, Gosira, Yudhisthira,

948. Danga, Bhuya, Visakha, Soma, Reva, Mahodara, Makara, Makaraksa, Nadbala, Balavan, Sikhi,

949. Candapatanaka, Kaka, Kebuka, Brahmanaprlya, Karavira, Jarasandha, Nisacara, Divacara,

950. Patanjali, Vatsa, Mathara, Vithara, Vida, Hocara, Karavala, Tapanogha, Siras,

951. Karkara, Karavata, Varaghosa, Sumangala, Gullaka, Sambhara, Sami, Paya, Mahanihasaja,

952. Karahala, Kusuratra, Dhaumya, Galava, Ukhola, Sikhola, Vahnirupa, Hiranyaya,

953. Satyakula, Kulusa, Krpana, Kutaka, Hari, Kimuda, Salabha, Kimsuka, Priyasaraka,

954. Marakula, Abhrasikhara, Vasistha, Savanamukha, two Nagas Raja and Maharaja, Subhadra, Bhadravalisa,

955. two Nagas Vira and Brahmaana, two Nagas Sarasa and Pukkaka, Dakkaka, Cakka, Gosa, Vamsanaga,

956. Vidyadhara, Yaksa, Virasa, Sasyavardhana, Bhadrasva, Gajanetra, Kanara, Kumuda,

957. Anaka, Kanava, Camba, Sanda, Marka, Giripriya, Ugrayudha, Abhimanyu, Amara, Amrtasana,

958. Ajakarna, Gonasa, Sagala valakanana, Brahmana, Ksatriya, Vaisya, Sudra, Dipta, Vihangama,

959. Sankhaksa, Kamalaksa, Maninaga, Bahecaka, Jayanta, Kopana, Visva, Sakhamukha, Suvarcala,

960. Guha, Sumali, Mali, Malyavan, Anrta, Para, Ksattra, Mabyanaka, Bhisma, Kasmira, Madhu, Valisa,

961. Bhimaksa, Bhimanada, two Nagas Halusa and Kalusa, Mahendra, Indra, Sudhama, Saliya, Maliya,

962. Sahasradhara, Dyutiman, Vibhuti, Kavad Asvara, Savala, Bahurupa, Bhadrasva, Uttariyasa,

963. Manikantha, Kalola, Suravala, Nupura, Kusakunda, Atulyasa, Ata, Svabhra, Vitarana,

964. Aravinda, Kalhara, Binduman, Dramita, Vata two Sagaras, two Gangas, Vaitasta, two Yamunas,

965. Citra, Upacitra, Surabhi, Bhutalacari, Ambaracari Upacitra, Kankata, two Nagas Narada and Parvata,

966. Visvavasu, Parijata, Gallulullo, Jalalusa, Maksikasvami, Bhurjila, Cikura,

967. Akadra, Bahukesa, Kesapingala, Dhusara, Lambakarna, Gandala, Naga Srimadhaka,

968. Avartaksa, Candrasara, Karhasura, Lambaka, Caturveda, three Puskaras,

969. Aksotanaga, Tanka, Syena, Vattila, Kacara, Ksirakumbha, Nikumbha, Vikumbha, Samarapriya,

970. Elighana, Vighana, Canda, Bhogi, Jvaranvita, Bhoga, Bhargavata, Raudra, Rudra, Bhojaka, Dehila,

971. Rohina, Bharadvaja, Dadhinakra, Pratardana, two Nagas Januva and Reva, Satru, Mitra, Kardama,

972. Panka, Kindama, Ramhha, Bahubhoga, Bahudara, Matsya, Bhita, Bahutsaha, Karadi, Vinatapriya,

973. Tamrakara, Rajata, Vanamah, Bhavaka, the Naga Jyotisyaka, Vedya, Dhaurasara, Janardana,

974. Nyagrodha, Dambara, Asvattha, Balipuspa, Balipriya, Angaraka, Sanaiscari, the Naga Kunjaraka, Budha,

975. Kali, Grtsa, Kutilaka, two Nagas Rahu and Brhaspati, Cauraka, Taskara, Kelu, and two Nagas Suta and Paurogava,

976. Ajakarna, Asvakarna, Vidyunmali, Darimukha, Orana, Rocana, Hasi, Nartana, Gayana,

977. Kambhata, Subhata, Bahuputra, Nisacara, Mayura, Kokila, Trata, Malaya, Yavanapriya,

978. Kotapala, Mahipala, Gopala, Patalasuci, Rajadhiraja, Vinata, Svarga, Vimalaka, Mani,

979. Cakrahasta, Gadahasta, Suli, Pasi, Saga, the Naga Citrakara, Vatsa, Bakapati,

980. Sitarta, Yavamali, Ravana, Raksasakrti, Yajva, Data, Hota Bhokta and Bhogapati.

981-82. O king, these prominent Naga-chiefs have been mentioned by me. As regards their family comprising of sons and grandsons, that cannot be narrated by me even in hundreds of years and so also (cannot be narrated) the holy abodes of all the Nagas.

983. All the Nagas are boon-givers, all are obedient to Nila and all are great favourites of the high-minded Vasuki.

984-85. Now, I will relate to you (the names of) the guardians of directions, in Kasmira. Know them, O chief of the kings. The Naga Bindusara is regarded to be in the eastern direction, the Naga named Srimadhaka in the southern one, and in the northern direction is stated to be the Naga Uttaramanasa ................

986-87. Thus, devoid of grief, thousands, millions and hundred millions of the Nagas dwell here, leaving aside the fear of Tarksya. Amongst the Nagas who have been mentioned by me, one (Naga) Sadangula was banished by Nila - possessed of unlimited lustre.

988-89. The place of Sadangula which was given away to third Mahapadma - the wise one - was turned into a lake, one Yojana long and one Yojana wide, a second ocean as it were.

990. (It was the place) which was taken over formerly by Mahapadma in a disguised way, in accordance with the instruction of Nila, from the king Visvagasava."

991-92. Gonanda spoke: "Why was Sadangula exiled from this (place) ? How did the territory of Visvagaiva turn into a lake? O pious one, explain all this, as you are talented."

993. Brhadsa'va (said): Having come to know that the Naga Mahapadma had made his abode in the country of Sati, the son of Vinata used to oppress him, formerly.

994. The bird (i. e. Garuda) used to attack and eat up hundreds and thousands of his sons, dependants and dependants of his dependants.

995. When his people were being thus devoured, the Naga Mahapadma came quickly to the refuge of the great Naga Nila.

996. He asked, O king, for a habitation in Kasmira. Then Nila spoke thus to the Naga Mahapadma.

997. "O best among the Bhujagas, all the Nagas have made their abodes here. There is no place (left) where you may dwell, O best among the Naga-chiefs.

998. O Naga, the lord of undying ones, I do not see even a little space which has not been thus fully occupied by the Nagas.

999. Moreover, you are surrounded by a big family But at this time, the beautiful territory of Sadangula is vacant.

1000. The Naga Sadangula has been banished by me from that place, because he, formerly, used to carry away the wives of men, daily.

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