|Canto 7: The Science of God||Chapter 3: Hiranyakasipu's Plan to Become Immortal|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 7.3.2
sa tepe mandara-dronyam
sah -- he (Hiranyakasipu); tepe -- performed; mandara-dronyam -- in a valley of Mandara Hill; tapah -- austerity; parama -- most; darunam -- difficult; urdhva -- raising; bahuh -- arms; nabhah -- toward the sky; drishtih -- his vision; pada-angushtha -- with the big toes of his feet; asrita -- resting on; avanih -- the ground.
In the valley of Mandara Hill, Hiranyakasipu began performing his austerities by standing with his toes on the ground, keeping his arms upward and looking toward the sky. This position was extremely difficult, but he accepted it as a means to attain perfection.
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