Canto 4: Creation of the Fourth OrderChapter 18: Pṛthu Mahārāja Milks the Earth Planet

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 4.18.29

cūrṇayan sva-dhanuṣ-koṭyā

giri-kūṭāni rāja-rāṭ

bhū-maṇḍalam idaḿ vainyaḥ

prāyaś cakre samaḿ vibhuḥ


cūrṇayan — making into pieces; sva — his own; dhanuḥ-koṭyā — by the power of his bow; giri — of the hills; kūṭāni — the tops; rāja-rāṭ — the emperor; bhū-maṇḍalam — the whole earth; idam — this; vainyaḥ — the son of Vena; prāyaḥ — almost; cakremade; samam — level; vibhuḥ — the powerful.


After this, the king of all kings, Mahārāja Pṛthu, leveled all rough places on the surface of the globe by breaking up the hills with the strength of his bow. By his grace the surface of the globe almost became flat.


Generally the mountainous and hilly portions of the earth are made flat by the striking of thunderbolts. Generally this is the business of King Indra of the heavenly planets, but King Pṛthu, an incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, did not wait for King Indra to break up the hills and mountains but did so himself by using his strong bow.

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