Chapter 101

Mahabharata English - UDYOGA PARAVA

“Narada said, ‘This region belongeth to the birds, all of whom possessexcellent feathers. They all subsist on snakes. They never feel anyfatigue in putting forth their prowess, or in making journeys, or inbearing burthens. This race, O charioteer, hath multiplied from the sixsons of Garuda. They are Sumukha, Sunaman, Sunetra, Suvarchas, Suanch andthat prince of birds called Suvala. Born of Kasyapa’s line and enhancingthe glory of Vinata’s race, many winged creatures, the foremost of theirspecies, have by begetting children founded and increased a thousanddynasties of birds, all endued with nobility of blood. All thesecreatures are endued with great prosperity, have the auspicious whirlcalled Sreevatsa, possess great wealth, and are inspired with greatmight. By their acts they may be said to belong to the Kshatriya order,but they are all without any compassion, subsisting as they do on snakes.They never attain to spiritual enlightenment in consequence of theirpreying on their kinsmen. I will now enumerate the chiefs by their names,listen to me, O Matali. This race is much regarded in consequence of thefavour that, is shown to it by Vishnu. They all worship Vishnu, andVishnu is their protector. Vishnu always dwelleth in their hearts, andVishnu is their great refuge. These then are their names–Suvarnachuda,Nagasin Daruna, Chandatundaka, Anala, Vaisalaksha, Kundalin, Pankajit,Vajraviskambha, Vainateya, Vamana, Vatavega, Disachakshu, Nimisha,Animisha, Trirava, Saptarava, Valmiki, Dipaka, Daityadwipa, Saridwipa,

Sarasa, Padmaketana, Sumukha, Chitraketu, Chitravara, Anagha, Meshahrit,Kumuda, Daksha, Sarpanta, Somabhojana, Gurubhara, Kapota, Suryanetra,Chirantaka, Vishnudharman, Kumara, Parivarha, Hari, Suswara, Madhuparka,Hemavarna, Malaya, Matariswan, Nisakara and Divakara. These sons ofGaruda that I name dwell in only a single province of this region. I havementioned those only that have won distinction by might, fame andachievements. If thou likest none here, come, we will go hence, O Matali.I will take thee to another region where thou mayest find an eligiblehusband for thy daughter.'”

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