Description of Kimpurusa Varsa ||46||
1Suta said: On hearing this and desirous of hearing further, the delighted sages asked Lomaharsana:
The Sages said:
2-3The sub-continent of Bharata has been described by you. Now describe the Kimpurusa1 and Hari Varsas.2 Thus requested by the Brahmanas, Lomaharsana replied suitably this question as follows (lit. in the manner indicated in this Purana).
4Suta said: Please listen, O Brahmanas, to what you are pleased to hear. In the Kimpurusa country, there is a big grove of Plaksa trees comparable to the Nandana forest.
5The span of life in the Kimpurusa land is said to be ten thousand years. The men are gold-complexioned and the women resemble Apsaras.
6They do not suffer from ailments; they are devoid of sorrows; they are pure in mind; they possess the lustre of molten gold.
7In this holy country Kimpurusa, there is a fig tree exuding honey. All the inhabitants of Kimpurusa Varsa drink its excellent juice.
8Adjoining Kimpurusa, there is Harivarsa where the people are yellow as gold in complexion.
9All the people there are descended from Devaloka and have divine forms. In Harivarsa, all people quaff the splendid juice of sugarcane.
10They live joyously up to eleven thousand years. They remain delighted in their minds. Old age does not afflict them, nor do the people get decrepit or senile.
11In the central sub-continent Ilavrta which I have mentioned before, the sun does not blaze fiercely, and men do not get aged (pre-maturely).
12In Ilavrta the moon, the sun and the stars are dim. Men have the colour, lustre and fragrance of the lotus flower. Their eyes are as wide as the lotus leaf.
13They feed on the juice of Jambu fruit. They neither grow aged nor decay. They have fragrance. They are cultured and polished. They enjoy pleasures as the fruit of their auspicious rites.
14They are fallen from Devaloka. They are non-senile and deathless. These excellent men live for thirteen thousand years.
15-16In the sub-continent Ilavrta, they live the full span of life. The sub-continent is twenty-six thousand Yojanas in length and nine thousand Yojanas in breadth around Meru. It is fashioned like a saucer.
17Nine thousand Yojanas to the west of Meru lies the mountain Gandhamadana, thirty four thousand Yojanas long.
18To the north and south, it stretches upto Nila and Nisadha mountains. Its height is forty thousand Yojanas. It penetrated downwards to a thousand Yojanas.
19The mountain Malyavan lies in the east. Its magnitude has already been mentioned. It is to the south of Nila and to the north of Nisadha. The great mountain Meru of extensive magnitude lies in the centre of these mountains, which seem to penetrate it.
20-22Its extent is hundred thousand Yojanas since the ocean is circular and since it sanctifies the zone of the earth. Measurements are reduced in rectangular areas when they are undemarcated. Coming to the middle they split (?)
23A river of Jambu juice resembling liquified collyrium flows from the south of Meru to the north of Nisadha.
24-26There is an everlasting Jambu tree called Sudarsana. It blooms and bears fruits perpetually. It is resorted to by Siddhas and Caranas. It is the biggest tree in Jambudvipa, a hundred thousand Yojanas high. This lordly tree touches heaven. The length of the fruit is eight hundred and sixty-one Aratnis. This is determined by sages who know the truth.
27When the fruits fall on the ground, they make a loud noise. The juice of the Jambu fruits develops into a flowing river.
28The river passes around Meru and then enters Jambu mula and the people there drink of it. They are delighted and surrounded by the tasty Jambu fruits.
29Imbibing the juice they conquer old age. Certainly they never fall sick or die.
30The gold called Jambunada which Devas wear as ornaments is found there. It appears as splendid as the glow-worm.
31The splendid juice of the fruits of all Varsha-trees (Jambu) strengthens the people (of the continent). It is the gold that is used for ornaments of Devas.
32Their excretions (faeces and urine) are scattered all round. Thanks to the blessings of the Lord, the earth absorbs the refuge and the dead bodies.
33The Rakshasas, Pisacas and Yaksas reside on Himavat. The Gandharvas and Apsaras-s live on mountain Hemakuta.
34The Nagas including Sesa, Vasuki and Taksaka live on Nisadha. The thirtythree groups of Devas, the Yajnikas, wander over the great Meru. On the Nila, full of lapis lazuli, Siddhas and Brahmarsis live.
35The mountain Sveta is the abode of Daityas and Danavas. The mountain Srngavan is the place which the Pitris frequent.
36Thus the mobile and immboile beings have settled in the nine continents in their respective places.
37The population of Devas and human beings is too enormous to be enumerated. It should be accepted with faith by those who wish to know it (by experience).